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1. Reversing The Travel Slump -

U.S. travel industry representatives earlier this week expressed concern over declines in international travelers to the U.S.

A so-called “Trump Slump” has been blamed in some circles, but organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition were quick to point to a bigger long-term situation, a decline that goes back to 2015.

2. Last Word: Second Snow Day, The Post-King Generation and Cohen's Cadillac -

A second snow day awaits Wednesday on this short week for many but not all of us. And there is some grumbling about the approach to treating roads off the main thoroughfares that may, in this city where a cut-through detour is a real thing and the reason for speed humps, still see a lot of traffic.

3. The Downside Of the C-Suite -

Have you ever wished you were the top executive in your department? For many, becoming a C-level executive can be a lifelong goal. Whether it’s chief executive officer, chief marketing officer or chief financial officer – the C-suite has real perks.

4. FedEx Realigns Specialty Companies Under Trade Networks -

FedEx Corp. has announced that effective March 1, the company will realign its specialty logistics and e-commerce solutions under FedEx Trade Networks Inc. and FTN CEO Richard W. Smith.

5. Orpheum CEO Batterson Honored For Excellence in Performing Arts -

Brett Batterson, president and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has been named the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents’ 2017 Presenter of the Year. The award honors individuals in the performing arts field for their excellence in exemplifying mentoring; setting an example of best practices, achievement and leadership in their discipline; and cultivating diversity, practicing inclusion, and creating equity for underserved members of the community.

6. 'Mississippi Burning' KKK Leader Killen Dies in Prison at 92 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday.

7. Shelby County Home Sales Volume, Average Price Soar -

Average home sale prices and overall sales volume showed healthy gains in 2017 over the previous year, signaling another good year for the housing market in Shelby County.

The average home sales price in 2017 was $165,644, a 5 percent increase from the previous year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

8. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases -

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

9. Crosstown High Preps For August Opening -

The first class of freshmen students has been selected for the fall semester of Crosstown High, a new public charter school opening this August. The school, which will welcome 600 students by 2021, will be located on the first, fourth and fifth floors of the new community-driven, mixed-use Crosstown Concourse redevelopment.

10. 'F' is for Fraud -

Just before the winter break, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had a lot of questions for the Shelby County Schools system. She had just read a 258-page report from an independent investigation of the school system’s grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High School.

11. Snapshot: Crowning Moment for Downtown Church -

Rain and windy weather didn't bother the construction crew that installed a new steeple on First United Methodist Church Thursday, Jan. 11, at Second Street and Poplar Avenue. It is the second steeple ever installed on the church erected in 1890. The congregation is rebuilding the historic church after an October 2006 fire destroyed it.

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12. Tenn. Lawmakers Joke, Cite Female Attire in Harassment Training -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – When Tennessee House members and staffers gathered Wednesday for their first-ever in-person training on sexual harassment, one female lawmaker said women should mind how they dress and a male lawmaker jokingly said a male colleague was harassing him.

13. Vendeville Leads New Leaders at Teach For America -

When Cara Vendeville was little, her brother was littler. One day, in the family’s home in Cleveland, Ohio, Vendeville and her brother decided to play a game of school. Most kids might have lost interest and wandered off to some more exciting activity, with better toys. Vendeville, determined, set to work writing lesson plans.

14. After Disaster of 2017, New Year Looking Good for Vols -

Vol Nation should celebrate. It’s a new year. It’s got to be better than 2017. Tennessee athletics had a bad year, one of the worst ever. It was rough for fans, alumni and boosters.

15. Mariota Finds His Swagger, Giving Titans Fans Hope for 2nd-Round Playoff Win -

About a month ago, following a Dec. 10 loss at Arizona, Marcus Mariota showed a seldom-seen side of his personality.

Clearly dejected, he seemed flustered and distraught while answering questions in his post-game press conference, even answering that he was “pissed off” about his performance when asked why he seemed more bothered than usual following the Titans’ 12-7 loss to the struggling Cardinals.

16. Finding The Best in The Worst of Times -

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is the opening line of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” The story, set during the French Revolution, centers on the possibility of resurrection and transformation both on personal and societal levels. Rooted in that transformation is the sacrifice and suffering that accompanies it.

