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1. Mike Norvell Era Starts with Optimism And a Raise-the-Bar Recruiting Class -

In a few minutes, first-year coach Mike Norvell would be standing behind a lectern providing assembled media a summary of his first recruiting class at the University of Memphis.

“Not a good class,” he would say, “a great class, a home-run-hitting class.”

2. Tenn. Board Seeks Public Censure of Weirich -

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility is seeking a public censure of Shelby County District Attorney General Weirich for her conduct as a trial prosecutor in Noura Jackson’s 2009 trial for murder.

3. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

4. High Court Upholds Government's Energy Conservation Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.

5. January 22-28: This week in Memphis history -

1966: Gary Pepper, president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club, makes the case to the City Commission for renaming the Mid-South Coliseum the Elvis Presley Coliseum.
It is an idea that will resurface over the years, along with other proposals to rename Memphis International Airport and the section of Bellevue Boulevard/U.S. 51 in Whitehaven that runs by Graceland. In the early 1970s the street is renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.

6. Tennessee Senate Votes to End Emissions Tests for New Cars -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to end emissions testing in Tennessee for new cars, brushing aside concerns that relaxing standards might be a bad idea in light of the Volkswagen scandal.

7. Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.

8. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 -

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

9. 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.

10. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

11. Entac Medical Announces Funding Round -

Memphis-area predictive analytics company Entac Medical Inc. has surpassed initial funding objectives for its Series A funding round.

12. Hudson Bay's Online Push, Snaps Up Luxury Deal Site Gilt -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hudson Bay has purchased the luxury deal site Gilt Group Holdings Inc. for $250 million as traditional retailers follow shoppers, and their money, online.

13. 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.

14. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

15. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

16. Entac Medical Announces Funding Round -

Memphis-area predictive analytics company Entac Medical Inc. has surpassed initial funding objectives for its Series A funding round.

17. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

18. University of Memphis Notebook: Ballers Can’t Shoot, Norvell Completes Staff -

Among coach Josh Pastner’s favorite refrains: “You gotta make shots.”

The University of Memphis made few shots in its 86-76 loss at No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 2, going 19 of 61 from the floor for an atrocious 31.1 percent. So awful was the Tigers’ shooting from the floor that it rendered the 30 of 36 performance (83.3 percent) from the free-throw line a footnote.

19. 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.

20. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

21. McKinney Appointed as Shelby County Lobbyist -

Assistant County Attorney David E. McKinney is Shelby County government’s new director of legislative affairs.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced McKinney’s appointment Tuesday, Dec. 29, to take effect Jan. 1.

22. 3-Time Champ Nishikori Headlines Memphis Open -

Defending champion Kei Nishikori heads the competitors’ list for The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, to be held at the Racquet Club of Memphis on Feb. 6-14.

Nishikori, 26, is the highest-ranked player competing in the 2016 Memphis Open, holding the ATP No. 8 ranking. Kevin Anderson follows Nishikori with an ATP No. 12 ranking. Nishikori and Anderson met in the finals last year.

23. Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company -

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

Johnson Development Associates, Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties, LLC, has unloaded the Mall of Memphis land in a Dec. 29 warranty deed.

24. 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.

25. McKinney Appointed as New County Government Lobbyist -

Assistant County Attorney David E. McKinney is Shelby County government’s new director of legislative affairs.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced McKinney’s appointment Tuesday, Dec. 29, to take effect Jan. 1.

26. Three-Time Champ Nishikori Headlines Memphis Open -

Defending champion Kei Nishikori heads the competitors’ list for The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, to be held at the Racquet Club of Memphis on Feb. 6-14.

Nishikori, 26, is the highest-ranked player competing in the 2016 Memphis Open, holding the ATP No. 8 ranking. Kevin Anderson follows Nishikori with an ATP No. 12 ranking. Nishikori and Anderson met in the finals last year.

27. University of Memphis Falls to Auburn 31-10 in Birmingham Bowl -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Jeremy Johnson came off the bench to run and pass for a touchdown, lifting Auburn to a 31-10 victory over Memphis on Wednesday in the Birmingham Bowl.

Johnson sparked a sputtering offense that scored three touchdowns in a five-minute span starting late in the third quarter. Auburn (7-6) avoided the first losing season of Gus Malzahn's 11-year college coaching career.

