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1. GOP Governors Who Turned Down Medicaid Money Have Hands Out -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

2. Markel Crawford Finally Arrives In His Redshirt Junior Year -

It’s a distinguished list of alumni that have gone from Melrose High School to play basketball at the University of Memphis: William Bedford, Larry Finch, Ronnie Robinson and Adonis Thomas. And yes, Markel Crawford planned to uphold that legacy.

3. Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location -

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

4. Pro Athletes Have Platform to Discuss Race -

After touring the National Civil Rights Museum Saturday, Jan. 14, before a forum on race and sports, journalist and commentator Marc Spears had an immediate thought as the panel discussed whether racism is becoming institutionalized in America.

5. Tsunami Owner Buys Building, Extends Hours -

After almost two decades in business, one Midtown chef has made his house a home.

Chef Ben Smith, the owner of the popular Cooper-Young mainstay Tsunami, recently purchased the 928 S. Cooper St. building where his restaurant has been located for the past 18 years.

6. Cohen Announces $400,000 Grant for Clayborn Temple -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movement and the African-American experience.

7. Cohen Announces $400,000 Grant for Clayborn Temple -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movement and the African-American experience.

8. CBU’s Mike Nienaber Enjoys the Wins, Survives the Losses -

Mike Nienaber has won a lot of college basketball games. Recently, he bagged No. 300 as the coach at Christian Brothers University. Before that, he won 242 games for Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.

9. Clayborn Temple Restoration Gets $400,000 Federal Grant -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movements and the African-American experience.

10. Tsunami Owner Buys Building, Extends Hours -

After almost two decades in business, one Midtown chef has made his house a home. Chef Ben Smith, the owner of the popular Cooper-Young mainstay Tsunami, recently purchased the 928 S. Cooper St. building where his restaurant has been located for the past 18 years.

11. The Week Ahead: January 10-16 -

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

12. Grizzlies’ MLK Game Changed, but Mission Remains the Same -

While the NBA moved the Grizzlies’ 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Game to Sunday night, Jan. 15, the game against the Chicago Bulls will be televised on ESPN and the team will use Monday to offer service to the community.

13. Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives -

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the DMC’s marketing strategy; driving activities to enhance the image of Downtown and public awareness of its growth and value to the region; and lead initiatives to position Downtown as a center for culture, tourism, business and entertainment. 

14. AP Explains: How Amazon Echo Listens and What It Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Can Amazon's Echo speaker really be a witness to a murder? Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man found floating face-up in a hot tub believe that Amazon might have some evidence, given how Echo listens for commands and questions and communicates with Amazon's servers to respond.

15. Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals: All Grown Up, Flexing Creative Muscle -

The beginning of Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals goes all the back to 1924, when three brothers – Owen, Gene and Earl Mahaffey – got their start making awnings, canvas tarpaulins and cotton pick sacks.

16. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

17. Strunk has Provided Long-Missing Ownership Stability -

Since becoming controlling owner of the Titans in March 2015, it has become customary for Amy Adams Strunk to spend a half-hour or so on the sideline visiting with coaches and players prior to games.

18. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017 -

Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...

19. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports -

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

20. Reid Inaugurated as President Of WestTNHBA Board -

James Reid, president of Memphis-based homebuilder Reid Homes Inc., has been inaugurated as board president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association. Reid previously served as the 2016 vice president of the WestTNHBA executive committee and chairman of the 2016 VESTA Home Show.

21. As Memphis Schedule Toughens, Tigers’ Bench Shows Signs of Life -

On the schedule it was merely a Wednesday night in December against an opponent, Incarnate Word, still transitioning from Division II to Division I.

How intense could it be?

But inside FedExForum four days before Christmas, Tubby Smith was wearing his game face. Or, at times, his Grinch face.

22. Last Word: Fred's Post Mortem, Karen Camper on Guns and Pentatonix at Calvary -

Who knew Fred’s could become probably the most complex local business story of the year? More post mortem on the $950 million deal announced this week in which the Memphis-based corporation bought 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens and Rite-Aid, who are working toward an acquisition and merger deal of their own.

23. FedEx Earnings Rise But Miss Expectations -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. shares tumbled in trading early Wednesday, Dec. 21, as the delivery giant’s second quarter earnings missed Wall Street expectations.

24. Last Word: Boca Ends Badly, Fred's Deal Still Moving and The Couch Dylan Sat On -

Z Bo ejected and the Grizz fall to the Celtics 112 – 109 Tuesday at the Forum. Post game, Fizdale says the team has a leadership problem.

