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1. Unusual College Career Leads ETSU’s Gatewood to Neyland -

Austin Gatewood was sold on nothing more than a vision. There were no uniforms to wear, no stadium to play in, no veteran teammates to guide him.

2. Hurricane Florence Begins Days of Rain, Wind on Carolina Coast -

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 mph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

3. The big slosh: Florence begins days of rain, wind on coast -

The big slosh: Florence begins days of rain, wind on coast

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 mph (165 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

4. The big slosh: Florence begins days of rain, wind on coast -

The big slosh: Florence begins days of rain, wind on coast

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 mph (165 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

5. Edmund Ford Jr. Sticks to Council, Commission Seats As He Pursues Transit Fee -

Edmund Ford Jr. is pushing for a dedicated revenue stream for the Memphis Area Transit Authority and road projects while holding seats on the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission.

And it could take him through the 90 days he has before he must give up the council seat, Ford said this week.

6. Urban Land Institute Memphis Announces Fall UrbanPlan Workshop -

Imagine hands-on planning simulations where attendees respond to a request for proposals (RFP) for a fictional city using Legos, a map and a spreadsheet.

The Urban Land Institute Memphis invites those interested in understanding the planning process and how to support development to its UrbanPlan workshops.

7. Council Approves Conditional Return of Beale Street Cover -

After much debate and consultation with attorneys, the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 11, to allow Memphis Police and the Downtown Memphis Commission to reinstate a cover charge for the Beale Street entertainment district.

8. 'Don't Play Games With It': Florence Takes Aim at Southeast -

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — People who thought they were relatively safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast.

9. Some Tennessee Lawmakers Living the Life -

Early in his U.S. Senate campaign, former governor Phil Bredesen shied away from talking about his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, preferring to focus instead on ideas.

10. Council Approves Conditional Return of Beale Cover -

After much debate and consultation with attorneys, the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 11, to allow Memphis Police and the Downtown Memphis Commission to reinstate a cover charge for the Beale Street entertainment district.

11. Anniversary of Yellow Fever Epidemic Shows Ongoing Need in Community -

St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral dean Andy Andrews joked with Margery Wolcott over the weekend that her Constance Abbey street ministry has lasted longer than lots of restaurants do at five years.

12. Surge, wind, rain, floods: Hurricane Florence could hit hard -

Surge, wind, rain, floods: Hurricane Florence could hit hard

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward the Eastern Seaboard as a storm of "staggering" size, forcing a million people to evacuate the coast. Many more were left to wonder where they might be safe if days of torrential rains unleash floods from the mountains to the sea.

13. Carolinas Brace for Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Florence -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Florence rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

14. Data Show Big Let-Up in 'Obamacare' Premiums -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That's the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year's midterm elections.

15. Last Word: Keeping Kirby Together, Out of State Tuition and Memphis at Navy -

I’ve seen school officials have some pretty interesting conversations with parents and students over the last few decades – explaining the school merger comes to mind immediately, of course the demerger too, along with the always charged conversations surrounding busing and even the kidnapping of a child from a school building. But when SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson met parents and students from Kirby High School Thursday evening in Hickory Hill, it was new ground. The subject was rats – lots of rats.

16. The Seam Eyes Growth With New Personnel, Technologies -

With nearly 20 years of software development for commodities industries like cotton and peanuts, local fintech company The Seam is looking to the future, developing new technologies supporting sustainable agriculture initiatives.

17. Board to Consider Requests for Madison Apartments, Graceland Master Plan -

A new apartment building for Madison Avenue and a master plan for the Graceland campus are among the latest proposals submitted to the Land Use Control Board.

The planning board will consider the requests at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11 at City Hall.

18. Developers Seek PILOT for South Downtown Project -

As drivers come across the old bridge and pedestrians and cyclists come across Big River Crossing, they soon could see an adaptive reuse of an old warehouse.

Mike Kennedy of Parachute Investment Co. has teamed up with development consultant Amelia Carkuff and York Construction to flip a three-story warehouse into 24 apartment units and 1,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

19. Amway Founder, Orlando Magic Owner Richard DeVos Dies at 92 -

ADA, Mich. (AP) — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92.

20. U.S. Plans to Sidestep Limits on Detaining Immigrant Children -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it plans to circumvent a longstanding court agreement that governs how children are treated in immigration custody, in part to detain families longer as a way to deter migrants from crossing the Southwestern border illegally.