28. Northwestern Defense Tough, But Give Edge to UT -

There’s nothing like spending the Christmas holidays in Florida, and Tennessee’s football team will savor every minute of it for the second consecutive year.

The Vols (8-4) board a flight Saturday morning to Tampa, Fla., where they will spend almost a week before the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Northwestern (10-2).

29. Rotten to the Core: Titans Fail to Develop Talent -

As the Tennessee Titans sink toward the end of another lackluster season, they head into the off-season with still more holes to fill for 2016.

Some of that, of course, is inevitable with any team as an NFL roster. Even on the best teams can have a 20 percent roster turnover in the off-season due to injuries, free agency and new draft picks coming on board.

30. Exec Who Jacked Up Price of a Lifesaving Drug Is Arrested -

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug more than fiftyfold, was arrested Thursday on securities fraud charges unrelated to the furor.

31. Corker Says Visa Waivers a Bigger Risk Than Refugees -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he believes the nation needs to stop admitting Syrian refugees until security problems are solved, but the nation’s “bigger risk” in letting terrorists slip into the country lies with the nation’s Visa Waiver Program.

32. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

33. Norvell Adds Another Assistant to Memphis Football Staff -

David Johnson, the tight ends and running backs coach at Tulane University the past four seasons, has been hired by new University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell.

34. Dickey Retained On Tigers Football Staff -

New University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell will keep assistant coach Darrell Dickey on his staff.

35. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

36. The Right Fit -

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

37. Tennessee Lawmakers Discuss Syrian Refugee Vetting Process -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers said Wednesday that they continue to get calls from constituents expressing concern about the vetting process for allowing Syrian refugees into the state and sought assurance from security officials that the program is safe.

38. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

39. Memphis Opens DNA Storage Facility for Rape Kits -

The Memphis Police Department’s new $1 million property- and evidence-storage facility marks a milestone, according to top city and law enforcement leaders. To them it is an important point in the city’s three-year quest to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits that date back to the late 1970s.

40. Expert Says Changes to University Governance Take Years -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A higher education expert told lawmakers on Tuesday that big changes such as those Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing for six state universities take years to implement effectively.

41. Dickey Retained On Tigers Football Staff -

New University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell will keep assistant coach Darrell Dickey on his staff.

42. Kasich Makes Fundraising Stops in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Tuesday that his visit to Tennessee is aimed at avoiding having to scramble for support in the state's March 1 primary if he emerges as a strong contender from the earliest contests.

43. 8 Tennessee Lawmakers Sign on as Marco Rubio Delegates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's list of Tennessee delegates includes former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick and state Sens. Brian Kelsey and Jack Johnson.

44. Haslam Seeks Autonomy for 6 Public Universities in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) –The University of Memphis would get its own governing board separate from the Tennessee Board of Regents in a statewide proposal by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam that amounts to a fundamental change in what the Board of Regents does.

45. Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date -

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Linkous Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for Ikea’s Memphis project, which is set for a groundbreaking next month and a fall 2016 opening.

46. If Fear Is Goal, Terrorists Have Won in Tennessee -

The terrorists who struck Paris three weeks ago succeeded in more than killing and wounding hundreds of people. Their attack is pitting Americans against each other in how to respond, and Tennessee politicians are no exception.

47. County Government Standoff Moves To Negotiations -

It was all smiles at the Shelby County Commission Monday, Nov. 23, between county Mayor Mark Luttrell and commission chairman Terry Roland.

48. Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date -

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Linkous Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for Ikea’s Memphis project, which is set for a groundbreaking next month and a fall 2016 opening.

49. County Commission Approves Refunding Bonds, Holds Effort to Block CRA Merger -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Nov. 23, up to $300 million in refunding bonds that will reduce county government’s interest rate to 2.7 percent.

The refunding restructures the county’s outstanding variable bond debt to fixed interest rate bonds.

50. County Commission Approves Refunding Bonds, Holds Effort to Block CRA Merger -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Nov. 23, up to $300 million in refunding bonds that will reduce county government’s interest rate to 2.7 percent.

The refunding restructures the county’s outstanding variable bond debt to fixed interest rate bonds.

