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1. Tigers Expect Martin to Play Saturday vs. Cincinnati -

University of Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin, the American Athletic Conference’s third-leading scorer, is expected to play when the Tigers play host to No. 9 Cincinnati Saturday, Jan. 27, at FedExForum.

2. County Commission Moves Toward Minority Business Fixes, Landfill Moratorium -

Shelby County commissioners vote Monday, Jan. 22, on a first step toward amending the minority and locally owned business program they approved more than a year ago with great fanfare.

The first step is hiring attorney Ricky E. Wilkins to review proposed fixes that are to follow. Wilkins would be paid up to $50,000 from the commission’s contingency fund.

3. Sports Notebook: Z-Bo returns, Memphis FB adds four, Jeremiah Martin hurt in loss -

After the Grizzlies decided not to bring back Zach Randolph for this season, one thing was sure: When he returned to FedExForum in another uniform he would get a rousing reception.

The fans did not disappoint as Randolph came back with the Sacramento Kings last Friday night. They gave Z-Bo a standing ovation, the Grizzlies offered up a well-done video tribute, and Randolph hugged everybody from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to arena workers.

4. Last Word: The Snow Split, Amazon Post-Mortem and Intermodal Comeback -

A split verdict on Snow Day 4. Some school systems and colleges and universities are out again Friday, others are not and still others are opening later in the day. Shelby County Schools, which is out, says it has 13 extra days built into its schedule for just such an event or events – that is 13 days extra beyond the 180 days the state requires as the bare minimum for a school year.

5. Grizzlies’ Pranica Named TN Sportscaster of the Year -

Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica of FOX Sports Southeast was voted the 2017 Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year, the National Sports Media Association has announced.

6. Rent Like a Champion Carving Niche as Sports World’s Airbnb -

Good business ideas can happen anywhere. This one happened in 2006 in South Bend, Indiana, where three Notre Dame students listed a vacant apartment on Craigslist and eBay as a weekend rental for football games.

7. What a Kick -

Peter Freund is a baseball guy. Grew up on the New York Yankees. Today, not only is he principal owner of the Memphis Redbirds, he owns stakes in other minor league teams through his Trinity Baseball Holdings and even has a small slice of the Yankees. But make no mistake, he is a businessman. And it was the businessman in him that was convinced to bring a United Soccer League (USL) team to Memphis and AutoZone Park for the 2019 season.

8. Tigers Winning, Could Use Better Recruits to Coach Up -

Right after Christmas I sat down with Tubby Smith in his office for a lengthy Q & A, which you can still find here (http://bit.ly/2DLJbCk). At one point in our conversation I asked Tubby about “coaching guys up,” if that was maybe the part of the job he enjoyed most.

9. Nomination Deadline For Dunavant Awards Feb. 1 -

Memphis is lucky to have an abundance of residents with a passion for public service and it is time once again to honor their commitment to improving this community.

Each year the Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service by hosting the Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

10. 'F' is for Fraud -

Just before the winter break, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had a lot of questions for the Shelby County Schools system. She had just read a 258-page report from an independent investigation of the school system’s grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High School.

11. Soul is Required -

TIME TO SEE SOMETHING NEW. Years ago, friend Billy bought the Edge office supplies business on Union just west of other things that aren’t there anymore, like Happy Day Laundry and Wiles-Smith Drug Store. I was in there one day when he asked if I wanted to see something cool. He lowered a pull-down ladder to an attic and sent me up. As soon as my head cleared the opening, he flicked on the light.

12. After Disaster of 2017, New Year Looking Good for Vols -

Vol Nation should celebrate. It’s a new year. It’s got to be better than 2017. Tennessee athletics had a bad year, one of the worst ever. It was rough for fans, alumni and boosters.

13. MLK50 Weekend, Martin’s Mindset, NFL Mock Draft -

The MLK50 events around Monday’s Grizzlies-Lakers game will include NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts touring the National Civil Rights Museum and joining players Mike Conley and Brooks Lopez and retired WNBA star Swin Cash in a discussion: “MLK50: Where do we go from here?”

