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1. Kyles Played Big Role in Civil Rights Movement -

The world knows him through his story of standing near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in 1968 just seconds before King was assassinated.

2. Last Word: The Friendly Church on the Parkway and Paxton Lynch's Mom -

He came to Memphis in the late 1950s from Chicago as the first pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, the “friendly church on the parkway” in a city that was anything but friendly to the causes of Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles.

3. Civil Rights Veteran Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles Dies At Age 81 -

Civil rights movement icon Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles died Tuesday, April 26, after a long illness at the age of 81.

4. Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans Solve Flag Fight With Coins -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans sidestepped the divisive fight over displays of the Confederate battle flag at the U.S. Capitol with plans to put up state coins instead.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., who heads the House Administration Committee, announced Thursday that reproductions of commemorative quarters depicting the 50 states, District of Columbia and the territories will line the wall between the Capitol and the Rayburn House Office Building.

5. Grizzlies Hope to Grind Out a Playoff Win at Home -

April 22, 2004. The Memphis Grizzlies’ first home playoff game in franchise history at The Pointed House now known as Bass Pro Shops.

Hubie Brown was the Grizzlies coach then, and the NBA’s Coach of the Year for overseeing a 50-win season. The Gasol on the team was Pau and Bonzi Wells was the more controlled forerunner to Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson.

6. Mid-South Mayors Don’t See Barriers In Regionalism -

It took the Mississippi River’s devastating flood in 2011 for Mid-South leaders to consider greater collaboration among the area’s 10 counties and three states.

Mid-South mayors came together to plot their way out of disaster, and that convening set the stage for a formal alliance, the Mid-South Mayors’ Council.

7. Toward a Better Definition Of ‘Innovation Process’ -

Innovation is one of those words that means something different to each person that hears it. When you describe the whole framework as an innovation process, the confusion compounds exponentially. The word process is more misleading than the word innovation

8. Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification -

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

9. UT Students Rally Diversity Supporters -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee students are rallying supporters of diversity on campus after a state Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to defund the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

10. Mississippi Will Defend Lawsuit Over Confederate-Themed Flag -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's attorney general says he will defend the Confederate-themed state flag against a lawsuit that seeks to remove the banner, even though he thinks the flag hurts the state and should change.

11. Bill Would Open Door for Utilities to Expand Broadband -

Legislation to expand broadband access across Tennessee is evolving – by necessity.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks’ bill HB1303 to allow public utilities to provide Internet service outside their footprint is alive, he says, but it is being “argued vehemently.”

12. First Tennessee Continues Strong Giving Efforts in 2015 -

2015 was another banner year for First Tennessee's volunteer efforts.

In addition to hundreds of employees volunteering thousands of service hours to area nonprofit organizations, the First Tennessee Foundation donated almost $6 million to nonprofits in the bank’s communities.

13. Mississippi Governor: April Named Confederate Heritage Month -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.

His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website (http://bit.ly/1VHPTv9) but not to the governor's site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have either removed the Confederate battle emblem from the 122-year-old state flag or stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner.

14. Numbers Show Memphis’ Commercial Real Estate Market Stable in 2015 -

Across all sectors, the Memphis market was stable in 2015.

That’s according to the latest data from Integra Realty Resources, a national appraisal and advisory firm. At its annual Viewpoint local market presentation Wednesday, Feb. 24, local Integra leaders spoke on the industrial sector’s banner year, multifamily’s expansion cycle, what’s next for an office market without any remaining Class A space, and growth in the retail sector.

15. First Tennessee Continued Strong Giving Efforts in 2015 -

2015 was another banner year for First Tennessee’s volunteer efforts.

In addition to hundreds of employees volunteering thousands of service hours to area nonprofit organizations, the First Tennessee Foundation donated almost $6 million to nonprofits in the bank’s communities.

16. The Week Ahead: Feb. 22, 2016 -

Good morning Memphis. The Monday holidays are gone for a while, we’re afraid, but you’ve got a whole week to finish that work instead of just four days. Here are a few items to look forward to this week, led by the annual announcement of performers who will descend on Memphis this May for the Beale Street Music Festival.