21. Last Word: Graceland Opens Vigil, Hunt-Phelan For Sale and Southern Heritage -

After two years of making the Elvis candlelight vigil more about who paid and getting people in line, Graceland said Wednesday the vigil will return to being a free event next August – no admission, no buying packages that include the vigil. The timing on this is interesting coming about two weeks after the 2018 edition of the vigil.

22. Graceland Dropping Candlelight Vigil Charge, Making Other Changes -

Graceland is dropping a controversial admission fee for the Aug. 15 candlelight vigil that caps Elvis Week.

The charge was instituted in 2017, when the vigil marking the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death drew an estimated crowd of more than 30,000, and continued this year.

23. Karl Dean Pledges Commitment to Completing Megasite -

Pointing at the need to bolster distressed West Tennessee counties, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is pledging to complete the Memphis Regional Megasite and appoint an adviser to oversee the project.

24. Gordon, Never a Hurricane, Killed Child in Mobile Home -

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (AP) — Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm later weakened into a depression on Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake.

25. Last Word: Southbrook Mall, Dean on Development and Cats & Thyroids -

Public money for a shopping mall with public uses is on the agenda for a special meeting this week of the EDGE board. And the Southbrook Mall saga is an extended story over several years with several different plans to get public money that at first blush was to fix the roof and perhaps HVAC and then let the private property owned by a nonprofit be on its way. It’s much more complex than that.

26. Gordon Aims to Hit Gulf Coast as Hurricane After Nightfall -

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, and motorists fled barrier islands Tuesday as the Gulf Coast hustled to get ready for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was on track to hit Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane sometime after nightfall.

27. U.S. Ends Funding of UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

28. Preparing for New England Foliage Season -

I watched a YouTube video of someone driving along New Hampshire’s famed Kancamagus Highway during leaf-peeping season and it hit me: I’ll be on my own New England fall foliage road trip soon enough.

29. How Memphis Can Learn from Detroit: Creating an Inclusive Comeback Story -

The City of Detroit intends to create the most inclusive comeback story America has ever told.

Detroit is the largest African-American majority city in the country with a population over 400,000. Memphis is the second largest.

30. Memphis City Council Considers Surface Parking Lot at Main and Beale -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Aug. 28, on a special-use permit to turn the land on the northeast corner of South Main Street and Beale Street into a surface parking lot with landscaping.

31. Hog Farm Owners Propose Operation Near Arkansas River -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The owners of the Buffalo River watershed's only large-scale hog farm have proposed building another one near the Arkansas River and Cedar Creek.

The farm is at least the second one proposed by the owners of C&H Hog Farms within the past year for the state's northwest corner. Both have met opposition from locals who were concerned about the proposed farms' smell and potential impact on the environment and outdoor recreational activities, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported .

32. Hurricane Lane Soaks Hawaii's Big Island With Foot Of Rain -

HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, dumping 12 inches of rain in as many hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state's first hurricane since 1992.

33. Ernest Strickland Has Been on City’s Front Line -

Some people grow up waiting for the chance to get out of their hometown. Others, like Ernest Strickland, senior vice president of workforce development for the Greater Memphis Chamber, view staying put as an opportunity to make a difference.

34. Economic Development Experts Set Sights On Memphis -

Site selectors from across the country spent time in Memphis this week as local economic development teams touted the area’s available land, industrial and office space for potential companies.

35. San Francisco's $2.2 Billion 'Grand Central' Terminal Open -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Spanning three city blocks, San Francisco's $2 billion transit terminal is open after nearly a decade under construction.

Coined the "Grand Central of the West," the new Salesforce Transit Center near the heart of downtown is expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year. It welcomed its first passengers and visitors this month.

36. Video Shows Crash of Police Helicopter in Arkansas -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities have released video showing the crash of a police helicopter in Arkansas that left one person injured.

The video posted Tuesday on the Little Rock Police Department's Facebook page shows the Bell TH-67 on a platform at a police training facility with its rotors turning. The chopper and the platform start to move as the helicopter pitches and fails to gain altitude.

37. Mid-South Fair Returning To Landers Center -

The 11-day Mid-South Fair begins at the Landers Center in Southaven on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Admission is $10 for those age 13 to 59 and $5 for children age 5 to 12. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased via Ticketmaster. Parking is free daily.

38. Bredesen Seeks Rural Broadband Access Through TVA -

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is calling for congressional action enabling the Tennessee Valley Authority to deliver broadband internet access to rural parts of the state, a plan his opponent, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, says would be “anti-competitive.”

39. El Salvador, Taiwan Break Ties as China Isolates Island Foe -

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage.

