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1. 18th Annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl Scheduled -

This competition for the title of "Smartest Company in Memphis" at the 18th annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl will be held in a few months at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

2. 18th Annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl Scheduled -

This competition for the title of “Smartest Company in Memphis” at the 18th annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl will be held in a few months at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

3. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference -

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

4. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

5. University of Memphis Hires Southeast Missouri Athletic Director -

The University of Memphis has named Mark Alnutt, athletic director at Southeast Missouri State, as its new deputy director of athletics.

Alnutt replaces Wren Baker, who left several weeks ago for a position in the athletics department at the University of Missouri.

6. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

7. I Choose Memphis: Isaac Rodriguez -

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

Name: Dr. Isaac Rodriguez

8. Marc Gasol of Memphis Is Already Right at Home -

He appreciates a fine wine, but at least symbolically does so with a dab of barbecue on his chin.

He attended Lausanne High School while his big brother was both amazing and frustrating Grizzlies fans. And now we hear from Zach Randolph, via Craig Brewer’s best film to date, “Marc Gasol of Memphis,” that he was listening to Three 6 Mafia all along.

9. Memphian Will Hogue Finding Success on Long Drive Tour -

Will Hogue won last weekend’s Bluff City Shootout long drive competition by defeating 2014 world champion Jeff Flagg. And that would seem to bode well for Hogue’s chances at this year’s world championships, except that right now there isn’t going to be one.

10. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

11. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

12. React: Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling -

A divided U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Here is a roundup of local reaction to the landmark ruling.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam:

13. Grizzlies Facilities Getting $350,000 Upgrade -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

14. I Choose Memphis: Gray Fiser -

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

Name: Gray Fiser

Job title and company: Senior Associate, CBRE Memphis

15. Every Year’s Different, and 2015 Belongs to Golden State Warriors -

It went six games, Golden State winning 105-97 in Cleveland to give the Warriors their first NBA championship in 40 years, Andre Iguodala winning the series MVP, and LeBron James saying he didn’t know if this loss hurt more than his three others in the NBA Finals.

16. Hey Grizz Fans: Check Out Those Royals, Twins! -

Is it now easier for an MLB team, regardless of market size, to seriously compete for a championship than for an NBA team from a similar type market (read: Memphis)?

Short answer: Yes.

As these NBA Finals get underway, with LeBron James and reigning MVP Steph Curry as the headliners, there is an accepted truth – be it in a flyover hamlet or a bigger city on one of the coasts – that no team can truly compete for a title without a superstar.

17. Memphis Kicker Named to Phil Steele Preseason Team -

University of Memphis junior place-kicker Jake Elliott, the reigning American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and a two-time all-conference selection, has been named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Preseason AAC Team, the publication announced.

18. FedEx Extends Title Sponsorship of St. Jude Classic -

FedEx has extended its title sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic through 2017, the PGA Tour announced Monday, June 1.

“FedEx epitomizes the charitable purpose of the PGA TOUR and what we’re all about,” said PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem. “It continues to play a vital role in growing the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s impact throughout the Memphis community and, in particular, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We are absolutely delighted that FedEx will continue its commitment.”

19. 'Art Saves Lives' Exhibit Installed at Masonic Lodge -

When the anonymous artist known by the letters “JR” won the TED prize in 2011 at the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., he called for the creation of an international art project that he said would use art “to turn the world inside out.”

20. I Choose Memphis: Kristin M. Walker -

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

Name: Kristin M. Walker

21. Future Methodist CEO Michael Ugwueke Fueled by Health Care Passion -

Growing up in war-torn Nigeria helped Michael Ugwueke decide early on that health care would be his eventual profession.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s president and chief operating officer – recently tapped by the Methodist board to succeed Gary Shorb as CEO when Shorb decides to retire – recalls carnage, disease and “people dying left and right” during his childhood. It was more than enough, he says, to inspire him to find a job where he could make a difference in people’s lives and, even if in a small way, counteract some of the negative forces he grew up with.

22. Reality Change -

“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”

– Marc Gasol

Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.

23. Painful Lesson: Grizzlies Make Warriors Better -

There was so much that the Golden State Warriors did not have to be taught. They did, after all, win 67 games in the regular season. They swept the New Orleans Pelicans out of the first round and coach Monty Williams out of his job.

