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1. 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.

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

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

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

3. Station to Station -

Even now, Explore Bike Share founder Doug Carpenter does not try to pretend that the initiative will cure all that ails Memphis. 

It won’t wipe out poverty. It can’t cure cancer. It won’t eliminate diabetes and obesity, solve all of the city’s transportation problems or totally bridge cultural and racial gaps that predate the bicycle’s invention.

4. Last Word: Humdingers, Gangster Disciples Paper Work and Underground Day -

Sometimes you think you know what is going on and then something happens like Chris Wallace, the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies, grabbing a bite to eat Monday at Humdingers out east with former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins. Next thing you know there’s another possibility for the next Grizz coach – a return engagement that would be exceedingly rare.

5. Downtown Condo Connection Added Management Service to Survive Recession -

When Karen Barrows and her husband decided to move back to Memphis from Florida to be closer to their daughter and young granddaughter, they had their eyes set on living in the heart of the city.

They previously had lived in Arlington and knew this time around they were interested in Midtown. Their daughter connected them to Kendall Haney, a Memphis Realtor who operates Downtown Condo Connection.

6. Akbari Proving to be Worthy Successor to Iconic DeBerry -

Those who wondered how Raumesh Akbari would do in following legendary Memphis legislator Lois DeBerry now have a much clearer picture.

7. Legislative Losers: All Who Disagree With Legislators -

The 109th General Assembly is done – almost – for the year. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.

Winner: State budget

Buoyed by $400 million in surplus revenue from fiscal 2015 and $450 million in projected surpluses for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Bill Haslam spread the wealth in a $34.9 billion budget. 

8. Learning Garden Initiative Calling for Applications -

The Kitchen Community Memphis is now accepting summer/fall 2016 applications for the Learning Garden Initiative within the Achievement School District, Jubilee Catholic Schools and Shelby County Schools.

9. Bridging a Divide -

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.

10. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

11. Two City Entities Thriving in MWBE Participation -

Recently released disparity studies say that minority- and women-owned businesses are only getting a sliver of contracts in the local business world.

Of all $128.6 billion in revenue flowing through Memphis in 2012, black-owned firms garnered 0.83 percent of those receipts. In Shelby County, 88.3 percent, or $168.2 million, of county contracts went to white-owned businesses between 2012 and 2014.

12. Angel Care Clinic Takes Holistic Approach to Treating Animals -

Dr. Kathy Mitchener’s philosophy on treating animals is pretty simple. More than just treating an illness or pain, she believes in a holistic approach to medical care.

In 2004, she opened Angel Care Cancer Clinic for Animals, and in 2014 she added Angel Care Natural Healing and Acupuncture for Pets.

13. The Curb Market's Central Idea: Supporting Local Growers -

Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.

14. Girl 24 Initiative Launches Online Business Magazine -

GIRL Twentyfour, a teen initiative that launched last year to teach Memphis girls business and entrepreneurship skills, has launched an online business magazine.

Hey GIRL! Online, which went live Tuesday, March 15, includes a range of editorial features on topics such as: Being a Girl, Living Healthy (Dr. Talk), Building Your Brand, Being a Great Leader, Philanthropy/Shaping the World, teen profiles and more.

15. Girl 24 Initiative to Launch Online Business Magazine -

GIRL Twentyfour, a teen initiative that launched last year to teach Memphis girls business and entrepreneurship skills, is launching an online business magazine.

Hey GIRL! Online, which will go live Tuesday, March 15, will include a range of editorial features on topics such as: Being a Girl, Living Healthy (Dr. Talk), Building Your Brand, Being a Great Leader, Philanthropy/Shaping the World, teen profiles and more.

16. Parent Leaders are the ‘Voice’ for Their Children and the Community -

Parents take on many different roles in the lives of their children: cheerleader, counselor, teacher, friend, and so many more. A role we don't hear about as often though is advocate. What exactly does that mean?

17. Duke Takes Reins at Friends for Life -

Longtime nonprofit administrator Diane Duke recently took the helm of Friends for Life as its new executive director. In her new role, the Los Angeles native leads and oversees an organization that’s helping those affected by HIV/AIDS through the provision of education, housing, food, transportation and healthy life skills training.

