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1. Council Could Delay Turner Dairy Vote Again -

Memphis City Council members are likely to delay a vote Tuesday, Jan. 17, on a parking lot for Turner Dairy Holdings LLC in Overton Square that is part of the dairy’s expansion.

2. Rhodes College’s Presidential Transition Reflects Larger Changes in Education -

Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.

“You have chosen well,” he told the school’s board of trustees.

3. Last Word: Ceasefire, Art and Memphis 3.0 and Giving Jazz Its Due In Memphis -

Grizz on the road the day after Christmas in Orlando where they got beat by the Magic 112– 102. They are in Boston Tuesday for the Celtics.

The Tigers are at the Forum Tuesday against SMU

4. $950M Deal Would Make Fred's No. 3 Nationwide -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has agreed to buy 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million, which will make Fred's the third-largest drugstore chain nationwide.

5. RNC Counsel Says Russians Probed But Didn’t Hack System -

Russian computer hackers did not hack the Republican National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to the Memphis attorney who serves as the RNC’s legal counsel.

Attorney John Ryder commented on the claims reported in recent weeks during a Thursday, Dec. 15, forum at the Memphis chapter of The Federalist Society.

6. Analyst: Fred’s May Be in Talks To Sell -

Memphis-based pharmacy operator and retailer fred’s Inc. was still keeping quiet at press time about the “pending transaction” that led the company to take the unusual step of declining to allow questions from analysts following its earnings presentation Dec. 8.

7. Fred’s Considering HQ Relocation in Revamp -

Memphis-based retailer fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

8. Fred’s Inc. Considering HQ Relocation as It Works to Revamp Business -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that Fred’s CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

9. Third-Quarter Loss Points to Lingering Challenge for Fred's -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc.’s release of its third quarter earnings results Thursday, Dec. 8, came with a few unusual features. First, the company had delayed that presentation to analysts by almost a week – then the company took the even more unusual step of declining to take questions from analysts.

10. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

11. Schweinehaus Trades Bavarian Fare for Barbecue -

German-themed restaurant Schweinehaus is taking its menu in a new direction: barbecue.

The Overton Square eatery – which has appended its name to Schweinehaus BBQ – issued a statement Wednesday, Nov. 16, that says diners will still find chicken schnitzel on the menu, along with pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket, smoked turkey and other new items.

12. Clayborn Temple Site Of Pop Up Shop -

Choose901 will host a Holiday Pop Up Shop on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 at Clayborn Temple, 280 Hernando St., across from FedExForum.

13. Orange Mound Designated By Michelle Obama -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

14. Transcript: CBU to Transform Campus, Transition to Project-Based Learning -

Christian Brothers University is not only changing the look of its campus at Central Avenue and East Parkway. Leaders of the institution are embarking on the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign that includes plans to “blow up” the university’s department of education to include Crosstown High School and the neighboring Middle College High School, extend internships to all students and to create a new library that is more than “air conditioning for books.”

15. Clayborn Temple Site Of Pop Up Shop -

Choose901 will host a Holiday Pop Up Shop on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 at Clayborn Temple, 280 Hernando St., across from FedExForum.

16. Orange Mound Gets Rare Designation From First Lady -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

17. Schweinehaus Trades Bavarian Fare for Barbecue -

German-themed restaurant Schweinehaus is taking its menu in a new direction: barbecue.

The Overton Square eatery – which has appended its name to Schweinehaus BBQ – issued a statement Wednesday, Nov. 16, that says diners will still find chicken schnitzel on the menu, along with pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket, smoked turkey and other new items.

18. Events -

Strut! Memphis, a fashion show benefiting the Community Legal Center, will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Ave. The fashionable evening will include live music, food and wine, a silent auction and more. Buy tickets at strutmemphis.com.

19. Events -

Memphis International Auto Show will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can explore hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers; experience the latest in-car technology; and take a test drive from more than 20 vehicles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Buy discounted tickets at memphisautoshow.com.

