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1. More Armadillos Move Into Tennessee as Temperatures Rise -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Rising temperatures have made Tennessee more hospitable to armadillos over the past three decades.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Barry Cross tells WSMV-TV that the mostly nocturnal animals are not native to Tennessee, and are instead migrants from the west and the south, including Alabama and Georgia.

2. Pera’s Ubiquiti Networks Posts Strong Third Quarter -

Three months ago, law firms were soliciting investors in Ubiquiti Networks’ stock to sign up for a class-action lawsuit against the company for misleading those investors about actual profits the company was earning.

3. Pera’s Ubiquiti Networks Posts Strong Third Quarter -

Three months ago, law firms were soliciting investors in Ubiquiti Networks’ stock to sign up for a class-action lawsuit against the company for misleading those investors about actual profits the company was earning.

4. Last Word: Singletary to Memphis, County Budget Notes and Buying NIN Tickets -

It’s not a done deal yet. But there is at least the framework of a plan for the city’s tallest building. The city has signed a letter of intent with the current owners to convert the 100 North Main Building to a convention center hotel with retail, meeting space and a parking garage with a timeline to have this built and open for business by the end of 2022 – two years after the $175 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center is to be completed.

5. Pera’s Ubiquiti Networks Posts Strong Third Quarter -

Three months ago, law firms were soliciting investors in Ubiquiti Networks’ stock to sign up for a class-action lawsuit against the company for misleading those investors about actual profits the company was earning.

6. Chemical Plant to Resume Operations After Explosion -

CHARLESTON, Tenn. (AP) – A chemical plant in Tennessee that exploded in September is set to reopen in several weeks.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the polysilicon production plant expects to use a phase-in approach and reach full capacity by this year's fourth quarter. Wacker Chemical employees already have begun the initial startup of the plant and are distilling the product.

7. One-Year Turnaround? Grizzlies Vow It Can Be Done -

Mike Conley had no doubt: “With health, we’re a completely different team.” This was a day after the season ended, a 22-60 record next to the Memphis Grizzlies’ name and forever the shorthand explanation of their 2017-2018 NBA journey.

8. USL Memphis to Operate Memphis City FC in 2018 -

USL Memphis has acquired Memphis City FC and will operate it as a Premier Development League (PDL) franchise starting with the 2018 PDL season, with the first match set for Saturday, May 12.

Tryouts will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Memphis University School. The fee to register for tryouts is $35 and can be done at www.usl2memphis.com/pdl.

9. After a Lost Season, Grizzlies Turn Toward NBA Draft -

For seven straight years, Exit Interview Day at FedExForum was a mixture of chronicling the season’s successes and speaking to the wish that the playoff run, whenever it ended, could have lasted longer.

10. One City, One Team: When a Memphis sports entity succeeds, everyone wins -

On the occasion of the home opener for the reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park, new Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Predictably, he received a standing ovation just for walking out to the pitching mound.

11. Last Word: Pera's Move, The Catechism of 1968 and Whitehaven's ER -

A day ahead of the last game of the season for the Grizz on the road, the team’s majority owner, Robert Pera, acted Monday to clear up questions about the ownership of the team going forward. Pera emailed season ticket holders Monday evening that he will not be exercising a buy-sell agreement with his partners who have minority shares of the franchise.

12. Pera Maintaining Controlling Interest in Grizzlies -

Robert Pera will keep controlling interest in the Memphis Grizzlies. Pera informed Grizzlies MVP season ticket holders of his decision in an email Monday night and the team subsequently distributed a short press release announcing Pera’s decision but offering no details, except to say that Pera also had notified the NBA.

13. North Wastewater Plant Resumes Partial Operations -

Memphis’ north wastewater treatment plant began partial operations Sunday, March 11, with the plant expected to resume full operations by Friday, city public works director Robert Knecht said Monday.

14. North Wastewater Plant Resumes Partial Operations -

Memphis’ north wastewater treatment plant began partial operations Sunday, March 11, with the plant expected to resume full operations by Friday, city public works director Robert Knecht said Monday.

15. North Wastewater Treatment Plant Resumes Partial Operations -

The city’s north wastewater treatment plant began partial operations Sunday, March 11 with the plant expected to resume full operations by Friday, city public works director Robert Knecht said Monday.

