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1. 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.

2. Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity -

Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.

That’s why the next incarnation of Ignite is more than doubling its venue capacity by moving from Crosstown Arts to Playhouse on the Square, where 12 speakers next week will challenge, inform and perhaps inspire the crowd that’s come to hear them.

3. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

4. Ruling Sets School Board Membership at Nine -

No local elected body in Shelby County has changed as many times in as short a period of time as the Shelby County Schools board.

The federal court order Tuesday, March 11, by U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays approving the restructure of the school board to a nine-member body effective Sept. 1 will mark the third change in the school board in three years when it takes effect following August school board elections.

5. May Primary Ballot Almost Complete -

The ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections isn’t quite set, although the Shelby County Election Commission has certified 81 candidates.

Still awaiting a decision at a special meeting Wednesday, March 5, are three would-be candidates whose residency is being formally challenged.

6. IMC Cos. Expands Mid-Atlantic Footprint -

Memphis-based IMC Cos. has acquired the marine drayage division of Norfolk, Va.-based D.D. Jones Transfer and Warehouse Co.

7. IMC Cos. Expands Mid-Atlantic Footprint -

Memphis-based IMC Cos. has acquired the marine drayage division of Norfolk, Va.-based D.D. Jones Transfer and Warehouse Co.

8. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

9. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

10. Yellen Debuts as Fed Chair -

For the first time since 2006, someone not named Ben Bernanke testified before the House Financial Services Committee as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Janet Yellen officially assumed the post on Feb. 3.

11. Bailey Pulls Petition For Circuit Court Return -

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

12. Bailey Pulls Petition for Circuit Court Return -

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

13. Obama Picks Ex-Bank of Israel Head as No. 2 at Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama took a step Friday toward reshaping the Federal Reserve under incoming chairman Janet Yellen, choosing a leading expert on the global economy to be her vice chairman.

14. Fed Likely to Maintain Bond-Buying Pace for Now -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Is this week when the Federal Reserve finally slows its aggressive stimulus for the economy? Or does it want to await more evidence of a consistently improving economy?

15. Alabama, Parity Dominating SEC Football This Season -

The Southeastern Conference’s dominance is well known – seven consecutive national championships, the last two by Alabama. That dominance also has had depth. Last season, the SEC had six of the top 10 teams in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.

16. LRK Turns 30 With Eye Toward Growth -

LRK Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the full-service architectural, planning, environmental and interior design firm is involved with a diverse range of high-profile projects, both locally and nationally, with the intent of creating special places for clients and users.

17. Grizzlies Announce Hirings of Three Assistants -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Elston Turner, Duane Ticknor and Shawn Respert to join the returning Bob Thornton as assistants on new head coach Dave Joerger's staff.

18. Spotlight on SEC Entering Week 3 -

Whether the rest of the country wants to admit it or not, the SEC has survived early and notable non-conference losses. In fact, the league is front and center for Week 3 of the college football season.

19. Mean Streets -

Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.

His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.

20. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.

21. Senate Ready to Confirm New NLRB Members -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Tuesday moved a step closer to approving Democratic nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.

Following a script crafted by the two parties, the Senate voted 64-34 to cut off debate and move to a final confirmation vote for Kent Hirozawa. By the end of the day, the Senate could confirm five nominees waiting to join the independent labor agency.

22. Earnings Deluge -

Another week is in the books, resulting in another record close for both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. Buoyed by some more accommodative comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during Congressional testimony this week, investors took the occasion to prop the U.S. equity markets to new highs. Coinciding with Bernanke’s testimony, a deluge of second quarter corporate earnings announcements was released. As a reminder, in this space last week, we wrote,

23. SEC Seeks to Prolong Football Dominance -

HOOVER, Ala. – There is no effort at denial. Nor should there be or could there be. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive began his annual address at football media days by mentioning his “annual brag bag” and then spilled the entire contents while barely taking a breath:

24. Cordova Building Sees Solid Leasing Activity -

The commercial building at 584 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova has recently seen strong leasing activity. Advanced Prosthetics and Orthotics LLC, which opened in 2004 and provides prosthetic limbs and orthotics to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs, inked a lease to occupy the 4,000 square feet of space that once housed a Baptist Memorial Health Care minor medical center. Last year, the center signed a 5,050-square-foot lease at the former Blockbuster space in Trinity Commons, 670 N. Germantown.

