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1. Humane Society Seeks New Leader After Terminating Director’s Contract -

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has terminated executive director Andrew Jacuzzi’s contract and retained Amy Howell as consulting interim director.

2. AAF Memphis Taps New Leadership -

If there’s one thing the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter knows best, it’s that the industry it represents is constantly changing. Reflecting that change, the chapter welcomed new executive director Nikii Richey and swore in its new board members at a special luncheon event at FedExForum on June 18.

3. Humane Society Launches Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic -

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is ramping up efforts to control the pet population by launching a mobile spay and neuter clinic.

And there’s good reason, said executive director Andrew Jacuzzi: Just one pair of unspayed, unneutered dogs and their offspring, based on the reproductive pace and the size of the litters, can produce 67,000 dogs in six years, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

4. Last Word: Groundhog Day's Long Shadow, Minority Percentage & The Value of Sports -

After the January into February weekend we had with its outbreak of spring fever, you might wonder if groundhogs are allowed to change their minds or if shadows that are the result of television lights count as a prediction on the winter’s length.
Or maybe it would be appropriate to have a weather map that includes the Groundhog Day immunity zones – areas where the long shadow of the groundhog does not venture.
Note to television meteorologists: This would in no way interfere with your right to declare large parts of your viewing areas as places of "potentially severe weather" far into the future. But you will need a different color for the Groundhog Immunity Zones.

5. Nashville Developer Submits Plans for Downtown Memphis Housing -

Two plans recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will turn empty lots into housing for disadvantaged Memphians.

Nashville developer Elmington Capital Group submitted plans for gated multifamily housing in Downtown's South End.

6. Annual Homeless Survey Planned for Jan. 27 -

Community Alliance for the Homeless is set to lead the annual Point-in-Time Count for Memphis and Shelby County on Jan. 27, starting at 4 a.m.

This annual count of unsheltered homeless persons on a single January night is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and it’s a way the alliance measures efforts to reduce homelessness. The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave. will serve as the command center for this year’s event.

7. Annual Homeless Survey Planned for Jan. 27 -

Community Alliance for the Homeless is set to lead the annual Point-in-Time Count for Memphis and Shelby County on Jan. 27, starting at 4 a.m.

This annual count of unsheltered homeless persons on a single January night is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and it’s a way the alliance measures efforts to reduce homelessness. The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave. will serve as the command center for this year’s event.

8. Crime-Ridden, Neglected Apartments Come Under Fire -

Several Memphis apartment complexes with long records of neglect and crime issues are the targets of a renewed political and bureaucratic push to improve conditions.

The efforts are a new front in the recent city movement to tackle Memphis’ blight problem. And it’s a front that invites skepticism.

9. Shipping Containers to Become Shelters for LGBTQ Youth -

Memphis’ homeless shelters aren’t safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth, says Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center executive director Will Batts. He’s seen too many kids kicked out of their homes only to be assaulted in shelters or turn to drastic measures.

10. No Takers Yet for Historic Oak Ridge WWII-Era Temporary Town -

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Organizations that work with the homeless have not expressed any interest in acquiring the 160-acre tract in Oak Ridge where thousands of people lived during the secret World War II Manhattan Project.

11. Volunteer Odyssey Launches Holiday Pledge -

With the holidays on everyone’s mind, December is one of the few times of year when organizations working against hunger and homelessness get the support they need.

Sarah Petschonek, director of Volunteer Odyssey, wants to keep that generosity front-and-center all year round.

12. This Week in Memphis History: November 27-December 3 -

2014: A “die-in” in the National Civil Rights Museum courtyard begins a series of local protests that mirror national demonstrations over the recent deaths of black suspects in police encounters or in police custody. The protests begin to coalesce as the Black Lives Matter movement.

13. The Week Ahead: Nov. 23, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from The Peabody’s 36-foot dessert table to your potential (fingers-crossed, maybe not) last chance to see Paxton Lynch at the Liberty Bowl…

14. Agape Child & Family Services Receives $25,000 Grant -

Memphis-based Agape Child & Family Services has been given $25,000 to assist with its Families in Transition (FIT) program.