16. News of SEC Subpoenas Sink Ubiquiti's Shares -

Shares of Ubiquiti Networks Inc. were crumbling Tuesday, Feb. 20, on word the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into accounting practices and other aspects of its business.

17. Last Word: Murals and IRV at City Hall, Alexander on Trump and Schools Standoff -

Sometimes when you look at the Election Commission filings in an election season and no one has so much as pulled a petition let alone filed one, your thoughts tend to be along the lines of what is there to focus on beyond the day-to-day activity. And then you get a press release by email that really makes you remember the volatility of this whole business of running for elected office.

18. Ubiquiti Networks Shares Sink on News of SEC Subpoenas -

Shares of Ubiquiti Networks Inc. were crumbling Tuesday, Feb. 20, on word the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into accounting practices and other aspects of its business.

19. Pera’s Ubiquiti Reports Loss in Second Quarter -

Ubiquiti Networks Inc. on Thursday, Feb. 8, reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $51.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.

20. Explore Bike Share Names Operations Director -

Explore Bike Share has named Rajah Brown as its operations director.

Brown comes to the post from creating programming for the Mayor’s Safe Summer Initiative and before that worked with Memphis Athletic Ministries for a decade.

21. Explore Bike Share Names Operations Director -

Explore Bike Share has named Rajah Brown as its operations director.

Brown comes to the post from creating programming for the Mayor’s Safe Summer Initiative and before that worked with Memphis Athletic Ministries for a decade.

22. Entire Operation of Federal Consumer Regulator Under Review -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Trump-appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that he is launching a review of all the federal consumer watchdog agency's policies and priorities.

23. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

24. Tire Dealer Cooperative Expands to Memphis -

Portland, Oregon-based Point S USA, a member-owned cooperative of independent tire dealers, is expanding operations to Tennessee with a distribution partnership in Memphis.

The partnership will create Point S USA’s fourth distribution center, a 120,000-square-foot facility for tire warehousing.

25. Tire Dealer Cooperative Expands to Memphis -

Portland, Oregon-based Point S USA, a member-owned cooperative of independent tire dealers, is expanding operations to Tennessee with a distribution partnership in Memphis.

The partnership will create Point S USA’s fourth distribution center, a 120,000-square-foot facility for tire warehousing.

26. Democrats Look to Cooperate on Key Issues -

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

But the 110th General Assembly still has a long row to hoe as the session starts Jan. 9 with new legislative offices and committee rooms in the renovated Cordell Hull Building in downtown Nashville.

27. Financial Tech Firm Opening Tennessee Operations Site -

Financial services company Avant LLC is bringing 200 jobs to East Tennessee with a soon-to-open call center in Blount County.

28. Temp Labor Firm Operator Guilty of Fraud, Tax Charges -

The operator of a Memphis temporary staffing company is awaiting sentencing on federal fraud and tax charges after being convicted by a jury Dec. 8 in Memphis Federal Court.

Mark Stinson and his wife, Jatyon Stinson, operated a temporary staffing company that went under different names as each accumulated employment tax liabilities. The common word in all of the company names was Connexx.

29. Jury Convicts Temp Labor Firm Operator on Fraud, Tax Charges -

The operator of a Memphis temporary staffing company is awaiting sentencing on federal fraud and tax charges after being convicted by a jury Dec. 8 in Memphis Federal Court.

Mark Stinson and his wife, Jatyon Stinson, operated a temporary staffing company that went under different names as each accumulated employment tax liabilities.

30. Grizzlies Owner Pera Faces Decision on Buy/Sell Clause -

A buy-sell provision in the agreement between Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera and minority owners Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus was exercised last week, according to a report from The Athletic.

31. Last Word: Grizz Ownership Moves, Confederate Deadline and Medical Family Tree -

As many of us were focused on Tigers football and the journey to Orlando last week, there was word that either both or one of the two minority owners of the Grizz had exercised a buy-sell provision in the NBA team’s unique ownership agreement. And what could be a fight for control of the team’s ownership is underway. The sports website The Athletic broke the story last Thursday. Here it is. It also talks about the timing of this coming with the controversial sacking of David Fizdale, an interim coach at the helm of a changing team and lead owner Robert Pera’s lack of visibility in all things Grizz around the city.

32. Grizzlies Owner Pera Has Decision to Make on Buy/Sell Clause -

A buy-sell provision in the agreement between Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera and minority owners Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus was exercised last week, according to a report from The Athletic.

