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1. Methodist South to Launch ICU Renovation -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is preparing to start work on a new part of its Whitehaven hospital as part of its ongoing comprehensive renovation that’s been underway for the past couple of years.

2. County Leaders Face New Budget Anxiety -

Shelby County commissioners meet in special session Wednesday, July 23, to cross the last “t” of the spring budget season some 27 days after the start of the new fiscal year.

That’s “t” for taxes.

3. Freeze: If Ole Miss Did Wrong the Football Program Should Be Held Accountable -

HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss was getting top-tier recruits. Opponents and their fans were raising eyebrows or flat out making accusations against coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels for cheating.

4. Freeze: If Ole Miss Did Wrong the Football Program Should be Accountable -

HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss was getting top-tier recruits. Opponents and their fans were raising eyebrows or flat out making accusations against coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels for cheating.

5. Editorial: What Is and Isn't on Shelby County's August Ballot -

Elections are never just about the names on the ballot. Less-obvious factors always come into play, and when it comes to primary matchups – like many of the races on the August ballot – more decisions lie ahead in the general election.

6. Breaking The Rules -

Life lessons seem hard to grasp at first, yet so obvious once you get them. I recently spoke with a former client who completely transformed his career. He went from working in a university in administration to working in corporate strategy at a Fortune 500 company. I asked, “Looking back, how have you changed the most in the last few years?”

7. Lawsuit: Disabled Woman Injured By Security at Airport -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A disabled St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient was injured, and then arrested, by security workers at a Memphis International Airport checkpoint, a lawsuit alleges.

8. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

9. A Swing – and a Miss – is More Common in Baseball All the Time -

It’s obvious when there are a lot children at AutoZone Park. Even the most harmless infield popup prompts a collective shriek and the hope of a home run.

The long ball may not be what it was at the peak of baseball’s steroid era when Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were cartoon characters, but the game has not turned away from the notion of driving the ball.

10. Last Word: Cavaliers, The Longer County Tax Season and The New Elections Chief -

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA champs, beating the Golden State Warriors 93 – 89 in the final game of the NBA’s second season. I don’t want to hear a word about how baseball takes too long.

11. Last Word: A Distinct Reaction, City Hall's Budget Season and BreakFest On Broad -

Funeral services for Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith are set for Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

The day before that Downtown leaders will gather in Handy Park on Beale Street to talk about new measures to make the district safer.

12. New Grizzlies Coach Fizdale Plans to Win Now -

David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.

“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”

13. Scandal-Hit Volkswagen Makes Profit Despite Scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year – but showed it can still make money even as it grapples with a costly scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

14. New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale: 'I'm Here to Win' -

David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.

“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”

15. Fundraising Matchmaking: Solicitors and Prospects -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. Because it is impossible to personally solicit every current or prospective donor, personal solicitation is reserved for individuals who can make a major gift. While the definition of a major gift will vary by organization, what’s most important is the care and planning that goes into soliciting these gifts. Here are some suggestions followed by things to avoid.

16. Lendermon Sports Medicine Explores Non-Surgical Healing Methods -

Laura Lendermon is amazed at how the body works. As a former college athlete and lifelong runner, she’s familiar with the aches and pains athletes experience. As a doctor, she’s knowledgeable on a much deeper level of the magic of the human body.

17. Station to Station -

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

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

18. Bass Learns to Focus His ‘Creative Laser Beam’ -

John Bass doesn’t look like an artist. In his crisp, checked shirt and brown wingtip oxfords, he looks more like somebody’s accountant. But stick an electric guitar in his hands, and it’s a whole different story.

19. Suck-Egg Dogs Revisited -

Several years ago – and I do mean several – my good friend Fred Harrison tipped me off to a pair of cases from the Mississippi Supreme Court. They were prominently featured in “Perry’s Dead! (And the ‘Juice’ is Loose),” 1995. Because of their lasting merit, I present them again in today’s column.

20. More Than Just Hard Work -

One of the most common messages I received as a child was, “work hard and you will be rewarded.” This sentiment was echoed by loved ones, teachers, and mentors. There’s a good chance you heard the same rumor about life being fair and equitable.

21. Memphis Economist: 'I Don’t Believe in National Economies Anymore' -

The day after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd met with officials in Shanghai as part of an economic development trip to Asia, Michael Drury shared with an audience of business professionals his idea about national economies.

