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1. Electrolux Gives Up Tax Breaks to Expand North American HQ -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Appliance-maker Electrolux is backtracking from plans announced two years ago to expand its North American headquarters in Charlotte and add more than 800 jobs.

A North Carolina committee that oversees major tax breaks for expanding companies on Tuesday voided its offer of more than $27 million for the expansion announced in 2013. State Commerce Department spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the company was voluntarily giving up its grant, which was dependent on meeting job-creation targets.

2. Monsanto Pays $80 Million to Settle Accounting Charges -

Monsanto will pay an $80 million penalty and several executives will pay smaller amounts to settle federal allegations that the agribusiness giant misstated its earnings by not properly disclosing the costs of a rebate program for its Roundup weed-killer.

3. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension Design -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

4. Roland Passes on 8th Congressional District Run, Sticks With Mayor in 2018 -

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland will not be running in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District in August.

5. 3 Shelby County Groups Awarded Archival Grants -

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has awarded grants to 29 organizations, including three in Shelby County, to preserve historical records and improve the facilities where those records are stored.

6. Artspace Pushes Back Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts are in the final stretch of fundraising with $80,000 left to close the gap on the $12.9 million project.

At a town hall meeting held earlier this month, the Artspace developers presented adjusted timelines for the affordable housing development. If Artspace meets its goal, construction could start in early May with move-in by May 2017. Previous timelines put groundbreaking at early February.

7. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

8. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Among ‘Listen for Good’ Grantees -

Memphis nonprofits A Step Ahead and SRVS are among 19 organizations selected by the Fund for Shared Insight for the inaugural cohort of “Listen for Good” grantees.

Listen for Good, a collaborative effort among several funders – including the Memphis-based Plough Foundation – is dedicated to building the practice of listening to the people nonprofits and foundations seek to help. In its first year, the initiative will develop simple, systematic ways of obtaining feedback from nonprofits that receive foundation funding, as well as help nonprofits obtain input from the people they directly serve.

9. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

10. United Housing Gets Grant from First Tennessee -

First Tennessee Bank has made a $5,000 grant to United Housing Inc. to support the nonprofit organization’s financial counseling programs.

11. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Among ‘Listen for Good’ Grantees -

Memphis nonprofits A Step Ahead and SRVS are among 19 organizations selected by the Fund for Shared Insight for the inaugural cohort of “Listen for Good” grantees.

Listen for Good, a collaborative effort among several funders – including the Memphis-based Plough Foundation – is dedicated to building the practice of listening to the people nonprofits and foundations seek to help. In its first year, the initiative will develop simple, systematic ways of obtaining feedback from nonprofits that receive foundation funding, as well as help nonprofits obtain input from the people they directly serve.

12. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

13. EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses -

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

14. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

15. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

16. Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District -

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

17. Tenn. Approves Incentives for TV Series Production in Memphis -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to support production of a TV series that will be shot in Memphis this spring.

The series will be an eight-episode, Memphis-themed scripted drama that Viacom’s CMT network is adapting from the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

18. United Housing Gets Grant from First Tennessee -

First Tennessee Bank has made a $5,000 grant to United Housing Inc. to support the nonprofit organization’s financial counseling programs.

19. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

20. Highland Heights CDC Rehabs Five More Homes -

On his desk at Treadwell Middle School, Jared Myers keeps a colorful map marked by green, red and blue shapes.

21. Downtown Creativity Hub Seeks Permanent Home -

Creative Works, the popular Downtown conference for artists and designers, is looking to set up shop year-round.

Josh Horton, founder of Creative Works, and Russ Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo, are currently shopping the Downtown market for space to house a “creativity hub.”

22. 10 West Tennessee Projects Get Disaster Recovery Funding -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ten western Tennessee projects are receiving $44 million in federal money to support disaster recovery and resiliency in response to flooding in 2011.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be directed toward projects in Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale and Madison counties. The projects are aimed at restoring waterways and flood plains, rehabilitating wastewater systems and promoting tourism and recreation.

23. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High -

Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.

The board approved a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 26, that also sets some parameters for the talks with the developers of Crosstown Concourse and Christian Brothers University about the collaboration.

24. County Commission Forms OPEB Committee -

Shelby County Commissioners have created an ad hoc committee to talk over the health insurance benefits liability of the former Memphis City Schools system and who is responsible for it.

Commission chairman Terry Roland announced Monday, Jan. 25, he had formed the committee, which includes leaders of the Shelby County Schools system and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration.