The Tigers at the Forum Wednesday, playing the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

25. Chairman's Circle Moon Missions Are Taking Flight -

Although the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its Moon Missions are designed to bring change on a long-term scale, some of the missions are already having a tangible effect on the community.

26. Friendraising: Two Examples of Success -

As the year comes to an end, many of us are fortunate to receive invitations to events large and small. With Hanukkah falling on Dec. 24 there will be simultaneous celebrating by Jews and Christians this year. And even more will celebrate the New Year. Some events are family parties, work gatherings or faith celebrations. Others are fundraisers or “friendraisers” for nonprofit organizations or institutions.

27. Tigers Fall 82-79 To Monmouth -

All five University of Memphis starters scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough as Monmouth University defeated the Tigers 82-79 at FedExForum on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Dedric Lawson led the Tigers with 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Point guard Jeremiah Martin had 14 points and four assists.

28. EPIcenter Logistics Accelerator Now Taking 2017 Applications -

With access to FedEx’s Super Hub, the largest river in North America, five Class I railroads and two major interstates, it’s no surprise that Memphis is dubbed “America’s Distribution Center.” Its unique blend of transportation options also makes the Bluff City the perfect place to develop and launch new logistical technologies and services.

29. County Commission Tries Again on Minority Business Ordinance -

Shelby County Commissioners hold their third meeting of the month Monday, Dec. 19 – and there could be a fourth, depending on what happens on one of two ordinances that would establish new programs for a larger share of county government contracts for locally owned, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

30. Tuning Up Your Finances for 2017 -

As a longtime financial professional, I can vouch for the power of the looming New Year – more people begin showing interest in getting their finances in order during this time than any other. I’ve always found that the best way to ensure a great financial future is by mapping out your goals and avoiding common financial pitfalls. I’ll outline some of my most tried and true tips here.

31. Long Offseason Ahead for Jones -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has plenty of winning to do next year. For starters, UT (8-4, 4-4 SEC) needs to win the Dec. 30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville against Nebraska (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten).

32. Tigers Fall 82-79 To Monmouth -

All five University of Memphis starters scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough as Monmouth University defeated the Tigers 82-79 at FedExForum on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Dedric Lawson led the Tigers with 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Point guard Jeremiah Martin had 14 points and four assists.

33. Agricenter Taking Entries For Student Poster Contest -

Agricenter International is ramping up for its annual student poster contest, which honors agriculture while also recognizing students in Shelby County who best describe agriculture through their artwork on a given subject or theme.

34. Last Word: Turner Dairy Plans, Fred's HQ and Fred Smith's Remarks About Trump -

Lots of traffic at FedExForum this weekend with two graduation ceremonies for the University of Memphis – morning and afternoon shifts. Another double-header at the Forum Saturday. The Grizz beat the Warriors 110-89 and the Tigers beat UAB 62-55.

35. FedEx's Smith Critical of Trump Opposition to NAFTA, TPP -

FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith says withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, as advocated by President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly in the 2016 presidential campaign, would be “catastrophic for the U.S. economy” and “have massive economic repercussions.”

36. Can Dedric Lawson Win ’Em All? No, And That’s a Problem -

Ultimately, everything would work out just fine. This time.

The University of Memphis would hold off UAB for a 62-55 victory Saturday at FedExForum and everyone would be talking about Dedric Lawson’s near-triple-double: 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks.

37. Crittenden County Deposit Leader Fidelity National Bank Turns 50 -

Fidelity National Bank in West Memphis is enjoying its 50th year in business, and through the decades the bank has become a fixture of the local community.

38. Events -

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual holiday production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

39. Events -

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

40. Five Fresh Ways to Add Value -

Any salesperson who’s been in the game for more than a day knows that products and services aren’t sold based on price. Top sales pros first focus on the value of what they are selling and how it can best meet the customer’s needs. 

41. Tyson Announces Plans for $150 Million Venture Fund -

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. announced plans Monday to create a venture fund aimed at developing innovations in food production.