25. Slower US Growth Might Lead Fed to Delay Tapering -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases later this year.

That's the takeaway from economists after the government cut its estimate Wednesday of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.8 percent annual rate, sharply below its previous estimate of a 2.4 percent rate. The main reason: Consumers spent less than previously thought.

26. Reports Reflect Fed's Message of Stronger Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans' confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 5.5 years.

That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

27. World Looks to Bernanke to Clarify Stimulus Plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Is the era of ultra-low interest rates nearing an end? That's the question – and the fear – Chairman Ben Bernanke will face this week when he takes questions after a Federal Reserve policy meeting.

28. Apostrophe Yes or No? -

Henry Chu of the Los Angeles Times reported in late March that “To grammarians’ delight, officials in southwest England who had considered expunging apostrophes from street signs threw out the idea … and vowed to follow the rules of proper English.” Ha! Good luck with that!

29. School Board Restructuring Plan Goes to Mays -

On the way to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is a plan by the Shelby County Commission to convert the countywide school board to a 13-member single-district body effective Sept. 1.

30. US Stopping Use of Term 'Negro' for Census Surveys -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American".

31. Gun Ban Would Protect More Than 2,200 Firearms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.

32. Soul Fish to Open in Wolf Camera Spot on Poplar -

Soul Fish Café has selected a prime piece of real estate in East Memphis for its third location.

The catfish and Southern-inspired restaurant has signed a lease for the old Wolf Camera space in the Poplar Avenue/Perkins Road corridor. The 3,100-square-foot freestanding building at 4720 Poplar Ave. will mark Soul Fish’s third location in Memphis, behind its original spot in Midtown’s Cooper-Young district and its Germantown location near Forest Hill-Irene Road.

33. Soul Fish to Open in Old Wolf Camera at Poplar and Perkins -

Soul Fish Café has selected a prime piece of real estate in East Memphis for its third location.

The catfish and Southern-inspired restaurant has signed a lease for the old Wolf Camera space in the Poplar Avenue/Perkins Road corridor. The 3,100-square-foot freestanding building at 4720 Poplar Ave. will mark Soul Fish’s third location in Memphis, behind its original spot in Midtown’s Cooper-Young district and its Germantown store near Forest Hill-Irene Road.

34. Schools Merger Begins Move Into Parental Reality -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel noticed lots of parents of school children from the county outside of Memphis at the annual camp-out for optional school enrollment over the long weekend.

35. Public Relations Society Honors Duncan Williams -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named Duncan F. Williams, president of Duncan-Williams Inc., as its 2013 Communicator of The Year.

36. US Still Faces Political Fights on Spending, Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A last-minute deal will keep the U.S. from driving off the so-called "fiscal cliff," but higher taxes and continued political fighting in Washington threaten to shake the fragile economy well into 2013.

37. Public Relations Society Names Duncan Williams 'Communicator of the Year' -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named Duncan F. Williams, president of Duncan-Williams Inc., as its 2013 Communicator of The Year.

38. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

39. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

40. Development Accelerator -

The city of Millington didn’t have a city engineer until 2008 when it had to have one in order to have local control over the Veterans Parkway road construction project.

“I thought it was kind of my cross to bear since I was hired in 2008,” Millington City Engineer Darek Baskin said this week of the road.

41. Most in US Won't be Able to Escape 'Fiscal Cliff' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Everyone who pays income tax – and some who don't –will feel it.

So will doctors who accept Medicare, people who get unemployment aid, defense contractors, air traffic controllers, national park rangers and companies that do research and development.

42. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

43. Shelby Early Vote Shows Cohen Winning - Two Tax Questions Losing -

Early vote totals from Shelby County were released just before 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, after the vote count was delayed in part by long lines of voters waiting to vote at the 7 p.m. closing of polls.

