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1. Memphis AMA Adopts New Brand Identity -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association has a new brand identity.

The new look – launched by the national association – was developed by Chicago-based branding agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul to better reflect the AMA’s role in the global marketing community and the organization’s vision for the future.

2. Graves Named Director Of Downtown YMCA -

Angelic Graves has joined YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South as executive director of the Louis T. Fogelman Downtown YMCA. Graves, a Chicago native, comes to Memphis from the YMCA of Metro Chicago, where she most recently served as executive director of the South Side YMCA.

3. Pro Athletes Have Platform to Discuss Race -

After touring the National Civil Rights Museum Saturday, Jan. 14, before a forum on race and sports, journalist and commentator Marc Spears had an immediate thought as the panel discussed whether racism is becoming institutionalized in America.

4. Grizzlies' Defense Betrays Them in Loss to Bulls -

In the first quarter, the Grizzlies allowed 14 points. In the second quarter, they allowed 38. And down the stretch, when their defense had to make stops, the Grizzlies weren’t up to the task.

5. Burgess Suggests Fewer Deputies In Courtroom -

Shelby County Commission chairman Melvin Burgess wants to see a broader use of Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies within the city working with Memphis Police.

6. Pew Survey: Officers More Reluctant to Use Force, Make Stops -

ATLANTA (AP) – The so-called "Ferguson effect" – officers backing off of policing out of fear that their actions will be questioned after the fact – has been talked about but never really quantified. A new study suggests the effect is a reality, with three-quarters of officers surveyed saying they are hesitant to use force, even when appropriate, and are less willing to stop and question suspicious people.

7. View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix -

Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.

But Doty, who has been selling everything from bicycles to kayaks and camping gear for 34 years in Nashville, is definitely tired of people shopping in his store for hours, snapping a picture of shoes they like, then going home and buying them online “just to avoid sales tax.”

8. NAACP Panel Hears Differing Local Views On Charter Schools -

It took awhile for an NAACP panel holding hearings on charter schools and their impact on education to wade into the complexity of charters in Memphis.

The panel for the national civil rights organization heard Tuesday, Jan. 10, that charters have become an effort to privatize schools the way prisons were privatized in the 1990s. They also heard that charters don’t “cherry-pick” the best students but help equalize access to a better education. And the seven members of the panel heard that charters have a place, but that there should be more thought given to where they fit long term, and their financial impact on public school districts.

9. Boyd Leaving Haslam Administration As He Ponders Gov's Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Randy Boyd is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development as he ponders a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

10. Task Force Prepared for Juvenile Justice Legislation -

A General Assembly-led panel is backing legislation to change juvenile sexting laws and adopt measures to stop teens from being held in detention for minor offenses as part of an effort to improve juvenile justice.

11. Nonprofits Find a Winner in Grit. Grind. Give. -

The national #GivingTuesday movement had started in 2012 in New York on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was, and remains, a global giving effort riding the power of social media as a way to respond to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

12. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

13. Fitzhugh Touts Rural Credentials As He Mulls Governor's Bid -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is seriously considering joining the race to succeed term-limited Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

14. Sears to Sell Craftsman Tool Brand to Stanley Black & Decker -

NEW YORK (AP) – After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

15. Somber Department Store Holiday Season Casts Pall Over 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – A cheerless holiday season has rolled over into the new year at the nation's largest department stores, which are cutting jobs, profit expectations and closing scores of locations.

16. Green 1st With Formal Step Toward Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green is the first potential gubernatorial candidate to take a formal step toward entering the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

17. Elvis' Home-Away-From-Home Could Be Razed for Car Wash -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As a teenager growing up in the 1950s, Steve North would look for the pink Cadillac outside a stone house on the outskirts of Nashville. If the car was there, Elvis was in the building.

18. Naked Truth -

NAKED, AND UP TO SOMETHING. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny-dipping, only one had any class to it. I reprise that story as a reminder that this city truly values reality over pretense, and that is the measure of our worth.

19. Dobbs Had a Great Run, But Manning is Still No. 1 -

Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy. Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.

20. Last Word: Convention Center Hotel, The Crime Discussion and A Gas Tax Hike Plan -

Grizzlies fall to the Clippers 115-106 in Los Angeles. They play Golden State Friday in another West Coast road game.

During the California sojourn, Chandler Parsons turned up on the tabloid TV show TMZ clubbing in the general vicinity of Kendall Jenner after New Year’s Eve with Kate Beckinsale.

