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1. First Time Advertisers Gamble on Super Bowl Ads -

NEW YORK (AP) – More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.

There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions since. Advertising experts say the rookie interest in Super Bowl ads is a positive sign that companies are feeling good in the most recent economic recovery.

2. Events -

The Association for Women Attorneys will host its 35th annual banquet and silent auction Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $60 for AWA members, $70 for nonmembers and $40 for law students. RSVP to Keating Lowery at keatingl@lawrencerussell.com or 901-844-4438.

3. Grizz Atop Southwest Division Despite Challenges -

Playing without starting point guard Mike Conley (left wrist sprain) and swingman Tony Allen (left ankle sprain), the Grizzlies pounded the Mavericks 109-90 Tuesday night, Jan. 27, in Dallas and perhaps delivered a message to the rest of the Western Conference:

4. Super Bowl Ad Preview -

Regardless of what happens on the field, history will be made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising – starting with a record price tag of $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, a significant spike from the $4 million advertisers forked over last year.

5. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

6. Gasol Voted to Start NBA All-Star Game -

In a franchise first, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been voted by the fans to the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

7. Commissioners Watching What’s Next for Fairgrounds Plan -

It’s not on the Monday, Jan. 26, agenda of the Shelby County Commission, but commissioners are watching the political dominoes that are lining up en route to some kind of move by the city of Memphis toward a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone.

8. Gasol First Grizzlies Player to Start NBA All-Star Game -

In a franchise first, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been voted by the fans to the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as a starter for the All-Star Game,” Gasol said. “Knowing that I will be facing my brother Pau for the opening tip, it will be a true accomplishment for our family and a memory I will cherish for the rest of my career. It holds special meaning to be voted in by the fans, and I look forward to representing my teammates, the organization, the city of Memphis and entire Mid-South community and Grizzlies fans across the world.”

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

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

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

10. Council Approves Schools Deal, Appoints Boyd -

Two weeks after they ignored a proposed $43.1 million settlement of the six-year old schools funding legal standoff, Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, approved a $41.8 million settlement with Shelby County Schools.

11. Walter Awarded AAF Silver Medal -

Ronald A. Walter, president and general manager of WREG-TV, has been chosen to receive AAF Memphis’ 2015 Silver Medal, the highest form of individual recognition given by local chapters of the American Advertising Federation. The annual award, which honors an exceptional leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and contribution in the industry, will be presented at AAF Memphis’ luncheon Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.

12. Big Hit and Some Misses From Vols’ 2014 Early Enrollees -

KNOXVILLE – Recruiting is anything but an exact science. Experts are everywhere. Star ratings rise and fall. Player projections are widely varied.

One thing is certain: Only time will tell if coaches hit or miss on a recruit.

13. US Foreclosures Fell in 2014 to Levels Before Housing Bust -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A healthier U.S. housing market and economy helped to winnow foreclosures in 2014 to levels not seen since before the housing bust.

The decline is the latest evidence of how foreclosures have diminished in recent years from a national crisis to a largely market-specific concern.

14. Haslam Eager to Defend Insure Tennessee Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam hopes that when the special session of the Tennessee Legislature begins Feb. 2 the ceremony of the start of a legislative session as well as his second inaugural will have passed.

15. Commercial Success -

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

16. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

17. Carmakers Finish Strong in 2014; Are Even Better Days Ahead? -

DETROIT (AP) – Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.

18. End Run Gives Realtor a Come-From-Behind Win -

While the sale of 3306 Belmont Boulevard for $350,000 will not make any Top 10 lists, it was a win in which both teams – buyers and sellers – played well with time expiring.

19. Rental Showdown -

Tiffany H., 43, has found the perfect way to make money. It’s close to home, easy-to-manage and gives her the flexibility she needs as a busy mom shuttling two children back and forth to two different schools each day.

20. Building the Base -

It was late September, and local officials were deeply engaged with retail giant Target as the company explored investing in an online fulfillment center in Memphis when the discussions turned toward a familiar subject.