44. Decision Day -

The last election of 2012 will be one where questions continue to command as much attention if not more than candidates.

The polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters come to the polls in this election to vote in the presidential general election. That is what drives the only election cycle in which more than half of the county’s registered voters consistently show up.

45. Soul Map -

The Soulsville arrows beneath the Bellevue Boulevard railroad overpasses near Walker Avenue point north and south. It is the first indication that you are in an area where several possibilities can coexist.

46. Getting to Business -

A year after they took the oath of office along with other members of the new countywide school board, David Reaves and Billy Orgel got a brusque introduction to each other.

47. Schools Fight Looks to Milan System -

The date to a city-county schools merger in Shelby County is less than a year away and the six suburban towns and cities in the county are preparing for Nov. 6 school board elections for their municipal school districts.

48. Bernanke: With Unemployment High, Fed Can Do More -

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) – Chairman Ben Bernanke made clear Friday that the Federal Reserve will do more to boost the economy because of high U.S. unemployment and an economic recovery that remains "far from satisfactory."

49. Midtown Gears Up for Largest Rock for Love Benefit -

From Overton Square to the Hi-Tone Cafe to the Levitt Shell, Midtown Memphis is gearing up to “Rock for Love.”

Now in its sixth year, the annual music-based fundraiser for Memphis’ Church Health Center – the nation’s largest faith-based health care ministry for working, uninsured people and their families – will take place over a four-day period from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 9.

50. Events -

Memphis Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Glen Vanderford, regional Rotary Foundation director, will speak. Contact Mark Edwards at medwards@bankofbartlett.com.

51. After the Vote -

As 400 supporters of municipal school districts rallied just off the Arlington town square in July, conversations about the ballot outcome turned to one question – how Federal Judge Hardy Mays would rule in the legal challenge to the state law governing the establishment of a municipal school district.

52. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set -

Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.

The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.

53. US Economic Recovery is Weakest Since World War II -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.

54. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

55. Debate Continues on Merger Plan -

When countywide school board members meet Tuesday, July 31, they will have a final plan for the merger of the two public school systems in Shelby County that looks a lot like the tentative plan they got last month.

56. Business as Usual -

Despite a summer of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought that’s been called the worst the U.S. has seen in 25 years, Memphis’ farmers markets have been thriving, according to many participants.

57. Nursing Home Owner Files $13 Million Loan -

3549 Norriswood Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

Loan Amount: $13 million

Loan Date: July 13, 2012

58. Weak Hiring Shows Economy Still Hurting -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A third straight month of weak hiring shows the U.S. economy is still struggling three years after the recession officially ended.

U.S. employers added just 80,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

59. Hit Dogs -

IT’S NOT RACIAL. IF I’M LYING, I’M DYING. We are lying. And if we don’t realize it, we will die from it.

Annie Laurie Peeler put it best. She was, after all, the best sixth grade teacher in the history of the universe. Really. With all due respect to the sixth grade teacher you love, Mrs. Peeler will spot her or him two eyes in the back of her head, three stories you’ll never forget, and four Southernisms and still beat your teacher like a cloakroom paddling.

60. School Board Looks for Consensus -

After effectively ruling out Kriner Cash last week as the leader of the consolidated Shelby County school system, school board members now turn to a decision about how to select that superintendent.

61. Countywide School Board To Discuss Future Supt. -

When countywide school board members resume a still-preliminary discussion Tuesday, June 19, about who should be superintendent of the merged public school system to come, they will have another opinion to consider.

62. More Work Follows Schools Plan Approval -

The plan for a consolidated countywide public school system isn’t finished just yet despite last week’s vote by the schools consolidation planning commission.

What was already a complex and unprecedented process gets more complex and involves more people going forward in addition to the 21-member planning commission.

63. Board Considers Future Leadership -

Countywide school board members will at least talk Monday, June 11, about the employment contract of Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash.

But how far the board gets beyond looking over the contract and making a decision about whether Cash stays through the August 2013 merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems was still an open question as the weekend began.