14. County Commission Moves Toward More Fixes in Minority Business Rules -

Shelby County commissioners meet Monday, Jan. 8, for the first time in 2018 and have a fairly simple agenda along with some longer-range issues to discuss.

Among the more immediate items on Monday’s agenda is a $1.5 million contract for mobile data terminals, tablets and vehicle wireless routers that Tate Computer Systems Inc. of Memphis would provide to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

15. Tigers Drop Second Straight Conference Road Game -

The University of Memphis has opened American Athletic Conference play with consecutive defeats after losing 65-56 at UCF on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Memphis (9-6, 0-2) has now lost three straight games overall, dating back to a home loss to LSU.

16. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

17. Tigers Drop Second Straight Conference Road Game -

The University of Memphis has opened American Athletic Conference play with consecutive defeats after losing 65-56 at UCF on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Memphis (9-6, 0-2) has now lost three straight games overall, dating back to a home loss to LSU.

18. Moore Named Executive Director of Explore Bike Share -

Trey Moore has been named executive director of Explore Bike Share, the Memphis nonprofit that is preparing to launch a local bike-share system with 600 bicycles and 60 stations. Moore, who is returning to Memphis from Atlanta, Georgia, will lead Explore Bike Share’s staff in operations, fund development and community engagement activities in partnership with the organization’s board of directors.
As executive director, he also is committed to bicycling as a sustainable transportation option with access to as many Memphians as possible, and will help promote a bike-friendly culture in Memphis while encouraging exercise and healthy lifestyles.

19. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

20. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Sell-Out Prep, Beale's Year and Tubby Talks -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is a sell out as of Thursday. And while your thoughts may turn to the sight of a full stadium at the Fairgrounds, at least some of you who are going are thinking about what traffic will be like in the area. Here is the parking and shuttle game plan at the outset and a day in advance. The Liberty Bowl Parade on Beale is at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a pep rally in the entertainment district and all are welcome.

21. His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing -

When his visitor was about to leave, Orlando Tubby Smith had one more story. About a time his father had given him an assignment on the family farm in Maryland. 

Tubby was one of 17 children. He had older siblings and younger siblings. He also, at age 12 or 13, already had a sense for what it was to lead and manage.

22. Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder -

Attorney William Allen Wooten has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, working in the firm’s Memphis office as well as its new location at the current Wooten Law Firm in Covington, Tennessee.

23. Tigers Hang On to Defeat Siena 70-66 at FedExForum -

Jeremiah Martin and Kyvon Davenport each scored 16 points as the University of Memphis improved to 8-3 on the season with a 70-66 victory over Siena on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at FedExForum.

The Tigers won without forward Jimario Rivers, who sat out after suffering a concussion in the loss to Louisville Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

24. Tigers Battle, But Come Up Short Against Louisville -

Losing is never good enough. And losing to Louisville never leaves a team from Memphis feeling as though the mission was accomplished.

That said, the Tigers pushed Louisville harder than many had expected before falling 91-82 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

25. Tigers Battle Louisville in New York City, But Come Up Short -

Losing is never good enough. And losing to Louisville never leaves a team from Memphis feeling as though the mission was accomplished.

That said, the Tigers pushed Louisville harder than many had expected before falling 91-82 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

26. December 15-21, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1970: Elvis Presley takes a commercial flight from Memphis to Washington, D.C., without telling anyone on either end of the trip. At the White House gate, he leaves a note saying he would like to meet with President Richard Nixon. After some phone calls back and forth with White House aides, Presley meets with Nixon in the Oval Office.

27. The Cutoff -

When Memphis leaders got together with suburban mayors in September at Agricenter, it was to talk about a unified countywide approach to getting Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project.

It was supposed to be a time for leaders of the county and its seven cities to talk about their common good, regionalism and all things they agree on, with none of what they disagree on at least for the moment.

28. Last Word: Bredesen's Return, Ford's Exit and Otis Redding 50 Years On -

Former Tennessee Gov. and Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen formally entered the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate Thursday via a YouTube video. AP on Bredesen’s entry and his background. Republican partisans are already assuming Bredesen is the Democratic nominee and Democratic partisans are already assuming U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is the Republican nominee. And the expectation of such a match up automatically went on the list of midterm races that those on both sides and pundits inbetween will be watching to get a read on national trends.