21. Grizzlies Hope to Continue Building Off Spurs Defeat -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies made sure early that they didn't go to triple overtime again against the San Antonio Spurs.

Fueled by 16 first-quarter points from Mike Conley, the Grizzlies built an early 10-point lead, eventually led by 16 and weathered a fourth-quarter push by the Spurs for a 95-87 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday night.

22. 'New Year's Six' Bowls Offer Compelling Individual Matchups -

It isn't just the quality of the teams that make the best bowl games so intriguing.

Each of these spotlight games also offers plenty of compelling individual matchups.

As the bowl season prepares to ring in the new year with its top games of the postseason, here's a look at noteworthy individual matchup in each of the so-called "New Year's Six" contests on Wednesday and Thursday.

23. Lakeland Group Delivers Bond Referendum Petition -

A group of Lakeland citizens calling for a referendum on a $50 million school construction bond issue were to deliver a petition Tuesday, Dec. 30, to town leaders to put the item on the ballot for voters to decide.

24. More Than One Way to Ring in New Year in Knoxville -

With gas prices dropping and the economy continuing to improve, Knoxvillians have much to celebrate as 2014 comes to a close. A number of venues and restaurants have festive plans for New Year’s Eve.

25. Vol Players See TaxSlayer Win as a Big Step for Program -

KNOXVILLE – Christmas break has come and gone for the University of Tennessee’s football team. Now it’s back to business.

The Vols return to campus for practice Saturday and, after a Sunday practice, fly to Jacksonville for the Jan. 2 game against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly the Gator Bowl.

26. Losing Streak Ends Impressive Stretch by Grizzlies -

After the Grizzlies lost to the Chicago Bulls, their second six-game winning streak of the season coming to an end, Mike Conley made a fair point.

27. US New-Home Sales Fall 1.6 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes fell in November, evidence that recent job gains have yet to boost the housing sector.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales slid 1.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 438,000, the second straight monthly decline. October sales fell 2.2 percent to a downwardly revised rate of 445,000.

28. E-Commerce Shift Could Benefit Region -

The Target online distribution center slated to open in Memphis next year is not only a major jobs generator in an area desperate for them, it could signal the region’s arrival as an e-commerce-based distribution hub, according to real estate experts.

29. Knoxville Area a Magnet for Retirees -

Retired air traffic controller Sterling King moved to Knoxville when his brother needed him. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the area and everything it has to offer.

Moderate weather, without the bone-chilling Northern winters or the searing heat of Florida summers, is a big draw, along with its location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, says King, 58, who migrated from Dayton, Ohio, to Raleigh, North Carolina, and then to Knoxville.

30. Grizzlies at Home for Four Games Over Holidays -

The red-hot Memphis Grizzlies (21-4), who are on a six-game winning streak and coming off a three-overtime victory at the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, will play four home games at FedExForum through the end of 2014.

31. Armstrong’s Comments Overshadow Attorney General’s Visit -

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong had some concerns Tuesday about speaking before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed a group of 100 local leaders at Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square.

32. Why Areas With Good Jobs Have Hard-to-Afford Homes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.

33. Guard Jordan Adams Recalled by Grizzlies -

The Memphis Grizzlies have recalled guard Jordan Adams from the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ exclusive D-League affiliate. Adams began his second assignment with Iowa on Nov. 25.

34. Local Die-In Protesters Look Ahead to Saturday -

Organizers of three days of local protests over a series of deaths at the hands of police officers in New York, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere will likely hold a similar protest Saturday, Dec. 13, the same day a national protest is being planned for Washington D.C.

35. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in November -

After an unusually strong October for home sales, activity in Shelby County cooled in November.

Memphis and Shelby County home sales were down 7.8 percent in November, with 1,034 sales recorded for the month, compared with 1,115 recorded in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

36. Three Lady Tigers Soccer Players Honored -

Northeast Region coaches voted three Lady Tigers to NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Region teams, it was announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Senior midfielder Kylie Davis was a first team selection, Diamond Simpson was selected to the second team and Valerie Sanderson to the third team.