22. Massacre: 1866 and the Battles Over How Memphis History is Told -

At the end of March with much secrecy, Rev. Keith Norman took delivery and responsibility for a large, heavy crate that stayed in his office for the next month.

“Don’t tell anybody, don’t let anybody get it, if they come in and say they work for the park commission or anybody, tell them to show identification,” were the instructions said Norman, who is president of the Memphis Branch NAACP.

23. Dave Joerger: The NBA’s Invisible Man -

Congratulations to Golden State’s Steve Kerr. You can’t say he wasn’t a worthy recipient for NBA Coach of the Year.

24. Grizzlies, NBA Preparing for Start of Jersey Sponsorship Era -

Everyone understands what corporate clutter looks like. It’s the NASCAR driver’s racing suit, cap and car, where it seems every square inch has been sold off to sponsors and the athlete becomes part Ricky Bobby.

25. 5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders -

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

26. Grizzlies Hope to Grind Out a Playoff Win at Home -

April 22, 2004. The Memphis Grizzlies’ first home playoff game in franchise history at The Pointed House now known as Bass Pro Shops.

Hubie Brown was the Grizzlies coach then, and the NBA’s Coach of the Year for overseeing a 50-win season. The Gasol on the team was Pau and Bonzi Wells was the more controlled forerunner to Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson.

27. Sports Notebook: Cardinals Fall in Opener, Tigers Hold First Football Scrimmage -

The next run the St. Louis Cardinals score in 2016 will be their first. Opening the season on Sunday, April 3, in Pittsburgh the Cardinals dropped a 4-0 decision to the Pirates and struck out 14 times.

28. SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Cardinals Fall in Opener; Tigers Hold First Football Scrimmage -

The next run the St. Louis Cardinals score in 2016 will be their first. Opening the season on Sunday, April 3, in Pittsburgh the Cardinals dropped a 4-0 decision to the Pirates and struck out 14 times.

29. Last Word: The Curtain Falls in Nashville, Political Cuneiform and Ramsey Talks -

And in less than a half hour Wednesday, the de-annexation drama that should qualify as the political equivalent of a Netflix binge-watchable television series made just for Memphis was done.

30. Stephenson Leverages Capital for Community Change -

Why start a bank? It’s a question that would never occur to most people. But to Susan Stephenson, the answer is obvious: “It’s infinite variety. You get to participate in other people’s dreams. In the morning, I can be a first-time homeowner. In the afternoon, I’m a small business looking to open a new location.”

31. Tri-Star Chronicles Captures Tennessee’s Lesser-Known Stories -

J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III is not Memphis’ most famous name across the state of Tennessee. But he is an important name, has a deep and rich story worth telling, and that is exactly the point.

32. Shameful Performance -

SHAME ON US. This week, the Memphis City Council ran over a whole room of citizens and a whole city and parked right on top of something they care about.

Every council member should be ashamed.

33. Tennessee Business Filings Up 7.2 Percent in Q4 -

New business filings in Tennessee rose 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 2014, a sign the state’s economy is continuing to grow.

The Division of Business Services recorded more than 30,000 new entity filings in 2015, including 7,712 in the fourth quarter, according to the Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report. The report covers a variety of business data including new business data from the Division of Business Services. It is published through a partnership with Secretary of State Tre Hargett and the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

34. Tennessee Business Filings Up 7.2 Percent in Q4 -

New business filings in Tennessee rose 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 2014, a sign the state’s economy is continuing to grow.

The Division of Business Services recorded more than 30,000 new entity filings in 2015, including 7,712 in the fourth quarter, according to the Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report. 

35. Life Without Marc? Yes, and Grizz Still Have Something to Play For -

In their first game after learning their franchise player had fractured his right foot and would be lost to the team indefinitely – and yes, perhaps for the rest of the season – the Grizzlies reacted just the way that was needed: They went out to Brooklyn and demolished the hapless Nets before starting their All-Star break.

36. Burger King's Next Conquest: Hot Dog King -

NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.

The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill meat makes hot dogs a natural fit on its menu.

37. Crises Happen; Defend Your Company -

You likely haven’t gotten to where you are today with a “head in the sand” approach to managing your business. When it comes to crisis communications, busy executives sometimes neglect to plan against all that could go wrong.

38. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT -

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

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

39. Data Breaches: ‘The Third Certainty in Life’ -

I recently received an email from a former colleague that appeared to be a DropBox link with “important documents.” Since it had been awhile since our last correspondence, I emailed back to make sure that the note was real, only to receive a bogus response that confirmed my suspicions. Cue me reporting it to her company’s help desk, blocking the user from my email, and deleting the note.

