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1. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

2. Developers Swing, Miss in Attempt to Buy Prime Germantown Locale -

The first time I stepped into this mustard-yellow building at 300 Jefferson Street to ask how it felt to have the Nashville Sounds moving in across the street, Wayne Woelk, 50, was having a heart attack.

3. American Marketing Association Memphis Chapter Preps for New Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association is gearing up to be a hub of new networking and educational opportunities for local marketing professionals in the city.

Along with the finalization of its Memphis charter, the organization has elected a new board of directors packed with experienced marketing leaders from the area. The chapter also plans to offer “unexpected, unique and creative” benefits to help it stand out from traditional professional organizations.

4. Congress Races to Finish VA, Highway Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and headed toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.

5. Ex-IRS Official Called Conservatives Crazies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

6. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

7. 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.”

8. Pathmark Inks Lease at I-Bank Tower -

A longtime third-party logistics company is on the move.

Pathmark Transportation Co., which was started in 1984 as a subsidiary of petroleum marketing company Pathmark International before becoming a national logistics provider, has signed a new lease for 3,800 square feet at the i-bank Tower on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

9. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 17, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will speak. Cost is $20. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

10. Tower Facelift -

One of Memphis’ most recognizable office buildings, occupying a prime piece of commercial real estate on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis, is getting a makeover.

Rosemont Realty LLC is investing around $400,000 to update the 24-story i-bank Tower at 5050 Poplar Ave. The 275,634-square-foot building, built in 1967 by pioneering developer William B. Clark Sr. and formerly known as White Station Tower, includes the signature round top floor, which once housed a rotating restaurant.

11. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will meet Monday, April 28, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of parliamentary law and “Robert’s Rules of Order” is invited to attend. Call 324-5184.

12. Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

13. 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.

14. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will meet Monday, Jan. 27, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in parliamentary law and “Robert’s Rules of Order.” Call 324-5184.

15. Events -

Literacy is Key: A Book and Author Affair, sponsored by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The program will feature W. Bruce Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson and Molly Crosby. Tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit First Book Mid-South. Visit memphiskkg.org.

16. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Monty Python’s Spamalot” Friday, Jan. 24, through Feb. 16 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

17. FDA to Revise Nutrition Facts Label -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Those nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read.

The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that.

18. House Approves Government-Wide $1.1 Trillion Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House on Wednesday, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and concessions for both parties.

19. Bipartisan Budget Agreement Nears Final Passage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate lined up Wednesday to give final congressional approval to legislation scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

20. A Deal: Voting to Avoid Default, Open Government -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.

21. New House GOP Plan as Debt-Limit Deadline Nears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.

22. Obama Says Talks OK – After Default Threat Averted -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law.

23. Shutdown in Third Day With Debt Trouble Looming -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Efforts to resolve the government shutdown were at a standstill Thursday as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner traded barbs, the Treasury warned of a dire risk to the economy ahead and work in the Capitol was briefly halted because of gunshots outside.

24. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

25. Futhey Cuts Own Path With Solo Law Practice -

Malcolm Futhey III recently made a leap of faith by opening his own practice, the Futhey Law Firm PLC, in Midtown.

He said the idea of working for himself was something he always had in the back of his mind.

26. GOP House: Keep Government Open, Hit 'Obamacare' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Charting a collision course with the White House, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday to wipe out the three-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve – and simultaneously prevent a partial government shutdown that neither party claims to want.

27. Events -

The National Association of Parliamentarians Tennessee Beta Unit will meet Monday, Sept. 23, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Call 324-5184.

28. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

29. Dodge Default, Defund Obamacare, GOP Leaders Say -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out Obamacare, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach.

30. Treasury Says US Will Hit Debt Limit in Mid-October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling Congress that the U.S. government will hit its borrowing limit in mid-October and urged lawmakers to raise it before then.

Lew said in a letter to Speaker John Boehner released Monday that the government is running out of accounting maneuvers it has used to avoid hitting the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit. He pressed Congress to act so Treasury can keep paying the government's bills.

31. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

32. 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.

33. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

34. Old Ads Still Funny -

Cleaning off a shelf, I came across the 2005 issue of “Uncle John’s Fast-Acting, Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader.” This series, by the way, has been around for a quarter-century now, and I’m long overdue to order the 2012 issue: the “Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.”

35. Civil Rights Leader Will Campbell Dead at Age 88 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Rev. Will Campbell, a white minister who drew acclaim for his involvement in the civil rights movement, has died at the age of 88.

36. Basketball Boon -

Before the Grizzlies began their first-round playoff series with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Dennis Flanagan looked ahead to Game 3, which was to be played on Thursday night, April 25, in Memphis.

37. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Wizard of Oz” Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Visit balletmemphis.org for tickets.

38. Ricin in Obama Letter, Odd Packages Scramble Hill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator tested positive for poisonous ricin in preliminary checks Wednesday, and authorities chased reports of other suspicious mail at a U.S. Capitol already on edge.

39. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber will host a Lunch in the Know titled “Website Design Strategy & Analytics to Measure Success” Tuesday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Baptist Memorial Hospital campus, 6027 Walnut Grove Road. Lou Powell and Leigh Pegram of Vanick Digital will speak. Cost is free for member and prospective members; lunch is provided. R.S.V.P. to tlee@memphischamber.com. 

40. Reappraisal to Impact Office Market -

For the first time in history, the property value of the once-every-four-year reappraisal is going down, and it has some commercial real estate property owners concerned.

Although how much the value decreases won’t be official until April 20, the first formal notices of 2013 Shelby County property values for taxation purposes were mailed at the beginning of this month to owners of commercial and industrial cost properties.

41. Bearing Down -

The old adage “loaded for bear” is fitting for a new full-service branding agency that’s emerged on the Memphis advertising landscape.

“We came up with Loaded for Bear after stepping back and looking at the Memphis creative landscape and what our goals were, which are to prove that great creative can happen in a ‘creative wilderness’ such as Memphis, but also to help our clients be prepared for anything,” said managing director Joel Halpern. “That is where the term came from, an old hiker’s saying that means going off in the prepared for the worst case scenario, or a bear.”

42. House Approves Bill Preventing Shutdown March 27 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department.

43. FDA Commissioner: Budget Cuts Mean Less Safe Food -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer food safety inspections and an increased risk to consumers will result from the lack of a new 2013 budget from Congress and the upcoming across-the-board spending cuts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.

44. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

45. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

46. Madewell Coming to Saddle Creek -

The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown will soon gain another national retailer with no other presence in Tennessee.

Madewell, a subsidiary of J. Crew Group Inc., has signed a 3,061-square-foot lease in The Shops of Saddle Creek North, 7509 Poplar Ave., in part of the space that was previously The Gap in between James Avery Jewelry and Brighton Collectables.

47. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy Award -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

48. Fiscal Cliff Efforts Ongoing, Boehner Offers Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.

49. I-Bank Grows in Namesake East Memphis Office Tower -

Independent Bank has expanded its headquarters at I-Bank Tower to primarily accommodate its Mortgage Lending Division.

50. Events -

Leadership Memphis is accepting applications for its 2013 Grassroots Leadership Program through Saturday, Sept. 29. The program, which teaches leadership skills and techniques to implement community change, includes 11 sessions between October and March. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.

51. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will address the Germantown board of mayor and aldermen Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 1930 S. Germantown Road. The open forum will include an update on property tax revenue and economic trends affecting the community. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

52. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and education program Monday, June 25, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Call Jennifer Thompson at 324-5184.

53. ‘Fun Food Fast’ -

After a five-year hiatus, fast-casual restaurant Foozi has returned to the I-Bank Tower at 5050 Poplar Ave. while retaining its other location next door at Clark Tower.

54. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 5, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Neil White, author of “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

55. Events -

Visible Music College will present a Visible Live concert Monday, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cooper-Young gazebo at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Darien Clea will perform. Cost is free.

