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1. U of M Baseball Holding Summer Showcase Aug. 20 -

The University of Memphis baseball team will host its 2016 Summer Showcase Camp on Saturday, Aug. 20. The one-day camp is for students in eighth through 12th grades and will take place at FedExPark (974 Getwell Road) on Memphis’ Park Avenue campus.

2. U of M Baseball Holding Summer Showcase Aug. 20 -

The University of Memphis baseball team will host its 2016 Summer Showcase Camp on Saturday, Aug. 20. The one-day camp is for students in eighth through 12th grades and will take place at FedExPark (974 Getwell Road) on Memphis’ Park Avenue campus.

3. Orgs Team Up to Offer STEM Camps for Teens -

The Memphis Library Foundation, AutoZone and the West Tennessee STEM Hub at the University of Memphis are offering Memphis high school students a STEM opportunity this summer.

Hosted by the Memphis Public Library and West Tennessee STEM Hub, Memphis high school students will be offered a free, hands-on camp to explore all things science, technology, engineering and math. They’ll learn new skills and explore STEM careers during the weeklong camps, which also will offer hands-on experiences and team activities that feature engineering problem-solving challenges and robotics activities.

4. Overton Park Merrymaking Blends With Zoo Poll, Protests -

The Overton Park Conservancy’s annual Day of Merrymaking Saturday, June 4, will share the park greensward with the overflow parking area for the Memphis Zoo.

The merrymaking’s hot air balloon ride and beer garden join a spring-to-summer political mix that includes some recent polling by the zoo as well as the regular Saturday presence of protestors who oppose zoo parking on the greensward.

5. Orgs Team Up to Offer STEM Camps for Teens -

The Memphis Library Foundation, AutoZone and the West Tennessee STEM Hub at the University of Memphis are teaming up to offer Memphis high school students a STEM opportunity this summer.

Hosted by the Memphis Public Library and West Tennessee STEM Hub, Memphis high school students will be offered a free, hands-on camp to explore all things science, technology, engineering and math. They’ll learn new skills and explore STEM careers during the weeklong camps, which also will offer hands-on experiences and team activities that feature engineering problem-solving challenges and robotics activities.

6. Last Word: As The Wheel Tax Turns, New Zoo Poll and Once Every Dozen Years -

When the school year ends, that’s not necessarily when leaders of school systems can take it easy.

That’s because the business of school systems is about looking months if not years ahead on your mental calendar.

7. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protesters blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

8. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protestors blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

9. The Week Ahead: May 23-29 -

Alright, Memphis, it’s time to get this week started with our roundup of happenings you need to know about. 

The 2016 Memphis In May International Festival closes out Saturday with a pair of new additions to the monthlong lineup.
The Saturday by the river begins with the Great American River Run – a half-marathon and a 5K run with a riverside and Downtown route. There is, of course, a post-race party, which then segues into 901Fest – four stages in Tom Lee Park featuring local music and arts, from Al Kapone and Frayser Boy to the North Mississippi Allstars to Opera Memphis and the New Ballet Ensemble & School.
The idea here, and it may be an evolving concept, seems to be local and diverse and not as much of an emphasis on the stages and what happens there at the expense of those who stay after the run and those who come for the music and the arts.
To dot the I on that point, 901Fest also includes an air show.

10. Memphis Women’s Basketball Staff Holding Summer Camps -

University of Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin will be offering her Hoops School at Memphis in June.

McFerrin, who will be entering her ninth season in 2016-17, and her staff are offering three basketball instruction sessions: Team Camp on June 10, Elite Camp on June 11 and Day Camp from June 20-23.

11. Adults Not Helping Childhood Obesity Turn Corner Very Quickly -

Richard Hamburg does not pretend that there is a cure-all for childhood obesity, that just a little exercise will make things all better, that just a few policy changes or improvements in school lunch programs (which is happening), or a reduction of “food deserts” will solve the whole problem.

12. Brooks Renovation Shines on Overton's Busy Weekend -

The temporary metal barriers on the Overton Park Greensward are where those parking on the Greensward to attend the Memphis Zoo meet those protesting the parking on the Greensward.

