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1. Supreme Court: Religious Rights Trump Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

2. Parking Wars -

It’s been a hot, humid and restless spring at Overton Park.

The park has been crowded, but not as crowded as expected given the political tempest over parking on Overton’s greensward.

3. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will hold a panel discussion on religious liberties Wednesday, May 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. U.S. Magistrate Charmiane G. Claxton will moderate the panel. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. RSVP to gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

4. Tracy Named IMC Chief Information Officer -

Joel Tracy has been named the first chief information officer at IMC Cos., a national logistics company focused on international shipments. In his new role, Tracy will be responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives in support of IMC’s logistics business.

5. Slowing Chinese Economy Likely to Pinch US, Too -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After watching China narrow the U.S. lead as the world's largest economy, Americans might be tempted to cheer signs that the Chinese economy might be stumbling.

Any schadenfreude would be short-sighted.

6. Oldham Catches Criticism for County’s Rape Kit Backlog -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham took fire at a weekend political forum over his department’s backlog of 300 untested rape kits, which Oldham revealed during budget hearings before the Shelby County Commission earlier in the week.

7. Bill to Make Changes to Hall Tax Fails -

A proposal to make changes to the state's Hall tax has failed this session.

The sponsor of the measure withdrew it from the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday after the committee voted to add an amendment the sponsor felt hurt the legislation.

8. 2014 Campaigns Hit the Streets -

With the April filing deadline behind them and early voting for the county primaries a week and a half ahead, those running for elected office in Shelby County this year kept a full weekend schedule.

9. Museum Milestone -

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the “breaking” of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

10. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

11. Sustainability is a Win for All -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

This April marks the third annual Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County. It has been remarkable and rewarding to watch the growth in activity and awareness around this important issue.

12. High Court Seems Divided Over Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

13. The Daily News Claims Four Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News earned first place honors over the weekend for editorials in the annual Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors awards.

The editorials were judged the best among Division 3 newspapers across the state of Tennessee, newspapers with a circulation of up to 15,000.

14. Senators Consider Supporting AG Election -

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he may swing his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state’s attorney general.

15. Senators Consider Supporting AG Election -

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he may swing his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state's attorney general.

16. Senate Defeats Proposal to Elect Attorney General -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received 15 votes in favor and 14 votes against. Proposals need at least 17 votes – a majority of the 33-member chamber – to pass.

17. Tennessee Senate Passes Supermarket Wine Bill 23-8 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Local governments could hold votes on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill the state Senate passed on Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week. Five Republicans voted against the measure, along with three Democrats.

18. Full Senate to Vote on Latest Attorney General Election Proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate is taking another run at changing the way Tennessee's attorney general gains office.

Under a proposed constitutional amendment advanced to a full Senate vote Tuesday, the attorney general would stand for popular election rather than being appointed by the state Supreme Court.

19. Counterpart Communication Design Picks Up National Awards -

Memphis-based Counterpart Communication Design has won four awards at the 2013 American Graphic Design Awards, hosted by “Graphic Design USA,” a print news publication for the graphic design community.

20. Business Lessons -

John Faraci answered without hesitation when asked this week about his biggest mistake as a corporate leader.

It was the $100 million plant he green-lighted for construction by International Paper Co., the Memphis-based company of which he is now CEO.

21. Counterpart Communication Design Picks Up National Awards -

Memphis-based Counterpart Communication Design has won four awards at the 2013 American Graphic Design Awards, hosted by “Graphic Design USA,” a print news publication for the graphic design community.

22. Everyone Needs a Coach to Reach Peak -

Kevin Sheridan, CEO of Rutgers Permanent Painting, was considering refocusing his business on selling a new, higher-quality product. What finally pushed him to jump was Mark Green, one of more than 120 coaching partners with Gazelles.

23. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will present the State of the County address. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

24. Events -

ArtsMemphis will present the Stax to the Max music festival Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore St. Admission to the festival is free; discounted museum tickets are $2 between noon and 5 p.m. Visit staxmuseum.com.

25. Events -

A Main Street to Main Street Multimodal Connector Project design review meeting will be held Monday, April 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. The public can learn about and view designs for the project. Contact Michael Carpenter at michael.carpenter@memphistn.gov or 636-6596.

26. Attorney General Selection Bill Passes Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to select the state attorney general passed the Senate on Wednesday even though opponents argue there’s no need to change the current process.

27. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

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

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

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

29. Swimming in Memory -

THE POOL’S CLOSED. My first date was Ann Wiggs. I took her to a dance in the cafeteria at White Station at the beginning of the seventh grade. She was tall and all elbows and angles. I was short and dumpy and all nervous. We didn’t so much dance as run into each other to music. I was 11. She was 12.

30. Bill Targets Hotel Pay for Capitol-Area Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill filed in the state Senate would end an automatic hotel allowance for lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Statehouse.

Under current rules, every lawmaker receives $173 each day to offset meals and lodging while they are participating in legislative proceedings, regardless of whether they spend the night at a hotel.

31. Food and Drug Administration Proposes New Food Safety Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.

32. Regions Could Be in a Shopping Mood -

The bank with the biggest customer deposit share in Tennessee – and the second biggest in Memphis – may be getting bigger soon.

That’s according to some of the analysts who follow Regions Financial Corp., the Alabama-based financial services giant that was the last of the large banks to get a green light to pay back its Troubled Asset Relief Program investment from the federal government. Regions also recently put another question mark behind it via the sale of its Memphis-based investment unit Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. to a new owner, Florida-based Raymond James Financial.

33. Main Connector -

The attention Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District and its surrounding areas has received this year has far-reaching implications for future development.

Recent high-profile deals the community has seen get the green light include the Chisca Hotel redevelopment, Storefront Improvement Grant Program, branding efforts with North Star Destination Strategies, growth at The Orpheum Theatre Memphis and Memphis Central Station, a flurry of apartment and loft rehabs, and retail activity with a new athletic club and restaurants.

34. Senior Sector -

The 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 were said to have remodeled society as they moved through it.

It was the baby boomer generation that drove the cultural shift to consumerism with SUVs and mini-vans. That demographic just turned 65 and real estate developers have taken notice.

35. County Approves Sales Tax Hike -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has told Shelby County Commissioners that he will probably veto a proposed half-cent countywide local sales tax increase bound for the Nov. 6 ballot in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County.

36. Commission Approves Countywide Sales Tax Referendum -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Aug. 13, a half cent sales tax hike ballot question that would go to voters in Memphis and the unincorporated county on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The item was added onto Monday’s commission agenda by Commissioner Mike Ritz who said he proposed the ballot question to check a planned citywide referendum on a half percent local sales tax hike.

37. Court: Party Names to Appear on November Ballot -

Tennessee voters will be able to see the party affiliations of candidates listed on the November general election ballot after a federal appeals on Friday cleared the way for the change.

The ruling means that candidates running under the flags of the Green Party and the Constitution Party, as well as Democrats and Republicans, will be identified.

38. Queen of the Mississippi to Launch Service -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A comeback for old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat travel on the Mississippi River continues this weekend with the departure from New Orleans of the Queen of the Mississippi, a brand new, quintuple-decked vessel mixing 19th century trappings meant to evoke the Mark Twain era with modern amenities including Internet access, satellite television, an exercise area and a putting green.

39. Green Building, Design Slowly Take Hold in Memphis Area -

When residential and commercial construction hit new boom times – whenever that might be – the rebirth will take place in a new era with new rules.

“People are becoming more environmentally aware, and that’s going to change the market,” said Don Glays, executive director of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association. “There are a lot of advantages to buying green, and people are starting to understand that.”

40. Citizens Express Budget Concerns -

Memphis City Council members heard from and saw a lot of opponents of plans to close five Memphis public libraries Tuesday, May 22, during an hour and a half of comments from the public.

“I was going to suggest instead of cutting libraries that you improve them,” said Kaye Veazey.

41. State Seeks Stay of Ruling on 3rd Parties in Tenn. -

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential election, a legal battle is under way that will determine how many roadblocks minor political party candidates face when trying to get on election ballots in Tennessee.

42. Honors Continue For Architect Of Memphis Sound -

Memphis music icon Willie Mitchell was honored on what would have been his 84th birthday last week with a Tennessee state historical marker at his Royal Studios.

43. Petties Trial Focuses on Turner Killing -

The point at which the prosecution ends and the defense begins in the Craig Petties drug organization trial in Memphis Federal Court should be when the 2006 murder of Marcus Turner becomes the center of attention again.

44. Petties Trial Focuses on 2006 Murder -

The second witness to testify in the Petties organization drug trial that begins its fifth week Monday, March 5, was Lucy Turner, a police dispatcher from West Memphis, Ark. and the mother of Marcus Turner.

45. Council Weighs In on Electrolux Incentives -

Some Memphis City Council members want to at least slow the appropriation of local government funding to Electrolux North America Cooking Products if the company isn’t more responsive to hiring local for the construction of its Memphis manufacturing plant.