20. Commission Rejects Move of Confederate Statue From Park -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission is blocking a plan by Memphis city leaders to move a statue honoring a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader out of the downtown area.

21. Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round -

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

Launched in 1989 as Arts in the Park in Overton Park before relocating to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 1992, the fest was revitalized in 2007 as RiverArtsFest and moved to its present location.

22. Cervantes Helps Latino Memphians Stay Connected -

Fabiola Cervantes is proud of her Mexican heritage. At the same time, the public relations and digital content manager at Latino Memphis loves calling the Bluff City home. Her dual heritage makes her a perfect fit to connect and empower Memphis’s 81,000 Latino residents.

23. Construction Set to Begin on 5-Mile Trail in West Memphis -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Crittenden County officials said a proposed 5-mile walkway along the Mississippi River wetlands will generate more tourism revenue to West Memphis and encourage industrial development.

24. Tennessee Black Caucus: Don't Cut Civil Rights Milestones -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators on Friday called for a public response to help keep civil rights milestones in Tennessee history from being removed from the social studies standards for public schools.

25. Events -

ANF Architects will host an opening reception for the 2016 RiverArtsFest Invitational Exhibit on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in ANF’s gallery, 1500 Union Ave. RiverArtsFest posters will be available for purchase for $35. Email elicloud@anfa.com for details.

26. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Courtyard Memphis East, 6015 Park Ave. Brian De Leon of Chrome River Technologies will present “‘What Were They Thinking?’: Expense Report Fraud.” Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org. 

27. Bass Pro Shops to Acquire Rival Cabela's for $5.5B -

Bass Pro Shops, the iconic outdoor retail company that last year opened a destination store in Memphis’ Pyramid arena, has announced plans to acquire publicly traded rival Cabela’s Inc. in a roughly $5.5 billion deal.

28. Last Word: Festival Season, The Unbanked and Artspace Lofts Gets Started -

It was one of those weekends. In thinking back on it you will probably add rich fall colors on the trees that will come just a bit later. And since you are adding things you might give the Tigers another touchdown or two – or not, depending on where your allegiances are.

29. Tri-State Reports Success Of Bank-a-Thon Campaign -

Tri-State Bank of Memphis is reporting its inaugural Bank-a-Thon, a community outreach campaign last month to engage with and attract new customers, resulted in 294 new accounts totaling $1.1 million in new deposits.

30. Last Word: Trezevant Football and The Past, Change by Trial and Instagram -

Almost a year ago Trezevant High School was the state football champion in their division – the Frayser school’s first ever football championship. And for those with long memories of the city’s colorful history of high school athletics, there was some vindication in that.

31. Tri-State Reports Success Of Bank-a-Thon Campaign -

Tri-State Bank of Memphis is reporting its inaugural Bank-a-Thon, a community outreach campaign last month to engage with and attract new customers, resulted in 294 new accounts totaling $1.1 million in new deposits.

32. DU Rice & Ducks Display Opens at Bass Pro Pyramid -

The Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, located inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, has unveiled a new display about U.S.-grown rice and its importance to wintering waterfowl across the country.

33. DU Rice & Ducks Display Opens at Bass Pro Pyramid -

The Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, located inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, has unveiled a new display about U.S.-grown rice and its importance to wintering waterfowl across the country.

34. Historic Mansion Being Restored Into Exclusive French-Asian Restaurant -

The Nineteenth Century Club, one of the last great mansions of Union Avenue, was slated to become a strip mall. Next door to the 107-year-old building is a Taco Bell, which stands on the site of the Nineteenth Century Club’s former ballroom.

35. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

36. Mason Village Start Seven Years In The Making -

On a hot day in South Memphis, Charles E. Blake, the presiding Bishop of the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ looked through several chain link fences onto open land on both sides of Mason Street – the street named for COGIC founder Charles Mason – and said, “We’ve got space to grow – room to grow.”

37. Trust Marketing Mantra: It Takes Villagers to Reach the People -

Even if you have not heard of Trust Marketing & Communications Inc., you’ve seen their work.

