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1. Ramsey an Important, Unfamiliar Pioneer -

In this season of thankfulness, Knoxvillians should pay homage to Francis Alexander Ramsey, but many people are probably not familiar with his name.

2. Just for Pun -

SUFFERING FOOLISH. Just when you think your cold is getting better, it snot. If you think that’s bad, I’m just getting started.

As I write this, Thanksgiving weekend is winding down and my cold, a gift from my grandchildren, is just getting warmed up. Nora’s gone to church, the dogs have fled to another room, I’m out of Kleenex, and the last sneezing exhibition numbered 18. Not feeling much like writing a column, I opened my email and saw these from my friend, Gene:

3. Giving Tuesday -

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. What’s next? Giving Tuesday. That’s right. This December 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a new global holiday, and it’s all about philanthropy.

4. Holden’s Hat -

FINDING MEMPHIS. Last week the Church of the Holy Communion inaugurated a reading group called Words, and enticed an eclectic baker’s dozen of participants with Muddy’s cupcakes. I can’t speak for the rest, but I’ve worked for much less.

5. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

6. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

7. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Mary Poppins” Friday, Aug. 15, through Sept. 7 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

8. Events -

Church Health Center Wellness and Bring It Food Hub will hold a Bring It, Cook It, Take It cooking class Thursday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at 1115 Union Ave. The class will include cooking demonstrations using fresh produce, plus tastings and recipes. Cost is $5 and includes a bag of produce. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

9. Events -

Rizzo’s Diner and the Memphis Crisis Center will hold a “Less to Wine About Wednesday” fundraiser Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the restaurant, 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Rizzo’s will donate 25 percent of the day’s profits to the crisis center. Visit rizzosdiner.com.

10. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

11. From Despair to Belief -

A July weekday afternoon, about 2:45. It’s the perfect time for just about anyone to be nodding off in class.

But in the basement of Midtown Church of Christ, where HopeWorks Inc. is housed, class is in session and a dozen men and their teacher are having a lively discussion.

12. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

13. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will hold a free season nine community grand opening Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to midnight in its new Overton Square theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Events include performances, tours, concerts and more. Tickets to each event are on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit hattiloo.org/grand-opening-season-9.php for schedule.

14. ‘A Step Closer’ -

The general contractor for the Crosstown redevelopment project recently applied for three building permits totaling $115.3 million as the development team approaches a key period for financing the ambitious project.

15. Agape HeartLight to be Held Aug. 15 -

Hope Presbyterian Church will be the site of the Agape Child & Family Services’ 16th annual HeartLight event Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker. Fortune Magazine recently named Canada one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” due in part to the Harlem Children’s Zone educational reform program.

16. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble & School will present “Springloaded” Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. Dancers will perform “Coppelia ReMix” and other new works featuring a fusion of dance styles. Buy tickets at newballet.org.

17. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

18. Agape HeartLight to be Held Aug. 15 -

Hope Presbyterian Church will be the site of the Agape Child & Family Services’ 16th annual HeartLight event Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker. Fortune Magazine recently named Canada one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” due in part to the Harlem Children’s Zone educational reform program.

19. Where There’s Smoke -

DON’T WAIT FOR THE FIRE TO FIND THE WATER. Neglect and denial burns in empty buildings and blighted neighborhoods, futures are hazy, moods are dark and the smoke from all of it chokes cities and sends those able to flee to greener ground at the edges, leaving behind a bitter landscape, a smoldering threat.

20. Events -

Germantown Performing Arts Center will host “action hero” performers STREB Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road. Buy tickets at gpacweb.com.

21. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Nancy Crawford of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will speak. Call 494-8639.

22. Unique Flavor -

MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best observed and shared around tables, best accompanied by good food and best expressed in good stories.

Mildred’s story, for instance.

23. ‘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.

24. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

25. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

26. Embrace Potential in 2014 -

The renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, when asked which one of the many buildings he designed was his favorite, without hesitation replied, “My next one.” The new year that stretches out in front of us has the same potential to be the best yet, for Memphis and for each of us.

27. Young Givers -

It’s a holiday symbol that is nearly as synonymous as Christmas trees and fruitcake: the Salvation Army Red Kettle.

Every Friday before Thanksgiving, red-aproned teams and individuals from businesses, church organizations and the general community literally ring in the season in front of stores such as Kroger and Wal-Mart to solicit donations from passers-by, just as they’ve done in Memphis for the past 105 years.

28. Events -

Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at participating small businesses across Memphis. The nationwide event includes retailers, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and more. Visit shopsmall.com for a list of participating businesses.

29. Agape Helps Families Out of Homelessness -

Agape Child & Family Services continues to grow its Families In Transition program, which provides housing to homeless women who have children or are pregnant.

This year, the program will simultaneously serve 63 families, with an impact to more than 150 families.

30. Overton Square Momentum Connects With History -

If you think Midtown’s recent momentum, particularly in and around Overton Square, is real growth, you are right.

But it is growth in development that Overton Square developer Bob Loeb believes will bring along a denser population in the area.

31. Groups Highlight Adoption Awareness in November -

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and local groups like Mid-South Alliance and Agape Child & Family Services are working to provide safe and loving homes for more than 1,100 children in foster care in Shelby County.

32. New in Rural Tennessee: Discovery Park of America -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it's not a villain's lair or superhero's headquarters.

33. Cleveland Brings Legal Skills to PeopleCap -

Howard Cleveland has brought a unique set of skills and perspective to his role as principal of PeopleCap, the boutique human resources firm he co-founded in 2012.

34. Memorial Service for 3 Killed in Helicopter Crash -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Nearly 2,000 people attended a memorial service for a pilot and two hospital workers killed in a medical helicopter crash in Tennessee.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital officials say the memorial took place Tuesday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

35. Officials: New Park Could Put West Tennessee on Map -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – As a new $80 million Discovery Park of America nears opening day, officials in western Tennessee hope the attraction helps put the area on the tourism map.

Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker told The Paducah Sun that adding the park will allow the area on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line to become a tourism destination. Whitaker says the area combines history, education and entertainment in one experience.

36. Room Service -

Hilton Worldwide celebrates its second Global Week of Service this week, and more than 700 Hilton employees are working locally on community involvement projects, such as this year’s signature event at the Pilgrim’s Rest housing facility, 747 Court Ave.

37. Chisley Named CEO of Methodist North Hospital -

Gyasi C. Chisley has joined Methodist North Hospital as CEO. In his new role, Chisley will lead thousands of associates and aligned and contracted medical staff. He says that as health care transitions from volume to value, his platform is to grow outpatient practices, physicians and services while creating a viable patient-centered environment.

38. 24-Hour Run Supports Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis -

The years and the miles are adding up. And there really couldn’t be one without the other. Seventeen years ago, volunteers from Memphis went to Haiti on a short-term mission trip and saw there was a desperate need for health services.

39. Time for ‘New ERA’ in Memphis -

Statistically, we know that talented workers are vital to any city’s economy. Cities need creative, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial citizens to start businesses, buy homes, send their kids to school and do all of the things that people do to create value in neighborhoods. When talented people “opt-out” of one city in favor of another, for any reason, some cities win while others lose. It’s no secret that Memphis has been on the losing end of this equation for quite some time.

40. Groups Race to Hire, Train 'Obamacare' Guides -

CHICAGO (AP) – With the program known as "Obamacare" only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who've never had it.

41. ‘Voice’ Star to Headline Calvary Rescue Mission Fundraiser -

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Calvary Rescue Mission will hold its annual Appreciation Dinner to celebrate 46 years of helping the homeless in Memphis.

The dinner will be held at Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Road, and featured entertainment for the evening will be Visible Music College graduate and “The Voice” star Sarah Simmons.

