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1. Last Word: Scooter or Bike, Clapp's Flip and Found Memphis Belle Footage -

If this past weekend is any indication, Bird scooters are a thing in Memphis and they have also had a spillover effect in increasing the use of Explore Bike Share which has about a three-week head start. In many Downtown locations the scooters and bikes are in close proximity to one another. And that was offering some choices to those looking for a quicker way around in the heat. Well dressed wedding parties just a bit early for the ceremony in Court Square -- scooter. Intrepid explorers in t-shirts, cargo shorts and floppy hats regarding the sites to be seen in Memphis as Lewis and Clark -- bike.

2. Women- & Minority-Owned Biz Loan Fund Launches -

A $15 million small-business loan fund announced Monday, June 11, is aimed at improving access to capital for minority- and women-owned businesses in the Memphis area.

The loan fund is a partnership between Pathway Lending, a nonprofit regional community development financial institution, and Epicenter, the nonprofit entrepreneurial hub organization. Pinnacle Financial Partners, First Tennessee and Regions Bank are providing the initial capitalization of the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund.

3. June 15-21, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

1971: Fred Smith incorporates in Delaware a company he calls Federal Express Corp.

Source: “Absolutely Positively Overnight” by Robert A. Sigafoos

4. Startups Dive Into 2018 Summer of Acceleration -

Now in their fourth year as partners on the Summer of Acceleration entrepreneurial program, EPIcenter, Start Co. and Memphis Bioworks Foundation are helping to foster success for promising startup companies across different industries.

5. Food Truck Evolution: Owners Strategize as Novelty Wears Off -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off.

6. Hilton Canopy Hotel, Museum Lofts Receive Tax Incentives -

Rhode Island-based Magna Hospitality Group, doing business as MHF Memphis VI LLC, has been granted a 15-year tax incentive to build a $43 million four-star hotel on the site of the former Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

7. New Loan Fund Launches For Women-, Minority-Owned Biz -

A $15 million small-business loan fund announced Monday, June 11, is aimed at improving access to capital for minority- and women-owned businesses in the Memphis area.

The loan fund is a partnership between Pathway Lending, a nonprofit regional community development financial institution, and Epicenter, the nonprofit entrepreneurial hub organization. Pinnacle Financial Partners, First Tennessee and Regions Bank are providing the initial capitalization of the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund.

8. Johnson Wins Final FESJC, Takes Over No. 1 World Ranking -

Dustin Johnson had a sizable lead. Only a couple of holes remained in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind Sunday, June 10, and a victory would push Johnson from No. 2 in the world rankings to No. 1.

9. New Loan Fund for Minority, Women-Owned Businesses Starts with $15M -

A $15-million small business loan fund announced Monday, June 11, is aimed at improving access to capital for minority and women-owned businesses in the Memphis area.

The loan fund is a partnership among Pathway Lending, a nonprofit regional Community Development Financial Institution and Epicenter, the nonprofit entrepreneurial hub organization. Pinnacle Financial Partners, First Tennessee and Regions Bank are providing the initial capitalization of the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund.

10. Dustin Johnson Wins Last FESJC and Takes Over No. 1 World Ranking -

Dustin Johnson had a sizable lead. Only a couple of holes remained in the final round of Sunday’s FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind and a victory would push Johnson from No. 2 in the world rankings to No. 1.

11. The Week Ahead: June 11-17 -

Good morning, Memphis! Father’s Day is this weekend – and no matter whether yours is a rocker, a runner or a reader, there’s something to do with dear ol’ dad. Plus, check out where to see Gov. Bill Haslam, former VP Joe Biden and the “winningest woman in racing” in The Week Ahead.

12. Dailey, DeMoss Make History as Assistants in Hall of Fame -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Connecticut's Chris Dailey and former Tennessee assistant Mickie DeMoss are entering uncharted territory with their historic inductions into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

13. Going Global -

Over the past two years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has extended its global reach in a variety of ways, forging new partnerships and alliances to further research efforts for pediatric cancer and blood disorders while investing more than $1 billion to substantially grow its Memphis headquarters.

14. Golfers Take Aim at FESJC While Looking Toward WGC in 2019 -

For Daniel Berger, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind is the happiest golfing place on earth.

15. Doing It All: FESJC volunteers leave no stone unturned -

In 2009, Brian Gay won the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He got the big check, more ranking points and all the acclaim that goes with winning a PGA Tour event. And no doubt, any FESJC volunteer that crossed his path that year did right by him. Picked him up and got him to TPC Southwind on time, delivered cold water on the golf course and on and on.