56. Events -

The Orphanos Foundation will hold its fifth annual golf fundraiser Monday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spring Creek Ranch, 149 Chinquapin Drive. Pilot Steve Scheibner will speak at the event. Cost is $350 per person. Email wayne@orphanos.org or call 458-9500 for details and to register.

57. White Finds Calling In Family Law Practice -

Leigh-Taylor White, an attorney with Shea Moskovitz & McGhee, didn’t always know she wanted to be a lawyer.

58. Humane Soc. Names Walker Development, Marketing Mgr. -

Leah Walker has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as development and marketing manager. Walker represented her home state as Miss Georgia in 2008 before joining the Greater Memphis Chamber as a development consultant.

59. Brown Makes Leap To Family Law Firm -

Family law attorney Aubrey Brown will celebrate his 18th year in practice at the Memphis firm he recently joined, Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC.

60. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

61. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

62. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will meet Monday, Feb. 27, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station Branch Library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Those interested in expanding their knowledge of parliamentary law and Robert’s Rules of Order are welcome to attend.

63. Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Tobias Pride said the drug kingpin who hired him to kill Antonio Allen in 2002 had proof “in black and white” that Allen had been cooperating with law enforcement.

64. House Leaders Praise Emerging Payroll Tax Cut Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional leaders of both parties praised an emerging deal Wednesday to extend a payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, but cautioned that bargainers still had to nail down final details.

65. UPDATE: Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Big drug dealers don’t count the money as soon as they make a drug deal. They wait until they leave the exchange to count it.

That was among the details offered Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the full-day of testimony by Orlando Pride, a long time member of the violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

66. Commission Tries Again at Redistricting -

The votes are still close on the Shelby County Commission as the group takes the first vote Monday, Feb. 6, on its third try at redistricting.

The plan that’s up for the first of three readings is a conversion of the 13-member, five-district body to 13 single-member districts covering all of Shelby County.

67. Optimism Growing on Deal to Avoid Federal Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The endgame at hand, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders expressed optimism Thursday at prospects for swift compromise to extend Social Security tax cuts, keep long-term jobless benefits flowing and avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday.

68. Eclectic Eye Holding School Supply Drive -

The Eclectic Eye is hosting a school supply drive this holiday season for five elementary schools.

Donations of new, unused school supplies can be made now through Dec. 31 at the boutique’s Midtown location, 242 S. Cooper St., and Collierville location, 3670 S. Houston Levee Road, suite 102.

69. Glankler Brown Ranked Tier 1 in Multiple Practice Areas -

Glankler Brown PLLC has been named a Tier 1 Law Firm in multiple practice areas in the 2011-2012 Best Law Firms rankings released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.

70. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and educational program Monday, Oct. 24, at 5:45 p.m. at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave.

71. Touring NC, Obama Seeks Jobs Votes, Piece by Piece -

FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) – Railing against Republicans, President Barack Obama on Monday pushed for a jobs package that Congress is splintering into pieces, with Senate Democrats planning to start with a plan to help states hire teachers, police and firefighters. In campaign mode on the road, Obama accused Republicans senators of saying no to helping Americans.

72. Civil Rights Documentary to be Screened Thursday -

Facing History and Ourselves will host a free public screening of “Wednesdays in Mississippi,” a one-hour documentary that tells the story of a group of black and white women in 1964 who bridged race, class, geography and religion to help end segregation in America, Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

73. Leadership Academy Announces Graduates -

The Leadership Academy has announced its September 2011 Fellows Program graduates.