17. Landmark Community Bank Reports Strong 2015 Earnings -

Landmark Community Bank turned in a banner year in 2015.

The bank says it ended 2015 with record-setting earnings and assets under management. Landmark finished 2015 with $831.2 million in assets under management and nearly $665 million in deposits; total deposits increased by more than $117 million compared to Dec. 31, 2014.

18. New Numbers: Memphis Industrial Market Breaks Records -

The Memphis industrial sector had a banner year in 2015. According to year-end data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, last year’s absorption level came in at 8.4 million square feet, 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels and a record for the market.

19. Titans Coaching Staff Turns a Grayer Shade of Blue -

If experience is the best teacher, the Tennessee Titans’ young roster is headed to school – old school, that is.

Head coach Mike Mularky’s offensive and defensive coordinators – Terry Robiskie and Dick LeBeau – have a combined 80 years of coaching experience, Robiskie starting with the Oakland Raiders in 1977 and LeBeau with Philadelphia in 1973.

20. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds -

Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

21. Haslam: No Gas Tax Push, For Now -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, that there won’t be a state gas tax hike proposal in this year’s session of the Tennessee Legislature.

But Haslam, who previously said he wasn’t necessarily pushing for such a tax hike as a solution to funding road projects, said that is the most likely future option.

22. Mobile Is Everything -

Editor’s Note: This column is the ninth in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

23. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

24. 2016 Could Be Banner Year for Travel -

Every new year is filled with possibilities.

And in travel, a growing economy is just part of why travelers will seek new experiences.

TripAdvisor Insights surveyed more than 44,000 travelers and hoteliers about their travel plans for 2016.

25. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils -

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.

26. The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015 -

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

27. Feast On: Looking Back at Busy 2015 for Memphis Restaurants -

Belly Acres co-owner Ben McLean can hardly believe it’s been a year since his farm-to-table burger restaurant in Overton Square first opened its doors.

28. Food-Focused Nonprofits Join Under Memphis Tilth Banner -

Meet Memphis Tilth. Four of the city’s food and farming nonprofits, which cover areas ranging from soil health to food justice to produce distribution, are convening under a single banner.

The Memphis Tilth organization can offer a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to building a better local food system by combining the efforts of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, GrowMemphis, Urban Farms-Memphis and Bring It Food Hub.

29. Magna Bank Formally Takes Pinnacle Name -

Monday, Nov. 16, marked the first day of business for the institution formerly known as Magna Bank, which unveiled new signage Monday morning reflecting its ownership by Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners.

30. Retailers Prep for Black Friday, Onslaught of Holiday Sales -

Black Friday, taking place Nov. 27, is only a week away and local and national retailers are gearing up for the busiest day of the year.

The National Retail Federation predicts that 2015 will be a banner year for holiday shopping with sales in November and December expected to reach $630.5 billion, a 3.7 increase over 2014 and significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

31. Magna Bank Formally Takes Pinnacle Name -

Monday, Nov. 16, marked the first day of business for the institution formerly known as Magna Bank, which unveiled new signage Monday morning reflecting its ownership by Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners.

32. Roundup: Memphis Financial Firms Stay Busy -

Here’s a look at some of what’s kept Memphis’ financial community busy in recent weeks, from deals to new products and services to personnel changes.

• Lenders in Memphis and Shelby County had a decent October, according to the latest numbers from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Purchase loan activity was up 11 percent for the month on a volume basis.

33. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

34. Visa to Buy Visa Europe in Deal That Could Exceed $23B -

NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processing giant Visa announced plans Monday to buy its sister company, Visa Europe, in a deal that could be worth more than $23 billion and would consolidate all of Visa's operations worldwide.

35. Ole Miss Removes State Flag that Features Confederate Emblem -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi's interim chancellor watched on a rainy morning as three Ole Miss police officers lowered the Mississippi state flag — which shows the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left-hand corner — for the last time.