But Saturday, May 7, the literal line in the park’s running two-year controversy was one of the quietest places in a park that was bursting at the seams with activity just about everywhere else except the Old Forest.

13. Tubby Smith Basketball Camps Begin in June -

New Memphis head basketball coach Tubby Smith has announced a series of basketball camps – two-day camps and a team camp – for the summer of 2016.

The first day camp will run from June 6-9, while the second day camp will be from June 13-16. There will be a two-day team camp from June 17-18.

14. Memphis Football Camps To Start in June -

The University of Memphis football program will host six different camps in June and July, including a first-ever kids camp for third- to eighth-graders.

The inaugural Kids Camp is scheduled for June 7 on the U of M’s Park Avenue campus. The cost is $40 per child.

15. Last Word: The Draft, The Greensward-Council Footnote and The Zoo Beatles -

I’ve never watched an NFL draft before Thursday evening’s in which Paxton Lynch, quarterback for the University of Memphis, was drafted by the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos as the 26th pick of the first round.

16. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

17. Parkinson: OK to ‘Go A Little Bit Extreme’ to Get Job Done -

With U.S. Marine Corps training, Rep. Antonio Parkinson knows how to grab people’s attention.

He did that earlier this year when he sponsored legislation to kill the Achievement School District, Tennessee’s solution for turning around struggling schools.

18. Student Architecture Camp Returns in June -

The Architecture+Design Summer Program for Memphis-area high school students is returning in June for a 13th year.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture at the University of Memphis and AIA Memphis, the day camp was developed for students interested in learning more about the art, science, and practice of design.

19. Student Architecture Camp Returns in June -

The Architecture+Design Summer Program for Memphis-area high school students is returning in June for a 13th year.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture at The University of Memphis and AIA Memphis, the day camp was developed for students interested in learning more about the art, science, and practice of design.

20. Beyond The Greensward -

If a crowd shows up some place other than the Greensward, is it a busy spring in Overton Park?

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is undergoing renovations in preparation for its 100th anniversary celebration next month.

21. Events -

Memphis Public Libraries in partnership with Levitt Shell will kick off the 5 Fridays of Jazz series with “Memphis Standard Time” (family night) on Friday, March 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Enjoy local music, dancing, food and drinks under the stars. Admission is free; food may be ordered in advance. For details, call 901-415-2846 or visit twitter.com/memphislibrary.

22. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle. The topic is “Travel Industry Jeopardy: How to Win in 2016,” featuring Will Tate of Goldspring Consulting. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org.

23. The Tipping Point -

At age 25, Kem Wilson had his whole life laid out for him. He had graduated from Furman with an undergraduate degree in business administration. Newly engaged, he had a promising job at a Memphis financial consulting firm. Now all he had to do was take his rightful place at the head of the family business.

24. Father Don’s Legacy: Planting Seeds of Hope -

It is said that the future belongs to those who give the next generation reason to hope. This saying rings true in the life of Rev. Donald Mowery, and is lived out through his decades of commitment to youth in Memphis and across the country.

25. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

26. Mo’s Bows CEO Named To TIME’s ‘Most Influential Teens’ -

TIME Magazine this week named 13-year-old Moziah Bridges, CEO of Mo’s Bows, as one of the “30 Most Influential Teens of 2015.” That ranking put him alongside the likes of Malia Obama; Bindi Irwin, a conservationist and daughter of the late Steve Irwin; and Ahmed Mohamed, the ninth grader arrested recently for bringing a clock to school that authorities mistook for a bomb. The distinction is only the latest in a string of them for Bridges.

27. Mo’s Bows CEO Named One of TIME’s ‘Most Influential Teens’ -

When one of Memphis’ youngest CEOs took the first steps toward what would become his internationally recognized company Mo’s Bows, he did it under the watchful eye of his grandmother, who showed him how to use her scrap fabric to make and sell his own ties.

28. Together Again -

To look ahead to next season, we must first go back to last season. To that heady time when the Grizzlies held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.