40. Top UNC Leaders Condemn Confederate Statue Toppling -

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Leaders of North Carolina's university system spoke out Tuesday to condemn the toppling of a century-old Confederate memorial on the state's flagship campus by protesters who decried racist motives for its placement on campus dating to a dedication speech praising violence against former slaves.

41. Strickland Open to Talks About Idea of City-Only Industrial Development Board -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says he is open to discussing the idea of a city-only Industrial Development Board along with other ideas to be explored by a study group approved by the Memphis City Council last week.

42. Last Word: Police Surveillance on Trial, Elvis Alternatives and Firestone's Dilemma -

In Memphis Federal Court Monday morning, Memphis Police surveillance of protesters over the last two years is on the docket of U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla. McCalla ruled earlier this month in advance of the nonjury trial that police conducted “political surveillance” of protesters in violation of a 1978 federal court consent decree.

43. Firestone Fallout -

The red letters grow fainter as the years pass in North Memphis. The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant’s smokestack, once a symbol of the industrial base that defined North Memphis, has become a different kind of symbol in the 35 years since the tire plant closed.

44. Parkland Students Start School Year with Tightened Security -

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. But some say they still won't feel protected despite $6.5 million in security enhancements, including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance.

45. Historic District Compromise Tabled Over State 'Threats' -

After months of discussions, compromises and amendments, the city council member sponsoring an ordinance giving the council more oversight of the local Landmarks Commission tabled the measure on third and final reading.

46. Historic District Compromise Tabled Over State 'Threats' -

After months of discussions, compromises and amendments, the city council member sponsoring an ordinance giving the council more oversight of the local Landmarks Commission tabled the measure on third and final reading.

47. Historic District Compromise Tabled Over State 'Threats' -

After months of discussions, compromises and amendments, the city council member sponsoring an ordinance giving the council more oversight of the local Landmarks Commission tabled the measure on third and final reading.

48. Graceland Day of Love -

Ten couples whose love was inspired by Elvis, whether on a visit to Graceland or during a previous Elvis Week, were invited to renew their vows at Graceland's new Chapel in the Woods. The ceremony on Monday, Aug. 13, gathered couples who had met, been married, or were engaged at Graceland.

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49. Commission Delays Quinn Road Development After Collierville Opposition -

Shelby County commissioners delayed a vote on a proposed a 500-plus home development on Quinn Road – in unincorporated Shelby County just south of Collierville – during their meeting Monday, Aug. 13.  

50. Commission Delays Quinn Road Development After Collierville Opposition -

Shelby County commissioners delayed a vote on approving a 500-plus home development on Quinn Road – in unincorporated Shelby County just south of Collierville – during its meeting Monday afternoon.

51. Memphis City Council Could Take Final Vote On Historic Districts Oversight -

After a two-and-a-half-month delay, Memphis City Council members may be ready Tuesday, Aug. 14, to take a final vote on new rules for historic districts including more oversight by the council.

A vote on third and final reading of the ordinance was delayed in June so the sponsor, council member Kemp Conrad, could meet with all sides of the issue to come up with a compromise. The ordinance follows council votes to grant historic district status, with guidelines enforced by the Landmarks Commission, for the Cooper-Young and Speedway Terrace neighborhoods.

52. Mayor Strickland Hopes County Supports MATA -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland meets with Shelby County Mayor-elect Lee Harris this week as Harris’ transition team is assembled and begins working toward him taking office Sept. 1.

53. ALSAC Buys Downtown Property from City for $5M -

American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities Inc. (ALSAC) has purchased more than $5 million in property from the city of Memphis, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

54. Last Word: MIM Numbers, Feeding 700 Teenagers and Elvis Week Arrives -

The honored country tradition of the Memphis In May International Festival is one of those things that gets called into question whenever there is some thought about changes to the city’s biggest party. And the keepers of the festival’s flame always defend the tradition against the notion that they should just go straight to the party and not worry about anything profound.

55. Lake District Developers Acquire Last Bits of Land -

Gilad Development Inc., doing business as Lake District Holdings TN Inc., has closed on the last parcels of land for its sprawling Lakeland development for a little over $7 million.

56. Mrs. Winner’s Could Return to Memphis -

Memphis could soon have a Mrs. Winner’s Chicken and Biscuits restaurant again.

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development’s Land Use Control Board is scheduled to hear a site plan application for Mrs. Winner’s Holdings Inc. at 7060 Winchester Road, near Riverdale Road.

