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1. Young Energy Could Boost Veteran Grizzlies -

Of the 15 Grizzlies players on guaranteed contracts, four are entering their second season in the NBA and one is a rookie.

While all of those players currently reside outside the team’s regular rotation, the four second-year players have a chance to carve out a niche for themselves; rookie forward Jarell Martin fractured his foot in a summer workout and his development figures to be delayed.

2. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8 -

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

3. Times Are Good. Try To Enjoy it, Memphis. -

Someday, Vince Carter is going to be in basketball’s Hall of Fame. But recently, he was all about that college football.

Carter was at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to see the University of Memphis win a wild shootout over Cincinnati in an ESPN Thursday night game. Last season, he went to Oxford and saw Ole Miss upset Alabama.

4. Veteran Grizzlies Working Hard to Prevent Injuries -

Just before the Grizzlies departed for California and the start of their preseason training camp this week, point guard Mike Conley explained why he was going to continue wearing that mask. You know, the one he made famous with his superhero performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals when the Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors on their home floor.

5. Mid-South Farm Tourism Harvests Big Autumn Business -

Deciding to start a business that is focused on carving paths through a field of corn might not seem like a sound post-college plan.

But Justin Taylor and friend Chris Taylor weren’t thinking long term when they started what is today known as the Mid-South Maze at Agricenter International. It was 2001, and the pair had a friend who owned land in Arkansas, a few miles outside of Downtown Memphis. That April, at the last moment possible to plant and be ready for a corn maze that fall, the two took the plunge just to see what would happen.

6. Memphis Grizzlies Unveil Broadcast Schedule -

Local Memphis Grizzlies fans will be able to watch the team’s entire 82-game slate on television this year, including 10 contests carried by national providers.

Fox Sports Southeast – formerly SportSouth – will televise 72 games and will be noted as FSSE in channel guides.

7. From University Labs to the Marketplace -

The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to Middle Tennessee’s economy in 2014, according to a study released by the Nashville Health Care Council, which is a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010.

8. US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-Year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.

9. Punny Puzzler’s Passing the End of an Era -

Reflecting at the end of an era: Park City, Utah. January 20, 2006. Susan and I clamber onto the bus that stops at the edge of the snow-filled parking lot. We remain standing, as the bus is full. We’re trying to explain to the driver that we’ve no idea where we are and only a faint idea of where we’re going.

10. 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.

11. Memphis Investment Professionals Preach Caution Amid Market Swings -

The 1,000-point drop at one point Monday, Aug. 24, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it ended the day down 588 points to close at an 18-month low – was a result of volatile trading that marked a stomach-churning start to the week for investors.

12. High-Tech Cars Bring Detroit and Silicon Valley Face to Face -

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

13. Steady US Job Gains Likely Foretell a New Era: Higher Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new era of higher rates on home and car loans, steeper borrowing costs for businesses and the government – maybe even a bit more return for savers – is about to arrive.

14. Grizzlies Believe Big Man Backup Brandan Wright A Seamless Choice -

It won’t always be as easy for Mike Conley in the NBA as it was for Scott Reall in high school. But when Reall talks about being Brandan Wright’s teammate at Brentwood Academy in the mid-2000s, you do get the idea that Wright brings some much-needed athleticism to the Grizzlies’ front court.

15. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

16. Nichols’ Exit a Sign of Where Tigers Basketball is Now -

University of Memphis Basketball Past is strong and vibrant.

We saw evidence last month when a couple of former players hastily threw together an alumni game and it sold out, Elma Roane Fieldhouse packed for a no-count exhibition as Penny Hardaway turned back the clock and Chris Crawford rained 3-pointers.

17. Experts Give Their Take on Jobs, Fed and Financial Markets -

NEW YORK (AP) – If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed.

The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?

18. Boosting Overtime: Obama Calls for Broader Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

19. Will Latest Inflammatory Comments Tarnish Trump's Brand? -

NEW YORK (AP) – Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be?

Trump has found himself on the receiving end of the catchphrase he made famous on his reality show "The Apprentice" – "You're fired!" – after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech.