29. Young Energy Could Boost Veteran Grizzlies -

Of the 15 Grizzlies players on guaranteed contracts, four are entering their second season in the NBA and one is a rookie.

While all of those players currently reside outside the team’s regular rotation, the four second-year players have a chance to carve out a niche for themselves; rookie forward Jarell Martin fractured his foot in a summer workout and his development figures to be delayed.

30. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8 -

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

31. Veteran Grizzlies Working Hard to Prevent Injuries -

Just before the Grizzlies departed for California and the start of their preseason training camp this week, point guard Mike Conley explained why he was going to continue wearing that mask. You know, the one he made famous with his superhero performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals when the Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors on their home floor.

32. Minute by Minute, Grizzlies Need More Rest -

We hope that Mike Conley’s mask is in a museum somewhere, never to be needed again.

We hope Marc Gasol has not made the mistake of always carrying his wallet in the same hip pocket. I mean, $110 million is pretty heavy weight. We don’t need Big Spain having back issues.

33. Central Defense Security Eyes Expansion in Mississippi, Texas -

Memphis-based Central Defense Security has opened four branches in three states since first setting up shop in Memphis in July 2005.

Those offices have served the firm well for the first decade of its existence, helping it grow to employ today between 1,500 to 1,600 people, estimates chief operating officer Larry Carroll. The firm also has expanded its security plan services into an assortment of new industry categories, from hospitals to retail lots, office buildings and more.

34. Tony Allen: Starting Doesn’t Matter … 'I Showed That Already' -

Training camp for the Memphis Grizzlies is just three weeks away.

When its starts, All-Star center Marc Gasol will be safely back in the fold after having signed a long-term extension over the summer. The Grizzlies will have added a veteran big man in Brandan Wright and another wing player in Matt Barnes, once part of the enemy that is the Los Angeles Clippers.

35. Big Nashville Homecoming for Middle Tennessee Vols -

Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett won’t be in a strange place Saturday when he walks into Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green.

36. Is Chad Kelly Ole Miss’ Long-Term QB Solution? -

OXFORD, Miss. – Like a lot of places around the SEC this summer – Alabama, Georgia, LSU – the preseason conversation here has been all about quarterbacks. Which explains why five days before Ole Miss was to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Tennessee-Martin, junior center Robert Conyers was asked to weigh in on the topic.

37. Vols Nearly Set on Offense as Season Approaches -

With Tennessee’s football team three weeks into fall camp, the offensive depth charts are set at some positions, while others remain open.

UT coach Butch Jones enters the 2015 season with no questions at quarterback or running back. His has plenty of receivers and all should get their share of playing time.

38. College Football Notebook: Preseason Spotlight on Memphis Tigers Defense -

The University of Memphis lost eight starters from a defense that played a huge role in last year’s 10-win season.

But they also lost coordinator Barry Odom, who returned to alma mater Missouri as defensive coordinator.

39. Demo Day Brings Together Start Co., ZeroTo510 Entrepreneurs -

The entrepreneurial ecosystem was more abundant than ever at Demo Day 2015, where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 worked in conjunction for the first time to present graduates of their business accelerator programs to investors and community leaders.

40. Haunted History, A Story Retold -

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS. Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes.

At the time of this story – one I shared first in a 2013 column – it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee High Security Facility, now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

41. Strickland's Memphis Mayoral Bid Heats Up -

Just hours after he dropped out of the race for Memphis Mayor, James Harvey endorsed mayoral contender Jim Strickland at the opening of Strickland’s Poplar Plaza campaign headquarters.

42. Tennessee Promise Students Head to 'Academic Boot Camp' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Hundreds of Tennessee Promise students across the state are beginning an inaugural three-week "academic boot camp" to help them overcome some of the challenges that officials say are typically faced by first-generation college students.

43. Grizzlies Rookies Jarell Martin, Andrew Harrison Have Much to Prove -

The bottom-line question about Memphis Grizzlies rookies Jarell Martin and Andrew Harrison is the same as after every other NBA Draft: What does the team really have in these guys?

44. Grizzlies Holding Kids Basketball Camps -

The Memphis Grizzlies will host their 2015 Summer Basketball Day Camps at several locations throughout Memphis and Tennessee for boys and girls ages 7-16.