42. Fatal Police Shooting Report Will Go Public -

One of two Memphis Police officers involved in the Jan. 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

43. Memo In Fatal Police Shooting Details South Memphis Gun Fight -

One of the two Memphis Police officers involved in the January 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

44. The Week Ahead: December 5-11 -

Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

45. 6 U of M Football Players Honored by AAC -

University of Memphis return specialist Tony Pollard was selected American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, becoming the fourth consecutive Tiger to win the award. Pollard’s selection follows punter Tom Hornsey in 2013 and kicker Jake Elliott in 2014 and 2015.

46. Tigers to Face Western Kentucky in Boca Raton Bowl -

The bad news for University of Memphis football fans? The Tigers’ bowl destination is a really, really long drive.

The good news? It’s the Boca Raton Bowl in Florida and not a return trip to the Birmingham Bowl, where last year the Tigers lost to Auburn after coach Justin Fuente had left for Virginia Tech.

47. Memphis Wins ‘Maker City’ Designation from Etsy -

The local community of makers and artisan entrepreneurs this year has been the subject of increased attention from the city and other key stakeholders who want to learn more about and ultimately see that community expand.

48. Pot Ordinance, County Ambulance Service Top County Commission Agenda -

There are seven no votes on the Shelby County Commission against an ordinance allowing Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies to write a civil summons with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

49. 6 U of M Football Players Honored by AAC -

University of Memphis return specialist Tony Pollard was selected American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, becoming the fourth consecutive Tiger to win the award. Pollard’s selection follows punter Tom Hornsey in 2013 and kicker Jake Elliott in 2014 and 2015.

50. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

51. Austin Nichols Story Didn’t Have to End This Way -

Right before the 2014-2015 University of Memphis basketball season, forward Austin Nichols said this: “Our chemistry is better this year and I say that all positive. Nothing against the guards last year, we’re just jelling better together this year.”

52. FedExFamilyHouse Eyes $12M Expansion -

The Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital-owned home away from home for families of patients being treated at the hospital is about to get a lot bigger.

The FedExFamilyHouse at 918 Poplar Ave. has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for the planned $12 million cost of expanding the facility. By the time that expansion is finished in 2018, the space will have tripled in size and will be better able to keep pace, officials say, with the growth in specialty care at Le Bonheur that’s helped draw more patients – and families who need a place to stay.

53. School Bus Driver Charged in Deadly Chattanooga Crash -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A school bus driver who authorities say was speeding along a narrow, winding road when he wrapped his vehicle around a tree was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of five children.

54. Latest SCS Right-Sizing Proposal Goes To School Board After Thanksgiving -

On the other side of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Shelby County Schools board begins formal consideration of a proposal by SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson to close seven schools and build three new ones.

55. Tyson Foods Says CEO Will Step Down at End of Year -

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Tyson Foods said Monday that CEO Donnie Smith will step down at the end of the year and be replaced by the meat producer's president, Tom Hayes.

56. FedExFamilyHouse Seeks $12 Million for Expansion -

FedExFamilyHouse, a home away from home to out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is planning an expansion that will triple its size by 2018. And a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise the $12 million construction cost of that expansion.

57. 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.

58. Digital Grocery-Ordering Service Comes to Memphis Dec. 1 -

The grocery business is one of those retail segments where the experience has stayed pretty uniform and consistent for an extended period of time – and now it’s beginning to change and modernize, all of a sudden and in a big way.

59. 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.

60. Coaching Them Up: Two Games In, Tubby Smith’s Fingerprints on Tigers -

They look different. The way they talk is different. And most important, the way they play is different.

No, this is not the most talented University of Memphis basketball team in the last decade. Nor is it the deepest or biggest.

61. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature -

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

62. Tigers Roll to Victory in Tubby Smith's First Game as Coach -

Thirteen seconds into the new University of Memphis basketball season, guard Markel Crawford was flying toward the rim, dunking, getting fouled, and then completing a three-point play.

It looked easy. So did most of what the Tigers did this night.

63. FedExFamilyHouse Launches $12M Campaign for Expansion -

FedExFamilyHouse, a home away from home to out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is planning an expansion that will triple its size by 2018. And a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise the $12 million construction cost of that expansion.

64. The Week Ahead: November 14-20 -

Good morning, Memphis! It’s finally feeling like fall outside – just in time for Graceland to flip with switch on Elvis’ Christmas light display. Plus, we have details on a couple of autumn-themed parties, plenty of basketball, and more to keep you busy in The Week Ahead…

65. Tigers’ Dedric Lawson On Naismith Trophy List -

University of Memphis sophomore forward Dedric Lawson has been selected as one of 50 student-athletes named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. The 50-person list is selected by a national panel of voters by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Subsequent cuts will trim the field to 30 players on Feb. 9, to 10 semifinalists on March 1, and then four finalists will be announced on March 19.