36. Memphis Health Care Staffing Company Tweaks Brand -

A female-owned, Memphis-based health care business is tweaking its brand to reflect the full scope of its footprint and convey its national ambitions.

Source One Healthcare Professionals Inc., the corporate umbrella for health care organizations in two states, is altering its OR Nurses brand in Memphis and rebranding two Texas acquisitions under its new OR Nurses Nationwide brand.

37. Fuente: AAC Shouldn’t be Shy About Accomplishments -

Virginia Tech, Penn State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.) and Kansas all know the feeling. They are Power Five schools that this season have lost to American Athletic Conference teams. But even beyond the victories, the AAC’s teams draw attention for close losses. East Carolina, which defeated Virginia Tech, only lost by a touchdown to Florida.

38. Editorial: Memphis’ Next Goal: Doctor Town, USA -

Memphis can at times be a study in great contrasts – shades of light and darkness.

Nowhere is that contrast as stark as it is when it comes to medicine and health.

The cutting-edge technology and research present in Memphis’ medical and health care community stand out against the backdrop of an abundant need for basic health services that are beyond the reach of so many who live here.

39. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 27 Percent in August -

Lenders don’t just look forward to the summer months for the arrival of warmer weather.

At institutions like Evolve Bank & Trust, the local office of which president and CEO Scott Stafford said currently has the largest mortgage pipeline in its history, mortgage lending is heating up, too.

40. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? John Calipari! -

[UPDATE: University of Memphis president David Rudd issued a statement on Twitter late Thursday afternoon stating the university "will not be recognizing Coach Calipari." Read his statement here.]

41. SportSouth Gets New Name, Keeps Grizz, Cardinals -

The Memphis Grizzlies and St. Louis Cardinals aren’t going anywhere. Local viewers will still find their TV games on the same channel numbers, but FOX Sports Southeast is supplanting SportSouth.

42. SportSouth Gets New Name, Keeps Grizz, Cardinals Games -

The Memphis Grizzlies and St. Louis Cardinals aren’t going anywhere. Local viewers will still find their TV games on the same channel numbers, but FOX Sports Southeast is supplanting SportSouth.

43. South Junction Expansion Plans Go Public -

A second phase of the South Junction apartments goes before the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The set of seven three-story apartment building was added to the agenda of the review board Monday afternoon.

44. Earnings Season Roundup -

International Paper Reports Q2 Earnings Growth: International Paper reports its second-quarter net earnings grew while net sales for the quarter decreased slightly.

The Memphis-based company, which released its quarterly financial results Wednesday, July 29, said second-quarter earnings totaled $227 million, or 54 cents per share. That’s up from $161 million, or 37 cents per share, in second quarter 2014, but down from $313 million, or 74 cents per share, in first quarter 2015.

45. Ethnography Alone Cannot Generate Transformative Insights -

Consumer anthropology offers such refreshing insights into the marketplace, re-humanizing the relationship between people, things and stores in very profound and moving ways. This movement also has helped stores get their noses out of spreadsheet and theories and keep their eye on the customer experience.

46. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

47. MAA Reports Surging Profits -

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. reported a banner second quarter highlighted by surging profits.

48. Sankey Launches SEC Media Days With Steady Hand -

HOOVER, Ala. – Not only is it a new season for each of the Southeastern Conference’s 14 football teams, but it’s also a new day in the commissioner’s office.

Mike Slive retired after 13 years at the helm, as SEC football became dominant enough to claim seven straight national tiles from 2006-2013. Thus, Slive’s annual address at SEC Football Media Days would include what he called his “Brag Bag.”

49. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

50. Traci Peel Looks Back on Moment in Spotlight -

During the course of research for this package, I spent a couple of hours with Traci Peel, talking about her well-publicized, tabloid-grabbing romance with Mayor Bill Boner as well as where she is today and her views on other issues about Nashville.

51. Boner, Peel and a Reporter’s Call Spark a City’s Embarrassment -

Nashville’s mayor broke into a broad smile and funny walk, pointing across the main dining room at the old TGI Friday’s on Elliston Place to a young reporter seated at a long table with eight colleagues and friends.

52. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

53. House Scraps Vote on Confederate Flag in Federal Cemeteries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries – including four in Tennessee – on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.

54. Buying a House? Here’s 12 Things You Must Do -

Anyone buying any home anywhere should have a checklist of things to do. In this area, there are several.

• Get a home inspection. Old or new, things may not be what they seem. As attorney Jean Harrison says of new homes, “Passing codes means they got at least a D-.” A home that has been pre-inspected could have serious flaws undiscovered by the seller’s inspector.

55. Editorial: Racism vs. Reality In Charleston’s Aftermath -

Rarely does something as horrific as the massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church align so closely with issues of our national identity and long-held attempts to deny that identity.

56. Sales Volume Raises Risk of Closing Snafus -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ May sales data show sales continuing to rise.

There were 3,558 closings, up 15.6 percent from last May. In comparison, there were 1,783 closings in May 2009. So closings have almost doubled since the Recession. And, as everyone knows, inventory has dropped dramatically.

57. Canoes, Kayaks Line Up for Outdoors Inc.'s Memphis Race -

Mike Herbert, a Pan American Games gold medalist in kayak racing, will be the first to say that you just don’t know who you might meet on the water. All kinds of people step into a canoe or a kayak and get hooked.

58. Stones’ Nashville Connections Go Way Back -

While Brad Paisley lives what he calls “a bucket list item” by singing while playing his guitar in typically showy fashion as the opening act for The Rolling Stones, the most important guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll history and a man idolized by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will be sitting in his house on Blueberry Hill in the hills of northern Davidson County.

59. One-Day TEDx Event Coming to Memphis -

Memphis is getting a local version of the global TED conference that’s known for talks given by engaging, often celebrity speakers.

The global TED banner – TED being an acronym for technology, entertainment, design – has an offshoot called TEDx that was created so independent organizers can set up their own “TED-like” events in communities around the world and deliver comparable experiences. That TEDx event is coming to Memphis Aug. 29 at the University of Memphis Rose Theater, 3795 Central Ave.

60. Harold Ford Sr. Returns to Memphis Funeral Business With New Concept -

In his years as a political force in Memphis, Harold Ford Sr. was known for his attention to detail.

The former Congressman would brush past campaign workers and climb a ladder to level a campaign banner or change the layout of “the Ford ballot,” sought by everyone from presidential candidates to court clerks.

61. Total Concept Launching Fully Online Enterprise -

If you’ve learned about an in-store sale while shopping for groceries, this Memphis-based printing company could have been the one to help you save those extra pennies.

For nearly 20 years, Total Concept has worked as a full-service printing company for large manufacturers and retail chains in the Memphis area. This year, it will launch a fully online enterprise, Eco Signs and Banners Memphis, within the parent company.

62. Grizzlies Find Themselves – At Least for 48 Glorious Minutes -

That happy butt-slap Zach Randolph gave himself galloping down the court in the midst of the most jubilant night at The Grindhouse in months?

He did not steal that from Marc Gasol.

“He got that from me,” Randolph said, his laugher filling the Grizzlies’ locker room after a 110-74 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans restored faith for the masses and perhaps to the players themselves.

63. In-State Emphasis Paying Off for Vols Swim Program -

You don’t need to search the Allan Jones Aquatic Center for a reminder of Tennessee’s glory years in men’s swimming under legendary coach Ray Bussard.

Hanging from the rafters are 10 SEC championship banners and the 1978 NCAA championship banner. Bussard coached eight SEC championship teams – the first in 1969 and seven consecutive from 1972-78 – and the NCAA title team.

64. Eat Your Heart Out: Cheesecake is Coming -

It’s official. The Cheesecake Factory will open one of its signature restaurants at the Wolfchase Galleria.

Wolfchase owner Simon Property Group has applied for a $4.2 million building permit to erect a Cheesecake Factory inside the Cordova Mall at 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. The application said it was for “tenant improvement” and lists the tenant as The Cheesecake Factory. The architect is listed as Craig D. Oka and the engineer is listed as James Lascola.