The grant, which was given to the nonprofit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help Agape serve homeless women and their children by providing housing, food and other support services.

15. Agape Child & Family Services Receives $25,000 Grant -

Memphis-based Agape Child & Family Services has been given $25,000 to assist with its Families in Transition (FIT) program.

The grant, which was given to the nonprofit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help Agape serve homeless women and their children by providing housing, food and other support services.

16. Empty Bowls Project Uses Art to Feed City -

Hunger and homelessness are problems plaguing the Mid-South, and the Memphis Empty Bowls Project hopes to play its small part in addressing the larger issue.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, art in the form of handcrafted bowls and a sampling of soups from several Memphis restaurants will be the centerpiece of an effort to raise money to feed area children in need. The event is slated for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.

17. MIFA Takes Over Memphis’ Homeless Hotline, Will Staff 24/7 -

If there was any doubt that the city’s homeless hotline for families with children needed to be manned 24/7, that question was erased in the first two weeks the hotline was operated by the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

18. All Men’s Day Of Prayer Is Saturday -

The Memphis District Laymen are calling all men of faith to gather and pray for Memphis during the third annual All Men’s Day of Prayer.

The 2015 theme is “A State of Emergency Exists.” Several city officials and community leaders will address the men of Memphis and how they can help individually and collectively.

19. Autopsy: Theater Suspect Had No Drugs, Alcohol in System -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Autopsy results show that the man who attacked moviegoers at a Nashville-area theater before he was fatally shot by police had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

20. Hardy, Shockey, Stephenson Highlight Salvation Army Panel -

The Salvation Army of Memphis will hold a women’s networking breakfast next week that will feature an executive panel of female business leaders.

The 7:30 a.m. event on Wednesday, Sept. 30, will be held at the Kroc Center Memphis, 800 East Parkway S.

21. Women Business Leaders Highlight Salvation Army Panel -

The Salvation Army of Memphis will hold a women’s networking breakfast next week that will feature an executive panel of female business leaders.

The 7:30 a.m. event on Wednesday, Sept. 30, will be held at the Kroc Center Memphis, 800 East Parkway S.

22. Walking a Mile in Her Shoes -

“What size shoes do you wear?” That was what we heard. We saw a well-dressed woman casually take off her sneakers and give them to a woman who appeared to be homeless. Both were getting cream and sugar for their coffee at the Starbucks on Union Avenue. One walked out with designer sneakers on her feet and the other got into her car wearing socks.

23. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

24. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

25. Ed Wallin Spends Lifetime Helping Traumatized Vets -

Abraham Lincoln said, “Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.”

It’s the kind of commitment Ed Wallin has. He doesn’t count the days, months or years, the successes or failures, the efforts or rejections, but simply keeps going, to keep the promise.

26. City Defends 2010 Police Response to First Lipscomb Allegation -

The Memphis Police Department took seriously a 2010 complaint of sexual abuse against the city’s director of Housing and Community Development, city chief administrative officer Jack Sammons said Wednesday, Sept. 2, after reviewing five-year-old emails.

27. AOVS Golf Classic Set for Sept. 25 -

The 10th annual AOVS Golf Classic will be held Sept. 25 at Memphis National Golf Club, with proceeds going to benefit Alpha Omega Veterans Services.

Cost for the scramble is $125 per player or $450 for a foursome. To register, and for more details on the event, go to aovsgolfclassic.org.

28. Family Room -

Family homelessness may be an extraordinarily difficult problem to solve, but in Sister Maureen Griner’s experience many homeless families are just regular folks.

“Ordinary families with ordinary problems,” she said.

29. You Gave Me Shelter -

It was 1997 and Robert Oliver was addicted to crack cocaine, living a lonely life on the mean streets of Memphis.

30. Calvary Mission Raises Money for New Shelter -

The Calvary Rescue Mission, a shelter for the homeless for almost 50 years, is launching a appeal to raise $2.9 million to build a new shelter on its current site, 960 S. Third St.