40. U of M Notebook: Wins, Attendance Not Created Equally -

Despite all the hue and cry about lousy attendance at FedExForum – and the concerns are justified because both announced attendance and actual people in the seats are on the decline – the Tigers still lead the American Athletic Conference with an average (announced) attendance of 11,534.

41. Facing History Mural To Visualize Broader Goals -

Last year, when Facing History and Ourselves moved into its new South Main office at 115 Huling Ave., the nonprofit knew it wanted to bring its brand of socially conscious education to the broader community.

42. Dallas Medical Device Startup Moves to Germantown -

A Dallas-based medical device startup has moved its operations to Germantown, into the EPIcenter organization’s new collaborative work and business space.

Trocar Sweep LLC is focused on the development of proprietary general surgery devices with broad application. Trocar CEO David Leon said local assets like the ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator, Memphis Bioworks, EPIcenter and Innova venture capital firm makes Memphis “an obvious choice to start and grow our company.”

43. Howell Marketing Goes To Remote Work Model -

Howell Marketing Strategies LLC announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, it is selling its South Main real estate and going to a “remote work model” with part-time contractors.

44. In the Game -

Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

45. Howell Marketing Goes To Remote Work Model -

Howell Marketing Strategies LLC announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, it is selling its South Main real estate and going to a “remote work model” with part-time contractors.

46. On Deadline -

What do the following phrases have in common: Due date, Editor’s concern, End point, Freelancer’s problem, Time limit, and Zero hour?

Answer: They have all been used as clues in crossword puzzles for the answer DEADLINE.

47. Morris Marketing Group Built on Strong Relationships -

In some respects, Valerie Morris’ career prepared her to open a PR and marketing agency, even if it didn’t always seem so obvious.

48. Fort Lauderdale for Beach, Adventure -

Fort Lauderdale screams “Hello Sunny,” but the tourism slogan isn’t necessary to get the point across for visitors once they arrive. It’s undeniable when stepping out from the airport to prepare for a few days in this South Florida hotspot.

49. A Magic Trick for Landing the Job You Want -

Time and time again, I am tasked as a recruiter to pull the perfect candidate out of my hat for my clients.

By perfect candidate, I mean someone whose skill set matches a job description along with the company culture.

50. iBank Tower Sells for $19.2 Million -

The iBank Tower, located at 5050 Poplar Ave., has sold for $19.2 million, and for the first time, the same owner controls both the iBank Tower and the nearby Clark Tower at 5100 Poplar Ave.

51. The Hearts And Minds Of Unicorns -

A Back End of Innovation 2015 Talk
Porter Gale, Former VP of Virgin America

Porter started with a few questions, “Is it easy or hard to innovate in your company?” “Can you recognize unicorns?”

52. It’s a Balancing Act -

Ray’s Take Work-life balance is something we’ve talked a lot about in recent years. It feels as if we all have to work harder and longer to get what we want in life. It’s hard to say if whether we’re earning less or wanting more. So how do you balance the work part with the life part?

53. Grizzlies Avoid Epic Loss, Still Lack Signature Win -

Perhaps Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, will be the date that the Philadelphia 76ers break their record-tying 18-game losing streak to start an NBA season. The 76ers will be at home against the just-as-awful Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, who recently announced he will retire at the end of this season.

54. Paris Remains Open for Travel -

Paris is open for travel.

What once was an obvious statement now comes with a question mark for some travelers. After the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that saw 129 killed and hundreds more wounded at several locations throughout Paris, canceling travel plans to the City of Light might seem prudent.

55. Dangerous Time to Play Emotionally Charged Missouri -

Tennessee’s football team may be headed into a perfect storm Saturday night at Missouri.

It’s been an emotional whirlwind the last two weeks for the Tigers (5-5, 1-5 SEC), and they will have plenty of motivation against the Vols (6-4, 3-3).

56. Ready for Launch -

Five hundred new companies in 10 years. That’s the idea that founded EPIcenter, short for Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center, an organization looking to catalyze the entrepreneurial movement in Memphis.

57. 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.

58. 3 Signs of Workplace Climate Change -

They say that if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out in order to avoid the danger, since its survival instincts detect sudden changes. However, when you put a frog into a pot of cool water there is no immediate threat, so he stays put.