37. Christmas As It Was -

The hustle and bustle of a 21st Century Christmas and holiday season can be overwhelming, but the Historic Ramsey House offers a view of a bygone era.

Area residents and visitors have an opportunity to travel back to a time when life was slower and an orange in the stocking and a wooden doll under the tree was reason for excitement.

38. Barnes & Noble, Microsoft End Nook Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bookseller Barnes & Noble said Thursday it is ending its commercial agreement with Microsoft for its Nook e-book reader ahead of its planned Nook spinoff.

The news came as the largest U.S. traditional bookseller reported second-quarter net income that missed expectations.

39. Average Affordable Care Premiums Going Up in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

40. City Council Could Close Pension Debate -

At their next-to-last meeting of the year Tuesday, Dec. 2, Memphis City Council members could put to rest the dominant issue they have faced in 2014 – changing the unsustainable trajectory and liability of city employee benefits.

41. Blight of the Living Dead -

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

42. Incumbent Council Members Weighing Choices -

The only open seat on the Memphis City Council in the 2011 city elections is once again an open seat going into the 2015 city elections.

Current council member Lee Harris was elected to the state Senate in the August elections and will resign effective Jan. 12. That means the remaining 12 council members will appoint someone to fill the year remaining in Harris’s four-year council term of office.

43. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

44. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

45. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

46. New Daisy Changes Hands at Critical Time for Beale -

Three decades is a long enough time on Beale Street for any institution to create its own remarkable life.

But when that 30 years is part of a longer life of nearly 80 years and it’s on a street with an even longer history and heritage, there can be a tendency to forget how much time has passed in the latest life.

47. Adelman, Gibson Lease New Daisy Theater -

The California nightclub developer taking on the old Club Crave on Beale Street and the Memphis businessman who was a driving force behind the new Hattiloo Theater location in Overton Square are the new owners of Beale Street’s longest-running showcase music venue, The New Daisy Theater.

48. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

49. Hillwood to Launch Two Spec Buildings in DeSoto County -

A Texas-based development firm will start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in DeSoto County.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to begin site work in around 30 days on Legacy Park, a 266-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

50. Grizz Need Bench That Showed Up Against Lakers -

In the Twitterverse Tuesday night, everyone was counting Kobe Bryant’s misses at FedExForum. In the fourth quarter, Bryant let fly a turnaround jumper over the Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee that missed and Bryant had set the all-time NBA record for missed field goals.

51. McGuire Joins Insight Risk Management -

Myles McGuire has joined Insight Risk Management LLC as a corporate consultant. In his new role, he will consult with commercial clients and place them with the appropriate coverages to protect their business from risk and liability issues.

52. Riverside Drive Bike Lane Critics Remain -

In the five months since the southbound auto traffic lanes on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue were turned into bicycle and pedestrian lanes, bicycle usage of the lanes has risen from an average of 400 a month to more than 600 a month.

53. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will present “You Be the Judge,” a mock trial that explores what would have happened if James Earl Ray had stood trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

54. With Dobbs at QB, Vols Look Set for Bowl Season -

As the jubilation settled this week, the University of Tennessee’s football team and its fans still savored last Saturday’s 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina.

This week’s open date is so much sweeter for UT (4-5, 1-4 SEC) because of the stunning comeback victory.

55. Events -

The Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk will be held Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Broad Avenue Arts District. The event will include more than 100 artists exhibiting along Broad Avenue, live music and dance at the Water Tower Pavilion, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Visit broadavearts.com.

56. Voters Approve Wine, Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

57. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

58. Amendments, Wine Dominate Election Day -

The last of 2014’s three elections promises to be defined just as much by the questions on the ballot as it is by the choices among candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, across Tennessee, with polls open in Shelby County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

59. Finding Ways to Promote Workplace Engagement -

A Gallup research study of employee engagement released in 2012 found that only 30 percent of employees in the workplace in the United States are actively engaged in the work they do. Which means that 70 percent of the employees are either not engaged, (52 percent), or actively disengaged (18 percent).

