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1. Raycom Media, Community Newspaper Holdings Announce Merger -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Two media organizations that own dozens of newspapers and television stations around the nation, including a Memphis TV station, are announcing a merger.

Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. said in a statement Monday that it and Raycom Media Inc. have agreed to merge into a new privately owned media group.

2. Trolley Lines Return Comes With Technology, Standards Changes -

New trolleys the Memphis Area Transit Authority hopes to have back on the Main Street tracks by the end of this year may sneak up on Main Street Mall pedestrians.

The new trolley car 799 that MATA officials took on a two-block test drive last week sounded much quieter than the fleet of trolleys that came off the tracks more than three years ago. They were taken out of service when two trolleys caught fire and new leadership at MATA discovered there were few maintenance records, no maintenance program and very little training for the upkeep of the system.

3. Events -

F.A.C.E.S. of Memphis and Emotional Fitness Centers of Tennessee will host a free lunch-and-learn session Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Healing Center cafeteria, 3885 Tchulahoma Road. The topic is “All Hands on Deck: The cycle of addiction and community involvement.” Call 901-370-4673 for RSVP and information.

4. Zach Randolph Sentenced To Community Service -

Former Memphis Grizzly and two-time NBA All-Star Zach Randolph has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest last month in Los Angeles.

5. Memphis International Hosting Job Fair Oct. 18 -

Memphis International Airport will host a job fair on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Project Center, 4225 Airways Blvd.

6. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold the 2017 Move It Memphis 4-Mile Race Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. starting and ending at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. New this year is a Memphis Spirit Contest, a costume contest where runners can show their Memphis spirit and be judged for their creativity. Cost is $30 in advance or $35 on race day. Visit memphischamber.com.

7. Last Word: GPAC's Grove, Fairgrounds Tea Leaves and Grizz Money Matters -

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has plans for an open-air performance center to be called “The Grove at GPAC” – the latest consideration in what is becoming a vibrant discussion about the capacity for concerts within Shelby County. And it is also a discussion about concert venues that can do other things like festival and movies.

8. Independent Schools’ Success Based On Rigorous Academics, Innovation -

Independent schools in the Memphis area are recording strong enrollment numbers as parents seek rigorous academics, small class sizes and educational approaches that prepare their children for the highly competitive college entrance process.

9. Enhanced Athletic Facilities Significant Part of Independent School Draw -

Over the last decade or so, Memphis-area independent schools have made major improvements in their athletic facilities – to the point it sometimes looks like an athletics arms race mimicking what is happening across college campuses.

10. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

11. Memphis International Hosting Job Fair Oct. 18 -

Memphis International Airport will host a job fair on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Project Center, 4225 Airways Blvd.

12. The Stars – Ferguson, Miller, Norvell – Lead Memphis into the Spotlight -

The team has not yet cracked this season’s Top 25, but at the University of Memphis everyone gets how this works. You beat No. 25 UCLA 48-45 on national television and the Bruins fall out of the rankings.

13. Raised From the Dead -

GHOST AND SPIRIT. I walked through the town at mid-morning. Like any town you spend a lifetime in, you know people.

I spoke to the guy that owns the coffee shop, Jimmy Lewis, as he walked between customers over cups and conversation. He and I went to the same high school, and I see they’re building a new high school right here in town – going to be trying all kinds of new ideas in there, a public/private, secondary/higher education partnership model for the country I’m told.

14. Bandele Crafts Cultural Hub for Black Artists -

Early one clear September morning, Overton Square is still half-asleep, the parking lot next to Hattiloo Theatre empty save a few cars. In 12 hours, Hattiloo’s lobby will pulse with a throng of guests at the opening night of “Fetch Clay, Make Man,” the theater’s current production. But for now, Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and CEO, is leaning back in a desk chair, dreaming aloud about the year 2022.

15. Overton Square Hotel Awarded Tax Incentives -

The developers of a $24 million Overton Square hotel and a Canadian elevator company looking to build its first U.S. facility in Memphis have been awarded tax incentives to move ahead with their projects.

16. Inside Voice -

The advertisement moves fast, even for 30 seconds. It’s got hip-hop artist Marco Pave with Grammy Award-winning producer Carlos Broady. And the message is to the point as the camera comes in close on the face of a man who says emphatically, “Don’t lose your head, use your head.”