16. New Benchmark Owners Seeking Incentives for 4-Star Hotel -

A Rhode Island-based company has acquired the site of the former Benchmark Hotel and is seeking a 15-year tax incentive from the Downtown Memphis Commission to demolish the structure’s remaining concrete skeleton and replace it with a new four-star hotel.

17. Dustin Johnson Heads FESJC Field -

The last FedEx St. Jude Classic will not be without star power. In the tournament’s final year under the current format before converting to the World Golf Championships - FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2019, the field will feature World No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 9 Brooks Koepka and No. 15 Henrik Stenson (rankings through June 3).

18. SEC Relaxes Transfer Rules, Clearing Path for UF's Jefferson -

The Southeastern Conference has relaxed two rules regarding intra-league transfers, clearing the way for former Mississippi receiver Van Jefferson to play at Florida this fall and opening the door for Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy to be eligible for a rival school this season.

19. EMS Ready To Double Footprint In Bartlett -

After holding on to an adjacent parcel of land for more than a decade next to its facility in Bartlett, medical device manufacturer Engineered Medical Systems LLC is gearing up for a major expansion of its facility. The company is investing $10.5 million in a move that will create 40 new jobs.

20. Germantown Horse Show Marks 70th Anniversary -

New speed limit signs going up in the Old Germantown District this month are a fundraiser for the Germantown Municipal Schools District and a way of marking the 70th anniversary of the Germantown Charity Horse Show.

21. FedEx Rolls Out the Purple Runway For Its Next Generation of Pilots -

FedEx Express is paving a runway for the pilots of tomorrow – a direct pipeline to flying for the Memphis-based delivery services company on the Fortune 500 list.

The subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced Purple Runway – A FedEx Pathways Program this spring to address an industry-wide shortage of up-and-coming pilots.

22. NFL Takes on Anthem Protesters -

ATLANTA (AP) – Stand or stay out of sight.

Looking to quell a national debate that was sparked by Colin Kaepernick, stoked by President Trump and some say chipped away at the very popularity of America's game, NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday that allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they're on the field.

23. University of Arkansas Proposes Higher Fees, Flat Tuition -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A University of Arkansas System proposal is calling for flat tuition and increased mandatory fees for in-state students at four-year schools.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the proposed tuition and fee rates were released Monday ahead of this week's system board of trustees meeting.

24. Memphis Surgeon Kelly Honored By Pediatric Orthopaedic Society -

Dr. Derek M. Kelly, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Special Effort and Excellence Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

25. Memphis Softball Players Earn All-Region Honors -

For the first time in program history, the University of Memphis softball team has landed two players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region team as announced by the NFCA.

Senior shortstop Kyler Trosclair Klatt was named to the second team while freshman Baylee Smith was tabbed to the third team.

26. Last Word: Pete & Sam's and Barbecue, Neutral Turf and Ralph Wiley on Penny -

Pete & Sam’s, one of the city’s long running restaurants in a vibrant culinary scene, reopens Monday afternoon on Park Avenue following an extensive renovation following a major fire this past December. There should be lots of curiosity about what change looks like in a restaurant devoted to sticking with the past so much so that at times Pete & Sam’s and its reputation have been debated vocally among foodies. Kind of like the debate that occasionally surfaces over the Rendezvous and its place in our local world of barbecue.

27. Around Memphis: May 21, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

28. Medical Device Maker Investing $10.5M in Bartlett Expansion -

A Bartlett-based medical device manufacturer is expanding with a $10.5 million investment that will create 40 jobs.

Engineered Medical Systems LLC plans to add 57,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space to its existing 47,500-square-foot facility at 3325 Appling Road, where it makes surgical instruments, implants and other specialty medical devices.

29. Penny Mania -

Derek Jett was coming home from a business trip on the West Coast and making a connection at the airport in Dallas. It was football season, and because it was football season (and not basketball season), he was wearing his University of Memphis cap.

30. It’s Hard, But You Can Do It -

TO FLY, YOU’VE GOT TO TRY. This morning, I was feeling kind of sorry for myself. My leg hurt. Hell, both legs hurt. A couple of my deadlines hurt. I was out of coffee, and out of patience with a couple of projects. Just can’t get going. And suddenly somebody I haven’t thought about in a long time from a long time ago came to mind.

31. Conscious Capitalism: Conversation with Raj Sisodia, Part Three -

Raj Sisodia is the professor of global business at Babson College and co-founder and co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj has written 10 books and more than 100 academic articles. 