They are Mary Elizabeth Anthony of Smith & Nephew; Gene Baker of Smith & Nephew; TaKeisha Butler of Smith & Nephew; Brenda Caldwell of Dr. B Empowerment Services; Donnell Cobbins Jr. of Universal Commercial Real Estate LLC; Jonathan Cross II of Jonathan Cross Venture & Holdings Corp.; Reggie F. Davis of Street Ministries; Shenenka Davis of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis; Jeb Fields of Commercial Advisors; Jonathan Flynt of Bryce Corp.; Lori Guy of First Horizon National Corp.; Channa Halmon of Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents; Ursala Holmes of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Shannon Izquierdo of FedEx Corp.; Jared Johnson of Pier 1 Imports; Ken Kimble III of Boy Scouts of America – Chickasaw Council; Joy Lockridge of Spherion Staffing Services; Nathan Martin of the University of Memphis; Shawn McCutcheon of Regions Bank; Katie Midgley of the Urban Child Institute; Tanner Mueller of First Tennessee Bank; Bettina Kurtz Pearson of First Tennessee Bank; Robin Poston of the University of Memphis; Kerra Saine of First Tennessee Bank; Joy Stephens of Joy Factor Consulting; Colby Stough of Youth Villages; Carrie Strehlau of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Marvin Todd of FedEx Corp.; Brittney Rogers of Duncan-Williams Inc.; Lindsey Waugh of Medtronic Inc.; Carsett Webber of Wright Medical Technology; Josh White of MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartment Communities); and McLean Wilson of Kemmons Wilson Cos.

74. YMCA Receives Grant for Swimming Lessons -

The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South has received a $25,000 grant from the Plough Foundation to offer free swimming lessons to 5- to 18-year-olds.

The Y requested the funding to address the lack of swimming skills in minority youth, resulting in higher rates of drowning for African-American and Hispanic children and teenagers.

75. Fundraisers Rappel Tower for Special Olympics -

In one of the city’s most unique fundraising events, 64 brave souls scaled the exterior of the 23-story i-bank Tower (formerly White Station Tower) in East Memphis Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, for Over the Edge, a high-thrills fundraiser for Special Olympics of Greater Memphis.

76. Pelosi Names Final Members to Debt Supercommittee -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.

77. House Nears Vote on GOP Debt Bill; Dems Oppose -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan to the core, Congress groped uncertainly Friday for a way to avoid a government default threatened for early next week. "We are almost out of time," warned President Barack Obama as U.S. financial markets trembled.

78. City’s Public Libraries have New Hours -

Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the locations of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center will operate with new hours due to budget reductions.

The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

79. Wealth Gap Widens Between Whites, Minorities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.

80. Debt Dispute Boils: Capitol's Hot, Inside and Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock stubbornly held the high ground in the steamy capital Friday despite the threat of a government default in 11 days' time. Talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seemed stuck in limbo, and the Democratic-controlled Senate scuttled legislation drawn to conservatives' specifications.

81. Obama Appoints Cordray to Lead Consumer Agency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama moved Monday to get a new consumer protection bureau up and running, introducing a former Ohio attorney general as director, in an apparent acknowledgment that the woman who masterminded the agency couldn't win Senate confirmation.

82. Grim Jobs Report Casts Shadow Over Debt Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Beset by a weak jobs report, President Barack Obama on Friday called for swift action by Congress to raise the nation's borrowing limit, saying the uncertainty over the debt ceiling has hindered hiring in the private sector.

83. Leadership Memphis Announces Board Members -

Leadership Memphis has announced new board members and officers for its new fiscal year.

The officers and executive committee include Eric Robertson, chair; Beverly Jordan, vice chair; Bryan Ford, treasurer; Veronica Coleman Davis, secretary; Chris McLean, immediate past chair; Jeff Gaudino, alumni chair; Christine Munson, development chair; Lemoyne Robinson, program chair; and Jeane Chapman, marketing chair.

84. Obama Picks Fight on Taxes, Big or Just Symbolic -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is renewing an old fight with the business community by insisting that $400 billion in tax increases be part of a deficit-reduction package. His proposals have languished on Capitol Hill, repeatedly blocked by Republicans, often with help from Democrats.

85. White House: 'Significant' Deal on Debt Possible -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plunged into deadlocked negotiations to cut government deficits and raise the nation's debt limit as the White House expressed confidence Monday that a "significant" deal with Republicans can be reached. But both sides only seemed to harden their positions as the day wore on, with the White House insisting on some higher taxes as part of the package and the Republican leadership flatly refusing to consider them.