25. Collierville Board Grants FedEx Tax Break Extension -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year tax break for the FedEx World Technology Center during its Monday, Jan. 25, meeting.

FedEx will pay nearly $25.2 million over the period and will save about $75.5 million. As part of the retention PILOT agreement, FedEx will invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.

26. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

27. HUD Funds Mid-South Greenprint With $60 Million Grant -

One of the largest federal grants ever awarded to Shelby County government will fund efforts to avoid some of the flooding the Memphis area saw in 2011.

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced Thursday, Jan. 21, the $60 million grant to fund the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

28. Simon to Award Grant to College-Bound Senior -

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, wants to help a local graduating senior pay for college.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2016 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property – including Wolfchase Galleria and Oak Court Mall – is eligible. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

29. Memphian Appointed To THDA board -

Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Memphis-area homebuilder Kim Grant Brown as a member of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency board of directors.

30. Walmart Foundation Seeks Tennessee Grant Applicants -

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program is now accepting applications from Tennessee nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunities. Grants through the program begin at $25,000 and can go up to $200,000.

31. UTHSC Postdoctoral Fellow Researching Brain Proteins -

Dr. Lynda Wilmott, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $52,500 grant to explore proteins in the brain that play a key role in controlling the communication of nerve cells that are important for encoding and storing memories.

32. Hutchison Students Seeking Nonprofits for $5,000 Grant -

Hutchison School’s student-led Philanthropic Literacy Board is accepting grant applications from Memphis-area nonprofits that empower local students to stay in school.

The board, comprised of 11 seniors from the class of 2016, spends time researching and analyzing areas of need in the Memphis community. Their research into the Shelby County Schools system showed the 2015 mean composite ACT score – on a scale where scores can range from 12 to 36 – was 16.9, and SCS’ 2015 graduation rate was 75 percent.

33. Simon Foundation to Award Grant to College-Bound Senior -

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, wants to help a local graduating senior pay for college.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2016 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property – including Wolfchase Galleria and Oak Court Mall – is eligible. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

34. UTHSC Postdoctoral Fellow Researching Brain Proteins -

Dr. Lynda Wilmott, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $52,500 grant to explore proteins in the brain that play a key role in controlling the communication of nerve cells that are important for encoding and storing memories.

35. Hutchison Students Seeking Nonprofits for $5,000 Grant -

Hutchison School’s student-led Philanthropic Literacy Board is accepting grant applications from Memphis-area nonprofits that empower local students to stay in school.

The board, comprised of 11 seniors from the class of 2016, spends time researching and analyzing areas of need in the Memphis community. Their research into the Shelby County Schools system showed the 2015 mean composite ACT score – on a scale where scores can range from 12 to 36 – was 16.9, and SCS’ 2015 graduation rate was 75 percent.

36. Board of Regents Meeting to Appoint Acting Chancellor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents is meeting by telephone on Thursday to appoint an acting chancellor for the State University and Community College System.

The current chancellor, John Morgan, announced earlier this month he will retire Jan. 31 instead of his original plan to leave when he turns 65 next year. He cited Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to refocus the Board of Regents on the state's community and technical colleges and grant more autonomy to the six four-year universities in the system.

37. City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase -

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

The council approved a development that would turn the north course at Colonial into either a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and cottages or a mix of housing for senior citizens.

38. Walmart Foundation Seeks Tennessee Grant Applicants -

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program is now accepting applications from Tennessee nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunities. Grants through the program begin at $25,000 and can go up to $200,000.

39. EdR Selling 5.5M Shares In Public Offering -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust EdR plans to sell 5.5 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering, the company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

EdR, which is one of the nation’s largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing, priced the stock at $35.50 per share to the public, with the offering expected to close on or about Jan. 15. The company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 825,000 additional shares of common stock.

40. UTHSC Professors Win $418K Grant -

Dr. John Boughter, an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has landed a $418,000 grant.

41. Ioby Secures $33K Grant From Livable Memphis -

The Memphis chapter of ioby, a national crowd-resourcing platform, has received a $33,000 grant through Livable Memphis to support neighborhood leaders and grassroots groups in activating public parks and green spaces.

42. Memphian Appointed To THDA board -

Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Memphis-area homebuilder Kim Grant Brown as a member of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency board of directors.

43. Ioby Secures $33K Grant From Livable Memphis -

The Memphis chapter of ioby, a national crowd-resourcing platform, has received a $33,000 grant through Livable Memphis to support neighborhood leaders and grassroots groups in activating public parks and green spaces.

44. Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.