51. TVA Surpasses 3-Year Cost Reduction Goal by More Than $100M -

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it surpassed its $500 million goal for reducing operation and maintenance costs over a three-year period. Officials say the utility beat the goal by more than $100 million.

52. TVA Employees Sharing in Record Earnings -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is rewarding employees for helping boost the utility's income above $1 billion last year.

TVA directors voted Friday to allow the agency's 10,900 employees to share in some of those record earnings, the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1HewbVr) reported. The directors approved payments of $113 million, or an average year-end bonus of $10,367 per employee.

53. Playoff Committee Knows 2 Losses Don’t Define Memphis Season -

Two straight losses knocked the University of Memphis football team from the national polls.

Not a surprise and not unfair.

But after the Tigers lost at home to Navy and its diabolical triple-option offense, and by a single point at Houston – yes, they blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead – they remained at No. 21 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

54. Ikea PILOT Extension Approved -

Nearly 10 months after the Memphis-Shelby County Development Growth Engine approved tax breaks for Ikea, it returned to the board with a new plan.

The Swedish retail giant requested EDGE extend its property tax abatement by 11 months to make up for a dispute over the property tax appraisal on the Cordova land.

55. SRVS Program Helps People With Disabilities and Employers Who Hire Them -

Mike Harris is production manager at American Stairways Inc. on Lamar Avenue. He has a warehouse full of employees and, just saying it like it is, some are happier to be there than others.

56. Haslam Asks Federal Government Not to Send Syrian Refugees -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he is asking the federal government to suspend placement of Syrian refugees in Tennessee.

In a statement released Monday, Haslam acknowledged that the federal government has the authority to place refugees but said "they have said in the past they would be open to cooperating with receiving states."

57. LEDIC’s High-Tech HQ To Be LEED Certified -

LEDIC’s new East Memphis headquarters will aim for a LEED-certified silver status and bring high-speed fiber optic Internet to the area, according to documents recently submitted to the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

58. Ikea PILOT Compromise Surfaces -

Ikea executives are proposing a compromise to the standoff over the tax appraisal value of the Cordova land where they plan to build a 270,000-square-foot store.

The proposal would extend the term of its property tax abatement.

59. Ricky Tarrant Jr. Brings Speed, Athleticism to Memphis Backcourt -

A college basketball team led by an inexperienced point guard can expect problems. So, too, a team led by a point guard who might be a step slow.

Last season, the University of Memphis had both challenges. They could go young – that didn’t really work – or they could go with then-junior Kedren Johnson, who was not in shape the first part of the season and even later as his conditioning improved, was never going to be accused of having a lightning-quick first step.

60. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

61. Events -

Eyewear Gallery will hold a food drive for Mid-South Food Bank throughout November at its office, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Anyone who donates two cans of food can suggest someone to receive a free vision screening on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. Visit eyeweargallery.com or call 901-763-2020.

62. LUCB Rejects Belz Application, Puts Midtown Mixed-Use Project in Jeopardy -

Balancing competing businesses, city engineering code and neighborhood input came to a head at a Thursday, Nov. 12, Office of Planning and Development meeting when the Land Use Control Board decided to reject a traffic-blocking gate across the south side of Idlewild Street in Midtown Memphis.

63. Events -

MasterIT will host a cybersecurity event titled “The Checklist Every CEO Needs to Protect Their Clients, Employees and Business” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, 2670 Union Ave., first floor conference room. Register at master-IT.com.

64. Business-Nonprofit Partnerships Crucial to Transforming Communities -

Whether in Memphis, Nashville or metro Denver, there are success stories. Businesses and nonprofits coming together not just to create jobs, but to forge life-changing opportunities that turn out to be positive for everyone involved.

65. US Sues Over Proposed Deal Between United, Delta at Newark -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to block a deal that would increase United Airlines' grip over Newark Liberty International Airport, saying that it would drive up fares.

66. I Choose Memphis: Amy Grow -

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

Name: Amy Grow

Job title and company: International Paper, Communications Department, Meetings & Events

67. Events -

Cadence Bank and MIFA will hold a Cadence Community Connection @ MIFA session on holiday budgeting Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the MIFA Family Center, 910 Vance Ave. The session will cover how to deal with extra expenses around the holidays. Cost is free. Visit mifa.org.