31. Calvary Rescue Mission Raises Money for New Shelter -

The Calvary Rescue Mission, a shelter for the homeless for almost 50 years, is launching a appeal to raise $2.9 million to build a new shelter on its current site, 960 S. Third St.

32. Study Finds Merit In Youth Villages' Transitional Program -

Youth Villages’ 17-year-old transition program for children aging out of the foster care system at age 18 improved participants’ outcomes in housing stability, economic well-being, and employment and earnings, according to a new clinical study by nonprofit research organization MDRC.

33. A Door of Their Own -

Maybe during the four-plus years that Jackie Hinton was living on the streets of Memphis, you drove past her as she was walking to a shelter for a meal or a bed and a shower.

34. Love of Learning -

Porter-Leath’s recent donation of a few thousand books to its preschool students serves as one of the latest examples of how the nonprofit is exposing infants and toddlers to the written word in a larger push to prepare children for long-term learning success.

35. Major Changes -

Aside from Christmas bells for its annual red kettle campaign, The Salvation Army historically has had a “quiet presence” in Memphis, according to Ellen Westbook, director of community relations and development.

36. ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ -

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

37. Interactive Volunteer Program Launches in Memphis -

A new program that launched this week in Memphis is built around bringing a big dose of innovation to local volunteerism.

Volio, a service unveiled by Memphian Sarah Petschonek’s existing program called Volunteer Odyssey, is a kind of virtual volunteer fair, built around an interactive platform that includes engaging videos. The point is to amplify in a big way the work already under way by Volunteer Odyssey, the volunteering platform for job seekers Petschonek launched in 2013.

38. Sparking Change -

Memphis is not Silicon Valley. And the nonprofit sector is not the tech industry. But nonprofits could perhaps learn something from companies large and small that make Silicon Valley the tech epicenter.

39. Christ Community Services Awarded $3.6 Million Grant -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $3.6 million grant to Christ Community Health Services Inc.

40. Memphis Street Newspaper Marks Second Anniversary -

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

41. Christ Community Health Services Awarded $3.6 Million Grant -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $3.6 million grant to Christ Community Health Services Inc.

42. Point in Time -

About three years ago, what amounts to a very informal census of the city’s homeless – those without shelter – counted 259 people, with 135 of them being deemed the most vulnerable for harm if they remained homeless.

43. VA Secretary Apologizes Anew for Misstating Military Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says integrity and character "is part of who I am" and apologized anew for erroneously claiming he served in the military's special forces.

44. Tennessee Homeless Programs Getting $21 Million From HUD -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials say more than $21 million in grants will support 162 local homeless housing and service programs in Tennessee.

HUD said Monday that the Continuum of Care grants will help provide critically needed services for homeless people and their families.

45. Agape Receives Grant From March of Dimes -

The March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter has awarded a grant to Agape Child & Family Services to support its Families In Transition, or FIT, ministry.

FIT serves homeless pregnant and parenting mothers and their children. The grant’s focus is on improving maternity and birth outcomes for the underserved maternal and child health needs in the Mid-South.

46. Agape Receives Grant From March of Dimes -

The March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter has awarded a grant to Agape Child & Family Services to support its Families In Transition, or FIT, ministry.

FIT serves homeless pregnant and parenting mothers and their children. The grant’s focus is on improving maternity and birth outcomes for the underserved maternal and child health needs in the Mid-South.

47. Local Charities' Needs Visible During Holidays -

Local charities get a lot of attention during the holiday season. But those running the nonprofits are quick to point out that their work goes on year-round. And the holiday season can be a time of great stress for those who rely on their programs, despite the extra attention.

48. $200,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has approved grants in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category that total more than $200,000.

The Nonprofit Capacity Building grants help established organizations improve operations and increase efficiency. The Foundation’s Board of Governors approved grants totaling $212,471 to 15 nonprofit organizations on Dec. 18. This year’s grant awards range from $4,900 to $23,390; each organization must raise a dollar-for-dollar match.

49. ‘Amazing Food’ Explosion -

John Minervini quickly turns giddy whenever he’s talking about the food scene in Memphis.