42. Memphis Suit Project Aims to Dress the Needy -

Three Memphis businessmen have started a nonprofit venture to help young men literally suit up for opportunities they encounter – the kind of opportunities that make it possible to advance in life and that require the participant to dress for the occasion.

43. Mission of Love -

Beginning Sept. 5, Memphis will once again come together to Rock for Love.

The seventh annual, three-day fundraiser for the Church Health Center, providing health care for the working uninsured, will kick off that Thursday evening with a VIP barbecue at Ardent Studios.

44. Rhodes Program Spotlights Community Service -

Rhodes College’s efforts to make community involvement an important part of student life was recently on display with its second annual REACH (Research, Engagement, and Community History) Symposium held in the Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.

45. Walgreen Co. Closes Ike’s Gas Station -

Walgreen Co. has closed the gas station at its Ike’s store on Union Avenue, but the company isn’t saying anything else about the property’s future.

46. Labor of Love -

One morning a few days ago, Jeff Hulett woke up earlier than usual.

His days frequently are a blur of activity – given that he’s a PR and communications coordinator for the Church Health Center, as well as a husband and father – and on this particular morning he wanted to squeeze in some time to himself playing guitar.

47. New Campaign Urges Support of Students in Merger -

A new campaign launched Monday, June 24, to prepare for the opening of the consolidated school district in August is urging citizens to support students of the new school system.

“Our Children. Our Success.” is privately funded by SchoolSeed, which was formerly the Memphis City Schools Foundation. The campaign began Monday with new billboards across the county.

48. Events -

The Rebel on Beale summer country music concert series will kick off with Emerson Drive Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in W.C. Handy Park at Beale and South Third streets. Cost is free. Visit rebel953.com.

49. Neal Joins Madison Line Records as Chief Operating Officer -

Antonio Neal has joined Madison Line Records, the record label affiliated with Visible Music College, as chief operating officer. Neal – a four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner who has also been nominated for a Grammy Award and four Stellar Gospel Music Awards – will oversee marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at the label.

50. Chisca Rebirth -

“Memphis: The Musical” meets the real life setting Friday, April 26, for the fictional story of a Memphis radio announcer in the 1950s.

Actor Bryan Fenkart will walk about a block on South Main Street from The Orpheum Theater to the old Chisca hotel to perform at the project’s launch party. The party in the hotel’s garage space kicks off the $24 million renovation of the hotel as an apartment building.

51. Green Machine Brings Food to Neediest Areas -

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, dozens of volunteers worked to paint an 80-foot mural on the side of a former Memphis Area Transit Authority bus.

Students from Hollis Price Leadership Academy High School and other volunteers from the Memphis Grizzlies, St. Patrick’s Church and the University of Memphis graduate program in City and Regional Planning painted a colorful wellness-inspired mural that combines Memphis’ musical roots with fruits, vegetables and a message of healthy living.

52. In Need of Relief -

Perhaps it is only too appropriate that baseball is played without a clock. For securing the future of the Memphis Redbirds may require extra innings, not to mention extra effort.

The ballpark was on the leading edge of revitalizing Downtown when it opened in 2000 at Third and Union. This, of course, was “B.G.” in Memphis – Before the Grizzlies. Also, before FedExForum. The city was ready for something big and bold – something that showed Memphis could overachieve, not underachieve.

53. Crosstown Leaders Discuss Ambitious Project -

Leaders of the Crosstown Development Project talked this month with The Memphis News editorial board about their plans for the adaptive reuse of the 1.5 million-square-foot, circa-1927 Sears Crosstown building.

54. Stories of the Street -

On a frosty Monday afternoon in late March, Cynthia “Cee Cee” Crawford stood at the intersection of Park Avenue and Getwell Road waving copies of Memphis’ new street newspaper, The Bridge.