It led to the early retirement of Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who blasted the proposal in a letter to the governor, before legislation even hit the printing press. The longtime state official said he would rather step down than support a plan he feels will be detrimental to colleges and universities.

45. EdR Selling 5.5M Shares In Public Offering -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust EdR plans to sell 5.5 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering, the company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

EdR, which is one of the nation’s largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing, priced the stock at $35.50 per share to the public, with the offering expected to close on or about Jan. 15. The company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 825,000 additional shares of common stock.

46. Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton -

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

47. County Commission Approves Hacks Cross Contract, New Health Director -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 11, a $223,600 contract for engineering and environmental work on the Hacks Cross Road widening.

The contract with Powers Hill Design LLC is to make Hacks Cross a seven-lane road from Shelby Drive south to Stateline Road, a span of 1.8 miles.

48. UTHSC Professors Win $418K Grant -

Dr. John Boughter, an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has landed a $418,000 grant.

49. New UCI Board Chair Pledges More Grants, Transparency -

Jill Crocker, new board chairman of The Urban Child Institute, says the organization is essentially starting with a clean slate.

50. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

51. After Criticism, Urban Child Institute Ups its Grant Game -

The Urban Child Institute has approved a 5 percent annual granting strategy that will equate to giving about $8 million to local organizations to support children’s needs.

The announcement comes out of The Urban Child Institute’s Thursday, Jan. 7, board meeting, at which Jill Crocker, a Bank of America executive, was elected chairwoman.

52. GiVE 365 Grant Applications Being Accepted for 2016 -

GiVE 365, the dollar-a-day philanthropy initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits.

The theme for this year’s grant cycle, as voted on by the GiVE 365 membership, is “Memphis 2020: programs that will have a tangible impact on Memphis in the next five years.”

53. UTHSC Graduate Assistant Awarded $100,000 Grant -

Kevin Hope, a graduate assistant in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the Dup15q Alliance.

54. Chancellor Morgan to Retire Amid Board of Regents Shakeup -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chancellor John Morgan is stepping down as head of the Tennessee Board of Regents following Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's announcement that he wants to grant more autonomy to the six four-year universities in the system.

55. GiVE 365 Grant Applications Being Accepted for 2016 -

GiVE 365, the dollar-a-day philanthropy initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits.

The theme for this year’s grant cycle, as voted on by the GiVE 365 membership, is “Memphis 2020: programs that will have a tangible impact on Memphis in the next five years.”

56. Tennessee Lawmakers Propose Honorary Title of General -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two state lawmakers are proposing a promotion in honorary titles in Tennessee.

The governor under current law can bestow the honorary title of Colonel Aide de Camp at the request of a member of the Tennessee General Assembly.

57. Building Consensus And Reaching Agreement -

This is the second in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success.

Agreement is the cornerstone upon which a healthy nonprofit is built. Without agreement amongst an organization’s leadership it is almost impossible to sustain successful fundraising.

58. Report: 'Substantial' Need to Expand $10M College Program -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is asking lawmakers to expand a $10 million grant program that paired employers with colleges to develop academic programs tailored to the needs of local job markets.

59. UTHSC Graduate Assistant Awarded $100,000 Grant -

Kevin Hope, a graduate assistant in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the Dup15q Alliance.

60. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

61. Grant Program Proving Beneficial To Neighborhood Watch Groups -

With backing from the City of Memphis, local neighborhood associations can receive up to $2,500 to make their neighborhoods safer.

“Responding to criminal offenses and making arrests are part of the efforts to combat crime,” said Lia Roemer, program manager with the Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch department. “The Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund gives our neighborhoods the opportunity to grow and create crime prevention efforts.”

62. Tenn. Fraud Hotline Reports Record Achievement -

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline is marking a record achievement in its effort to help uncover the misuse of government funds and property.

The comptroller’s office says confidential tips to the hotline helped to identify a record total of a little more than $1.1 million in confirmed thefts, shortages and questioned costs for the fiscal year ended June 30.

63. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

64. Comptroller Fraud Hotline Reports Record Achievement -

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline is marking a record achievement in its effort to help uncover the misuse of government funds and property.

The comptroller’s office says confidential tips to the hotline helped to identify a record total of a little more than $1.1 million in confirmed thefts, shortages and questioned costs for the fiscal year ended June 30.

65. Last Word: Watching The River, The Clerk's Inner Circle and Universal Bankers -

The Mississippi River is on the rise here and elsewhere which means for many of us the New Year will include a look at the river and memories of 2011 when the river at Memphis was the highest it had been since the record 1937 flooding.