29. Pay for No Play: Paying Millions to Former Coaches -

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

There are buyouts everywhere. A potential lawsuit looms. And a rift between boosters caused by the botched search may be the costliest item of all for the university long term.

30. Heidi Shafer Sees Unresolved Issues in Opioid Litigation -

A task force on opioid addiction and its impact on county government services is not the same as a working group. And a motion by county mayor Mark Luttrell to intervene in the opioid lawsuit filed last month by the Shelby County Commission isn’t a done deal until the county commission agrees to the terms for that intervention.

31. FedEx Reportedly Looking To Move PGA Event -

John Feinstein, author of “A Good Walk Spoiled” and the host of a PGA Tour radio show by the same name, was perhaps playing spoiler when he said on his radio show that FedEx wants to bring one of the four annual World Golf Championships to Memphis.

32. Trucking Technology Accelerates With Promise of Better Safety, Efficiency -

The notion of thousands of electric and autonomous semitractor-trailers sharing the road with more traditional passenger vehicles may seem like a scene from a futuristic movie, but that future could be much closer than it seems.

33. Memphis Fusion -

With more than 40 life science companies operating in the Greater Memphis area and Shelby County ranking second in the U.S. for orthopedic device manufacturing, the Mid-South can stake its claim as one of the top medical device markets in the world.

34. Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch -

For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.

It’s the only loss Memphis (10-1) suffered all year. The Tigers took out two Top-25 teams (at the time the games were played) in UCLA and Navy. Yet they were not really competitive against UCF, which is undefeated at 11-0 heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando (ABC-TV).

35. Health Department Seeking Variance for New Building -

The Shelby County Health Department is seeking a variance from the Board of Adjustment for a new facility at its current 814 Jefferson Ave. location.

36. FedEx Reportedly Looking To Move PGA Event -

John Feinstein, author of “A Good Walk Spoiled” and the host of a PGA Tour radio show by the same name, was perhaps playing spoiler when he said on his radio show that FedEx wants to bring one of the four annual World Golf Championships to Memphis.

37. Tigers Defeat UNO 63-52, Rivers Scores 18 Points -

Forward Jimario Rivers scored a career-high 18 points and the University of Memphis led wire-to-wire in a 63-52 win over New Orleans Tuesday at FedExForum.

The Tigers are 2-1 and next play Northern Kentucky at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at FedExForum.

38. Tigers' New Basketball Facility a Palatial Recruiting Tool -

When you donate $10 million toward the construction of new basketball practice facility that bears your name, you are entitled to make a joke. So former Tiger Bill Laurie, who played on the 1972-73 Memphis State team that was NCAA runner-up, went for the laugh at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the University of Memphis’ $21 million Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on south campus named after Laurie and his wife, Nancy Walton Laurie.

39. Last Word: 2018 Head Start, Tax Reform Bill Votes and Tigers Basketball in Decline -

Can you smell the paper? Friday is the first day that candidates in the 2018 elections can start picking up qualifying petitions for their place on the ballot – in this case the May county primary elections in Shelby County. Here is the scene setter.

40. Memphis Basketball: A Program in Decline -

They’ve only played two games. The early signing period for the class of 2018 has just passed. And yet it feels like the University of Memphis basketball program’s ceiling for this season and the foreseeable future is dropping.

41. Making Best Better -

More than a decade ago, Carolyn Hardy was a vice president with the Coors Brewing Co. in Memphis when she attended the Leadership Development Intensive (LDI), a personal leadership training ground stretched across 3 1/2 days.

42. Folk’s Folly’s Kauker Named Tenn. Restaurant Manager of Year -

Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House general manager Diane Kauker has won the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association’s 2017 Restaurant Manager of the Year Award, which honors a manager who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, service, and community and civic involvement. The judges noted Kauker’s outstanding performance beyond her normal job duties, including providing excellent service to Folk’s Folly guests and the greater community.

43. City’s Maxson Plant Upgrade Offers Cutting Edge Water Treatment -

“Everything has a life,” city Public Works Division director Robert Knecht said last week as he stood at the western edge of the wastewater treatment plant that processes 70 million gallons of wastewater a day from the southern part of the city.

