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1. CEO Pay Climbs Again, Even As Their Stock Prices Don't -

NEW YORK (AP) – CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That's almost double the typical American worker's, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks – a big fat zero.

2. TSA Chief: Help is on the Way to Address Long Airport Lines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday the beleaguered agency will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season.

3. Kellogg Foundation Grant Targets Healthier Babies -

Right! From The Start will continue work in the Delta through a new $1.9 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The initiative will work to increase the breastfeeding rates of extremely low birth-weight babies utilizing a multi-agency approach to ensure better outcomes and effect systemic change. The funding continues through March 2019.

4. U of M Receives Grant From Urban Child Institute -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

5. Events -

Goodwill Austin Peay Job Center will hold a job fair Thursday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. Local companies that are actively seeking workers in a variety of employment options will be on hand. Visit goodwillmemphis.org/jobcenter for details. 

6. Legislators Sweating the Small Stuff -

My late father kept a paper weight on his desk at home that read: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Well, we’re sweating the small stuff – from the federal government down to the states – with this harangue over transgender bathrooms.

7. Reminiscing on Football Days -

It is reported that yet another memorable and popular former NFLer, this one a quarterback, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, or simply the concussion disease. And the report comes, as has been the rule, post-mortem. That is to say, after the subject dies.

8. Love for the Perfectly Imperfect -

When I was in third grade, there was a saying posted in the front of the classroom that read “Practice Makes Perfect.” I read it so many times that eventually it became a way of approaching every task, a way of thinking.

9. $21.6 Million in Construction Headed to Graceland -

1064 Craft Road

Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $18.1 million

Project Cost: $21.6 million

10. U of M Receives Urban Childhood Institute Grant -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

11. Last Word: Graduation Day and Our Outrage, An ASD Offer In Raleigh and Fashion -

According to Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson, 15,000 people have watched the several dozen high school graduation ceremonies the school system has streamed live on its website including the 14 graduations held Saturday.

12. Former Church Health Center President Joins Methodist -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has added former Church Health Center president Antony Sheehan to its leadership team.

Sheehan, who will serve the hospital system as a senior adviser, left the faith-based Church Health Center organization in recent days over what it said was “a difference in philosophy” between him and Dr. Scott Morris, the center’s founder.

13. Loeb Sells Hickory Hill Shopping Strip for $1.4M -

Loeb Realty Co. has sold a Hickory Hill shopping center for $1.4 million.

In a May 20 warranty deed, Hedgerow Property LLC purchased the property from Loeb acting as Wolf River Professional Center GP.

14. Sephora Among New Tenants Headed to Saddle Creek -

Three newly announced tenants are headed to Saddle Creek Shopping Center in Germantown.

Global beauty retailer Sephora will open late this year. The 5,701-square-foot store will be located at Saddle Creek South next to Michael Kors. Sephora currently has two Memphis-area stores in Wolfchase Galleria and Carriage Crossing.

15. Events -

Goodwill Austin Peay Job Center will hold a job fair Thursday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. Local companies that are actively seeking workers in a variety of employment options will be on hand. Visit goodwillmemphis.org/jobcenter for details. 

16. Stacking Your Odds for Success -

Looking through his old toys, my son found his stacking cups and challenged me to a competition. Cup stacking is a bizarre game of skill and speed with the goal being to build pyramids out of cups as quickly as possible and then collapse them and build again.

17. A Lesson From Oprah -

The service industry just isn’t what it used to be. Mediocre is the norm, and attention to detail seems all but lost in this fast-paced world. That’s why companies that actually deliver on what they say they will, when they say they will, stand a breed apart.

18. You Aren’t Made for Every Job -

The number one reason employees change jobs varies depending on the source you’re reading. One list includes “appreciation and recognition” while another says “unsatisfied with upper management.” Whatever the reason given, one thing’s for sure. These answers can all be grouped under one important category – cultural fit.

19. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

20. Sports Notebook: If He’s Available, Should Grizzlies Take Labissiere In First Round? -

While it’s difficult to imagine the NBA matching the NFL for draft night drama this year – hopefully there are no Twitter bong photos seconds before tipoff – the mock drafts don’t seem to agree a lot beyond LSU forward Ben Simmons going to Philadelphia first overall and Duke forward Brandon Ingram going second overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.

21. City Opens Up Mid-South Coliseum to Reviews -

For a week in June, the city will allow citizen groups with qualified experts including architects and engineers to have access to the Mid-South Coliseum for four hours at a time twice a day.

The “Mid-South Coliseum Review Period” has a May 27 deadline for groups to request access under the city’s terms.