24. I Choose Memphis: Matt Harrell -

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

Name: Matt Harrell

Job title and company: International Treasury Manager, AutoZone Inc.

25. Conduit Job Cuts Follow Bass Pro Gain -

The news that Conduit Global would lay off nearly 600 of its 700 Memphis call center employees happened so quickly that Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was caught by surprise when the word came Wednesday, May 6.

26. With or Without Conley, Grizz Face Pass-Fail Exam in Golden State -

We will get to the looming challenge that is the Golden State Warriors in just a moment.

But first, something needs to be said.

No matter what it is in your favor, including a 3-0 series lead, you don’t just push a button for automatic passage to the next round of the NBA Playoffs. The Portland Trail Blazers reminded us of this truth when they rallied in Game 4 to bring the series back to Memphis.

27. Making Memphis Clean by 2019 -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear weekly throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

When guests are expected, one of the first things we do is clean up our home. We want our home to feel safe, warm and inviting. After all, our home directly reflects what we think about ourselves, and how others formulate their opinions about us.

28. Live at the Garden Concert Series Announces Lineup -

The Memphis Botanic Garden has announced the lineup for this year’s Live at the Garden concert series.

The series gets started June 26 with Aretha Franklin, followed on July 17 by Rob Thomas, then on August 15 is ZZ Top, with Martina McBride next on Sept. 4, and finally on Sept. 18 Daryl Hall & John Oates.

29. Baker Book Traces Conciliatory Political Philosophy -

Long before his death last June, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

30. Salinger Lawsuit Reflects Larger Issues of Literature -

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher in the Rye.”

31. Live at the Garden Concert Series Announces Lineup -

The Memphis Botanic Garden has announced the lineup for this year’s Live at the Garden concert series.

The series gets started June 26 with Aretha Franklin, followed on July 17 by Rob Thomas, then on August 15 is ZZ Top, with Martina McBride next on Sept. 4, and finally on Sept. 18 Daryl Hall & John Oates.

32. Perfect Timing -

She’s new here, both as a resident of the city and as the executive director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

So Emily Ballew Neff, while confident, ambitious and excited – everything the Brooks board of trustees would want her to be – is also careful not to overstep.

33. Woods Brings Focus on Startups to Archer-Malmo Digital Arm -

Archer-malmo might seem the epitome of an old school ad firm that is steeped in history, especially given the two prominent Memphis names that comprise the firm’s title.

For evidence of how firmly the Memphis-based advertising agency has its feet planted in all things tech and in the world of startups and web-connected professionals, consider the work of Patrick Woods. He’s the director of a-m ventures, the firm’s division that focuses on investing money and creative capital into digital startups, work that involves spending time around the country as well as in Memphis looking out for hot companies with big potential.

34. Predicting the NBA Playoffs: LeBron Doesn’t Win Another Ring -

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, when asked to offer an opinion on the most deserving candidate for NBA Most Valuable Player, recoiled, laughed, and took a pass.

“I’m not touching that one,” he said. “Might be seeing some of those jokers in the next couple of weeks.”

35. Grizzlies Playoff Picture Muddled, but Another Clippers Series Very Possible -

Sit down, take a couple of aspirin – and no one will blame you if you reach for something stronger – and let’s try to figure out the maddening playoff possibilities for the Memphis Grizzlies.

36. Tigers Notebook: Paxton Lynch Stays Sharp in Spring Game -

Paxton Lynch completed 18-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns at Friday Night Stripes held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Lynch also was named the winner of the Jeremy Williams Award, presented to the most outstanding player during the 15-practice spring session.

37. I Choose Memphis: Rodney J. Rowan -

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

Name: Rodney J. Rowan

Job title and company: Principal, Cherokee Elementary School, SCS I-Zone School

38. On Saban, Calipari and NCAA grandstanding -

Hold up your hand if you’re an Alabama football player and you have not been arrested in the last week. Three Crimson Tide players were arrested, one on suspicion of domestic violence, another for driving under the influence and another on a marijuana charge.