21. Crime Issue Shows Complexity After Record Homicide Tally -

When the subject is crime in Memphis, it never stays in one place for very long. Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s conclusion that the city’s problem with violent crime is a black problem drew criticism Tuesday, Jan. 3, from Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove.

22. Last Word: Laurelwood Lament, Fairgrounds Redux and Deeper on Crime -

Booksellers at Laurelwood made it through the Christmas shopping season but will close its doors in Laurelwood probably in February with the liquidation sale beginning Friday – as in this Friday.

23. Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives -

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the DMC’s marketing strategy; driving activities to enhance the image of Downtown and public awareness of its growth and value to the region; and lead initiatives to position Downtown as a center for culture, tourism, business and entertainment. 

24. Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot -

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

25. Strickland, Herenton Seek Larger, More Focused Volunteerism Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton pointed to a better coordinated form of volunteerism in 2017 at Strickland’s first annual New Year’s Prayer Breakfast.

26. Preparations Underway for New Vintage901 Festival -

For foodies and lovers of memorable culinary experiences like Stephanie Ferreira, the community around it all tends to be talked about with as much passion sometimes as the food and drink.

Like all tribes, foodies like Ferreira – who runs her family’s small event planning and floral businesses and who also has founded the new wine, food and music festival Vintage901 – speak a common language. They also share an interest in enjoying and enlightening themselves and each other about their passion.

27. Tickets on Sale for New Memphis Wine Event -

Tickets are now on sale for Vintage901, a new wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12.

Each day of the event will represent a unique wine, food and music experience.

The March 10 event, Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings, will be hosted at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, 225 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s grand sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner provided by Restaurant Iris, and entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation Monty Alexander.

28. 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.

29. Looking Forward -

SEEDS OF SURVIVAL. I know Cary Fowler, a quiet, unassuming high school classmate and Rhodes graduate whose forward-thinking worldview might very well save the planet. At the very least, what he’s doing gives the world something to look forward to in the new year and beyond.

30. Memphis Bridge Protest Underscores 2016 National Narrative on Race, Police -

It was a year to the month since Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill. Stewart’s death in July 2015 and a subsequent decision by a Shelby County grand jury that Schilling would face no state criminal charges was still an issue in Memphis. This past July, it became the local face of a resumed national narrative.

31. 'Nashville' Returns With Transgender Actress, New Plot Lines -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The new season of "Nashville" starts with traditional songs rooted in gospel and folk music rather than big production country songs.

Rayna, played by Connie Britton, finds a revelation after hearing a blind man singing "Wayfaring Stranger," an Appalachian tune estimated to be two centuries old. And Juliette, played by Hayden Panettiere, sees an angelic vision in white singing the hymn "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away."

32. Tickets on Sale for New Memphis Wine Event -

Tickets are now on sale for Vintage901, a new wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12.

Each day of the event will represent a unique wine, food and music experience.

The March 10 event, Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings, will be hosted at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, 225 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s grand sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner provided by Restaurant Iris, and entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation Monty Alexander.

33. Change Defines Education Landscape in 2016 -

By the time Rhodes College trustees made their choice in December of Marjorie Hass as the college’s new president, higher education in Memphis had been through quite a few changes.

Hass succeeds William Troutt, president of Rhodes for the last 18 years.

34. Last Word: Beale's Status Quo, The ASD and Change and Tri-State Bank's Big Year -

Here comes the AutoZone Liberty Bowl … specifically the pre-game festivities. The day after Christmas will find both teams – Georgia and TCU – at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid for some food and some entertainment and probably some shopping. The game itself is Friday at 11 a.m.

35. Beale Street ‘Stuck at Status Quo’ -

When the guitar drops on Beale Street to mark the start of 2017, it will also mark three years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been running day-to-day affairs of the Beale Street entertainment district.

36. 2016: Not Too Many Banking Industry Surprises -

When shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based parent company convened in April at the bank’s Downtown Memphis headquarters for their annual meeting, the whole thing wrapped up in about 10 minutes.

37. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

In any given year, charitable giving might rise or fall. But when the Chronical of Philanthropy analyzed the giving of the country’s 50 largest cities via Internal Revenue Service data, it captured a larger sample size: 2006 through 2012.

38. Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues -

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

39. Memphis Democrat Karen Camper Learns To Work With Majority -

Editor’s note: This is part one of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part two in the Friday, Dec. 23, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

40. Infectious Disease Specialist Blatz Joins Resurrection Health -

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Blatz recently joined the staff of Resurrection Health. In his new role, Blatz provides expert consultation on a variety of infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently he is focusing on providing HIV and hepatitis C care as well as teaching Resurrection’s family medicine resident physicians. 