22. Last Word: The Hot Seat, The Cohen-Rubio Letter and a New Historical Marker -

The hottest seat in a room of hot seats in city government can be being director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

You wouldn’t think that from the job description, which seems pretty basic. Round up stray animals and put them up for adoption. But that’s being overly simplistic because it begs a lot of questions about how many animals and what happens if you run out of space.

23. Tubby Smith Receives Mannie Jackson Award -

First-year University of Memphis head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has been honored with the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award, joining 12-year NBA veteran Chris Paul and ABC/ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose as 2016 honorees.

24. Pugh Takes Politically Volatile Shelter Position -

The new director of the Memphis Animal Shelter says a shelter that doesn’t euthanize animals because of time or space is a goal.

But Alexis Pugh, who starts the job next month, is quick to add that public safety is the immediate priority.

25. Fundraising Matchmaking: Solicitors and Prospects -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. Because it is impossible to personally solicit every current or prospective donor, personal solicitation is reserved for individuals who can make a major gift. While the definition of a major gift will vary by organization, what’s most important is the care and planning that goes into soliciting these gifts. Here are some suggestions followed by things to avoid.

26. Innovation From The Inside-Out -

A talk from Karen Hersherson, clay street project leader, Proctor & Gamble. Innovation for P&G is about platforms and pipelines that create long-lasting value. To get these types of results, the company had to build an incubator for project teams, named “clay street.”

27. 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.

28. City Opens Coliseum To Experts In June -

For a week in June, the city will allow citizen groups with qualified experts including architects and engineers to have access to the Mid-South Coliseum for four hours at a time twice a day.

The “Mid-South Coliseum Review Period” was announced by the city Friday, May 20, with a May 27 deadline for groups to request access under the city’s terms.

29. 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.

30. Events -

Memphis Public Library will hold its mobile vet center, which provides weekly readjustment counseling services to combat veterans, on Monday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Visit memphislibrary.org.

31. The Week Ahead: May 23-29 -

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

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

32. Tenants Named for New Germantown Parkway Strip -

A $10 million Germantown Parkway development will bring six new tenants to the area.

Dunkin’ Donuts signed a 2,000-square-foot lease for the five-acre shopping center between Fischer Steel and Moriarty roads. Pizza Rev will take a 2,400-square-foot space and Aspen Dental will take 3,500 square feet.

33. 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.

34. Tigers’ Kyser on Watch List for Rimington Trophy -

University of Memphis sophomore center Drew Kyser has been named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List.

The Rimington Trophy is presented each year to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I-A college football.

35. Church Health Center President Steps Down -

Antony Sheehan has stepped down as president of the Church Health Center.

Marvin Stockwell, a spokesman for the faith-based health care organization, said "it came down to a difference in philosophy" between Sheehan and founder Dr. Scott Morris about how to carry out the organization's mission forward, without elaborating.

36. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

37. Events -

Memphis Blues Society and Overton Square will open its 2016 Bluesday Tuesday concert series with Earl "The Pearl" Banks on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard, 2101 Madison Ave. Cost is free. Visit overtonsquare.com for a series schedule.

38. West Cancer Doc Building Blood and Marrow Transplant Program -

As a measure of how far Dr. Yasser Khaled’s field has come, the medical director of the West Cancer Center’s recently formed Blood and Marrow Transplant Program still recalls some eye-opening statistics that date back to his early days in the field some 15 years ago.

39. State Legislature Closed Door On Progress, Invited Ridicule This Session -

The Tennessee General Assembly spent the last four months selecting a state book, attempting to regulate ingress/egress of bathrooms, and putting guns on college campuses. Given this lamentable priority list, we're not surprised that our House of Representatives chose not to vote on a bill that would have helped young kids realize their dreams, lift families out of poverty, and generate revenue for Tennessee.

40. Editorial: Look at the ‘Grand Plan,’ Then Look Beyond It -

From a supermarket to a community center. From a produce section to a climbing wall. That is now the plan for a major part of the Soulsville redevelopment.

It’s easy to be skeptical at moments like this. Part of the skepticism comes from a long civic experience of well-meaning people who have come to our city with the goal of doing something for us that they believed we should do but imagined we couldn’t or wouldn’t do.

41. One Family -

An unprecedented private investment aims to restore a commercial heart to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, where a pair of sprawling buildings take up nearly a full block across from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It isn’t an eyesore, but inactivity within those walls has been a drag on the community.

42. 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.

43. BRIDGES Celebrates Retirement of CFO Bob Rogalski -

The BRIDGES mission is as clear as it is bold: “To unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.”

