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1. Signs of Steady US Economy: Rising Pay and Solid Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' pay is up, fewer people need unemployment aid, more are buying new homes and business spending is rebounding.

A flurry of data released Wednesday signaled that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain solid, if unspectacular, three weeks before the Federal Reserve will likely begin raising interest rates.

2. US Economy Grew at 2.1 Percent Rate in Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought.

The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It previously estimated growth of 1.5 percent.

3. My HQ Initiative Aims to Boost Downtown Memphis Office Market -

For years, the Downtown Memphis office market has been the same story: Bank A, law firm B and accounting firm C left for East Memphis. The newest buildings are now half-empty as firms, big and small, make their exodus.

4. Dangerous Time to Play Emotionally Charged Missouri -

Tennessee’s football team may be headed into a perfect storm Saturday night at Missouri.

It’s been an emotional whirlwind the last two weeks for the Tigers (5-5, 1-5 SEC), and they will have plenty of motivation against the Vols (6-4, 3-3).

5. So Far, Just Call Him the Grizzlies’ Super Mario -

So it’s safe to say that Mario Chalmers has converted Memphis fans.

As he was scoring 29 points in the Grizzlies’ 122-114 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday, Nov. 16, at FedExForum, scoring 16 of those points in the fourth quarter on two threes and nine free throws, the faithful began chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P.”

6. Ricky Tarrant Jr. Brings Speed, Athleticism to Memphis Backcourt -

A college basketball team led by an inexperienced point guard can expect problems. So, too, a team led by a point guard who might be a step slow.

Last season, the University of Memphis had both challenges. They could go young – that didn’t really work – or they could go with then-junior Kedren Johnson, who was not in shape the first part of the season and even later as his conditioning improved, was never going to be accused of having a lightning-quick first step.

7. North Texas Could Never Upset the Vols, Right? -

No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.


Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

8. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

9. Grizz Learning There’s No Extra Credit Just for Trying -

When they weren’t playing hard, that was the most distressing part.

How could the Grizzlies begin the season with so little want-to?

Now that they’ve rediscovered their pride – rising up in the fourth quarter at Utah to lose by a respectable margin, playing the hated Clippers close, and even competing with the Golden State Warriors for a while Wednesday, Nov. 11 – they still lose.

10. Warriors, Curry Too Much For Grizzlies – And Everyone Else So Far -

Stephen Curry had seen this game before, in this building, in the playoffs and in the regular season. The Memphis Grizzlies were trying to do what they always try to do – drag a high-powered offensive machine such as the Golden State Warriors into the mud and not let them get up.

11. The Week Ahead: Nov. 9, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from revenge on the Warriors to crime reduction through urban planning…

It’s still election season in 70 percent of the city, which sounds like a weather forecast – part warning and part advisory.
But the seven-day outlook calls for an increased chance of political engagement this week. Early voting in the set of five Memphis City Council runoff races continues this week at eight satellite locations as well as the Downtown site, 157 Poplar Ave.
The runoff elections in council districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will determine the identity of a council that will have at least six, possibly seven new members. Super District council members Philip Spinosa and Martavius Jones, the two confirmed new faces on the council, were elected outright on Oct. 8.

12. Zambezi Hippo Exhibit Caps Generation of Zoo Plans, Launches Another -

Sandblasting, painting rondavels and plotting a FedEx flight out of Durban, South Africa, for a quartet of 850-pound crocodiles is the order of the day at the Memphis Zoo.

But just beyond the March 1 opening of the $22 million Zambezi River Hippo Camp, zoo director Chuck Brady already is looking ahead to what the organization’s next master plan will tackle. The aquarium and the aviary are at the top of his list.

13. Won’t be the same without the head ball coach -

I miss Steve Spurrier.

It won’t be the same without Spurrier coaching South Carolina when Tennessee (4-4, 2-3 SEC) plays host to the Gamecocks (3-5, 1-5) on Saturday.

It wasn’t the same this week without Spurrier throwing a jab or two at UT leading up to the game.

14. Others might join Whisenhunt before it’s over -

The clock is ticking for Mike Mularkey, just as it is for most of the organization’s management team.

As the Tennessee Titans new interim coach, Mularkey has nine games now to prove himself worthy of being the team’s head coach beyond just the remainder of the team’s wrecked 2015 season.

15. US Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 2½ Years; Hiring Falls -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity grew last month at its slowest pace since May 2013 as manufacturers pared their stockpiles and cut jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of factory activity slipped to 50.1 in October from 50.2 in September. The figures barely signal growth, which is any reading above 50.