He’s such a fan of the scene, in fact, that this freelance writer and pro-Memphis foodie recently decided to start an online venture called “The Fork” he aims to make a one-stop shop where readers can read about chefs, learn about seasonal ingredients and find a new place to eat in their neighborhoods.

50. Veterans Care Battles Bureaucracy, Hesitancy -

The new generation of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face a homeland that knows about post-traumatic stress disorder.

But those veterans still face a massive federal bureaucracy that requires them to sort it out as they also try to deal with issues on their own.

51. Local Shopping -

Modern Handmade Memphis has come back to Overton Square with another of its pop-up shops that showcases handmade goods, the latest such event hosted a few times each year by the duo who also captain the Memphis Etsy Team.

52. Crafting the ‘Ask’ for This Giving Season -

It’s no secret that the holiday season offers the most opportune time for charitable organizations to capitalize on what is a perfect storm of the giving holiday spirit colliding with the year-end tax-deductible donation deadline. With so many organizations competing for donations at this time of the year, what sets any one organization’s “ask” apart from the rest? What is the key to crafting a message that hits the mark?

53. Hidden Fundraising Challenges -

You can’t see what you can’t see. There may be some challenges facing your nonprofit that you’re not aware of. They are insidious and sometimes deadly. Taking a close look at “what’s really going on” may refocus your energy and resources, and rescue your fundraising.

54. Bible Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Kirkland Bible has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate. In her new position, Bible will represent clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, post-divorce and child custody matters.

55. Wealthy Giving Less to Charity; Utah Tops States -

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

56. FedEx Delivers Service to Memphis Causes -

Robin Hicks, communications adviser for FedEx Trade Networks, arrived at the Lucius Burch Natural Area at Shelby Farms Park last week and made her way through the vegetation to the Wolf River.

57. Big Love Bus a Big Hit With Titans, Vols Fans -

If you want the ride to a Titans or Tennessee Vols game to be as fun as the football game itself, the Big Love Bus could be your ticket – and a safe one at that.

Launched in May and July by Jessica Jackson and Renee Sprouse, the Big Love Bus incorporates psychedelic painting on the outside of three former school buses with renovated interiors designed to make a trip to any event an experience.

58. Focus on Teens ‘At Risk of Being Homeless’ -

Not only is Crossroads Campus a successful non-profit operation that’s building a bridge to help homeless animals and potentially homeless young people, it’s also a thriving retail business operation driven by the savvy of executive director Lisa Stetar and her staff.

59. One Week Into Season, Playoff Resembling BCS -

The scoreboard at Brice-Williams Stadium in Columbia, S.C., was not yet a sparkle in Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill’s eye when Bill Hancock, executive director of the new college football playoff, gave us this:

60. ‘People’s Mayor’ to Share Story at RISE Gala -

Every politician has a past, but not like this one.

Evelyn Wynn-Dixon was, at the low point, a homeless single mother so distraught she believed her four young children would be better off without her. She considered jumping from a bridge overlooking Interstate 75 in Atlanta.

61. Developers Swing, Miss in Attempt to Buy Prime Germantown Locale -

The first time I stepped into this mustard-yellow building at 300 Jefferson Street to ask how it felt to have the Nashville Sounds moving in across the street, Wayne Woelk, 50, was having a heart attack.

62. Appeals Panel Weighing Occupy Nashville Suit -

CINCINNATI (AP) – A special three-judge panel focused on issues of camping, protests, free speech and executive power on Monday during arguments in an appeal of a lawsuit brought by Occupy Nashville protesters arrested on War Memorial Plaza in October 2011.

63. Georgia Mayor to Keynote RISE Foundation Gala -

The mayor of Riverdale, Ga., will present the keynote at the Sept. 27 gala benefiting the RISE Foundation’s financial literacy programs.

Evelyn Winn-Dixon was elected mayor of Riverdale, an Atlanta suburb, in 2007 in a political career that emerged from being a homeless single mother of four.

