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1. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protesters blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

2. Last Word: Downtown Crime Discussions, Greensward Arrests and Lead Pipes -

An after-midnight stampede on Beale Street a week after one person was killed and two other people were wounded in a random shooting a block north of the entertainment district.

Summer is here by tradition if not by the calendar just yet. And Downtown there is already a debate behind the frequent declaration that Downtown is the safest area of the city.

3. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protestors blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

4. US Consumer Sentiment Up in May to Highest in Nearly a Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans turned more optimistic about the economy in May than the previous month, buoyed by steady hiring and higher incomes.

The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 94.7 in May, the highest in nearly a year. That's up from 89 in April.

5. Pinnacle Financial Partners Makes Memphis Hires -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added some new talent in Memphis.

Leigh Brown joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist for the firm’s Cordova office. She brings a seven-year career from Wells Fargo Bank, where roles included serving as lead teller, customer sales and service representative, service manager and personal banker.

6. Fiz & Grizz Look Like Good Fit, But New Coach Will Need Players -

When the Memphis Grizzlies fired Dave Joerger after three seasons, the public reaction from players was, well, non-existent.

No fond farewells via Twitter from Marc Gasol or Mike Conley. And certainly not from Zach Randolph and Tony Allen.

7. US Economy Showing Signs of Life After Slow Start to Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year.

The government said Friday that first-quarter growth, while disappointing, wasn't as bad as first thought. And a number of more recent indicators are showing decent gains in key areas like consumer spending and housing.

8. Fast Money: Banks Making It Easier to Split the Tab -

NEW YORK (AP) – Splitting the bill for those pizzas you shared with your buddies or that utility bill that is suddenly due is going to get easier and faster even if you don't all use the same bank.

9. Janet Yellen Says Fed Could Raise Rates in Coming Months -

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving.

While economic growth was relatively weak at the end of last year and beginning of this year, it appears to be picking up now based on recent data, Yellen said during a discussion at Harvard University.

10. Cellphone Radiation Study Raises Concerns Despite Low Risk -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.

11. Redbirds, FESJC Team Up For AutoZone Park Theme Night -

In conjunction with the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the annual PGA Tour event being held June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, the Memphis Redbirds will turn AutoZone Park into an extension of the course during their Friday, June 3, game against New Orleans.

12. Cloverleaf Shopping Center Unveils New Look -

The owners of the Cloverleaf Shopping Center at Summer Avenue and White Station Road have recently wrapped a major renovation and rebranding of the center.

The new signage and retro logo are meant to be a throwback to the center’s mid-century roots.

13. UTHSC Taps Director For Patient Safety Center -

Dr. Chad Epps has been named executive director of the new $36.7 million Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center being built at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

14. How to Be a Confident Nonprofit Solicitor -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. Personally asking someone to make a gift to a nonprofit you believe in is one of the most valuable things you can do. For some this is done with comfort, ease and joy. For others there is a twinge of fear, or maybe a silent scream of terror.

15. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5M -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

16. Tony Allen Selected to NBA All-Defensive Second Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2015-16 season, the NBA announced.

This marks the fifth career All-Defensive selection for Allen, who previously received First Team honors in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12 and a Second Team selection in 2010-11. Allen has now been recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Teams five times in his six seasons with the Grizzlies.

17. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

18. GameStop Collecting Funds for St. Jude -

The GameStop video game retailer announced this week that customers of GameStop and its affiliated ThinkGeek brand can donate at the point of purchase for children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital beginning Memorial Day weekend.

19. County Commission Accepts Disparity Study Findings -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, May 23, accepted the findings of a study that confirm a racial disparity in the number and dollar amount of county government contracts that go to minority-owned businesses.

20. 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.

21. Paragon Bank Reports Another Record Quarter -

For Paragon Bank, the first quarter of 2016 was the most profitable in the bank’s more-than-10-year history.

22. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5 Million -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

23. Snapshot: Unlike Team, There's an I in Ikea -

Workers were placing the large IKEA letters on the side of its Memphis store on May 24. The 271,000-square-foot store, the first in Tennessee, is slated to open in late fall on the south side of Interstate 40 at Germantown Parkway.