But every bridge needs support. For 11 years, Bob Rogalski has served as the nonprofit’s vice president of finance and CFO. He is retiring on June 30, the end of BRIDGES’ 2016 fiscal year. Endowment earnings for this fiscal year were $720,000 and next year’s endowment should be around $765,000, Rogalski said.

44. Tenants Named for New Germantown Parkway Strip -

A $10 million Germantown Parkway development will bring six new tenants to the area. Dunkin’ Donuts signed a 2,000-square-foot lease for the five-acre shopping center between Fischer Steel and Moriarty roads. Pizza Rev will take a 2,400-square-foot space and Aspen Dental will take 3,500 square feet.

45. Church Health Center President Steps Down -

Antony Sheehan has stepped down as president of the Church Health Center.

Marvin Stockwell, a spokesman for the faith-based health care organization, said “it came down to a difference in philosophy” between Sheehan and founder Dr. Scott Morris about how to carry out the organization’s mission forward, without elaborating.

46. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet” Friday, May 20, through June 5 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Buy tickets at gctcomeplay.org.

47. Hardy Makes Art Accessible for Millennials -

Whitney Hardy is a woman on the move. The day we meet, she’s supervising 200 tons of soybeans as they make their way from hopper trucks onto train cars. Then she’s off to the premier of “Genesis,” a collection of new works presented by Collage Dance Collective.

48. Family Planning – Beyond the Diaper Fund -

Ray’s Take: So, you’re planning to start your family. Have you considered the finances involved beyond painting a room and knowing it’s going to take a lot of diapers? Three can certainly live as cheaply as two – as long as one of them doesn’t eat or wear clothes.

49. Elephants Abound -

The old joke goes this way: Every morning on the commuter train to work a man watches another man read his paper, meticulously folding every page to a single column width, then unfolding and refolding as he reads each column top to bottom. Finally, unable to stand it anymore, the first approaches the second and asks, “Why do you do that?” “It keep elephants off the train,” comes the reply.

50. Private Donor Backs Harahan Bridge Lighting -

The Harahan Bridge could be getting a $5 million light show. A private donor, working through the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, has backed the multimillion-dollar effort to light up the 5,000-foot-long bridge as part of the greater Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project.

51. Poll: Two-Thirds of US Would Struggle to Cover $1,000 Crisis -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans' financial conditions remain precarious as ever.

52. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

53. Poll: Americans More Upbeat About Own Finances Than Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an elec-tion race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national econ-omy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.

54. Events -

Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner will host a community town hall meeting Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at Anointed Temple of Praise, 3939 Riverdale Road. The focus is the county government’s upcoming FY2017 budget proposal.

55. Tigers’ Kyser on Watch List For Rimington Trophy -

University of Memphis sophomore center Drew Kyser has been named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List.

The Rimington Trophy is presented each year to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I-A college football.

56. Late Flights Cause Airport Drama -

The turbulence is real as we slowly descend into Providence, Rhode Island.

I wasn’t planning to descend into Providence, but it’s funny how air travel can throw a wrench into well-hatched plans.

57. Outsourcing Savings Estimates Strain ‘Credulity’ -

Terry Cowles flashes a photo of ceiling lamp fixtures on the screen and tells state legislators a vendor’s state Capitol team used its electrical training to remove, repair and reinstall fixtures, saving taxpayers $15,500.

58. 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.”

59. 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

60. Grant Touts Ghost River Brewing as Neighborhood Asset -

The Center City Development Corp. has awarded its largest storefront improvement grant to date to Ghost River Brewing Co., which plans to use the $65,500 to building an outside patio and taproom at its 827 S. Main St. facility.

61. Latest 'High Gear' Book Maps Success for College Grads, Millennials -

The 21 million U.S. students enrolled in postsecondary schools grew up with technology and the hourly clock of life ticking ever faster. Yet this has not always translated into a generation of young people ready to attack a world that waits for no one.

62. City Sells Old Police Building to NCE Realty -

The company that had the only bid Tuesday, May 17, on the old Central Police Building at 128 Adams Avenue still has to close on the deal with the city of Memphis.

63. Council Sells Former Police HQ for $2 Million -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 17, the sale of the old Central Police building at 128 Adams Ave. for $2 million to NCE Realty and Capital Group LLC for development as a boutique hotel.

64. Council Sells Former Police HQ for $2 Million -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 17, the sale of the old Central Police building at 128 Adams Ave. for $2 million to NCE Realty and Capital Group LLC for development as a boutique hotel.

