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1. Roth Conversion, Should You Do It? -

Ray’s Take There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about Roth accounts, specifically the Roth IRA and the Roth 401(k). Maybe you’re wondering if you should convert your own accounts but aren’t sure.

2. Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College -

Dr. Barden Greenfield has been unanimously voted president-elect for the American Veterinary Dental College. In 2009, Greenfield started Your Pet Dentist, the umbrella that incorporates his involvement in Memphis Veterinary Specialists, Nashville Specialists and the Animal Emergency and Specialty Clinic of Little Rock. He has been on the AVDC board for three years, serving as chair of the PR Committee and as a member of the Credentials Committee.

3. Clinton, Bloomberg: Data Will Help Women's Issues -

NEW YORK (AP) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg teamed up Monday to highlight the power of information in helping women worldwide and to promote a joint effort to gather more data on their health, workplace roles, childbirth and other facets of their lives.

4. Southwest Could Offer International Hope -

It’s hard enough getting a direct flight to a domestic destination out of Memphis International Airport these days. And if looking at an international city, just getting a convenient connecting flight can be a headache.

5. 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.

6. Stars Flock to Music City’s Ernest Tubb Record Shop -

When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.

7. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.

The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.

8. Old Friends Conspire to Get Tennessee a Better Bowl -

For all the tough times University of Tennessee football has endured in recent years, a turn for the better was bound to happen.

It certainly did early this week.

UT’s invitation to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville – now called the TaxSlayer Bowl – was a stunning coup for a 6-6 team that seemed destined for anything but a January bowl on the beach.

9. Finding Real Change For The New Year -

New Year’s resolutions are tempting to make, and they are even more tempting to forget.

In spite of the insatiable appetite our society has for self-improvement and excellence, good habits just seem hard to acquire. With the beginning of each New Year, we seem compelled to conquer the past by focusing on the future in at least one resolution.

10. Brewing Opportunity -

When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.

11. Labor Board OKs Personal Use of Company Email -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

12. Back to Normal -

NORMAL. AGAIN. Last week, Bob Loeb and I took a stroll through the 1950s in the reality of 2014.

13. Q&A: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard -

Fast Facts: Now in eighth NBA season, he set a career high in 2013-14 by averaging 17.2 points; was fourth overall pick of 2007 NBA Draft after leading Ohio State to the 2007 NCAA Championship Game as a freshman; father, Mike Conley Sr., won the gold medal in the triple jump in the 1992 Olympics.

14. Undercurrent Brings 2014 to Close -

Undercurrent, the monthly networking event launched in 2013 by a handful of creatives, is preparing to close the book on its first full year of events, with its final get-together set for Monday. Dec. 15, at Bounty.

15. Holiday Tech Gadget Wish List -

With the holiday season in full swing, you may find yourself scrounging for gift ideas for the technology aficionado on your shopping list. Wearable technology is an option worth exploring, and one that’s gaining popularity, particularly among fitness enthusiasts.

16. Reinventing Retirement -

Ray’s take: At the turn of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was 47 years. Today, the average American can look forward to about 78 years of life. The average life expectancy for today's 65-year-old has increased to 84, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. I currently have twelve clients over 90.

17. Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner -

Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.

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

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

19. Year-End Reflections – Part Two -

Last week we shared a little of the history of this column. We hope we conveyed why we are committed to these weekly writings, and most importantly our belief in you, our readers. While we have met only a few of you in person, we hold you up before us in our minds as we write.

20. Walton Foundation Awards Grant to Excel Center -

The Excel Center, a new charter high school that will serve adults 18 and older, has been awarded a $250,000 Walton Family Foundation grant for school startup. The Excel Center will begin classes in fall 2015 at 1490 Norris Road, site of the former Norris Road Elementary.

21. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

22. Celebrating the Holiday Season in East Tennessee -

Even ole Ebenezer Scrooge could find something in Knoxville to get him in the holiday spirit.

Area residents have a wide selection of holiday activities including a Clarence Brown Theatre rendition of Scrooge’s Christmas Eve’s nocturnal visitors. Many of the activities are free, but others range in price. Visit the websites for more detailed information, including time, ticket price and availability.

23. From Baghdad to Memphis, Mack Provides Dental Aid -

A toothache doesn’t stop just because a soldier has been deployed to Iraq. And a brigade dentist in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad sometimes has to moonlight as a field medic.

24. Ramsey an Important, Unfamiliar Pioneer -

In this season of thankfulness, Knoxvillians should pay homage to Francis Alexander Ramsey, but many people are probably not familiar with his name.

25. Christmas As It Was -

The hustle and bustle of a 21st Century Christmas and holiday season can be overwhelming, but the Historic Ramsey House offers a view of a bygone era.

Area residents and visitors have an opportunity to travel back to a time when life was slower and an orange in the stocking and a wooden doll under the tree was reason for excitement.