From the art of the jump shot to defensive footwork, instructors will share their knowledge and love of the game during sessions that focus on improvement both for the individuals and within a team setting.

45. Grizzlies Holding Kids Basketball Camps Beginning June 29 -

The Memphis Grizzlies will host their 2015 Summer Basketball Day Camps at several locations throughout Memphis and Tennessee for boys and girls ages 7-16.

From the art of the jump shot to defensive footwork, instructors will share their knowledge and love of the game during sessions that focus on improvement both for the individuals and within a team setting.

46. New Coach, Fans Will Keep Eye on Rocky Top League -

KNOXVILLE – Hoops fans, rejoice. Your summer basketball fix is almost here.

The Pilot Rocky Top League returns for its eighth year starting June 15 and should feature 11 players who will be on the University of Tennessee’s roster in 2015-16.

47. Ready to Ride -

Memphis kids have been embracing the art of horseback riding this month at Shelby Farms Park Equestrian Summer Camp. 
The summer offering is a popular one for children in second through seventh grade: All four sessions of the equestrian camp, which runs through June 19, are full.

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48. Crews Center Hosts Social Innovation Summer Camp -

The Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis currently is a hub for social entrepreneurs.

The phrase “social entrepreneur” has a somewhat loose definition, but it generally involves the use of business tools and practices to solve social concerns. And it’s a focus of a summer camp coming to the Crews Center in July in partnership with a university student-led nonprofit that’s focused on social innovation and using entrepreneurial thinking to identify solutions to the community’s social issues.

49. Better Catch Schwarber While He’s Still a Smokie -

SEVIERVILLE – Tennessee Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber didn’t waste any time catching the attention of the Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon during spring training.

It was March 5, Schwarber’s 22nd birthday, and the Cubs were playing San Francisco. Schwarber came to bat for the first time in spring training with the bases loaded against Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.

50. Inventor’s Camp Making Summer Stops in Memphis -

A summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame is making several local stops.

Camp Invention will be at Crosswind Elementary School, Lakeland Elementary School, Grahamwood Elementary School and Bon Lin Elementary School the week of June 1-5, 2015. It also will be at Woodland Presbyterian School and Saint Louis School the week of June 15.

51. Inventor’s Camp Making Summer Stops in Memphis -

A summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame is making several local stops.

Camp Invention will be at Crosswind Elementary School, Lakeland Elementary School, Grahamwood Elementary School and Bon Lin Elementary School the week of June 1-5, 2015. It also will be at Woodland Presbyterian School and Saint Louis School the week of June 15.

52. Farm Feast -

The first elementary school students came to Agricenter International for some hands-on education more than a decade ago. About 80 students went on a literal field trip, walking through the cotton, soybean and cornfields.

53. Tennis Memphis Summer Camps to Reach 1,500 Kids -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

54. Kid Coders -

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis formed around the notion that where children are born shouldn’t pre-determine the opportunity they have to get hands-on experience – and build careers – in tech and computer-related fields.

55. Nonprofit to Introduce 1,500 Memphis Children to Tennis -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

56. Greenprint Guru -

When John Michels was a kid going to nature camps with his family and hiking with his brother and cousins, he was taking the first steps along his career path.

“We’d sort of learn how to survive in the woods and build shelters, learn about ecosystems,” Michels said of his days growing up in New Jersey, and then later trips to upstate New York by Lake George. “I started doing a lot of hiking in the Adirondack Mountains.

57. No Stanley Cup Delusions for Knoxville’s Ice Bears -

As the NHL playoffs heat up, the Southern Professional Hockey League is done for another season.

All is quiet inside Civic Coliseum, home of the Knoxville Ice Bears. They ended their 2014-15 season by claiming Knoxville’s fourth President’s Cup as champions of the SPHL.

58. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown -

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.

59. Memphis Taking Big Steps -

BIG STEPS. Part of our vacation ritual involves underwear, kitchen gadgets, camp shirts, socks and shoes – all items available in branded abundance on the cheap at Tanger Outlets.