Can you explain the Mother and Father archetypes in business in a little more depth? Capitalism had a mother and a father and they were both embodied in the same person. For Adam Smith the father energy that was about self-interest and the freedom to pursue opportunity. His other book, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments,” was about the human need to care, the mother of capitalism. People have forgotten this necessary balance. 

32. Opening the Book -

A new Learning and Innovation Fund for Educators grant from Lausanne Learning Institutes (LLI) is now available to a team of teachers looking for funding to do creative things in their classrooms.

And the upcoming annual LLI Memphis teacher conference in July will give them the chance to share those ideas with their peers.

33. Around Memphis: May 14, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

34. Memphis Startup Soundways Wins $200,000 in Rise of the Rest Competition -

Memphis startup company Soundways, which helps professionals in the music industry collect unpaid royalties, won a $100,000 investment from Steve Case and other entrepreneurs as part of the Rise of the Rest tour that stopped in the Bluff City Tuesday, May 8.

35. Memphis Startup Soundways Wins $200,000 in Rise of the Rest Competition -

Memphis startup company Soundways, which helps professionals in the music industry collect unpaid royalties, won a $100,000 investment from Steve Case and other entrepreneurs as part of the Rise of the Rest tour that stopped in the Bluff City Tuesday, May 8.

36. Last Word: Veto Override Drama, Iran Reaction & Rise of the Rest Meets Soundways -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy committee day Wednesday with a budget presentation – county mayor Mark Luttrell’s final one as the county’s chief executive, more discussions about the Graceland plan and a veto override.

37. Tupelo Mayor Leaves Special US Senate Race in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Democratic mayor is dropping out of a special U.S. Senate race in Mississippi, leaving four candidates in the contest to serve the final two years of a term.

Tupelo's Jason Shelton said Tuesday that "this election, at this time, is not right for me."

38. Last Word: Making Memphis Easier, Strickland on Graceland and Construction Jobs -

Some of the BSMF reviews in from this past weekend are thumbs up for the way Memphis In May has ramped up what you might call its infrastructure around Uber, Lyft and little items like muddy boots for the increasing number of Memphians and visitors who are ready to go no matter what the weather is doing. And they may opt for some other way into Downtown beyond driving a car and finding a parking place and walking, especially when there’s a drop off at the northern end of the music festival. Even a fire hydrant water flow to take the mud off your boots. We can make Memphis easier with less effort than we think at the outset.

39. Microsoft Launches $25M Program to Use AI for Disabilities -

Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.

CEO Satya Nadella announced the new "AI for Accessibility" effort as he kicked off Microsoft's annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company's latest ventures in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet-connected devices and virtual reality.

40. Conscious Capitalism: Conversation with Raj Sisodia, Part Two -

Raj Sisodia is the professor of global business at Babson College and co-founder and co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj has written 10 books and more than 100 academic articles.

41. Strickland: City Given Enough For Entertainment -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says he would support some kind of incentives for the manufacturing facility Graceland wants to open in Whitehaven. But not if it’s linked to a greater share of city and county property tax revenue for a 6,200-seat arena Graceland also wants to build.

42. Week Ahead: May 7-13 -

Happy Monday. This weekend is the one between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, but there are still Memphis in May International events to attend. Great month to be in Memphis!

43. Drug Epidemic Ensnares 25-Year-Old Pill for Nerve Pain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars.

But the latest drug raising red flags is not part of the opioid family at the center of the nation's drug epidemic. It's a 25-year-old generic pill long seen as a low risk way to treat seizures, nerve pain and other ailments.

44. FedEx Names New CEO Of FedEx Freight -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has named John A. Smith the president and CEO of FedEx Freight, effective Aug. 16, the company announced Tuesday, May 1. He will take over for Michael L. Ducker, who announced his retirement plans in April.

45. Webster University Loses Lease for Fort Smith Campus -

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) – A university campus in northwest Arkansas is preparing to close its doors.

The Southwest Times Record reports that Webster University's Fort Smith campus will close May 18 at the end of the school's current term.

46. Germantown To Fund School Deferred Maintenance -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo will propose more city capital funding in his upcoming budget proposal for renovation and maintenance of schools in the Germantown Municipal School District.

Palazzolo announced the move this week at the groundbreaking for construction of the new $27 million, 110,000-square-foot Germantown Elementary School on Forest Hill-Irene Road south of Poplar Pike.

47. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner -

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term.

