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1. Senator Seeks Reconvening of Congress Over Zika Virus -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all Eastern times):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

2. Dollar General Moving Into Former Wal-Mart Express Stores -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Dollar General has bought 41 former Wal-mart Express stores in 11 states for an undisclosed sum.

Included in the purchase are five locations in Mississippi: Belmont, Derma, Mantachie, Nettleton and Sardis. Dollar General has existing stores in these communities and will move into the larger locations that were once Wal-mart Express. Dollar General did not buy the location in Walnut, but it does have a store there and in nearby Falkner.

3. Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Runs Through Sunday -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday is underway this weekend as parents prepare for children to return to school.

Eligible items include clothing and school supplies costing less than $100 and computers sold for less than $1,500. The sales tax holiday began Friday morning and runs until midnight on Sunday.

4. U of M Athletics to Sell Tickets Via Text Message -

The University of Memphis Athletics Department has announced a new partnership with sales technology company ReplyBuy, a global sales platform that combines mobile messaging, payments and digital commerce.

5. Memphis Football Blue Lot Parking Sells Out -

The University of Memphis announced that season football parking in the blue lot has sold out, the earliest that the blue lot has ever sold out.

Season parking in the tan lot is still available and can be purchased for $70 each online at gotigersgotix.com, by calling 901-678-2331, or by visiting the ticket office at the corner of Southern Avenue and Normal Street on campus.

6. Another Broken Egg Ready For August Opening -

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open its second location on Aug. 8. The brunch restaurant will open at 65 S. Highland St. in a Poplar Plaza outparcel formerly occupied by El Mezcal.

7. Peabody in Running For ‘Best Historic Hotel’ -

The Peabody Memphis is poised for another honor.

It has been nominated for “Best Historic Hotel” in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

The “South’s Grand Hotel” is currently in second place in the ranking.

8. Grizzlies Open Preseason Oct. 3 at FedExForum -

The Memphis Grizzlies announced their complete six-game 2016 preseason schedule, starting with three straight home contests against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 3, the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 6 and the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 11.

9. Memphis Habitat to Hold Benefit Dinner With Carters -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is hosting a benefit dinner Aug. 25 that will give attendees a chance to mingle with a former U.S. president.

SheetRock ‘n’ Roll is part of Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will take place in Uptown’s Bearwater Park beginning Aug. 22.

10. MIFA Hosts Neighborhood Clean-Up Event on Aug. 20 -

In keeping with its vision to unite the community through service, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association is sponsoring “Taking It to the Streets,” a community clean-up in the neighborhood around its Midtown headquarters at 910 Vance Ave.

11. Civil Rights Museum, Redbirds Enter Partnership -

The Memphis Redbirds and the National Civil Rights Museum have announced a partnership that will feature a celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary at the Redbirds’ game on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7:05 p.m. at AutoZone Park.

12. Digest -

Upgrades, New Manager Come to Celtic Crossing

Celtic Crossing Irish Pub and Restaurant has made a new hire, added menu items and made exterior improvements.

Christopher Darling has been named manager of the Midtown bar. Prior to joining Celtic full-time, Darling worked as general manager of Jim’s Place Restaurant and Bar.

13. CyberYard Taps Market For High-Tech Recycling, Preserves Environment -

For the past 15 years, TheCyberYard.com Inc. has done its part to keep the rapidly growing mountain of cyber and packaging waste from going into a landfill or being shipped to dumps in developing nations.

14. Last Word: Convention Bounces, Changing Schools and Blue Collar Changes -

Before the balloons dropped Thursday and a Katy Perry soundtrack brought the Democratic National Convention to an end, state Representative Raumesh Akbari of Memphis spoke at the convention on its final day.

15. Memphis Habitat to Hold Benefit Dinner With Carters -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is hosting a benefit dinner Aug. 25 that will give attendees a chance to mingle with a former U.S. president.

SheetRock ‘n’ Roll is part of Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will take place in Uptown’s Bearwater Park beginning Aug. 22.