60. Major Changes -

Aside from Christmas bells for its annual red kettle campaign, The Salvation Army historically has had a “quiet presence” in Memphis, according to Ellen Westbook, director of community relations and development.

61. Vols’ Dobbs Embraces the Role of ‘CEO Quarterback’ -

Joshua Dobbs enters his junior season as Tennessee’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback and team leader, the player most responsible for the Vols’ relevance again in SEC football.

62. Tennis Memphis Nets Grant From National Foundation -

Tennis Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, has received a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association Foundation as part of its National Junior Tennis & Learning capacity building program.

63. Manning Lecture Moving -

In the summer of 1966 I met Archie Manning in his hometown of Drew, Miss. In a game of touch football, I caught a pass or two from the future All-Pro quarterback. A few months later he spent a Friday night at my house in Greenville, after a dance to which he took a Greenville girl he was dating.

64. Cardinals Prospect Cody Stanley Coming Back, Moving Up -

Spring training in 2012. St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Cody Stanley gets a phone call from then-farm director John Vuch.

Farm directors do not usually call minor-league catchers to chat.

65. Fogelman Partners with City on Summer Camp -

Memphis businessman and philanthropist Avron Fogelman is partnering with the city of Memphis to send more than 1,000 children to summer camps free of charge.

The summer camp program is part of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s initiative through the city’s Parks and Neighborhoods division.

66. Fogelman Partners With City on Summer Camp -

Memphis businessman and philanthropist Avron Fogelman is partnering with the city of Memphis to send more than 1,000 children to summer camps free of charge.

The summer camp program is part of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s initiative through the city’s Parks and Neighborhoods division.

67. Retailers Fret as Products Sit in West Coast Ports -

It’s early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won’t have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

68. Big Hit and Some Misses From Vols’ 2014 Early Enrollees -

KNOXVILLE – Recruiting is anything but an exact science. Experts are everywhere. Star ratings rise and fall. Player projections are widely varied.

One thing is certain: Only time will tell if coaches hit or miss on a recruit.

69. This week in Memphis history: December 26-January 1 -

2009: FedEx Corp. took the first step toward a major expansion of its Memphis hub, filing a $28 million building permit for a new two-story sort facility at the existing hub on the north side of Memphis International Airport. At the time, the hub employed 15,000 people and had five sorts of 1.5 million packages per day.

70. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

71. Music City Christmas -

In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.

72. Jones’ Wide Net Gathers Old Friends, Top Prospects -

Butch Jones was sitting in the office of Knoxville’s South-Doyle High School athletic director and football coach Clark Duncan during a visit to see recruit Jocquez Bruce last winter.

73. Central Defense Security Enhances Camp Program -

Central Defense Security has enhanced its yearly summer camp program for Memphis children.

The company, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, teamed up with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods for the third straight year to support the program, and the company sponsored more than 130 campers at 10 camps around the city.

74. Vols Resurrect Fond Memories of ‘Wide Receiver U’ -

None of the receivers on the University of Tennessee football team were born when the program was dubbed “Wide Receiver U” in the 1980s.

Guys like Tim McGee, Anthony Miller, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens paved the way for UT to become the premier destination for wide receivers seeking stardom into the 1990s.

75. Bigger, Better, Louder -

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

76. Central Defense Security Enhances Camp Program -

Central Defense Security has enhanced its yearly summer camp program for Memphis children.

The company, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, teamed up with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods for the third straight year to support the program, and the company sponsored more than 130 campers at 10 camps around the city.

77. ‘Sudden Change’ Means Little Job Security at University of Tennessee -

KNOXVILLE — Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday, Aug. 1.

Jones is all about open competition. Every practice. Every session. Every minute.

78. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

79. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

80. Archer-Malmo Hits Record-High Headcount -

In terms of its headcount, Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo is at a high-water mark.

The agency’s growth – in everything from its creative talent to its physical footprint and client roster – hasn’t slowed down this year. In the second quarter alone, for example, archer-malmo added seven new hires, bringing its employee roster to a record high of 160.