20. Tigers Alumni Game a Chance for Fans to Relive Fond Memories -

It’s not the Final Four. In fact, it’s not even a November nonconference game against some directional school.

It’s an alumni game being played at the little campus gym at the University of Memphis. And it’s sold out.

21. 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.

22. Renovations Add to Charm of Smokies Park -

SEVIERVILLE – You don’t have to be an avid baseball fan to have a great time at Smokies Park.

Of course, the most ravenous baseball fan also will find the Tennessee Smokies’ home stadium has all you could want in a minor-league ballpark. There also is Southern League baseball, a Double-A league from which players often make the jump straight to the major leagues.

23. Conn’s Acquires Site for Third Memphis-Area Location -

A Texas-based retailer has acquired a fully leased shopping center in Southaven and will build a new store on an outparcel of the existing retail center.

Conn’s Appliances Inc. acquired the Stateline Square Shopping Center at 550 Stateline Road in Southaven for $5 million from Brixmor Commercial Real Estate, which was doing business as NPK Southaven LLC.

24. Media Heads Rule Ranks of Best-Paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

25. Jackson Plea Preserves Controversy -

There will be no retrial of Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

But Jackson’s Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter with a 15-year prison sentence, is hardly the last chapter in a story that began with the 2005 murder in East Memphis and the 2009 trial that included 40 witnesses and nearly 400 trial exhibits.

26. Noura Jackson Takes Plea Deal in Murder Retrial -

After serving nine years in prison, Noura Jackson entered an Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

27. Lipscomb-Area Jewelers Dazzle Both Sides of Granny White -

When the blonde left-fielder skidded across the outfield grass attempting in vain to catch a tricky hit, she likely didn’t know she was “visiting” – belly down – a well-fertilized, close-cropped living memorial to the man who spread love of Lipscomb from his jewelry store a couple hundred yards away.

28. New State Chair Wants All-GOP Legislature -

With more than six years of experience in the House of Representatives, Knoxville Republican Ryan Haynes is leaving the post to take on a new job: Tennessee Republican Party chairman.

29. Taking Care of Business -

The postseason is – take your pick – a new season, the second season, the only season that matters.

But before delving into the Grizzlies’ path in the NBA Playoffs, which starts with the Grizzlies as the 5 seed in a first-round Western Conference matchup up with 4-seed Portland Sunday night at FedExForum, a rewind is in order.

30. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players -

Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.

31. Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin: Developing Champions ‘The Right Way’ -

For a baseball coach – one of the best in the business – Tim Corbin owes much of his career to influences from a different athletic endeavor.

32. 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.”

33. Flip-Flops Can Wait As Grizz Keep Putting in Work -

The Memphis Grizzlies won 39 games before the All-Star break. How significant is that? Five times since they’ve been in Memphis, the Grizzlies failed to win 29 games all season.

Not so long ago, fans would have judged a 39-win Grizzlies team to be playing with house money. But not now.

34. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

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

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

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

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

36. 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.

37. Even Rob Lowe Knows Seahawks Made Wrong Call -

Before Super Bowl 49, all the talk was about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and what they did or didn’t know in regards to “Deflategate.”

38. Barbie Blues Gave Mattel Holiday Disappointment -

Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.

Mattel's fourth-quarter earnings release Friday drilled down into the details of a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO.

39. Presumptive All-Star Starter Marc Gasol Concerned With One Thing: Winning -

His night’s work done, center Marc Gasol put on a gray suit and stood in front of his locker and waited for the inevitable questions about the NBA All-Star Game.

The Grizzlies’ center had scored a game-high 26 points and handed out a team-best five assists in a 92-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Gasol also had grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots, but it was an eyesore of a game even if at the end the Grizzlies had improved their record to 30-12.

40. Fear of Trying -

The most complicated move in ballroom dancing is often the step that gets you through the dance studio’s front door.

Television shows like, “Dancing with the Stars’’ and “So You Think You Can Dance’’ are wildly popular and have contributed to a renewed interest in the glamourous art (skill? sport?) of ballroom dancing, but those high-energy, competitive programs or a movie like “Dirty Dancing’’ can also intimidate people and keep them glued to the couch.