18. Grizzlies Sign KD in Free Agency, Trade Mike Conley? No, Don’t Think So -

So there’s a national report out there saying the Memphis Grizzlies will make a strong play to sign free agent Kevin Durant after the season.

19. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

20. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT -

Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.

Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.

21. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

22. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. Fitness Resolutions -

Exercise trends through the years have included everything from grainy VHS tapes of Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons to step and spin classes, Zumba, and CrossFit.

28. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

29. Thrive in The Expectation Economy -

Maxwell Luthy’s keynote begins with a warm-up. Luthy, director of Trends and Insight, showed two innovations and asked if they were good or bad. The first has a real-time countdown of your life expectancy. The second innovation is an emoji-based room service.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Grizzlies’ Footprint Growing Across Region; Redbirds, RiverKings Try to Hit Their Niches -

Decades ago, the St. Louis Cardinals used their vast radio network to extend their brand across the middle of America. Even today, they have more than 130 affiliated stations in eight states.

“The Cardinals did a great job through their radio outreach,” said John Pugliese, Memphis Grizzlies vice president of marketing, communications and broadcast.

33. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

34. Feast On: Looking Back at Busy 2015 for Memphis Restaurants -

Belly Acres co-owner Ben McLean can hardly believe it’s been a year since his farm-to-table burger restaurant in Overton Square first opened its doors.

35. Food-Focused Nonprofits Join Under Memphis Tilth Banner -

Meet Memphis Tilth. Four of the city’s food and farming nonprofits, which cover areas ranging from soil health to food justice to produce distribution, are convening under a single banner.

The Memphis Tilth organization can offer a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to building a better local food system by combining the efforts of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, GrowMemphis, Urban Farms-Memphis and Bring It Food Hub.

36. Editorial: EPIcenter Adds to Memphis’ Entrepreneurial Reality -

EPIcenter’s goal of 500 new companies in a decade is ambitious, even considering the $3.75 million in capital raised since last year for 50 new companies.

The idea of bringing the city’s collective startup community together with the goal of propelling Memphis’ economy forward is valuable. But it will require all those invested in the community to play nice, so to speak.

37. Greenprint Summit Shows Region’s Possibilities -

Trails and bike lanes aren’t the only path to regional success, but they’re playing a growing role in partnerships among communities that sometimes find themselves competing for jobs.

To date, 19 of those communities have adopted a 25-year, green-centric plan that was introduced earlier this year and has been endorsed by more than 50 organizations.

38. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

39. Things You Should Invest In -

Ray’s Take It’s important to save where you can, but it’s just as critical to spend where you should.

Given the market volatility in the past decade, many have focused on spending less and saving more, being more frugal and thinking things through before making purchases. But there are some exceptions, times when you should spend money. Because, in the long run, you’ve invested not only in yourself, but also in lowering future costs.

40. Design Thinking As Worldview -

Design thinking is considered a human-centered framework for problem solving, used in formal innovation work in many fields: health care, consumer products, software, medical devices, durable goods, services and city planning. Design thinking has been perhaps the most lauded innovation method. In brief, the phases include empathy, define, ideation, prototyping, testing and storytelling.

41. Why Are Tennessee’s ACA Rate Hikes Among Nation’s Largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

42. Curb Market Set to Open In Midtown -

A new market for locally sourced meat and produce, which brings a sense of heritage to its name and operation, is set to arrive in Midtown before the end of the year.

The Midtown Easy-Way location at 596 S. Cooper St. will soon reopen as The Curb Market, part of Memphis businessman Peter Schutt’s plan to add to the area’s growing nexus of locally produced, healthy food businesses.

43. Bring It Food Hub Looks To Expand Reach and Participants -

Operating adjacent to Trolley Stop Market, at 694 Madison Ave., a food-focused nonprofit has just kicked off the fall season of its work connecting Memphians to healthy food from local farms.