59. Overlooking the Obvious: Why Innovation Fails -

This column was based on a presentation by Scott Jenkins, SVP of Innovation and Product Development of Deckers.

60. Ugly Beginning: Grizz Start Season With 30-Point Loss to Cleveland -

It was two hours before tip-off of the first game of the Memphis Grizzlies’ season. Fans were not yet inside FedExForum, but there was an air of anticipation because in the pro sports world opening night is like its own New Year’s Day.

61. Withers Collection Photos On Display at Crescent Club -

Photos from the archives of the late Memphis photojournalist Ernest Withers will be on loan to the Crescent Club in East Memphis.

62. 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.

63. Hattiloo Forum Explores Black Generation Gap -

Always looking for a good topic of conversation, Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele decided to put a group of millennials and active senior citizens together.

The Tuesday, Oct. 13, event was prompted by a dinner conversation Bandele had with his 21-year-old daughter.

64. Withers Collection Photos On Display at Crescent Club -

Photos from the archives of the late Memphis photojournalist Ernest Withers will be on loan to the Crescent Club in East Memphis.

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

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

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

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

67. Memphis Mayor's Race Poised For Close Finish -

A political summer dominated by the campaign for Memphis mayor begins turning toward fall Friday, Sept. 18, with the opening of the early voting period in advance of the Oct. 8 election day.

All 16 early voting sites are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 3.

68. Ole Miss, Alabama Face Rematch -

A year ago, Ole Miss put up 13 fourth-quarter points to rally and defeat Alabama 23-17 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The victory wasn’t secure until 37 seconds were left in the game and Senquez Golson intercepted a Blake Sims pass in the end zone with an acrobatic catch that required an official’s review to be ruled valid.

69. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

70. Making the Money Last -

Ray’s Take: Are you ready to live to age 95 or beyond? According to the Society of Actuaries, for an upper-middle-class couple, there is a 43 percent chance that one or both will reach at least age 95.

71. Memphis Redbirds, Grizzlies Partner for ‘Grit & Grind Night’ -

The Memphis Redbirds and Memphis Grizzlies play in different sports and at different levels, but for years the people running the teams acted as though they were quasi-rivals.

Change has been in the works for a while – the annual Cardinals Caravan was at FedExForum this winter when AutoZone Park was getting a makeover – but now a growing partnership is in even greater evidence.

72. Haslam Makes Infrastructure Case In Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling across the state to encourage change in how road projects are funded.

But Haslam insists it is not a prelude to a pitch for an increase in the state’s fuel tax. It’s been 26 years since Tennessee made any changes to its road project financing method, Haslam said.

73. Redbirds Manager Shildt Understands the Job -

The best part of being a Triple-A manager is obvious: You get to tell players they are going up to the major leagues.

First-year Redbirds skipper Mike Shildt has had the privilege of doing that many times this season. He says it’s never sweeter than telling a player, for the first time, that he’s going up to the St. Louis Cardinals.

74. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

75. Disruptive Innovation Helps Fill in the Gaps -

Being out of work in today’s economy can be daunting. Even as things continue to improve, finding a job can be tough. In addition to the small number of new positions created each day, the entire hiring process takes longer – despite when you find the perfect job.

76. Is the SEC Still the Best? -

HOOVER, Ala. – The first College Football Playoff was not supposed to be won by a Big Ten team. Nor was a player who began the season as a third-string quarterback supposed to lead the first College Football Playoff champion to victory.

77. Cardwell a Link to Metro’s Past, Present -

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

78. Boner, Peel and a Reporter’s Call Spark a City’s Embarrassment -

Nashville’s mayor broke into a broad smile and funny walk, pointing across the main dining room at the old TGI Friday’s on Elliston Place to a young reporter seated at a long table with eight colleagues and friends.

79. House Scraps Vote on Confederate Flag in Federal Cemeteries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries – including four in Tennessee – on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.

80. CTI Unveils Millington Professional Flight School -

CTI Professional Flight Training is set to unveil its FAA-approved flight school at Millington Regional Jetport at a grand-opening ceremony and open house this week.

Festivities are scheduled to begin on Friday, July 10, at 2 p.m. with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at its facility, 8101 Hornet Ave., just south of the Millington Regional Jetport Terminal. CTIPFT’s chief flight instructor, Joseph MacDougall, will be on hand to answer questions about pilot training, which ranges from part-time private lessons to full-time FAA commercial training.