17. Job Seeking: The One Last Taboo? -

In the age of oversharing online, it seems that searching for a job is one of the last topics anyone wants to share. The world’s largest job site, Indeed.com, recently commissioned a study by Censuswide, surveying 10,000 job seekers around the world – in the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

18. CW/CA Adds Fenton As Marketing, Research Director -

Laura Fenton has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as director of marketing and research. CW/CA’s Marketing & Research department serves as the commercial real estate firm’s in-house agency for brokers and clients, and in her role, Fenton leads strategic communication, marketing and research for business development initiatives, marketing on behalf of clients, public relations, advertising, internal communications, social media and community involvement. 

19. Fired Google Engineer's Suit Claims Reverse Discrimination -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Google engineer who was fired for writing a memo criticizing Google for pushing diversity is suing the company, saying it discriminates against white men and conservatives.

20. US Hits Record for Costly Weather Disasters: $306 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion.

21. Tennessee Lawmakers Head Into Session With Elections Looming -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for a session colored by upcoming elections and Gov. Bill Haslam's final lap before he hits his term limits.

This year, the Republican-led General Assembly likely won't face a monthslong fight over one topic, like the roads-funding package with gas tax hikes and other tax breaks that Haslam ushered into law in 2017.

22. Week Ahead: January 8-14 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! This week brings the first meetings of 2018 for the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission, events celebrating Elvis’ birthday, a luncheon honoring the local PRSA chapter's Communicator of the Year, the Sozo Children’s Choir, business owner seminars, a full slate of sporting events to attend and more.

23. Last Word: Saturday In The Parks, The Citizen and Kroger Backlash -

No protest or march permits applied for at City Hall as of Thursday morning in anticipation of a Saturday Confederate monuments protest, according to city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen at Thursday’s taping of “Behind The Headlines.” Our discussion included lots about the city’s move toward taking down the monuments Dec. 20 and what could happen next. Also, McMullen tells us there were some other nonprofits that talked with the city about Health Sciences and Memphis Parks before Memphis Greenspace. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO TV.

24. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

25. EDITORIAL: Take Current Council Members Out of Three-Term-Limit Question -

For all of the names currently circulating for this or that office on one of the three election days we’ll have in Shelby County this year, it might help somewhere near the outset to remember who and what this is about.

26. A Fantastic Year for Fund Investors: Everyone's a Winner -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sometimes, everyone's a winner. Last year was one of those times for mutual-fund investors.

Nearly every fund made money during 2017, which ended up being one of the most enjoyable years in history for investors as improvements in corporate profits and economies around the world lifted markets. Even some of the biggest laggards of recent years shared in the gains, including funds that focus on Latin American stocks, commodities and other niches.

27. Pruitt Makes Most of Early Signing Date -

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt could have done a lot worse during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, the first-ever for high school recruits in college football.

It was a recruiting whirlwind for Pruitt, named UT’s coach Dec. 7 while still serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.

28. Why Aren’t Starved Fans All In for the Titans? -

There is some irony in the Tennessee Titans’ going to the “Show-Me State” for a first-round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Perhaps there the 9-6 Titans, a team its own fans have yet to completely embrace, can finally make an impression in their first playoff game in nine years.

29. College Football Playoff Imperfect, But Entertains -

Go ahead, make the case. Central Florida went undefeated, was clearly the class of the Group of 5.

Went into Atlanta and beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl 34-27.

And Auburn, playing at home, beat both teams that are in the Jan. 8 national championship game – Georgia (in the regular season, not in the SEC championship game) and Alabama.

30. Attorney, Former Political Activist Lewis Donelson Dies at 100 -

In a century of life that began in Memphis, Lewis Donelson was many things including an attorney, politician and strategist. In all of those pursuits and others, he was one of the city’s most influential citizens and a force in some of the most historic moments in the city’s history as well as the state’s history.

31. We’re No. 1! -

While tax law changes have some worried about the impact on charitable giving in 2018, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president Robert Fockler points to Memphis’s historical standing as a generous city and his foundation’s own growth as reasons he is not worried as the calendar flips to a new year.

32. S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for National Championship -

S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama and Georgia won their College Football Playoff semifinals on Monday and will meet in the national championship next week in Atlanta, the home of the Southeastern Conference title game.

33. NBC Names Hoda Kotb as Lauer Replacement on 'Today' -

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the "Today" show's first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.

34. IRS Warns That Tax Season Brings Security Risks -

While cybersecurity should be a year-round concern for small business owners, income tax filing season can bring some particular risks, according to the IRS.

The agency says it has gotten an increase in reports of attempts to obtain employees' W-2 forms in hopes of stealing people's personal information and identities. The scams often go after employees in companies' human resources and payroll departments, but any staffer or manager could be a target. In the scam, a potential thief poses as a company executive, sending an email from an address that might look legitimate, and requests a list of employees and their W-2s.