24. Crime Stats Chronicle Recent Spike in Violent Crime -

Myneishia Johnson’s funeral was the day before she was supposed to graduate from high school.

The teenager’s death at the corner of Second Street and Peabody Place on May 22 came on one of the first busy Downtown weekends of the spring not connected to a Memphis in May International Festival event.

25. First-Quarter Results Show Fred’s on Rebound -

Especially for a company like Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc., quarterly earnings results are about more than the numbers.

Fred’s – which grew total sales 8 percent during the quarter ended April 30 over the same period last year and earned $1.3 million in net income – is in the midst of a broad strategic and operational realignment. On the heels of new additions to management last year, plus new strategic imperatives and a big acquisition, changes the company is pushing this year include positioning itself as more of a health care company.

26. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

27. Baker Family Keeps Owen Brennan’s Going -

If you show up on a Sunday for Owen Brennan’s famous brunch, owner Jim Baker will be there to greet you, to say your name and smile at the thought of another round of mimosas being ordered.

28. Innovating Health -

Dr. Guy Reed’s Memphis-based medical startup hit a big milestone toward the end of 2015, when Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo reached a deal to license the company’s technology.

29. Microsoft, Facebook Team Up to Build Undersea Internet Cable -

Microsoft and Facebook are building a new underwater Internet cable that will cross the Atlantic Ocean, carrying customers' data between North America and Southern Europe.

The giant tech companies say they helped design the high-speed cable to carry data for their growing numbers of online consumers and commercial customers. The project will be operated by an affiliate of Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica, which will sell unused capacity on the cable to other customers. It will connect data hubs in Northern Virginia and Bilbao, Spain.

30. McDonald's CEO Says Company is Making Changes Customers Want -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's, under intense pressure in a competitive industry, sought to reassure its shareholders Thursday that it is making changes to its food and service that customers want.

31. Dollar General Q1 Profit Beats as Customers Spend More -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Discount retailer Dollar General on Thursday posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit as more customers spent more.

Sales at stores open at least a year, considered an important measure of a retailer's health, rose 2.2 percent in the fiscal first quarter from the same period the year before. More customers came to stores and the average amount they spent rose too.

32. Tony Allen Selected to NBA All-Defensive Second Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2015-16 season, the NBA announced.

This marks the fifth career All-Defensive selection for Allen, who previously received First Team honors in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12 and a Second Team selection in 2010-11. Allen has now been recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Teams five times in his six seasons with the Grizzlies.

33. Rose Guiding Memphis Symphony to Firm Financial Footing -

What is classical music good for? How can it remain relevant in the 21st century? For most people, these are abstract questions – but for Gayle Rose, they couldn’t be more pressing.

34. Insulting In Style -

INTELLIGENT INSULTS. CLEVER COMEBACKS. As we brace for this summer’s political conventions and a general election that promises to raise the lowest levels of public discourse to new heights, I thought I’d share some of my favorite exchanges collected over the years to remind us that we can do this sort of thing with style.

35. Cyclist Lucky – And Better Than Ever -

Phillip Poux smiles a lot these days. He laughs a lot and practically gushes about the Wolf River Greenway and the joy of riding his road bike in a safe and scenic environment.

He even says he wishes that he and wife Rhonda had moved to Memphis sooner.

36. Bartlett Native Wright Makes MLB Debut at Dodger Stadium -

When Daniel Wright stepped up on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium to make his major-league debut with the Cincinnati Reds the other night, a crowd of thousands was watching. And more than a dozen family members and friends from Memphis and Jonesboro, Ark., were there to root for him.

37. Laser Quest Closing In Poplar Plaza -

Laser Quest, a longtime tenant in the Poplar Plaza shopping center, is set to close on Sunday, May 29.

“We have been a proud part of the Memphis community for the last 20 years and as a company continue to grow,” said Phillips Aldis, director of sales and marketing for the laser-tag chain headquartered in Canada.

38. Shelby County Schools Wraps Up a Calmer, But Still Eventful, Year -

Given the last six years of historic change in public education locally, you could be forgiven if you thought of Friday’s half day of classes for Shelby County Schools as the end of an idyllic school year.

39. Last Word: Grizzdale?, Rio Bound and The Ways of the City Council -

The Grizzlies just about have their new coach. He is David Fizdale who comes to Memphis from being an associate coach for the Miami Heat.

