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1. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers will host a screening of “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall Road. The film examines the lives of minimalists from all walks of life who are striving to live a meaningful life with less. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at napomemphis.com; all proceeds benefit the Le Bonheur Club.

2. Rhodes Grows Partnership With NCRM With $600K Grant -

The National Civil Rights Museum will be the center of many observances on Monday, Jan. 16, the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

3. State Targets Refugee Program; Lollar to Lead Delegation -

The state Legislature is likely to file a complaint before the end of January challenging the legality of the Refugee Resettlement Program in Tennessee, according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.

4. Last Word: Rallings at Rotary, The Weight of Cotton and Ugwueke's Path -

It’s becoming pretty obvious that this is going to be a big year for the issue of crime and violence in our city. It’s also becoming the year that Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has found his voice in a job that may be the ultimate glass house for politicians.

5. Lawsuit: Tennessee Driver's License Law Punishes Poor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Justice reform groups are challenging a Tennessee law they say unfairly punishes the poor by revoking driver's licenses due to unpaid court fines.

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice and other groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Nashville federal court against Gov. Bill Haslam, Attorney General Herbert Slatery and other state officials, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2hYEYPd).

6. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village -

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

7. Ode to Joy: Football Becomes Fun Again for Titans -

Optimism, joy and even satisfaction – emotions largely missing for several seasons – were evident as the Tennessee Titans closed out the 2016 season and emptied their lockers at St. Thomas Sports Park.

8. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Wednesday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.

9. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park will offer ice skating lessons Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Taught by the Figure Skating Club of Memphis, the 30-minute lessons are included with the $10 ice rink admission, which also includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours, events and activities.

10. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park will offer ice skating lessons Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Taught by the Figure Skating Club of Memphis, the 30-minute lessons are included with the $10 ice rink admission, which also includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

11. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

12. Titaned Up: Success Found In Big Moves, Smallest Details -

Most critics of last year’s Tennessee Titans saw unsettled ownership, a revolving door of coaches and a lack of talent at key positions.

Jon Robinson saw weeds.

13. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

3670 S. Perkins Road

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: December 2016

Buyer: Farnsworth Investment Co.

14. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

15. Local Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

16. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

17. Americans' Odds of Earning More Than Parents Have Plunged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The likelihood that young adults will earn more than their parents has plummeted in recent decades, a study has found, fueling concerns that the American dream of steady upward mobility is foundering amid a widening wealth gap.

18. December 2-8, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2014: Black Lives Matter “die-in” march and protest on Beale Street draws a group of 50 protesters by the district’s Christmas tree at Beale and Rufus Thomas Boulevard.

1986: The Daily News marks its 100th anniversary with a party at The Peabody hotel that features columnist Louis Rukeyser. It is also the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and Rukeyser decries some of the commercialism and corporate sponsorship surrounding the renovation of the monument.

19. Refugee Lawsuit Proceeds in Spite of Obstacles -

Tennessee is going “full speed ahead” in a challenge of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program despite threats by President-elect Donald Trump to dismantle it or, at the least, stop the flow of refugees from terrorist-linked countries.

20. Revision Revisited -

A hundred and ninety-eight years ago – in December 1818 – Thomas Jefferson wrote Robert Walsh Jr. a letter. In it he included an anecdote that speaks to the relative value of revising a document. Who, you ask, is Robert Walsh? And why did the former president correspond with him on such a matter?

21. CBU Campus Expanding in Several Ways -

Christian Brothers University’s campus overhaul includes a new college of education that aims to make the university a major player in the training and development of teachers.

The impact goes beyond the bricks-and-mortar changes coming to the campus starting in 2020 in the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign.

22. Christian Brothers University Rolls Out Second Phase of $70 Million Master Plan -

After raising $42 million of a $70 million capital campaign goal sooner than expected, leaders of Christian Brothers University are embarking on a more aggressive, $28 million second phase that will change the geography of the Fairgrounds-area campus.

23. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

24. Expanding Care -

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

25. FedEx Express’ Brown Named To Savoy’s ‘Power 300’ List -

Shannon A. Brown, senior vice president and chief human resource/diversity officer at FedEx Express, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list. Brown, who was honored as a member of the BancorpSouth Inc. board of directors, also holds board memberships with several universities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-South and beyond.