39. Make Some Noise? Grizzlies’ Goals Still Attainable -

Stylistically, it was a bit of short of spectacular. No one on the Grizzlies cracked 20 points, the opponent was bound for the NBA Draft Lottery, and the game was less about buzz and more about finally taking care of business on the home court.

40. Grizzlies’ Carter, Lee Confident Long-Range Shots Will Fall -

The Memphis Grizzlies take and make fewer 3-point shots than any team in the NBA not named the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Yet in the early days of this season, when seemingly everything the Grizzlies did went right, guard Courtney Lee was at the top of the league’s 3-point shooting list and point guard Mike Conley wasn’t far behind.

41. AAC Names University of Memphis Freshman Women’s Golfer of the Week -

University of Memphis freshman women’s golfer Emily Goldstein was selected American Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week after her second-place finish at the Bearcat Spring Classic last weekend.

42. Salinger Court Fight Involves Law, Literature Business -

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher In The Rye.”

43. Editorial: Leaders Should Talk Less, Act More to Move Memphis Forward -

Leadership is a balance and in many cases the balance means taking a risk by acting and creating something with the knowledge that most citizens will know what they want when they see it.

That also means they will know what they don’t want when they see it.

44. Webb’s Decorated Tennis Program Taking Its Lumps -

It’s a mid-March afternoon, and the Webb School of Knoxville boys’ tennis team is fresh off an 8-1 loss to Bristol’s Tennessee High School.

Webb coach Jimmy Pitkanen sees it as a learning experience – just like every other match, win or lose.

45. Grizzlies Turnaround Not As Easy as Flipping a Switch -

Consider just one headline from Yahoo Sports to demonstrate how fast a single word in a quote can blow up and get the media and fans alike into panic mode:

“Have the Memphis Grizzlies gone ‘soft’ since going Green?”

46. Press Box: We’re Still Talking About CBU. Why? -

When Josh Pastner had finished his 20-minute session with the media last Tuesday afternoon, several of us walked back to our cars shaking our heads, openly questioning his sanity and laughing at what we had just heard.

47. 3 Wins to Get In -

Win three games in three days. That’s what the Tigers must do to win the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Hartford, Conn., and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

It’s a huge task. It’s also the only path available to the Big Dance for this University of Memphis team, which enters Friday’s 1 p.m. quarterfinal game vs. Temple (carried on ESPN2) with an 18-13 record. The Tigers are seeking a fifth consecutive NCAA appearance under sixth-year coach Josh Pastner.

48. Tigers Take the Field for Spring Practice -

Coming off a 10-win season, an American Athletic Conference title and a victory in the Miami Beach Bowl, the University of Memphis football team got back to work at spring practice this week. Coach Justin Fuente was rewarded with a long-term contract extension and Paxton Lynch returns at quarterback.

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49. Mike Shildt: From College Walk-On To Memphis Redbirds Manager -

Any professional baseball player can tell you about the stigmas he has to fight. For one guy, it might be that he doesn’t hit with enough power. And for another it might be that he doesn’t make consistent enough contact.

50. Fair Play -

Ann Carr played basketball at Mississippi State in the late 1980s. She was a 6-foot-1 center.

“You certainly couldn’t have a 6-1 center now,” said Carr, who today is a senior associate athletic director at MSU.

51. Tigers Promote Three Asst. Football Coaches -

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

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

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

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

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

53. One Team, Two Coaches: Grizzlies A Product of Hollins-Joerger -

Lionel Hollins’ departure from the Grizzlies was awkward, messy, ill-timed and could have been the start of a very disheartening chapter in franchise history.

“It could have been a train wreck, honestly,” point guard Mike Conley said.

54. UAM's Keri Wright to Keynote Women & Business Seminar -

At age 18, she had her flight instructor’s certification. By 23, she was a corporate vice president and by 25 a chief operating officer.

Now 32, Keri Wright is chairman and CEO of Universal Asset Management, which buys, sells, leases, manages, disassembles and recycles a variety of commercial aviation assets from all over the world.

55. Tigers Promote Three Assistant Football Coaches -

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

56. Dream Season -

The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.

57. Now Fuente Can Point to the Trophies -

Recruiting is selling. Yeah, sometimes it’s buying, too, but that’s another, more cynical, column for another day.

