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1. Big River Distilling to Start Production Next Month -

A group of founders with long-standing family ties to Memphis, including sons of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is in the process of launching Big River Distilling Co. LLC, a local vodka distillery which will start production next month.

2. Vanderbilt Students Find Happiness in Music City -

As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.

“This class is projected to have the highest academic quality in our history as measured by high school class rank and SAT scores,’’ says Doug Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions.

3. Doug Carpenter & Associates Still Growing Four Years On -

Even before her recent graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Cara Greenstein had been keeping an eye on her hometown of Memphis, paying attention to job opportunities, looking for the right place to land.

4. D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery -

301 S. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $785,000

Sale Date: July 10, 2014
Buyer: Dominick Properties LLC
Seller: 301 South Front Street GP

5. D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery -

An affiliate of D. Canale & Co. has bought the Downtown property where it will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room.

6. Busy Street -

Evidence for the attractiveness of Downtown’s South Main neighborhood can be found in any of several corners.

One example is at 314 S. Main St., where Café Pontotoc opened its doors about two weeks ago. Owners Milton and Cherie Lamb wanted to establish a comfortable neighborhood bar that serves wine, local beers and small plates in a setting where patrons get used to coming in to unwind.

7. D. Canale to Open Distillery, Public Tasting Facility -

Longtime Memphis food and beverage wholesaler D. Canale & Co. will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room at 301 S. Front St. Downtown.

8. Fight Rages Over Definition of Tennessee Whiskey -

NASHVILLE (AP) – To many, Tennessee means whiskey. But inside the state, the question is: What does Tennessee whiskey mean?

A battle between two worldwide liquor companies – owners of rival brands Jack Daniel's and smaller rival George Dickel – is being waged over who has the right to label their drink as following authentic Tennessee style. It's among the epicurean battles being waged around the world over what food and drink should carry special status as local and unique.

9. Grizzlies Ice Heat in ‘Huge’ Win -

A day earlier, the Grizzlies had talked a like a team that had misplaced its identity. The coach spoke of the team losing its “swagger.” The players spoke of still having everything in front of them – “we control own destiny” was mentioned more than once – and yet the prevailing feeling was one of doubt.

10. Consumer Confidence Rebounds in Sign of Optimism -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer confidence has rebounded to the highest reading in six years, providing a further sign that the economy's prospects should brighten with warmer weather.

11. Jack Daniel’s Opposes Changing Whiskey Law -

If it isn’t fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof, it isn’t Tennessee whiskey. So says a year-old law that resembles almost to the letter the process used to make Jack Daniel’s, the world’s best-known Tennessee whiskey.

12. Lawmakers Mull Full Repeal of Tennessee Whiskey Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers are considering an outright repeal of a 2013 law that for the first time established a legal definition of Tennessee whisky.

Supporters of the move say the law enacted last year unfairly benefits Jack Daniel's, the world's most famous Tennessee whiskey.

13. Jack Daniel's Opposes Changing Whiskey Law -

If it isn't fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof, it isn't Tennessee whiskey. So says a year-old law that resembles almost to the letter the process used to make Jack Daniel's, the world's best-known Tennessee whiskey.

14. Looking Backward and Forward -

The Look Back This time last year we predicted that 2013 would revive investor animal spirits. In fact, investors were downright euphoric last year, absolutely gorging themselves on stocks, buying at a record pace.

15. Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey Sales Up in US, Overseas -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Global thirst for Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey caused exports to spike beyond $1 billion for the first time ever in 2013, a distilled spirits trade group said Tuesday.

16. Proposed Supermarket Wine Deal Draws Criticism -

A proposed deal to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is drawing criticism for trying to exclude big box retailers and convenience stores.

Supporters of the measure seeking to authorize cities and counties to hold referendums on supermarket wine sales have been heartened by the liquor industry lobby for the first time engaging in serious negotiations over the perennial bill.