86. Republicans Bail on Budget Talks, Blame Democrats -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans pulled out of debt-reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden with a flourish on Thursday, blaming Democrats for demanding tax increases as part of a deal rather than accepting more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicare and other government programs.

87. House to Reject Debt Limit Increase Without Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans lined up to reject their own proposed $2.4 trillion increase in the nation's debt limit Tuesday, a political gambit designed to reinforce a demand for spending cuts to accompany any increase in government borrowing.

88. Events -

Indie Memphis will present its Dance Film Series Monday through Wednesday at the Evergreen Theatre, 1705 Poplar Ave. “William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet” will make its Memphis premiere Wednesday at 7 p.m. Other films include “Rumba,” playing Monday at 7 p.m. and “NY Export: Opus Jazz” Tuesday at 7 p.m. Award-winning short films will precede the three features. For more information, visit www.indiememphis.com.

89. Documentary to be Screened at Studio on the Square -

Independent Television Service’s Community Cinema and the Christian Memphians for Immigration Reform Association, National Civil Rights Museum and other community organizations will present a screening of the documentary “Welcome to Shelbyville” Tuesday at Malco’s Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave.

90. ‘The Rat’ at Rhodes Gets Makeover -

Rhodes College has filed an $11 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand and renovate its main dining hall facility.

Known by students as “The Rat,” Catherine Burrow Refectory opened in 1958 and has three dining areas – Neely Hall, Hyde Hall and Rollow Hall. Smaller meeting rooms include the Alburty Room, the Davis Room and the Bell Room.

91. Obama Focusing on Debt in Meeting With Democrats -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is wading into the swirl of deficit-trimming budget plans, looking to cast himself as a broker in the struggle to tame the federal debt.

The White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans are working to sort out what debt-fighting measures they can embrace now and which ones will be left for later, probably after the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

92. Miss USA Contestants to Visit Madison Hotel -

The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave., will host Miss Tennessee USA, Miss Mississippi USA and Miss Arkansas USA May 12 and May 13 for public appearances.

93. Fowler to Receive Rhodes Honorary Degree -

Dr. Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the 162nd Commencement of Rhodes College Saturday.

94. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

The 2011 Flood, By the Numbers

After a few days of national media coverage, here are a few numbers that demonstrate part of the complex picture of the life of a city as it faces a flooding crisis.

95. Fayette Norfolk Southern Work Begins -

Tennessee state Sen. Delores Gresham compared it to Friday’s royal wedding. “This beats any royal wedding,” the Fayette County legislator said from beneath a white tent on a leveled dirt field where the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville is being built.

96. Public Relations Society Elects Board Members -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has announced its newly elected board members for 2011.

The new board members are Vickye Hester of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, president; Jonathan Lyons of Obsidian Public Relations, secretary; John Wallach of the Navy Office of Community Outreach, treasurer and delegate; Beth Simkanin, assistant treasurer; Daphne Thomas, vice president of membership; Stephanie Nichols of SWN Communications, director; Bob Phillips of Thompson Berry Public Relations, director; Marvin Stockwell of the Church Health Center, director; and Beena White of cocoabeens communications, delegate. The Memphis chapter is made up of close to 200 members with positions at large corporations, small private companies, consulting firms, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions and freelancers.

97. Events -

Rhodes College will host Memphis historian Jimmy Ogle who will present a continuing education class titled “Historic Memphis and its Highlights” Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Dorothy King Hall on campus. Seating is limited so reservations should be made by calling 843-3965.

98. Evolving Concert Scene Far From Going Dark -

Memphis was a great market for concerts once upon a time, you might hear some old timers say of the golden age of arena rock.

But the market has changed dramatically from the time when Bob Kelley’s Mid-South Concerts took out a black and white quarter page ad in The Commercial Appeal’s Playbook section every week to announce his newest booking.

99. Coleman-Etter, Fontaine Merges with Crye-Leike -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. continues to expand its standing as the largest real estate firm in the Mid-South area by merging with Memphis-based Coleman-Etter, Fontaine Realtors.

100. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and educational program Monday at 6 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station Branch Library, 5094 Poplar Ave.