57. Large Subdivision Planned In De-annexed Area -

With plans submitted for a nearly 400-home subdivision, the city of Memphis could be missing out on more tax revenue than it originally anticipated when it recently de-annexed an area of Eads.

PFMT Holdings, a Tennessee limited liability company, is planning a 398-home subdivision on 130 acres at the southeast corner of Highway 64 and Cobb Road.

58. Garner Framed Magnolia Homes’ Success by Putting Buyers First -

For local homebuilder and developer Karen Garner, starting her own business 31 years ago as a single mother with two children was filled with challenges, but being a woman in a male-dominated industry did not turn out to be one of them.

59. A Costly Ride -

Memphis is poised to adopt a transit plan that promises a big economic splash, but first supporters must sell the general public on a $30 million annual price tag before any transformation occurs.

“Everyone in Memphis has an interest in a good, effective transit system,” said Mayor Jim Strickland, already in promotion mode, “even if you never get on a bus.”

60. Last Word: Transition Time, Two Years of Heart and Eads De-Annexation Growth -

Here comes the transition in the county mayor’s office. Shelby County Mayor-elect Lee Harris announced Wednesday that the transition team will be co-chaired by former Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris and former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins. Harris’s campaign manager Danielle Inez will be executive director of the transition team. They are soliciting applications to be on the transition team and the resumes have to be in soon. Harris takes office as outgoing mayor Mark Luttrell leaves at the end of this month.

61. Mrs. Winner’s Could Return to Memphis -

Memphis could soon have a Mrs. Winner’s Chicken and Biscuits restaurant again.

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development’s Land Use Control Board is scheduled to hear a site plan application for Mrs. Winner’s Holdings Inc. at 7060 Winchester Road, near Riverdale Road.

62. Memphis-based TruGreen Lands National Culture Award -

The National Association of Landscape Professionals has awarded Memphis-based TruGreen a Community Partnership Award.

TruGreen received the “Community Partnership for Outstanding Company Culture Award” for its national TruNeighbor program, which grants communities up to $15,000 – in partnership with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful – for projects that remedy blight and increase access to green space.

63. Large Subdivision Planned In De-annexed Area -

With plans submitted for a nearly 400-home subdivision, the city of Memphis could be missing out on more tax revenue than it originally anticipated when it recently de-annexed an area of Eads.

PFMT Holdings, a Tennessee limited liability company, is planning a 398-home subdivision on 130 acres at the southeast corner of Highway 64 and Cobb Road.

64. Making a Splash -

Jen Andrews’ office is in the northwest corner of the visitor center at Shelby Farms Park. The office’s huge windows give her an expansive view of the park. But it’s also two-way glass. On the outside of that glass, at a certain height, are smudges where children have pressed their foreheads and dogs have jumped up with their paws.

65. Ebola Vaccinations Begin in Congo's Latest Deadly Outbreak -

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Ebola vaccinations began Wednesday in Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives.

Health officials have warned that containing the outbreak in North Kivu province is complicated by the presence of multiple armed groups vying for mineral-rich land in the northeastern region that borders Uganda and Rwanda. Ebola screening of travelers at the Congo-Rwanda border was "already in high gear," the World Health Organization said.

66. Red-Hot Voyage to Sun will Bring Us Closer to Our Star -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to "touch" the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles of the surface.

67. Infill Developments Seek Consideration in September Land Use Control Board Meeting -

Three proposed infill developments within the Interstate 240 loop would carve out lots for 35 houses, requiring the demolition of one church building, houses sharing ground with another church and the razing of an old commercial building.

68. Last Word: Colonial's New Plan, the Overton Square Hotel and American Way -

And we are at that point of the post-county election period where those who leave office next month are announcing what’s next. This will soon start to blend with transition announcements for the incoming office holders. Shelby County commissioner Terry Roland is the new director of the Millington Chamber of Commerce. The announcement made at a luncheon in Millington Tuesday. Roland is among the eight Shelby County commissioners who leave office as of Sept. 1. Roland also vows he will be back in four years when the county elections just decided will be on the ballot once more. Roland ran in the May Republican primary for county mayor won by David Lenoir.

69. Mrs. Winner’s on Verge of Returning to Memphis -

Memphis could soon have a Mrs. Winner’s Chicken and Biscuits restaurant again.

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development’s Land Use Control Board is scheduled to hear a site plan application for Mrs. Winner’s Holdings, Inc. at 7060 Winchester Road, near Riverdale Road.