17. Proposed Supermarket Wine Deal Draws Criticism -

A proposed deal to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is drawing criticism for trying to exclude big box retailers and convenience stores.

Supporters of the measure seeking to authorize cities and counties to hold referendums on supermarket wine sales have been heartened by the liquor industry lobby for the first time engaging in serious negotiations over the perennial bill.

18. Grocery Wine Bill Negotiations Near Breakthrough -

NASHVILLE (AP) – After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.

19. Grizzlies’ Gutsy Comeback Falls Short -

Fans had reason to cheer when the Grizzlies’ overtime game with the San Antonio Spurs ended Tuesday, Jan. 7, at FedExForum.

The home team had rallied from a 16-point deficit with 5:25 to play, and made up a 12-point gap in the last 1:59 of regulation. During a wild 14-2 run in those last two minutes, point guard Mike Conley scored nine of his season-high 30 points.

20. 15 Vie for County Commission Seat -

Shelby County Commissioners will interview a group of 15 citizens Wednesday, Jan. 8, who want to become the newest member of the elected body.

The committee session interviews come before the full commission is to vote Monday, Jan. 13, on a replacement for Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

21. Keeping Up Job Searches During the Holidays -

Now’s the time to get started on your resolution to find a new job in the new year. The holidays are the perfect time to begin your search. Yes, many HR departments are on vacation and hiring appears to halt. But, it’s a great time for you to lay the foundation to stand out in 2014.

22. Regalia to Host ‘Festive Night Out’ -

Regalia Shopping Center at Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road is hosting A Festive Night Out on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Shoppers can take advantage of extended holiday shopping hours and enjoy caroling by DeltaCappella, complimentary refreshments, a wine tasting at Great Wines & Spirits and a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to use at any of Regalia’s shops and restaurants. In addition, Santa will be strolling throughout the center, handing out candy.

23. Regalia to Host 'Festive Night Out' -

Regalia Shopping Center at Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road is hosting A Festive Night Out on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Shoppers can take advantage of extended holiday shopping hours and enjoy caroling by DeltaCappella, complimentary refreshments, a wine tasting at Great Wines & Spirits and a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to use at any of Regalia’s shops and restaurants. In addition, Santa will be strolling throughout the center, handing out candy.

24. Square Roots -

Breakaway Running owner Barry Roberson was blown away by the crowds who visited his new Overton Square store, which opened Oct. 30.

25. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Spooky Spirits Tuesdays on the Terrace wine tasting Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers; reservations are required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

26. Dishcrawl Brings Cocktail Wars to Town -

A new local Dishcrawl event is happening in December – cocktail wars.

Dishcrawl is bringing its first North American Spirits Championship to 10 cities, including Memphis. The local version will take place Dec. 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Alfred’s on Beale.

27. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 29, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

28. Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Memphis -

Steve Jobs once said, “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the square pegs in the round holes … the ones who see things differently … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

29. Jack Daniel's Prepares for its Largest Expansion -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Jack Daniel's is being served a $100 million-plus expansion of its rural Tennessee distillery to flex more muscle in the growing whiskey market.

The investment amounts to the largest single production expansion in the brand's long history. It will add stills and barrel warehouses at the Jack Daniel's operations in Lynchburg, Tenn., the brand's Louisville-based parent company, Brown-Forman Corp., said Thursday.

30. Postal Service Had $740 Million Third-Quarter Loss -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Postal Service has trimmed its losses to $740 million over the last three months by consolidating processing facilities, cutting hours for workers and post offices and reducing workers' compensation costs, the agency said Friday.

31. USPS Considers Alcohol Deliveries -

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has a wish list for raising cash for his financially ailing agency. High on it is delivery of beer, wine and spirits.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Donahoe also endorsed ending most door-to-door and Saturday mail deliveries as cost-saving measures.

32. USPS Considers Alcohol Deliveries -

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has a wish list for raising cash for his financially ailing agency.

High on it is delivery of beer, wine and spirits.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Donahoe also endorsed ending most door-to-door and Saturday mail deliveries as cost-saving measures.