26. Editorial: Statistics Alone Won't Fix Crime -

Which of these statements is true?

A. More than a dozen people were shot in Memphis during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

B. Crime is down in Memphis.

C. Crime is up in Memphis.

27. Recruiting Wars -

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

28. Events -

Art for Life’s Sake will present a holiday blues concert Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale St. The concert will include an array of blues music by famous local and international blues artists. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit artforlifessake.org.

29. Excel Center Awarded Walton Family Foundation Grant -

The Excel Center, a new charter high school that will serve adults 18 and older, has been awarded a $250,000 Walton Family Foundation grant for school startup. The Excel Center will begin classes in fall 2015 at 1490 Norris Road, site of the former Norris Road Elementary.

30. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff -

Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.

31. Ferguson and Freedom -

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

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

32. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

33. Veterans Care Battles Bureaucracy, Hesitancy -

The new generation of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face a homeland that knows about post-traumatic stress disorder.

But those veterans still face a massive federal bureaucracy that requires them to sort it out as they also try to deal with issues on their own.

34. Craft Beer Boom -

Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.

35. Appraisals Trail Amount Middle Tennessee Buyers Willing to Pay -

There are a few hot topics from the real estate world this week, the first being that appraisers seem to have hit the wall on the rampant price inflation.

With less inventory and more sales, sellers are resting in an enviable position inasmuch as buyers are forced to pay whatever is asked, or more, in order to acquire properties.

36. Eat, Drink and Walk Off the Calories As You Go -

There are three things you can count on if you take a walking food tour in East Nashville with – the appropriately named – Walk Eat Nashville:

1. You will discover new favorite dishes at familiar places.
2. You will try things you wouldn’t ordinarily sample on your own.
3. You will learn something new about the neighborhood, even if you thought you knew it all already.

37. Blight of the Living Dead -

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

38. Positive Influence Has Ripple Effect -

There is a passage from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” that reads, “A child goes forth each day, and the first object that the child sees, that object he becomes, for a day, or part of a day, or for days stretching into years.” Growing up, my parents were that object.

39. EDGE Approves Graceland Taxing District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved Tuesday, Nov. 25, the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland, one of the city's most visited attractions and powerful economic engines.

40. Page Robbins Provides Safe ‘Middle Ground’ -

The youngest is 53 and the oldest is 98. Some appreciate classical music and others prefer Elvis, the Mamas & the Papas or the Beatles, and others John Denver, Arlo Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen.

41. See Spot Relax: Pet Massage Gaining Popularity -

PHOENIX (AP) – Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

42. Lifeblood, UTHSC to Host Blood Drive Monday -

Lifeblood and the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a blood drive open to the public Monday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms 201-204 of the UTHSC General Education Building, 8 S. Dunlap St.

43. Show Appreciation This Thanksgiving -

Thanksgiving week is here: a time of showing appreciation, eating too much turkey and watching football with loved ones. It’s also a great time to reflect on what you’re thankful for at work.

44. Ginkgos and Band-Aids – and Thanks -

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. This year, just last week, it happened again.

Right outside my window is a ginkgo tree, and another on the other side of the house. Every fall they engage in an ancient mating dance, a spectacular competition for attention. So exhausting is the effort, it doesn’t last long. So intense is the result, it’s explosive. And then it’s gone, leaving only a memory.

45. Q&A: Bill Courtney -

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

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

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

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

Finding better players? Check.

47. Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.

48. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

49. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

50. Do You Need to Break the Bank to Get a Good Phone? -

NEW YORK (AP) – It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens – and their top-end price tags – and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

51. It’s Time to Update Your Website When … -

Take a minute to think about your company’s website. Does it invoke a sense of pride, or do you cringe and immediately think, “We should really work on that … eventually”?

In today’s fast-paced, technologically advanced world, your website is the window into your company, its mission and its values. It can make or break sales, bring in or repel new business and either be a talking point for your business or something you hope clients never comment on. Which category does your website fall into?

52. Amusement Parks Challenged By Home Entertainment -

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

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

53. I Choose Memphis: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling

54. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies for Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall is lurching back to life after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

55. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood -

“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.

Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

58. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies For Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall lurched back to life Thursday, Nov. 20, after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

59. Holden’s Hat -

FINDING MEMPHIS. Last week the Church of the Holy Communion inaugurated a reading group called Words, and enticed an eclectic baker’s dozen of participants with Muddy’s cupcakes. I can’t speak for the rest, but I’ve worked for much less.

60. New Daisy Changes Hands at Critical Time for Beale -

Three decades is a long enough time on Beale Street for any institution to create its own remarkable life.

But when that 30 years is part of a longer life of nearly 80 years and it’s on a street with an even longer history and heritage, there can be a tendency to forget how much time has passed in the latest life.