41. Minority Contract Percentages Get Approval -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

42. Last Word: Last Council Session of 2016, Minority Business and Frugal Growth -

Winter's first day is behind us and has taken down another Monday at the same time. For some of us, this week before Christmas means Tuesday is time for a bowl game, the Boca Raton Bowl where the University of Memphis Tigers are playing far from the cold winds that blow at home. Ah, but they still think of home even if its only when the ice cubes clink against the sides of the glass of whatever they are having poolside. Never think you are beyond the reach of home.

43. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

44. County Commission Tries Again on Minority Business Ordinance -

Shelby County Commissioners hold their third meeting of the month Monday, Dec. 19 – and there could be a fourth, depending on what happens on one of two ordinances that would establish new programs for a larger share of county government contracts for locally owned, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

45. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

46. December 16-22, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: A record high temperature of 70 degrees at Memphis, according to the National Weather Service. The 70-degree mark ties a record for the date set in 1982.

2011: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council approves a planned development for the south side of Madison Avenue in Overton Square, including a new $16 million public parking garage to be built by the city. The garage is eligible for public funding because it is to include a water detention basin in its base that alleviates a chronic flooding problem in the area, which includes Lick Creek. Loeb Properties Inc. has a contract with the Colorado company that owns the entertainment district and the contract runs out at the end of 2011. A Loeb plan to make a supermarket the anchor of a revitalized square has fallen through and Loeb is now envisioning Overton Square as a theater district with a $19.2 million investment by Loeb in the area.

47. Last Word: TNReady Scores, Ikea Day and 901REnews -

Snap goes the streak. Cavs over the Grizz in Cleveland Tuesday 103-86. The Cavs are here Wednesday without LeBron James, Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving. For the Grizz, we shall see about Deyonta Davis who came out of Tuesday’s game with a left foot injury.

48. Last Word: New Rhodes President, Billy Hyman and the Fast Track -

The biggest political betting pool of the post-election season ends Tuesday as President elect Donald Trump said Monday by Twitter that he would name his nominee for Secretary of State Tuesday morning.

49. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

50. FedEx On ‘Best Workplaces For African-Americans’ List -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has been chosen as one of 2016’s 10 Best Workplaces for African-Americans by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. The company ranked No. 3 on the list, which is based on employees’ assessments of workplace fairness, opportunities for training, and access to senior leadership, among other factors.

51. Commission Sets Meeting On Minority Business -

Shelby County Commissioners have set a special meeting for Dec. 14 to vote on the second reading of two ordinances that would change county purchasing procedures to both enhance the amount of locally owned small businesses that get county contracts and establish a minority and women business enterprise (MWBE) program.

52. Riverside Ice Rink To Open Dec. 10 -

A city ice skating rink by the Mississippi River opens Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, located in Mississippi River Park next to the Tennessee Welcome Center, is open to the public into January for a $10 admission, which includes skate rental.

53. Memphis Lawmakers Elected To Black Caucus -

Several Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, have been elected to leadership roles within the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari was elected treasurer of the national organization at its 40th annual legislative conference in New Orleans last week. Fellow Memphis Rep. Larry Miller was named regional vice chair.

54. US Life Expectancy Falls, As Many Kinds of Death Increase -

NEW YORK (AP) – A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.

In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education.

55. Last Word: MemphisWorks App, Tyler Talks and Millington Home Sales -

A busy annual Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle luncheon Wednesday topped by the debut of a jobs app that is more than ye olde classified ads reformatted on a digital device.

MemphisWorks is several parts of the jobs search and filling jobs all put together.

56. Tenn. Lawmakers Elected To National Black Caucus Roles -

Several Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, have been elected to leadership roles within the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari was elected treasurer of the national organization at its 40th annual legislative conference in New Orleans last week. Fellow Memphis Rep. Larry Miller was named regional vice chair.

57. More ‘Gilmore’ -

“Gilmore Girls,” a show that ran on the WB, and the CW, from 2000-2007, has been streaming on Netflix since July of this year. I like it. I like the fast-paced dialogue, the pop culture references and the less-burdened Lauren Graham. Netflix’s mini-series revival – “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” – kicked off in late November.

58. Miss. Lawyers: Don't Revive Lawsuit Over Confederate Emblem -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

59. Commission Sets Meeting On Minority Business -

Shelby County Commissioners have set a special meeting for Dec. 14 to vote on the second read-ing of two ordinances that would change county purchasing procedures to both enhance the amount of locally owned small businesses that get county contracts and establish a minority and women business enterprise program.