35. Mayor Says Memphis 'Will Be Prepared' for Statue Protests -

If opponents of the removal of the city’s two most visible Civil War monuments follow through on plans for a Memphis protest Jan. 6, Mayor Jim Strickland said city government will be ready.

36. Strickland Touts 'Solidarity' Around Confederate Monuments Removal -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland marked the halfway point in his four-year term of office Monday, Jan. 1, by calling on citizens to make use of the “spirit of solidarity” shown in the removal of the city’s two most visible Civil War monuments just before Christmas.

37. What to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2018 -

In 2018, you may resolve to save more, spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.

38. Decade Since Recession: Thriving Cities Leave Others Behind -

As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off.

In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district – and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you look, there are signs of a thriving city: Building cranes looming over streets, hotels crammed with business travelers, tony restaurants filled with diners.

39. Small Businesses More Interested in Loans -

Small companies are getting more interested in borrowing, but many are still finding it hard to get loans from banks.

That's the finding of a quarterly survey of small businesses released by Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Corp.

40. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

41. City Puts Price of Convention Center Renovation at $175M -

The renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center will cost $175 million and should be completed by the end of 2019, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Friday, Dec. 29.

42. City Puts Price of Convention Center Renovation at $175 Million -

The renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center will cost $175 million and should be completed by the end of 2019, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Friday, Dec. 29.

43. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Sell-Out Prep, Beale's Year and Tubby Talks -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is a sell out as of Thursday. And while your thoughts may turn to the sight of a full stadium at the Fairgrounds, at least some of you who are going are thinking about what traffic will be like in the area. Here is the parking and shuttle game plan at the outset and a day in advance. The Liberty Bowl Parade on Beale is at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a pep rally in the entertainment district and all are welcome.

44. Worth the Wait -

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

45. Titans' Season Once Again Hinges on Jacksonville -

By now, Titans fans know winning Sunday’s game against Jacksonville would put the team in an NFL playoff game for the first time since Jan. 10, 2009.

A victory against the Jaguars would not only end a postseason drought that has stretched for nine years, it also would validate the decision that the Titans’ hierarchy made early in 2016 when controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and brand new general manager Jon Robinson retained Mike Mularkey as head coach.

46. His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing -

When his visitor was about to leave, Orlando Tubby Smith had one more story. About a time his father had given him an assignment on the family farm in Maryland. 

Tubby was one of 17 children. He had older siblings and younger siblings. He also, at age 12 or 13, already had a sense for what it was to lead and manage.

47. Tennesseans Turn in 34 Tons of Unwanted, Expired Medications -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say Tennesseans that participated in a national prescription drug disposal initiative turned in a record number of unwanted or expired medications.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said in a November news release that Tennesseans turned in more than 68,000 pounds (30,845 kilograms) of unwanted or expired medications during the DEA's 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative on Oct. 28. That was the highest total ever collected in the state, surpassing each of the 13 previous events. More than 6.5 million Tennesseans contributed.

48. If Interviewing Were Dating -

Interviewing for a job is a nerve-wracking process. When else do we want others to judge us? We spend so much time preparing – finding the perfect clothes, organizing our resume and sneaking out of our job. We ask for recommendations from our old bosses.

49. Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder -

Attorney William Allen Wooten has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, working in the firm’s Memphis office as well as its new location at the current Wooten Law Firm in Covington, Tennessee.

50. Buoyed by Alabama Win, Democrats Eye Tennessee Senate Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democrats eager to take control of the Senate next year are turning to the state of Tennessee, where a popular Democratic former governor is running for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

51. Tax Pros are Suddenly Very Popular, If a Little Confused -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Don't feel bad if you don't understand how the new tax bill will affect you. Chances are, your accountant doesn't yet either.

From New York to Kentucky to Florida, accountants and tax lawyers are scanning the 1,000 page measure, fielding a swirl of questions from clients and swapping tips via email in their efforts to fully grasp the bill's far-reaching changes.

52. Mismatch: Fizdale and Gasol Should Have Worked, But Didn’t -

There’s no way to prove this, but I believe it: if David Fizdale and Marc Gasol never had been part of the same team, they would have respected each other from afar.

They might have even wondered about working together and wished for it.

53. Amid the Tumult, a Vol Legacy Finally Gets His Call -

Jacob Warren got one of the best phone calls of his life a couple of weeks ago. The senior tight end at Farragut High School was relieved to hear what new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt told him.