40. 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.

41. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. Big Memphis Banks Getting Bigger -

The biggest banks based in Memphis keep getting bigger. New figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through the first quarter show broad-based improvement among banks in the Memphis-area market, from growth in net income to loans to total asset size.

46. 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.

47. GameStop Collecting Funds for St. Jude -

The GameStop video game retailer announced this week that customers of GameStop and its affiliated ThinkGeek brand can donate at the point of purchase for children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital beginning Memorial Day weekend.

48. Google Maps Directions May Soon Lead You to ... More Ads -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – You might start seeing more ads when getting directions from Google's popular mapping service.

The ads, called "promoted pins," will highlight restaurants and other merchants located along your way. They'll show up inside the directions map as Google routes you to your destination.

49. County Commission Accepts Disparity Study Findings -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, May 23, accepted the findings of a study that confirm a racial disparity in the number and dollar amount of county government contracts that go to minority-owned businesses.

50. 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.

51. 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. 

52. 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.

53. Memphis Fashion Incubator Looking for Permanent Space -

Andrea Fenise lays a sheet of ivory fabric over her desk and cuts diagonally with precision.

“Actually, today is my off day,” she said. “This is personal. It’s my baby’s flower girl dress.”

54. County Commission Delays School Funding Redirect, Southbrook Mall Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners held up $2.8 million in redirected Shelby County Schools funding Monday, May 23, as the commission and school system leaders prepare for a Wednesday meeting on the school system budget for the coming fiscal year.

55. 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.

56. SEC, AAC Baseball Tourneys Begin Tuesday -

College baseball’s postseason goes into full swing on Tuesday, May 24, with the start of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., and Southeastern Conference teams beginning tourney play in Hoover, Ala.

57. 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.

58. Appeals Court Reverses Fraud Finding Against Bank of America -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America Corp. was not liable for fraud and subject to a penalty of over $1.2 billion for its actions before the economy collapsed in 2008 despite a jury's finding to the contrary, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

59. 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.

60. Global Ministries Continues to Take More Heat -

The receiver for the Warren and Tulane Apartments is in place with the notice filed in Memphis federal court last week that Foresite Realty Management LLC had accepted the job and that its bonding is in place.

61. Small Neighborhood Improvements Can Add Up Big -

Memphians have raised half a million dollars and counting for neighborhood improvements through a Livable Memphis and ioby strategic partnership.

“A lot of times you’re waiting for that check, that one big investment,” said John Paul Shaffer, program director for Livable Memphis. “And that can create a stasis in a neighborhood.”

62. Baptist Adding ICU at Children’s Hospital -

The Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital has hit its ceiling and is now expanding to meet increased demand. When the 19,000-square-foot pediatric emergency department opened last year, Baptist Memorial Health Care expected to treat 35 children a day. That figure is more like 65 to 70 children, with the hospital expecting to exceed 20,000 patients in its first year.

63. 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.

64. Haslam Signs Bill to End Tax on Earnings From Investments -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that will phase out the state's Hall tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.

The law reduces the tax by 1 percentage point in the first year and then requires future reductions to eliminate the tax altogether by 2022.

65. Tennessee Law Strips University Diversity Office Funding -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to strip funding from the diversity office at Tennessee's flagship public university became law without Gov. Bill Haslam's signature on Friday.

Lawmakers had been angered by the University of Tennessee's diversity office recommendations to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender students and to avoid religious-themed holiday parties. So they voted to remove about $446,000 in state funds for the office and instead use the money to pay for minority scholarships.

66. Paragon Bank Reports Another Record Quarter -

For Paragon Bank, the first quarter of 2016 was the most profitable in the bank’s more-than-10-year history.

67. Journey, Doobie Brothers Playing FedExForum May 25 -

Journey and the Doobie Brothers will bring the “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour to FedExForum on Wednesday, May 25, bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the “San Francisco Sound.” The show, produced by Beaver Productions, includes special guest Dave Mason.

68. Multifamily Rents Increase Significantly in First Quarter -

Memphis area market rents increased an annualized 4.7 percent during the first quarter of the year, reaching $795, according to a first-quarter report from ARA Memphis, a Newmark company.