16. Success Looks Like Five-Game Win Streak For Vols -

Leaves are changing colors, a chill is in the fall air and Tennessee’s football schedule is getting softer.

Happens every year.

We’ve all heard by now how Tennessee is the best 3-4 team in college football. Now is the time to prove it.

17. Could Amazon Challenge FedEx? -

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but depending on who’s doing the imitating, it could also represent a major threat.

The latter is the storyline that tends to result from technologically savvy enterprises, big and small, muscling their way into FedEx Corp. territory. The latest competitor whose moves are resulting in a crush of “FedEx might have reason to worry” headlines – Amazon, which is pushing to own more of the so-called “last mile” of the package delivery journey and to also become a package delivery giant in its own right.

18. U of M Extends Contract of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

19. Grizzlies, the Story and the Brand, Winning at Box Office, Too -

Memphis is backup point guard Beno Udrih’s sixth NBA city. And the four most previous ones – Sacramento, Milwaukee, Orlando and New York – have not been happy places of late.

Much losing, too many empty seats, an overall downer vibe.

20. With Both Teams Ranked, Ole Miss-Memphis Matchup is High-Stakes Game -

Not only did University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen lead the charge to hand out doughnuts to Tigers students waiting in line for Ole Miss game tickets, he offered them the opportunity to buy extra tickets so as to expand the student section at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

21. Heading Up DMC Is Next Chapter in Terence Patterson’s Memphis Story -

“He’s impressive, and I like him.” So summed up Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris about the general sentiment in electing Terence Patterson to take over the post when Morris steps down next month.

22. College Football Notebook: For Once, Vols on Right Side of Comeback -

After three times blowing double-digit leads this season, the University of Tennessee Volunteers rallied from a 21-point deficit to upset Georgia 38-31 on Saturday, Oct. 9.

It was a history-making day for quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who threw for 312 yards and rushed for 118 yards, marking the second time in Tennessee history a player had more than 300 yards passing and more than 100 yards rushing. (Dobbs did it for the first time in program history against South Carolina in 2014.) Dobbs also accounted for five touchdowns: three passing and two rushing.

23. U of M Extends Contract Of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

24. Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored -

Clayborn Temple, the home base for the sanitation worker strikes of 1968, is on its way to restoration after decades of neglect and four years on the market. Nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Inc. is taking over what is expected to be a multimillion-dollar project to return the church to religious, educational and community uses.

25. US Trade Deficit Widens to $48.3 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped sharply in August as exports fell to the lowest level in nearly three years while imports increased, led by a surge in shipments of cellphones from China.

26. Heat Really On for Jones Against Arkansas -

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.

Kickoff can’t come soon enough for Jones and his staff Saturday night when the Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) play host to Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) at Neyland Stadium.

27. Root of Investor Anxiety: Uncertainty About China and Fed -

Fears about China's slowdown and a coming U.S. interest rate hike have sent global stock markets into a fidgety freefall.

But why? China's economy has been slowing for years. And the Federal Reserve has long been expected to raise short-term interest rates from near zero, where it's kept them since 2008. So what's sowing panic now?

28. College Football Notebook: Vols Fans Thirsty For a Victory, Memphis Remains Unranked -

Arkansas and Tennessee meet at Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 3, in what could be dubbed the Unmet Expectations Bowl.

Remember how the Vols were the trendy pick to challenge for the title in the SEC East?

29. Caterpillar Says It Could Cut 10,000 Jobs to Reduce Costs -

Caterpillar is planning another round of job cuts that could exceed 10,000 people through 2018, as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets.

That could amount to more than 8 percent of the 126,800 employees it had globally as of June.

30. Redbirds Manager 'Taking Notes' As Cardinals Drive Toward Division Title -

If his business was something other than baseball, first-year Memphis Redbirds manager Mike Shildt might be at conference somewhere, shuttling from one hotel ballroom to another, listening to speakers and participating in workshops.

31. Criminal Appeals Court Cancels Memphis Teacher’s Retrial -

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Tuesday, Sept. 22, that a local school teacher convicted of attempted first-degree murder in a 2012 beating of his wife will not get a new trial. Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett had ordered the new trial for Michael Halliburton in June, right after sentencing him to 20 years in prison.

32. Wharton Reintroduces Detroit Specter as Early Voting Begins -

When the city of Memphis got an unmistakable warning in May 2013 from Tennessee comptroller Justin Wilson to get its financial house in order, Memphis mayor A C Wharton was among those quick to caution against likening the city’s problems to those of Detroit.