16. MIFA Hosting Neighborhood Clean-Up Event on Aug. 20 -

In keeping with its vision to unite the community through service, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association is sponsoring “Taking It to the Streets,” a community clean-up in the neighborhood around its Midtown headquarters at 910 Vance Ave.

17. Civil Rights Museum, Redbirds Enter Partnership -

The Memphis Redbirds and the National Civil Rights Museum have announced a partnership that will feature a celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary at the Redbirds’ game on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7:05 p.m. at AutoZone Park.

18. Last Word: Spec In East Memphis, Bike Share Test and Gannett Earnings -

Pinnacle Financial is the anchor for the first Class A spec office space in Memphis in just about a decade.

Madeline Faber breaking the Boyle lease news for the $20-million office tower at 949 S. Shady Grove Road. This is what office-space developers have been talking about for quite some time and as more time passed there was apprehension about the window for spec office space running out.

19. The Peabody in Running For ‘Best Historic Hotel’ -

The Peabody Memphis is poised for another honor.

It has been nominated for “Best Historic Hotel” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The “South’s Grand Hotel” is currently in second place in the ranking.

20. Grizzlies to Open Preseason Oct. 3 at FedExForum -

The Memphis Grizzlies announced their complete six-game 2016 preseason schedule, starting with three straight home contests against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 3, the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 6 and the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 11.

21. JobLINC Fair to Include More Than 100 Employers -

More than 100 hiring companies will attend Memphis Public Library’s JobLINC Career Fair on Thursday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pipkin Building, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd., on Tiger Lane.

22. I Think I Like ‘The Lobster’ -

In a dystopian future era, applicable law dictates that if you are single after a certain age, you must take up residence in The Hotel for 45 days. If you don’t fall in love with someone in that time period, you will be transformed into the beast of your choice and released into the wild.

23. Strengthen the Human Chain -

When I was growing up, my family would spend the summers at the beach. Learning to swim in the Atlantic Ocean also meant learning to respect the unpredictability of the undertow. I learned that respect after I was pulled from its grasp by the last person on a human chain of 27 rescuers, as I was being sucked under the water for what I thought would be the last time.

24. TAG Truck Center to Occupy Mall of Memphis Land -

4430 American Way

Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $28 million

Application Date: July 2016

25. Red State, Blue Mayors -

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.

26. Titans GM Robinson Has Changed The Culture -

Hope is what Tennessee Titans have to offer their fans when training camp officially opens on Saturday.

That hope is not to be confused with Super Bowl expectations. It is an optimism that things are finally headed in the right direction after several years of fluctuating between mediocrity and bottom-of-the-NFL barrel horrible.

27. Vols Turnaround Rests on QB Dobbs -

Over the summer, Peyton Manning spoke with Josh Dobbs about the essence of a senior season for a college quarterback.

The conversation, Dobbs says, boiled down to one succinct piece of advice:

28. Last Word: Union Turns A Corner, Parkside's TIF and Bee Cause -

There hasn’t been this much excitement since right turn on red came to town 40 years ago.

In less than a week you will be able to make a left turn onto McLean Boulevard from Union Avenue eastbound and westbound. And the traffic signal that lets you do that will flash a yellow arrow that indicates you can turn left if there are no pedestrians and no cars coming the other way.

29. Board of Education Sets Score Levels on New Mississippi Test -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi will remain a hard grader of its students, as state officials adopted test-score standards that mirror those used on a multi-state test students took in 2015.

30. Memphis Football Blue Lot Parking Sells Out -

The University of Memphis announced that season football parking in the blue lot has sold out, the earliest that the blue lot has ever sold out.

Season parking in the tan lot is still available and can be purchased through the athletic ticket office for $70 each. Fans can purchase tan lot parking online at gotigersgotix.com, by calling 901-678-2331, or by visiting the ticket office at the corner of Southern Avenue and Normal Street on the University of Memphis campus.

31. Another Broken Egg Prepares For August Opening -

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open its second location on Aug. 8. The brunch restaurant will open at 65 S. Highland St. in a Poplar Plaza outparcel formerly occupied by El Mezcal.

32. Memphis Baby Boomers Seek Support Of Local Organizations to Age in Their Homes -

Advancements in technology and medicine have contributed to an increased lifespan and adults are living well beyond retirement years.