44. Jones’ Teams Have Never Regressed, Until Now -

Looks like Butch Jones has survived another week to coach Tennessee’s football team.

What happens if UT loses to Southern Miss at homecoming Saturday night (7:30 ET, SEC Network) at Neyland Stadium? Good question.

45. Block Party Slated At MBCC Oct. 28 -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (MBCC) will host a free community block party in conjunction with Crump Police Station at University Place Apartments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

46. Making the List -

With black-and-white images from Memphis in conflict circa 1968 projected larger than life on a video screen behind him, Kirk Whalum stood in the sanctuary of Clayborn Temple earlier this week talking about growing up in Memphis in that era.

47. Memphis College of Art Closing Doors -

Memphis College of Art, the 81-year-old Overton Park institution, will close by May of 2020 after years of financial struggles.

The college’s board described the pending process as an “orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA.”

48. Memphis College of Art Closing Its Doors -

The Memphis College of Art will close by May of 2020 in what the board of the 81-year old Overton Park institution is describing as an "orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA."

49. County Commission Votes on Big Pay Raises -

The pay of 19 Shelby County government elected officials would go up in September 2018 for those elected in the August 2018 county general elections under proposals the county commission considers Monday, Oct. 16, on the first of three readings.

50. Reeling Vols Are 0-5 Against Carolina’s Muschamp -

Fans are fuming. Players are fighting. Butch Jones is coaching for his job.

The Tennessee football coach is in dire need of a good showing when the Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) play host to South Carolina (4-2, 2-2) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (noon, ESPN).

51. SCS Sees Summer Academy Success, Mixed Results on Blended Learning -

With 90 days to put it all together, Shelby County Schools leaders came up with a set of summer learning academies to battle the summer slide – student retention and academic growth taking a few steps back between school years.

52. Shaky Start Exposes Raw Nerves as Dawgs Roll In -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones had more than Georgia on his mind this week. Rumors on message boards and reports on sports talk radio flamed the fires around Jones and the Vols after last Saturday’s 17-13 victory over Massachusetts at Neyland Stadium.

53. Last Word: Grit & Grind As A Mindset, Sewer Retaliation and MUS & Hutchison -

More than a few bread crumbs on the direction the Fairgrounds redevelopment proposal is … well, developing after the second of three very important public forums last week by City Hall. The signs indicate a water park or surf park is highly unlikely, the gym at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy would go to open up Central Avenue frontage and a new gym built behind Kroc Center, a hotel by the Children’s Museum and the high school football field and track oval move from Central to where Libertyland used to be. And the city says none of this is set in stone even if it does show up on a tentative site plan among the exhibits last week.

54. Inside Voice -

The advertisement moves fast, even for 30 seconds. It’s got hip-hop artist Marco Pave with Grammy Award-winning producer Carlos Broady. And the message is to the point as the camera comes in close on the face of a man who says emphatically, “Don’t lose your head, use your head.”

55. Last Word: Juvenile Court Return, Berlin Boyd's Week and Tony Allen Thoughts -

Two weeks ago Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael was on Behind The Headlines in a half-hour conversation about the court and federal oversight that drew quite a bit of reaction to Michael’s strong opinions about the need to end that oversight. Even before that reaction we had planned to do a second part of the conversation with those who favor continued federal oversight of the court.

56. Promoters Exporting Authenticity Of Memphis Music in Another Way -

A new 5,000- to 6,000-seat concert venue at Graceland by early 2019 is competition. But it probably brings more customers to the overall market for concerts in the city, says the founder of Music Export Memphis, the city’s export office for the music business.

57. Last Word: Southern Heritage Recap, Funky Week Ahead and the Amazon Contest -

The 28th annual Southern Heritage Classic is in the books with a close game at the Liberty Bowl Saturday and the kind of attendance that if sustained through our civic football season – Southern Heritage, Tigers home schedule and AutoZone Liberty Bowl – promises continued growth and changes in our development. Whether there is that growth or not, 47,407 came, tailgated and saw Tennessee State beat Jackson State 17-15.