55. Aerotropolis Pitch to Council Receives Mixed Reaction -

After years of very general talk about the aerotropolis concept, Memphis City Council members are ready for leaders of the effort to bring it in for a landing in specific terms that work with plans in smaller areas of the district around Memphis International Airport.

56. Cost Increase -

New housing permits were unchanged in January year over year, but pricing saw a healthy increase.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 50 permits last month, the same amount filed in January 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

57. BankTennessee Hires Rauch as VP, Commercial Lender -

Connie Rauch has joined BankTennessee as vice president and commercial lender.

Prior to joining BankTennessee, Rauch held bank leadership roles with Bank of Bartlett, Orion Federal Credit Union and other area financial institutions.

58. Guscette Named Sales Representative at P.O.P. Solutions -

Ally Guscette has been promoted to sales representative at Germantown-based brand-marketing firm P.O.P. Solutions Group LLC. In her new role, Guscette will help businesses develop brand awareness through promotional products, press kits, print materials and point-of-purchase displays. She joined the company in 2011 as part of a sales team and begins Germantown Leadership training this month.

59. Dunavant Public Service Awards Nominations Sought -

After being grounded last year under doctor’s orders, former Saks Inc. CEO Brad Martin will be the keynote speaker this year for the 2013 Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards.

60. New Heroes -

SCHOOL LESSONS IN HEROISM. On Friday morning, Dec. 21 – one week after semi-automatic gunfire swept through elementary school classrooms and the nation, murdering innocence – one week after a Memphis police officer stood between a bullet and you and me, giving us all she had – a single two-ton bell in the tower of Idlewild Presbyterian Church rang 29 times. Once for officer Martoiya Lang, 20 times for the children of Newtown, six times for their teachers and, unlike anywhere else I’m aware of, once for the shooter’s mother and once for him. Each is the toll of madness, of misplaced priorities and violence, of the belief that more armed violence is not only a righteous solution but a constitutional right. And of a country where it’s easier to buy an assault rifle than vote, easier to buy ammunition than Sudafed.

61. Spirit of Giving -

For several thousand homeless Memphians, the winter months can be especially rough being exposed to the harsh elements without money, food or warm clothing.

Several local organizations and volunteers took time to give back during this holiday season by donating warm clothes, preparing hot meals and providing health care for those less fortunate just as the first signs of freezing conditions and snow hit the area.

62. Gammon Joins Methodist in Business Development -

Myra Gammon has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as a business development account manager for Community Care Associates. In her new role, Gammon is responsible for the development and management of the Occupational Health and Wellness Services program.

63. 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.

64. Green Girl to Create Indoor Vertical Farm -

A group of food professionals is working toward supplying restaurants with local produce while improving the health of Memphians and fighting urban blight.

Green Girl Produce plans to leverage technology to create the city’s first indoor vertical farm, providing the community with cost-effective, year-round organic mircogreens. By leasing an old 1,260-square-foot liquor store at 2655 Broad Ave., the space has the potential to store up to 2,500 square feet of growing room.

65. Great Outdoors University Hits Milestone, Eyes Expansion -

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoors University program is fulfilling its goal to connect inner-city children with nature in meaningful, life-changing ways.

The youth conservation education and outdoor experience program recently surpassed the 12,000 meaningful experiences milestone and now prepares for expansion into North Carolina and Missouri, as well as growing in Tennessee.

66. Events -

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the MLGW administration building, 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com for an agenda.

67. FORCE Brings Cancer ‘Previvors’ Together -

Michelle Malone of Southaven is a breast cancer “previvor.” It’s a term typically not heard often – even during October, a month designated for breast cancer awareness – and it refers to a person who carries the gene mutation for cancer but has not yet developed the disease.

68. Difference of Opinion -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and a group of neighborhood leaders in the Vance Avenue area agree on highlighting the significant history of the area south of FedExForum.

Some kind of trail linking up more than a dozen sights is a feature both groups are planning for the area.

