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1. ‘Black Wednesday’ Inspires Commission Run -

For a military man and dedicated physician, Richard Briggs has found time for a variety of pastimes and experiences with more adventure trips on the horizon.

2. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

3. Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound -

Remember the old Levi’s plant off Magnolia? Marcus Hall does, and he’s taken a family history that involves clothing-factory work, fashion sense and a can-do attitude to stitch and rivet together a denim line that’s scooping up local awards and garnering national attention.

4. Indie Memphis Doubles Length, Adds Downtown -

The Indie Memphis Film Festival will extend its presence back Downtown this year – for the first time since 2006 – with a series of events scheduled on top of its Midtown offerings.

This year’s festival, set for Nov. 3-10, will also be bigger – up from four days in previous years. In addition to hosting screenings and events in Overton Square, this year’s festival will offer programs Downtown at the new Halloran Centre for Perfoming Arts & Education next door to the Orpheum Theatre.

5. Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season -

Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.

“I don’t think LeBron is coming through that door anytime soon,” Gasol said after the end of last season.

But in fact LeBron James, albeit wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, will come through the doors at FedExForum for the 2015-16 season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

6. County Commission Chairmanship Given, Taken Back -

For a while Monday, Aug. 10, it looked like the Shelby County Commission had shaken off several years of political conflict in the annual selection of its chairman.

As was the case the three previous years, a commission chairman had been elected with most of his or her votes coming from commissioners of the other party. The body currently is made up of seven Democrats and six Republicans.

7. Baseball’s Missed Chances -

It is said that success in sports sometimes comes down to a matter of inches.

And in sports hero worship, the saying is apropos.

Back in 1991, I was a 14-year-old kid making my first visit to a Major League Baseball game. It was in Arlington Stadium, the dump of a home park of my favorite team, the Texas Rangers.

8. Indie Memphis Doubles Length, Adds Downtown Presence -

The Indie Memphis Film Festival will extend its presence back Downtown this year – for the first time since 2006 – with a series of events scheduled on top of its Midtown offerings.

This year’s festival, set for Nov. 3-10, will also be bigger – up from four days in previous years. In addition to hosting screenings and events in Overton Square, this year’s festival will offer programs Downtown at the new Halloran Centre for Perfoming Arts & Education next door to the Orpheum Theatre.

9. In the Digital Race, There Is No Finish Line -

Recently, the American Marketing Association’s Memphis chapter conducted a member survey to find out the topics of greatest interest.

“Digital was the No. 1 topic people wanted to talk about,” chapter president Melissa Thomson said.

10. Crosstown Concourse Taps Retail Leasing Agent -

Crosstown Concourse has added another member to its growing team: The Shopping Center Group LLC will be the exclusive retail leasing agent for the massive project.

11. Crosstown Concourse Taps Retail Leasing Agent -

Crosstown Concourse has added another member to its growing team: The Shopping Center Group LLC will be the exclusive retail leasing agent for the massive project.

12. Car2Go to Offer Car-Share Service in Nashville -

The Austin-based car-sharing company Car2Go plans to drive into the Nashville market next year, offering residents in the downtown core yet another way of getting around.

Company officials haven’t given an exact timeline, but an ordinance sponsored by Belmont-Hillsboro Council member Burkley Allen, which passed at Metro Council’s July session, opens the door for Car2Go and other car-sharing companies.

13. Haunted History, A Story Retold -

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS. Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes.

At the time of this story – one I shared first in a 2013 column – it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee High Security Facility, now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

14. A General Invitation, Revisited -

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013 and while we haven’t yet heard from the General, we’ve heard from just about everybody else. The invitation stands because – as it has been for some time – it’s past time.

15. Clark Tower to Get $6 Million in Capital Improvements -

The venerable Clark Tower is getting an infusion of cash for capital improvements.

In-Rel Properties, which owns the East Memphis skyscraper, has executed an agreement with the building’s lender paving the way for a $6 million capital improvement project that will begin immediately.

16. Young Ben’s Start -

Next January will mark the 310th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Thinker, inventor, scientist, diplomat, politician, writer. Founding parent of a great nation. A non-president with his face on a bit of paper currency. As Independence Day is just past us, it’s hardly an inappropriate time to revisit the life and times of this noted early patriot.