60. Riverside Ice Rink To Open Dec. 10 -

A city ice skating rink by the Mississippi River opens Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, located in Mississippi River Park next to the Tennessee Welcome Center, is open to the public into January for a $10 admission, which includes skate rental.

61. LeBron as a Cub, Grizz Sign Toney Douglas, And Matt Barnes is in Trouble Again -

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made a fantastic comeback to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last summer. But when the Cleveland Indians couldn’t hold off the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, it cost James dearly.

62. Commission Votes Down Pot Ordinance -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down Monday, Dec. 5, an ordinance that would have matched the city of Memphis ordinance allowing police the option of writing a civil summons or ticket with a $50 fine for possession of half an ounce or less or marijuana.

63. Ex-Lawmaker Hopes Community Support Will Help Probation Bid -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Church, community and political leaders are expected to appear in federal court next month to show their support for former State Rep. Joe Armstrong as he hopes to avoid prison time for filing a false tax return.

64. FedEx On ‘Best Workplaces For African-Americans’ List -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has been chosen as one of 2016’s 10 Best Workplaces for African-Americans by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. The company ranked No. 3 on the list, which is based on employees’ assessments of workplace fairness, opportunities for training, and access to senior leadership, among other factors.

65. Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Parkway location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

66. Film Made In Memphis Premieres On Friday -

When the made-in-Memphis feature film “Free in Deed” holds its theatrical debut in Memphis this Friday at Malco’s Studio on the Square, it will introduce audiences to the story of a lonely faith-healing minister set against the backdrop of the black church experience in the city.

67. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

68. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

69. 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.

70. FedEx Expanded Its Network For Busiest Holiday Season on Record -

FedEx and retail businesses across the Mid-South are gearing up for a merry holiday season, with FedEx projecting a 10 percent increase in shipping volume over last year during the peak season from Black Friday to Christmas.

71. Events -

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 (along with Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-23) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Bring the family to play in the “snow,” sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, and enjoy music, lights and more throughout My Big Backyard. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

72. Black Friday Deals Helped Lift US Auto Sales in November -

DETROIT (AP) – Black Friday deals and postelection confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump – and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.

73. Justice Department Begins Yearlong Investigation of MPD -

In some ways, a year and a half of local protests, turbulence and questions about police conduct came full circle Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Hickory Hill.

A U.S. Justice Department panel investigating the Memphis Police Department heard from more than two dozen people among a room of 50 at Hickory Hill Community Center.

74. Binge Watching on Netflix No Longer Requires Internet Access -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix subscribers can now binge on many of their favorite shows and movies even when they don't have an internet connection.

The long-awaited offline option announced Wednesday gives Netflix's 87 million subscribers offline access to videos for the first time in the streaming service's decade-long history.

75. Tupelo Police HQ to Fly Miss. Bicentennial Banner, For Now -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi flag with the Confederate battle emblem won't fly outside the new Tupelo Police Department building – at least for a year.

The city council voted to fly a state bicentennial banner rather than the state flag from this December until next, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2gKtb6T ).

76. Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves -

Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.

77. First Data: Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales Up 9 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers put in a strong showing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Holiday spending rose 9 percent Thursday and Friday combined, compared with the same two-day period last year, according to First Data.

78. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

79. With Early Deals, How Much Will Cyber Monday Buyers Spend? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans paused during the Monday after Thanksgiving to check out online deals and check off people on their holiday gift list. But so-called Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online sales title.

80. U of M Children’s Defense Clinic Assisting Local Youth with Legal Woes -

Students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are making a significant impact in the courtroom this semester working to assist the city’s youth.

The newly formed U of M Children’s Defense Clinic gives student attorneys the opportunity to provide legal representation to youth facing criminal charges in delinquency proceedings in the Shelby County Juvenile Court.

81. Last Word: The Death of Black Friday, Memphis Rental Rates and Distracted Driving -

Lots of reporting this Thanksgiving about the imminent demise of Black Friday as an economic force or at least the economic force it once was. As some of you are reading this it is already Cyber Monday.

82. Grizzlies Offer Holiday Ticket Promotions -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their holiday packs and promotions – including Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

This year’s six-game holiday packs, presented by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, will feature two plan options that go on sale on Black Friday, Nov. 25, and offer the most affordable way to see the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. Both the “Naughty” and “Nice” six-game packs start at $90 ($15 per game) and include a Grizzmas Ugly Sweater T-shirt and a $10 gift card to Bass Pro Shops while supplies last.