64. Georgia Mayor to Keynote RISE Foundation Gala -

The mayor of Riverdale, Ga., will present the keynote at the Sept. 27 gala benefiting the RISE Foundation’s financial literacy programs.

Evelyn Winn-Dixon was elected mayor of Riverdale, an Atlanta suburb, in 2007 in a political career that emerged from being a homeless single mother of four.

65. Westin Memphis Honored for Community Service -

When an F-5 tornado tore through Angela Copeland’s hometown of Moore, Okla., last year, she initially felt helpless.

66. County Commission Continues Prekindergarten Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners pick up Monday, July 21, where they left off earlier in the month about a way to fund prekindergarten programs.

The commission faces dueling resolutions, with one setting up further study on an expansion, and the other dedicating $3 million in surplus funds from the just-ended fiscal year and the first $3 million of any surplus from the current fiscal year to Shelby County Schools and the suburban school systems.

67. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will hold a free season nine community grand opening Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to midnight in its new Overton Square theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Events include performances, tours, concerts and more. Tickets to each event are on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit hattiloo.org/grand-opening-season-9.php for schedule.

68. Events -

Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. & the MGs, for a Soul & Blues Brown Bag Series concert and Q&A Friday, June 27, at noon in the amphitheater behind the academy, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Visit staxmuseum.com.

69. Crye-Leike Raises Funds for United Way -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. agents and employees collected $64,840 for United Way during the 2013 campaign season.

70. Crye-Leike Raises Funds for United Way -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. agents and employees collected $64,840 for United Way during the 2013 campaign season.

71. Eye-Catching Reads -

“I will not be venomous!” This is what I imagined to be the mantra of the reptile written about in Frankie Frisco’s “Second thoughts” sports column in the May 10 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “A Spurs official said the snake was determined to be non-poisonous ….”

72. City Council Weighs Police Dollars, Oversight -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, May 6, got its first detailed look at the Memphis Police Department’s budget proposal, which was followed by the council starting the process of bringing back to life the Police Civilian Review Board. That would begin with a series of community meetings and recommendations from a citizens group in August.

73. UTHSC Alumni Director Honored -

Michelle Nixon, director of alumni programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been honored with the Imhotep Award from UTHSC’s Student Government Association Executive Council.

74. UTHSC Alumni Director Honored -

Michelle Nixon, director of alumni programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been honored with the Imhotep Award from UTHSC’s Student Government Association Executive Council.

75. MCA Students Present ‘Art of Storytelling’ -

Eleven students from Memphis College of Art instructor Elaine Blanchard’s Storytelling class will present “The Art of Storytelling” Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. at Theatre South, 1000 S. Cooper St.

76. Memphis College of Art Students Present ‘Art of Storytelling’ -

Eleven students from Memphis College of Art instructor Elaine Blanchard’s Storytelling class will present “The Art of Storytelling” Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. at Theatre South, 1000 S. Cooper St.

77. Year on The Bridge -

In a tiny chapel at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, a group of three people listened intently last week as traffic whizzed by an open door onto Poplar Avenue on the other side of a wrought iron fence.

78. Commission Budget Season Begins Quietly -

Shelby County Commissioners began their budget season quietly with a first look in committee sessions last week at a $1.2 billion consolidated county budget proposal by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

79. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

80. Events -

Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

81. Homelessness Drops in Shelby County -

Officials say homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County has dropped because of a campaign aimed at reducing the number of people who live on the streets.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell and members of the Community Alliance for the Homeless said late last week homelessness is down 21 percent overall since 2012.

82. Ceiling Reflections -

FAMILY TIME. “You’re no happier than your most unhappy child,” a wise friend said.

I remembered those words as I stared at the breadbox on the ceiling. I’ll explain. Back when we were living in the Georgian Woods with about 27¢, we didn’t buy anything we didn’t need and couldn’t justify. Nora needed a breadbox, so she used the occasion of my birthday to give me … a breadbox.

83. Improving Disparities -

Working to better understand, and thus bring down, Shelby County’s infant mortality rate would be a giant undertaking.