It is the largest increase in rents for a first quarter in more than a decade and a half. A mild winter and an improving job market were considered likely factors in the significant increase, the report noted. The Memphis unemployment rate dropped below the national rate in March, the first time it has done so since 1999.

69. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

70. Huey’s Participating in National Burger Day -

Patrons of Huey's will get the chance to win a free burger on May 28 in celebration of National Burger Day.

As usual on that day, all Huey burgers will be presented with a frill pick in the middle of the bun. However, all day on National Burger Day, customers can be surprised with a gold frill pick in lieu of the standard colors. Guests who order a Huey burger that comes out with the special gold pick will get their meal free.

71. Pearson Education to Score Tenn. Achievement Tests -

After terminating its contract with Measurement Inc. in April, the Tennessee Department of Education has hired Pearson Education of New York City to score student assessments for the 2015-16 academic year, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday, May 16.

72. 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.

73. Whitehaven Empowerment Zone Begins To Take Shape -

Public education is a “noble profession,” Whitehaven High School principal Vincent Hunter told a group of 100 parents and teachers in the high school’s auditorium last week.

74. St. Jude CEO Talks Hospital Culture -

One of the first directives Dr. James Downing got from the board of directors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital upon his appointment as the hospital’s president and CEO in 2014 was blunt, to say the least:

75. May 20-26: This Week in Memphis History -

2006: Shelby County’s reliance on manufacturing jobs is dropping, according to state labor figures, which show that 14 manufacturing companies have closed or cut back their workforces in Shelby County since January 2003. The closings and cutbacks account for the loss of 1,240 jobs.
The losses include 98 jobs at Coors Brewing Co., 5151 East Raines Road; 112 workers at Memphis Hardwood Flooring Co., 1551 Thomas St.; and 327 employees at Great Dane LP at 1095 Harbor Ave.

76. 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.

77. Medical Device Startup Founders Flock To Memphis for ZeroTo510 Cohort -

It was during a hospital stay for severe abdominal pain while Srinath Vaddepally was studying for his master’s degree that he got an idea for the product and company that would eventually bring him to Memphis.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. Multifamily Rents Soar To 15-Year Record in Q1 -

Memphis area market rents increased an annualized 4.7 percent during the first quarter of the year, reaching $795, according to a first-quarter report from ARA Memphis, a Newmark company.

It is the largest increase in rents for a first quarter in more than a decade and a half. A mild winter and an improving job market were considered likely factors in the significant increase, the report noted. The Memphis unemployment rate dropped below the national rate in March, the first time it has done so since 1999.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. In a Players’ League, a Coach Is Captive to His Roster -

As the Memphis Grizzlies continue The Great Coach Search, it’s fair to ask this basic, and at some level, almost offensive, question:

Does it really matter that much?

Specifically, will the next Grizzlies’ coach, be he a veteran like former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel (which appears more unlikely all the time), or an untested current NBA assistant, ultimately determine the direction of the franchise?

87. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

88. Mud Island Search Becomes Dilemma -

The Riverfront Development Corp.’s time before the Memphis City Council’s budget committee this week was short.

89. Baptist Executive Vaughn Receives U of M’s Highest Alumni Award -

Anita Vaughn’s notable 43-year career with Baptist Memorial Hospital started on a whim.

“I went to University of Memphis for a year thinking I was going to be a commercial artist,” Vaughn said. “Then a friend just happened to say, ‘You know what? I’m going down to Baptist School of Nursing,’ and I said, ‘Well, OK. Me too!’

90. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

91. Vanderbilt Poll Finds Trump With 9-Point Lead in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a 9 percentage point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tennessee, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

95. Chandler Reports Releases Q1 Review -

Real estate information company Chandler Reports has released its first-quarter installment of the Chandler Review, available to view and download for free at http://bit.ly/ChandlerReviewQ12016.

96. 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.

97. 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.”

98. 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

99. 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.

100. Overton Mediation Looks at Reality Of North Parkway On-Street Parking -

Where shuttle buses will drop off those bound for Overton Park and the Memphis Zoo in particular, as well as the public’s reaction to newly created on-street parking on North Parkway are issues being discussed in mediation to resolve the park’s Greensward controversy.