69. The Heart Beats -

THE HEART BEATS. AGAIN. A lifetime ago, screwdrivers with lifetime guarantees came from an art moderne castle, and screwdrivers with orange juice came from the only other Friday’s outside of Manhattan.

70. Vance Collaborative to Unveil Plan -

When the Vance Avenue Collaborative unveils its five-year, six-project plan Thursday, Sept. 13, for revitalizing the area south of FedExForum there will be some differences from what Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration has been thinking.

71. Calvary Mission Building Hope -

Last week we highlighted Agape Child & Family Services, a Christian-based organization that is providing children and families with healthy homes. This week let us discuss an independent, Christian organization focused on rebuilding the lives of homeless men while ministering to their physical and emotional needs and working to restore them to personal and spiritual fulfillment: Calvary Rescue Mission.

72. Back to the Gridiron -

It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.

“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.

73. Going the Extra Mile -

University of Memphis senior linebacker Akeem Davis is one of 117 college football players to be nominated for the 2012 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

The award recognizes significant contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.

74. Charter School Shifts Part of Ongoing Changes -

It was just a few months ago that Lakeview Elementary School in southwest Memphis was closed by the Memphis City Schools system – part of a shift of school-age students out of the western parts of the city to the eastern parts of the city and Shelby County.

75. Gathje Finds Avenues Of Service in Memphis -

While working toward his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University in Minnesota years ago, Peter Gathje – now professor of Christian ethics and associate dean at Memphis Theological Seminary – felt called to practice the lifestyle of the monks at the Benedictine monastery affiliated with the academic institution.

76. Court’s Ruling Won’t Impact Orgs.’ Missions -

In 1987, Dr. Scott Morris, a physician and United Methodist minister, founded the Church Health Center, a health care ministry that serves the working poor and their families.

77. Bigfish Announces Two New Employees -

Local creative company Bigfish has added two employees to its creative staff.

New hires include Jonathan Seal, brand and graphic designer, and Chandra Towler, client communications specialist.

78. Evans Joins MERI As Finance Director -

Devonya Evans has joined the Medical Education & Research Institute as director of finance. Evans, a licensed certified public accountant, will be responsible for heading MERI’s finance and information technology departments.

79. CCRFC Approves Chisca Hotel Tax Break -

Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. at its Tuesday, June 12, board meeting approved a 20-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program for the restoration of the Chisca Hotel led by Main Street Apartment Partners LLC.

80. CCRFC Approves Chisca Hotel Tax Break -

Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. at its Tuesday, June 12, board meeting approved a 20-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program for the restoration of the Chisca Hotel led by Main Street Apartment Partners LLC.

81. Civil Rights Icon Smith Donates Papers to Library -

Maxine Smith pointed out that the wheelchair she used to enter the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library was borrowed – and she also made a point of walking from the doorway of the Memphis and Shelby County Room at the library to her seat in the room.

82. WLOK Celebrates 35 Years With Dinner -

WLOK 1340 AM, the first black-owned radio station in Memphis, is hosting an anniversary dinner this week to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

The dinner, which will be held May 18 at the Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., will bring together gospel celebrities, dignitaries and listeners to pay tribute to the radio station, which today is a leading source of gospel music and news.

83. City Moves Forward With 25-Square Blight Strategy -

The city started a pilot program last year to clean up blight by utilizing a 25-square-block strategy.

Due to the program’s success, the 25-square strategy is being implemented as the strategy for neighborhood improvement going forward. The program entails crews working in predetermined “target zones” to mitigate grass and weed overgrowth, abandoned and dilapidated houses, litter and debris, impassable sidewalks, congested alleys, potholes and vacant lots.

84. Hampton Named Exec. Director of SRVS -

Tyler W. Hampton has been named executive director of SRVS. He previously served as director of operations and director of finance for the agency.

Hometown: Dyer, Ind., but raised in Houston, Texas.