65. Eat Your Heart Out, Memphis -

It’s official. The Cheesecake Factory will open one of its signature restaurants at the Wolfchase Galleria.

Wolfchase owner Simon Property Group has applied for a $4.2 million building permit to erect a Cheesecake Factory inside the Cordova Mall at 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. The application said it was for “tenant improvement” and lists the tenant as The Cheesecake Factory. The architect is listed as Craig D. Oka and the engineer is listed as James Lascola.

66. Leaving a Life They Love at Nashville Farmers’ Market -

Charles Hardy needs help loading a huge piece of his life: a massive white refrigerator that was part of the Nashville Farmers’ Market home he’s leaving – likely for good – after almost a half-century.

67. ‘Magnificent’ Vineyard in Perrin’s Blood -

The grapevines are still brown and bare as they wait for spring, but the work at Richland Vineyards doesn’t stop for winter.

Connie Perrin has been working these grapes with her late husband, Troy, for more than 20 years. The vineyards now belong to his children, who purchased the farm from the estate, but Connie remains involved and shares her years of grape growing to help them as they learn the business.

68. Eakin: Rising Rents Hitting All of Middle Tennessee -

Selling business people on the idea of relocating to Nashville is easy for commercial real estate broker Barry R. Smith because he, too, bought into the city’s charm when he first came to town in 1981.

69. Farm & Gin -

Jacob Waters isn’t old enough to drive a car yet. But, by his own account, he has driven a tractor a few times.

70. New Brewery Venture Eyeing Crosstown -

When they launched a Facebook page at the end of January, the first post for which was simply the logo for the craft beer brewery they’re planning, Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese didn’t expect the flood of interest their concept would generate.

71. State Library Makes Journal on Desegregation Available -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is making available online a new collection that traces the history of school desegregation.

Southern School News was the official publication of the Southern Education Reporting Service. According to the journal, that service was "an objective, fact-finding agency established by southern newspaper editors and educators with the aim of providing accurate, unbiased information" about desegregation after the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision.

72. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 with Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

73. Wolfchase Appears to Be Preparing for Cheesecake Factory -

The owner of the Wolfchase Galleria appears to be preparing for the arrival of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Simon Property Group has applied for a $480,000 building permit to relocate Milano’s Men’s Wear inside the mall. Milano’s is currently located near the main entrance to Wolfchase on the Germantown Parkway side of the Cordova mall, the same location where multiple sources have indicated the Cheesecake Factory will open its first Memphis-area restaurant.

74. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 With Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

75. Cheesecake Factory Scouting First Memphis Location -

The Cheesecake Factory, a wildly popular restaurant chain known for its expansive menu and generous portions, is eyeing the Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova for its first Memphis-area location, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.

76. Memphis Brand Enjoys Banner 2014 -

That thing that might best be described as the Memphis brand has enjoyed something of a banner year in 2014.

Businesses and entrepreneurs like Paper & Clay, Muddy’s Bake Shop and chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix found themselves in the spotlight at various times in the past 12 months thanks to national media attention. The National Association of Food Journalists held its annual conference in Memphis. The city won plaudits for its bike lanes and its affordability.

77. Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.

Drones – flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers – have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has grown as the industry and government are working together to address safety concerns.

78. Short stay? Travel Site Also Lauds Knoxville Area -

People with an eye for inexpensive yet great vacation or short getaway destinations are likely to land in Knoxville.

Knoxville ranks ninth in the nation on hotel search trivago.com for Best Value City with a ranking of 91.59, coming in between Springfield, Mo., and Little Rock, Ark.

79. Paragon Turns In Positive Third Quarter -

Partly driven by an uptick in loans, Memphis-based Paragon Bank turned in another positive showing during the third quarter, with year-to-date pre-tax earnings 35 percent higher than in the first three quarters of 2013, the bank said.

80. Mobile Advertising Trends -

2014 marked the first year that mobile Internet usage surpassed desktop, which is no doubt why a recent Forrester Research study predicts sales from consumers shopping on mobile phones will increase to $38 billion this year.