48. Harris, Lenoir to Battle for County Mayor -

Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris will meet in the Aug. 2 county general election to decide who will be the next Shelby County mayor. Lenoir and Harris won their respective primaries easily Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

49. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset -

The Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent county commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term on the 13-member body.

50. Lenoir and Harris Advance in County Mayor's Race -

Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris will meet in the Aug. 2 county general election to decide who will be the next Shelby County Mayor. Lenoir and Harris won their respective primaries easily Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

51. FedEx Names New CEO Of FedEx Freight -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has named John A. Smith the president and CEO of FedEx Freight, effective Aug. 16, the company announced Tuesday, May 1. He will take over for Michael L. Ducker, who announced his retirement plans in April.

52. NFL Considering Altering Kickoffs, Not Eliminating Them -

While the NFL remains concerned about safety on kickoffs, the league is not planning to eliminate them, league vice president Troy Vincent said.

53. FedEx Names New CEO of FedEx Freight -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has announced that John A. Smith will assume the role of president and CEO of FedEx Freight effective Aug. 16, 2018.

54. SEC and Alabama Again Dominate NFL Draft -

The dominance of SEC football might come into question on a particular Saturday or during a specific postseason. But not during the NFL Draft as general managers time and again treat the league as the next-closest thing to pro football.

55. Memphis Army Depot, CA Building Get New Owners -

2028 Memphis Depot Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38114

Sale Amount: $50 million

56. Week Ahead: April 30-May 6 -

Good morning, Memphis! You can catch a Redbirds (vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers) or Tigers (vs. American Athletic Conference foe Connecticut) baseball game any day this week. Yes, spring is finally in the air.

57. Nonprofit Inks Lease For New HQ Downtown -

Campaign for School Equity will have a new home in Downtown Memphis, as the local nonprofit has inked a 2,959-square-foot sublease at 100 Peabody Place.

58. Poag Names New Chief Strategy Officer -

Poag Shopping Centers has promoted Brian Smith to chief strategy officer and executive vice president of leasing for the Memphis-based commercial real estate company, which specializes in the leasing, development and management of open-air retail complexes across the United States.

59. Poag Names New Chief Strategy Officer -

Poag Shopping Centers has promoted Brian Smith to chief strategy officer and executive vice president of leasing for the Memphis-based commercial real estate company, which specializes in the leasing, development and management of open-air retail complexes across the United States.

60. Advance And Learn: Predators Prove Their Ability to Evolve -

Every round of the NHL playoffs presents teams an opportunity to grow as they move forward.

A year ago, for instance, the Nashville Predators learned they could handle the league’s best by beating Chicago in Round 1, proved they could overcome St. Louis’ tight-checking system in Round 2 and discovered they could match Anaheim’s punishing style in Round 3.

61. Nonprofit Inks Lease For New HQ Downtown -

Campaign for School Equity will have a new home in Downtown Memphis, as the local nonprofit has inked a 2,959-square-foot sublease at 100 Peabody Place.

62. Lawmakers OK 5 University of Tennessee Board Nominees -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State lawmakers have approved five of Gov. Bill Haslam's nominees to serve on a newly configured University of Tennessee board of trustees.

The Senate voted Tuesday to agree with the House on the confirmation of former PepsiCo President John Compton; former Lady Vol and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson; River City Co. President and CEO Kim White; AutoZone CEO William Rhodes III; and former Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith.

63. Calling Our Bluff -

Marie Pizano believes everyone has a story, and she is building her business on telling it. The founder and CEO of MVP3 Entertainment Group, Pizano is producing films based on Memphis history.

On April 19, Pizano was in Washington, D.C., getting footage for her latest film, “Journey4Justice: The Abigail Noel Story.” Noel, a native Memphian and psychic/medium, claims there is more to be known regarding music icon Prince’s death. Noel is leading the movement #JusticeforPrince, which aims to press President Donald Trump to order a new investigation into the artist’s 2016 death.

64. Strickland, Haslam Promote Employment Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam visited several Memphis churches Sunday, April 22, as part of an “Opportunity City” awareness campaign.

65. Last Word: Reading Early Voting Tea Leaves, Corker Qualifies and New Carrot -

This should be the week that the Tennessee Legislature adjourns and state Senators and state Representatives return to their districts to begin campaigning in earnest for the August primaries and the November general election beyond that. The only hold-up to adjournment this week would be any more tremors surrounding education policy, specifically the TNReady test debacle of last week.