46. Commitment, Teamwork Help Whitaker Realty Thrive -

Though the last four years of the recession-afflicted economy have been a dark cloud of pessimism in the real estate world, Whitaker Realty LLC owner Mark Whitaker has weathered the storm and found success by carefully choosing his clients and providing careful oversight on expenditures.

47. Celebrating Beauty -

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens was established in 1975 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, when the philanthropists bequeathed their home and art collection to the Memphis community as a public museum.

48. ServiceMaster, Other Cos. Support Habitat Mission -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has a busy couple of weeks ahead as it closes its books on the fall building season.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, marked the dedication of The ServiceMaster Co. home at 3477 E. Oak Side Drive in Trinity Park, the first all-green neighborhood being developed by Memphis Habitat. The will be the Memphis-based home and commercial services company’s fifth sponsorship home with the nonprofit.

49. State to Purge Noncitizen Voters From its Rolls -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new law designed to curb illegal voting by noncitizen residents has gone largely unnoticed, overshadowed by Tennessee's new voter identification law.

But the state elections office will soon compare the names of more than 20,000 noncitizens who hold Tennessee driver's licenses with voter registration records. Anyone listed as a noncitizen and registered to vote will be given 30 days to present proof of citizenship or be purged from the rolls.

50. Events -

Bank of America will host a free customer outreach event at which customers can meet face to face with home retention specialists to review options for home loan modifications Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. To register or for more information, visit www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent or call 1-855-201-7426.

51. Schools Planning Commission Begins Work -

The 21-member schools consolidation planning commission goes to work Thursday, Sept. 29, in a conference room at the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement in Shelby Farms.

52. Many Cities Imposing Broad Cuts as Revenue Shrinks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than half of U.S. cities have cut staff, canceled construction projects or raised fees this year, according to a report from the National League of Cities that catalogs the vast damage from shrunken property- and income-tax revenue.

53. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle: From the Book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill” Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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.

54. Theatre Memphis Delves Into Real Estate -

David Mamet’s profane and powerful “Glengarry Glen Ross” gets a sharply edged treatment at Theatre Memphis’ Next Stage.

55. In the US, Two Housing Markets and Two Directions -

In America, it's starting to feel as if there are two housing markets. One for the rich and one for everyone else.

Consider foreclosure-ravaged Detroit. In the historic Green Acres district, a haven for hipsters, a pristine, three-bedroom brick Tudor recently sold for $6,000 – about what a buyer would have paid during the Great Depression.

56. Social Media Replacing Traditional Advertising -

The model for advertising once was for businesses to purchase advertising space in a traditional newspaper or magazine and tout product offerings to its audience.

Nowadays, anybody can be an ambassador on the Web.

57. Events -

The local chapters of The National Association of Women Business Owners, Commercial Real Estate Women and Women’s Business Enterprise Council South will hold Great Women Great Things 2011, an education seminar, luncheon and trade show, Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Seating is limited. Cost is $45. For a full schedule, a complete list of speakers or to register, visit www.wbecsouth.org/gwgt2011.

58. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Officer Brian Hanson of the Bartlett Police Department will speak about violence in the workplace. Cost is $20. For reservations, contact Sharon Gardner at 752-6213 or sharon.gardner@asentinel.com.

59. Luttrell Makes Picks for Schools Planning Group -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has picked his five choices for the schools consolidation planning commission: two higher education officials, a corporate attorney, an Episcopal priest heading BRIDGES USA and an elementary school principal.

60. Luttrell Makes Picks for Consolidation Planning Group -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has picked his five choices for the schools consolidation planning commission: two higher-education officials, a corporate attorney, an Episcopal priest heading BRIDGES USA and an elementary school principal.

61. In Midwest, Obama Seeks Ideas for Jolting Economy -

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – Seeking some help from rural America, President Barack Obama on Tuesday implored Iowans to share ideas with him about how leaders can give an economic jolt to the nation's heartland. He promised better days in a time of relentless joblessness, saying, "We'll get through this moment of challenge."

62. Grow Your Business Tour Takes Message Across State -

Mid-South small-business coach Robert Staub is preparing to embark on a monthlong, statewide tour to bring his growth strategies to small-business owners in 13 Tennessee communities.

63. New Mileage Standards Aim for Less Fuel, Pollution -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and automakers ushered in the largest cut in fuel consumption since the 1970s on Friday with a deal that will save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes.