26. Obaji Named New CEO Of McDonald Murrmann Clinic -

Rola Obaji has been named CEO of McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic. Obaji, who has more than 20 years’ experience managing medical groups, comes to McDonald Murrman from Integrity Oncology, where she had served as CEO since 2009.

27. Vols Get Midterm B Despite Back-to-Back Losses -

Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.

28. BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind -

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.

Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

29. Frustration Runs Deep for Customers Forced to Change Marketplace Plans -

Andrea Schankman’s three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive a notice from Coventry last month informing her that her policy was not being offered in 2017.

30. Browns at Titans: What to Watch For -

Keep on running. The Titans showed against Miami how their “exotic smashmouth” system is supposed to work. The offensive line did a great job opening holes for DeMarco Murray, who has run for 114, 95 and 121 yards in the past three games. The Titans are second in the league in rushing offense, while the Browns are 20th in rushing yards allowed.

31. ABB Aims to Grow to 500 Jobs in Senatobia Within 5 Years -

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) – Swiss firm ABB said Friday that it hopes to increase employment at its Tate County plant from 89 workers now to as many as 500 in five years. That's 200 more employees than the company had previously announced.

32. Ellis Haguewood Enjoying His Final Year as MUS Headmaster -

For Ellis Haguewood, headmaster at Memphis University School (MUS) for the past 22 years, the relationships he has forged with students and colleagues during his 48 years at the school are the things he holds most dear. Haguewood will retire at the end of the school year, marking the end of an era in which MUS has prospered both inside and out of the classroom.

33. Open and Shut -

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

34. What’s Worse Than Dating A Gator? Another Loss -

If you’re a Tennessee fan hurting from the 11-game losing streak against Florida, put yourself in Corey Vereen’s shoes.

UT’s senior defensive end is from Winter Garden, Florida, and he’s 0-for-3 against his buddies back home. That’s not the worst part for Vereen.

35. How Could Your Brand Capitalize on Live-Streaming? -

Since Facebook Live launched in April of this year, live-streaming events have become very popular. While competitor Periscope has been around since early 2015, Facebook has integrated live-streaming directly into the timelines of 1.71 billion users, making these live videos more visible than ever.

36. Hospitable Market -

The Memphis area hotel market continues on its solid run of the past few years, led by the Downtown submarket with strong occupancy and room rates. The pipeline for new Downtown hotel projects is loaded, with as many as 15 projects in various stages of development and hotel construction picking up in other parts of the county.

37. High-Scoring Ohio Good Warmup for Florida Game -

Tennessee football returns to normalcy this week, if you call a noon EDT kickoff normal.

The Vols survived a Thursday night scare in the season opener against Appalachian State in Neyland Stadium. Then they roared from behind last Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway and beat Virginia Tech 45-24 in the Pilot Flying J. Battle at Bristol before a college football record crowd of 156,990.

38. St. Jude Graduate School Seeks Applicants -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is another step closer to launching its new on-campus biomedical sciences graduate school, with the window for applications from potential students now open.

39. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

40. Red-Hot Jobs -

With unemployment low and falling and competition stiff and rising, accounting firm DHG Memphis is putting the full-court press on recruiting and hiring.

The full-service firm, which has been in Memphis for 60 years, is growing at a double-digit clip and has increased its staff to 110 people.

41. MATA Route Proposals Straighter, Include Airport, Shelby Farms Shuttles -

A set of 49 proposed route and service changes to the city’s bus system are focused primarily on bus schedules in southwest Memphis and the Memphis International Airport area.

There are also eight new proposed routes and shuttle services.

42. Bursting the Bubble -

Graceland is in Memphis. But the two have tended to coexist, rather than being part of each other, since Elvis Presley’s home opened as a commercial enterprise in 1982.

That is starting to change as a $137 million expansion of Graceland – a $92 million hotel resort opening in October and a $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex west of the mansion to open in the spring of 2017 – begins to overlap with a renewed emphasis on Whitehaven as the home of many of the city’s middle class.