17. Graceland Overhauls Venue Plans After Grizzlies Raise Concerns -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has significantly altered the plans for its new entertainment venue in Whitehaven after the Memphis Grizzlies raised concerns surrounding a noncompete agreement with the city involving FedExForum.

18. Graceland Changes Venue Plans After Grizzlies Raise Concerns -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has announced it will significantly alter the plans for its new entertainment venue in Whitehaven after the Memphis Grizzlies raised concerns surrounding a noncompete agreement with the city involving FedExForum.

19. City’s Ire Raised By Stadium Droughts -

For most of the ongoing discussion about a reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds, the Liberty Bowl has been a part of the background. Much of the attention has been on what to do with the Mid-South Coliseum and what new uses or buildings will do to existing parking.

20. Last Word: The Brooks Question, Boyd's Answer and Tigers In the Polls -

Art as a real estate consideration. One of the more unusual of many considerations as the Brooks search for a new site – a possible new site, I should add, becomes the city’s favorite topic. So from the CRE vantage point – here are two more possible sites to think about if you haven’t already – Cossitt Library and the Fairgrounds, as well as right where it has been for the last century.

21. Southwest Community College Gets $140K State Grant -

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has awarded $140,000 in Tennessee Promise Forward grants to Southwest Tennessee Community College.

It is part of nearly $800,000 in such grants awarded to five community colleges in Tennessee to develop and expand innovative student success and retention programs. The grants aim to boost the number of Tennessee Promise students earning a postsecondary credential through enhanced academic advising and community engagement and programming.

22. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process continues this week with two public workshops studying growth scenarios for the city through 2040. Participants will go through an exercise to identify which values are most important to drive future development, then select and amend a preferred scenario based on those values. Workshops are Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Whitehaven Golf Course, 750 E. Holmes Road, and Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McFarland Community Center, 4955 Cottonwood Road. Visit memphis3point0.com for details.

23. Flee Joins Youth Villages To Lead Digital, Creative Strategy -

Travis Flee has been named a director of Youth Villages’ marketing and communications department, where he serves as director of digital strategy and creative services. Flee comes to Youth Villages with nearly 20 years of marketing experience, serving most recently as the director of digital brand marketing for Hilton Worldwide.

24. 100-Year-Old Question -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art was already more than 10 years old when Sears, Roebuck & Co. opened its nearby Crosstown store in 1927 and the rest of the neighborhood began to fill in, so it was shock for many Memphians to hear about the possibility of the iconic institution leaving the only home it’s ever known.

25. UTHSC Professor Awarded Special Designation -

Dr. Thaddeus Wilson, a faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been elected a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Wilson is an associate professor in the radiology and pharmaceutical sciences departments of UTHSC’s Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy.

26. White House, Black College Heads to Meet Amid Strained Ties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday named a lawyer and former NFL player as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as the administration faces criticism from those institutions of promises unkept.

27. Creating A Successful Special Event -

What if you could step back in time and experience a Night at the Lorraine, the motel that has been redeveloped and transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum? That’s the opportunity that Jeanette O’Bryant, development officer with the museum, provides for guests. Together with her committee chair, Terrence Reed, NATL committee members, employees and volunteers, she created a new, fun revenue stream.

28. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will kick off its 2017-18 Broadway season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King & I” Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Sept. 24 at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

29. Dean: Economic Development More Difficult in Memphis -

It’s a story that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean tells just about every place in the state he goes in his campaign to be the state’s next governor.

30. Juvenile Court Outcomes Still Questioned -

Rev. Keith Norman says just about every time federal monitors in the settlement agreement with Juvenile Court come to Memphis they meet with him and want to hear from a broad cross section of Memphians with no filtering of those they encounter.

31. Last Word: HOT, Post Secondary Meets High School and Downtown Home Prices -

Even a power outage Downtown didn’t stop the Bruno Mars show at FedExForum Sunday that capped an eventful and HOT weekend around the city. The forum was not affected by the outage.

32. Zach Randolph Sentenced to Community Service in LA -

Former Memphis Grizzly and two-time NBA All-Star Zach Randolph has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest last month in Los Angeles.

33. The Week Ahead: Sept. 18-24 -

Hello, Memphis! Autumn officially arrives this Friday, and it’s bringing along a spate of happenings this week – from the Metal Museum’s Repair Days to the Memphis Japan Festival and the Mid-South Fair. Check out our top event picks and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

34. Events -

Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op will hold a Fix a Flat Class Monday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Revolutions, 1000 S. Cooper St. (at First Congregational Church). The class covers everything you need to know about tires and tubes. Learn why you get flats and the best ways to prevent them in the future. Cost is free for Revolutions members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit revolutionsmemphis.com for details and tickets.