64. Young Draws Attention to Office of Sustainability -

Paul Young has been very busy and very visible in the last three months.

The head of the joint city-county Office of Sustainability has been keeping a busy schedule, in part because of several high-profile sustainability undertakings that are reaching critical points at about the same time.

65. Brighter Day -

With the flip of a switch Tuesday, June 21, at the corner of South Mendenhall and East Raines roads, the Sharp Manufacturing Co. Memphis plant upped its solar power generating capacity.

66. Angelica Corp. and Americraft Win PILOTs -

When Brian Lewandowski, vice president and general manager of Americraft Carton Inc., told local economic development officials Wednesday, June 15, that conditions might be favorable for his company to relocate its expanding Memphis operation – and that the depressed real estate market especially favors buyers right now – one official piped up.

67. Girls Inc. Celebrates 65 Years of Empowerment -

Many of the city’s most influential citizens gathered Thursday, June 9, to celebrate the Memphis girls and women who embody the “Strong, Smart and Bold” motto of Girls Inc. of Memphis.

68. Mayors Launch Office of Sustainability -

When Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell launch their joint office of sustainability this week, it will be the latest move in a continuing realignment of both local governments.

69. Despite Opposition, Solana Moves Forward -

Despite neighborhood opposition and zoning hurdles, a new Germantown senior living facility promises a unique concept and dozens of amenities.

The Solana – a 182-unit senior living facility at 8199 Poplar Ave. east of Kimbrough Road in Germantown – has recently broken ground and is shooting for a late summer 2012 opening.

70. GOP, Dems Clash Over 3rd Parties on Tenn. Ballot -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republicans are balking at a Democratic senator's proposal to make it easier for minor parties to be listed on the Tennessee ballot.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to set a threshold of 10,000 signatures from eligible voters for a third party to be recognized in the state, down from a GOP proposal of about 40,000 signatures from registered voters.

71. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present a breakfast seminar titled “Covenants Not To Compete: Managing Restrictions and Expectations,” Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its office at 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. For more information or to register, contact Nicolette Thomas at 577-2328 or nthomas@bakerdonelson.com.

72. FedEx’s Jackson Named Top 100 Thought Leader -

Mitch Jackson, vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp., has been named one of 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.

73. Charities Turn Super Sunday into Day of Giving -

Several Memphis-based nonprofits are using Super Bowl Sunday as an opportunity to encourage citizens to give back to their community.

For the seventh year in a row, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to providing decent housing for all members of the community, is asking football fans to party with a purpose this Sunday for its annual Home Team Huddle.

74. Pushing Up and Ahead -

Fresh off a year capped by major office deals and new leadership atop the development agency that oversees it, it’s already clear the story of Downtown Memphis in 2011 will be dominated by forward momentum.

75. Memphis Orgs Gear up for MLK Weekend -

Perhaps more so than in any other city because of its prominent place in the history of the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis serves as a strong reminder of King’s legacy of service to others and his powerful advocacy for social change through nonviolent action.

76. ‘Roam’ through this Buckman Exhibit -

Aperfectly matched duet of sculpture and painting will open the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary’s Episcopal School with a new year’s exhibition at the Levy Gallery, where viewers can expect imagery of a physical and metaphorical journey.

77. Events -

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold a green certification workshop Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Memphis Downtown, 250 N. Main St. The workshop will discuss a state green certification program for the tourism and travel industry. To register, contact Patricia Gray at 615-741-9004 or patricia.gray@tn.gov.

78. Events -

The WRVR Toy Truck will collect new toys and gifts to benefit children served by Porter-Leath Monday through Dec. 3 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. For more information about the toy drive or how to donate, call 577-2500, ext. 1167, or visit www.porterleath.org.

79. Events -

The Memphis Turkey Trot Four Miler and Two Mile Turkey Leg Relay will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at Shelby Farms. To register or for more information including a course map, visit www.memphisturkeytrot.racesonline.com.

80. Construction Slated for Solana Senior Facility -

8199 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38053
Permit Amount: $19 million

Project Cost: $30 million
Permit Date: Applied November 2010
Completion: Spring 2012
Owner: Formation Development Group LLC
Tenant: Dogwood Ridge Senior Living
Contractor: three
Architect: Rogers Construction

81. Poll Shows Beebe With Huge Lead Over Keet in Ark. -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Poll results released Friday show Gov. Mike Beebe has a 26-point lead over Republican Jim Keet, who is trying to derail the Democrat's run for a second term.