33. Glazer’s Inc. Acquires Memphis’ Star Distributing -

Glazer’s Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire majority control of Memphis-based Star Distributing Co.

34. Second-Quarter Bankruptcies Up 2.3 Percent -

The second quarter of 2013 showed a slight boost in West Tennessee bankruptcy filings as consumers who couldn’t pay off debt accumulated in late 2012 filed for bankruptcy.

All chapters combined – Chapters 7, 11 and 13 – climbed to 3,164 Shelby County bankruptcies for the three-month period ended June 30, up 2.3 percent from 3,093 bankruptcies filed during the same three-month period in 2012, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

35. Glazer’s Acquires Memphis’ Star Distributing -

Glazer’s Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire majority control of Memphis-based Star Distributing Co.

36. That's the Spirit: Booze From Local Crops Booming -

GARDINER, N.Y. (AP) – With all the orchards and corn fields that dot the Hudson Valley landscape, Tuthilltown Spirits doesn't have to look far for the grains and apples to make their whiskey, vodka and gin.

37. Good Times for All -

There will be kickball games, limbo dances, arts and crafts, and a talent show. There will be all of that and more at the sixth annual Camp Good Times residential summer camp May 30 through June 5 at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park in Millington.

38. Waddell Recaps 2012 at State of the Union Address -

Once a year, Waddell & Associates president and CEO David Waddell presents a “State of the Union” address to clients.

39. Waddell Recaps 2012 at State of the Union Address -

Once a year, Waddell & Associates president and CEO David Waddell presents a “State of the Union” address to clients.

40. Supermarket Wine Bill Advances by 1 Vote in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state's nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.

41. Quiet Period Could Lead to Frisky Phase -

Buyer Intent Building By some analysis, the last two weeks have exhibited the lowest stock market volatility since 1986. While sideways markets are boring, they also reduce anxieties. On average, since 1980, the S&P 500 experienced intra-year declines of 15 percent.

42. Strong January Portends Positive Year -

As Goes January … Many market observers state that as goes January, so goes the rest of the year. Mathematically, 1/12th of the year has now passed and the S&P 500 has tacked on 5 percent. Fast-forwarding through the statistical modeling, a strong January predicts a strong annual return precisely because of the positive lead January passes to February. This head start advances the probability of positive returns. Furthermore, a sizable head start increases the odds of success even more. If January is slightly positive, the odds of a positive year are 67 percent. If January is up 5 percent, the odds jump to 79 percent. So a 5 percent positive January has a high probability of correlating with a year of positive equity returns. We cannot rest in that, however, as a 4 percent loss from this point still fulfills the criteria. Better check the vitals.

43. Rix Discovers Everyone’s Perfect Chocolate Flavor -

“What does your business taste like?” That’s one of the first questions Chef Phillip Ashley Rix asks when company leaders commission his signature chocolates to represent their brands. It’s an unusual way to start a business conversation, and it usually jolts people into thinking outside the box, he says.

44. Spirited Debate -

The accessibility of wine for Tennessee residents could soon increase tenfold. 

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, introduced on Thursday, Jan. 31, their bills – SB0837 and HB0610, respectively – to end the exclusive right of liquor stores to sell wine in Tennessee.

45. Take Stand With Positives -

Last week we discussed DeNeuville Learning Center, which is an organization that is working to assist women of all backgrounds and cultures in learning the skills needed to make positive choices for themselves and their families. This week let us highlight the importance of infusing positive energy into our community and being intentional to share hope-filled and uplifting stories, like those of our everyday heroes, who are leading by example to strengthen the Mid-South.

46. New Shoes, Lifting Spirits -

Last week we explored Memphis Recovery Centers, which is helping adolescents and adults fight drug and alcohol addiction. This week, in light of our Samaritans Feet Shoe Distribution coming up on Thursday, Jan. 17, let us discuss the annual event and spotlight the organization working to help people around the world who go without shoes each day: Samaritans Feet International.