54. Iowa State Must Stay True to Selves to Beat Tough Memphis Offense -

At this late date in the college football season, deception may come on an individual play – a quarterback’s deft sleight of hand on play-action or a linebacker feigning blitz only to drop back into coverage.

55. Analysis: AutoZone May Be Set Up for Stronger 2018 -

Analysts who cover the stock of AutoZone Inc. are split into two sizable camps at the moment. Some 44 percent think the stock is worth rating a “buy,” while more than 50 percent think investors that already own shares should hold on to them and do nothing for now.

56. Frayser Bauhaus -

Memphis' best and most unique example of art deco-international style Bauhaus architecture has been hiding in plain sight in Frayser for nearly 70 years.

Tens of thousands of daily motorists drive past the white, multilevel building at 3590 Thomas St., on the northeast corner of Thomas and Floyd Avenue, where curved windows look out on the highway down the hill and large trees landscape the slope to the street.

57. US Home Sales Climb 5.6 Percent in November to 11-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6 percent in November.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.81 million units. Home sales were last this strong in December 2006, when properties sold at annual pace of 6.42 million.

58. Veggie Might: Titans' D Gets Boost After Going Vegan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Wesley Woodyard misses putting milk in his cereal, and try as he might, the Tennessee Titans linebacker still reaches for a strip of bacon here and there.

Giving up meat hasn't been easy, but in a league where everyone is looking for an edge, Woodyard and the Titans think they've found one in the produce aisle.

59. Last Word: Moving the Mountaintop, Brooks Idea and No Voucher Bill in 2018 -

The Mountaintop is moving – the circa 1977 sculpture that for many years was the only public memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- other than the pre-National Civil Rights Museum at what was then the Lorraine Motel. It’s had a few locations over the last 40 years and it's been in the Memphis elements constantly.

60. House Passes Massive Tax Package; Senate to Vote Next -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gleeful Republicans on Tuesday muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades through the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and insisted "results are what's going to make this popular."

61. Is Your Expertise Coming Through? -

Inc. magazine columnist Joseph Gulfo said it best: “Expert. This is one of the most overused words you’ll ever hear.”

At the heart of that overuse are people in my profession – marketing and PR – who need to do right by their employer, idea or client and capture marketplace awareness.

62. ESPN Chief Skipper Resigns, Cites Substance Abuse Problem -

NEW YORK (AP) – John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem.

63. Disney-Fox Deal May Create a New Nerdy Nirvana -

MENLO PARK, California (AP) – The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism.

64. December 15-21, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1970: Elvis Presley takes a commercial flight from Memphis to Washington, D.C., without telling anyone on either end of the trip. At the White House gate, he leaves a note saying he would like to meet with President Richard Nixon. After some phone calls back and forth with White House aides, Presley meets with Nixon in the Oval Office.

65. Robertson Reignites United Way’s Iconic Brand -

“All the women in my family are natural-born leaders,” Lori Spicer Robertson says as she leans forward in her desk chair. “To me, that was the norm – just what you did.”

66. Former AD Dickey has Confidence in Fulmer, Pruitt -

Doug Dickey lived and breathed some of Tennessee’s football glory days, and he would like nothing better than to see those days return.

Dickey, 85, retired and living in Jacksonville, Florida, still loves Tennessee football. He coached the Vols to the Litkenhous national championship in 1967 when the Vols finished 9-2. USC, 9-1, was declared the national champs in the AP, Coaches, FWAA and NFF polls.

67. Trader Joe’s Still Mystery As Developers Buy Old Kroger -

Developers planning to renovate the old Kroger location at 2130 Exeter Road in Germantown have bought out the property’s previous owners in a multimillion-dollar deal.

68. Developers of Old Kroger Site Buy Property for $8M -

The developers planning the renovations of the old Kroger location at 2130 Exeter Road have bought out the property’s previous owners in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Savannah, Georgia-based Wicker Park Capital Management, doing business as 2130 Exeter Road Holdings, has acquired the site from previous owner Robert H. Schwab for $8.1 million, according to warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register on Dec. 11.

69. Best Places To Work in 2018 -

For the 10th year, Glassdoor.com has released its Employees’ Choice Awards. For 2018, they’ve expanded the list of best companies from 50 to 100.

70. Bitcoin Futures Soar Amid Frenzy Over Virtual Currency -

CHICAGO (AP) – Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 16 percent.