58. Intriguing Story Playing Out Off The Football Field -

Anybody got an extra billion dollars lying around? If so, you can own one-third share of an NFL franchise plus a handful of other assorted business ventures.

That’s the situation involving the Tennessee Titans as they head into what could be a very eventful season. Susie Adams Smith, one of three children of the late franchise founder Bud Adams, is attempting to divest herself of one-third interest in KSA Industries, the business conglomerate built by her father.

59. Breather for Vols Before Traveling to Florida -

Get ready for another thrill ride, Tennessee fans. Your football team is at it again, just like last year.

Tennessee needed a comeback and overtime to beat Appalachian State in its 2016 season opener. The Vols needed comebacks to beat Virginia Tech and Florida and got a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time ran out to beat Georgia.

60. Raising The Ceiling -

Here’s the thing about expectations: You either embrace them, turning them into some divine combination of daily bread and rocket fuel, or they crush you.

There is no middle ground. Not when the statistical mid-point – a .500 season – would be an undisputed failure.

61. Last Word: After The Eclipse, A Very Large Magnet and Cyber Insurance -

Back from the eclipse it would seem. Although I’m pretty sure some part of the moon is still obscuring me. Alas, I will just have to walk around with a crescent missing here or there. Just don’t look at me directly and we will both be okay. Although you might see me wearing the Seer Sucker this week seeing as how the same laws that govern looking at the sun during an eclipse apparently apply to wearing Seer Sucker after Labor Day. It's just not done. Famous last words.

62. Computer Attacks Underscore Need for Cyber Insurance -

The cyberattack that hit FedEx subsidiary TNT Express in June, temporarily disrupting the company’s worldwide information systems, was a reminder about the fragility of digital systems that Herb Davis didn’t need.

63. Wolf, Offense Look To Prove Predictions Wrong -

It’s championship or bust for Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf.

Bowl victories are nice. So are nine-win seasons. But Wolf wants a lot more in his final season with the Vols.

“Our goal here at Tennessee every single year is to win a championship, and that’s going to remain the goal,” Wolf says. “Yeah, there may have been a little bit of excitement the first year, maybe the second year winning the bowl game. It’s always exciting, but that’s the bare minimum right now.”

64. Getting Started -

Every journey of a thousand miles begins with that first single step. Every song, that first note; every long-lasting relationship can trace back to that first hello.

The countless business startups in Memphis, many maturing thanks to the city’s myriad accelerators and entrepreneurship programs, likewise all unfold the same way. They all start, no pun intended, with that first idea that leads to the creation of an enterprise – hopefully a successful, money-making one.

65. Vandiver Growing Customer Relationships at Agritech Firm The Seam -

The Seam, a technology firm founded by agribusiness companies that specializes in commodity trading and management systems, has added Rex Vandiver in a customer development role. Vandiver helps with customer support and project management, and he’s also taking a greater role in involvement with the peanut industry to help The Seam better serve its customers’ needs.

66. Strong: Democrats Must Reconnect With Voters -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the local party has lost its voters and getting them back is the path to victory in the 2018 county elections and beyond.

Corey Strong, an attorney and special projects director for Shelby County Schools, was elected chairman of the reorganized local party Saturday, Aug. 5, following its dissolution by the Tennessee Democratic Party a year ago.

67. New Academic Year Brings Changes, Familiar Issues -

The school year for most students in Shelby County begins Monday, Aug. 7. But teachers and school administrators mentally remain at least a few weeks ahead, if not more – a permanent condition for educators.

68. Rough Start at Kansas for Dedric Lawson -

Admit it: If you first saw news of a Lawson suspended at the University of Kansas, you assumed it would be K.J. It was K.J, after all, who exited the University of Memphis giving coach Tubby Smith double-bird via social media, saying inappropriate things, and let’s not forget this: playing with a selfishness on the court that could make you wince.

69. Last Word: More Intermodals, 20 Years After the Oilers In Memphis and New Path -

The "skinny" repeal of Obamacare comes up short in the U.S. Senate in an after midnight Friday vote in D.C. And it appears U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee voted for the repeal measure that came up short. Here are the basics early Friday morning from The New York Times.