68. Events -

Banjos and Bonfires will be held Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Felicia Suzanne’s, 80 Monroe Ave. L1. The evening will feature bluegrass music, a bonfire, and light appetizers and drinks; proceeds benefit the Church Health Center. Call 901-523-0877 for details.

69. Design Board Approves New Peabody Place Facade -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board approved a multitude of Downtown projects Wednesday, Nov. 4, including new Peabody Place Tower signage and Central Station plans that include an outdoor Malco movie screen.

70. Motion for Blackett Recusal Poses Unique Questions -

Michael Halliburton was sentenced to 21 years in prison Monday, Nov. 2, for the attempted murder of his wife in 2012.

71. Protesters Speak Out Against Outsourcing at Tenn. Capitol -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of protesters has gathered at the Tennessee Capitol to speak out against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration mulling over privatization of operations in state government.

72. Dixon Museum Reopens After Six-Month Renovation -

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will unveil its newly renovated museum and residence on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The most notable change will be the remodeled and expanded Museum Store, which has new flooring and fresh paint.

73. Dixon Museum Reopens After Six-Month Renovation -

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will unveil its newly renovated museum and residence on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The most notable change will be the remodeled and expanded Museum Store, which has new flooring and fresh paint.

74. Three Tennessee Appeals Judges Finalists for Supreme Court Vacancy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three state appeals judges appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam were selected Tuesday as finalists to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments interviewed nine applicants during a public hearing before narrowing the field to three and sending the names to the Republican governor.

75. Government Gives TVA License to Operate New Nuclear Reactor -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Spring City reactor that will be the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century has gotten the go-ahead from the federal government.

The Tennessee Valley Authority says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an operating license for Watts Bar Unit 2 on Thursday.

76. Why Optimism About the US Economy's Strength Has Dimmed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers, fueled by job growth, cheaper gas and higher home values, would drive the U.S. economy through a global slump.

That was the widespread hope just a few months ago. Now, doubts are growing that the United States can withstand economic pressures flowing from overseas. Economies in China, Canada, Brazil and Europe are struggling. Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, is in recession.

77. Health Law Fine on The Uninsured Will More than Double -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact in its new pitch for health law sign-ups.

78. Here’s How Vols Grade Going Into Second Half -

Order has been restored in Vol Nation, at least for now.

Tennessee’s football team restored it with a 38-31 victory over then-No. 19 Georgia last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

UT’s rally from a 24-3 deficit has much of the fan base back on board with Vols coach Butch Jones and his staff after a precarious week leading up to the game.

79. Better Titans Doing Nothing for Whisenhunt’s Record -

The whispers are already out there. How much job security does Ken Whisenhunt really have with the Tennessee Titans?

It seems a little soon for message boards and talk radio to be discussing the ouster of the Titans coach, but such is life in the coaching fish bowl when you lose games that should go into the win column, like the Titans have done in their past two games.

80. Report: Number of Uninsured Tennesseans Drops Again -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The estimated number of Tennesseans without health insurance has dropped again, according to a recent annual report by the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.

81. Just Another Predictable SEC Football Season? Not Quite -

The Ol’ Ball Coach resigned at South Carolina. No more Steve Spurrier fun and frivolity at SEC Media Days, no more jabs at opposing coaches, no more quips that make sports writers tingle.

And yes, Justin Fuente is one of the names being floated for the South Carolina job.

82. 9 Apply to Fill Vacancy on Tennessee Supreme Court -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Three appeals judges appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam are among the nine applicants to fill a vacancy on the bench of Tennessee's highest court.

The opening created by the retirement of Justice Gary Wade in September provided Haslam the opportunity to give the five-member court a Republican majority after decades of Democratic control.

83. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs -

The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.

The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.

84. Hopson Fills Three Positions in County Schools Cabinet -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson announced Friday, Oct. 2, that he has filled three open position in his cabinet.

John Michael Williams is the new chief information officer for the school system. He served in the same position with Metro Nashville Public Schools as well as similar positions at Atlanta Public Schools and Orange County Schools in Orlando, Fla.

85. Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts -

The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.