38. New Type of Subdivision to Replace Foote Homes -

Memphis’ last traditional public housing complex is coming down and a new kind of subdivision will rise in its place.

The Land Use Control Board formally accepted the site plan for the South City development at its Thursday, Sept. 8, meeting. With the help of a $30 million federal Choice Neighborhoods grant, the Memphis Housing Authority plans to raze the 420 units of Foote Homes that date back to the 1940s to make way for Memphis’ first sustainable subdivision.

39. Events -

Memphis Office of Youth Services and Southern Heritage Classic will host the Classic College Fair GPS on Friday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pipkin Building on Tiger Lane. Attendance is free for attendees to learn about more than 80 regional colleges, universities and career opportunities. Visit cityofmemphisyouth.org.

40. Events -

The 27th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration will kick off with events Thursday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 10, leading up to the annual football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State Saturday at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Visit southernheritageclassic.com for a schedule.

41. Classic Makes Strong Economic Impact and Brings Families, Friends Together -

Two years ago the Southern Heritage Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary. It was a good time to take stock of the event and so a market assessment study was prepared through the Bureau of Sports and Leisure at the University of Memphis.

42. Events -

The 27th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration will kick off with events Thursday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 10, leading up to the annual football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State Saturday at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Visit southernheritageclassic.com for a schedule.

43. Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award -

Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.

44. The Week Ahead: September 5-11 -

Happy Labor Day, Memphis! We hope you’re wrapping up this three-day weekend on a relaxing note – and, if you buy into arbitrary fashion etiquette, that you’re enjoying wearing your white clothing and seersucker suits one last time. There’s plenty going on this week, from Mid-South Book Fest to the Southern Heritage Classic, so let’s get right to it…

45. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Farmers Market will be open Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Shop a variety of locally grown and produced goods, including fresh produce, flowers, breads, artisan items and more. The market runs every Wednesday through Oct. 26. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

46. Events -

The Daily News offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 a.m.

Church Health’s Farmers Market will be open Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 25. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket for details.

47. Events -

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, presented by the Center for Southern Folklore, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include live music on four outdoor stages and two stages inside the Center for Southern Folklore, 119 and 123 S. Main St.; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; and more. Admission is free. Visit southernfolklore.com.

48. Events -

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, presented by the Center for Southern Folklore, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include live music on six stages, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit southernfolklore.com.

49. Events -

Choose 901 will host a 901 Day celebration Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. The evening will feature food and Memphis-themed drinks for purchase, a live music showcase, local vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit choose901.com.

50. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present the Sales & Use Tax workshop Thursday, Sept. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

51. Carter Says Disparities Keeping Underprivileged From Better Lives -

Last week, former President Jimmy Carter and nearly 1,500 volunteers flocked to Uptown to build 19 homes that will help improve the lives of underprivileged Memphians. In between swinging hammers, Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter took time to visit the blues bars of Beale Street. Carter said Beale Street bears commonalities with the National Civil Rights Museum in that both cultural touchstones have reclaimed the city’s history and bring local heritage into a greater context.

52. Beale Authority Eliminates Two Potential Managers -

As Brian Saulsberry’s DSG Group was being ruled out from a role in a renovated Mid-South Coliseum at City Hall Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority dropped DSG from consideration to be the day-to-day manager of the entertainment district.

53. Beale Tourism Authority Eliminates 2 Firms as Potential Managers -

As Brian Saulsberry’s DSG Group was being ruled out from a role in a renovated Mid-South Coliseum at City Hall Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority dropped DSG from consideration to be the day-to-day manager of the entertainment district.

54. Recording Academy’s Hornyak To Be Honored by U of M -

Jon Hornyak, executive director of the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy, will receive the University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts’ 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing Arts.

55. Radio Station Plan Emerges for Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home -

Aretha’s Franklin’s childhood home received another reprieve in Environmental Court.