35. Panel: Memphis a Food Town in Which Restaurants Build Community -

High Cotton Brewing Co. co-founder Brice Timmons has a quote he jokingly uses to describe the life of a beer brewer in Memphis.

36. SCS Graduation Rate Inches Up, Arlington Tops 96 Percent -

Shelby County Schools posted a graduation rate of 79.6 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year, up almost a full percentage point from the previous school year. And Arlington Community Schools was one of 43 public school districts in the state with a graduation rate at or above 95 percent.

37. Loeb Properties Planning $24M Overton Square Hotel -

Loeb Properties wants to build on the revival of Overton Square by adding a $24 million, 100-room hotel in the district.

The Memphis-based company and its partners – boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group – are seeking a 15-year tax abatement to construct a 100-room boutique hotel at the southwest corner of Cooper Street and Trimble Place, south of Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis.

38. Memphis 3.0 Planning Enters Third Phase -

The Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process enters its third phase this with public workshops to consider scenarios of what the city’s growth will look like through 2040.

The scenarios help understand growth patterns, where people move to and where jobs locate, and how future changes may impact quality of life and other measures. These impacts may also include how the city’s revenue could increase or decrease, new development potential for different areas, and which areas change or remain the same over time.

39. Bike Safety Program Launching at SCS -

A fundraising campaign is launching this month to fund a bicycle safety program for fourth-grade classes at 14 Shelby County Schools next spring, plus six more schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

40. Volunteers Needed For Project Homeless Connect -

Community Alliance for the Homeless Inc. is seeking volunteers across Memphis and Shelby County to help during Project Homeless Connect – Memphis, taking place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

41. West Cancer Fundraiser Set for This Weekend -

The West Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event, West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk, is set to take place at Shelby Farms Park this weekend.

42. Events -

The 30th annual Cooper Young Festival is Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Cooper-Young Historic District. The festival is the largest single-day event in Memphis and serves as a fundraiser for the Cooper Young Business Association. This year’s lineup features 17 musical acts, local merchants and 435 artisans from around the country. Visit cooperyoungfestival.com for details.

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44. Credit Report Changes Remove Some Info, Put Greater Burden on Lenders -

Lenders don’t just want a snapshot of potential borrowers. They want the full picture. In theory, the three major credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – were providing that. But the reports routinely included errors. It was not uncommon for the credit information of people with similar names to be confused.

45. Skipping School -

The farm field at East Shelby Drive and Sycamore Road is “growing” steel beams, classroom walls and concrete floors. Nearby, the athletic fields of the new $90 million Collierville High School are being traced and laid out at summer’s end next to the framework of the large school.

46. AG: SCS Must Release Student Info To ASD -

Shelby County and Metro Nashville Schools cannot withhold student data from the state-run Achievement School District, according to a legal opinion released Thursday, Sept. 14, by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

47. House Backs $1.2T Spending Bill With More Money for Military -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.

48. West Cancer Fundraiser Set for This Weekend -

The West Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event, West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk, is set to take place at Shelby Farms Park this weekend.

49. Frayser Landfill Expansion Voted Down -

The proposed expansion of a construction landfill in Frayser was unanimously shot down by the Shelby County Land Use Board Thursday, Sept. 14, to the cheers of dozens of concerned residents and students from the nearby Memphis Business Academy who showed up to voice their opposition.

50. Last Word: The Monument Letter, Soulsville Gateway and Gas Tax Hike Regrets -

The Redbirds take Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship series Wednesday evening with a 6-4 win over El Paso at AutoZone Park. Game 2 is noon Thursday at B.B. King and Union.

51. Trump Nominee for FEMA Post Withdraws Over Travel Audit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the No. 2 official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency withdrew from consideration Wednesday following questions about a 2011 federal investigation.

52. Volunteers Needed For Project Homeless Connect -

Community Alliance for the Homeless Inc. is seeking volunteers across Memphis and Shelby County to help during Project Homeless Connect – Memphis, taking place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

53. Events -

The Daily News’ 2017 Small Business Seminar will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Brooks Museum, 1930 Poplar Ave. A panel of key players in the local food and beverage industry will discuss opportunities and challenges they’ve faced and offer tips and advice for all small-business owners. Wine-and-cheese reception will follow. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com for details and registration.