33. Producing Wins Was Lacking Under Fizdale, Grizz GM Says -

The day after the Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale just 19 games into his second season, general manager Chris Wallace rejected the notion that center Marc Gasol was a “coach-killer” and said more went into the decision to change coaches than one fractured relationship.

34. Grizzlies’ Firing of David Fizdale Stamps This as Marc Gasol’s Team -

Maybe it would have happened anyway. Rumors were rampant on Saturday that Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was coaching for his job, that an eighth straight loss to Brooklyn on Sunday could mean the end.

35. Explore Bike Share Seeking Operations Manager -

Explore Bike Share is in the hunt for an operations manager to help roll out and oversee the 600-bicycle, 60-station bike-sharing system as it prepares for its grand opening next spring.

Once hired, Explore Bike Share’s new operations manager will be in charge of guiding and im-plementing the daily functions of the operations team by “creating efficient processes, tracking and reporting on activities, and coordinating work schedules and tasks to ensure timely solu-tions.”

36. The Latest: 2nd Dogfighting Operation Found in Mississippi -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on dogfighting operations in Mississippi (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

Authorities in southwestern Mississippi say they found a dogfighting operation with about three dozen pit bulls, some that were chained to trees and some that were mutilated.

37. Explore Bike Share Seeking Operations Manager -

Explore Bike Share is in the hunt for an operations manager to help roll out and oversee the 600-bicycle, 60-station bike-sharing system as it prepares for its grand opening next spring.

Once hired, Explore Bike Share’s new operations manager will be in charge of guiding and implementing the daily functions of the operations team by “creating efficient processes, tracking and reporting on activities, and coordinating work schedules and tasks to ensure timely solutions.”

38. Minority Owners Can Bid To Buy Grizzlies From Pera -

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 26, according to an espn.com report, the Memphis Grizzlies’ two primary minority owners can make bids to purchase the team from controlling owner Robert Pera.

39. Minority Owners Can Bid To Buy Grizz from Robert Pera -

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 26, according to an espn.com report, the Memphis Grizzlies’ two primary minority owners can make bids to purchase the team from controlling owner Robert Pera.

40. Last Word: Pinnacle's Drive-Through, Back to Work On Beale and Tea Time -

The Grizz lose 103-94 in Dallas Wednesday to the Mavericks. The Mavericks are here Thursday. And Thursday is also the day the two minority owners of the Grizz can begin a process to possibly buy the team from Robert Pera. ESPN outlines an unusual process that if it comes into play could take a while to sort out.

41. Grizz Pay for Parsons And Fans Pay for Right to Boo Him -

What is your definition of “tasteless?” Is it Grizzlies fans booing $94 million man Chandler Parsons on opening night, frustrated when he wouldn’t shoot open jumpers and when he could only make 1-of-5 free throws? All, by the way, when they were wildly cheering and giving standing ovations to former Grizzly and still adored Grindfather Tony Allen, the guy the organization let walk and sign for the veteran’s minimum with New Orleans?

42. Pfizer Seeks Incentives to Retain Financial Services Operations in Memphis -

Admitting that its workforce in Memphis has been declining due to technology and business changes, pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is seeking a 14-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the city and county to retain its finance and accounting operations in Memphis with a “stabilized” workforce of about 250 workers.

43. Grizzlies to Retire Numbers Of Z-Bo and Tony Allen -

The Memphis Grizzlies have released statements from controlling owner Robert Pera and general manager Chris Wallace that the team plans to retire former Grizzly Tony Allen’s No. 9 jersey and the No. 50 worn by Zach Randolph.

44. Grizzlies to Retire Numbers Of Tony Allen, Zach Randolph -

The Memphis Grizzlies have released statements from controlling owner Robert Pera and general manager Chris Wallace that the team plans to retire former Grizzly Tony Allen’s No. 9 jersey alongside the No. 50 worn by Zach Randolph.

45. Honeywell Spins Off Homes, Distribution Operations -

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (AP) – Honeywell is spinning off businesses with annualized sales of more than $7 billion, but holding on to its lucrative aerospace division.

Becoming two separate and publicly traded companies, Honeywell said Tuesday, are its homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business, along with its transportation systems business.

46. Report: Google Uncovers Ads by Russian Operatives -

NEW YORK (AP) – Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, including YouTube and Google search, according to reports.