60. Dobbs Makes Strong Case for Vols Starting QB Job -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.

Will it be sophomore Josh Dobbs, whose impressive debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 34-20 loss to No. 4-ranked Alabama gave UT a dual-threat QB?

61. Grizzlies Brass Has Challenge In Analyzing Player Minutes -

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

62. County Commission to Meet on Health Insurance -

For the second time in a week, Shelby County Commissioners meet Thursday, Oct. 30, to take up changes in health insurance coverage for county government employees.

Commissioners voted at their regular Monday to delay a vote on the changes to get more information.

63. South Dominates First Playoff Rankings -

The first College Football Playoff Rankings were released this week and if the playoff started today Mississippi State and Ole Miss would hold seeds one and four respectively, with Florida State No. 2 and Auburn No. 3.

64. US Home Price Gains Slow for Fourth Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices grew more slowly in August amid modest sales, a trend that could help make homes more affordable in the months ahead.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 5.6 percent in August from 12 months earlier. That's down from 6.7 percent in July and the smallest gain since November 2012. Home prices were rising at a double-digit pace as recently as March.

65. Commission Moves Health Insurance Vote to Thursday -

Shelby County Commissioners moved a critical vote on changing health insurance benefits for county employees to a special Thursday, Oct. 30, meeting in a Monday session dominated by the proposed changes.

66. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

67. Ford Profit Falls in Third Quarter on Truck Costs -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.

Net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is 700 pounds lighter due to its aluminum construction, is scheduled to go on sale by the end of this year.

68. Women’s Basketball Players Receive Recognition -

University of Memphis women’s basketball players Ariel Hearn and Asianna Fuqua-Bey have been named to CollegeSportsMadness.com American Athletic Conference pre-season team.

69. Minyard Joins Barge Waggoner -

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

70. First Horizon Reports Positive Third Quarter -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank moved back to profitable territory for the third quarter from a loss during the same period in 2013, reporting net income of $45 million, or 19 cents a share, for the period ending Sept. 30.

71. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

72. UT Who? Vols-Ole Miss Game a Mirror Image of ’69 -

KNOXVILLE – Bud Ford usually had no problem wearing the orange blazer in his early days as assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee.

Not on this day, though. It was Nov. 15, 1969.

73. First Horizon Swings Back to Quarterly Profit -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank moved back to profitable territory for the third quarter from a loss during the same period in 2013, reporting net income of $45 million, or 19 cents a share, for the period ending Sept. 30.

74. Bankruptcies Top 3,000 After Second-Quarter Dip -

After a second quarter in which bankruptcy filings dipped below 3,000 for the first time since 2011, the total number of filings for the Memphis area rose slightly above 3,000.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, there were 3,135 filings by individuals or businesses with a Shelby County address in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

75. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

76. Early Voting Opens in Midterm Elections -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.

77. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Flat in Third Quarter -

The third quarter was a pretty quiet period for mortgage brokers, based on activity during the period and a comparison to what was happening at this time last year.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 2,513 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during the third quarter, statistically flat compared to the 2,522 mortgages during the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

78. Silver Lining -

Fueled by a steep drop in bank sales, Shelby County home sales slowed slightly in the third quarter compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

There were a total of 486 bank sales in the quarter, as opposed to 752 in the same period last year, a decrease of 35 percent, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

79. Future Looks Worse for the Aging Titans -

If the Tennessee Titans want to find a blueprint for fixing the mess this franchise has become, perhaps they should study the team that’s coming to LP Field this Sunday.

What, you say?

80. Health Law Waivers: Too Complicated to Claim? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

81. 30-Year Mortgage Rate Averaging 4.19 Percent -

A key long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped this week, the second drop after a large increase two weeks ago.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan slipped to 4.19 percent from 4.20 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, was unchanged at 3.36 percent.

82. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

83. Mississippi Tourism Officials Seek Bigger Promo Budget -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi tourism officials are requesting more public money to promote the state in big media markets such as Atlanta and Chicago, hoping the investment will lure travelers to play golf, visit civil-rights landmarks or hear authentic blues music close to its roots.

84. 30-Year Mortgage Rate Averaging 4.19 Percent -

A key long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped this week, the second drop after a large increase two weeks ago.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan slipped to 4.19 percent from 4.20 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, was unchanged at 3.36 percent.

85. Paragon Bank Reports Profitable Quarter -

Paragon Bank’s most recent quarterly results show the bank sticking to the game plan for the rest of 2014 that Paragon executives outlined earlier this year at the company’s annual meeting.

86. Wharton Suggests Moving High School Football To Days -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has suggested the school system move its night football games to day time hours as one answer to mob violence by teenagers.

87. Office of Preparedness Director Leaves -

Bob Nations is leaving the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, part of second-term changes by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

88. Baptist Memorial Health Care Cutting 112 Jobs -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is eliminating 112 jobs across its three-state service area as a cost-cutting measure.

89. Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents -

KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.

The Sept. 20 open date has come and gone. UT’s coaches and players had ample time to digest and dissect details of the 34-10 loss to No. 4-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 13 and a week to prepare for a challenge just as formidable.

90. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

91. New CBU Athletic Director Has Lofty Goals On, Off Field -

For generations, the athletic director’s chair received one aging coach after another. It was just the way the college athletics world turned.

After many years, or even decades, the coach would ascend to a bigger office away from the sidelines and guide the program, sharing with young coaches the mistakes he had already made, and hoping at the end of each sports season he was counting more wins than losses.

92. Rowan Oak Rovers -

OXFORD, Miss. – We are at Rowan Oak, Susan and I – 719 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Miss., USA. Once the home of William Faulkner, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, and his family for over 40 years. Built in 1844, and renovated from time to time thereafter, this modest Mississippi mansion is situated on some 30 acres of residential property not far from the town square. Promotional literature says it’s “open year round, from dawn to dusk.”

93. Commitment to Fitness Looks to Reverse Childhood Obesity -

If American children and teenagers are fat, then those in the Mid-South are fatter. And you don’t have to rely on some “Fattest Cities in America” list aimed at generating clicks and views to reach this conclusion.

94. ZeroTo510 Accelerator Companies Win Funding -

One mark of the success of a startup accelerator program is if investors like what they see, once participating companies have gone through the program and are making pitches for funding.

By that standard, ZeroTo510 – the medical device company accelerator based in Memphis – continues to prove its value by setting up its participants to score the funding they need to build sustainable businesses. Two companies that went through ZeroTo510’s 2014 summer program – Compression Kinetics and EndoInSight – have been tapped to continue to the program’s next phase, also landing $100,000 in new funding each.

95. Singing Mechanic’s Life Much Like the Songs He Sings -

The Singing Mechanic – “I’ve got that name. Nobody else can use it,” says Billy Devereaux – sits by his worn, 1,200-square-foot, two-room cottage and looks down at Boots, his Dutch Shepherd.

“He’s a possum killer and he runs security,” says Billy, 55, gazing across the swath of remote land separated by a long gravel trail from Smith Springs Road in Antioch.

96. ‘Cutting Edge’ -

The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.

97. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

98. Late Pass -

A football spirals in slow motion across the Texas sky. The state championship hangs in the balance. Spoiler alert: If you’ve not watched “Friday Night Lights,” go watch it – all 76 episodes – and then return.

99. Will More Rentals Slow Rising Home Prices? -

Hardly a day goes by that a residential real estate broker is not asked: “When will it end?”

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., authors Elliot Eisenberg’s Brief Blog and sends it daily to subscribers. Here’s what he had to say on the subject in his August 25 edition:

100. Feds Reviewing Reynolds Deal to Buy Lorillard -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope.