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1. Tigers’ Pollard Named To Hornung Award Watch List -

University of Memphis sophomore running back and kick returner Tony Pollard has been named to the 2017 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville Sports Commission announced. The award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

2. History in Our Whiskey -

GOOD WHISKEY ISN’T DRUNK. IT’S REMEMBERED. Good whiskey and good stories age well. I wrote that a while back when I was hired to write a bit about whiskey. I thought about all of that on the porch looking at the night over a bit of whiskey with the dog. I was drinking whiskey; the dog was just looking at the night. We both liked the moment.

3. Made-In-USA Goods Can Be Pricey and Elusive. Just Ask Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's push this week to get Americans to buy goods "made in America" is harder than it might seem.

Even for Trump.

The gold-plated pens the president uses to sign laws are assembled in Rhode Island but lacquered and engraved in China. The Boeing jet he posed with to showcase America's industrial might is 30 percent foreign-made. The firetruck the administration parked at the White House this week to promote U.S.-made goods gets about 10 percent of its parts from abroad.

4. Rising Interest Rates Boost Bank of America's Profits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer banking giant Bank of America reported a 10 percent rise in second-quarter profits on Tuesday as gains from higher interest rates were more than enough to offset a drop in trading revenue.

5. Judge Lifts Federal Oversight on Tennessee Children Services -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After more than 16 years, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services is free of federal oversight from a 2001 settlement over its treatment of foster care children.

6. Wood Helps Memphis National Keep Business in the Fairway -

Brian Wood is head golf professional at Memphis National Golf Club, a role in which he oversees a variety of functions related to the club's operations. Wood, a PGA professional and member of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America, previously served as assistant golf professional at Windyke Country Club.

7. US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials.

8. Tigers’ Pollard Named To Hornung Award Watch List -

University of Memphis sophomore running back and kick returner Tony Pollard has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville Sports Commission said. The award is given to the most versatile player in college football.

9. By the Numbers: Hawaiian, Delta and Alaska Top On-Time Ratings for Airlines -

Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for May. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

10. Airline On-Time Performance Slips in Latest US Rankings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer flights were on time and consumer complaints about airlines rose in May, according to the latest government figures.

The Transportation Department said Friday that 79.1 percent of flights on the 12 largest U.S. airlines arrived on time in May, down from 83.4 percent in May 2016.

11. Construction Employment Swells After 3-Month Lull -

Employment in the construction sector rose by 16,000 jobs in June, an increase that nearly doubled the jobs added in the previous three months combined, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Total construction employment reached 6.9 million in June. Year-over-year, jobs rose by 206,000 in June, or 3.1 percent.

12. Tigers’ Ferguson, Kyser On National Watch Lists -

Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson has been named to the summer watch list for the 81st Maxwell Award, annually awarded to the nation’s player of the year, while junior center Drew Kyser has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in Division I-A football.

13. Another Tiger, Avery, Makes Preseason Watch List -

University of Memphis senior linebacker Genard Avery has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list. The Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the football player voted by members of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to be the best defensively in the NCAA.

14. Panel Calls on FDA to Review Safety of Opioid Painkillers -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime and the demand for heroin.

15. Another Tiger, Genard Avery, Makes Preseason Watch List -

University of Memphis senior linebacker Genard Avery has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list. The Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the football player voted by members of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to be the best defensively in the NCAA.

16. ‘Cheeseburger Buddies’ Make Nice for TV -

Tennessee coach Butch Jones passed his first test of the 2017 football season Monday. He made it through SEC Media Days.

There were no new catch phrases, although Jones did allude to the team’s “D.A.T.” (Details, Accountability, Toughness) motto. But nothing close to “champions of life” or “five-star hearts.”

17. Reality TV Dad Pleads Guilty to Child Rape in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The father of reality TV's "The Willis Family" has pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape.

News outlets report 47-year-old Toby Willis entered his plea Tuesday in Cheatham County Circuit Court and will spend a total of 40 years in jail.

18. Microsoft Announces Rural Broadband Initiative -

Microsoft wants to extend broadband services to rural America by using the buffer zones separating individual television channels in the airwaves.

Microsoft plans to partner with rural telecommunications providers in 12 states, from the Dakotas and Arizona to a far eastern edge of Maine. The strategy calls for a combination of private and public investments and regulatory cooperation from the Federal Communications Commission to get about 2 million rural Americans connected to high-speed internet in the next five years.

19. Tigers’ Ferguson, Kyser On National Watch Lists -

Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson has been named to the summer watch list for the 81st Maxwell Award, annually awarded to the nation’s player of the year, while junior center Drew Kyser has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in Division I-A football.

20. Events -

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Captain America: Civil War” Tuesday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. on the landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and grab a spot on the landing’s sloping rooftop, with movies projected on a 24-foot screen at the bottom. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.

21. Canadian Delegation Hears Border Concerns During Memphis Visit -

Business crossing the U.S.-Canadian border and the uncertainty about U.S. immigration policy six months into President Donald Trump’s administration dominated a meeting last week between about 30 Memphis business leaders and the head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

22. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection -

A year after the spontaneous protest march that ended with more than 1,000 people shutting down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours, the leader of that effort was again moving north along B.B. King Boulevard on Sunday, July 9.

23. Events -

The Bartlett Area Chamber will hold its monthly lunch meeting Tuesday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Unique Catering & Event Center, 2751 Bartlett Blvd. Guest speaker Mark Yoshida, partner/production director at Memphis Record Pressing, will present “Pressing for Success: How a Bartlett company took an old process and created a new opportunity.” Tickets are $20. RSVP at bartlettchamber.org by Monday, July 10.

24. Redbirds Pitcher Chosen For SiriusXM Futures Game -

Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Jack Flaherty has been selected to represent the St. Louis Cardinals at the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which takes place Sunday, July 9, as part of Major League Baseball All-Star Weekend festivities in Miami.

25. Memphis Nonprofits to Get $1.7M in AmeriCorps Funds -

Volunteer Tennessee, the governor-appointed commission on volunteerism and service, has been awarded more than $4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, with $1.7 million of that to go to Memphis nonprofits.

26. Construction Employment Swells After 3-Month Lull -

Employment in the construction sector rose to 16,000 jobs in the month of June, which is the highest total since October 2008.

The sudden increase comes after a three-month lull, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

27. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, the Memphis Bar Association and the Access to Justice Committee will host a free legal advice and counsel clinic Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance on a first-come, first-served basis the second Saturday of each month. Visit malsi.org.

28. Need For Speed -

Access to high-speed broadband is a growing issue in Tennessee as technological advances in business and education become more digitally based. For the rural areas around Memphis and across the state, it is becoming a matter of disparity both on the workforce-training front and in classrooms. And the two are inextricably linked.

29. QVC Parent Buying HSN as Shopping Shifts Online -

NEW YORK (AP) – QVC's parent company is taking control of the Home Shopping Network for about $2.6 billion in stock to create what they say will be the third-largest e-commerce company in the United States.

30. Not Ours, Not Theirs -

Not the apple of the apple's eye. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about 8 feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was done.

31. Last Word: The List Lawsuit, Charlie Morris on 1939 and New Rules for Democrats -

This looks like the end of Grit ‘n’ Grind as we wait for the other shoe to drop following Zach Randolph’s exit from the Grizzlies to Sacramento. There were a lot of rumors Wednesday, the day after Randolph’s $24 million free agency deal, including some about Marc Gasol and the Celtics. And then Tony Allen dropped a Grizz reference from his Twitter account causing even more speculation.

32. Memphis Nonprofits to Get $1.7M in AmeriCorps Funds -

Volunteer Tennessee, the governor-appointed commission on volunteerism and service, has been awarded more than $4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, with $1.7 million of that to go to Memphis nonprofits.

33. Cooper-Young Getting New Coffee House -

945 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $85,750

Application Date: July 2017

34. Micromanaging Nashville is Job 1 for Legislature -

Metro Nashville is used to getting hammered by the Legislature’s Republicans.

Nearly every time the Metro Council tries to come up with a solution to growing problems, conservatives in the General Assembly swoop in and save the rest of the state from Music City’s attempts to better handle its success.

35. SunTrust to Launch Financial Wellness Program -

Physical fitness initiatives have become an increasingly familiar part of corporate life, from employee health risk assessments to offering financial incentives to improve wellness. SunTrust Banks Inc. wants to help companies offer a twist on that concept – fiscal wellness.

36. Redbirds Pitcher Chosen For SiriusXM Futures Game -

Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Jack Flaherty has been selected to represent the St. Louis Cardinals at the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which takes place Sunday, July 9, as part of Major League Baseball All-Star Weekend festivities in Miami.

37. Celebrating Our Independence -

As we celebrate the declaration of our independence from the British Empire, it is important to remember the history behind the holiday. While much of the focus is on BBQ, ball games and fireworks, it is important to reflect on the real meaning of the day.

38. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

39. Warren Buffett to Buy 700 Million Shares in Bank of America -

NEW YORK (AP) – Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway said Friday it will amass a 700-million-share stake in Bank of America, making Buffett the largest shareholder in two of the nation's largest banks.

40. Cooper-Young Getting New Coffee House -

Even though Cooper-Young is hot with new development, there was one significant missing puzzle piece – a tenant in the vacant parcel on popular northwest corner of the two streets.

That will soon change as local coffee house Bluff City Coffee & Bakery will occupy the site of the former Bank of America.

41. African-American Museums Get $400K in State Funding -

A group of eight Tennessee museums that focus on the history of African-Americans in the state will get $400,000 in state funding.

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators announced the funding agreement Monday, June 26, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam as part of the state’s 2017-2018 budget.

42. Editorial: Memphis Tourism Has Its Own Unique Ride -

Memphis is never, ever going to be a theme park built for the delight of visitors from around the world.

Memphis tourism is increasingly about exploration and personal experiences that tell someone on a journey a few things about themselves as well as this city by the river.

43. Last Word: No Deal, Ivan Rabb and Intermodals in Overton Park -

And the winner is … not Fred’s. After months of speculation about the Memphis-based discount retail store’s transformation into a pharmacy-based enterprise with the purchase of hundreds of Rite Aid stores in a third-party divestment move, Fred’s was nowhere to be found when Walgreens announced a deal Thursday to buy the Rite Aid stores. The corporation told investors it will still pursue its strategy but acknowledged its trajectory is “stunted” – that as Fred’s got hammered on Wall Street.

44. ‘Great Streets’ Experiment Opens Between River and FedExForum -

The sun umbrellas are on the way for the tables and chairs on the northern side of Peabody Place between Front and Main streets, and so is a temporary mural wall and some kiosks for a marketplace.

A Times Square-meets-Broad Avenue experiment at the southern end of Downtown’s Main Street Mall got underway this week with reggae music, popsicles and, of course, bicycles.

45. Intel Report: Kremlin Sees US Urging Regime Change in Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kremlin leaders are convinced America is intent on regime change in Russia, a fear that is feeding rising tension and military competition between the former Cold War foes, the Pentagon's intelligence arm has assessed.

46. $18.5 Million Permit Filed for Central Station Project -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, developers pull an $18 million permit for the Central Station overhaul, another new Downtown hotel is in the works and the new Laurelwood bookstore gets a restaurant...

47. Individual Giving Fuels Memphis, National Philanthropic Economy -

Americans give. So do Memphians. The “Giving USA 2017” report showed that in 2016 Americans gave $390.1 billion.

And while Memphis hasn’t had a separate report prepared since 2008 for 2007, it indicated that 83 percent of Memphis households gave to charities. By contrast, the 2017 Giving USA Report showed that 59 percent of the American population gave to charitable causes.

48. Last Word: A Second Juvenile Court Letter, Fred Smith's Tax Plan and Memphis Hops -

A group of 19 organizations including the Memphis Branch NAACP and 28 citizens sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to keep in place Justice Department oversight of Juvenile Court. The 12-page letter is a point-by-point detailed response to the June 9 letter from County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael and Sheriff Bill Oldham asking Sessions to end the memorandum of agreement between county government and the Justice Department.

49. US to Syria: 'Heavy Price' Awaits Any Chemical Weapons Use -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threatened Tuesday that Syria will pay "a heavy price" if it follows through on what the U.S. says are preparations for another chemical weapons attack — warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants.

50. McConnell Delays Health Care Vote; Trump Engaged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

2:40 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes.

51. Opera Memphis Using Grant to Reach Mostly Absent Audience -

Innovation isn’t necessarily the first word that comes to mind to describe opera. That’s one reason Opera Memphis’ award of a $28,000 Innovation Grant – among the first to be handed out by OPERA America, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation – is interesting, to say the least.

52. African-American Museums Get $400K in State Funding -

A group of eight Tennessee museums that focus on the history of African-Americans in the state will get $400,000 in state funding.

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators announced the funding agreement Monday, June 26, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam as part of the state’s 2017-2018 budget.

53. Gibson Becomes First African-American Woman Partner at Burch, Porter & Johnson -

Tannera Gibson knew she wanted to be more than an attorney. She wanted to be an attorney at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, one of the city’s oldest law firms with a deep history in and out of court and the business of law.

54. Freedom Fund Luncheon Speakers: Democratic Party Must Change -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. says if voters can make the big change they made last November in the White House they can do it again.

As one of two keynote speakers at the NAACP Freedom Fund luncheon Saturday, June 24, marking the centennial of the Memphis Branch NAACP, the former Memphis congressman said he is optimistic, even though he disagrees with much of what President Donald Trump has done since taking office six months ago.

55. Analysis: Mississippi LGBT Law Faces More Court Scrutiny -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is in for a long court fight over constitutional questions about its law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage.

Legislators in 2016 passed House Bill 1523 , called the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act."

56. Tenth Anniversary of Minority Business-Focused Forum on Tap -

The 10th anniversary gathering of the Economic Development Forum will bring together top decision-makers and business executives when it convenes June 27-29 at the Guest House at Graceland.

The forum is produced by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and the Memphis MBDA Business Center.

57. Developers Pull $6M Permit For New Downtown Hotel -

A long-awaited Downtown hotel project finally takes a step forward.

The Beale Street Hotel Group has filed a $6 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new 115-room hotel across from AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds.

58. Developers Pull $6M Permit for New Downtown Hotel -

A long-awaited Downtown hotel project finally takes a step forward.

The Beale Street Hotel Group has filed a $6 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new 115-room hotel across from AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds.

59. My American Story -

Don't call me Cherokee, just call me Leif. As a kid, I was told I was part Native American on my mother’s side – probably Cherokee, they said, maybe Chickasaw. My mother, my aunt and my uncles weren’t sure which and how much and my grandmother wasn’t talking, but one look at any of them or at me or my children with our profiles of various 1950s Pontiac hood ornaments leaves little doubt and more is more likely than less.

60. ‘Desire to be the Best’ Prompts Coleman’s Jump to Pros -

Three years after starting his Tennessee career, Christian Coleman has reached the pinnacle of collegiate sprinting and is ready for his next challenge.

61. Many Businesses Not Prepared for Cyber Attacks -

While most local businesses believe a cyber attack or hack could significantly impact their bottom lines, many are not adequately prepared, according to a recent survey by SunTrust Bank.

62. Crye-Leike Executive Named To National Alliance Board -

Steve Brown, president of residential sales at Memphis-based Crye-Leike Inc., has been added to the board of directors of The Realty Alliance, a network of North America’s elite real estate firms serving all major and mid-size markets.

63. VW Names New Head of US Plant, Changes Reporting Structure -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen has named a new head of its lone U.S. assembly plant and will have the position report to the CEO of its American operations rather than directly to headquarters in Germany.

64. Last Word: Disaster Paperwork, The Whitehaven Plan and Juvenile Justice -

On its way to Washington is the paperwork for a federal disaster declaration sent Wednesday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. It includes Shelby County and 11 other Tennessee counties. This is essentially federal funding that will reimburse local government for money they spend up front for these kinds of disasters. The state’s request also includes a call for individual assistance to Shelby County homeowners and business owners whose property was damaged in the Memorial Day weekend storms.

65. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest -

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.

During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.

66. CCL-Korsini Opens $25M Collierville Plant -

One of the first things several Collierville civic leaders did when they toured CCL-Korsini LLC’s $25 million label-printing facility Wednesday, June 14, was look beyond the loading dock to the adjacent open land.

67. A Brighter Economic Outlook is Giving Fed Confidence to Act -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In the United States and around the world, economic strength isn't what it used to be. But everything is relative.

The Federal Reserve is set to raise short-term interest rates Wednesday for the third time in six months – a vote of confidence in the American economy and especially in the resilience of the U.S. job market.

68. Mississippi Revoking Licenses of All American Check Cashing -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A new settlement says the state of Mississippi will revoke all the licenses of a company called All American Check Cashing Inc.

69. Redbirds’ Weaver Named PCL Player of the Month -

The Pacific Coast League has named Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Luke Weaver its player of the month for May. Weaver was chosen in a vote by the league’s managers.

Weaver made six starts for the Redbirds in May and went 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA (9er/37.0ip). Across his outings, he struck out 37 with just six walks. During the month, the 23-year-old paced the league in wins, and was second in ERA, innings pitched, and fewest runs and walks allowed (minimum 35 IP). He also ranked fourth in strikeouts and ninth in WHIP (1.00).

70. Forum Shines Light on Rural Hospital Woes -

President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut billions from Medicaid’s budget would have “serious implications” on rural Tennessee hospitals.

That was the assessment of researchers from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Family Medicine, Healthcare Management Partners and local stakeholders who gathered in Jackson, Tenn., Wednesday for a public forum on the impact of federal health policy on the health of rural Tennessee.

71. Justice Dept. Ending Settlement Payouts to Outside Groups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department will no longer allow big companies and banks to settle cases by donating to outside organizations, ending a little-known practice that had become a rallying cry for some conservatives.

72. Redbirds’ Weaver Named PCL Player of the Month -

The Pacific Coast League has named Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Luke Weaver its player of the month for May. Weaver was chosen in a vote by the league’s managers.

Weaver made six starts for the Redbirds in May and went 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA. Across his outings, he struck out 37 with just six walks. During the month, the 23-year-old paced the league in wins, and was second in ERA, innings pitched, and fewest runs and walks allowed. He also ranked fourth in strikeouts and ninth in walks and hits per inning pitched.

73. Report: International Tourism to US Stronger Than Expected -

NEW YORK (AP) – More international visitors came to the U.S. than expected in April 2017, according to a new report released Tuesday in Washington.

The U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index shows that international travel to the U.S. grew by about 4 percent in April, compared with data for April 2016.

74. Jobs Data Could Signal Shortage of Qualified Workers to Hire -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Are employers starting to run out of workers to hire?

A hiring pullback reported in Friday's U.S. jobs data for May raises that prospect. The economy added just 138,000 jobs, which was still high enough to help cut the unemployment rate to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. With the recovery from the Great Recession having reached its eighth year, hiring is gradually weakening.

75. The Week Ahead: June 5-11 -

Hello, Memphis! This week, we’re getting into the swing of things with the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic, jumping into the ring at the Germantown Charity Horse Show and catching a free flick at an outdoor movie screening. Check out the rest of our top picks in The Week Ahead…

76. After Surgery, Redbirds Lefthander Gonzales Savoring Every Pitch -

The rise was quick. So was the fall. The St. Louis Cardinals used the 19th overall pick of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Gonzaga University lefthander Marco Gonzales. It was the first time since 1994, when the Cardinals drafted Wake Forest southpaw Bret Wagner, they had spent a first-round selection on a left-handed pitcher.

77. Winds of Change -

Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind since the first Egyptians began to use sails to move their boats along the Nile. More than 7,000 years later, wind power capacity in the U.S. alone has surpassed 82 gigawatts, or enough energy to power 20 million homes, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the country.

78. American Express to Solely Take Over the Hilton Credit Card -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Express will become the exclusive credit card issuer for Hilton Hotels, the company said Thursday, a major success for a business that has been facing increased competition.

79. Trump Says US Will Abandon Global Climate Accord -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to negotiate re-entry on better terms.

80. Last Word: Foote Homes Falls, Kellogg Layoffs and The SCS Ask -

Once upon a time in South Memphis it could be difficult to tell where Foote Homes began and Cleaborn Homes ended or vice versa. The key to this was which side of Lauderdale you were looking at. The east side was Cleaborn and the west was Foote with Lauderdale as the dividing line.

81. Pelley Out, Mason Temporarily In as CBS News Anchor -

NEW YORK (AP) – CBS' effort to brand itself as the home of hard-edged newscasts has been a success in the morning, not so much in the evening – and "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley paid the price for it with his job.

82. Trump Expected to Leave Climate Deal – But With 'Caveats' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for "caveats in the language" related to the exit and had not made a final decision.

83. Kellogg Closing Northeast Memphis Facility, Laying Off 172 Workers -

Kellogg Co. is closing its northeast Memphis distribution facility and laying off 172 workers, part of a larger cost-cutting plan that will result in more than 1,000 layoffs nationwide.

84. It's Primetime at Amazon.com ... Shares Hit $1,000 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon, the internet goliath that revolutionized the way much of the world buys books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone Tuesday. Its stock surpassed the $1,000 mark for the first time.

85. Last Word: Halfway Point, The Cancer-Influenza Connection and Wade Baldwin's Way -

Monday was the day that Memphis Light Gas and Water Division reached the halfway point in restoring power. There were 90,384 customers without power Monday evening, compared to 188,000 without power at the outset Saturday evening at 11 p.m. There were 126 utility crews working by Monday evening.

86. Tennessee Governor Signs NRA-Backed Metal Detector Gun Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Many Tennessee city and county buildings, parks and buses will either have to buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check people's bags, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns, under a law signed Friday by Gov. Bill Haslam.

87. 10 Nonprofits to Receive GiVE 365 Grants -

GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program, has announced grants totaling $60,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations. This year’s grant cycle is themed “Foundations for the Future: programs that help youth meet their potential.”

88. Memphis-Based MAA Thriving As Demand for Rental Housing Grows -

Since it was founded by George Cates in 1977, real estate investment trust MAA has grown from an upstart local business into a S&P 500 company with more than 100,000 units and total market capitalization of $16 billion.

89. The Buying And Selling Of Memphis -

Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.

90. Older Americans Want Medicare to Pay for Long-Term Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

91. Trump Seeks to End Program for Older Jobless Americans -

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Nathan Singletary is beyond the traditional retirement age, but he's only just beginning a new career – helping other low-income, unemployed Americans over age 55 find jobs.

92. MFD's McNeil Puts Out Fires – Literally -

Major McNeil can’t tell you much about his first week as a firefighter – and not just because it was more than 24 years ago. The fact is, he was pretty nervous.

“You’re trained for everything to move fast,” recalls McNeil, “but nothing can quite prepare you for the first time a life is depending on you.”

93. Big Names With UT Ties Eyed for Vol Baseball Job -

Tennessee baseball is starting a new era. Dave Serrano coached his final games for the Vols (27-25, 7-21 SEC) last weekend when the Vols were swept by Missouri (35-21, 14-16) in a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

94. Wide Receiver U? That’s So 20 Years Ago -

At the 2015 SEC Media Days, Tennessee coach Butch Jones referred to his school as “the original Wide Receiver U.”

The reference goes back to the days when the Vols were loaded with fast, talented pass receivers on the perimeter. In a heady stretch from 1982-91, UT had six wide receivers selected in the first round of the NFL draft – Anthony Hancock, Willie Gault, Clyde Duncan, Tim McGee, Anthony Miller and Alvin Harper.

95. Tiger Football Team’s Offense Already Getting Rave Reviews -

Could the University of Memphis really have the second most potent offense in college football next season? David Kenyon, a writer for bleacherreport.com, believes it’s possible. He just put out his predictions for the Top 25 offenses in 2017 and only the Oklahoma Sooners finished ahead of the Tigers.

96. As FESJC Turns 60, There's No Taking PGA Tour Event for Granted -

This year marks the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s 60th year in Memphis. For decades the annual PGA Tour stop has signaled the start of summer and the arrival of stars ranging from Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus to Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson.

97. Bank On Memphis Effort in National Spotlight -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir was in the nation’s capital this week, speaking by invitation on a panel at the 2017 Bank On national conference in Washington, D.C.

98. Mississippi Accused of Unequal Schooling for Black Students -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday.

99. Government to Switch to 1 Student Debt Servicing Company -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Education Department has announced it will move servicing of $1.3 trillion in federal student loans to a single provider.

The department said Friday the change will improve customer service and increase oversight. No details were given on when the provider will be chosen.

100. Prospect of NAFTA Rewrite Gives US Farmers a Case of Jitters -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.