The Washington Post is reporting that the technology behemoth uncovered the Russian-backed disinformation campaign as it considers whether to testify before Congress next month. Social media companies Facebook and Twitter have already agreed to testify.

47. Memphis in May Gets New VP of Operations -

Floyd Benson has been promoted to vice president of operations for the Memphis in May International Festival, MIM officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 4.

48. Opera Memphis Kicks Off Effort to Diversify Audience -

The typical opera company busies itself with the normal things you might imagine – staging lavish productions, selling tickets and working to fill impressive venues with as many patrons as possible.

49. High-Def Experience Awaits Grizzlies, Tigers Fans -

The Memphis Grizzlies recently held a small reception at FedExForum to show off improvements, and the biggest one – literally – was a new video board hanging over the court that offers four times the amount of display space as the previous scoreboard.

50. From Ownership to the Roster, Grizzlies Full of Questions -

Chandler Parsons’ knees. There are two well-documented concerns.

Depth at point guard. This isn’t just an annual concern, it’s a Grizzlies tradition as much as Zach Randolph throwing his headband into the crowd … oh, yeah, bad example.

51. Last Word: GPAC's Grove, Fairgrounds Tea Leaves and Grizz Money Matters -

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has plans for an open-air performance center to be called “The Grove at GPAC” – the latest consideration in what is becoming a vibrant discussion about the capacity for concerts within Shelby County. And it is also a discussion about concert venues that can do other things like festival and movies.

52. Tennessee AG: Chevron Not Cooperating in Fraud Investigation -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A lawsuit says Chevron isn't cooperating with a Tennessee attorney general investigation that has claimed the company has fraudulently bilked more than $18 million from a petroleum cleanup fund.

53. Last Word: The Amazon Competition, Millington Shelters and Grizz Ownership Drama -

With a social media post Thursday morning, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city is ready to compete in a very public competition for the $5-billion second North American headquarters Amazon.com announced earlier Thursday. Some context here. The $5 billion investment by Amazon in what it calls HQ2 compares to the $9 billion St. Jude is investing in its expansion including about $1 billion in capital costs and the rest research, technology and other development costs included in what is more than a physical expansion.

54. Tyson Foods to Expand Operations in Union City -

State officials say Tyson Foods Inc. plans to expand operations in northwest Tennessee, adding more than 300 jobs in the process.

55. Report: Pera’s Stake in Ubiquiti Rises to $3.7B -

Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera had a good week last week.

His networking company, Ubiquiti Networks Inc., soundly beat analysts’ forecast for earnings and revenue in the fourth quarter, catapulting the stock 20 percent higher in trading on Aug. 3.

56. Opera Memphis Hires New Music Director -

No one really needed to twist Michael Sakir’s arm to sell him on the Bluff City in advance of taking the job Aug. 1 as Opera Memphis’ new music director.

For one thing, he’d already worked a little in the city as a kind of itinerant musician, helping out as guest director for Opera Memphis programs like its 30 Days of Opera series. Those visits also introduced him to what life in Memphis might be like, should he choose to live here, with Sakir building relationships and getting introduced to civic, artistic and cultural landmarks and institutions that he found himself falling in love with.

57. Report: Pera’s Stake in Ubiquiti Rises to $3.7 Billion -

Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera had a good week last week.

His networking company, Ubiquiti Networks Inc., soundly beat analysts’ forecast for earnings and revenue, catapulting the stock 20 percent higher in trading on Thursday, Aug. 3.

58. Report: Pera’s Stake in Ubiquiti Rises to $3.7 Billion -

Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera is having a good week.

His networking company, Ubiquiti Networks Inc., soundly beat analysts’ forecast for earnings and revenue, catapulting the stock 20 percent higher in trading on Thursday, Aug. 3.

59. Memphis College of Art Outsources IT Operations -

Memphis College of Art has outsourced its IT operations to Memphis-based IT managed services provider tamburrino inc.

The deal is expected to save the college more than $100,000 in labor costs alone and to also find more savings through the processes put in place to evaluate all IT services, software, maintenance contracts and other systems.

60. Lucian Pera Takes Reins Of Tennessee Bar -

Memphis attorney Lucian T. Pera, a partner at Adams and Reese LLP, has taken office as the new president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

61. Lucian Pera Takes Reins Of Tennessee Bar Association -

Memphis attorney Lucian T. Pera, a partner at Adams and Reese LLP, has taken office as the new president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

62. Memphis College of Art Outsources IT Operations -

Memphis College of Art has outsourced its IT operations to Memphis-based IT managed services provider tamburrino inc.