The futures contract that expires in January was up $2,440 to $17,900 Monday afternoon on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Trading began Sunday, and the price rose as high as $18,850, according to data from the CBOE.

71. Trump Says Fines for Wells Fargo Will Not be Dropped -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be "substantially increased."

72. Memphis Football Coach Gets Leadership Forum Nod -

University of Memphis quarterbacks and tight ends coach Kenny Dillingham has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association’s 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute that will take place Jan. 7 at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

73. Sports & Business Tag-Team Partners in DeSoto County -

When Snowden Grove Park, a 17-field baseball-only facility was built in 1999 in Southaven, it cued a change in dynamics. And not just for local and regional competitive baseball teams that would now have a place to compete on miniature professional quality fields.

74. John Lewis to Skip Civil Rights Museum Opening Due to Trump -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will attend.

75. Avoid 401(k) Loans -

Ray’s Take Many employers offer 401(k) plans that grant participants the option to take out a loan. And when times are tough – or maybe you really, really want to renovate your kitchen – it’s tempting to withdraw money from your 401(k) for a loan.

76. Titans Set 2nd ‘Training Camp’ Next Week in Arizona -

Road trip! The Tennessee Titans are trying something a little different for a two-game swing out West beginning with this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Sometime back in the off-season, team officials decided the Titans, rather than make two consecutive cross-country round trips, would only make one and stay in the Pacific time zone for the week in between the games with the Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.

77. Latest SEC Football Rankings: 1. Sexton. 2. Saban. -

Fourteen schools play football in the SEC. Six of them, or 42.9 percent, now have a different man coaching their football team than they had at the start of the season.

That’s a lot of turnover. It suggests coaching in the SEC is often a battle against personal extinction.

78. Grizzlies Stop Losing Streak at 11, But Victories Remain Elusive -

Perhaps Tom Thibodeau saw it coming. His young Minnesota Timberwolves, though not short on talent, do not yet consistently devote themselves to defense. They were playing for a second straight night and they were on the road at FedExForum.

79. 50 Years Later -

Almost 50 years to the day after he died in a plane crash while on tour, the image and sound of soul singer Otis Redding remains vital and relevant – and heard.

80. Ford Fired By Morgan Stanley In Harassment Investigation -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley following a company investigation into allegations he harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed a woman he met with several years ago, according to Huffington Post.

81. Rivals Manning, Spurrier Enter College Hall of Fame Together -

NEW YORK (AP) – After the class picture of the latest Hall of Fame inductees was taken, Peyton Manning made his way over to Steve Spurrier for another handshake and some chit-chat before heading off in opposite directions to do media interviews.

82. Kennedy Wrestles With Wedding Cake Case at Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) – His vote likely to decide the outcome, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy voiced competing concerns Tuesday about respecting the religious beliefs of a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, and the gay couple's dignity.

83. Manning: Role at Tennessee is Now 'Donor, Supporter, Fan' -

NEW YORK (AP) – Peyton Manning says he takes his role as an ambassador for the University of Tennessee seriously and looks forward to supporting the Volunteers' next football coach.

Tennessee's search for a replacement for Butch Jones has resulted in turmoil, with fan protests, the firing of athletic director John Currie and the hiring of former Vols coach Philip Fulmer as AD. After being turned down by several coaches, Tennessee is still searching.

84. Memphis Football Asst. Coach Chosen for Leadership Forum -

University of Memphis quarterbacks and tight ends coach Kenny Dillingham has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association’s 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute that will take place Jan. 7 at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

85. Blankenship Named President Of Coldwell Banker Collins Maury -

Sean Blankenship has joined Coldwell Banker Collins Maury as president, coming to the Collierville-based full-service real estate firm after serving as chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his new role, Blankenship will focus on growing the company’s presence in the greater Memphis and northern Mississippi markets.

86. In Wake of Weinstein, Men Wonder If Hugging Women Still OK -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Steve Wyard thought he knew what sexual harassment looked like: a put-out-or-lose-your-job overture. Now he's not so sure.

"Have we gotten to the point now where men can't say, 'That's a nice dress' or 'Did you do something with your hair?'" says the veteran sales associate for a Los Angles company. "The potential problem is you can't even feel safe saying, 'Good morning' anymore."

87. Elections, Term Limits, Assemblies Face Council -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, on a move to repeal ranked-choice voting before it ever gets used. The body also talks about a proposed charter change that would raise council term limits from two consecutive terms to three and takes the first of three readings on changes to the ordinance that sets ground rules for parades, marathons and protests on city streets.