70. Resolution, Dollar-Figure Miscues Raise Sanitation Workers’ Grants by $20,000 -

After all of these years, maybe what happened Tuesday, July 25, to the city’s plan to pay the 14 surviving sanitation workers from 1968 a grant of $50,000 each was part of the larger narrative of the enduring turmoil of that historic time.

71. Last Word: Alexander and Corker Differ, Instant Runoff React and Kroger On Hold -

Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators split their votes Tuesday in Washington on the vote that followed the vote to open debate on a repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted yes on the debate motion. But then Corker was one of the nine Republican Senate votes that killed the Obamacare replacement plan known as BCRA, while Alexander voted for it.

72. New Shelby County Democratic Party Still Faces Challenges -

The Shelby County Democratic Party is almost back as a reconstituted organization and it has a lot of new blood as well as new rules.

But the final verdict on the party’s effectiveness in a county where Democrats are the majority is still out even after the Saturday, July 22, party convention.

73. Grizzlies’ Selden Chosen To All-NBA Summer Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Wayne Selden Jr. was named to the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Selden averaged 22.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.70 steals in 30.5 minutes, guiding the Grizzlies to a 5-1 record and a trip to the semifinals.

74. Last Word: Freeze Warning, Corker on Obamacare Repeal and The Disney Example -

What do you call it when you expect a lot of trouble coming from a specific direction – with a detailed roadmap -- and a completely different controversy comes in from a different direction, hits and leaves a crater. Whatever you call it, that is what happened to Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze Thursday evening. Or did it?

75. Vols Roster Gets Little Respect from SEC Media -

It was no surprise last week when Tennessee’s football team was picked to finish third by the media in the East Division at 2017 SEC Media Days.

Almost every national publication is picking the Vols third in the East behind Georgia and Florida, although not necessarily in that order.

76. Bobby Meeks Innovates With a Sense of Purpose -

“When you’re looking for a new outcome, you’ve got to change some things up,” says Bobby Meeks as he walks a loop of the GroundFloor @ ServiceMaster, an innovation hub opened last month in the former Peabody Place mall.

77. Grizzlies’ Selden Chosen To All-NBA Summer Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Wayne Selden Jr. was named to the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Selden averaged 22.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.70 steals in 30.5 minutes, guiding the Grizzlies to a 5-1 record and a trip to the semifinals.

78. The Week Ahead: July 17-23 -

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

79. Butch Pierre Joins U of M Men’s Basketball Staff -

Longtime college assistant coach Butch Pierre has been hired as director of player personnel at the University of Memphis.

“He is someone that I have known of for many years, having coached against him at almost every one of his stops,” said Tigers head coach Tubby Smith. “He has a deep knowledge of how major basketball programs are run, and will be able to add a lot to our program.”

80. Saturday Night Scenes on Beale Street -

Some observations from three consecutive Saturday nights on Beale Street at and after 10 p.m.

Beale Street just before 10 p.m. is about bubbles. Street vendors selling bubble guns – toy guns that shoot bubbles – do a brisk business before 10. A girl in a stroller watches with wide eyes as her finger is locked on the trigger and bubbles spew forth. By the time she reaches the middle of the block between B.B. King Boulevard and Second Street, the stream of bubbles begins to slow.

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

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

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

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

83. ‘Cheeseburger Buddies’ Make Nice for TV -

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

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

84. Last Word: Overton Gateway Talks, Norris of the Governor's Race and Coach O -

Shelby County Commissioners have quite the disagreement going in several ways as they try to put another budget season in the books and let the ink dry. As we’ve reported, the commission approved a $1.2 billion county government budget Monday and there is no taking that back – at least as a budget. That now becomes an important detail because in committee sessions Wednesday in advance of next week’s meeting of the full commission, there were five votes to change the proposed county property tax rate from $4.10 to $4.13.

85. Butch Pierre Joins U of M Men’s Basketball Staff -

Longtime college assistant coach Butch Pierre has been hired as director of player personnel at the University of Memphis.

“He is someone that I have known of for many years, having coached against him at almost every one of his stops,” said Tigers head coach Tubby Smith. “He has a deep knowledge of how major basketball programs are run, and will be able to add a lot to our program.”