The deal is expected to save the college more than $100,000 in labor costs alone and to also find more savings through the processes put in place to evaluate all IT services, software, maintenance contracts and other systems.

63. Progress Demands Cooperation -

The Penrose Staircase is an illusory structure resembling a staircase that seems to ascend forever around the perimeter of a square. An artificial construct of the human mind, it provides insights into the nature of the cognitive economy.

64. St. Jude Names Thomas VP Of Clinical Trials Operations -

Tangie Thomas has joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as vice president of clinical trials operations. In that role, Thomas will lead support for clinical research at St. Jude and its affiliate sites, with duties that include implementing strategic goals, overseeing recruitment efforts and determining how resources are allocated for offices that support clinical research. Thomas previously served as director of clinical affairs at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville.

65. TNT Express Operations Disrupted By Virus -

FedEx announced Wednesday, June 28, that operations of its subsidiary TNT Express have been “significantly affected” by an information system virus on a worldwide basis.

While no data breach is known to have occurred, TNT’s operations and communications systems were disrupted.

66. Grizz Front Office Has Tough Decisions to Make -

To be an NBA general manager on the eve of free agency is to be asked a lot of questions you really can’t answer.

Better the media should ask you to weigh in on Trump and Russia. Or Serena and McEnroe. Those answers – whatever they were – would be safer.

67. TNT Operations Disrupted by Ransomware Virus -

FedEx announced Wednesday, June 28, that operations of its subsidiary TNT Express have been “significantly affected” by an information system virus on a worldwide basis.

While no data breach is known to have occurred, TNT’s operations and communications systems were disrupted.

68. Opera Memphis Using Grant to Reach Mostly Absent Audience -

Innovation isn’t necessarily the first word that comes to mind to describe opera. That’s one reason Opera Memphis’ award of a $28,000 Innovation Grant – among the first to be handed out by OPERA America, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation – is interesting, to say the least.

69. County Budget Vote Delayed But Government Continues To Operate -

Shelby County government’s fiscal year begins Saturday, July 1, but the county won’t have a new operating budget at least until July 10.

That’s when the Shelby County Commission meets in special session to take up an estimated $13 million in amendments various commissioners are proposing to the budget proposal of county mayor Mark Luttrell.

70. Tyson Adopting Video, Welfare Checks in Poultry Operations -

PLUMERVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods has installed video cameras in key areas of its poultry operations and will test new ways to slaughter birds — not in response to previous "gotcha" moments but under a corporate philosophy that notes its role as a steward for millions of chickens, the company said.

71. For Grizzlies, a New Chapter About to Begin -

The June 22nd NBA Draft will tip off without the Memphis Grizzlies. At least that’s the case almost one week out. The Grizzlies have no picks.

What they do have, in abundance, are free agents.

72. Airport Authority Passes MEM Operating Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has approved a Memphis International Airport budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.

The $120.4 million operations and maintenance budget sets the fees and charges that airlines pay the airport authority, and also establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not, however, include construction project expenditures.

73. Airport Authority Passes MEM Operating Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has approved a Memphis International Airport budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.

The $120.4 million operations and maintenance budget sets the fees and charges that airlines pay the airport authority, and also establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not, however, include construction project expenditures.

74. Last Word: BSMF, Budget Books and Milli Vanilli -

Three days of sun and mild temperatures for the Beale Street Music Festival. Not to be all “Dawn Lazarus” about the weather. Of course, it wasn’t just that way over Tom Lee Park. And many of us continue to find there is life outside after you have determined your festival days may be behind you. We were all over the place this weekend including Tom Lee Park and Shelby Farms Park and backyards and trails and on a rising river. Can you still claim you were at BSMF if you were within earshot of it?

75. Business Time -

Had the flattering comments come from the Memphis Grizzlies’ own content producers, Grind City Media, they would have been easy enough to dismiss. After all, that would have been like what center Marc Gasol said at season’s end when stressing the importance of candid evaluation.

76. Authorities Arrest 39 During Operation in West Tennessee -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say 39 people have been arrested on charges including drug and weapons violations in West Tennessee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it joined forces with other law enforcement agencies this past Friday and Saturday in efforts to reduce crime in Hardin County, including the city of Savannah.