66. Family Safety Center Awarded Grant for Shelter Services -

For women escaping domestic violence, overcrowded shelters only aggravate a fragile transition. To ensure safety, the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County is adding temporary hotel and apartment housing to its list of domestic violence services.

67. Immigration Policies to Have Local Impact -

Not that it wasn’t already complicated, but U.S. immigration policy and its enforcement is about to get more complicated.

Recent reports indicate that federal officials are preparing for a series of January immigration raids specifically targeting Central American families in the country illegally for the last year. The raids will reportedly target families already ordered deported by immigration court judges.

68. Chinese Medicinal Herbs Provide Niche Market for US Farmers -

DELMAR, N.Y. (AP) – Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners.

69. The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015 -

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

70. Opera Memphis General Director Reflects on Challenges, Storytelling -

Even though he’ll have reached the five-year mark as general director at Opera Memphis in January, Ned Canty says there are some days when it feels like he’s still just getting started.

In a recent conversation with The Daily News, he was by turns philosophical and as optimistic as ever about the nature of his work and about the task of making one of the oldest musical forms relevant in the city where rock ’n’ roll was born.

71. Sullivan Leaves MHA for Chattanooga Post -

Maura Black Sullivan is leaving as interim director of the Memphis Housing Authority at the end of December to become the chief operating officer of Chattanooga city government.

Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke announced her appointment Thursday, Dec. 17.

72. UnitedHealthcare Grants $55K to Tennessee 4-H -

UnitedHealthcare and the University of Tennessee’s 4-H Youth Development Program are expanding their partnership to help fight hunger and food insecurity by promoting nutrition and budgeting education in underserved communities.

73. Tenn. Supreme Court Updates Rules on Attorney Licensing -

The Tennessee Supreme Court is changing the state’s rules for licensing attorneys to practice in the state.

The updates announced Monday, Dec. 21, were prompted by a request from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners for an overhaul of the regulations that govern the licensing process the board administers.

74. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

75. Legislature Not Playing Santa With Insure Tennessee -

It’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Insure Tennessee to make it into anyone’s stocking this year.

As the 2016 session of the General Assembly approaches in early January, Republicans are showing no support for the plan Gov. Bill Haslam offered for a special session in early 2015.

76. Tenn. Supreme Court Updates Rules on Attorney Licensing -

The Tennessee Supreme Court is changing the state’s rules for licensing attorneys to practice in the state.

The updates announced Monday, Dec. 21, were prompted by a request from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners for an overhaul of the regulations that govern the licensing process the board administers.

77. UnitedHealthcare Grants $55K to State's 4-H -

UnitedHealthcare and the University of Tennessee’s 4-H Youth Development Program are expanding their partnership to help fight hunger and food insecurity by promoting nutrition and budgeting education in underserved communities.

78. EPIcenter Launches Work, Business Space In Germantown -

The EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization has teamed up with the city of Germantown to open a collaborative work and business space in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a shopping center at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Road.

79. Sullivan Leaves MHA for Chattanooga Post -

Maura Black Sullivan is leaving as interim director of the Memphis Housing Authority at the end of December to become the chief operating officer of Chattanooga city government.

Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke announced her appointment Thursday, Dec. 17.

80. ArtsMemphis Gets $40K NEA Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has given ArtsMemphis a $40,000 grant to help fund its Community Engagement Fellows Program.

ArtsMemphis launched the program in 2014 with the intent to address neighborhood problems through art. Projects include establishing a Family Resource Center at Dunbar Elementary, where parents and students can gain instruction with classes like Arts Too!, a multidisciplinary arts experience for parents, and O-MUSIC, an after-school music program in which older students living in the Orange Mound neighborhood instruct younger students in playing musical instruments.

81. TVA Gives $10,000 Grant To Mid-South Food Bank -

Mid-South Food Bank is one of seven Tennessee food banks to receive a $10,000 grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority. The funds are designated to provide additional food distribution to people living in rural counties through a Tennessee Rural Mobile Pantry initiative.

82. TVA Gives $10,000 Grant To Mid-South Food Bank -

Mid-South Food Bank is one of seven Tennessee food banks to receive a $10,000 grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority. The funds are designated to provide additional food distribution to people living in rural counties through a Tennessee Rural Mobile Pantry initiative.

83. Board Denies Plans for Used-Car Lot in South City -

Plans for a used-car lot on Vance Avenue have been shot down by the Shelby County Board of Adjustment.

