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1. MUS to Memorialize Coach With Plaza Naming, Statue -

Memphis University School will dedicate the plaza area of its football stadium as Jacob Courtnay Rudolph Plaza next Friday, Sept. 30, and unveil a bronze statue of the school’s former football coach.

2. SCS Weighs Complexities of School Closings, Food Operations Shift -

Among the start-of-school-year emergencies Shelby County Schools leaders faced in August was a shift of the school system’s food services out of the 70-year-old Central Nutrition Center building.

3. Estate Planning – It’s a Need -

Ray’s Take When talking about money and how it works in our lives, we often refer to the difference between wants and needs. The challenge being that when someone really wants something it can start to feel like a need.

4. Shared Wisdom Starts With Conversation -

The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left. I had a newness of thought as I weighed possible solutions to the problem to be discussed at the meeting. I wondered what insights others would offer to the situation.

5. Pot Decriminalization Nears Final Vote -

One of the state’s two largest cities has decriminalized possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. And the other city set the stage for a final vote on a similar measure next month.

The final vote Tuesday, Sept. 20, by the Metro Nashville Council could be one of several factors influencing the final vote Oct. 4 by the Memphis City Council.

6. Last Word: Pot's Second, Marina Cove to Eden Square and Deadspin on the NCRM -

With the work week underway, the gas price spike is official and regional.

7. The Week Ahead: September 19-25 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! September is rolling right along, and you can get rolling too with a pair of scenic bike rides (and you might learn something too). Details on those, plus Repair Days, Mid-South Pride Festival, and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

8. Editorial: Sister Constance’s Dilemma -

Sometime before fall arrives by the calendar, nine people – six children and three adults – will be eulogized and buried. A seventh child was removed from life support this week and will be allowed to die.

9. Last Word: RVC Drops Mud Island Proposal, Fizdale on Kaepernick and Carroll Cloar -

The Riverfront Development Corporation got a one-line email Thursday from Andy Cates, the RVC Outdoor Destinations CEO.

10. Retirement Readiness – Positive Planning -

Ray’s Take At varying levels, most of us acknowledge that retirement planning is something that deserves some consideration. The challenge comes in the midst of day-to-day problems and distractions. We can lose focus or may not have a good grasp of what our focus is. It makes an often-difficult task even harder.

11. Basketball Aside, Fizdale Belongs in Memphis -

When he was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, a young David Fizdale couldn’t imagine that he would one day be in Memphis or an NBA head coach.

Sure, he played basketball. He had his dreams. But the real challenge was day-to-day survival. He saw friends shot and killed in the street. He once dove under a car to avoid stray gunfire.

12. Grizzlies and Civil Rights Museum Create ‘A Bridge of Opportunity’ -

Fifteen years ago, the Memphis Grizzlies were about to start their first season as the city’s NBA team. The run-up to the season had been bumpy with next-door neighbors displaying “NBA NOW” and “NBA NO” signs. The latter were first created with a little editing to the “NBA NOW” signs as the “w” was erased or covered over.

13. Public Awareness, Early Detection Most Important in Treating Sepsis -

Annually it’s the third-leading killer worldwide behind only behind cancer and heart attacks.

More than 1.6 million Americans suffer from it each year and 258,000 of them die.

Hospitals spend more than $30 billion annually to treat it.

14. Brooks Museum to Open Carroll Cloar Gallery -

Three years after the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and four other art institutions in the city mounted a major retrospective exhibition on Memphis artist Carroll Cloar, the Brooks is opening a permanent exhibit space dedicated to Cloar’s work.

15. Agricenter’s FFA Field Day Teaches Students About a Growing Job Market -

As his students listened to presentations on everything from soil testing and diagnostic solutions to plot research and biogenetics to agricultural sales and service, Carol Mason wiped the sweat from his brow and said that standing in a filed at Agricenter International was to step foot into an different world.