43. Memphians Invited to Tour Victorian Village Homes This Weekend -

Scott Blake lives in the kind of Memphis neighborhood where he can go three, sometimes four days without ever starting his car. Everything he needs, everywhere he has to go, is that close by.

44. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

45. Can Alan Zucker Do for Titans’ Marcus Mariota What He’s Done for Mannings & Taylor Swift? -

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

But a recent Sunday morning was a different kind of show time. Mariota spent four hours on the opposite side of the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium on a commercial shoot. A camera crew captured footage of him jogging in downtown Nashville and posing in front of various landmarks.

46. Collierville, Millington Mayoral Races Top Suburban Ballots in November -

The mayors of Collierville and Millington are running for re-election on the November ballot and as the noon Thursday, Aug. 18, filing deadline approaches for the Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal ballots the two mayors have challengers.

47. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson -

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.

48. Last Word: The Elvis Bubble, Global Entry At MEM and ARC at the Rec Room -

Elvis Week is with us. If you are on Elvis Presley Boulevard every day you know that the Elvis Week landscape is very different this year with the Guest House at Graceland hotel going up and well underway at this point – 90 percent complete toward a late October opening we were told during a media tour on Wednesday.

49. Bank Building Set To Become Boutique Hotel -

158 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 13, 2016

Buyer: Wessman Holdings

50. Alzheimer’s Inquiries Abound Following Pat Summitt’s Death -

June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. But this year, it would be more accurate to call it Pat Summitt Month.

The legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach died at age 64 on June 28 after a five-year fight with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She was just 59 years old at the time of her diagnosis and still coaching. The disease did not spare her because she led the Lady Vols to eight NCAA championships.

51. Items Owned By Gangster 'Whitey' Bulger To Be Auctioned -

BOSTON (AP) – Some things seem to capture the public perception of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's life: a sterling silver "psycho killer" skull ring, a rat-shaped pencil holder, a stack of books about the Mafia.

52. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

53. Last Word: ServiceMaster Details, Loflin Yard Changes and Bridge Lighting -

The ServiceMaster local incentives for the new Peabody Place headquarters have cleared the first hurdle.

That was the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation’s Tuesday meeting. It’s on to the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday and then EDGE.

54. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

55. May 27-June 2: This week in Memphis history -

1990: On the front page of The Daily News, the large cavitation channel being built on Presidents Island is nearing completion. Its formal name is the David Taylor Research Center. The chamber, 240 feet long by 65 feet high, is to hold 1.5 million gallons of water to test water flow effects, or cavitation characteristics, for ships and submarines.

56. Insulting In Style -

INTELLIGENT INSULTS. CLEVER COMEBACKS. As we brace for this summer’s political conventions and a general election that promises to raise the lowest levels of public discourse to new heights, I thought I’d share some of my favorite exchanges collected over the years to remind us that we can do this sort of thing with style.

57. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

58. Haslam Allows Tennessee Refugees Lawsuit to Move Forward -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has decided not to veto a resolution demanding a lawsuit be filed over the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee.

The governor announced Friday that despite his concerns about the measure, he was allowing it to go forward without his signature.

59. Memphis Grizzlies Back in Las Vegas Summer League -

The NBA announced that the Memphis Grizzlies will be one of 24 teams participating in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas. The event will run from July 8-18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

60. St. Jude Pulls $84.5M Permit for Expansion -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has applied for an $84.5 million permit for construction on its Downtown campus, part of a $9 billion strategic plan announced late last year.

Addition and alterations will take place at 262 N. Danny Thomas Blvd., according to the application, which lists W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. as the contractor.

61. Ifs, Etc. -

A wordier version of this column ran in 2008. That would have been shortly after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a certain editorial. In which it asserted that to say there are “no ifs, ands or buts” is wrong. The correct phrase, it averred, is “no ifs, ans or buts.”

62. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

63. Suck-Egg Dogs Revisited -

Several years ago – and I do mean several – my good friend Fred Harrison tipped me off to a pair of cases from the Mississippi Supreme Court. They were prominently featured in “Perry’s Dead! (And the ‘Juice’ is Loose),” 1995. Because of their lasting merit, I present them again in today’s column.