41. UT’s Tyndall Winning Fans Despite NCAA Investigation -

KNOXVILLE – Donnie Tyndall has hardly slowed down since the former Southern Miss head coach took over Tennessee’s basketball program in April.

Of course, Tyndall had little choice.

42. School Transitions -

In the uniquely timed world of education, a year can be defined several ways, and while one of those years is underway, planning for the next one has already begun.

By the calendar year, 2014 has been a dizzying array of historic moments and transitions.

43. Jake Locker: Nice Guy Who Deserved Better -

Jake Locker’s time with the Tennessee Titans has quietly come to an end. Sure, he’s officially a Titan until March, but Sunday’s shoulder injury vs. the Jets – and his upcoming surgery – ends a star-crossed four-year run.

44. Titans’ On-, Off-Field Decisions Defy Imagination -

When the Tennessee Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt in January, it brought a breath of fresh air to an organization that sorely needed a change.

But it hasn’t taken long for that breath of fresh air to quickly become stale and toxic.

45. Grizzlies Playing With Dominating ‘Edge’ -

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

46. Barbic Counters Achievement School District Opposition -

Tennessee Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic on Wednesday responded for the first time to vocal opposition to the state-run district.

In an interview on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines,” Barbic said opposition to the ASD is about the same as it has been over the last two years. The program airs Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and his hosted by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News.

47. Grizzlies Brass Has Challenge In Analyzing Player Minutes -

It took but a single game for one of the Memphis Grizzlies’ main dilemmas to present itself. Namely, what’s a coach to do when his starters are playing well and the bench is giving him almost nothing?

48. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.

49. Minyard Joins Barge Waggoner -

Tom Minyard, a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as the civil works program manager. In his new role, Minyard’s responsibilities include the advancement of the firm’s strategic direction as it relates to its civil works program for local, state and federal governments. His areas of technical interest include flood risk reduction, navigation, ecosystem restoration and emergency response.

50. Time is Now -

For now, the Memphis Grizzlies’ window of opportunity is open.

With four straight playoff appearances in the immediate past, there is no reason to believe the Grizzlies won’t get there again. But it’s not about just getting there, not about playing a tough seven-game series, as the Grizzlies did in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against Oklahoma City last season, only to come home after a dispiriting Game 7 loss.

51. Ailing Global Economy Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

52. Obama and the Midterms: What's At Stake? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.

53. TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants -

A New Orleans-based restaurant group has acquired three local TGI Fridays restaurants.

Southeast Restaurant Group bought the restaurants at 8325 U.S. 64, 7733 Winchester Road and 176 Goodman Road in Southaven, part of a broader 20-restaurant deal.

54. Football Dreams -

Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss are undefeated and tied for third in the Associated Press poll. The historically downtrodden University of Memphis football program just blasted preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road and hung with both Ole Miss and UCLA.

55. Surge of Hiring Cuts US Jobless Rate to 5.9 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A surge in hiring last month helped drive the nation's unemployment rate down to a six-year low of 5.9 percent – within striking distance of what economists consider a healthy level.

56. US Consumer Spending Up 0.5 Percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after showing no gain in July, the Commerce Department reported Monday. It was the best result since spending also expanded 0.5 percent in June.

57. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders -

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.

58. Titans Buying What New Coaches Selling -

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Titans did what few believed they could do when they went into Kansas City and dominated the Chiefs on Sunday.

And while one win is hardly enough for Titans fans to start making Super Bowl reservations, there is the sense that something is vastly different about this organization from the past few years.

59. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

60. US Economy Forecast to Grow By 1.5 Percent in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

61. Tennessee Supreme Court Orders New Trial for Noura Jackson -

The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Noura Jackson Friday, Aug. 22, who was convicted in 2009 of second degree murder in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

62. Titans Offense Looks Like NFL Product -

Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.

But based on the early preseason, Coach Ken Whisenhunt is fielding a Titans team that might actually be worth watching.

63. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

64. Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul -

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.

65. Achievement School District Touts Proficiency Gains -

The state-run Achievement School District grew its math proficiency percentages in its second school year by 2.2 percentage points, reading and language arts by 3.4 percentage points and science proficiency percentages by half a percentage point – all compared to the previous 2012-2013 school year.