As baby boomers reach retirement age, AARP predicts that the population of adults older than 65 will surpass 70 million people by 2030. Memphis is experiencing the growth firsthand – the only age group with significant growth in Memphis since the 2010 census is the 65+ age group, which saw an 18 percent increase in just five years.

33. Market with a Startup Mindset -

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business ten years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

34. Always Avoid Taboo Topics -

A reader contacted me today with an important question for consideration: when is it appropriate to wear clothing, jewelry, or other items associated with her religion to an interview or to work?Her concern was about being judged in the office for her religious affiliation.

35. Shelby County Seeing Low Early Voting Turnout -

At the end of the first full week of early voting in advance of the Aug. 4 election day, Shelby County Election Commission data shows Democratic and Republican primary turnout closely matched.

And overall, early voting turnout is much lower than it was for the same election cycle four years ago, but ahead of where it was eight years ago.

36. Last Word: The Sound of Dominoes, Brexit Anxiety and Schilling Farms Backstory -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild makes it official – filing grievances against Gannett, the new owner of The Commercial Appeal, over the first significant changes in how the paper is put out. Those changes involve abolishing copy editing positions and making them part of the new job of digital producers.

37. Grove Park Building Sells for $8.6 Million -

A Nashville-based investment group has made its first purchase in Memphis. Priam Capital has purchased the Grove Park Building at 4515 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis from GPCTN Investment Co. LLC for $8.6 million.

38. U of M Athletics to Sell Tickets Via Text Message -

The University of Memphis Athletics Department has announced a new partnership with sales technology company ReplyBuy, a global sales platform that combines mobile messaging, payments and digital commerce.

39. Gray Hair: White Space -

Geritol. AARP. RVs. These symbols of retirement are losing their relevance, empty shells of another generation’s concept of how to spend the remainder of your life once you have worked your last day.

40. County Leaders Face New Budget Anxiety -

Shelby County commissioners meet in special session Wednesday, July 23, to cross the last “t” of the spring budget season some 27 days after the start of the new fiscal year.

That’s “t” for taxes.

41. Q2 Data Show Solid Memphis Economic Picture -

Some clients of the wealth management and financial planning firm Kelman-Lazarov Inc. apparently got a little spooked by the recent decision of voters in Britain to leave the European Union.

42. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel -

Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring the possibility of rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.

43. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins for a discussion and signing of his latest novel, “The Innocents,” on Monday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

44. Pipe Company Lays Off More Than 100 From Little Rock Site -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – More than 100 employees of a pipe company in Little Rock have been laid off this year due to a persistent slump in oil prices.

Americas for Welspun Senior Vice President Rajesh Chokhani says Welspun Tubular Inc. has let go 120 to 140 temporary employees since January. He said the company has dropped from three shifts of workers to one.

45. The Week Ahead: July 25-31 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! We’re wrapping up July with an eclectic mix of local happenings, from political campaigning to a celebration of all things Harry Potter. Plus, what you need to know about Tennessee sales tax holiday and much more…

46. Delinquent Tax Revenue Up 18 Pct. in Shelby County -

Shelby County government took in 18 percent more from delinquent tax sales in the fiscal year ending June 30 than it did the year before, according to Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir.

47. State Sales Tax Holiday Happening July 29-31 -

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday will be one weekend earlier than in the past, due to a 2016 law change. Starting this year, the sales tax holiday will be held the last weekend in July instead of the first weekend in August

48. Ioby Starts Campaign For Overton Park Intersection -

Ioby (In Our Backyards), a nonprofit civic crowd-resourcing platform, is kicking off its second annual “Trick Out My Trip” campaign in Memphis Monday, July 25, to address transportation challenges.

49. Events -

The city of Memphis will hold its first “We Mean Business” Symposium on Tuesday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Hundreds of small and minority-owned businesses will convene to learn about certification, registration and contracting opportunities with city government. Earl Graves Jr., president and CEO of Black Enterprise Magazine, will present the keynote. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; RSVP to bdcinfo@memphistn.gov.

50. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

51. Ioby Launching Campaign For Overton Park Intersection -

Ioby (In Our Backyards), a nonprofit civic crowd-resourcing platform, is kicking off its second annual “Trick Out My Trip” campaign in Memphis Monday, July 25, to address transportation challenges.

52. Jones Teaches Tech to Underrepresented Minorities -

On a blistering Friday in early July, in a colorful classroom at Lester Community Center, 25 middle-schoolers are getting a crash course in data encryption. “Who can tell me the difference between a black-hat hacker and a white-hat hacker?” asks Audrey Jones, standing at the front of the room.

53. Business Leaders Offer List of Corporate Best Practices -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett and several other prominent business leaders have released a group of recommendations for improving corporate governance.

The list of best practices includes recommendations to choose board members from diverse backgrounds who are independent of a company's management.

54. We Are They -

THERE IS NO OTHER, OTHER THAN US. They came for them. They came for us.

You may not have heard of Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor in 1930s Germany, but you’ve probably heard him quoted, beginning, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist.” You may have heard or seen some variation of the original referencing Communists or Catholics or Mexicans or Muslims or African-Americans or whatever other, but you got the point because the original and every version concludes, “Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”

55. Will Mariota’s Second Season Resemble Luck or RG3? -

The Tennessee Titans’ offensive playbook has been rewritten. The verbiage for calling plays has been edited. The line has been revamped with three new starters.

Why? The team’s ownership and coaches desperately want to get the most out of quarterback prodigy Marcus Mariota.

56. 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local -

John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place.

57. Q2 Data Show Strong Memphis Economy -

From lending activity to bank data to anecdotal evidence from businesses in the area, the Memphis economy seems to be moving into the summer months from a position of strength.

That’s based on a comprehensive look at second quarter metrics and data – everything from recaps of big real estate deals to home sale numbers and the stock prices of Memphis-based companies – included in The Daily News Quarterly Review.

58. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

59. Leadership Allowed Durham Sleaze To Fester for Too Long -

The Tennessee attorney general’s sexual harassment investigation of Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham dragged halfway through the summer. Now we know why.

60. At the Desk, But… -

“Author’s obstacle.” Twelve letters. Hint: I prefer neither to say nor write the two-word answer.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is reported to have described it in 1804 as “an indefinite indescribable Terror.”

61. 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.

62. Adjustable-Rate Loans See Resurgence -

A loan product that loomed large during the financial crisis of 2007-08 is making something of a return to the local mortgage lending landscape, new data show.

The number of conventional adjustable-rate loans made to Shelby County borrowers so far this year has approached levels not seen since the housing bust, according to figures from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Through the first half of 2016, 114 of those so-called ARMs have been recorded at the time of sale, up 2,750 percent from the first half of 2015.

63. Last Word: Greg Davis Gets A New Trial, Overton Park Compromise Done and Tesla -

The one-time mayor of Southaven is getting a new trial on embezzlement charges.

A Mississippi Appeals court agreed Tuesday with attorneys for Greg Davis, who argued he could not get a fair trial in DeSoto County on the felony charges because of pre-trial publicity.

64. Costs of Title IX Lawsuit to Univ. of Tennessee Surpass $3M -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The costs of attorney fees and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit to the University of Tennessee have grown to more than $3 million.

Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle the lawsuit filed in Nashville by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and fostered a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

65. Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Happening July 29-31 -

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday will be one weekend earlier than in the past, due to a 2016 law change. Starting this year, the sales tax holiday will be held the last weekend in July instead of the first weekend in August

66. Tesla’s ‘Electric Road Trip’ Stopping in Memphis Friday -

Electric-car maker Tesla will be hosting a public open house event Friday, July 22, at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave., as part of its Electric Road Trip tour.

67. Mapping the DNA of High-Performing Sales Talent -

Sales linguistic expert Steve W. Martin reveals, in the Harvard Business Review, the results of a fascinating study of the commonalities present in high-performance salespeople. His findings are the result of extensive analysis of more than 1,000 salespeople across the country. Those achieving 125 percent of their prior-year sales goal were considered high achievers, and it’s their common traits that give us insight into both the attributes to seek in the hiring process and the qualities to nurture on the job.