85. Local Leaders Make Pitch For Bridge Funding -

Memphis leaders will be in Washington Wednesday, March 14, to push for two projects they hope will win a share of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery – or TIGER IV – grants.

86. More Ways to Help Black Colleges, Universities -

Part two of a two-part series “Supporting leadership for life is not just a motto for us – we invest in it. Many of the schools were founded in local churches and that historic bond is a tremendous source of pride.”

87. Obama Details Broader Housing Plan -

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to make it easier for millions of additional homeowners to refinance their mortgages at lower interest rates even if they owe more than their homes are worth. He conceded that his administration's housing plans so far have not lived up to their promise.

88. Eroica Shows Contemplative Side -

Some performance groups go for gusto in the bleak midwinter months, but the Eroica Ensemble will greet 2012 with calmness, contemplation and some unfinished business.

A rare performance of one of Bela Bartok’s final works highlights upcoming concerts Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church and Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.

89. 100 Years of Higher Learning -

You can find the origins of the University of Memphis in the 19th century – the 19th Century Club, that is.

It’s because the idea for the institution took root more than 100 years ago among a group of women who were members of the service and philanthropy group that still exists today.

90. Schools Transition Committee Hears Few Hopes In Collierville - The first public hearing in the schools consolidation process Tuesday, Jan. 10, drew more than 600 people to Collierville United Methodist Church.

Hosted by the schools consolidation transition planning commission, the forum featured lots of opposition to the coming schools consolidation and concerns about student achievement and the movement of students and teachers among schools.

91. Philanthropic Photography -

Whereas many people are accustomed to ignoring the homeless, photographer Bill Piacesi devotes himself to taking a closer look.

Black-and-white portraits capturing the weary, forgotten faces of Memphis’ most disenfranchised individuals adorn his workspace inside The Commons, a multi-tenant nonprofit center at 258 N. Merton St. in the city’s Binghampton neighborhood.

92. Council Cautious About City Finances -

Memphis City Council members set the tone for the beginning of a new four-year term of office at their next to last meeting of 2011.

And the message is the council intends to be an equal partner with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. in setting the city’s fiscal priorities, not waiting and then voting his proposals up or down.

93. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle: Based on the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill” Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

94. Peppers Joins Lifeblood To Grow Donor Base -

Jeanie Peppers has joined Lifeblood as senior donor relations account manager.

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

95. Prison Stories Lends Ear to Women Behind Bars -

Elaine Blanchard has a reputation in the Memphis community as a gifted storyteller, but her greatest gift seems to lie in her willingness to listen, particularly to those who are listened to least.

96. Memphis Churches, Org. Unite to Fight AIDS -

As communities around the world prepare to observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Memphis area faith leaders are joining forces with the Memphis Ryan White Program in a show of support for the more than 7,000 men, women and children in Shelby County who are living with HIV/AIDS, almost half of whom are not receiving the care they need.

97. Staying Afloat -

Compared to the overall U.S. construction landscape, Memphis’ position appears to be managing fairly well.

Within the last 10 months, the city has landed several heavy manufacturing projects – Electrolux, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. and Kruger Inc., to name a few – in a time when, nationally, the manufacturing sector is stagnant.

98. TSC Brews Up Magical New Season -

By the pricking of Dan McCleary’s thumbs, something wicked this way comes. The artistic director of Tennessee Shakespeare Co. announced that the upcoming 2011-2012 season will feature two Shakespearian blockbusters themed on the magic.

99. TSC, Shelby Farms Form Partnership -

Shelby Farms Park offers space for running, kayaking, dog-walking, hiking and now, live theater.

A new partnership with the Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will finally give the outdoors-friendly company a long-awaited amphitheater site.

100. Agape Launches GED Pilot Program -

The Bluff City has been an active player in the Talent Dividend, an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the Memphis Metropolitan area by 1 percent over the next five years, which could generate a $1 billion annual increase in personal income.