54. Opioid Committee on Right Track, Obstacles Remain -

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

“Of course, my reaction immediately was, ‘I thought that went away in the late 70s.’ But we’re seeing it. In fact, we are averaging approximately five heroin overdoses a month just in the town of Smyrna,” adds Arnold, whose city about 10 miles southeast of Nashville has a population of nearly 48,600.

55. Finding Your Giving Hour -

What is an hour of your time worth? It’s not difficult to calculate the monetary equivalent of 60 minutes of doing your job. To use your skills, talent, training and wisdom has a price that brings value to your work. And what would that hour with you be worth if you gave it away? For someone in need, that hour with you could be priceless.

56. Power of Art -

From the nationwide study “Arts and Economic Prosperity V” came overwhelming evidence that the arts make a financial impact. But of all the data accumulated in a yearlong collection effort launched by Americans for the Arts, one number leaped out at Elizabeth Rouse, who is president and CEO of ArtsMemphis: in 2015 in Shelby County, the arts supported 6,138 jobs (full-time equivalent).

57. More Than 150 Clergy Call for Removal of Forrest Statue -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has posted a letter from 153 local clergy members in the Memphis area backing the city’s call for a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission next month to allow the city to remove Confederate monuments from city parks.

58. Last Word: Midtown Moves, A Spike in Chandler Numbers and Old School Expo -

The Brooks looking for a place outside of Overton Park is a huge story that broke Tuesday evening. And it is one of those stories that has a lot of dominoes you might say. Our story looks at some earlier options the museum developed mid recession, which is what delayed fuller consideration of this whole question.

59. Memphis Brooks Museum Eyes Relocation Out of Overton Park -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art might be leaving Midtown. The museum’s board has voted to allow the museum’s staff and the board’s long-range planning committee to evaluate locations in Memphis outside of Overton Park as possible homes for the Brooks’ permanent collection and future museum facilities.

60. Events -

The Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Luke Pruett, recruiting director for City Leadership, will present “Why Millennials Believe in Memphis.” Visit pmimemphis.org.

61. MMDC Hires Mitchell to Lead Community Development -

Memphis native Vonesha Mitchell has joined the Memphis Medical District Collaborative as program manager, community development. Mitchell’s new position rolls together several functions, including recruiting retail for vacant and underutilized storefronts, working with U3 Advisors to launch and administer the Hire Local program, developing assistance package and incentive programs, and engaging current and potential businesses in the district to understand opportunities and concerns.

62. Memphis 3.0 Planning Enters Third Phase -

The Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process enters its third phase this week with the first of four public workshops to consider scenarios of what the city’s growth will look like through 2040.

63. Mid-South Ranks Low In ‘Happiest States’ Study -

A recent study claims Mid-South residents don’t have much to be happy about.

The “Happiest States in America” study from personal-finance website WalletHub ranked Tennessee No. 42 in the happiness rankings, with Mississippi and Arkansas checking in at Nos. 45 and 46, respectively.

64. Bike Safety Program Launching at SCS -

A fundraising campaign is launching this month to fund a bicycle safety program for fourth-grade classes at 14 Shelby County Schools next spring, plus six more schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

65. Be Prepared to Strike While the Iron is Hot -

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Charlottesville. DACA. These are just three “hot topics” that dominated traditional and online media recently. Here’s the question: Has your nonprofit increased its revenue, number of donors, people served or community profile as a result of recent national media attention?

66. Entrepreneur Strikes Right Note At Pop-Up Shop -

Visitors to Tonya Dyson’s pop-up music shop at Edge Alley are greeted by a few sights all at once. Walls adorned with music-themed art, shelves stocked with records from Memphis artists and cozy furniture all help give the impression they’ve stepped into the living room of a serious music fan.

67. Promoters Exporting Authenticity Of Memphis Music in Another Way -

A new 5,000- to 6,000-seat concert venue at Graceland by early 2019 is competition. But it probably brings more customers to the overall market for concerts in the city, says the founder of Music Export Memphis, the city’s export office for the music business.

68. Does Memphis Have Right Mojo for Amazon HQ? -

Amazon.com’s announcement last week that it is actively searching for a second headquarters location caught the attention of governors, mayors and development officials from all over the country hoping to hit the jackpot.