68. Would You Work for Free? -

Last week, I had the good fortune to attend a work conference in Chicago. It wasn’t your average work conference though. Attendees wanted to be there. In fact, their companies didn’t pay for them to go. Attendees paid their own way. And they went to all of the workshops offered – even at the end, when everyone was tired.

69. New Center to Capitalize on Strong Retail Demand -

The shopping center at 6450 Poplar Ave. is fully constructed with tenants opening as soon as next month.

70. Last Word: The Greensward Deal, Pulpit to Protest Call and Leader Federal's HQ -

There is nothing quite like a deadline to produce results.

I’m not talking about this job, although it is more than a coincidence that the closer a deadline gets the more you start to figure out how to write something.

71. With Millions Covered, 'Repeal and Replace' Gets Riskier -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Republicans gather to anoint their presidential ticket in Cleveland, uncompromising opposition to "Obamacare" is getting politically riskier.

Few people were covered under President Barack Obama's health care law when the GOP held its last convention in 2012. Now, Donald Trump's plan to replace the program would make 18 million people uninsured, according to a recent nonpartisan analysis.

72. US Says Fuel Economy Likely Won't Meet 2025 Targets -

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government says fuel economy of the nation's fleet of cars and trucks won't meet its targets in 2025 because low gas prices have changed the types of vehicles people are buying.

73. Nonprofits Can Help Mid-South Heal -

We are no different from you, our readers. We have been grappling with emotions, engaged in conversations, and reflecting on our role – and the role of the nonprofit sector – during these times of protest and grief.

74. Real Magic: The Power of Words -

Editor’s note: Second in a two-part series. In part one, we explored how language and our relationship with words has limited the growth and development of organizations and human capacity. Now, we discover why expanding these things make a positive impact.

75. Council Faces Residency, Overton Park Decisions -

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, July 19, on putting a new residency requirement to city voters on the Nov. 8 ballot.

If approved, the referendum would be the fourth charter change involving where city employees live that Memphians have voted on in 12 years.

76. Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting -

It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.

77. US Consumer Prices, Retail Sales Rose in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose modestly in June as the costs of gasoline and rent kept climbing, while sales at American retailers registered a healthy gain.

The Labor Department said Friday that consumer prices increased 0.2 percent last month, matching the gain in May. Prices are up 1 percent from a year ago, well below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent inflation target.

78. Delinquent Tax Sale Revenue Up 18 Percent in Shelby County -

Shelby County government took in 18 percent more from delinquent tax sales in the fiscal year ending June 30 than it did the year before, according to Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir.

79. GameStop Collects More Than $760,000 for St. Jude -

Video game retailer GameStop has collected more than $760,000 in donations as part of its fourth annual in-store donation campaign benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

During June, GameStop – along with its ThinkGeek, Kongregate and Game Informer brands – invited customers and associates to donate to the cause through an in-store and online donation campaign.

80. Kroger Expands ClickList Service to Southaven -

Kroger has expanded its ClickList online ordering service to Southaven.

The store at 3095 Goodman Road now lets shoppers there use the ClickList service to digitally “fill” up their basket and then set a time to arrive at the store to collect and pay for their purchases.

81. PILOT Moves Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

82. Local Company, Job Seekers Victims of China Domain -

High Speed Delivery, a Memphis courier service, has reported being the victim of business identity theft, according to the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.

The company recently became aware that emails using its name are being sent to job seekers who have posted their resumes on job search sites online. The scammers are emailing the job seekers saying they’ve seen the posted resume and want to offer the person a position in their company, according to a release.

83. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days -

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.

84. Crosstown Neighborhood Sees Major Improvement -

The Madison Heights subdivision surrounding the new Crosstown Concourse development in Midtown has seen home values increase 61 percent since 2013.

In 2013, the average sales price for the subdivision was $91,832 across 20 sales. In the first six months of this year there have been 11 sales averaging $147,536.