66. A Wise Sports Fan Appreciates the Journey -

So what does Team USA’s soccer experience and the Memphis Grizzlies experience have in common?

You know, besides the obvious – playing against a bunch of floppers/whiners, be they from Portugal or Lob City?

67. Grizzlies Hope Stokes Develops Into Next Z-Bo -

It’s unlikely that Jarnell Stokes was the only Memphis high school basketball player sitting in the upper reaches of FedExForum cheering on the Grizzlies and warming up to that new power forward that we all know as Z-Bo.

68. Grizzlies Draft UCLA's Adams, Memphis Native Stokes -

Whether it will prove to be a telling remembrance or not, news of the Grizzlies selecting guard UCLA shooting guard Jordan Adams with the No. 22 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft was largely met with mild disdain, sweeping indifference and a dash of tilt-your-head curiosity.

69. Heart of Arlington -

When Sandy Brewer and her family moved more than eight years ago from Cordova to a turn-of-the-century home just two blocks from Arlington’s Depot Square, she said it felt like taking a step back in time.

70. Survey: Growth to Pick Up, Hiring Steady -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists. Still, growth for the full year will likely come in lower than they previously estimated.

71. Game Changer -

One educator’s reform is another educator’s wrong move.

Dorsey Hopson doesn’t use the word “reform” as often as he uses the term “game changer.”

But the superintendent of Shelby County Schools has himself become a game changer as the school board that signed him to a three-year contract last September weighs a further extension of his three-year contract that for now runs through September 2016.

72. Grizzlies Descend Deeper Into Unconscionable Chaos -

Hard as it is to believe now, it was only May 3 when the Grizzlies last played a basketball game. Less than three weeks later, that Game 7 loss at Oklahoma City stands as the franchise’s last normal moment.

73. NBA Fuels Fans’ Suspicion of Game Fixing -

Just so there is no misunderstanding, let me answer this question first:

Do I believe NBA Playoff games are actually fixed?

No, I do not. I don’t think that Commissioner Adam Silver now, or David Stern before him, is sitting in the rafters of NBA arenas and pulling strings that make puppets, er, officials, blow whistles when someone deigns to breathe on LeBron James or Kevin Durant.

74. Grizzlies Share Similar Season with Champs -

When the Miami Heat came to town in early April, they were not the two-time defending NBA champions as much as they were the next obstacle between the Grizzlies and their desired destination: The Western Conference playoffs.

75. Family Dollar to Close Stores as Shoppers Pinched -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers.

Family Dollar said Thursday that will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic items.

76. Fundraising Help for Orchestra Continues -

The Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $25,000 for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra has beaten its goal, pulling in a little more than $28,500.

That’s one example among many of how, once the orchestra’s dire straits became known earlier this year, supporters have been lining up to come to the rescue. And more chances for the public to help are still to come.

77. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench -

The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.

78. Tigers Season Sits Somewhere Between Respectable, Not-Quite-Great -

So, how best to categorize the 2013-2014 season for the Memphis Tigers basketball team?

Great? Not even coach Josh Pastner has settled on that word.

Respectable? It was much more than that. You may be tired of hearing Pastner say it, but it is true the Tigers stayed in the national rankings until the final Associated Press poll right before the NCAA Tournament.

79. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid -

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Some commissioners branded Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s effort to urge County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to rebid the contract as a political effort. Mulroy is taking criticism from former Commissioner Deidre Malone in the three-way Democratic primary race for county mayor for his vote in favor of the contract in 2011.

80. Tigers Season Ends On Common Theme -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

81. Tigers Season Ends on Common Theme: ‘Underachieved’ -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

82. Tigers Hang to Beat GW in NCAAs -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. once thought his college basketball career was done.

You know the story. From Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year at Missouri to being exiled after sexual assault allegations that never became more than that, never turned into actual charges.

83. ‘Bigger and Better’ -

At a benefit concert earlier this month at Evergreen Presbyterian Church for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra, one audience member was noticeably moved during a performance of “Capriccio Espagnol,” a piece based on Spanish folk melodies from the late 1800s by Nikolai Rismky-Korsakov.