17. Memphis Election Fundraising Deadline Prompts Flurry of Appeals -

For the last week, candidates in the October Memphis elections have had fundraising fever.

The campaign finance reports for the period that ended Tuesday, June 30, are due at the Shelby County Election Commission by July 10. That’s followed by the noon July 16 filing deadline for candidates in the races for Memphis Mayor, City Council and City Court Clerk.

18. Martin, Wilson Travel Parallel Paths to Success -

Pitmaster Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Chef Tandy Wilson of City House didn’t know one another in early 2007. Yet they’d soon have more than a few things in common.

19. Sea Isle Principal Prepares ‘The Island’ for New School Year -

Cardboard letters on the cinderblock wall just inside the entrance to Sea Isle Elementary School in East Memphis welcome students to “the island” – a much quieter place in these summer days but not a deserted island.

20. Need Reason to Pay By Phone? Apple, Google Add New Features -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores.

21. Fast Growth for Knoxville Diocese -

For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers.

At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive.

22. ‘If It’s on His Mind, You’re Going to Know It’ -

The state legislature’s vote this year to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee raised eyebrows among believers and nonbelievers statewide.

Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, it was tabled by the Senate following questions about its constitutionality and opposition from the governor, other elected officials and community leaders statewide.

23. Sales Volume Raises Risk of Closing Snafus -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ May sales data show sales continuing to rise.

There were 3,558 closings, up 15.6 percent from last May. In comparison, there were 1,783 closings in May 2009. So closings have almost doubled since the Recession. And, as everyone knows, inventory has dropped dramatically.

24. Tennessee State Employees Slighted by 'Voluntary' Buyout -

More and more, Tennessee’s state employees are feeling the same harsh realities of those working – or formerly working – in corporate America.

On the heels of 1,500 buyouts under the Bredesen administration in 2008 and 850 layoffs in 2010, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is offering voluntary buyouts to more than 2,000 employees in the executive branch.

25. Memphis Restaurants ‘Love Their Patios’ -

The warm weather means it's that time of year again for Memphis diners.

Patios have begun filling up around the city as restaurant patrons flock to outdoor dining settings where they can people-watch, enjoy drinks and nosh on smaller, simpler menu items.

26. New Memphis Institute's Annual Summer Experience Connecting Young Professionals -

Hundreds of interns working at Memphis companies this summer are getting a taste of what the Bluff City has to offer them, should they choose to put down roots here.

The New Memphis Institute’s annual Summer Experience slate of events is intended to connect young professionals working in the city with their peers; to establish movers and shakers; and to give them an up-close look at Memphis. The goal: capture their attention at a formative stage in their life, when they’re poised to make plans about whatever city they’ll ultimately call home.

27. Germantown Dental Group Celebrates 40th Anniversary -

Germantown Dental Group holds its 40th anniversary celebration next week.

The business – founded in 1975 by Dr. Mickey Bernstein which has grown into a major cosmetic and restorative care practice – will hold its event June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 2165 West Street. The party will include food, inflatables and face painting for children, as well as live music and door prizes.

28. Listen for Home -

WHEN YOU’RE HOME, YOU CAN HEAR IT. I was recently reminded of a story I heard from an actor friend years ago when he was in town for a commercial I was making. His name was Robert Lansing – if you’re old enough, you’ll remember him from TV’s “12 O’Clock High.”

29. Germantown Dental Group Celebrates 40th Anniversary -

Germantown Dental Group holds its 40th anniversary celebration next week.

The business – founded in 1975 by Dr. Mickey Bernstein which has grown into a major cosmetic and restorative care practice – will hold its event June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 2165 West Street. The party will include food, inflatables and face painting for children, as well as live music and door prizes.

30. A Door of Their Own -

Maybe during the four-plus years that Jackie Hinton was living on the streets of Memphis, you drove past her as she was walking to a shelter for a meal or a bed and a shower.

31. Finding SoCal Vibe in Carlsbad -

The Carlsbad experience is as simple as waking up one morning to enjoy a run along scenic California Highway 1 as surfers ride their bikes to the beach to catch a few waves before work in nearby San Diego.

32. Cotton Tails, Sachi Stand Out With Customer-Centric Focus -

“I like to hide behind the scenes,” said Miki Brugge, the owner of children’s store Cotton Tails and women’s boutique Sachi. “Emphasis on ‘hide,’ please.”