44. Conference Brings Creative Best to Memphis -

Josh Horton loves Memphis, but in 2004 he thought he needed to leave the city to advance his career.

Enjoying his work as a graphic designer was fine, in theory. But he didn’t believe his work stood up to peers across the country.

45. Memphis Researcher's Strep Vaccine Moves to Trial Phase -

The fight against strep throat is being waged from Memphis.

Memphis-based Vaxent and the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc., also known as Prevent, have initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial of StreptAnova, a vaccine designed to prevent Group A streptococcal infections. The trial will be conducted at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

46. 'Bring Trader Joe's to Memphis' Creator Thrilled by Announcement -

When Layla Rouse woke up Wednesday, Sept. 23, her phone was practically buzzing with texts and social media messages.

The creator of the Bring Trader Joe’s to Memphis Facebook page – a social media project Rouse started back in 2012 that’s attracted more than 10,000 fans – says she was in disbelief, at first. But there it was.

47. Tennessee Housing Agency Adopts Green-Building Standards -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency wants to build healthy communities from the ground up.

Under new guidelines to be incorporated later this year, affordable housing developers seeking Low-Income Housing Tax Credits will have to qualify for full certification from Enterprise Green Communities. The certification was first introduced nationally in 2004, and the THDA board recently approved incorporation of the revamped 2015 criteria.

48. Karlen Evins Finds Her ‘Most Authentic Self’ in Farming -

A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.

49. Karlen Evins Finds Her ‘Most Authentic Self’ in Farming -

A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.

50. I Choose Memphis: J. Eustis Corrigan Jr. -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: J. Eustis Corrigan Jr.

Job title and company: Senior managing director at CBIZ MHM LLC

51. Pink Diva Opens on Florida Street, New DeJaVu in Binghampton -

It all started over tacos. Three years ago, Cassi Conyers was edging into a vegan lifestyle and stopped to try the vegan tacos at DeJaVu Restaurant’s 936 Florida St. location.

52. Kosten Foundation Lifts Pancreatic Cancer Awareness -

When the Herb Kosten Foundation began in 2003, it was out of a desire to honor the man’s legacy.

Kosten passed away in June 2003, about a year after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. A gifted athlete in his youth – the University of Alabama named him to its All-Century Team for his play on the baseball diamond – Kosten would be 79 today.

53. Health Care Suffers As Rural Hospitals Continue Slow Fade -

Fayette County is the latest victim of hospital closings in Tennessee as many rural health care facilities continue to struggle financially.

Methodist Healthcare-Fayette Hospital closed in late March, bringing to four the number of shuttered hospitals in West Tennessee after Gibson General, Humboldt General and Haywood Park Community called it quits in 2014.

54. Eating Well -

Hannah and Amy Pickle’s Raw Girls food business is booming, with multiple projects in the works and a surge in demand for their Midtown food truck. But aside from a business boost, the healthy food-loving pair also happily finds themselves now confronted with a groundswell of community support.

55. University of Memphis, Church Health Center Form Partnership -

The University of Memphis and the Church Health Center are forming a partnership to help the underserved of Memphis.

Both organizations will sign an agreement Sept. 15 at the U of M’s FedEx Institute of Technology that reflects the new collaboration in areas including wellness research, programming and education.

56. Freelance, Remote Work Part of New Office Reality -

In its 2015 list of the top 100 companies to watch for remote jobs, FlexJobs looked at the job-posting histories of more than 30,000 companies last year. The report, released in January, revealed a 26 percent increase in the number of remote jobs posted, hinting that the option to work from home is becoming more widely accepted in the broader economy.

57. Solving the Culture Problem at Your Company -

There’s a reason “culture” was reported by Merriam-Webster to be the most popular word of the year in 2014, and we have Generation Y to thank.

Although millennials continue to be pegged as the “what can you do for me” generation, companies across the nation have realized it’s time to make a change to workplace culture. Meeting some of Gen Y’s unique needs is not only a must for the health of workplace culture, it’s also a huge benefit to businesses’ bottom lines.

58. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

59. Brown Missionary Baptist Opening Farmers’ Market -

A Memphis-area church is celebrating a new offering of fresh, healthy food for the community.

Brown Missionary Baptist Church this week opened its new Farmers’ Market at 980 Stateline Road in Southaven.

60. Barbic To Leave Achievement School District -

The founding superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District is leaving the post at the end of the calendar year, citing the pace of the reform work as well as the need to sustain the work of the schools.

61. Details Emerge on Planned Binghampton Retail Center -

The Binghampton neighborhood is inching closer to landing a grocery store as plans for a neighborhood retail center there come into clearer focus.

The Binghampton Development Corp. has signed a “letter of intent” with an unidentified national supermarket chain to build a store at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street. It also is pursuing other retailers for the planned development that will bring more goods and jobs to the community.

62. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

63. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

64. Wild Side -

No chance of being attacked by a hippo, which despite its size can outrun a man and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.

No chance of being caught between the powerful jaws of a Nile crocodile and dragged underwater, drowned and devoured like a wildebeest in a National Geographic video.

65. Shelby Farms Greenline Gardens Gets Makeover -

The Greenline Gardens at Shelby Farms Park – the centerpiece of a handful of park programs including the Farm-to-Fork Fellowship and the Greenline Garden Club Workshop series – has been given a long-overdue makeover.

66. Martin, Wilson Travel Parallel Paths to Success -

Pitmaster Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Chef Tandy Wilson of City House didn’t know one another in early 2007. Yet they’d soon have more than a few things in common.

67. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

68. Greening the Region -

A result of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and two years of planning, the pre-implementation phase of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan is gaining momentum.

69. Local Restaurants ‘Certified’ for Healthful Approach -

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the first REAL-certified establishments in Memphis.

Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing food service operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

70. Local Restaurants 'Certified' for Healthful Approach -

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the first REAL-certified establishments in Memphis.

Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing food service operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

71. Backsplash -

In the beginning, there was Splash – the first legal casino in Tunica County following the Mississippi Legislature’s passage of the 1990 law legalizing “dockside” casinos in the state.

72. Cutting-Edge Creations -

Over a selection of beverages and light hors d’oeuvres at a recent gathering, a group of entrepreneurs and startup teams held court at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation for a networking session, introduced themselves to the community and got a general welcome to Memphis.

73. EPA: Le Bonheur Asthma Program Tops in US -

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s CHAMPS Program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a leading national model for asthma care.

The program focuses on high-risk children with asthma served through TennCare. The CHAMPS program – which stands for Changing High-Risk Asthma in Memphis through Partnership – has developed a high-risk asthma registry and also uses a team of community health workers, respiratory therapists, physicians and social workers to provide asthma education.

74. EPA: Le Bonheur Asthma Program Among Tops in US -

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s CHAMPS Program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a leading national model for asthma care.

The program focuses on high-risk children with asthma served through TennCare. The CHAMPS program – which stands for Changing High-Risk Asthma in Memphis through Partnership – has developed a high-risk asthma registry and also uses a team of community health workers, respiratory therapists, physicians and social workers to provide asthma education.

75. Junior League of Memphis Hosts 6th Annual 5K for Kids -

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for a morning of family fun on Saturday, May 9.

Registration remains open for the 6th Annual Junior League of Memphis 5K for Kids – Taking Steps to End Childhood Obesity.

76. Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber -

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.

77. Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis -

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

The Kitchen, which focuses on serving healthy, locally sourced meals, will operate restaurants at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis and Crosstown Concourse in Midtown.

78. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown -

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.

79. Memphis Aims to Expand Recycling Efforts -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear weekly throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

This Earth Day, the City of Memphis has much to celebrate. Over the last several years, we have seen a growing demand for walkable, healthy neighborhoods, vibrant public spaces, access to fresh foods, and energy efficient buildings. As mayor, I have worked to meet this demand and position Memphis to lead by example in environmental sustainability. This work is being recognized nationally as Memphis-Shelby County was recently designated a 4-STAR sustainable community, in the same company as places like Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore.