83. This Week in Memphis History: Nov. 25-Dec. 1 -

2015: Republican presidential contender John Kasich is in Memphis for a fundraiser at the home of Brad Martin. It is one of two fundraisers that evening – the other is for state Senate Republican leader Mark Norris who is considering a bid for Tennessee governor in 2018.

84. Florida Didn’t Kill UT’s Season; Vanderbilt Could -

Tennessee’s primary goal for the 2016 football season was to win the SEC East Division, and the Vols failed.

Does that mean the season was a failure?

Not yet.

Not until the No. 24-ranked Vols play Vanderbilt on Saturday night (7:30, SEC Network) in Nashville and find out their bowl destination.

85. Last Word: Ford Rumors, School Plans and Harwell Survives In State House -

If the Friday after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday” what is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving? You know, the day many of us are scurrying about with our hair on fire to get everything done so we can legitimately claim that we will absolutely not be a part of the Black Friday mob whose hair is also alight.

86. School Bus Driver Charged in Deadly Chattanooga Crash -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A school bus driver who authorities say was speeding along a narrow, winding road when he wrapped his vehicle around a tree was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of five children.

87. County Law Library Director Johnson Celebrates 50 Years as Librarian -

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, is celebrating his 50th year as a librarian. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing and library services, and reports to a 10-member board that include nine attorneys and one judge. 
When asked about his longevity in the field, Johnson says the libraries where he’s worked – which include public, school and law libraries – have been different enough to keep him challenged and interested. 

88. Wal-Mart Kicks Off Cyber Monday on Friday -

NEW YORK (AP) – Cyber Monday is starting earlier and earlier. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it's kicking off its so-called "Cyber Monday" deals at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday for the first time ever as it aims to grab customers ahead of its competitors.

89. Get Started: Retailers Preparing for Small Business Saturday -

For many small and independent businesses, the big start to the holiday shopping season comes on Saturday.

The marketing campaign known as Small Business Saturday, now in its seventh year, is expected to give many retailers and service providers a bump in sales. Started in the aftermath of the recession, the campaign has increased awareness about shopping at local small businesses, not just malls and big-box stores that draw consumers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

90. Grizzlies Offering Holiday Ticket Promotions -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their holiday packs and promotions – including Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

This year’s six-game holiday packs, presented by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, will feature two plan options that go on sale on Black Friday, Nov. 25, and offer the most affordable way to see the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. Both the “Naughty” and “Nice” six-game packs start at $90 ($15 per game) and include a Grizzmas Ugly Sweater T-shirt and a $10 gift card to Bass Pro Shops while supplies last.

91. The Week Ahead: November 21-27 -

Good morning, Memphis! As you put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving plans, take a moment to check out what’s happening in The Week Ahead. From honoring Memphians who have fought injustice to supporting local small businesses, there are plenty of ways to celebrate what you’re thankful for in the Bluff City.

92. Beale Street Music Festival Passes Available Nov. 18 -

Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

93. Holiday Decision -

In recent years the holiday shopping season has been inching back further and further, with some retailers choosing to give up the tradition of being closed on Thanksgiving. But this year public backlash has reached the top of the retail chain, and some big malls and shopping centers are deciding it’s not worth opening on the national holiday.

94. Beale Street Music Festival Passes Available Nov. 18 -

Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

95. Events -

Nutcracker Ballet Ensemble & School will perform “Nut ReMix” with special guest Charles “Lil Buck” Riley Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, at the Cannon Center, 255 N. Main St. The show is a new take on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” set on Beale Street, with music performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band. Visit newballet.org for times and tickets.

96. Events -

Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter will hold a North Memphis community forum Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St. The conversation on criminal justice, education and jobs kicks off BLM Memphis’ neighborhood community forum series. Visit facebook.com/blmmemphis for details.

97. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will host the 2016 Downtown Memphis annual meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Enjoy a cocktail reception and entertainment the first hour. Then starting at 5:30 p.m., the DMC will unveil its strategic priorities and public space considerations for the Main Street Mall area, then present the Downtown Vision Awards. Tickets are $20; preregistration required. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com for details and registration.

98. Tupelo City Council to Address Mississippi State Flag -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Tupelo City Council is expected to discuss Mississippi's controversial state flag this week.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/2eRZTBY) reports that council president Lynn Bryan plans to bring up a resolution before the City Council that will ask the Legislature for a new state flag. Mississippi's current state flag features a Confederate emblem.

99. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Bradley Harris and Dell Self will present “What’s It Going to Take to Be an Author?” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

100. Tennessee Rep. Blackburn Named to Trump Transition Panel -

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has been named to the 16-member executive committee of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.