16. Last Word: After The Fire, Hard Changes at Fred's and Durham Doesn't Go Quietly -

The immediate questions have simple answers. It was a short in an air conditioner cord that caused the fire that killed 9 people – three adults and six children – before dawn Monday morning in South Memphis.

17. Officials: Power Cord Malfunction Caused Memphis Deadly Fire -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A house fire that killed six children and three adults in Memphis was caused by an electrical malfunction in an air conditioning unit's power cord in the living room, authorities said.

18. Healthy Visionaries -

If you want to create a high-growth company or transform a slow- or flat-growth organization into a category-dominating leader, you cannot manage this type of growth with an MBA-styled leader who wants to function like a strategic CFO by mainly cutting costs and managing profit and loss.

19. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage” Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 13-18, at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tickets.

20. Tennessee Rep. Armstrong Resigns Ahead of Expected Ouster -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic State Rep. Joe Armstrong on Friday submitted his resignation from the Tennessee General Assembly, avoiding an expected move to oust him following a felony tax fraud conviction in federal court.

21. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage” Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 13-18, at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tick-ets.

22. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway -

Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.

23. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will kick off the inaugural On Stage at the Halloran Centre series with Booker T. Jones in concert Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for tickets and a series schedule.

24. Amazon Slashes Price, Adds Alexa to New Fire Tablet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon wants to be under the Christmas tree this year. It's cut the price of its new Fire tablet almost in half and added its popular voice assistant, Alexa, in hopes of making it a hot holiday item, despite a slump in overall tablet sales.

25. Parson: ‘Customer Service is a Big Deal’ -

It sounded like a wonderful gift – Tonya Parson had just sent her mother on a Mexican cruise to celebrate a big birthday. Parson, a nurse who was working on her master’s degree at the time, says her mother came back with general malaise. She just didn’t feel good.

26. Good Cops Greater Than All Quarterbacks -

I have read and listened to quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s reasons for protesting the American flag and the National Anthem.

He is not without some valid points – at least when looking through his chosen lens – and I give him much credit for voicing his concerns and for his recent pledge to donate $1 million and proceeds from his now runaway NFL jersey sales.

27. Shelby County Jail Population Up With Longer Stays While Awaiting Trial -

The Shelby County Jail is getting crowded and it’s because prisoners awaiting trial are staying longer.

And they are staying longer, in part, because of recent state laws that make plea deals less likely.

28. Mortgages: 15 or 30? -

Ray’s Take When thinking about mortgages, most people look at either the rate or the payment. Typically a 30-year mortgage offers lower payments but has a higher rate and more total interest cost. A 15-year mortgage offers a lower interest rate but has higher payments. Neither one is inherently right or better. When deciding on the mortgage that is best for you, take a deeper look at everything involved.

29. ITT Tech Shutters All Campuses After Federal Aid Sanctions -

The for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is shutting down all 130 of its U.S. campuses, saying Tuesday it can't survive recent sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education.

In a letter to more than 35,000 students, the Indiana-based parent company ITT Educational Services announced that campuses won't open for the fall term that was scheduled to begin Sept. 12 – leaving students scrambling for last-minute options since many U.S. colleges already have started fall classes. ITT also cut more than 8,000 jobs immediately.

30. GPAC Official Touts Importance Of Arts in Education -

Dear Editor: As students begin their school years and we approach the fall in our community, it is important for us to remember the impact of education in our homes, schools and communities. For decades, research has shown that when students participate in the arts as a part of their education, they go on succeed in school, work and life. I was fortunate enough to grow up with the arts (dance and theater) being a major part of my life.

31. Random Matter -

This column will be a listicle of sorts: Stuff that has somehow just been floating through my mind of late.

Personal competencies. Not just a buzz-phrase, this term of art. The University of Pennsylvania Law School’s website addresses it under a section captioned “Professionalism.” Personal competencies, it says, include 

32. American Contract Bridge League Committed to Teaching Youths Game -

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Paul Firemen, CEO of Reebok International. All three of these men have achieved success in life few could fathom, and all are regular players of the card game bridge.

33. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling -

Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.

34. Preparing to Start a Business Creates Opportunity, Fear -

Meka Egwuekwe had a nice career going as a software developer when he co-founded CodeCrew. But he had to do it.

“It was both scary and not scary at the same time,” said Egwuekwe, who is also executive director at CodeCrew. “It was scary because I was walking away from a 19-year career as a software developer, where I could have easily continued successfully and comfortably for many more years.

35. County Commission OKs Gravel Mine Expansion -

Shelby County Commissioners unanimously approved Monday, Aug. 29, an expansion of the Standard Construction Co. Inc. gravel mining operation on Godwin Road in northeast Shelby County. The commission vote followed a delay earlier this month in Standard’s application for a special use permit.

36. Halt and Catch Fire: Battery Woes Go Well Beyond Samsung -

NEW YORK (AP) – Samsung's Note 7 isn't the only gadget to catch fire thanks to lithium-battery problems, which have afflicted everything from iPhones to Tesla cars to Boeing jetliners. Blame chemistry and the fact that the batteries we rely on for everyday life are prone to leaking and even bursting into flame if damaged, defective or exposed to excessive heat.

37. How to Prepare for a Board Meeting -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part interview with Kim Moss. The board of directors plays a critical role in the life of a nonprofit. While each board is unique, best practices can increase a board’s effectiveness.

38. The Week Ahead: September 5-11 -

Happy Labor Day, Memphis! We hope you’re wrapping up this three-day weekend on a relaxing note – and, if you buy into arbitrary fashion etiquette, that you’re enjoying wearing your white clothing and seersucker suits one last time. There’s plenty going on this week, from Mid-South Book Fest to the Southern Heritage Classic, so let’s get right to it…

39. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Farmers Market will be open Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Shop a variety of locally grown and produced goods, including fresh produce, flowers, breads, artisan items and more. The market runs every Wednesday through Oct. 26. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

40. Concerts, Pop-Up Events and Beer Gardens Are Feeding Business at The TapBox -

A traveling beer-mobile with a variety of taps on the side for easy pouring might sound like a dream straight from Homer Simpson’s head, but partners McCauley Williams, J.R. Kingsley and Justin Brooks of The TapBox have turned that dream into a reality, creating several multi-tap refrigerated devices that are popping up at more events across Memphis.

41. Farrow: ‘You Really Have to Listen to People’ -

It was a defining moment: When Hardy Farrow was a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he became an intern with Teach for America. One day in a D.C. classroom, a fourth-grader asked him about where he went to college, and they began talking. 

42. Last Word: Heart of the Park, Tigers Opener Preview and Memphis In May Numbers -

“Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow.”

It would appear this is that kind of September you would otherwise be remembering.

43. McQueen Kicks Off High School Tour in Arlington -

Logan Feathers has thought about playing professional football just about as long as he can remember.

“It’s been NFL, NFL, NFL,” the Arlington High School junior said Tuesday, Aug. 30, during a roundtable session in the school library with Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. “But around the seventh grade, I started thinking about it more and realizing that’s going to be a lot harder.”

44. SCS Ponders How to Pay For Retirees’ Insurance -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million, three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, but it will cost $7.2 million more for the same coverage.

45. School Board Approves Higher Bill For Life Insurance Coverage -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, including a $7.2 million increase in the cost of the same coverage.

46. School Board Approves Higher Bill For Life Insurance Coverage -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, including a $7.2 million increase in the cost of the same coverage.

47. County Commission Approves Gravel Mine Expansion -

Shelby County Commissioners unanimously approved Monday, Aug. 29, an expansion of the Standard Construction Co. Inc. gravel mining operation on Godwin Road in northeast Shelby County. The commission vote followed a delay earlier this month in Standard’s application for a special use permit.