Stephens Media commissioned the poll that shows Beebe leading Keet 59 percent to 33 percent. Green Party candidate Jim Lendall has 1 percent support, with 7 percent undecided.

82. CBU to Bless Newest Building -

Christian Brothers University will celebrate Friday the launch of its most recent addition.

The Living Learning Center, adjacent to Pender Hall on campus, is expected to open in fall 2011.

A blessing of the ground will take place Friday at 12:30 p.m.

83. The Law of Attraction -

The state of Tennessee is basking in the glow of its growing reputation as a top destination for companies following a myriad of accolades for its favorable and welcoming business climate.

While Chief Executive magazine ranked the Volunteer State the nation’s third best for business, Southern Business & Development magazine named Tennessee its State of the Year.

84. Wharton Flips Switch On Tiger Lane -

With a crowd of several hundred watching, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Wednesday evening flipped the switch on the lights for the new Tiger Lane project at The Fairgrounds.

It lit up a set of streetlights and parallel lower trails of blue lights that mark the parking and tailgating areas along the green space.

85. Yeates Joins A2H As Project Manager -

Arthur Yeates has joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. (A2H) as an architectural project manager.

86. Rally Time -

As soon as he heard the Memphis Redbirds were coming to town in 1998, Buddy Young bought season tickets and has renewed them every year since.

From the first two seasons at the old Tim McCarver Stadium to the debut of AutoZone Park in 2000, from Albert Pujols’ walkoff home run that won the Pacific Coast League title the first season at AutoZone to last year’s championship run, Young has been a die-hard Redbirds supporter.

87. Rescuers Pray for No More Victims in Tenn. Floods -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The dark waters of the Cumberland River slowly started to ebb Tuesday as residents who frantically fled the deadly flash floods returned home to find mud-caked floors and soggy furniture. Rescuers prayed they would not find more bodies as the floodwaters receded.

88. Census Says Women Equal to Men in Advanced Degrees -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Women are now just as likely as men to have completed college and to hold an advanced degree, part of an accelerating trend of educational gains that have shielded women from recent job losses. Yet they continue to lag behind men in pay.

89. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Dollars and Sense of Building Green” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

90. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Judge Janice Holder will speak. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

91. Congress: Connections With Toyota -

Several lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding a hearing Wednesday on the Toyota recalls, have Toyota factories and offices in their states or even their districts. A look at some of the automaker's ties:

92. MAAR Prez: Stage Set for Better Home Sales -

2009 went into the books as the worst year for home sales in 18 years, but a slight improvement in the final quarter signaled a sliver of hope for a beleaguered real estate industry.

Shelby County saw just 14,600 home sales last year, an 11 percent decline from 16,406 home sales during 2008 and a 29 percent decline from 20,706 home sales during 2007, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

93. Mud Island Makeover -

In August 1976, Roy Harrover, the Memphis architect who designed such landmarks as Memphis International Airport, Memphis College of Art and the NBC Bank Building wrote a six-page description of a project then known as Volunteer Park.

94. Local ULI Leads Green Charge -

Memphis might lag behind other cities when it comes to developing and connecting green spaces, but a collaboration of organizations is working to improve this community’s “greenprint,” or its collection of parks, trails and other natural areas, and then link them to regional and national green spaces.

95. Health Care Reform Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated -

Dr. Mark Green is chief of staff at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn.

We are running out of time for meaningful health care reform in America. The plans coming into or out of Washington are highly influenced and essentially all garbage.

96. A River Runs Through Us: Memphis’ once and future connection with the Wolf -

A cottonmouth slithers through the marsh. A wolf spider clings to a cypress tree. A white heron soars above the bottomland forest.

Paddle a canoe down the Ghost River section of the Wolf River in Fayette County and you’ll travel through multiple, distinct ecosystems teeming with wildlife. But while animal sightings convey the true spirit of the Wolf, only one creature – the elusive “river rat” – can verbalize why this river and its wetland corridor are so important.

97. Events -

The Mid-South Real Estate Investors Association Inc. will hold a roundtable discussion today from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Germantown Athletic Club, 1801 Exeter Road. To register, call 751-7101 or e-mail info@midsouthreia.org.

98. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will present a workshop titled “Advocacy & Public Policy” today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave. Alliance for Justice will lead the workshop. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit
www.npexcellence.org.

99. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will present a workshop titled “Advocacy & Public Policy” Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

100. Fred Smith Talks Green: Helps the environment and Fedex's bottom line -

Fred Smith is going green. In the case of the FedEx founder, however, it’s a different shade – something like military fatigue green.