47. More Ideas for Holiday Givebacks -

Last week we spotlighted The Exchange Club Family Center, which is an organization focused on helping families and breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Before we announce the topic for this week’s column, let us thank the hundreds of volunteers that came out on Saturday, Nov. 17, for the McKellar Lake Cleanup. More than 5,000 pounds of trash was removed from the area with 2,750 pounds being recycled. Now it is time to explore a few ways we can give back using holiday cards, honorariums and unwrapped toys.

48. Serving Memphis -

The hospitality industry is the nation’s largest private sector employer, yet many in its workforce do not have access to affordable and consistent health care, education opportunities or financial mentoring.

49. Corporations Are Crushing Spirits Of Best And Brightest -

As the resumes roll in for open positions here at the Studio, we are facing a trend we have suspected for a while: There are legions of burned-out corporate drones looking for liberation.

Study after study shows that Gen X and Gen Y will have more than six jobs in their lifetime, viewing each as a brief stint before their next move.

50. Some Corn Farmers Mow Fields as Drought Worsens -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some cornstalks in fields around the farm where David Kellerman works stand tall, but appearances can be deceiving. When the husks are pulled back, the cobs are empty. No kernels developed as the plants struggled with heat and drought.

51. Sexing Up the Ethics Class -

Editor’s Note: Judge Vic is on vacation this week. Enjoy a 2007 column from the archives.

A while ago, I was preparing to guest teach a class in Legal Profession, the law school ethics course. I decided to spice up the session with a little fiction. “Legal Briefs” is a collection of stories written by lawyer-novelists. In it are stories by Grisham, Scottoline, Martini, Patterson and others, including Grif Stockely’s “The Divorce.”

52. Hunter Brings Unique Teaching Methods To The Martin Institute Conference -

John Hunter teaches only two days a week. That’s because the fourth-grade teacher from Charlottesville, Va., is now on the road a lot. He and his World Peace Game that teaches critical thinking skills and collaboration are the subject of a 2010 movie documentary that has garnered a lot of attention.

53. Colliers Duo Has Stellar Start to ’12 -

Colliers International’s industrial team of Andy Cates and Preston Thomas has closed on 34 transactions (sales and leases) to date in 2012. Here’s a rundown of some of the team’s most recent industrial transactions:

54. Straighten Up and Fly Right -

NOTE TO DELTA AND THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY: IT’S NOT YOUR AIRPORT. Tom Jones has suggested that Delta is doing to us what hard-core protagonist Debbie did to Dallas. This time around, Delta is the only one deriving any pleasure out of the act and charging us two, three, even four times the going rate for the experience.

55. Law Firm Ensures Children Enjoy ‘Worry Free Summer’ -

For five years, Daniel Law Firm has been providing Memphis children and parents with a Worry Free Summer Camp.

56. All-Inclusive Trips Help You Relax -

Ray’s Take We recently returned from a family vacation at an all-inclusive resort. It’s the fourth time we’ve done for many good reasons. As the person whose wallet usually gets the biggest workout on family trips – opening it up repeatedly for meals, snacks, beverages, activities, and more – I really appreciate the value of an all-inclusive resort, but there other advantages, as well.

57. Athens Distributing Adds to Presence -

Athens Distributing Co.’s Memphis branch is on the grow, adding a substantial amount of warehouse space and investing in more modern equipment.

58. Stock Up On Lovely Rioja From Spain -

Rush right out and buy a few bottles of this wonderfully appealing yet suitably serious example of Rioja, from Spain’s most renowned wine region. Burgo Viejo Reserva 2006, Rioja, was produced by a cooperative established by six families in 1987, since grown to 16 families.

59. Benz Repair Shop to Open On Cooper St. -

A high-end automobile maintenance and repair shop soon will be added to Cooper-Young’s booming portfolio of local businesses.

Shane Herbers, founder of Midtown Motor Werks, has leased 5,000 square feet at 795 S. Cooper St. from Richard Sullivan.