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the University of Memphis football program had the most upbeat signing day it has had in a long time. Most of that has to do with what coach Justin Fuente and his team did last season.

58. Memphis Season a Monument to Mediocrity -

Good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news. This University of Memphis basketball team is not good enough for things to get much better.

The good news? They’re not bad enough for things to get a lot worse.

59. ServiceMaster Signals Desire to Strengthen Tennis Tournament -

After it was announced at a press conference at The Racquet Club of Memphis that ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. had entered into a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Memphis Open, the company’s chief financial officer, Alan Haughie, couldn’t help himself.

60. ServiceMaster to Present Memphis Open -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. will be the presenting sponsor of the local Association of Tennis Professionals tour stop in February, it was announced Thursday afternoon at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

61. The Other Fellow -

Long before his death last year, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

62. Honoring a Legacy -

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

63. Tigers Finish Football Season in AP Top 25 -

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

64. I Choose Memphis: Gene Baker -

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

Name: Gene Baker

65. A Cool Ending to 2014 -

As is so often the story, 2014 ended with others seeing more in us than we see in ourselves.

A story of tween and teen sisters from Switzerland via Germany, of Scandinavian design and meatballs from Sweden, of a 12-year-old made a superstar chef by a national television audience.

66. Grizz in Finals? Definite Maybe -

Anything’s possible. And by anything, I mean Mississippi State was No. 1 in the college football poll this year at the same time the Kansas City Royals were playing in the World Series.

That’s about like having simultaneous lunar and solar eclipses.

67. This Year: Accomplished -

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

68. I Choose Memphis: Jessica Ball -

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

Name: Jessica Ball

69. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

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

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

70. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

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

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

71. For Tigers, Any Win is Good -

The Tigers’ problems are solved. Or at least they are when they make 11 threes, shoot 52.4 percent from long range, and almost 80 percent at the free-throw line.

So let’s reframe things: For a night, this was how the University of Memphis got around their worst habit – giving the ball to the other team.

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

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

73. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

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

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

74. Isner Commits to Play Memphis Open -

The United States Tennis Association has announced top-ranked American John Isner has become the second Top 20 player to commit to the Memphis Open, joining 2014 U.S. Open finalist and two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori in the player field.

75. Shildt to Manage Redbirds in 2015 -

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Mike Shildt as the Memphis Redbirds’ new manager for the 2015 season.

The 46-year-old Shildt becomes the sixth manager in the Redbirds’ 18-year history and takes over for Ron “Pop” Warner, who was named a minor league roving infield coordinator with the Cardinals organization. Warner guided the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2014 as the Triple-A club posted a 79-64 record. Warner managed the Redbirds from 2012-2014.

76. Blackie’s Body Shop Endures Changing Industry -

Cars are a lot different, and the business of an auto body shop is too, since Delmus “Blackie” Moore opened a body shop on Fourth Street in Downtown Memphis in 1951.

The business of body work is much faster, with less time for the custom work that once was much of Blackie Moore’s stock in trade.

77. Shildt to Manage Redbirds in 2015 -

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Mike Shildt as the Memphis Redbirds’ new manager for the 2015 season.

The 46-year-old Shildt becomes the sixth manager in the Redbirds’ 18-year history and takes over for Ron “Pop” Warner, who was named a minor league roving infield coordinator with the Cardinals organization. Warner guided the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2014 as the Triple-A club posted a 79-64 record. Warner managed the Redbirds from 2012-2014.

78. Shildt to Manage Memphis Redbirds in 2015 -

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Mike Shildt (pronounced like quilt) as the Memphis Redbirds’ new manager for the 2015 season.

The 46-year-old Shildt becomes the sixth manager in the Redbirds’ 18-year history and takes over for Ron “Pop” Warner, who was named a minor league roving infield coordinator with the Cardinals organization. Warner guided the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2014 as the Triple-A club posted a 79-64 record. Warner managed the Redbirds from 2012-2014.

79. Beach-Bound -

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

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

80. Isner Commits to Play Memphis Open -

The United States Tennis Association has announced top-ranked American John Isner has become the second Top 20 player to commit to the Memphis Open, joining 2014 U.S. Open finalist and two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori in the player field.