66. Tigers’ Dedric Lawson On Naismith Trophy List -

University of Memphis sophomore forward Dedric Lawson has been selected as one of 50 student-athletes named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. The 50-person list is selected by a national panel of voters by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Subsequent cuts will trim the field to 30 players on Feb. 9, to 10 semifinalists on March 1, and then four finalists will be announced on March 19.

67. Rykhoek’s College Basketball Life Reborn at Memphis After Multiple Surgeries -

In November, before the first game of the season, a 23-year-old college basketball player should be talking about what he wants to accomplish in his last year. He should be talking about the best moments of his career to date, what he has learned in the 100 or so games that have come before, and how he wants to make a few more memories.

68. Memphis Continuing to Rebuild Police and Fire Benefits -

The private health insurance exchange for city retirees announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland this week is just part of an emerging package of benefits designed to bolster efforts to hire more Memphis police officers and firefighters.

69. Tigers Defeat CBU 69-42 In Exhibition Game -

The University of Memphis cruised past Christian Brothers University 69-42 Monday night, Nov. 7, at FedExForum in an exhibition game that marked Tubby Smith’s debut as Tigers head coach.

70. Strickland to Make Decision On Retiree Health Insurance -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will make a decision Tuesday, Nov. 8, on city health insurance coverage for retirees that could involve a private health care exchange.

71. The Week Ahead: November 7-13 -

Good morning, Memphis! From Tigers and Grizzlies to a party that’ll make you howl, this week is all about the animals – oh, and did we mention there’s an election, too? Check out details on those and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

72. State Leaders Break Ground On Solar Welcome Center -

The Tennessee Departments of Transportation and Tourist Development held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Oct. 31, for the new I-40 Solar Farm Information and Welcome Center in Haywood County.

Tourism Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith III, Strata G vice president Elliot Barnett and TDOT Region 4 regional director Jason Baker provided remarks.

73. Tenn. Legislative Candidates Pull in More Than $16M -

More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week’s general election.

74. More Than $16M Flows To Tenn. Legislative Candidates -

More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week’s general election.

75. More Than $16M Flows to Tennessee Legislative Candidates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week's general election.

76. Midtown Kroger Opens With Pedestrian Focus on Busy Union Avenue -

The carillon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church played the University of Memphis fight song Wednesday, Nov. 2, as the parking lot of the Midtown Kroger filled with cars. A block away a fire truck’s siren mixed with the church bells as the truck left the Union Avenue fire station to a call.

77. State Leaders Break Ground on Solar Welcome Center -

The Tennessee Departments of Transportation and Tourist Development held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Oct. 31, for the new I-40 Solar Farm Information and Welcome Center in Haywood County.

Tourism Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith III, Strata G vice president Elliot Barnett and TDOT Region 4 regional director Jason Baker provided remarks.

78. Memphis Veteran Gets Home Upgrade in Addition to Roof -

The Memphis family who had a new roof installed in June as a part of Owens Corning’s national Roof Deployment Project is now getting a full exterior upgrade to their home.

Sgt. Victor Smith and his family are receiving an exterior upgrade compliments of Owens Corning.

79. Planning Can Defeat Mediocrity -

It’s a scenario many sales leaders know too well: You hire talented people with stellar track records and are left bewildered when they struggle to make their numbers week after week. You coach them. You put them on performance improvement plans. You remind your team of minimum targets and echo their bonus incentives at every sales meeting. Yet your team’s performance continues to decline and motivation nosedives as a result.

80. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

81. Last Word: MATA Plans Bigger, Tiger Football Exits and Heartbreak Hotel Closes -

With a set of route and schedule changes about to hit the streets in December, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is embarking on a larger more comprehensive change in the city’s bus system. It is nothing less than a rebuilding of the city’s public transportation system that starts the planning process in November.

82. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

83. What’s Expected of Dedric Lawson This Season? More Versatility, Fewer Hot Wings -

Dedric Lawson’s accomplishments last season are well-documented. Tied Keith Lee’s University of Memphis record for doubles-doubles by a freshman with 17. Averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Blocked 55 shots.