61. Study: Banking Industry Culture Fosters Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests.

A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated. When workers at an unnamed bank were asked about their home life, they were about as honest as the general public. But employees who had just been asked about work at the bank cheated 16 percent more.

62. Master Plan -

Progress is usually expensive and seldom convenient. But the alternative?

Regression, at an ultimately higher cost, and eventually the realization that an opportunity slipped by.

Such was the mindset as University of Tennessee Health Science Center leaders launched a campus master plan designed to enhance UTHSC’s position as an urban academic medical center at the core of a larger revitalization of the Memphis Medical Center District.

63. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $70 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $70 million

64. Exhibiting Soul -

For more than a year, award-winning photographer and New York native Thom Gilbert has been shooting portraits of oil drillers in Texas, fishermen in Alaska, coal miners, cowboys, Detroit auto assembly workers – a group of people he refers to as “iconic Americans.”

65. Resilience Gives Us Ability to Endure -

It was the night of the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet. The contest that year at the dinner was cake decorating, the theme was sports. Each Den, as those small groups of Scouts are called, was required to decorate a cake for the contest with no outside help.

66. Building Innovation Networks -

This Learning Lab was presented at the Back End of Innovation 2014 Conference, by Ayelet Baron, Futurist, Simplifying Work and Innovator in Residence, Roche/Genentech.

“Get out of your work building and go into the world,” says the speaker. The team she is working with at Roche have started a program called “Get Out of the Building” as a way to not only get exposed to new ideas but also to build new relationships. It’s great advice.

67. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

68. Fewer Freshmen No Worry for Greeks at Four-Year Schools -

MTSU and UT-Knoxville officials see limited impact, if any, from Tennessee Promise on the schools’ fraternities and sororities.

New sorority houses that opened this fall on UT-Knoxville’s campus were funded through donations and each chapter’s semester rental agreements with members. UT-Knoxville invested about $2 million to partially fund land improvements and village infrastructure, according to university officials.

69. Editorial: Changing the Blurred Lines of College Athletics -

At the outset of another Tiger basketball season, a reminder of a past season that’s officially not on the record books of the NCAA surfaced to talk about that season at the University of Memphis.

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari has had little to say about the 2008-2009 season at Memphis that was voided because of questions about the eligibility of Derrick Rose, now an NBA star with the Chicago Bulls.

70. National Expansion -

As Amy Howard built her high-end, luxury furniture manufacturing business in Memphis over 23 years, the entrepreneur developed her own lines of paints and finishes for the pieces.

71. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Harold Graeter, associate executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, will present “Selling the College Football Bowl Experience.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

72. 'Success is a Lousy Teacher' -

In sales, as in life, many a person throws in the towel after failure, not realizing that failure is actually an inevitable outcome of the innovative. Thomas Edison is reported to have had more than 1,000 failures before finally inventing a practical electric light bulb. Aptly, he said, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

73. McGuire Joins Insight Risk Management -

Myles McGuire has joined Insight Risk Management LLC as a corporate consultant. In his new role, he will consult with commercial clients and place them with the appropriate coverages to protect their business from risk and liability issues.

74. Historic Brewery Sold and Ready for Development -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown has been sold for $825,000 and could soon see new life.

The Tennessee Brewery LLC, a trust of the family that owns Memphis general contractor BHN Corp., sold the shuttered brewery at 495 Tennessee St. to 495 Tennessee LLC, according to a Nov. 5 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds office.

75. Pyramid’s Past Life Almost Vanished -

On the north side of The Pyramid, you can still see signs of what once was, in a way that makes 20 years seem like centuries ago.

The logo for the city’s old Wonders series of exhibitions is the most noticeable indicator of the past life of a structure long ago stripped of the seating bowl that made it an arena.

76. Motivating the Corporate Elephant to Innovate -

VF Corp. created a series of Bright Spots to augment their product mix and sell the innovations inside the company to ensure the innovation eggs hatched in the market. The real goal was to change the culture to accept innovation.

77. I Choose Memphis: Scott Wilson -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Scott Wilson

78. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

79. Stamos to Flip Switch on Graceland Lights -

Actor John Stamos will flip the ceremonial switch on holiday decorations at Graceland.

The annual lighting ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. with patients from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital as part of the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

80. Station Inn: Music History Amid Gulch High-Rises -

J.T. Gray – who pioneered smokeless nightclubs before it became fashionable (and/or mandated) – is glad to see sparkling condo towers, office buildings, restaurants and the like sprouting around him. After all, these newcomers eventually might find themselves inside his time-out-of-mind blockhouse where Bill Monroe used to just drop by and pick.

81. Secours' Video Histories: The Gift That Keeps Giving -

Five days before her mother died, Molly Secours did what seemed natural. She took out her video camera and began asking questions.