81. Tigers Moving Quickly on Fuente Contract -

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

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

82. Memphis Football Has Envious Success Story -

The University of Memphis football program is now an example to be envied, a “model” to be copied.

Yes, it’s true.

Connecticut coach Bob Diaco said as much after the Tigers whipped his team 41-10 last Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to win their sixth straight game and improve to 9-3 and 7-1 in conference. The Tigers also staked a claim to at least a share of the American Athletic Conference championship – the first league title in school history since 1971.

83. 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.

84. Tigers Prepare for Final Regular-Season Game -

As the University of Memphis prepares for its final regular-season football game Saturday, Nov. 29, two Tigers have received honors for their work on the gridiron.

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named Memphis’ Paxton Lynch one of eight quarterbacks for its “Stars of the Week.” Fans can go to the Sugar Bowl’s Facebook page to vote for Lynch to be selected the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

85. Thomas Family Sets Course at St. Jude -

Her official title is national outreach director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

But in the 23 years since the death of her father, St. Jude founder and entertainer Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas has deeply influenced the course of the internationally known Memphis medical institution.

86. Grizzlies Playing With Dominating ‘Edge’ -

After Marc Gasol had demoralized the Los Angeles Clippers – which is what 30 points and 12 rebounds from the Grizzlies’ slimmed-down center will do – coach Doc Rivers noted that Gasol “looked great, he’s playing with an edge. Very serious.”

87. Tigers Sign 3 Prospects for 2015 Basketball -

The University of Memphis has signed Randall Broddie and brothers K.J. Lawson and Dedric Lawson for the class of 2015.

The Lawsons play for Hamilton High School, and this summer Tigers coach Josh Pastner hired their father, Keelon Lawson, as an assistant coach.

88. 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

89. New Tech Imperatives for CEOs -

It’s no secret that in today’s economy, small- and medium-sized businesses must constantly reinvent themselves in order to maintain relevancy in their marketplace.

Perhaps lesser known is that technology has helped these businesses be more competitive, especially with keeping an eye on how revenue and expenses are impacting the bottom line, order tracking and customer service.

90. The American Athletic Conference -

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

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

91. Bowl-Eligible Tigers Look for More This Season -

It was just another score on the bottom-of-the-TV-screen scrawl: Memphis 16, Temple 13.

For most of the country, that’s all it was. If it came with any history, it was only the immediate history of Jake Elliott kicking the game-winning field goal. Or of the Tigers getting their sixth win, which knowledgeable college football fans understand is the magic number: six wins equals a bowl game.

92. Ignite Memphis Returns With More Rapid-Fire Ideas -

Ignite Memphis returns next week with what organizers say looks to be the biggest Ignite event ever, on track for another sellout.

The basic idea behind Ignite Memphis: Get a group of creative professionals and Memphians of all stripes, really, to take the stage and make a presentation. That’s pretty much it, other than a few parameters, such as the requirement that the presentations include slides and last a total of five minutes.

93. 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

94. Survival of the Fittest -

Back in 2010, as the video rental giant Blockbuster was circling the drain in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the irony was inescapable to Matt Martin.

Martin, co-owner of Black Lodge Video in Memphis, told a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor how Blockbuster employees “literally laughed in our faces” when the independent video rental shop first opened its doors.

95. 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.”

96. Fred's Taps New CEO -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has shuffled its executive ranks, tapping executive vice president and chief financial officer Jerry Shore as its new CEO following CEO Bruce Efird giving his resignation to the company’s board.

97. Tigers One Win From Bowl Eligibility -

It has been six years since the University of Memphis football team played in a bowl. But it’s now just about impossible to imagine that streak extending to seven seasons.

The Tigers beat Tulsa 40-20 on Halloween night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for their fifth win. Get to six, and they’re bowl eligible.

98. Shareholder Seeks AutoZone Political Disclosures -

AutoZone’s board of directors is recommending shareholders vote against the motion a shareholder plans to present at the company’s annual meeting in December that would ask the auto parts retailer to provide greater detail on its political spending.

99. I Choose Memphis: Edward C-W Harper IV -

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

Name: Edward C-W Harper IV

100. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.