48. Courtney Joins Vet Staff At Downtown Animal Hospital -

Veterinarian Dr. Jackie Courtney has joined Downtown Animal Hospital, where she specializes in critical pet care, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine. 

49. Handling The Isolation That Small Business Owners Face -

When Robbie Johnson Weinberg and her optometrist husband Michael Weinberg decided to open up Eclectic Eye in Midtown in 2002, a lot of people told them it couldn’t work. Included this group: Weinberg’s colleagues.

50. Last Word: Mike McLean's Campaign, Jimmy Carter and Beyond Disparity Studies -

Mike McLean is running one heckuva campaign for Clerk of the Courts. Some of you are thinking, “Why haven’t I heard of that position before?” “Who is the incumbent?”

51. Luttrell Has "Concern" About Charter Referendum On County Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the Nov. 8 elections that would give them the final say if the county mayor moves to fire the county attorney.

But before the vote Monday, Aug. 29, by commissioners, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell indicated he might veto the referendum, saying he has a “concern” about what would be a limit on the power of mayors with the proposed amendment to the Shelby County charter.

52. Luttrell Has "Concern" About Charter Referendum On County Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the Nov. 8 elections that would give them the final say if the county mayor moves to fire the county attorney.

But before the vote Monday, Aug. 29, by commissioners, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell indicated he might veto the referendum, saying he has a “concern” about what would be a limit on the power of mayors with the proposed amendment to the Shelby County charter.

53. Fitbit Makes Exercise Even More of a Game -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of strolling around your neighborhood.

The new motivational feature, called Adventures, will be available to all Fitbit users through a free app update Monday.

54. Carter Says Disparities Keeping Underprivileged From Better Lives -

Last week, former President Jimmy Carter and nearly 1,500 volunteers flocked to Uptown to build 19 homes that will help improve the lives of underprivileged Memphians. In between swinging hammers, Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter took time to visit the blues bars of Beale Street. Carter said Beale Street bears commonalities with the National Civil Rights Museum in that both cultural touchstones have reclaimed the city’s history and bring local heritage into a greater context.

55. Last Word: Redbirds Box Office, Graceland's Ambition and Alley Parties -

Last home game of the season for the Memphis Redbirds Sunday. The Redbirds lost to the Nashville Sounds 14-4.

By early Sunday evening, the Redbirds front office announced attendance at AutoZone Park was up this season by 17 percent compared to the season before.

56. The World at your Doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

57. Eating to Win, Be It at the Olympics or in Daily Life, Takes Planning -

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games were historically successful for Team USA, as Americans topped the medal chart in every category: 121 total medals, 46 golds, 37 silvers, and 38 bronzes.

Swimmer Michael Phelps added five more golds and a silver and now has 28 medals overall, 23 golds. Simone Biles became the first American to win four golds in gymnastics at a single Games.

58. DMC Continues to Adorn Downtown with Events, Art -

A two-block alley will be the latest site for a Downtown art gallery. The Downtown Memphis Commission plans to install up to 10 different art projects along Barboro Alley, which stretches from Second Street to Front Street.

59. Editorial: The Natives’ Guide To Memphis Tourism -

Mixing tourism with the everyday life of our city is always going to be a bit risky. And the mix is relatively new to a Memphis that has really only had a recognized tourism industry for about 35 years.

60. Smith Helps Mayor Pick the Right Team -

As chief human resources officer for the city of Memphis, Alexandria Smith is responsible for the HR strategy and talent management for the city as an employer. She provides advice to the mayor and senior leadership team, a role that has played an important part in shaping the city’s future, including leading the recent search for a police chief.

61. The Money Mindset -

Ray’s Take We all have rules about how we live our lives, and we have rules about how we use our money. Whether you realize it or not, you have created certain rules around your spending, saving and giving of money.

62. Washington: ‘Always Take Time to Analyze’ -

It was 1996 when Alfred Washington, a lineman on the University of Memphis football team, got his first security job. U2 was in town, and the owner of a security firm asked Washington and another football friend if they would work security at the concert – escort the artists into the arena, stay backstage with them, make sure they had what they needed. The artists and their security handlers liked Washington so much they offered him a job.