69. The Week Ahead: Sept. 11-18 -

Hey, Memphis! This week we’re gearing up for the Cooper Young Festival and a packed house at the Tigers vs. UCLA game. Plus, Uptown Funk heads Downtown and The Joker hits East Memphis. Here’s what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

70. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Treatment of Tennessee Disabled -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge on Friday dismissed a long-standing lawsuit over Tennessee's treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ending federal oversight of state programs.

71. Tennessee Program to Award $10M in Broadband Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials are now accepting applications for $10 million worth of broadband grants.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said in a news release Thursday it will accept applications for the Broadband Accessibility Grant until Nov. 17.

72. Small-Business Owners to Share Lessons, Insights -

One of the things that’s important to remember about a local business like High Cotton Brewing Co., says co-founder Brice Timmons, is that, yes, it’s a local brewer, but it also sees itself as producing something just as important as a great brew.

73. Big River Crossing Wins International Design Honor -

Big River Crossing has won the top honor among projects receiving 2017 Excellence in Design Awards from the Waterfront Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps communities worldwide make wise long-term uses of waterfront resources.

74. U of M, STCC to Host Domestic Violence Summit -

The numbers tell a sobering story: One in three women will experience intimate partner violence during their lifetime.

To address this issue, the University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College will host the second annual Domestic Violence Summit Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304. Information about resources available to domestic violence victims in Memphis will be part of the program.

75. Developer: Lake District Project 'Moving Forward' -

Developer Yehuda Netanel said you can’t measure a development by how many bumps in the road it has, but by how many bumps in the road it overcomes, which is a fitting summary of his company's ambitious Lake District project over the last few weeks.

76. Memphis Has Earned its ‘Foodie Town’ Reputation in Past Decade -

When Sabine Bachmann arrived in Memphis more than 30 years ago, she was a little stunned at the city’s meager restaurant scene. The city wasn't barren, of course, with longtime mainstays such as Justine's and the Four Flames. But beyond that and some Italian family-owned places, the restaurant scene simply wasn't very diverse or widespread.

77. Pamela Urquieta Paves Innovative Pathways -

Pamela Urquieta has worked closely with about 100 student innovators, and led workshops for another 1,000, during her two-year tenure as program coordinator at LITE Memphis. LITE, which stands for Let’s Innovate Through Education, is a Memphis-based nonprofit that focuses on connecting students with internship and entrepreneurship opportunities.

78. Anderson Leaves ASD Bound By More Rules and With Different Role -

When the state-run Achievement School District began in the summer of 2012 there weren’t a lot of rules for how it would operate.

The superintendent of the turnaround model for schools in the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement could unilaterally take over any school on the list even if the local school district objected.

79. Medical Technology Marks Brave New World In Treatment Of Serious Illnesses -

Innovative medical technologies being developed in Memphis promise to revolutionize health care in the coming years.

Two technologies in particular have the medical community brimming with excitement: wearable medical technology that is just becoming widely available will help extend the lives of people with terminal brain cancer and a new medical device that should be available next year will ease the recovery for breast cancer and hernia surgery patients.

80. Right Response -

For many people in the Mid-South with barriers to getting to the appropriate health care professionals, sometimes a 911 call has seemed like their only option. That’s all changing now thanks to a new collaborative effort between the Memphis Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local health care organizations, area hospitals, nonprofits and philanthropists.

81. Anderson Leaving as ASD Superintendent -

Malika Anderson is stepping down as superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District effective at the end of September after being with the turnaround school district for the state’s lowest-performing schools since its inception in 2012 and as superintendent since January 2016.

82. U of M, STCC to Host Domestic Violence Summit -

The numbers tell a sobering story: One in three women will experience intimate partner violence during their lifetime.

To address this issue, the University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College will host the second annual Domestic Violence Summit Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304. Information about resources available to domestic violence victims in Memphis will be part of the program.

83. Events -

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) will host a Fundraising Feast for Kids’ Scholarships on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mosa Asian Bistro, 850 S. White Station Road. A portion of sales benefit MOST, which provides need-based scholarships to Memphis-area students. Mention MOST at check-out. Visit memphisscholarships.org for details.

84. ‘Divisive Symbols’: Mississippi Case Offers Hope for Forrest Bust Removal -

State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.