The decrepit structure at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis has been boarded up and left vacant for years. But reinvigorated development plans to save the house from a demolition order, by turning it into either a museum or a radio station, need more time.

56. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

57. Vanderbilt Pays $1.2M to Remove 'Confederate' From Dorm Name -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Vanderbilt University announced Monday that it will pay more than a million dollars to remove an inscription containing the word "Confederate" from one of its campus dorms.

58. Last Word: Graceland's Important Day, MAA's $4 Billion Buy and Hotel Napoleon -

Before the rain did its thing Monday night at Graceland, the latest Black Lives Matter movement protest was a fact at Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

Some tension and lots of noise on the line at Elvis Presley and Craft where police stopped those whom they identified as protesters. And more than a few allegations of racial profiling by police.

59. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson -

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.

60. Ruby Wilson, 'The Queen of Beale Street,' Dies in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Ruby Wilson, the blues, soul and gospel singer known as "The Queen of Beale Street," died Friday, her manager said. She was 68.

61. Last Word: School Is In, It's Rallings and Looking At Our Reflection -

The school year begins Monday across Shelby County – for students.

Teachers have been back for the last two weeks in one way or another preparing for the year. School administrators longer than that including some new principals at several schools.

62. Oklahoma City Districts Worth A Visit -

Sitting under an umbrella at a little pizza joint in the Paseo Arts District it’s hard to imagine I’m in Oklahoma City.

With a locally brewed F5 Ale in hand, the ultra-hoppy beer feels more Pacific Northwest than American Heartland. But the scorching heat and hints of Southwest architecture places me in Oklahoma.

63. Snapshot: Cultural Tribute Lights Up Memphis Corner -

A new piece of public art is going up on the southwest corner of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division parking garage Downtown. The UrbanArt Commission and city of Memphis called for entries that would display the city’s rich African-American and cultural heritage. The winning design is by Michael Roy and Derrick Dent. The 70-foot-tall mural at South Main and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue should be completed in the next couple of weeks.

64. July 1-7: This week in Memphis history -

2014: Hard Rock Cafe Memphis’ new location opens at the corner of Beale and Second streets after 17 years at Beale and Hernando.

1976: ZZ Top headlines a Fourth of July concert at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium that also includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult and the Outlaws. Tickets are $12 at the gate.

65. Aretha Franklin’s Childhood Home Safe for Now -

Aretha Franklin’s birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis is getting an encore. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has suspended his demolition order for six weeks to give some breathing room to the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp.’s recently revived campaign to turn the house into a museum.

66. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down -

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.

Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.

67. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition -

A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.

The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.

68. Undercurrent Hosts 29th Gathering at Loflin Yard -

Loflin Yard will be packed Monday night with creatives and young professionals who for almost three years now have been gathering monthly for meetings at different hotspots around the city that follow the same format.

69. American Studio Hit-Maker Moman Dies -

He found the old South Memphis movie theater that became Stax Records. He recorded more than 100 hit records for numerous record labels in a 10-year period in a nondescript building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue.

70. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

71. Editorial: Memphis’ Violence is a Political Problem -

You didn’t think this would be easy, did you?

If it was, any one of our previous efforts at overcoming a heritage and history of violence as a way of life would have done the trick by now.

72. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

73. Committee Recommends Pay Raises for City Employees -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, recommending a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

74. Council Committee Recommends Pay Raises Beyond Fire and Police -

It took six hours. But the Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, with a recommendation of a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

75. Editorial: Innovation Must Link Memphis’ Needs, Promise -

The innovation efforts starting to bear fruit in Memphis’ medical community didn’t just appear miraculously.

Leaders of this effort started to plow rock-hard ground years ago.

While business innovation is difficult, health and medical innovation aimed at commercial applications is much more brutal. The reward for a breakthrough at this level is greater, but so is the risk, with investors’ capital burned through quickly whether or not an idea is brought to fruition.

76. Council Committee Probes Grant Requests -

Memphis City Council Budget Committee Chairman Edmund Ford Jr. likens it to the television show “Shark Tank.”