85. Last Word: Conley Makes It Official, No "Figure Heads" and Early Voting Opens -

Mike Conley signed on the dotted line about an hour before the press conference confirming that he and the Grizz front office have closed on the deal that makes him the highest paid player in NBA history… for now.

86. US Producer Prices Rose in June at Fastest Pace in 13 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. producers rose in June at the fastest pace in 13 months, reflecting a big jump in the price of gasoline and other energy products.

The Labor Department says that its producer price index, which measures cost pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.5 percent in June. That was the largest one-month jump since a similar rise in May 2015.

87. Local Company, Job Seekers Victims of China Domain Host -

High Speed Delivery, a Memphis courier service, has reported being the victim of business identity theft, according to the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.

The company recently became aware that emails using its name are being sent to job seekers who have posted their resumes on job search sites online. The scammers are emailing the job seekers saying they’ve seen the posted resume and want to offer the person a position in their company, according to a release.

88. Three-Day Wine Festival Comes to Memphis in 2017 -

Memphis is getting another food event.

Vintage901 is a three-day wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12 next year for wine lovers, foodies and music aficionados from around the region.

89. Big River Crossing View Debuts Online Until October -

The view from the Big River Crossing that debuted online Thursday, July 14, shows just how wide the Mississippi River is at Memphis.

The 360-degree view offered on the website www.bigrivercrossing.com is the only view available to the public from the boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge until the crossing opens Oct. 22.

90. Early Voting Opens For The Aug. 4 Election -

Early voting opens Friday, July 15, in advance of the Aug. 4 election day in Shelby County and across Tennessee.

The first day of early voting will be at a single location, the Shelby County Office Building, 157 Poplar Ave., but expands to 21 satellite locations across Shelby County on Monday.

91. Last Word: Regrouping, Freedom Awards and The View From Another Bridge -

It will be a year come Sunday – a year since Darrius Stewart, a passenger in a car pulled over by Memphis Police in Hickory Hill was shot and killed by Officer Conner Schilling.

92. Mortgage Market Sees 8 Percent Gain in June -

Shelby County’s mortgage market is sticking to its familiar pattern and heating up along with the temperatures outside as total purchase mortgage volume hit $214 million in June.

That’s an 8 percent improvement over June 2015’s total of a little more than $198 million, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

93. June Home Sales Slip, Prices Still Rising -

Shelby County home sales are moving slower through the mid-point of 2016 with prices higher than last year.

The number of home sales recorded for June came in at 1,688, down 5 percent compared to 1,784 sales recorded in June 2015, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

94. Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation -

A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.

But make no mistake, there is some trouble in paradise.

95. Progress in Closing the Digital Divide -

When I worked in financial services I saw the information technology sector quickly grow to be the second largest sector, making up over 20 percent of the capital markets.

Now that I am back in Memphis and working to build high-growth entrepreneurial technology companies, I see firsthand how the lack of embracing information technology earlier here in Memphis hit us like a sledgehammer.

96. ‘Owen Meany’ Recalled, Revisited, Reread -

On a Saturday in February 1962, Owen gets ticked when he sees that Gravesend Academy school psychiatrist, Dr. Dolder, has again left his VW Beetle in the circular driveway by the Main Academy Building. The Zurich-born shrink is known for driving the easily walkable distance from his home to that of the headmaster. Where he’d have a few drinks, then walk home, to prove how responsible he was.

97. A Struggle All Leaders Face -

The heavyweight champion Joe Louis said, “Everybody wants to get to heaven, but nobody wants to die to get there.” It’s true. Everyone wants to succeed, to be really good at something, to reach a goal. However, not everyone is willing to pay the price in the present to set a standard for the future.

98. Last Word: At The Gates of Graceland, Domestic Violence at SEC Days and October -

Black Lives Matter at Graceland on Tuesday – the latest chapter in a story arc that is moving fast.

99. New Incentives Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

100. Using Technology to Effectively Engage Your Employees -

If you thought we had turned a corner from the days of “Take This Job and Shove It,” think again. According to a recent State of the American Workplace Report, seven in 10 U.S. workers don’t like their job. Even more disturbing, only 13 percent of employees across the globe are engaged at work.