33. Ole Miss Rebels Prove Their Worth, Rewarded With Rankings Boost -

Underdogs sometimes receive great pre-game speeches. But in the Ole Miss locker room Saturday, Sept. 18, at Bryant-Denny Stadium, there was no sense that the Rebels were about to try and make a miracle, or that it would take one to beat then-No. 2-ranked Alabama.

34. Karlen Evins Finds Her ‘Most Authentic Self’ in Farming -

A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.

35. Karlen Evins Finds Her ‘Most Authentic Self’ in Farming -

A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.

36. Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way -

Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?

37. Wharton, Strickland Roll Out Anti-Crime Platforms -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and challenger Jim Strickland rolled out anti-crime platforms Wednesday, Sept. 9, that signal a shift in the Memphis mayoral race after months of bickering over whether the city’s crime rate is up or down.

38. Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols -

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

39. Loss of Confidence or Loss Of Overconfidence? -

As you already know, markets have gyrated wildly over the last eight trading days. While suspicions of crisis have developed, the market has behaved as if crisis were already upon us.

Broad measures of volatility recorded record gains last week, market mechanics fractured at Monday, Aug. 24’s open and ETF prices became dramatically disconnected from underlying value.

40. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

41. Memphis’ Town Center Trio Concept Takes Double Hit -

Two of the three town centers envisioned by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are going in different directions with a recent court ruling and an auction.

The city of Memphis lost its bid to acquire the Raleigh Springs Mall by eminent domain as The New Towne Center at Soulsville was sold at auction Thursday, Aug. 27.

42. US Economy's Second Quarter Went From Solid to Stellar -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

43. 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.

44. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Eases to 3.93 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent a week earlier. A year ago, the average rate was 4.10 percent.

45. Memphis Redbirds, Grizzlies Partner for ‘Grit & Grind Night’ -

The Memphis Redbirds and Memphis Grizzlies play in different sports and at different levels, but for years the people running the teams acted as though they were quasi-rivals.

Change has been in the works for a while – the annual Cardinals Caravan was at FedExForum this winter when AutoZone Park was getting a makeover – but now a growing partnership is in even greater evidence.

46. More Millennials Stuck Renting for Years Before Buying Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

Short of cash, burdened by student debt and unsettled in their careers, young adults are biding time in apartments for longer periods and buying their first homes later in life.

47. 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.

48. Armstrong Finds Voice In Volatile Times -

Four years ago, when Toney Armstrong became the youngest Memphis Police director from the ranks since the position was created in the 1970s, critics were quick to point out that the one-time homicide detective had a lot to learn about the job’s public face.

49. Ramsey Clear in Push to Politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

50. West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion -

4750 Pleasant Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

51. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

52. US Economy Posts Solid 2.3 Percent Growth Rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

53. TCAP Scores: Math and Science Gains, Reading Scores Down in Memphis -

They aren’t out of the state’s bottom 5 percent. But three Memphis schools where parents and teachers last year vocalized their opposition to Achievement School District control are off the potential takeover list.

54. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

55. Redistricting Controversy Shares Political Stage With Council Restructure -

At one point Tuesday, July 21, during the Memphis City Council’s discussion of the complexities and controversies of drawing new district lines, council attorney Allan Wade’s review of events reached the year 1967.

56. NYSE Resumes Trading After Outage of More Than 3 Hours -

NEW YORK (AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.

There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.

57. Nashville Prison Faces 'Emergency Staffing Issues' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state prison in Nashville that houses men with mental illnesses is facing a critical shortage of corrections officers.

Officials at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility say they are struggling to meet the demands brought about after implementing a new schedule intended to save $1.4 million statewide in wage costs, according to documents obtained by The Tennessean.

58. Plane Talk -

It was 2012 and Tom Jones was growing increasingly frustrated.

The root of Jones’ discontent was the high fares Delta Air Lines was extracting from Mid-Southerners at Memphis International Airport.

59. Stephen & LeBron: Destined to Cross Paths? -

When NBA MVP Stephen (pronounced Steff’n) Curry was in high school, he attended a basketball camp sponsored by LeBron James. The first time LeBron saw Steph, though, was in March 2008. James’s Cleveland Cavaliers were playing the Detroit Pistons, a night game. That afternoon LeBron showed up at Ford Field, with 53,000 others.

60. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

61. Developer of New Downtown Gas Station Tweaks Plan -

The developer whose proposal for a new Downtown gas station and convenience store prompted a City Council member to call for a moratorium on new development in the Pinch District has tweaked his plan to make it more urban and comply with Uptown zoning guidelines.