65. Time Running Out to Vote for Conley in NBA Cares Contest -

The NBA recently announced Mike Conley as a finalist for the 2015-16 season-long NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente. Fan voting continues through Wednesday, May 18, for the league-wide award.

66. Events -

Job Fair and Educational Summit for U.S. Veterans and People Living With Disabilities will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Meet with more than 50 local employers along with 30 community services and training providers. Breakout sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will cover interviewing tips, job preparedness skills and lifestyle issues. Cost is free. For more information, call 901-636-7940, 901-438-0412 or 901-726-6521.

67. Rise of the Subscription Economy -

Today, you can buy almost anything on subscription, including dog toys from BarkBox, razors from Dollar Shave Club, streaming video content from Netflix, music from Spotify, beauty samples from Birchbox, ready-to-make meals from Blue Apron and even rental cars from Zipcars.

68. Refer a Friend -

Business networking can be a tricky subject. With that in mind, I received a great question from a reader I want to share with you. The reader writes, “A recruiter recently reached out to me about a particular job they are hiring for. I’m not a good fit for it, but I know someone who is. Should I say anything, or should I keep my mouth closed?”

69. SCS Budget Quest About More Than Dollar Figures -

When the Shelby County Commission meets next week to look over the budget proposal approved Monday, May 16, by the Shelby County Schools board, there will be a debate that goes beyond the bottom line dollar figures and line items.

70. SCS Board Approves $993.8M Budget, Delays Northside High Closing A Year -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Monday, May 16, to send a $933.8 million operating budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission for funding. And the board voted to close Messick Adult Center as well as Memphis Health Careers Academy with the end of the current school year next week.

71. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

72. Got a Minute for the Minutes? -

We recently facilitated two board meetings for two very different types of organizations. One was an institution that is over 100 years old with a multimillion-dollar budget. The other was an emerging grassroots, community-based organization. At both meetings the focus was fundraising, and board members were actively engaged.

73. Better, Faster Insight-Based Innovation -

Better & Faster Workshop at the Front End of Innovation Conference

A masterclass with Jeremy Gutsche, the CEO of Trend Hunter and the best-selling author of “Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas.”

74. Check This Out: Memphis Library Visitors Can Now Access Seeds -

Thanks to its many books available for perusal, a library can be thought of as a veritable garden of wisdom, scholarship and literature for visitors to sample and enjoy.

At one Memphis library, though, the metaphor is much more literal.

75. Ghost River Expanding in South Main -

Ghost River Brewing Co. is adding to its South Main presence with a planned taproom to launch this October.

76. Campbell Clinic Hosting Total Joint Replacement Seminar -

Campbell Clinic is hosting a Total Joint Replacement seminar next month in Germantown.

The June 16 event, at the Great Hall & Conference Center at 1900 S. Germantown Road, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will hear from Campbell surgeons Dr. Anthony Mascioli and Dr. Patrick Toy about Campbell’s same-day outpatient joint replacement procedures.

77. Land Sold for Kroger-Anchored Arlington Strip -

Arlington’s upcoming shopping center at the southwest corner of Airline Road and Milton Wilson Boulevard is moving forward.

On May 6, Shop Development Co., acting as Arlington TN Ventures LP, purchased a 22.8-acre parcel. John Hyneman sold the vacant land for $3.6 million.

78. Events -

Memphis College of Art will present “Best in Class 2015/2016,” an exhibition of the most creative undergraduate artwork from the academic year, on Monday, May 16, through July 8 in the Rust Hall main gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave. The exhibit features work from 45 artists across a range of disciplines. Visit mca.edu.

79. Nonprofit Community Foundation Enjoys Record-Setting Year -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced record numbers for fiscal year 2016 at its annual meeting recently at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

During fiscal 2016, which closed at the end of April, $195.2 million in new gifts were given to the Community Foundation. The agency granted $143.4 million to nonprofits, compared to $114.2 million in fiscal year 2015. Of the grants coming out of the Community Foundation, 84 percent stay local.

80. The Week Ahead: May 16-22 -

With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

81. Agricenter Generates $524M For Shelby County Economy -

Agricenter International generated 1.3 million visitors in 2015, producing an overall economic impact of $524 million, according to a study announced Wednesday, May 11.

That dollar amount reflects the value of all goods and services produced within the Shelby County economy as a result of Agricenter International and the business entities operating as tenants, combined with visitor spending from events, according to the 2015 Economic Impact Study conducted in March by Younger Associates.