66. Hardaway's First Memphis Recruiting Class a Winner -

The latest recruiting rankings from 247sports.com for the college basketball Class of 2018 has the University of Memphis ranked No. 27 and first among American Athletic Conference teams, 23 spots ahead of No. 50 Wichita State.

67. Local Legislators Continue Efforts to Reform EDGE -

The push to reform the way the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County operates continued Friday, April 20 at a joint subcommittee meeting held by the Shelby County Commission and Memphis City Council.

68. FedEx Freight CEO Michael Ducker to Retire -

FedEx Corp. has announced that FedEx Freight president and CEO Michael L. Ducker will retire effective Aug. 15.

69. Pruitt Pumped Up for ‘Exciting’ Spring Game -

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt loosened up a bit as the Vols went through spring practices last week, talking at length about individual players for the first time.

Big deal? Yeah, probably for media and fans starved for information about Pruitt’s first team of Vols.

70. New Chef Takes Over at The Brass Door -

A new chef is moving into the kitchen at Downtown’s The Brass Door, taking over for Patrick Reilly, who’s spent the past six months helping to breathe new life into the re-opened Irish pub.

71. Sex Week Seems Tame Compared to Session Antics -

Why should UT Knoxville be limited to its annual Sex Week when Tennessee legislators are celebrating year-round?

Based on the scurrilous reports published in these parts over the last couple of years, state legislators are doing more than collecting per diems in Nashville, and there’s plenty of evidence to prove it.

72. Away From the Court -

For seven straight years, the Memphis Grizzlies made the playoffs. For seven straight years, the winning on the court provided momentum and opportunity for those working on the business side trying to sell season tickets and arrange corporate sponsorships.

73. Hardaway and Tigers Get Two More Signees -

University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has added two more players to his roster. Shooting guard Antwann Jones signed with the Tigers after being released from his national letter of intent with Texas A&M. Isaiah Maurice signed after playing one season at Kansas State and one season at South Plains junior college.

74. Arkansas, Oklahoma Divided on Opioid Withdrawal Alternative -

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Legislation on an alternative substance that some say could help mitigate the effects of opioid withdrawals is divided along state lines.

Kratom, a tropical tree from Southeast Asia with leaves that produce stimulant and sedative effects, has been used in the Fort Smith region to both treat chronic pain and mitigate the effects of opioid painkiller withdrawals. Though it is sold legally through alternative medicine stores throughout Oklahoma, it is listed as a banned substance in Arkansas.

75. Sheriff: 80 Rescued From Flood at Mississippi Campground -

PERKINSTON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say heavy rainfall unleashed flooding in Mississippi that required emergency workers to rescue 80 festivalgoers by boat and air.

WLOX-TV cites the George County Sheriff's Office as saying that most of the campers who were evacuated from the Red Creek Off-Road park Sunday morning were attending the annual Mud Bug Bash, which featured a duck hunt, free crawfish and a concert.

76. FedEx Freight CEO Ducker to Retire -

FedEx Corp. has announced that FedEx Freight president and CEO Michael L. Ducker will retire effective Aug. 15.

77. FedEx Freight President and CEO Michael L. Ducker to Retire Aug. 15 -

BUSINESS WIRE – FedEx Corp. today announced that Michael L. Ducker, president and CEO of its FedEx Freight subsidiary, will retire effective Aug. 15. Ducker took the helm at FedEx Freight in 2014 after spending close to 40 years at FedEx Express. His successor will be named later.

78. AutoZone Liberty Bowl To Honor Priscilla Presley -

The annual Distinguished Citizen Award given out by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will this year go to Priscilla Presley in ceremonies on Sunday, June 24.

Presley, who is an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as an actress, author and producer, also was a driving force behind opening Graceland to the public.

79. Prospect Lomax Signs With Memphis Tigers -

Guard Alex Lomax (East High School) officially signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, April 11, to play for Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.

80. UT Board of Trustees Appointees Go Awry -

NASHVILLE – One of Gov. Bill Haslam’s main legislative pushes ran afoul of a Legislature angry about everything from Sex Week at the University of Tennessee to the handling of the football coach hiring at the Knoxville campus.

81. UT Board of Trustees Appointees Go Awry -

NASHVILLE – One of Gov. Bill Haslam’s main legislative pushes ran afoul of a Legislature angry about everything from Sex Week at the University of Tennessee to the handling of the football coach hiring at the Knoxville campus.

82. Prospect Lomax Signs With Memphis Tigers -

Guard Alex Lomax (East High School) officially signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, April 11, to play for Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.