85. Bluff City High School Another First in Educational Transition -

Following a lull in historic firsts in public education in Shelby County – the launch of the state-run Achievement School District, school consolidation and then the demerger into seven school districts – another historic event took place last month in Hickory Hill that flew well under the radar.

86. Agricenter’s Sunflower Trail Makes Official Debut -

More than 30 years after its conception, the Agricenter Sunflower Trail finally enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the grounds of Agricenter International. Work started on both ends of the Greenprint-certified trail, which was one of the first in Shelby County, back in the mid-1980s.

87. Memphis Heritage Catalogs Historic Local Properties -

Memphis Heritage has announced the completion of a comprehensive catalog book, three years in the making, of all the historic properties in the city of Memphis and Shelby County that are listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

88. Cohen Criticizes, Kustoff Commends 6-Month DACA Wind-Down -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis termed President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday, Sept. 5, to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program over the next six months “heartless, illogical and un-American.”

89. Choctaw Indians to Vote Soon on New Casino in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A new casino could be coming as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is expected to vote soon on whether to build it.

The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday if the casino in the Red Water community is approved it would be the tribe's fourth. Two are in Neshoba County and another in Jones County. Red Water is in Leake County roughly 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Carthage.

90. Hospital in Mississippi Downsizing Amid Financial Issues -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi hospital seeking to offset reduced revenues is closing its skilled nursing unit and community health department in addition to scaling back its inpatient mental health center.

91. Study Reveals Local Impact of the Arts -

Nonprofit arts industry spending totaled nearly $200 million in Shelby County in 2015, according to local findings from a nationwide study called Arts and Economic Prosperity V. Known as AEP5, the study was a yearlong data-collection effort launched by Americans for the Arts to quantify the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture.

92. The Week Ahead: Sept. 4-10 -

Hello, Memphis – and Happy Labor Day! Hopefully the promise of an exciting football season and Memphis Redbirds playoff games will help ease you back into work mode after the three-day weekend. Both are in store – along with Goat Days and much more – in The Week Ahead...

93. U of M Inks Partnership With Volunteer Odyssey -

The University of Memphis has entered into an official partnership with Volunteer Odyssey as the U of M’s official service partner. The partnership will give the university the ability to provide vetted service opportunities to students that contribute to community needs.

94. ‘Light It Gold’ Plans in Place For Childhood Cancer -

The Chris Hope Foundation plans to flood the city of Memphis with a sea of gold in September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The foundation, along with families affected by childhood cancer, city of Memphis officials and the community will gather Saturday, Sept. 2, at Tiger Lane for the Light It Gold Memphis kickoff. The evening of awareness, games, entertainment, food and more takes place under the glow of the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, which will be lit up in gold for the occasion.

95. Pinnacle Named Among Best Banks to Work For -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is one of the nation’s Best Banks to Work For, ranking No. 6 on the annual list compiled by American Banker magazine and Best Companies Group. It is the firm’s fifth appearance on the list.

96. SCS Board Opposes Frayser Dump Expansion -

As another attempt at a construction landfill in Frayser bordering Whitney Achievement Elementary School drew vocal opposition at a community meeting Tuesday, Aug. 29, Shelby County Schools board members also came out against the Memphis Wrecking Co. project.

97. Exposure on 901 Day To Proceed as Planned -

Exposure on 901 Day, New Memphis Institute’s celebration of all things Memphis on the city’s unofficial holiday – 9/01 – will go on as planned Friday, Sept. 1.

Held again this year at AutoZone Park, Exposure will feature the second annual local celebrity kickball game, local entertainment and performance artists, and 150 local organizations hosting interactive opportunities for community engagement.

98. Whitehaven Boom Gets Arena Catalyst -

As she looked across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the parking lot of the new Tri-State Bank headquarters at Elvis Presley and Farrow Road last week, Memphis City Council member Patrice Robinson took in the view of the new five-bay retail strip and looked north at another new strip soon to come online, and talked about a third in the works.

99. Events -

The 2017 Delta Fair & Music Festival continues through Sept. 10 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Enjoy live music, festival food, carnival rides, a petting zoo and special events like lawnmower races and the “redneck yacht pull.” Visit deltafest.com for hours and tickets.

100. Big River Crossing Wins International Design Honor -

Big River Crossing has won the top honor among projects receiving 2017 Excellence in Design Awards from the Waterfront Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps communities worldwide make wise long-term uses of waterfront resources.