86. Hopson Fills Three Positions In County Schools Cabinet -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson announced Friday, Oct. 2, that he has filled three open position in his cabinet.

John Michael Williams is the new chief information officer for the school system. He served in the same position with Metro Nashville Public Schools as well as similar positions at Atlanta Public Schools and Orange County Schools in Orlando, Fla.

87. Developers Officially Pull Out of Mall of Memphis Project -

Developers of the former Mall of Memphis site said the fate of their proposed 1.1 million-square-foot industrial park couldn’t wait another month, and now they’re likely taking the property to sale.

88. Fair Trade: The Mid-South Fair’s transition to Southaven -

A FedEx jet turned for Memphis International Airport just north of Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, the opening weekend of the Mid-South Fair.

Below it, a ride on the parking lot of the arena made a perpetual turn in the other direction under the same overcast skies.

89. Times Are Good. Try To Enjoy it, Memphis. -

Someday, Vince Carter is going to be in basketball’s Hall of Fame. But recently, he was all about that college football.

Carter was at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to see the University of Memphis win a wild shootout over Cincinnati in an ESPN Thursday night game. Last season, he went to Oxford and saw Ole Miss upset Alabama.

90. Developers Pull Out of Mall of Memphis Project -

Developers of the former Mall of Memphis site said the fate of their proposed 1.1 million-square-foot industrial park couldn't wait another month, and now they're likely taking the property to sale.

91. Mid-South Farm Tourism Harvests Big Autumn Business -

Deciding to start a business that is focused on carving paths through a field of corn might not seem like a sound post-college plan.

But Justin Taylor and friend Chris Taylor weren’t thinking long term when they started what is today known as the Mid-South Maze at Agricenter International. It was 2001, and the pair had a friend who owned land in Arkansas, a few miles outside of Downtown Memphis. That April, at the last moment possible to plant and be ready for a corn maze that fall, the two took the plunge just to see what would happen.

92. College Football Notebook: Vols Fans Thirsty For a Victory, Memphis Remains Unranked -

Arkansas and Tennessee meet at Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 3, in what could be dubbed the Unmet Expectations Bowl.

Remember how the Vols were the trendy pick to challenge for the title in the SEC East?

93. Ikea Construction On Hold in Property Tax Dispute -

Shelby County Assessor of Property Cheyenne Johnson will appeal a Thursday, Sept. 17, decision by the Shelby County Board of Equalization that lowers the appraised value of the land in Cordova where Ikea plans to build a $64 million, 269,000-square-foot Memphis store.

94. Tax Incentive Changes Causing Headaches for Memphis Mayoral Candidates -

The four major candidates for Memphis mayor all have some version of the same basic answer to questions about tax incentives for economic development.

The answer: Tax incentives, and particularly payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives, are not the best way to grow the city’s economy and perhaps should be examined and changed. All four agree that they can’t be done away with entirely, even though the candidates’ opinions on potential changes differ.

95. More Music Festivals on the Way in Memphis -

Memphis continues to be filled with the sound of music – specifically, music festivals – with a handful on the docket in coming weeks that will fill stages Downtown as well as the Levitt Shell and elsewhere.

96. Ikea Construction On Hold In Property Tax Dispute -

Shelby County Assessor of Property Cheyenne Johnson will appeal a Thursday, Sept. 17, decision by the Shelby County Board of Equalization that lowers the appraised value of the land in Cordova where Ikea plans to build a $64 million, 269,000-square-foot Memphis store.

97. Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way -

Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?

98. Developers Threaten to Pull Out of Mall of Memphis Site -

Developers of the former Mall of Memphis site were again delayed as the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine tabled a vote on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes benefit for the speculative industrial site.

99. Indie Memphis Taps Watt as Executive Director -

This year keeps shaping up to be a milestone for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has tapped local filmmaker Ryan Watt to serve as its new executive director following the departure of Erik Jambor earlier this year.

100. Memphis Tigers Face Formidable Foe in Bowling Green -

When the University of Memphis plays at Bowling Green Saturday, Sept. 18, the game will feature something that any number of SEC games could not: two well-established quarterbacks.

Not since the Tigers had running back DeAngelo Williams lining up in their backfield have they had an offensive player that demands as much as attention as redshirt junior quarterback Paxton Lynch.