64. May: A Month of Decelerating -

May came to a merciful end last week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its biggest monthly decline in two years, retreating by 6 percent. While those returns are discomforting, the real pain was felt outside of our borders.

65. ‘Reluctant Contingency Plan’ Gets Approval -

After tallying savings of $97 million by recommending outsourcing transportation and custodial work as well as closing 21 schools, the group planning out a consolidated countywide school system knew there was pain to follow.

66. Schools Group Lists "Bloody" Options To Close Funding Gap -

The group planning out a consolidated countywide school system found a way to balance the budget of the school system to come.

But it would come at the expense of much of the work the group has done to build an improved and merged school system.

67. Americans Grew Gloomier About the Economy in May -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans grew much gloomier about the economy in May, causing a critical measure of consumer confidence to suffer its biggest decline in eight months and ending a period of steady optimism.

68. School Talks Now Turning to New Supt. -

The discussion about who will head the new consolidated Shelby County school system has been under way on an unofficial basis since Memphis voters approved a Memphis City Schools charter surrender in March 2011.

69. Planning Commission Still Working Out Details -

The time is drawing near for the schools consolidation planning commission. “I’m not going to tell you what I compared this to,” commission chairwoman Barbara Prescott said last week. “But it’s been almost nine months.”

70. Kiser Joins Volunteer Mid-South As Community Services Director -

Amanda Kiser has joined Volunteer Mid-South as community services director. Kiser’s responsibilities include mobilizing and maximizing volunteer resources, coordinating training for partner agencies, creating and leading community projects, and marketing VMS’ benefits to agencies and the public.

71. Planning Commission Recommends Outsourcing Schools Custodians and Buses -

The schools consolidation planning commission is recommending that the merged school system outsource custodial work at schools as well as bus transportation for students to private companies.

The vote by the panel Thursday, May 3, is a preliminary vote but with most of the 21 members there and all but two to three voting for the recommendation, it is an important indicator.

72. New Owner For Bartlett Car Wash Property -

A former car wash site in Bartlett has traded hands. Nyan Jaf acquired the 0.71-acre lot at 5960 Summer Ave. from Mr. Carwash LLC for $65,000.

73. Girls Night Out Promotes Heart Health for Women -

The Memphis Chapter of the American Heart Association is gearing up for Girls Night Out, a fundraiser for heart health slated for Thursday, May 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

74. Child Advocacy Center Remembers Lost Children -

Reinyah Ballard, 2, died Sunday, April 1, from abuse. Her father has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, after leaving her, along with her young siblings, unattended inside his vehicle with the engine running.

75. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

76. Child Advocacy Center Holds Annual Memorial -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will host a ceremony at the plaza in front of Memphis City Hall on Thursday, April 5, at noon, in memory of local children who died in the past year as a result of child abuse.

77. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections -

The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

78. Examining the Latest Market Trends -

Last week provided another powerful advance in both equity and fixed income markets. On the equity side, the three major domestic stock indices accomplished impressive feats. After briefly falling back below 13,000 at the end of February, the DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) crept above that level at Tuesday’s close.

79. Group Weighs Schools Logistics -

The city charter requires Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division to provide water to the Memphis City Schools system at no charge.

When MCS consolidates with the Shelby County Schools system in 2013, the merged system may have to pay a water bill as well as electric and gas bills. Or the free water may flow to the former county schools as well.

80. Luttrell Pushes for Quicker Schools Decisions -

Now that the schools consolidation planning commission has settled on a structure for the merged school system to come, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is pushing the countywide school board to make a decision sooner rather than later on arguably the two most immediate concerns of parents.

81. Planning Commission Approves Schools Structure -

The group drafting the blueprint for the structure of a new consolidated countywide school system approved a structure for that school system Thursday, March 8, that offers multiple options for school autonomy.

82. Planning Group Hears of Structure Proposal -

Next school year, a group of 112 schools in the separate Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems will operate outside the framework used by each of the school systems for governing their other schools.