The half-acre lot at 704 Vance was the center of controversy at the board’s Wednesday, Dec. 16, meeting, drawing opposition from residents, stakeholders, developers and the Memphis Housing Authority.

84. CFGM Grants $220K To Group of 17 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has announced its latest round of grants, some $220,000 in “capacity building” funds for area nonprofits.

“These grants are for mature nonprofits,” said Ashley Harper, director of grants and initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “This is not startup funding. We feel like with our limited budget, this is a good niche for us.”

85. From Hospitals to Startups, 2015 a Big Year for Memphis Health Community -

From groundbreaking research to big-dollar grants and awards, startup launches and breakthrough innovations, Memphis’ health care, life sciences and biotech community took some significant leaps forward in 2015.

86. Taylor Berger: Loflin Corner ‘One of the Most Exciting Projects’ -

The “entertainment destination” planned for the corner of Carolina and Florida streets garnered $65,425 in funds from the Center City Development Corp., and the partners behind the Loflin LLC were revealed.

87. Proposed Used Car Lot In South City Draws Ire -

An applicant seeking to operate a used car lot at 704 Vance Ave. will go before the Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 16, in what seemingly would be a cut-and-dry affair with the BOA staff recommending conditional approval.

88. Council Approves $4M Loan for Belz’s Midtown Market -

The mixed-use project at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard got a $4 million federal boost with a proposal from developers Belz Enterprises and Harbor Retail Partners clearing the Memphis City Council Tuesday, Dec. 15.

89. ArtsMemphis Gets $40K NEA Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has given ArtsMemphis a $40,000 grant to help fund its Community Engagement Fellows Program.

ArtsMemphis launched the program in 2014 with the intent to address neighborhood problems through art. Projects include establishing a Family Resource Center at Dunbar Elementary, where parents and students can gain instruction with classes like Arts Too!, a multidisciplinary arts experience for parents, and O-MUSIC, an after-school music program in which older students living in the Orange Mound neighborhood instruct younger students in playing musical instruments.

90. Current City Council Marks End of Term -

Memphis City Council members mark the end of an eight-year era Tuesday, Dec. 15, when the body holds its last meeting of 2015.

It is also the last session of the current council’s four-year term of office. With the end of the term, six of the 13 members will be leaving office.

91. Sarah Cronk Brings 'Sparkling' Nonprofit Resume to Varsity Spirit, Memphis -

Sarah Cronk is 22 years old and a recent graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She’s also new to the Bluff City, making the move to Memphis in September to begin a career in marketing at Varsity Spirit.

92. The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...

93. ‘Entertainment Destination’ Planned for Downtown’s South End -

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ South End into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Brad Barnett wants to turn the former Loflin Safe & Lock Co. building at 7 W. Carolina Ave. into a bar/restaurant with private residence on top. He also plans to redevelop a carriage house at 721 Florida St. into a 5,000-square-foot rentable event space.

94. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

95. Four Memphis Schools Join ASD in 2016-2017 -

Four Memphis schools will be added to the state-run Achievement School District in the 2016-2017 academic year. All four will be paired with charter operators.

Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary in North Memphis and Raleigh-Egypt Middle in Raleigh will be operated by Scholar Academies.

96. Four Memphis Schools Join ASD in 2016-2017 -

Four Memphis schools will be added to the state-run Achievement School District in the 2016-2017 academic year. All four will be paired with charter operators.

Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary in North Memphis and Raleigh-Egypt Middle in Raleigh will be operated by Scholar Academies.

97. New Ballet Ensemble Receives NEA Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to New Ballet Ensemble & School.

98. Local Institutions Win Grant To Improve Cancer Disparities -

Methodist Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with the University of Memphis and West Cancer Center, has received a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to create an innovative approach where patients, researchers and health care providers work together to improve cancer disparities.

99. AutoZone, SouthernSun, Loeb Donate to Artspace Lofts -

The Artspace South Main Artist Lofts development has three new supporters and made significant strides in its fundraising goal this week.

SouthernSun Asset Management and Loeb Properties Inc. each donated $10,000 to fund the affordable housing development, and AutoZone made a “major contribution” in line with donations made by The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Pyramid Peak Foundation, the city of Memphis, Downtown Memphis Commission, Ford Foundation and the Hyde Family Foundations.

100. Bar, Event Space, Bocce Court Planned for South Main Block -

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ south end into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Brad Barnett wants to turn the former Loflin Safe & Lock Co. building at 7 W. Carolina Ave. into a bar/restaurant with private residence on top. He also plans to redevelop a carriage house at 721 Florida St. into a 5,000-square-foot rentable event space.