63. Let’s Play 12 (Big) Questions -

While we wait for the gods of the Big 12 to make their decision on expansion, 12 questions as a public service:

1. How many teams are actually in the Big 12?

What, are you an idiot? There are 10. Which makes perfect sense when you consider the Big Ten has 14 teams, and not long before that had 12, and right before that had 11. The tricky part is remembering that the PAC-12 has – wait for it – 12 schools. I blame college football, which is behind all of this, for our nation’s inferior math scores on standardized tests.

64. Trailblazer on the Track -

Two or three times a week, the dream returns. No matter that it has been 13 years since she was behind the wheel of a top fuel dragster. No matter that she is now 76 years old.

Shirley Muldowney was, is, and will always be the “first lady of drag racing.” And the lady dreams. Still.

65. Last Word: Bearwater Progress, Defining Certainty and A Special Session After All -

The older couple have been spotted around town a lot taking in the nightlife.

Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been to The Lookout at the top of the Pyramid this week to take in a sunset on the river. They also found their way to Beale Street one night this week.

66. Tennessee Titans Tight End Craig Stevens Planning to Retire -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens is retiring at the age of 31.

67. Give Anger the Silent Treatment -

I heard a story recently about a woman whose husband was dead for three days before she called for help. When the paramedics arrived they asked her why she waited so long to call. “I didn’t realize he was dead,” she said. “I thought he was just giving me the silent treatment.”

68. Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project -

138 & 120 St. Paul Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $17 million

69. Last Word: The Wiseacre Deal, City Hall Goes To Pot and TEDx Memphis -

That was quick. Less than a week to come up with lease terms between the city and Wiseacre Brewing for the Mid-South Coliseum including a due diligence period that is the first order of business.

70. Pair of Churches Planning Adaptive Reuse Projects -

The former Prairie Life/Omni Fitness building in Collierville and a former Schnucks grocery store on Riverdale Road are slated for adaptive reuse projects after being purchased by churches.

The Orchard Church bought the former Prairie Life/Omni Fitness building at 3690 S. Houston Levee Road in Collierville from Hackmeyer Properties for $4.3 million. Tanis Hackmeyer said that her real estate firm structured a creative wraparound mortgage, which allowed the church to take ownership of the property in advance of their capital campaign.

71. Morgan Tate Promoted At River City Land Co. -

Morgan Tate has been named principal property manager of River City Land Co.’s property management division. A fourth-generation real estate professional, Tate joined the team at River City Land Co. in 2008 and began working for the firm’s property management division in 2012. 

72. Giving Ideas Of Memphis ‘Rock Stars’ Bigger Stage -

Eighteen people working in Memphis will bring their innovations to a global audience at the upcoming TEDxMemphis conference.

TEDx is an independent spin-off of the popular TEDTalks series, where thought leaders in the technology, entertainment and design sectors share their work and vision with a live audience.

73. It’s Life After Dak for Mississippi State -

In seven seasons at Mississippi State, head coach Dan Mullen has won 55 games and reeled off six straight bowl appearances. So, when Mullen addresses the state of the program there is much motivation to look at the big picture.

74. Memphis City Council's Pot Debate Fires Up Larger Issues -

The Memphis City Council’s move to decriminalize possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana started with a mix of long-running themes about mass incarceration, the best use of police resources and the message the ordinance would send about drug use.

75. Radio Station Plan Emerges for Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home -

Aretha’s Franklin’s childhood home received another reprieve in Environmental Court.

The decrepit structure at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis has been boarded up and left vacant for years. But reinvigorated development plans to save the house from a demolition order, by turning it into either a museum or a radio station, need more time.