88. Tennessee’s Hot Seat Finds a New Office -

Tennessee football isn’t what it used to be. Nor is the attraction of being UT’s football coach.

It became more and more apparent this week as first-year UT athletics director John Currie tried to hire his first football coach as an AD.

89. Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch -

For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.

It’s the only loss Memphis (10-1) suffered all year. The Tigers took out two Top-25 teams (at the time the games were played) in UCLA and Navy. Yet they were not really competitive against UCF, which is undefeated at 11-0 heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando (ABC-TV).

90. A New First -

The steel framework for a new First United Methodist Church Downtown has stood for so long that when the new sanctuary is completed early next year some of the framework will be visible in the building’s interior.

91. NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior' -

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC News fired "Today" show host Matt Lauer for what it said Wednesday was "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague, making him perhaps the most familiar figure in America brought down so far by the misconduct accusations that have swept through Hollywood and the media over the past two months.

92. Is There Room for Common-Sense Gun Legislation? -

The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action picks its battles judiciously. Once labeled as a bunch of anti-gun extremists, the group is anything but, spokeswoman Kat McRitchie says.

“We seek common ground. We work with legislators on both sides of the aisle. We’re nonpartisan,” McRitchie explains. “We’re simply looking for common-sense gun solutions, which the majority of Americans support.”

93. Retail Group: Those Buying Both Online, In Stores Spent More -

NEW YORK (AP) – A retail trade group says people who shopped both online and in stores from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday spent more than those who picked one or the other.

The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online during those five days, higher than its estimate that 164 million would. The group said those who shopped online and in stores spent $82 more on average than online-only shoppers, and $49 more on average than store-only shoppers.

94. Does Your Brand Evoke Emotion? -

The essence of a brand isn’t so much about rationale arguments; instead, it’s how it makes the market feel emotionally. So believed the late Steve Jobs: “Nike sells a commodity, they sell shoes. And yet when you think of Nike you feel something different than a shoe company. In their ads, as you know, they don’t ever talk about the product. … What’s Nike do in their advertising? They honor great athletes and … great athletics. That is what they are about.”

95. Cultivating Talent -

Ibtisam Salih is closer than ever to realizing her dream of opening a restaurant in the city that serves the Sudanese cuisine of her native country. She’s been preparing food at Caritas Village in Binghampton for several years now, and she’s started operating a catering venture – Ibti’s Soup and Catering. What she’s working toward, though, is a restaurant of her own. She loves to cook. She loathes the idea of recipes. She prepares her dishes by what feels right.

96. For Now, Memphis a College Football Oasis -

Tony Pollard was taking another kick return from one end zone to another. Quarterback Riley Ferguson and wideout Anthony Miller were hooking up for an 89-yard touchdown on the Memphis Tigers’ first play from scrimmage. And safety Jonathan Cook was playing pick-six.

97. A Look at What Some Stores Have Planned for Black Friday -

NEW YORK (AP) – With Black Friday having stretched into a November full of deals, stores will be stepping it up as holiday shopping begins in earnest.

It's been a tough year for many retailers. Several well-known chains have filed for bankruptcy protection and thousands of stores have closed. Amazon is going into the holiday season with its largest ever store presence, and plans to offer deals online every day from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. Stores are trying to step up their game online and in person to attract customers who are moving back and forth from store to phone shopping.

98. Promote a Culture Of Everyday Gratitude -

Gratitude is our tradition. Giving thanks and recognition for the good in our lives, for the freedoms in our country and to all those among us who, by their words and actions, lift us all is part of our national culture, our country’s tradition. It was even declared a national holiday in 1941.

99. Good Morning -

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS OF A MORNING. As I write this, I’m out of town and just finished reading an email from friend Gene. He was sharing a few deep thoughts and life questions people have shared with him. Since I found several of them funny enough to spill my coffee on my hosts’ floor and read out loud to people who just woke up, I think I’ll just turn this week’s column over to Gene and get some more coffee.

100. Tigers Defense Has Persevered Through Adversity This Season -

The numbers don’t tell the story. A glance at the American Athletic Conference team statistics show a University of Memphis defense that ranks in the bottom half of the 12-team league in practically every category, from scoring defense (seventh, 32.6 points per game) to total defense (eighth, 452.3 yards per game). The Tigers have allowed 43 touchdowns (4.3 per game) and struggled stopping opponents on third down and in the red zone.