While Brugge may prefer hiding, her Memphis retail presence certainly isn’t. Cotton Tails and Sachi cover 15,000 square feet, nestled in the northwest corner of upscale Laurelwood Shopping Center. Together the stores employ 22 local workers.

33. Events -

Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 2-6, at 7745 Poplar Pike. The all-breed event will feature more than 800 horses in competition, plus vendors, Jack Russell Terrier races (June 6, 10 a.m. to noon) and more. Visit gchs.org.

34. Events -

Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 2-6, at 7745 Poplar Pike. The all-breed event will feature more than 800 horses in competition, plus vendors, Jack Russell Terrier races (June 6, 10 a.m. to noon) and more. Visit gchs.org.

35. Germantown Leaders Exploring Elementary School Possibilities -

When Germantown Municipal School District leaders began talking openly last week about new school construction, they did so cautiously, keeping in mind similar recent discussions in Lakeland and Collierville.

36. Events -

Wolf River Conservancy will host a discussion and Q&A on the future of Wolf River Greenway Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Sara’s Place at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Chuck Flink of Alta Planning & Design will discuss the greenway’s impact, design and immediate plans for the next seven phases. Free for WRC and MBG members; $4 for nonmembers. RSVP to education@wolfriver.org.

37. Swinging Church? Courts to Have Last Laugh -

It’s official: No sex clubs are allowed outside of industrial areas or within 1,000 feet of a home, church or school in Metro Nashville.

The council passed the ordinance recently in response to a proposed swingers club’s attempt to relocate next door to Goodpasture Christian School in Madison.

38. Next Step: Returning Grizzlies Have to Be Better -

The possible return or exit of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol won’t be known for a while. So for our purposes today, let’s assume Gasol takes the mostly likely free agent path and signs a two-year deal with the Grizzlies that allows him to opt out after next season.

39. Ramsey: No Medicaid Expansion Until 2017 -

The Tennessee legislative session ended in late April, giving itself a little more than two and a-half months to handle the state’s business. That’s plenty of time, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

40. Cirrus Aircraft to Build New Center at East Tennessee Airport -

Cirrus Aircraft is building a new center in East Tennessee that will create 170 new jobs.

Media reports say the center will become the flagship location for all sales, marketing and customer experience operations for the Minnesota-based manufacturer of small airplanes.

41. Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis -

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

The Kitchen, which focuses on serving healthy, locally sourced meals, will operate restaurants at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis and Crosstown Concourse in Midtown.

42. Economic Microscope -

Back in 2012, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy was telling the firm’s clients that the U.S. stock market was behaving like a coiled spring.

43. Shelby County Commercial Sales Revenue Surges in First Quarter -

The number of commercial sales in Shelby County dipped in the first quarter when compared to last year but the average sale amount and total sales revenue surged ahead of 2014 levels, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

44. With Economy Uncertain, No Fed Rate Hike is Seen Before Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For 6½ years, the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero, and for nearly that long the financial world has speculated about when the Fed will start raising it.

45. Tennessee School Voucher Bill Approaching Key Committee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state school voucher proposal that failed in the last two Tennessee General Assembly sessions is gaining support as it approaches a key committee in the final days of this year's legislative session.

46. 1 Million New Residents: Where Will They Live? -

At least 1 million people are expected to move to the Nashville region over the next 20 years. Already, the early arrivals have begun to dramatically change the landscape of the suburban counties surrounding the city.

47. House Passes Bill to Repeal Estate Tax -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Thursday to repeal the federal tax on estates, a politically volatile issue that affects few inheritances.

Republicans refer to it as the "death tax." They say it prevents small business owners and family farmers from passing businesses on to their heirs.

48. Big Leap From Hollywood Hustle to Nolensville ‘Barn’ -

The step-grandmother of Clark Gable’s granddaughter leans back in her chair inside the Mennonite furniture store and holds up a foot.

“Look. I’m wearing orange socks. I must be eccentric,” says Linda Roberts as a gray, misty day chases me from Nolensville Road into the worn building tucked against Mill Creek.

49. Taking Action -

The windows on the old Executive Inn on Airways Boulevard where Brooks Road dead ends had been busted out for several years, leaving the curtains in its long-empty rooms fluttering in the wind.