60. Downtown Mixed-Use Bldg. Sells for $1.5M in Foreclosure -

92-96 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1.5 million

Sale Date: Feb. 10, 2012

61. Sauvignon Blanc True To its Grapes -

Awine of purity and intensity is one that is faithful to the grapes from which it is made and that displays the character of those grapes with marked eloquence and lack of interference. Such a one is the Hall Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Napa Valley.

62. Athens Wine Distributor Could Grow Warehouse -

Athens Distributing Co. could add a 53,700-square-foot warehouse addition to its 905 James St. site. The wine and spirits wholesaler and distributor recently filed a building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, listing Linkous Construction Co. Inc. as the contractor.

63. Latest Legislation Fizzles for Supermarket Wine Sales -

The latest effort to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets has failed for lack of a sponsor in the state Senate.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol had expected a better fate for his bill because it would require voters to approve supermarket wine sales in their city or county.

64. Drop in Bankruptcies Belies Economic Picture -

Although the total number of bankruptcies filed in Shelby County has slowly declined over the last three years, attorney Joseph Townsend with Fullen & Townsend Attorneys said fewer filings aren’t necessarily a sign that the economy is on the upswing.

65. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

66. Pizza Eatery Expands Into Southaven -

A husband and wife team from Hernando is expanding its pizzeria business into Southaven.

David J. and Melissa A. Pippin, owners of Three Guys Pizza Pies, have signed a 3,050-square-foot lease in the Shops of DeSoto Center, 1046 Church Road.

67. Methodist To Invest $1M at North Hospital -

As part of a multiyear plan to upgrade its facility, Methodist North Hospital is planning a $1.1 million interior renovation of one of its medical units to improve the care and comfort of its mostly elderly patients.

68. Give Thanks For Champalou Vouvray 2009 -

I suspect that Americans don’t know much about the wines of Vouvray, except perhaps that they’re vaguely sweet white wines. I also suspect that Americans don’t know much about the grapes they’re made from, which happen to be chenin blanc. So, in the brief space allotted to me here – Education Alert! – I’ll fill in some background.

69. Memphis Wine Distributor Acquired by Dallas Co. -

Mega-distributor Glazer’s Inc. announced Friday, Nov. 4, it has signed an agreement to acquire Memphis-based Victor L. Robilio Co. Inc., 3680 Air Park St.

70. Race for Grace Raises Funds for Church Health Center -

The 15th Annual Race for Grace, benefiting the Church Health Center, will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. The event will include a 5K walk/run and a 1-mile family walk/run.

71. Elmwood’s Costume Tour Ends Month of Events -

Memphis’ Elmwood Cemetery is gearing up to host a number of events this month, leading up to its popular annual Costume Twilight Tour, which attracts about 1,000 visitors to its historic grounds at 824 S. Dudley St.

72. TSC Brings ‘Something Wicked’ to Park -

The Tennessee Shakespeare Co.’s season opens with an exploration of the human psyche amid war and supernatural intervention.

73. Blended Calif. Wine Perfect Aperitif Choice -

Pine Ridge Vineyards, founded in the Napa Valley in 1978, has built a sustained and justified reputation on its stately, long-aging cabernet sauvignon wines. I bet more people, that is to say, more casual wine drinkers, know the winery for an unusual little wine concocted in the early 1990s as an experiment.

74. Inflation Squeezing Consumers in Weak Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers are spending more to fill their tanks, feed their families and pay the rent. At the same time, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits has reached the highest level in three months.

75. Economy Has Little Effect on Fine Dining -

In the wake of 9/11, Estée Lauder Cos. chairman Leonard Lauder noticed his company was selling more lipstick than usual.

A 2008 New York Times article explained Lauder proposed lipstick purchases were a way to gauge the economy. When it’s shaky, he said in the article, women are more apt to boost their mood by buying inexpensive lipstick than pricey shoes.