62. Supreme Court Extends Gay Marriage Nationwide -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

63. Grizzlies Draft LSU’s Jarell Martin, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison -

The Memphis Grizzlies needed more shooting and may have found at least some of it in two off-Broadway draft day trades. But with the 25th overall pick in the first round Thursday night, June 25, the Grizzlies went a different direction and chose 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Jarell Martin from LSU.

64. Dog Daycare Bringing New Life to East Memphis Retail Center -

A new doggy daycare and camp is coming to East Memphis.

Becky and Tim Simcoe have leased 8,875 square feet at the Balmoral Shopping Center at Quince Road and Ridgeway Road in East Memphis to open a Camp Bow Wow franchise.

65. County Commission Takes Long Way to Budget Approval -

In the space of five hours Monday, June 22, Shelby County Commissioners voted down an operating budget, a capital budget and an attempt at a continuation budget to keep spending at the same levels past July 1 and into the new fiscal year.

66. Sales Gauging Techniques that Move the Needle -

Unless you have more sales from ideal customers than you know what to do with, your organization can benefit from sales measurement strategies. They allow you to not only forecast future sales but also to dissect your team’s success through each step of the sales cycle in order to fine-tune your approach and improve results.

67. When Less Means More -

Anxiety floods the boardroom, the conference rooms, every decision. Costs are rising. Returns are flat. Margins are thinning. Now, private label competitors are beating us in every area: technology, price, placement, design and sales. Worse, they have turned the category that we invented into a commoditized war zone and keep us in a rigid box that controls every factor of our influence and gives them every advantage.

68. Lofton Faces Yet Another Basketball Career Crossroad -

Chris Lofton is on the comeback trail again. The former Tennessee All-American guard is on the mend from a turf-toe injury that ended his 2014-15 season with Besiktas in Istanbul, the top level of Turkish pro basketball.

69. New Coach, Fans Will Keep Eye on Rocky Top League -

KNOXVILLE – Hoops fans, rejoice. Your summer basketball fix is almost here.

The Pilot Rocky Top League returns for its eighth year starting June 15 and should feature 11 players who will be on the University of Tennessee’s roster in 2015-16.

70. Sit Near the Field, Stay Aware, Skip the Hot Dogs -

During the Great Home Run Chase of 1998, when Mark McGwire was a Paul Bunyan-esque figure armed with a wooden club, Rene Lachemann worked the third base coaching box for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Well, except when McGwire came to bat. Then Lachemann was nowhere near that coaching box. He was standing about 30 yards down the left field line to try and avoid Big Mac’s swing path.

71. Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

Pay growth, though improving, remains tepid. Many workers have few opportunities to advance. Others have taken temporary, part-time or freelance jobs, with little chance of landing full-time permanent work with benefits.

72. Collierville Schools Proposal Goes To Aldermen -

A proposed comprehensive new high school for the Collierville School system moves to the Collierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, June 8, three days after the Collierville Schools board recommended a $99 million project to build the school on land south of Shelby Drive and east of Sycamore Road.

73. Once Upon A Time at Work -

In business and daily life, we are wired for stories as a species. One creation myth begins by saying God created humans because he needed good stories. Stories bind us together, creating an emotionally connected narrative through which we make sense of the world. I want to share a “Here’s What I Love About My Career” story with you.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. Tigers’ Tubbs Receives All-America Recognition -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball team. Tubbs is a Third Team All-America selection, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

77. Getting Social: What Method is Best for You? -

To tweet, or not to tweet, that is the question. Or is it to blog, text or Skype? When it comes to communication and social media, these are some of the questions that come to mind as you determine the best method of communication to get the message out about your business, product, service or institution.

78. Backsplash -

In the beginning, there was Splash – the first legal casino in Tunica County following the Mississippi Legislature’s passage of the 1990 law legalizing “dockside” casinos in the state.

79. Stock-Buyback Programs Hit Record Pace -

If this was a poker game, it could be said that American companies are doubling down – repurchasing their own stock at a record pace instead of betting on new, outside investments.

TrimTabs Investment Research calculated that companies had announced plans to buy back $133 billion of their own stock in April. That was a new monthly high.

80. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape -

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

81. Tennessee Jobless Rate Drops to Lowest Point in 7 Years -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate has dropped to 6 percent, down from 6.3 percent in March and the lowest rate in seven years.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said it is the third consecutive monthly decline.