Those moments were the last ones caught on film, and for Secours, capturing her mother’s story not only gave her a lasting document of her life, but the mini-film she created from the footage helped her process her grief.

82. ’Tis the Shopping Season -

Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.

In fact, they already have.

Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

83. Editorial: Film Revolution Finding its Own Way in Memphis -

Memphis has always had more homegrown culture than industry built around that culture and heritage.

Such is the case when it comes to the city’s film community, which includes those who present movies as well as those who make them.

84. Stamos to Flip Switch on Graceland Lights -

Actor John Stamos will flip the ceremonial switch on holiday decorations at Graceland.

The annual lighting ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. with patients from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital as part of the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

85. Reinventing Your Career -

The desire to want to change careers is a common experience. Turning that desire into reality is a different story. Navigating dramatic shifts in one’s career can be both complex and confusing. The frustration causes many people to drop the idea altogether.

86. Pushing Through the Mud, Grizz Start Fast Their Way -

How early is it in this NBA season? Early enough that a coach will reach for a college football analogy.

“This is a team that we have struggled with, going 1-3 with them in our division, a.k.a. the SEC West in football, where we went 4-12 last year.”

87. Ole Miss Stays Focused With Heartache Nearby -

OXFORD, Miss. – There wasn’t a good place to watch that fateful play near game’s end. Whether on the sideline, in the stands, or following on TV, the result was going to be the same and for all members of Rebel Nation it was going to hurt like hell.

88. Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program -

Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.

89. Alumni United -

By background, Maria Lensing perhaps doesn’t fit the expected parameters of someone quick to defend Memphis and eager to take on the challenge of revitalizing a local university’s alumni association.

90. Major Retailers Step Up to Support St. Jude -

Several national businesses including major retailers have begun lining up to again raise money during the holiday season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For St. Jude, the holiday shopping season doubles as a time when the hospital works to raise awareness – and funds – for its battles to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Along those lines, its annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign that runs through the end of December gives the public a way to support the hospital and its mission while also shopping at a variety of businesses.

91. Killer of Comic 'Stringbean' Being Released -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The killer of Grand Ole Opry and "Hee Haw" comic David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, is being released from prison after spending 40 years behind bars.

92. Inclinator Remains Elusive at The Pyramid -

In the 23 years since The Pyramid was built and opened as an arena, some of the frustrations of developing the building for more than one use remain.

Its brief life as an arena now gone, The Pyramid is being converted to a Bass Pro Shops superstore with a hotel and other attractions inside, including restaurants and an aquarium at the top of the structure. There are also glass extensions at the top to view the city and the Mississippi River.

93. Gordon Creates ‘Happy Place’ With Muddy’s Grind House -

Ever since she opened her East Memphis bakery in 2008, Muddy’s Bake Shop founder and owner Kat Gordon has been repeatedly asked to expand.

None of the approaches from investors or franchise offers ever seemed like the right path to take, though, especially for a business that prides itself on a distinctiveness that manifests itself in everything from the fun, funky vibe to Gordon’s proud aversion to advertising.

94. Constitutional Amendments on Nov. 4 Ballot -

There are four amendments to the Tennessee Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. Here is the language of each amendment and what a "yes" or "no" answer would signify:

Amendment 1: Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.
A ‘Yes’ vote means: You want to give state lawmakers the complete state ability to regulate abortion, removing that right from Tennessee's constitution.
A ‘No’ vote means: You want Tennessee's laws on abortion to remain as they are.

95. Rural Tennessee Museum a Success in First Year -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a "mini-Smithsonian" to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year.

96. New Book Captures Iconic Memphis Signs -

It might be easy to overlook the signage that identifies a place or business when considering the wide sweep of Memphis’ topography.

But one Memphis artist took inspiration from the city’s often iconic signs for her newest project, a book on sale now called “Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner.”

97. Lewis Biography Details Turbulent Personal Life -

If you tuned into The Late Show with David Letterman Monday, Oct. 28, you saw Jerry Lee Lewis in a very unusual setting – not at the center of attention.

98. Charter School Resistance Flares -

When leaders of the Yes Prep charter group walked into a hostile meeting at American Way Middle School Monday, Oct. 27, set up by the Achievement School District, they also walked into a “Save Our School” rally organized by opponents of the school’s takeover by the state-run district.

99. Two Charter Groups Bow Out of New ASD Schools -

Two veteran Memphis charter school operators announced Monday, Oct. 27, that they are bowing out of plans to operate new schools in the state-run Achievement School District next year.

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools was to run South Side Middle School starting next August, Achievement School District leaders announced earlier this month as they named other Memphis schools who could possibly join the school district and the charter operators they could potentially be matched with.

100. Rock On -

The 60th anniversary this year of a seminal moment in the formation of rock ‘n’ roll, a moment that also happens to be a bedrock episode in Memphis music lore, has come with all the attendant tributes and celebrations to be expected for such a milestone.