76. What Would Elvis Think of Black Lives Matter? -

The Black Lives Matter movement gathered at Graceland during Elvis Week to have their voices heard. One question I wonder about is, what would Elvis had thought of this? It may seem like a trivial question, but there are relevant lessons.

77. What Would Elvis Think of Black Lives Matter? -

The Black Lives Matter movement gathered at Graceland during Elvis Week to have their voices heard. One question I wonder about is, what would Elvis had thought of this? It may seem like a trivial question, but there are relevant lessons.

78. Credit Mariota’s Maturity for Murray Touchdown Run -

One of the most electrifying plays of the Tennessee Titans preseason opening win should make fans feeling much better about the team for the coming season.

DeMarco Murray’s 71-yard touchdown run seemed to answer questions as to whether the veteran running back has anything left after struggling last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

79. Can Alan Zucker Do for Titans’ Marcus Mariota What He’s Done for Mannings & Taylor Swift? -

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

But a recent Sunday morning was a different kind of show time. Mariota spent four hours on the opposite side of the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium on a commercial shoot. A camera crew captured footage of him jogging in downtown Nashville and posing in front of various landmarks.

80. Aggies DE Garrett: Talented And ‘Low Maintenance’ -

He’s a first-team All-American, possibly could be the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and his head coach has called him “low maintenance.”

Perhaps the college football gods believe Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin had suffered enough, first with Johnny Manziel – a guy dubbed Johnny Football never qualifies as low-maintenance – and then with the Aggies’ infamous quarterback exodus.

81. Arkansas All-American Walk-On Burlsworth Now the Subject of Film -

Black horn-rimmed glasses. Those were offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth’s trademark, and they were prominent even behind the facemask of his Arkansas Razorbacks helmet.

Predictably, trash-talking opponents laughed at him and called him names. He was, with various modifiers, Clark Kent. Or Kurt Rambis, the funny-looking center for the Los Angeles Lakers. Or Drew Carey, the comedian.

82. Woods Trains Memphians for 21st-Century Jobs -

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this series, we introduce innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

This fall, Ikea will open a 271,000-square-foot megastore on Germantown Parkway, the first of its kind in Tennessee. It will be full of hard-to-pronounce yet winningly affordable Swedish furniture: things like fyrkantig (candles), riktig ogla (curtain rings), and dagstorp (couches).

83. Murphy: Allow Yourself to Be Guided -

When you open the website of Playback Memphis, the 8-year-old nonprofit founded by Virginia Murphy, the first thing you see is a banner memorializing Verdell Smith, the Memphis Police officer who was killed on June 4 by a criminal in a speeding car fleeing a Downtown shooting. In the picture, Smith is in uniform, smiling broadly, holding a sign that says, “I matter.”

84. Child of Plane Crash Victims Reflects on Loss, Faith -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The note is typical for something posted by an eighth-grade girl on social media: Lots of exclamation points, a couple smiley faces. But the post from a young lady from Mississippi discussing the death of her parents and four other people in a plane crash in Alabama is touching people with its poignancy and honesty.

85. Matlock the ‘Truth,’ ‘Justice’ Candidate For Tennessee House Speaker -

Republican state Rep. Jimmy Matlock insists his quest for the House Speaker’s post is not a challenge of Beth Harwell’s leadership.

But it’s clear he sees a need for change.

86. Memphis College of Art and EPIcenter Lay Groundwork for More Collaboration -

Piece by piece, organizations in Memphis keep building up and adding fresh elements to the city’s startup, creative and entrepreneurship culture here.

One of the latest examples is a “Creatives-in-Residence” partnership between Memphis College of Art and the EPIcenter organization, an effort this summer that culminated last week but is being planned to live on in a new form.

87. Son of ‘Famous Amos’ Cookie Maker Mixing His Own Batch of Blues and Soul -

If you were to cherry-pick parts of his story, it makes all the sense in the world that Shawn Amos – and today he goes by the Rev. Shawn Amos – is a blues singer and a harmonica player. It even makes sense that he speaks of having to “reconcile” who he has been and who he is.