83. Luttrell Looks to Advance School Bldg. Talks -

The idea of a consolidated Shelby County public school system as a platform of sorts for various school models is beginning to emerge in what may be the most contentious part of the yearlong schools reformation discussion.

84. High Court: Warrant Needed for GPS Tracking -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects.

The decision was a defeat for the government and police agencies, and it raises the possibility of serious complications for law enforcement nationwide, which increasingly relies on high tech surveillance of suspects, including the use of various types of GPS technology.

85. Nichols Joins Spirco As Engineering Mgr. -

Matthew Nichols has joined Spirco Manufacturing as engineering manager.

Hometown: I currently live in Olive Branch. My hometown is Thaxton, Miss.

86. Cohen Concerned Over Redistricting -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, got a closer look over the weekend at the proposed set of new district lines for his congressional district.

87. Cohen Expresses Concern Over Redistricting -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, got a closer look over the weekend at the proposed set of new district lines for his congressional district.

88. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

89. Jaguars Try to Spoil Titans' Must-Win Situation -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With all the AFC's playoff scenarios, the math is simple for the Tennessee Titans.

Win Saturday or nothing else matters.

Tennessee ruined the chance to control its playoff fate with two straight losses, and none more painful than the last to the previously winless Colts. Now the Titans (7-7) are looking up at the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals needing lots of help to earn a playoff berth under first-year coach Mike Munchak.

90. Economy Ends Tough 2011 on a Surprising Upswing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is ending 2011 on a roll.

The job market is healthier. Americans are spending lustily on holiday gifts. A long-awaited turnaround for the depressed housing industry may be under way. Gas is cheaper. Factories are busier. Stocks are higher.

91. CJ Sits With Sore Ankle, Expects to Play Vs Jags -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Chris Johnson says he originally feared he had hurt his right ankle badly, but says he expects to be able to play Saturday as Tennessee tries to keep its faint playoff hopes alive against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

92. School Building Sale Still Unresolved -

The countywide school board member who thought about having a set of rules in place to specifically set the terms of selling or transferring school buildings to a separate suburban school district called off the move this week.

93. Fed Nearing a Plan to Clarify Direction of Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke has gone further than ever to explain its policies to the public. It's ready to go further still.

A Fed policy meeting Tuesday will likely focus, in part, on an evolving plan to reveal the direction of interest rates more explicitly. The Fed may decide, for example, to regularly update the public on how long it plans to keep short-term rates at record lows.

94. Millington Board to Pick New Mayor -

The Millington Board of Aldermen will select the next mayor of the city in February or March following the retirement of Mayor Richard Hodges on Jan. 13.

95. Partisans Debate State Voter ID Law -

If you voted early or on Election Day in the recent city of Memphis elections, you probably got a piece of paper from election officials about the next elections.

The new state law requiring Tennessee voters to have a valid state or federal government-issued photo ID goes into effect with the 2012 elections starting with the March primaries. And the poll handout was about the new state law and what the new ground rules will be.

96. Stocks Surge on European Debt Deal, GDP Growth -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks soared Thursday after European leaders agreed on a deal to slash Greece's debt load and prevent the debt crisis there from engulfing larger countries like Italy. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 350 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 index is on track for its best monthly performance since 1974.

97. School Board Takes Steps Back, Forward -

The two public school systems in Shelby County used the same team to evaluate charter school applications this week in the first joint proposal the Memphis City and Shelby County School systems have brought to the board for approval.

98. Just in Time for Holidays, a Bad Economic Mood -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans say they feel worse about the economy than they have since the depths of the Great Recession. And it's a bad time for a bad mood because households are starting to make their holiday budgets.

99. Economy Shows Signs of Health After Summer Slump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy appears slightly healthier than many had feared it was a few weeks ago, raising hopes that it can end the year on an upward slope.

A raft of data Thursday show layoffs are trending down to a six-month low and factories in the Mid-Atlantic are growing again after contracting for two months. Nevertheless, home sales fell and the housing market is expected weigh on the economy deep into 2012.

100. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.

And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.