70. Colonial Country Club Submits Request for Redevelopment of a Larger Tract -

The planned redevelopment of Colonial Country Club in Cordova has taken a major turn, including a new, deep-pocketed development partnership planning to add acreage, a mix of retail, restaurants, offices and full-service hotel.

71. Lake District Developers Acquire Last Bits of Land -

Gilad Development Inc., doing business as Lake District Holdings TN Inc., has closed on the last parcels of land for its sprawling Lakeland development for a little over $7 million.

72. Loeb Presents Renderings of New Hotel Proposed for Overton Square -

New renderings were released Tuesday of an Overton Square hotel tall enough – at seven stories – for rooftop bar patrons to see much of Midtown, including Overton Park six blocks to the north.

73. Police HQ No Longer in Running for Second Convention Center Hotel -

The Civic Center Plaza building that is currently Memphis Police Department headquarters is out of the running to be the site of a second convention center hotel.

“That site was contemplated in the beginning. It’s no longer in the running,” Downtown Memphis Commission president Jennifer Oswalt said of 170 N. Main St. on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

74. East High Sportsplex Has Broader Goal -

The first day of the school year usually finds those who run the seven public school districts within Shelby County thinking much further ahead. The start of the school year is something that may have consumed their thoughts about the time they were taking down the Christmas tree last December and preparing for the start of the calendar year.

75. U of M Has Shot at Jeffries After Recruit De-Commits -

The University of Memphis would appear to be in prime position to land Top-50 recruit D.J. Jeffries after he announced he is decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

An athletic, 6-foot-7 forward from Olive Branch High School, Jeffries said in a Twitter post that decommitting was a “hard choice” but the “right decision.” Jeffries played for Memphis coach Penny Hardaway’s AAU team in the summer of 2017.and played for the same program this year after Hardaway had left.

76. Long, Winding Road -

Considered by many to be the main artery of Memphis’ robust logistical and distribution network, the Lamar Avenue Corridor has long been clogged by its own narrow lanes and outdated capacity. 

77. Notice Served: Penny Taking Recruiting Fight Straight to Calipari -

How’s this for a headline, not to mention rock-solid truth: “John Calipari vs. Penny Hardaway is college basketball’s best new recruiting rivalry.”

78. Last Word: Election Day, Inland Bails Early and Cannons Out -

The TV breaks are wall to wall with political ads. The campaign robo-calls have crowded out the hang-up clone calls to your landline phone. Your mailbox has no fewer than three mailers a day. And all of the parties set for Thursday night are “victory” parties at least until the polls close. Here comes election day.

79. Encore Resort Provides Rare Orlando Relaxation -

“Dad, they have air hockey. And an arcade!”

As we settled into our home at Encore Resort at Reunion in the Orlando area, Colby was busy exploring the large house. And a quick look upstairs revealed our own air hockey table and video arcade machine, complete with dozens of great games from my 1980s youth.

80. SCS Closes On Bayer Building To House New Central Office -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, July 31, to buy the Bayer Building, 3030 Jackson Ave., as the new central office of the school system for $6.6 million.

81. Shelby County Schools Closes on Bayer Building As New Central Office -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, July 31, to buy the Bayer Building, 3030 Jackson Ave., as the new central office of the school system for $6.6 million.

82. When Are We Going To Close Down Open Office? -

I hear from job seekers every day. They’ve been searching for a new job for ages. When they finally land it, they have a concern that’s not about money. It’s their office setup.

For years, open-style offices have been all the rage. Whether it’s shared cubicles or a big open room, companies are still hanging on to this concept. Many managers say the environment will foster collaboration and connection. The problem is, collaboration and connection don’t seem to be an issue with those who have offices.

83. Jeffries De-commits from Kentucky Giving Memphis Shot at Top Recruit -

The University of Memphis would appear to be in prime position to land Top-50 recruit D.J. Jeffries after he announced he is de-committing from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

A 6-foot-7 forward from Olive Branch High School, Jeffries said in a Twitter post that decommitting was a “hard choice” but the “right decision.” Jeffries played for Memphis coach Penny Hardaway’s AAU team in the summer of 2017 and played for the same program this year after Hardaway had left.

84. In His Final Months as Tennessee Governor, Haslam Reflects on His Education Legacy -

While Gov. Bill Haslam entered office as an education-minded leader intent on reforms, much of his administration’s K–12 public school work has focused on holding the line on sweeping policies launched under his predecessor.

85. Cardinals Give Up on $14 Million Man Greg Holland -

Finally, the St. Louis Cardinals could take no more. On Friday, they designated would-be closer Greg Holland for assignment. Holland was signed to a one-year $14 million contract and was expected to be a key piece in making the 2018 team competitive for the postseason.