Instead of entrepreneurs, leaders of nonprofits made their pitches to the budget committee Tuesday, May 24, for grants from the council as part of the budget process.

77. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

78. Memphis Roller Derby Knocks Its Way to New Horizons -

In the 1970s Memphians could watch back-to-back broadcasts of professional wrestling and roller derby taking place at the Mid-South Coliseum.

The popularity of both full-contact sports eventually tapered off. While World Wrestling Entertainment has since developed a national audience, the latter has reemerged as a women-only sport with a grassroots following of computer geeks and soccer moms, said Brooke Gettys, co-captain with Memphis Roller Derby.

79. 1866 Memphis Massacre Anniversary Draws Historians -

South Street is now named G.E Patterson Boulevard in one of two name changes since the thoroughfare was a dirt road trod by horses and the wagons they pulled.

The only reminder of the street’s status as an epicenter of the violence 150 years ago this month that killed 46 people and burned every black church and school in the city to the ground is a plaque unveiled Sunday, May 1, in Army Park.

80. Did ‘People Back Home’ Really Sway No Votes on Bible? -

I thought about skipping church Sunday and playing golf. After listening to the House of Representatives’ debate on the Bible bill, I could probably skip church for a month and still be in good standing.

81. Events -

Howard Hall Amp’d Up, a front porch party at Memphis Heritage, will be held Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2282 Madison Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music by Jeffrey and the Pacemakers, plus free hot dogs, chips, soda and beer. Cost is free; donations accepted. Visit memphisheritage.org.

82. Events -

Memphis Black Expo will hold a workforce ready seminar for ages 15-18 on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Andrew AME Church community life center, 1472 Mississippi St. The seminar will prepare attendees for the youth summer job fair, to be held April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Attendees must pre-register at memphisblackexpo.com/workforceready and a parent must sign the student in at the event.

83. Events -

Morton Museum of Collierville History will host an opening reception for “Portrait of Collierville: 1940-1945,” featuring research by 63 St. George’s Independent School students, on Thursday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 196 N. Main St. in Collierville. The students’ research centered on the ways Collierville contributed to the World War II effort and was affected by the war. Visit colliervillemuseum.org.

84. Greensward Talks Getting Complex -

A week ago, the board of the Overton Park Conservancy had a visitor at its meeting – Richard Smith, the Memphis Zoo’s representative in the ongoing private mediation talks between the conservancy and the zoo.

85. Can GOP Keep Grasp On Success Ramsey Built? -

As much as Tennessee Republicans want to put a happy face on the departure of Senate Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, holding it together in the wake of his departure will be an awesome task.

86. Blight Fight Touts New Pathway, Partnerships -

The local effort to fight blight has been in recent years a machete-like action to cut through bureaucratic red tape and get possession of the most blighted properties.

So there have been a lot of press conferences where bulldozers are featured prominently to demolish the targeted property.

87. Tri-Star Chronicles Captures Tennessee’s Lesser-Known Stories -

J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III is not Memphis’ most famous name across the state of Tennessee. But he is an important name, has a deep and rich story worth telling, and that is exactly the point.