76. Emergency Simulation -

SimMan, an anatomically accurate, advanced patient simulator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, prepares nurses for real-life, hands-on scenarios with emergency-room patients.

The high-tech mannequin breathes, bleeds, sweats, vomits and urinates. Hooked up to IVs with his vital signs displayed on a monitor next to his bed, his condition can change at any given moment.

77. Desperately Seeking Heroes -

Hero Searching Markets have fallen significantly since April. A value-induced rally last week failed during Fed Chairman Bernanke’s presentation at a banking conference in Atlanta. As expected, his comments acknowledged general economic softening. However, he also made no mention of further “rescue” policies, thereby implying that investors must learn to walk again on their own. With the effectiveness of QE2 unclear, the political pathway for QE3 is blocked.

78. A New Home -

On a humid late May afternoon that signaled the imminent arrival of a sweltering Memphis summer, Burundi native Sedekia Imanairakiza seemed to be in his element, skillfully nurturing the soil and sowing the seeds that will yield fruitful summer crops at Urban Farms, a community garden in the heart of the city.

79. Wine Dinners Designed to Get People in the Door -

Nearly every week in Memphis – and in most American cities with a significant population of wine-drinkers – a few restaurants hold wine dinners that feature a special menu, carefully selected wines and perhaps a winemaker or winery owner to present their products. These events are marketed as unique opportunities to get better acquainted with chefs and their creativity and with wines that perhaps diners would not otherwise encounter.

80. You Get What You Pay For With Specialty Cocktails -

Iwas in New York in January, attending an Italian wine conference at the old-guard Waldorf-Astoria. Being a bit weary of tasting a gazillion wines and facing a long banquet that evening, I sidled, late one afternoon, into Sir Harry’s, the hotel’s dim, cozy, clubby bar off the main lobby, for a bracing, consciousness-altering martini.

81. Bankruptcy Filings See Modest Q1 Decline -

At the height of the Great Recession, Memphis bankruptcy attorney Jimmy McElroy of Jimmy McElroy & Associates noticed a trend of older, more established individuals filing for bankruptcy, and he sees no signs of the trend slowing down any time soon.

82. Keith Cole New Exec. Director At Wolf River Conservancy -

The Wolf River Conservancy board of directors recently voted unanimously to hire Keith Cole as executive director.

Cole began his new position April 4, bringing a background of successful strategic and tactical planning, human resource management, team building and leadership, as well as marketing and public relations.

83. Groceries Closer to Possible Wine Sales -

Wine sales in Tennessee’s grocery stores are one step closer to reality.

SB 0316 – the Red White and Food campaign’s preferred bill – was the first item on the calendar for the Senate State and Local Government Committee meeting Tuesday.

84. Events -

The 2011 NanoDays Celebration at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation by Dr. Kattesh V. Katti titled “Green Nanotechnology in Medicine and Engineering” at the UT Hamilton Eye Institute, Freeman Auditorium, 930 Madison Ave. The NanoMedicine Symposium will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UTHSC Cancer Research Building, 19 S. Manassas St.

85. Consumer Confidence Hits 3-Year High -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer confidence rose in February to its highest point in three years as Americans feel more optimistic about their income prospects and the direction the economy is headed, a private research group reported Tuesday.

86. Consumer Confidence Index Hits 8-Month High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer confidence hit an eight-month high in January. The increase suggests the rising spirits that fueled a holiday shopping boom are carrying over into the new year as people feel better about the job market.

87. From Policeman to Prosecutor, Presley Maintains Perspective -

In Danny Presley’s position, it never hurts to have perspective and a healthy sense of self. In fact, those traits are necessary for survival, so Presley lives by two rules: Never take yourself too seriously, and lighten up.

88. Early Deals Draw Shoppers, Raise Retail Spirits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers spent a bit more in early November, raising retailers’ spirits about the holiday season right before it kicks into high gear.

Early discounting on everything from TVs and sweaters as well as free shipping deals helped pull in shoppers in the first two weeks of November. Consumers coming out of their shells could be a gift for an economy that has suffered from depressed spending for almost three years.

89. Thanksgiving Wine List that Complements Most Feasts -

Economy, shmonomy, don’t pretend that the burning question isn’t what wines Yours Truly will be serving with the Thanksgiving feast. So here they are, the same wines that I have offered annually each year of the past five, when we moved to new digs, but the vintages (and the prices) advance. I bought these products at Wine Market; I had gone in to look at the new store (4734 Spottswood) and realized that it would be a good chance to corral the festive vino. I’ll include other stores where these wines are available: remember that prices can vary among stores.

90. Three Popular Restaurants Undergo Notable Changes -

In 2008 and 2009, restaurant news tended to be depressing because it usually involved restaurants that were closing, sometimes old favorites.

Today’s news, however, deals with moves and additions.

91. Consumer Confidence Rises Slightly in October -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans’ confidence in the economy stayed stuck in gloomy territory in October, with Wall Street’s gains in recent months not boosting spirits much.

Coaxing shoppers out of their shells will be the major challenge for retailers heading into the holiday season. That could mean they’ll be continuing to push big discounts.

92. No Set Rules for Delivering ‘On the House’ Food, Drinks -

So, you’re a couple celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, and you go to a nice restaurant, sit at the bar, chat with the bartender and somehow it comes out that, oh, this is exactly where you were sitting two years ago when you got engaged. The bartender says, “Folks, congratulations, two glasses of champagne, on the house!”

93. Restaurateur Edwards to Reincarnate Bon Ton Cafe -

Every city has restaurants like these Downtown, usually near the courts and lawyers’ offices or the banks, restaurants that serve traditional breakfasts and plate lunches to customers who might be wearing white shirts and ties or workers in blue or gray uniforms or women in everything from slacks to power suits.

94. Shoppers May Have the Upper Hand This Christmas -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Christmas shopping season doesn't kick off for another six weeks, but retailers already are signaling they're prepared to discount aggressively if needed to entice shoppers still skittish about spending.

95. Hash: A Workingman’s Dining Masterpiece -

I ate hash at two local restaurants within one week.

The first occasion, courtesy of my dutiful daughter, was on Father’s Day at Beauty Shop, Karen Carrier’s almost eight-year-old restaurant in Cooper-Young. The second was three nights later at Thyme Bistro, opened just a month ago by Rick Saviori.

96. Memphis on the Rocks Latest Vision for Trailblazer -

Whether your drink of choice is cotton candy vodka, a more traditional gin and tonic or a no-nonsense straight-up bourbon, you can quench your thirst Thursday night on South Main Street at Memphis on the Rocks.

The celebration of fine distilled spirits will feature more than 50 premium brands of bourbon, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey from several distributors, including Memphis’ Southwestern Beverage Distributing.

97. What's Your Strategy? -

Investing has little to do with reacting to today and everything to do with tomorrow.

Trying to make sense of the vacillations across various indices being driven by Europe is a fool’s errand. Market movements tend to be nothing more than an expression of investors' taste in the short run. Long term, markets derive value from fundamentals. So what opportunities exist beyond Europe?

98. Ordering Drinks: Getting Most Bang for the Buck -

Perhaps this situation doesn’t come up often, but pretend you’re sitting at a bar and placed in front of you are a glass of wine and a cocktail, let’s say an Old Fashioned, to be old-fashioned about it.

99. Restaurant Industry Expresses Concern Over Health Care -

Few issues have divided Americans as completely as health care reform. Proponents believe that making medical care available to 32 million uninsured people will open a new era of social responsibility and fulfill the government’s covenant with its citizens, a sort of 21st Century New Deal.

100. Kroc Center Officially Under Way -

A five-year dream has become a reality for those who worked tirelessly to raise money and garner support for the multimillion-dollar Kroc Center of Memphis.

The local chapter of the Salvation Army on Monday morning held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the 100,000-square-foot center that will anchor the northwest corner of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.