88. Last Word: One Beale Delay, Memphis Banks and The Other Anniversary -

Changing the city’s skyline comes with some challenges. That’s a reflection of ever-changing economic conditions and the terrain by the Mississippi River on which the city’s skyline is built.

89. Memphis Film Prize, On Location Name Winners -

Two local film competitions have named this year’s winning submissions.

The judges of the 17th annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Festival announced its winners on Sunday, Aug. 14.

90. Medtronic Awards $125K To 2 Local Health Organizations -

The Medtronic Foundation has announced it’s awarding two, two-year Health Access Grants of $125,000 each to Christ Community Health Services and the Church Health Center.

The grants, according to the foundation, will support the two health care organizations in their continued commitment to improve health care access to underserved residents in the Mid-South, with an emphasis on chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

91. Android Makers Really Want to Make Their Phones Eye-Catching -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's getting rarer for phone launches to generate excitement these days – especially in the Android world, where all models use the same underlying Google software. Every year, phones get routine refreshes such as faster processors, better cameras and longer battery life.

92. Sports Notebook: Norvell and Tigers Making Mark in Recruiting -

One spot behind Wisconsin and just ahead of Kentucky, 44th nationally. That’s where scout.com has the University of Memphis in its recruiting rankings for the class of 2017. Maybe even more telling is that first-year Tigers coach Mike Norvell and his staff aren’t that far behind Texas (40th) or Oregon (35th) or Ole Miss (31st).

93. Police Separate Elvis Fans From Protesters -

The latest Black Lives Matter movement protest included a show of force by Memphis Police that included plenty of questions about how police functioned as gatekeepers for Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

94. Ampro, St. Jude Team Up For Awareness Campaign -

Memphis-based Ampro Industries Inc., a manufacturer of hair care and beauty products, has teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help raise awareness and funds for the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

95. Summertime Decisions -

“Yeah, I’m going to miss it,” said LaJereka Hunt, 15, on the last day of her internship with Memphis United, a grassroots group housed at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Over the summer, Hunt attended Memphis City Council meetings, advocated for an overhaul of the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board and led more than 60 workshops focused on teaching students, many older than she, how to effectively communicate if stopped by the police.

96. Rules Change Once You Retire -

Ray’s Take: Retirement is a time when a lot of the old financial rules get flipped on their head. Most people who retire don’t want to go back to work, and even if they did, they may not be afforded the opportunity. Wal-Mart needs only so many greeters. At this point there’s no turning back, and what money you’ve saved will be the lion’s share of what you will need to live off of.

97. UT Knoxville Sees Largest Freshmen Class in 30 Years -

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville says it is welcoming its largest freshman class in at least 30 years.

The university says the class has 4,825 incoming students, marking the sixth consecutive year of freshman growth.

98. What Would It Take for Trump to Lose Tennessee Voters? -

Murfreesboro Realtor Larry Sims almost closes his ears when Donald Trump speaks.

“He gets out of bounds. Of course, the press, they love it because they get to exploit his sayings and doings,” says Sims, who traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, as a Trump delegate for the Republican National Convention. 

99. A Summer of Ingestion, Part 2 -

It’s been a summer of ingestion – not indigestion. I’ve read, I’ve watched. Last week I wrote about movies. This week the topic is books.

Not long ago I reviewed Chris Bachelder’s “The Throwback Special” (2015). So, you know I liked that novel about 22 guys meeting annually to re-enact one football play. But let me give you another memorable quote from it: “Chad chewed on the inside of his lip, considering whether or not to tell the story about the nest of mice in his dishwasher.”

100. How to ‘Fix’ Frustrating Relationships -

My father had a knack for summing up a philosophy in just one sentence. While I did not always appreciate the wisdom hidden in his advice, I have come to understand, and value, his favorite advice to me: “Never try to teach a pig to sing; it will only frustrate you and annoy the pig.”