But that is but one of many challenges that lie ahead of a husband-and-wife team of doctors who nine months ago moved from Nashville to Memphis to set up the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome.

84. Veterans’ Aid -

Cordell Walker wanted to join the military in the 1960s as his older friends were enlisting or being drafted for the Vietnam War.

“I really wanted to join the military but could not because I was the only son in my family and I was too young,” said Walker, who for the last 26 years has been executive director of Alpha Omega Veterans Services Inc.

85. Union Mission Heightens Outreach During Holidays -

Memphis Union Mission is ramping up its efforts to help the homeless during the holiday season.

The nonprofit group just completed its annual Thanksgiving event late last month to feed the homeless, and preparations are underway for meals and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

86. Agape Celebrates Young ‘Pictures of Hope’ Artists -

Agape Child & Family Services celebrated 14 young photographers Tuesday, Dec. 3, unveiling the Pictures of Hope holiday cards based on the children’s missive to capture their dreams on camera. The celebration and unveiling were part of Agape’s second-annual Meet the Young Artist holiday party, held at Chuck Hutton Chevrolet in East Memphis.

87. Obama: Income Inequality a Defining Challenge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama turned his focus Wednesday to the pocketbook issues that Americans consistently rank as a top concern, arguing that the dream of upward economic mobility is breaking down and the growing income gap is a "defining challenge of our time."

88. ‘Tremendous Success’ -

Melissa Howard, 20, is an accounting major at the University of Memphis.

In between studying for her classes, she works at the university bookstore. She has a support system for help with important decisions and any obstacles she encounters. And in conversation, she’s upbeat and enthusiastic about her future.

89. Needs of Homeless Change During Holidays -

The needs of the homeless and the hungry rise in prominence during the holidays.

But those who work with those problems year round are always quick to say the problems are still there after the attention wanders once the holidays are over.

90. Choosing Memphis Right Path for Carroll -

Although John Carroll didn’t grow up a part of Memphis, the city has become a part of him.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native moved here in 2004, and has become a force for good with his City Leadership consulting group and Choose901 initiative.

91. Gifts That Keep On Giving -

Let the holiday season begin! Thanksgiving ushers in six weeks of busyness as we reunite with family and friends for dinners, parties, and holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

92. Humane Aid -

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County wants to take its spay and neutering services to the streets, but the nonprofit organization needs the help of local businesses to get the initiative rolling.

93. Agape Helps Families Out of Homelessness -

Agape Child & Family Services continues to grow its Families In Transition program, which provides housing to homeless women who have children or are pregnant.

This year, the program will simultaneously serve 63 families, with an impact to more than 150 families.

94. MLGW Conference Focuses on Future -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will be hosting a training and networking event for faith and nonprofit leaders Friday, Nov. 8.

The MLGW Business of Service Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the MLGW Training Center, 4949 Raleigh-LaGrange Road.

95. Box’s Law Career Spurred by Helping Community -

Brad Box, a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named the 2013-2014 president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. The association is the state arm of the national Defense Research Institute, an organization committed to the exchange of ideas, technique and information.

96. ‘Pastor Larry’ Inspires at Sober House -

When you look at the big picture of poverty, homelessness, and under-education in this country, or here in Memphis, it appears rather bleak. However, when you focus on the individual efforts being made to combat those societal ills that are bending the cycle of poverty to the breaking point, from where I sit, the big picture is looking better all the time.

97. Groups Highlight Adoption Awareness in November -

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and local groups like Mid-South Alliance and Agape Child & Family Services are working to provide safe and loving homes for more than 1,100 children in foster care in Shelby County.

98. HUD Adviser Talks Housing for Homeless -

Jennifer Ho said she views her job as a senior adviser to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as looking at the problem of homelessness like a jigsaw puzzle.

99. Mobile Health Clinic Hits Streets to Help Homeless -

Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christ Community Health Services rolled out a new state-of-the-art mobile health clinic earlier this month, and the larger, modernized vehicle will give Baptist Operation Outreach the ability to treat more of the area’s homeless population in need of medical care.

100. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.