86. Trump Thanks Kim for Fulfilling Promise on Korea War Remains -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday for "fulfilling a promise" to return the remains of missing U.S. soldiers from the Korean War, as a U.S. military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases of remains.

87. Vacancy at Okhissa Lake: Group Hopes to Buy Land From Feds -

BUDE, Miss. (AP) — He put in around noon on a Friday.

Nearby, the women sprayed sunscreen and hung floaties on the children, and the boys threw rocks into the duckweed. Onboard, they had grocery bags, a propane grill and not one fishing pole.

88. Grizzlies Make Minor Trade With Orlando Magic -

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Jarrell Martin, a 2015 first-round draft pick, for center Dakari Johnson and the draft rights to guard Tyler Harvey. Memphis also included cash considerations as part of the deal.

89. Water is Buried Beneath Martian Landscape, Study Says -

NEW YORK (AP) — A huge lake of salty water appears to be buried deep in Mars, raising the possibility of finding life on the red planet, scientists reported Wednesday.

The discovery, based on observations by a European spacecraft, generated excitement from experts. Water is essential to life as we know it, and scientists have long sought to prove that the liquid is present on Mars.

90. Mississippi Governor: Wife is Armed and Ready for Burglars -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor has a warning for burglars: His wife is armed and waiting.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted Tuesday night: "Had a burglary at our little farm in Copiah County. Asked the First Lady not to go down until we find the perpetrators. Her response: I'm taking my AR down and waiting on their (expletive)!!!!"

91. De-Annexation Plan Encounters Council Resistance -

The Strickland administration’s proposal to de-annex two more parts of the city – Southwind-Windyke and Rocky Point – got bad reviews Tuesday, July 24, in city council committee sessions on their way to the first of three council votes in August.

92. Grizzlies Make Minor Trade With Orlando Magic -

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Jarrell Martin, a 2015 first-round draft pick, for center Dakari Johnson and the draft rights to guard Tyler Harvey. Memphis also included cash considerations as part of the deal.

93. Last Word: Polls & Precinct Splits, Behind The Roundhouse Revival and The Bubba -

With a week left in early voting we have reached that part in the campaign where candidates and campaigns have one last chance to read the signs, interpret them on how this is going and act. They will still be doing the first two things up until the polls close on Aug. 2. But very shortly there won’t be time to do the third and have it make a difference in the outcome.

94. Council Gets First Look at Sanitation Overhaul -

Memphis City Council members offer their first thoughts Tuesday, July 23, on the reconfiguration of city sanitation services outlined last week by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

95. Restoration Ringleaders -

Backers of a restored Mid-South Coliseum took stock Saturday, July 21, of a mothballed arena and a city Fairgrounds plan that leaves it inactive for now.

The third Roundhouse Revival over the weekend remained an outdoor event with the Coliseum as a backdrop.

96. Survivors Recount Deadly Missouri Duck Boat Sinking -

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — "Grab the baby!"

Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the tourist boat they were on sank into a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, including nine of Coleman's family members.

97. Strickland Announces Plan for Every Other Week Curbside Yard Waste Pick Up -

UPDATE: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Friday, July 20, that the city plans to make the solid waste section of the city public works division its own division. And he announced a transition to every other week curbisde pickup of yard waste by the city starting in October. 

98. Shortages of Serviced Lots, Skilled Labor Plague Builders and Developers -

Despite a booming housing market for the past few years, construction on new housing in Memphis still remains low and is considered by some to be the last missing piece of the puzzle.

Two main limiting factors to new home construction in West Tennessee right now, according to Donald Glays, executive director of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, are a shortage of serviced lots and a shortage of skilled laborers, such as plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, framers, roofers and bricklayers – all trades that are seriously underserved.

99. Tesla Model 3 Buyers Lose Patience and Maybe Tax Credits -

DETROIT (AP) – In March of 2016, Keith Reynolds flew from California to Atlanta so he could claim his spot in line at 4 a.m., and get a three-hour head start on his West Coast competitors.

100. City Auto to Cut Ribbon On Car-Buying Center -

On Friday, July 20, City Auto will host a ribbon cutting with the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce to unveil its new car-buying center.

City Auto spent $100,000 to renovate its existing facility at 4956 Elmore Road, near Covington Pike Boulevard. The new center will house a new staff focused solely on buying pre-owned cars from people. The four full-time employees will be salaried, instead of working on commission.