81. Building Ballet -

Ask Ballet Memphis CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh about her dance company's newly announced move to Midtown, and the conversation doesn't immediately turn to obvious things like the when and the why.

82. Memphis City Council’s Distrust of Wharton Boils to Surface -

If it wasn’t obvious in five previous budget seasons, Memphis City Council members made the point clearer Tuesday, June 16, just before they delayed final city budget votes for another week.

They don’t trust the numbers and explanations they are getting from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as they try to rearrange his $656.5 million budget that was proposed in April.

83. NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't Talking, Texting on Cellphone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The engineer in last month's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't using his cellphone to talk, text or download anything just before the train sped off the tracks, investigators said Wednesday, addressing one big question about what might have caused the accident but only deepening the mystery of what did.

84. Swinging Church? Courts to Have Last Laugh -

It’s official: No sex clubs are allowed outside of industrial areas or within 1,000 feet of a home, church or school in Metro Nashville.

The council passed the ordinance recently in response to a proposed swingers club’s attempt to relocate next door to Goodpasture Christian School in Madison.

85. Reality Change -

“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”

– Marc Gasol

Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.

86. Five Ways to Save Money on Summer Travel -

Memorial Day signals the start of the summer travel season, when an estimated 37.2 million Americans will travel over the weekend. The 16-week summer travel season from Memorial Day to Labor Day sees Americans make some 650 million trips.

87. Your Fantasy Celebrity Board -

If you could have any five celebrities on your nonprofit board, who would you pick?

Visualize yourself as chair of the board of a nonprofit you believe in. Maybe it’s a university, an early childhood education center, a food bank, international research institute or performing arts company. You pick the nonprofit – and the board members!

88. 90 Years On -

Somewhere in the University of Memphis Libraries’ Special Collections section is a cassette – a relic itself – that holds the voice of Harry Wiersema recalling his time living by the Mississippi River in Memphis.

89. Study Recommends Sweeping Changes in Access to Police Reports -

A monthlong review of just how open public records are within Memphis government recommends some sweeping changes in public access to city police investigations.

The report, issued this week by Plough Foundation executive director and former Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter, recommends making internal affairs investigations of police officers public and publicly releasing all police incident reports within 48 hours, even for “ongoing investigations.”

90. With or Without Conley, Grizz Face Pass-Fail Exam in Golden State -

We will get to the looming challenge that is the Golden State Warriors in just a moment.

But first, something needs to be said.

No matter what it is in your favor, including a 3-0 series lead, you don’t just push a button for automatic passage to the next round of the NBA Playoffs. The Portland Trail Blazers reminded us of this truth when they rallied in Game 4 to bring the series back to Memphis.

91. Open Season -

Mud Island River Park opens for its 34th year Saturday, April 11, with high hopes for the effect a reopened Pyramid will have on its attendance and still moving plans for a tie in to the busier riverfront.

92. US Chamber Of Commerce Honors Knoxville Small Businesses -

As it has been for the last several years, Knoxville is well represented on the 2015 list of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Blue Ribbon Award winners.

Five Knoxville companies –The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – are among 100 companies nationwide selected for this year’s awards. Only one other Tennessee company made the list.

93. Fashion Forward -

Memphis Fashion Week is celebrating its emergence as a full-fledged event.

For the past three years it has been known as Memphis Fashion Weekend, but a new branding effort through inferno LLC has produced a stable logo and a stable vision.

94. Health Care Revitalization -

Health care is always in the news: advances in health care technology, groundbreaking research, and health care disparities are just a few. Yet there’s one story we rarely hear: the role of hospital or medical center related health care foundations.

95. Tennessee Opposes Sysco-US Foods Merger -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

96. Lady Vols Seem to Be Slipping Off National Stage -

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt’s arms are crossed and she has a smile on her face. Thousands of Lady Vols fans have walked past the Summitt statue since it was unveiled Nov. 22, 2013.

97. Baseball Heaven Found in Phoenix -

For baseball fans, one of the greatest days is when pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

After a long, cold winter, fans know spring training signifies the start of a new season, not to mention warmer weather is finally near.

98. Tennessee Opposes Merger Between Sysco, US Foods -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

99. Crosstown Crossroads -

Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.

100. Burchett’s Mother, Father Helped Shape His Career -

Homegrown Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett espouses the values of many East Tennessee residents: strong family connections, honoring military service and remembering where he comes from.