80. Going Green -

On a recent Friday afternoon, Hnedak Bobo Group team members were huddled in the company’s basement at 104 S. Front St.

81. Farming Quality -

Starting in August, a new crop of would-be farmers will settle in for a few months of classroom instruction led by the Roots Memphis Farm Academy, a sustainable farming incubator working to train and launch new farmers in the Memphis area.

82. Events -

Whitehaven Healthy Community Day will be held Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at Methodist South Hospital, 1300 Wesley Drive. The event will include a 5K timed run at 8 a.m., two-mile health walk at 8:30 a.m., and health fair from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit methodisthealth.org/healthwalk or call 901-516-3580.

83. Legislators Not Moved by Hymns, Reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

84. Vols’ Dobbs Embraces the Role of ‘CEO Quarterback’ -

Joshua Dobbs enters his junior season as Tennessee’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback and team leader, the player most responsible for the Vols’ relevance again in SEC football.

85. Ahead of the Pack -

On any given day of the week, Memphis-based advertising, public relations and marketing agency archer-malmo has several guests on hand – often in unusual places like underneath the conference table during brainstorming meetings or even in the laps of those around that table.

86. Holding On -

The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.

87. Trezevant Officially Becomes Smoke-Free Campus -

A continuing care retirement community located at 177 N. Highland St. has officially become smoke-free.

88. Events -

Eyewear Gallery, in partnership with Literacy Mid-South, is holding a book drive throughout March at the store, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Eyewear Gallery doctors will also offer free vi-sion screenings on Fridays in March from noon to 2 p.m. Visit eyeweargallery.com.

89. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

90. Ready to Spend -

Elizabeth Moss is in the middle of a total kitchen renovation at the Hendersonville home she bought on August 4, 2013.

91. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

92. Old Favorites -

A few years ago, Tandy Wilson, chef and owner of City House, offered this tip about earning his respect as a diner: Don’t tell me you’re a foodie, he said, tell me you’re a “regular.”

We were having a conversation about overuse of the term “foodie,” and how even though it can be a well-meaning label to show a person’s interest in a particular topic, it also can carry the snobbish weight of those who salivate over the trendiest dishes – and then salivate over their keypads to type a Yelp review after just one visit.

93. Vols’ Jones Continues to Impress With Recruiting Skills -

KNOXVILLE – National signing day is in the books, and Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and his staff can relax and savor another top-tier recruiting class.

Oops. Wait a minute. No time off for Jones and his assistants when it comes to recruiting. They’re already busy putting together the 2016 class, and looking at recruits for future classes.

94. Health of 200,000 Tennesseans Depends on Governor’s Proposal -

As a nurse serving Tennesseans for over 32 years, I know intimately what sickness looks like, and what it takes to build a healthy life. One of the most important things to ensuring the health and wholeness of our communities is access to affordable health insurance.

95. Proposed Budget Cuts Make Tennesseans With Disabilities Even More Vulnerable -

It stands to reason that there is one group of vulnerable Tennesseans we all must band together to protect: our family, friends and neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Having worked in disability services for more than 30 years, I am constantly inspired by the determination, energy and positive outlook displayed by people with disabilities.

96. Home Services Keep Seniors Independent -

Sooner or later, most people end up caring for aging mothers and fathers or become seniors themselves, wondering who to turn to when independent daily living becomes impossible.

Both propositions are frightening and stressful.

97. Murfreesboro, Nashville Players Get Jump on UT Careers -

KNOXVILLE – Jack Jones didn’t want to waste any time getting started with his football career at the University of Tennessee, so he graduated in December from Murfreesboro Oakland High School.

98. Events -

Youth Villages Soup Sunday will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. The event will feature soup, bread, dessert and other delicacies from more than 50 Memphis-area restaurants and caterers, plus live entertainment and Kids Zone. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for ages 6-10. Visit soupsunday.org.

99. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

100. City Officials Ponder Macy’s Whitehaven Exit -

Memphis officials say they were blindsided by the announcement from Macy’s that it was closing its store at Southland Mall in Whitehaven and hope they can prevent more retailers from closing inner city locations.