64. SCS Board Eyes Three Charter School Closings -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, April 26, to close three Memphis charter schools performing in the bottom 5 percent of all schools statewide in terms of student achievement.

And the board set in motion a series of public hearing on closing two conventional high schools – Northside and Carver – as well as the Messick Adult Center.

65. U of M to Award Teaching, Research -

The University of Memphis Faculty Convocation luncheon will be held Friday, April 29, at noon in the University Center Fountain View Suite. The 2016 awards and honorees are:

• Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award – Dr. Roy Van Arsdale, Department of Earth Sciences. The Eminent Faculty Award is presented by the Board of Visitors to an individual who has made exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly achievement, teaching and service, bringing honor and recognition to the university. This is the highest distinction given to a faculty member by the university.

66. Tennessee Passes Resolution to Sue Feds Over Refugees -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution that would direct Tennessee to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program passed Tuesday in the state Legislature.

The measure was approved in the Senate after lawmakers agreed to a change that would allow a private law firm to file a lawsuit on behalf of Tennessee if the state attorney general refuses to sue. It stipulates that the use of the private firm could not cost taxpayers.

67. Events -

Creative Aging will host its 2016 Senior Fun Day on Thursday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. Enjoy refreshments, manicures and a variety of games. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. Visit creativeagingmidsouth.org.

68. The Opportunity of a Learning Lifetime -

The opportunity of a tuition-free community college education for every Tennessee high school graduate who wants it is one of our state’s boldest initiatives. That’s what the Tennessee Promise program represents.

69. Shadyac Takes Over Soulsville Project With ‘Different Type of Model’ -

Tom Shadyac wants to pump $10 million into the heart of Soulsville. That’s the initial ask for his community center concept, One Family Memphis.

In September, the Hollywood filmmaker-turned-University of Memphis professor purchased for $1.9 million the bankrupt New Towne Center, a 77,000-square-foot community anchor that a local community development corporation tried to develop during the economic downturn.

70. Donahoe Named VP at Avison Young -

Michael Donahoe has joined commercial real estate firm Avison Young as vice president of its Memphis branch. Donahoe’s main focus will be overseeing all of the firm’s landlord leasing projects in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Toronto-based Avison Young opened the Memphis office in December, marking its third location in Tennessee and its 50th nationally. 

71. Medical District Stakeholders: Neighborhood Full of Potential -

Some 2,500 new employees start jobs each year at employers in the Memphis Medical District, and about 1,300 new students each year start hitting the books at educational institutions there, too.

That’s according to Medical District Collaborative president Tommy Pacello, who says the 2.5-square-mile area between Midtown and Downtown that’s home to eight anchor institutions is full of untapped potential. So much so that his organization, which launched earlier this year, is leading a revitalization of the district that leans heavily on anchors like Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to help in a buy local, live local and hire local push for the neighborhood.

72. Spence Wilson To Keynote Dunavant Awards May 11 -

Spence Wilson, chairman of the board of Kemmons Wilson Companies, is the keynote speaker for the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards to be held May 11 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

73. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

74. Fertile Ground -

Residents of the Memphis Medical District have begun filing in to the Premier Palace ballroom on Madison Avenue, along with area stakeholders, planners and other attendees who have business interests in the area.

75. Don’t Chew With Your Mouth Full -

I am always looking for useful proverbs, adages, mottos, and the like. Especially stuff that can be easily memorized. Like “Don’t chew with your mouth full.” And “I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.”

76. Fred’s Set for Rebound in 2016 -

Twenty-four years ago this month, Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. went public.Today, for a variety of reasons that include Fred’s ongoing shot at a turnaround, the company finds itself in a period of unprecedented change.

77. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

78. Memphis Chamber to Host ‘State of Small Business’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber and its Small Business Council are hosting a State of Small Business event next week at the Crescent Club.

The goal of the March 1 event, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., will be to share expert advice on the resources small-business owners can access to succeed, and also to hear from seasoned small-business owners about their experiences.