86. How to Avoid Digging With Spoons -

Legend has it that well-known 20th-century economist Milton Friedman once visited a canal-building site in China where thousands of people were digging with shovels to complete the project. Friedman asked the foreman why they didn’t bring in heavy equipment to get the job done better and faster. The foreman told him that would put a lot of people out of work. “In that case, why not have them dig with spoons?” Friedman said.

87. Last Word: Vince Carter Leaves, Fairgrounds and Pulling the Plug on Green Tech -

Vince Carter joins Zach Randolph with the Sacramento Kings next NBA season with an $8 million one-year pact for Carter. Still no word on Tony Allen’s free agency status as we put this up. The Grizz plan to retire Randolph’s jersey.

88. Sports Notebook: Grizzlies Sign Selden, Set Summer League Roster -

The Memphis Grizzlies and their notable free agents – JaMychal Green, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Vince Carter – have been fairly quiet. That could change at any moment, of course, and Randolph in particular is the subject of speculation that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in pursuit of one of the best sixth men in the NBA last season.

89. Bowl Names Tim McCarver Distinguished Citizen -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl honored former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver on Sunday, June 26, with its Distinguished Citizen Award at a dinner that benefitted St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

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

91. Tim McCarver Receives Distinguished Citizen Award -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl honored former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver on Sunday, June 26, with its Distinguished Citizen Award in a dinner at the Hilton Memphis hotel. All proceeds from the dinner benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

92. Budget Amendments, Tax Rate and Juvenile Court Top County Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners will have lots of amendments to the county’s proposed operating budget Monday, June 26, and at least one bid to change the proposed county property tax rate of $4.10 approved on first reading earlier this month.

93. Last Word: Health Care Plan React, Treasury Footprint and Tom Bowen - Take Two -

It’s like they aren’t even looking at the same legislation. That’s one explanation of the very different reviews the Senate health care bill got Thursday as it was unveiled in Washington. Illustrating the contrast, the reactions of Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis.

94. For Memphis AD Bowen, Knowledge is Also Worry -

Among the items on Tom Bowen’s desk are a miniature University of Memphis football helmet and a Tubby Smith bobblehead that, I swear, gives off a “don’t worry, be happy” vibe.

95. Bowen Relishes Passion of Tigers’ Fan Base, Supports Tubby -

Today we delve into Part 2 of our interview with University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen. If you missed Part 1, which covered his background, facilities upgrades, the upcoming football season, and scheduling and ticketing, go to https://bitly.im/JsafZ.

96. Tigers’ Jimario Rivers Has Head Start On Doing the Dirty Work -

When Josh Pastner recruited Jimario Rivers from Southwest Tennessee Community College, the University of Memphis coach envisioned him as a small forward who could play some at the four.

After Pastner left for Georgia Tech and Tubby Smith became the basketball coach, Rivers initially thought that would still be his role. He provided some spark off the bench, but then 6-11 Chad Rykhoek got hurt and Rivers was starting and basically playing the role of a 4/5 player – at 6-8 and 195 pounds.

97. City Council Pushes Back at Administration -

Sometimes there are seven votes. Other times there aren’t. But Memphis City Council debates increasingly point to different thoughts about the city’s course as outlined by the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland.

98. Boyd Talks Gaps In Higher Ed During Whitehaven Stop -

Republican contender for governor Randy Boyd says there is a gap in the state’s Tennessee Promise plan and its reality.

99. Century Mark -

During a visit to Memphis in April, Andrew Young was talking with reporters about his lengthy public history – being part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s inner circle, a congressman, mayor of Atlanta, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It was as he talked about King’s death in Memphis that Young, without any prompting, talked about a trio of Memphis attorneys – Benjamin Hooks, Russell Sugarmon and A. W. Willis – that were the key to his and King’s efforts to get things done in Memphis and the surrounding region.

100. The Case for Ground Floor Innovation -

ServiceMaster wanted to open an innovation center partly for “self-serving” reasons, the company’s chief information officer said during a panel discussion Thursday, June 15, that marked the inaugural event in ServiceMaster’s new innovation space the “Ground Floor.”