84. Nichols’ Rookie Award Comes With Accolades -

First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?

85. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the eighth annual Daffodil Dash 3-Miler and 1-mile Family Fun Run Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Race-day registration is $25; children 12 and younger are $10 (family fun run only). Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

86. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the official Tennessee Arbor Day Celebration Friday, March 7, at 10 a.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The city of Memphis will be recognized for earning the Tree City USA designation, and seedlings will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

87. Tigers Seniors Hope to Script Memorable Last Chapter -

The five Memphis seniors talked about their college basketball careers and they sounded older, wiser. And although nobody used this word, maybe a little scared about what might, or might not, come next.

88. Tigers Revel in Season Sweep of Louisville -

Any in-the-moment analytical evaluation of the Tigers’ chances after Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell slammed home a dunk for an eight-point lead with 4:46 left in the game would have been dire.

89. Actions Should Speaker Louder Than Words -

The Sports Morality Police have pinned on their badges and are cracking down on athlete-on-athlete crime.

You know, those vicious moments where one millionaire calls another millionaire a name across the line of scrimmage in what amount to little more than a grunt.

90. Score-Watching Grizz Can’t Lose Sight of Opponents -

Two hours before the Grizzlies played the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at FedExForum, Memphis coach Dave Joerger talked about the last loss – at Charlotte – the game ahead, and that aggravating play that recently invaded Memphis living rooms, including Joerger’s own.

91. Governors Erupt in Partisan Dispute at White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

92. Destination: Memphis -

On a slow Sunday afternoon Downtown with the Broncos and Chargers NFL playoff game on a bar TV screen, a trio of 20-somethings – two men and one woman – watched the game, speculated about whether the Grizzlies were playing a few blocks away and quizzed one another about their plans for the future.

93. Haslam: Medicaid Expansion ‘A Clunker’ -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands critics of his decision so far not to accept a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee. But Haslam said the terms of the increased funding wouldn’t provide better outcomes for users or providers.

94. Damn This Traffic Jam! -

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

“Got it.”

So read an Aug. 13, 2013, email exchange between a couple of New Jersey pols. Why Fort Lee?

Earlier efforts to pluck Democratic endorsements in the Garden State for Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign had failed as to Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich. Moreover, the day before, the Democratic state senator who represents Fort Lee had effectively blocked Christie’s reappointment of a Republican state supreme court justice. On Aug. 12, Christie referred to Jersey’s Democratic state senators as “animals.”

95. ‘Under the Radar’ Conley Carrying Grizzlies This Season -

Already, the national conversation has started. Who deserves to be on the NBA’s Western Conference All-Star team?

In Memphis, that question has become personal as fans and players stump for point guard Mike Conley. After Conley scored 31 points with seven assists (his second straight 30-point performance) in a five-point win over Phoenix, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph pretty much spoke for everyone with a vested interest on this topic.

96. Fed: US Economic Growth Healthy Over Holidays -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth remained healthy in most U.S. regions in late November and December, helped by gains in consumer spending and factory output.

97. Examining the Tigers Entering January -

The 17th-ranked Tigers came through the first 10 games of the season – the first chapter, if you will – with an 8-2 record overall and a 1-2 record against ranked opponents. They suffered a lopsided loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., beat the Cowboys on a neutral court, and had what NCAA bracket analysts would term a “good loss” by two points to Florida at Madison Square Garden.

98. Commission to Have New Faces in 2014 -

When Shelby County Commissioners said farewell to one of their own this week at the commission’s last meeting of 2013, it was the latest in a series of changes that will remake the 13-member body by this time next year.

99. No Need to Spin Tigers’ Nice Start -

Every special season has critical mileposts along the way. The Tigers’ first came in Stillwater, Okla., where, again, they weren’t up to the challenge of a ranked opponent in Oklahoma State. Thus, the Tigers and their coach returned to harsh criticism in Memphis and waited for the next opportunity.

100. AP Survey: US Income Gap is Holding Back Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals.

It's hurting the U.S. economy.

So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press. Their concerns tap into a debate that's intensified as middle-class pay has stagnated while wealthier households have thrived.