81. Highway Crisis Looms as Soon as August, US Warns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.

82. Chism Picnic Reflects Summer Campaign Tone -

From the stage at County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic Saturday, June 21, you could almost see the Aug. 7 election day.

83. Mo’s Bows Founder to Appear on ‘Shark Tank’ -

Memphis entrepreneur and Mo’s Bows founder Moziah Bridges will appear on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” this Friday, April 25, and it’s a pretty good bet he’ll be dressed to the nines as he displays his typical pluck and sense of style to a panel of investors that includes Mark Cuban.

84. Congress is Giving States the Transportation Blues -

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

85. U of M to Host Girls’ Basketball Camps -

University of Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin will hold summer basketball camps for girls in third through ninth grades.

The camps begin with a one-day Elite Camp on June 18 for high school girls entering ninth to 12th grade. The Elite Camp will be held at the Larry Finch Center and University of Memphis Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

86. University of Memphis Planning Girls' Basketball Camps -

University of Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin will hold summer basketball camps for girls in third through ninth grades.

The camps begin with a one-day Elite Camp on June 18 for high school girls entering ninth to 12th grade. The Elite Camp will be held at the Larry Finch Center and University of Memphis Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

87. Justin Fuente Football Camps Schedule Set -

University of Memphis head football coach Justin Fuente will hold several camps throughout Tennessee this summer, starting June 2 with a one-day camp at the University of Memphis’ South Campus and the Murphy Athletic Complex. Additional one-day camps will be held June 3, 4 and 8.

88. Stage Door Opens Arts Opportunities to All -

In recreational sports, you might hear that it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. It is not so different in community theater.

“The ultimate goal lies in the process of theater,” said Brandon Kelly, artistic director for Stage Door Productions, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts organization housed in the Kroc Center of Memphis.

89. Varsity Spirit Keeps Parades Stocked With Talent -

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks more than just the beginning of the holiday season – it also kicks off a wave of parades across the world, from New York to Philadelphia to Houston to Florida to London.

90. Key Democrat Pushes Tax Reform Amid Partisan Bickering -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democratic tax writer in the Congress is trying to jumpstart stalled efforts to rewrite the nation's tax laws. But he is running into the same kind of partisan roadblocks that plague most major initiatives in Washington.

91. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

92. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

93. Myers Attacks Life’s Curveballs in Book -

In the opening pages of his new book, “Hitting the Curveballs: How Crisis Can Strengthen and Grow Your Business,” Memphis entrepreneur Jay Myers is standing outside Yankee Stadium.

94. Grandparenting 101 -

Susan and I had a crash course in grandparent training a couple of weeks ago, keeping 6-month-old Anna Clary for a weekend. This was an independent-study course, and we gave ourselves passing marks. However, I’m always in search of materials to study for the next phase of grandparenthood.

95. Martin’s Program Keeps Girls Engaged in STEM Fields -

Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit providing girls ages 6-18 with after-school and summer programs, field trips and college tours.

96. Haunted History -

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS. Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes.

At the time of this story, it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation that included farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee High Security Facility, now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Folks around there just call the whole thing the farm. When you’re driving a van full of scouts to camp at Fort Pillow State Park, you make a left off 51 at Henning and drive right by all of it.

97. Johnny Football Frenzy Knows No Bounds -

HOOVER, Ala. – This being SEC Media Days and him being Johnny Football, the blitz was inevitable. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel moved from room to room while grown men and women toting microphones, cameras and tape recorders pursued him like so many bad actors fulfilling the clichéd media moment in a made-for-TV movie.

98. Events -

The Metal Museum will host a reception for “Metal Museum Apprentices: Then and Now” Friday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 8. Visit metalmuseum.org.

99. Central Defense Security Raises Money for City Camp Program -

Central Defense Security, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, raised more than $10,500 to support the Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods’ Summer Day Camp program, which is hosted at community centers around the city.

100. Should Kids Work? -

Ray’s Take Like it or not, eventually most kids are going to have to enter the workplace, so why not let them learn something about the “real world” while school is still their main focus? After all, learning to balance work and other pursuits is central to a successful life.