82. Renters Appear More Satisfied in Many Pricey US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – High rents are worth it.

At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit.

83. This Grizzlies Era Will Stand the Test of Time -

Tony Allen, you’ll be happy to know, plans to be in town for much of the summer. Which means there’s always the chance you might run into him at the Zoo, a Redbirds game, on Beale Street, at the mall, and at any of those places he might suddenly stop, make that first down signal, and repeat what is now legend:

84. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

85. With barrage of 3-pointers, Warriors close out Grizz in Game 6 -

Stephen Curry said the Golden State Warriors didn’t find themselves until the Memphis Grizzlies “hit us in the mouth two games in a row.”

86. Conquering Fear of Heights on Mt. LeConte -

I was standing on the edge of a cliff during a hike to Mt. LeConte about two weeks ago.

Holding onto a thin metal handrail cable, I was walking a path maybe two feet wide on jagged rock with some water running through it, on the side of the mountain, about 4,000 feet above sea level.

87. 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.

88. Verizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion in Mobile Video Bet -

NEW YORK (AP) – After selling millions of Americans their mobile phones, Verizon now wants to capture their eyeballs, too.

As its phone business slows down, the nation's largest wireless carrier is making a $4.4 billion bet that it can find growth in mobile video and advertising by buying AOL, one of the Internet's oldest brands, which has been through its own share of transformations since introducing much of America to the online world nearly a generation ago.

89. Warriors Make Adjustments to Even Series With Grizzlies -

In Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger’s mind there is a magic number, and that number is 100, as in points.

The Grizzlies were far from that number in losing Game 4 101-84 to the Golden State Warriors Monday, May 11, at FedExForum as Stephen Curry lived up to his MVP status with 33 points. The series shifts to Oakland for Game 5 Wednesday night, May 13, all even at 2-2.

90. Larger Aircraft, More Flights for Memphis -

More Memphis International Airport passengers can travel to Miami, Denver, Chicago and Houston starting this month, thanks to larger aircraft and an expected increase in flight frequency.

While the larger aircraft won’t bring new destinations, they will increase the number of seats available on flights to those destinations. The larger planes, coupled with some expected added frequencies to those destinations, will add an average of about four flights, or 407 seats a day, for Memphis passengers once the changes are complete.

91. A Hazy View of US Economy Emerges Ahead of April Jobs Report -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the government reports Friday on job growth during April, it could help clarify an increasingly nagging question:

Just how strong is the U.S. economy?

The picture has grown hazier of late. Employers added only 126,000 jobs in March, ending a yearlong streak of monthly gains above 200,000. For April, economists predict a rebound to 222,500 added jobs.

92. ULI Gathering Puts Numbers to Poverty Challenge -

The way Steve Guinn sees it, there are two ways for Memphis to reduce its poverty rate by 10 percentage points.

93. Dow Chemical to Trim About 3 Percent of Global Workforce -

Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp.

94. Council Begins Hearings on Operating Budget -

The Memphis City Council is down a member as its budget committee begins hearings Tuesday, May 5, on the $656.5 million operating budget proposal of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Council member Shea Flinn resigned Thursday effective immediately to take a position as vice president at the Greater Memphis Chamber in charge of the Chairman’s Circle.

95. At Long Last -

It’s taken the city of Memphis 10 years to reel in Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid, and business owners in the nearby Pinch District hope it will be a catalytic force they’ve been waiting for.

96. No Stanley Cup Delusions for Knoxville’s Ice Bears -

As the NHL playoffs heat up, the Southern Professional Hockey League is done for another season.

All is quiet inside Civic Coliseum, home of the Knoxville Ice Bears. They ended their 2014-15 season by claiming Knoxville’s fourth President’s Cup as champions of the SPHL.

97. Without Conley, Grizzlies Use Team Effort to Take Out Portland -

Zach Randolph scored the first six points of the game – “throw it to the hand” being an immediate and excellent choice.

Marc Gasol finished with a double-double – 26 points and 14 rebounds – and afterward spoke of team defense being the key component in the victory, saying, “It’s always our key.”

98. US Economy Barely Grew in First Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

99. Will Tennessee Republicans Ever Be Truly Happy? -

Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier?

With the GOP so dominate in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.

100. Shelby County Schools Seeks New Funding for Classroom Investments -

The bottom line on the Shelby County Schools budget proposal headed to Shelby County Commissioners is $973.5 million, but the dollar figure commissioners will be considering is $14 million.

That’s the amount of new funding the system is seeking from county government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Otherwise, the school system’s budget is balanced.