But in January, demolition crews began ripping away at the blighted property at 3222 Airways, providing relief to residents and business owners whose own property values suffered because of the neglected property in that corner of Whitehaven.

50. Interest in Guns Ranges From Self-Defense to Recreation -

While the stereotype of the “gun guy” clad in camouflage still exists, firearms owners are much more likely to be your dentist, doctor or the guy or gal next door.

As of March, there were more than 500,000 handgun permit holders in Tennessee – about one in 10 residents.

51. ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ -

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

52. Days These Days -

GOING RIGHT BACK OUT THERE ANYWAY. I get lots of email about the kind of days friends are having these days – days like mine.

I need to write a column, but looking at a video on my phone of grandchildren splashing in the rain, I realize I also need to wash the snow-salt-sludge off my car.

53. Chock-Full -

STORIES 90 YEARS IN THE MAKING. The other day, Willy Bearden and I visited with Norman Blackley in his kitchen. Willy and I are suckers for stories and that kitchen was chock-full.

Matter of fact, Norman built the kitchen. “Everything in here cost about 200 bucks,” he told us, “put it in myself. This was the garage. Needed a kitchen more than a garage.” He has other garages behind the house. Like the one that holds the 1978 Lincoln Town Car he restored. Or the 1965 Chrysler New Yorker. Or the 1920-something Jordan he’s working on now. His 1955 Chevy’s not back there. It’s in a museum. However, in another garage there’s a tank he built to float his 1927 Chris-Craft 14-footer. He was with his mother when she bought it in 1930 and he’s had it ever since. “Gotta keep it wet,” he explained, “the mahogany shouldn’t dry out.”

54. The Wine That Saved a Knoxville Landmark -

Linn Slocum started making wine from kits because she enjoyed it, later surprising herself by parlaying her hobby into a winery business that has enlivened downtown Knoxville, led to the renovation of a historic site and showcased East Tennessee’s farm-to-table food movement.

55. Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors -

Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.

56. Now You See It … -

Ferris Hall is an unassuming brick building on the edge of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering campus and home to the Department of Materials Science Engineering. There, Drs. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher have opened the door to applying the magic of Hogwarts to military camouflage, cancer treatment or even Halloween costumes for a new generation.

57. Senate Democrats Agree to GOP Plan to Fund Homeland Department -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats on Wednesday signed onto a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid put the Senate on track to pass the bill as a partial agency shutdown looms Friday at midnight.

58. What Recession? Middle Tennessee Largely Spared -

After handling clients at SunTrust as a senior portfolio manager for high-net-worth clients, many with $10 million or more in assets, Dana Moore, CFA, and two colleagues (George Stadler, Angela Helbig), founded HMS Investment Advisors in 2009.

59. Start Co. Expands Its Downtown Space -

The organization helping startup founders launch new ventures in Memphis will soon have more elbow room for the space where it holds events, teaches and provides a co-working environment for startup teams.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. Coke Bets on 'Premium Milk' to Boost Declining Category -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.

The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks Coca-Cola's entry into the milk case in the U.S. and is one way the world's biggest beverage maker is diversifying its offerings as Americans continue turning away from soft drinks.

64. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

65. 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.

66. Home Services Keep Seniors Independent -

Sooner or later, most people end up caring for aging mothers and fathers or become seniors themselves, wondering who to turn to when independent daily living becomes impossible.

Both propositions are frightening and stressful.

67. Council Raises Concerns With Ikea Tax Breaks -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board votes Wednesday, Jan. 21, on the $8 million payment in lieu of taxes for the Ikea retail store to open next year at Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

68. Bringing Out the Best in Others -

According to John D. Rockefeller, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” The best leaders, employers, or workplaces are the ones that understand that just below the surface of average, waiting to be ignited, is the extraordinary.

69. Memphis Reprographics Handles Printing, Storage Needs -

When the development team and architect behind the Sears Crosstown redevelopment project needed multiple phases of the project printed –including everything from design renderings to construction documents and floor plans – they turned to Memphis Reprographics.

70. Community Building -

Almost three years ago, former elementary school art teacher Erin Harris saw a video about children in Memphis who were working with an artist to start a sculpture garden. She still recalls the happy sight of a few boys in the video throwing balloons filled with paint at an old fence, as well as the reaction the footage generated from her.

71. Despite Low Gas Prices, Gas Tax Hike Appears Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven't budged in more than 20 years.