79. Last Word: Carson Cancels, Haslam Endorses, Bank Numbers and Kobe's Exit -

Presidential campaigns and the security concerns that come with them aren’t something that comes up a lot in terms of press coverage in this election cycle.
But it has come up leading into what will be a busy weekend locally and in the region among the presidential contenders.
Republican candidate Ben Carson was scheduled to attend both Sunday services at Highpoint Church in East Memphis.
Leaders of the church emphasized it was a non-political event in which Carson would talk about his personal story and his faith but would not make a political pitch.
This is not unprecedented.
In 2008, Republican contender Mike Huckabee attended an ordination ceremony for two ministers at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova – an event that was billed also as a nonpolitical event.
And so the reporters who came to cover the candidate who would win the Tennessee Republican primary days later watched not from the sanctuary but from the room where Bellevue’s video and audio feeds are coordinated. Huckabee talked politics with reporters after the service as he made a run for some barbecue to-go from Corky’s on his way to another city on the campaign trail.

80. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present the regional premiere of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Thursday, Feb. 24, through March 12 at 7653 Poplar Pike. The “Under the Sea Party With Ariel and Friends,” featuring a character lunch, crafts and a framed picture with Ariel, will be March 5 and 12 at noon. Visit ppp.org for details and tickets.

81. Creating A Culture Of Urgency -

President Lincoln once said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” What amazing insight from someone living in an era we would consider as slow-paced compared to the frenetic pace of change in society today.

82. Memphis Chamber to Host ‘State of Small Business’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber and its Small Business Council are hosting a State of Small Business event next week at the Crescent Club.

The goal of the March 1 event, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., will be to share expert advice on the resources small-business owners can access to succeed, and also to hear from seasoned small-business owners about their experiences.

83. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will screen “Dorothea Lange” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. The screening is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which runs through April. Admission is $10. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

84. US Fight Over Gunman's Locked iPhone Could Have Big Impact -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. magistrate's order for Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone used by the gunman in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, sets up an extraordinary legal fight with implications for ordinary consumers and digital privacy.

85. Philanthropy is Alive and Well In The African-American Community -

Here’s a stereotype to bust: Philanthropy is about large gifts from the rich and the powerful who give to organizations and institutions that serve those in need. Here’s an expanded definition: Philanthropy includes everyday African-Americans who give freely of their treasure.

86. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

87. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

88. Letting Go Of Fear -

As we enter into a new year, there’s quite a bit of talk about setting new goals. They may be related to career, family, fitness or other personal pursuits. As these goals began to be shared, it’s interesting to think about which will be achieved and which will eventually be shelved.

89. St. Jude, Methodist, Le Bonheur Prep For a Year of Expansion -

Flush with updated master plans, plentiful resources and abundant cash to spend, the arrival of 2016 finds at least three Memphis hospitals with ambitious New Year’s resolutions.

A flurry of announcements over the past month has set the stage for a veritable building and investment boom Downtown and in the medical district between Methodist University Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The activity will play out starting this year and beyond, resulting in everything from expanded campus footprints to the deployment of new cutting-edge equipment.

90. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Monday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to the garden. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

91. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Monday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to the garden. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

92. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Monday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to the garden. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

93. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy outdoor entertainment, specials at Overton Square restaurants and businesses, and more leading up to a midnight surprise. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details.

94. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Overton Square businesses. Check out the inside scene at Lafayette’s Music Room (details below), and enjoy outside entertainment, beer vendors and more leading up to a special surprise at midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details and specials.

95. Deadly Shooting in Chattanooga Voted Top Story of 2015 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga has been voted the top Tennessee news story of 2015.

Muhammad Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire on a recruiting center and a reserve facility on July 16. The FBI recently described the attack as an act "inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist propaganda."

96. City Leaders to Take Oath On New Year’s Day -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland takes the oath of office Jan. 1.

Strickland will be joined in the oath by 13 Memphis City Council members and new City Court clerk Kay Robilio.

97. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

98. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

99. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

100. This Week in Memphis History: December 25-31 -

2010: One Commerce Square officially changes hands to local ownership in the biggest Downtown office deal in a decade. The owners buy the tower from U.S. Bank for $7.6 million and pour another $20 million into renovations. The sale comes less than two weeks after Pinnacle Airlines signs a 13-year lease for up to 13 of the tower’s 29 floors.