81. It’s Art -

“But is it __?” This clue is used in dozens of crossword puzzles. The answer is ART. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, tucked away in the Northwest Arkansas hills, the question’s answer is “You’d better believe it!” My heart sings to know that Crystal Bridges, open now since Nov. 11, 2011, is a major world player in its field.

82. Law Says ‘Promptly’ Address Public Records Requests -

A news reporter in Nashville called me recently when a public information officer with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency refused to release a document that had been voted upon a few days earlier by a subcommittee of the public agency’s board of directors.

83. Pyramid’s Past Life Almost Vanished -

On the north side of The Pyramid, you can still see signs of what once was, in a way that makes 20 years seem like centuries ago.

The logo for the city’s old Wonders series of exhibitions is the most noticeable indicator of the past life of a structure long ago stripped of the seating bowl that made it an arena.

84. First Tennessee Grows Beyond Home State -

This year may mark its 150th anniversary, but 2014 has proven to be a significant period for First Tennessee Bank for reasons beyond the celebration of a milestone birthday.

85. Top Advertising Week Trends -

Advertising geeks from across the nation unite annually at “Advertising Week” to hear industry experts share opinions on the current state of advertising and predictions for the future.

86. Collins Forms Mayoral Exploratory Committee -

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins has formed an exploratory committee as he considers a run for Memphis mayor in 2015.

87. Ball Targets Carr's Tea Party Supporters -

Gordon Ball, the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, is basing his uphill challenge of Alexander on his specific definition of being a moderate Democrat and where that intersects with tea party followers.

88. Legacy Building -

2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for Legacy Wealth Management, an independent financial planning and portfolio management firm that’s moved into a prominent new space, continued staffing up over the last several months and is preparing to launch a seminar series.

89. Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair -

“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley

90. 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.”

91. Cohen Goes to Court Over Williams Ballot -

The Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District continued to be about endorsements with days left until election day polls open in the contest between incumbent Steve Cohen and challenger Ricky E. Wilkins.

92. ‘Drive for Progress’ -

There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.

93. For the Red, White & Blue -

Let’s start this column with holiday quiz:

1. Who immortalized Paul Revere’s “midnight ride” and how?
2. Which body of water did Washington and his men cross on Christmas 1776?
3. According to legend, who sewed the first American flag?
4. Who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”?
5. Which European countries fought for the colonies and which did not?
6. What was thrown into Boston Harbor in 1773 and why?
7. Who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence?
8. Which state whose name starts with V was not one of the original 13 colonies?
9. How did John Adams explain to Abigail the colonies’ defeat at Long Island?
10. What was the approximate population of the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776?

94. Brown’s Campaign Has Included Many Turns -

Democratic Party leaders bet a lot politically at the outset of the 2014 election season on retired Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown as more than just the party’s nominee for district attorney general.

95. Ni Hao, Y'all: US Hinterlands Woo Chinese Firms -

PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) – Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.

They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.

96. 5 Steps to Grow Your Email List -

One of the most cost-effective strategies for driving Web traffic and generating online leads is email marketing. Unfortunately, most small and mid-sized companies have an email database filled mostly of current clients, business partners and other friends of the firm. To put a fire under your email marketing and dramatically boost results, follow these five steps for growing your email database.

97. Wilkins Targets Cohen as ‘Career Politician’ -

Ricky Wilkins told a packed campaign headquarters in Poplar Plaza on a busy campaign weekend that U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is waging a dirty campaign while complaining that Wilkins is doing the same.

98. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

99. Under the Banner -

If you’ve made your way to the Cooper-Young Historic District lately, you might have noticed the new banners hanging from street poles throughout the neighborhood.

The 26 banners, which line Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division poles down Central Avenue, Cooper Street and Young Avenue, feature images of some of the neighborhood’s biggest assets: the business owners and customers who have helped turn Cooper-Young into such an urban success story.

100. Court Hears Arguments on Mississippi Abortion Law -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Mississippi law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals would effectively shut down the state's only abortion clinic and pose an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions, an attorney told a federal appeals court Monday.