72. OK, It’s a Great House! Can We Please See It? -

In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.

Missing her already, we hope she returns in 2015. But for the current trend to continue, Nashville is going to need some inventory.

73. 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.

74. Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis -

You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.

Hollywood Furniture and Hardware Co. marked its 90th year in business in 2014.

75. Business Development -

Today, Larry Colbert is president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South.

But in 1972, he was a high school student in a Junior Achievement program in Atlanta.

76. Bioworks Helped Spur Memphis Economy in 2014 -

In a variety of ways, the biosciences industry in Memphis helped lead the way in 2014 in terms of job creation and laying a foundation for economic growth in the future.

About that groundwork for growth to come, for example, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation got tapped early in 2014 to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in the city called The EPIcenter, with the goal of creating 1,000 entrepreneurs and 50 companies in the city over the next decade.

77. Security Flaws Allow Global Cellular Eavesdropping -

BERLIN (AP) – Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem.

78. Folk’s Folly Rebrands, Renames Butcher Shop -

Folk’s Folly has finished rebranding and renovating the restaurant’s adjacent butcher shop that opened in 1989, a spate of activity that also included renaming the shop in honor of restaurant founder Humphrey Folk.

79. Recipe for Success -

Michael Hudman is overseeing some last-minute preparations at Porcellino’s, walking through the space that will not only be home to a butcher shop but also represents fresh progress toward the master plan that chefs Hudman and Andy Ticer came up with years ago for their piece of Brookhaven Circle.

80. 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.

81. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

82. 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.

83. Pickard Joins Explorations on Tentative 2015 Ballot -

The contingency plans and other political maneuvering for the city of Memphis elections are well underway.

And a key part of the calculation is making plans for a change in plans.

Architect and planner Charles “Chooch” Pickard is one of several citizens running “exploratory” campaigns at this point.

84. Music City Christmas -

In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.

85. 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.

86. Treat Your Visitors to These Dining Treats -

Having been busy lately on a cookbook project, I haven’t been able to visit restaurants as often. So after my deadline, I worked on making up for lost time by hitting five restaurants in a couple of weeks.

87. Edison Park Finds Ally in Habitat for Humanity -

This Thanksgiving marks two years that Aisha Lbhalla, her husband and their two young sons have lived in Edison Park.

They have a single-family home that backs up to her older son’s school, Thomas A. Edison Elementary. The house has four bedrooms, brick facing, a garage and nearly 1,500 square feet, Lbhalla says.

88. 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.

89. FedEx Supply Chain Expansion Wins Tax Freeze -

FedEx Supply Chain Services appears poised to move ahead with an expansion in Memphis.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx, recently won a five-year tax freeze for a $6.8 million expansion to its 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road.

90. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

91. ’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.

92. US Officials Unveil Plan to Test Ebola Drugs -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The quest for an Ebola treatment is picking up speed. Federal officials have unveiled a plan to test multiple drugs at once, in an umbrella study with a single comparison group to give fast answers on what works.

93. Skip Check-In; Latest Hotel Room Key is Your Phone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk – or even stop by at all.

New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.

94. Not Closing on Time? Little Issues Can Lead to Big Snags -

Here is a scary Halloween tale: Many real estate transactions do not close on the actual date specified by the legally binding contract.

This is not a recent phenomenon and has occurred since the time buyers required funding by third parties to purchase homes.

95. Battle Rages On Between Regional Foes -

In October, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. opened the door, or 267 doors to be more precise, on its new $30 million service center in Memphis.

96. Frayser Battleground for Achievement Schools -

After two years of being confronted with bad student achievement data, teachers at schools on the Achievement School District’s list for a takeover are confronting the ASD and charter organizations with data from the first two years of the state-run district.

97. Alexander vs. Ball -

Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball were on the same campaign trail but different races at about this time 36 years ago.

98. London Pipeline -

In the background stands the Palace of Westminster. Or the House of Lords and the House of Commons, if you prefer. In the foreground, a London taxi bears the word “Memphis” in big white letters across a door, the “I” replaced by a red guitar.

99. Ben Little's: Service Station Service in Self-Serve World -

The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.

100. Old Dominion Opening Memphis Center Monday -

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. says it is opening a new facility in Memphis.

The freight shipping company says it is opening a new 267-door service center on Monday, Oct. 20.