84. Clayborn Restoration Momentum Builds -

For the first time in 18 years, the 19th-century chandelier in the Clayborn Temple sanctuary was in working order, shedding light Tuesday, Oct. 25, on several hundred people gathered along with leaders of eight different denominations and faiths.

85. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

86. Women’s Foundation Has 2-Generation Approach to Reduce Poverty in 38126 -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has a big goal to reduce poverty by 5 percent over the next five years in the 38126 ZIP code in South Memphis.

Its Vision 2020 Strategic Plan is how it will tackle that challenge head on. And on Thursday, Oct. 27, the foundation will hold Power of the Purse, a combination silent and live auction event benefitting the Vision 2020 effort. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis.

87. Momentum in Memphis Medical District Bringing More Banks -

The past year has seen financial institutions like Iberiabank and BancorpSouth head to the Memphis Medical District to open new branches, a trend that picked up steam this week with yet another bank following suit.

88. Last Word: The Day After Big River, Freedom Awards Shift and Tubby & Fiz -

Once the ribbons were cut, the speeches made and all of the players on both sides of the river were thanked, Sunday was the day those who put the Big River Crossing project in motion waited for to see what the public’s verdict would be on the boardwalk crossing the Mississippi River.

89. Clayborn Reborn Effort Charts Different Pre-vitalization Path -

The hope has been that the redevelopment of Central Station in the South Main area would cause a ripple in development to the east and link up with the sprawling South City development that encompasses the Foote Homes public housing development, the area south of FedExForum, and go south of Crump Boulevard.

90. Crawford, Martin, Look to Improve for Their Team and Themselves -

Markel Crawford played the sixth-most minutes for Josh Pastner’s last University of Memphis team. Jeremiah Martin played the seventh-most minutes in the 2015-16 season.

But on Tubby Smith’s first Tigers team, Crawford and Martin will have more court time here than any returning player not named Dedric Lawson.

91. Resetting the Bar -

David Fizdale is a first-time NBA head coach. Tubby Smith is a college coach with a Hall-of-Fame resume.

In Memphis, on the eve of the 2016-2017 NBA and college basketball seasons, they also share this in common: They are leaders that are worlds apart from their most immediate predecessors. Their mere presence, before the season even tips off, has changed the hopes, dreams and expectations for the city’s hoops fans.

92. 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.

93. As Big 12 Stands Pat, AAC Looks To Grow Brand -

It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the Big 12 – or the Confused 10, if you prefer – started down the road of exploring expansion.

It turned out to be a road to nowhere – a twisting, turning road with many stops to ask for directions – and finally the league announced on Monday, Oct. 17, that it would, in fact, not expand.

94. Iberiabank Expands Smithers’ Role, Hires Market President -

Iberiabank has expanded the role of its top regional executive and also named a new market president for Memphis.

Iberiabank’s current regional president of Tennessee, Greg Smithers, is expanding his role to include regional president of Arkansas. He joined Iberiabank in 2008 as Memphis market president.

95. Owners Seek Uses for Historic Clayborn Temple -

Owners of the historic Clayborn Temple church at Hernando and Pontotoc are just about ready for visitors to the Presbyterian turned AME church that has been boarded up and fenced off for the last 18 years.

96. Petitions Fail to Strip Confederate Emblem From Mississippi State Flag -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag has failed because sponsors didn't collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot.

97. 600 Memphis Students Take Manufacturing Tours -

Six-hundred students from Shelby County Schools toured local manufacturing companies on Friday, Oct. 7, to explore advanced manufacturing careers in Memphis.

Students from 12 high schools participated in the National Manufacturing Day event, with each school touring a different facility.

98. County Commission Votes on Bringing Ambulance Service In-House -

Shelby County government could be in the ambulance business with a set of three votes Monday, Oct. 17, at the county commission meeting.

Commissioners vote on a $5 million amendment to the county fire department budget to pay for providing a base crew of 60 firefighters cross-trained as paramedics and emergency medical technicians. And the commission votes on another $2.5 million in capital outlay notes to buy a fleet of 10 ambulances.

99. Businesses Can Expect to Pay More For Insurance Products in 2017 -

Many businesses are feeling the sting of increasing medical insurance costs, while premiums for other types of business insurance have remained stable over the past year. But that’s all likely to change in the next year, as rates are expected to rise.

100. UT Professor Helps With Smithsonian Exhibit -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor has been involved in a Smithsonian exhibit that looks at the lives of people who lived in a Massachusetts home for almost 200 years.