83. Mississippi's New US Senator Sets Top Staff Jobs -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's new U.S. senator is keeping some top staff members who worked for her predecessor.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is also filling other top staff jobs with people who worked for her when she was Mississippi commissioner of agriculture.

84. Memphis Expected to Land World Golf Championship Event -

Beginning in 2019, the annual PGA Tour stop in Memphis will be a World Golf Championship event – unless there is a huge surprise at the Thursday, April 12, press conference the PGA has scheduled at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms.

85. Last Word: Pera's Move, The Catechism of 1968 and Whitehaven's ER -

A day ahead of the last game of the season for the Grizz on the road, the team’s majority owner, Robert Pera, acted Monday to clear up questions about the ownership of the team going forward. Pera emailed season ticket holders Monday evening that he will not be exercising a buy-sell agreement with his partners who have minority shares of the franchise.

86. Third Tigers Basketball Player Transferring -

Guard Malik Rhodes has joined David Nickelberry and Jamal Johnson in announcing his intention to transfer out of the University of Memphis basketball program.

87. AutoZone Liberty Bowl To Honor Priscilla Presley -

The annual Distinguished Citizen Award given out by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will this year go to Priscilla Presley in ceremonies on Sunday, June 24.

Presley, who is an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as an actress, author and producer, also was a driving force behind opening Graceland to the public.

88. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre presents “Something Rotten!” Tuesday through Sunday, April 10-15, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. This Broadway musical tells the story of two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

89. Grizzlies Set to Pick in Top Five; Bickerstaff’s Future Cloudy -

On Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies will play their last game of this difficult season at Oklahoma City. They are on track to finish with the second-worst record in the NBA and to have just under a 20 percent chance in the NBA Lottery to wind up with the overall No. 1 pick.

90. Three Incumbents Unopposed at August Primary Ballot Deadline -

Three incumbent Democratic state House members in the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature were effectively re-elected Thursday, April 5, at the noon deadline for candidates in the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries to file their qualifying petitions.

91. Events -

Opera Memphis’ sixth annual Midtown Opera Festival takes place Friday, April 6, through April 14 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The festival is anchored by two operas, “The Triumph of Honor” and “The Opera 901 Showcase,” plus other musical performances, family events, panel discussions and more. Visit operamemphis.org/mof18 for a schedule.

92. FedEx Unveils Pilot Development Program -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Express is rolling out a new pilot development program known as “Purple Runway – A FedEx Pathways Program” to recruit and train new pilots over the coming years.

93. New Work/Play Studio Coming to Midtown -

A creative work and play studio called TransforMama is coming to Midtown in May.

Launched by Memphis native Layne Carden, TransforMama will occupy 2,800 square feet at 2256 Central Ave. and will serve as a haven for new and expecting mothers.

94. Events -

Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis, is underway through Sunday, April 8, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. More than a dozen interior design team have created custom “vignettes” within a chic gallery showroom, with special presentations each day. Single-day tickets are $20.  Visit artsmemphis.org for details and hours.

95. Medical Pot Bill Dies in Committee, But Senate Sponsor Promises Return -

Legislation decriminalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee is effectively dead for the year after its Senate sponsor, Nashville Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson, withdrew the bill from a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, April 3.

96. Medical Device Makers Hoping For Permanent Repeal of Excise Tax -

Local medical device manufacturers are breathing a sigh of relief this year following the January delay of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax, and most are hoping for a permanent repeal sometime in the next 21 months. The tax is now set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, saving device companies as much as $3.7 billion during the two-year suspension.

97. Three Incumbents Unopposed at August Primary Ballot Filing Deadline -

Three incumbent Democratic state House members in the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature were effectively re-elected Thursday, April 5, at the noon deadline for candidates in the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries to file their qualifying petitions.

98. New Work/Play Studio Coming to Midtown -

A creative work and play studio called TransforMama is coming to Midtown in May.

Launched by Memphis native Layne Carden, TransforMama will occupy 2,800 square feet at 2256 Central Ave. and will serve as a haven for new and expecting mothers.

99. Who Starts on Defense? You’ll Have to Wait -

Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t been afraid to change things around during his first spring practice as Tennessee’s head football coach.

100. Under Hardaway, Memphis Again Can Have Hometown Heroes -

Headline from the future: “Alex Lomax Leads Memphis Tigers into the Sweet 16.”

A certainty? Of course not. But it’s a possibility because Lomax has committed to Penny Hardaway and the University of Memphis. You know, as opposed to staying with his earlier choice of Gregg Marshall and Wichita State.