88. Last Word: Tiger Drumbeat, Eye on Drones and Shelby County Biggest Home Sale -

Let the coaching drumbeat resume after the Tigers Sunday post-season collapse one game past Tulsa.
A confession here – I am so sports challenged that I thought UConn was a team from Alaska until I saw it spelled out.
In my defense, who associates Huskies with Connecticut?
My point is what happens next isn’t just about basketball. It’s about a change with a good track record of being emotional in the worst way.
It’s linked to how we want to be known for treating people and what they think of us as a result of that.
In those two areas, it’s never just business. It’s always personal.
Josh Pastner’s four predecessors were each very different case studies in this regard.
It could have been any stop in any city with a basketball court and a one-and-done star he could find and recruit to John Calipari. But he still had to hide under a blanket in the back seat of a car on the way to the airport and lie about it long after everyone knew.
Knew about the Kentucky job that is. The mess he left at the university would surface shortly thereafter.
Tic Price was two fast seasons and the proof that the Memphis job isn’t just about what happens on the court and the attendance at games.
Price was clearly excited about coming to Memphis. He clearly understood the importance and heritage of Tigers basketball and valued it. And he wasted no time at all getting lost in the Memphis that is not a part of that all encompassing world.
It was the only job Larry Finch wanted and ultimately the job he couldn’t continue to have. That after ignoring conventional wisdom as a player and coming from Melrose High to Memphis State, bringing a beloved team with him and then picking Memphis again in the ABA over the Lakers in the NBA.
None of that was considered in pushing him out the door and then naming a building after him.
Dana Kirk
wanted to be the hustler John Calipari was. He was certainly impersonal enough about it and he took the team to an era where a post-season NCAA bid was expected and is still expected to this day.
But his impersonality exacted a high cost and he paid most of that cost. Although you could argue the experience for his team that produced some legendary players also made some of them legendary casualties of his emotional distance. It didn’t allow him to go elsewhere because he never figured out that he was being underestimated just as much as the team whose needs he ignored was in the national view of college basketball.
While Calipari dodged big trouble twice, Kirk wasn’t even in Calipari’s league when it came to ducking and timing.
We are past our inferiority complex. That’s what the last NFL drive of the 1990s did for us.
But it’s not necessarily a bad thing that we see the people chosen to occupy these very public positions as a reflection to the world of who we are.

89. The Week Ahead: March 14-20, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first look at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s proposed diversity program to a truly Irish celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.

90. Anne Dixon Joins BRIDGES as CFO -

Anne Dixon has joined BRIDGES as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Dixon, who is a Bridge Builders alumna, is responsible in her new role for financial reporting and analysis to help BRIDGES leadership in performing their responsibilities. 

91. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? In a few short days it’ll be time to “spring forward” – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, check out our weekly roundup of area happenings, from a discussion with local changemakers to the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week…

92. ‘Mojo of Midtown’ Honorees Announced -

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. is set to honor seven individuals and organizations for their “mojo” in promoting and preserving the Midtown area.

93. ‘Mojo of Midtown’ Honorees Announced -

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. is set to honor seven individuals and organizations for their “mojo” in promoting and preserving the Midtown area.

94. Last Word: Love and Glory and Guitars, New Frost and Scalia's Passing -

To each his or her own on Valentine’s Day observances Sunday that become Valentine’s Day memories with the arrival of Monday.

The Majestic Grille, for instance, had the movies Roman Holiday and Casablanca back to back on the screen of the movie theater turned restaurant.
No sound, but you really don’t need sound for the scene where Audrey Hepburn takes the throne with Gregory Peck and a beatnik Eddie Albert among the press corps at the rope line.
And The Majestic saved The Second Line in Overton Square with a loaner of some champagne after Second Line ran a bit short.
Chef Kelly English thanked the Majestic via Twitter for “saving our sweet Valentine’s Day asses.”

95. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

96. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

97. Last Word: Groundhog Day's Long Shadow, Minority Percentage & The Value of Sports -

After the January into February weekend we had with its outbreak of spring fever, you might wonder if groundhogs are allowed to change their minds or if shadows that are the result of television lights count as a prediction on the winter’s length.
Or maybe it would be appropriate to have a weather map that includes the Groundhog Day immunity zones – areas where the long shadow of the groundhog does not venture.
Note to television meteorologists: This would in no way interfere with your right to declare large parts of your viewing areas as places of "potentially severe weather" far into the future. But you will need a different color for the Groundhog Immunity Zones.

98. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value -

In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.

There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.

99. Memphis Sports Leaders to Speak on Local Impact -

You will find Memphis sports fans everywhere – including in the Redbirds dugout at AutoZone Park.

“Our players like having the NBA here and FedExForum nearby,” said Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger.

100. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.