82. Pieces of Schools Budget Begin to Fall Into Place -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, May 9, approved $33 million in capital funding among the county’s seven public school systems for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

Shelby County Schools’ share of the funding, based on average daily attendance, is 78 percent, or $26 million. That’s what SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson requested last month of the commission.

83. Mike Conley Finalist For Community Assist Award -

The NBA today announced the finalists for the 2015-16 season-long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley making his first finalist nomination for the league-wide award.

84. Memphis Remains a Hot Market for Investors -

Local rental housing continues to be a popular buy for real estate investors. In the first quarter of 2016, 1,017 rental homes were purchased in Memphis and Shelby County, accounting for 30 percent of all home sales, according to data from Chandler Reports, a division of The Daily News Publishing Co.

85. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

86. May 13-19: This week in Memphis history -

1976: A Marx & Bensdorf ad in The Daily News offers a 170-acre estate at Holmes and Center Hill roads, then south of the Collierville city limits, for sale for $1.1 million. The “picture book” estate is advertised as the one-time home of the state’s most famous walking horse, Carbon Copy, the 1964 world grand champion.

87. Middle Class Shrinks in 9 of 10 US Cities as Incomes Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out.

A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.

88. Events -

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center closes its 19th season with acoustic guitar legend Leo Kottke on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

89. High Water Marks -

LORD KNOWS, THE CRICK DOES RISE. The last time I was on a cook team, the Mississippi was lapping at the top of Tom Lee Park and I’d been lapping at a number of things for a couple of days myself.

90. Retirement Spending – Easy to Underestimate -

Ray’s Take: Conventional wisdom from cookie-cutter financial calculators about retirement is to aim for 70 percent of current income in retirement. But, when told about the 70 percent figure, people tend to ignore the implied message that it means a 30 percent cut in lifestyle. As a result, many people underestimate the amount they need.

91. FedEx, er, University of Memphis to Big 12? -

The slogan still resonates: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.

All the world came to know that was Federal Express. I can remember knowing it was Federal Express.

92. AP Explains: Bias Complaints On Facebook's 'Trending' Tool -

NEW YORK (AP) – What's behind the accusations that Facebook is manipulating its "trending topics" feature to promote or suppress certain political perspectives?

According to the technology blog Gizmodo , which is owned by Gawker Media, a former Facebook contractor with self-described conservative leanings said Facebook downplayed news that conservatives are interested in and artificially promoted liberal issues such as the "BlackLivesMatter" hashtag. Gizmodo did not name this person.

93. Google to Ban Payday Lending Ads, Calling Industry 'Harmful' -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet giant Google said Wednesday it will ban all ads from payday lenders, calling the industry "deceptive" and "harmful."

Google's decision could have as much or even more impact on curtailing the industry than any move by politicians, as many payday loans start with a desperate person searching online for ways to make ends meet or cover an emergency.

94. Agricenter Generates $524M For Shelby County Economy -

Agricenter International generated 1.3 million visitors in 2015, producing an overall economic impact of $524 million, according to a study announced Wednesday, May 11.

That dollar amount reflects the value of all goods and services produced within the Shelby County economy as a result of Agricenter International and the business entities operating as tenants, combined with visitor spending from events, according to the 2015 Economic Impact Study conducted in March by Younger Associates.

95. Events -

‘Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ten Cooper-Young restaurants will offer canine-themed drinks for the evening and will donate 10 percent of sales from Pup Crawlers. Participants should first stop at the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue for a free wristband to ensure their sales are counted. Visit memphishumane.org.

96. Haves, Have-Nots Get Varied Tax Relief -

Amid the rancor of bathroom and counseling bills, two major pieces of legislation slipped through the General Assembly this session with hardly a peep – elimination of the Hall tax and a partial revitalization of property tax relief for seniors and disabled veterans.

97. 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.

98. A Graduation Speech to Inspire -

Graduation season comes with hundreds of commencement addresses meant to encourage and inspire. If you didn’t hear one this year, allow me to share an address I gave.

“Did you ever hear something that so captivated your thoughts that it eventually defined the process of your decision-making? I did. It was a quote attributed to Rev. Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran minister, about his experiences in Germany during World War II.

99. More Student Housing For University District -

3557 Mynders Ave. 
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017
Owner: 908 Group
Tenant: The Nine
Architect: BDG Architects
Details: A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.

100. Rallings Fields Council Questions On Police Hiring, Director’s Job -

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings says he has plenty of time to apply for the job on a permanent basis.

For now, Rallings told Memphis City Council members he is focused on getting a $256.3 million budget approved as part of the overall $667 million city government operating budget, dropping crime numbers and raising the number of police on the force.