77. Council Moves to Operating Budget Examination -

Memphis City Council members open budget hearings Thursday, May 5, on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s $680 million operating budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

78. Strickland Delivers $680 Million Operating Budget to Council -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland delivered a $680 million city government operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, with no property tax increase and no use of city reserves to balance it.

79. Izakaya Ceasing Operations In Nineteenth Century Club -

Izakaya, the once-promising Asian fusion restaurant located in the recently renovated Nineteenth Century Club building, announced it will be closing for good just four months after its grand opening.

80. Third-Party Litigation Financing Grows Into Popular, High-Stakes Trend -

Two decades ago, commercial third-party litigation financing was as small and uncommon as to be “negligible,” in Charles Agee’s words. Maybe $100 million in such funding per year.

81. Izakaya Ceasing Operations In Nineteenth Century Club -

Izakaya, the once-promising Asian fusion restaurant located in the recently renovated Nineteenth Century Club building, announced it will be closing for good just four months after its grand opening.

82. Last Word: Signs of Life in San Antonio, Steel & Rice and Marco Pave's Rap Opera -

The Grizz were down 19 to the Spurs at the end of the first half in Monday’s game two of the NBA playoff’s opening round – 26 earlier in the game -- and had it down to four at the point in the fourth quarter when Grit & Grind came back to life. It was a short if eventful and promising return to life with the Spurs winning 96 – 82. Game 3 Wednesday at the Forum. And Tigers basketball is well into an eventful off-season of Snapchat moments and “junior college” signings.

83. Cooperation, Payments to Owners Help VW Avoid Bigger Penalty -

DETROIT (AP) – By cooperating with federal investigators and quickly agreeing to compensate car owners, Volkswagen likely will avoid a massive criminal fine for cheating on diesel emissions tests and trying to cover it up.

84. Uber to Hire Chief Operating Officer to Help Embattled CEO -

NEW YORK (AP) – Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the company will hire a chief operating officer who can partner with him to write its "next chapter."

The ride-hailing company has been hit by a series of controversies, including allegations that it routinely ignores sexual harassment, and a video of Kalanick profanely berating a driver who confronted him about steep cuts in Uber's rates for a premium version of its service.

85. SCS Names New Chief Of Business Operations -

Shelby County Schools has hired Beth Phalen as its new chief of business operations.

Phalen comes to the school system from being executive vice president of strategy and operations at ISS Facility Services, and before that she was vice president of business operations for ServiceMaster Co.

86. SCS Names New Chief Of Business Operations -

Shelby County Schools has hired Beth Phalen as its new chief of business operations.

Phalen comes to the school system from being executive vice president of strategy and operations at ISS Facility Services, and before that she was vice president of business operations for ServiceMaster Co.

87. 3 Reasons IT Should Be in Your Operating Plan -

Your primary focus is raising awareness and funds for your organization. Are you using the technology you have to help you achieve your mission? Perhaps you have thought about expanding your use of technology, but don’t have the time to do it. 

88. Hopson Says Violence Shows 'Desperation and a Lack of Hope' -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the school system to find a way to combat violence outside the borders of school campuses as well as within.

Hopson expressed concern Tuesday, Jan. 31, about violent crime in the city after a spike in January in which there were five homicides in one weekend across the city. Two of the five people who died were each 15-years old and both Shelby County Schools students.

89. Grizzlies to Own, Operate D-League Team in Southaven -

The Memphis Grizzlies next season will have an expansion NBA Development League team it will own and operate that will play its home games at the Landers Center in Southaven.

The Grizzlies broke the news on their website after reports of the Minnesota Timberwolves purchasing the majority ownership of the D-League’s Iowa Energy; the Grizzlies and Minnesota have been operating the Energy together, but that agreement will end at the conclusion of this season.

90. Grizzlies Hesitate to Use 3-Point Shooting Bargain -

On Jan. 16, Grizzlies guard Troy Daniels quoted Martin Luther King Jr., posting this on Twitter: “Your self-sacrificing devotion to your purpose in life and your unwavering faith will carry you through times of difficulty.”#MLKDay.

91. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

92. Zipcar Expands Operations in Memphis With ‘Humility’ -

A Boston-based car-sharing company recently teamed up with officials at Christian Brothers University to give their students a little “Humility.”

Humility, of course, refers to the gray four-door Ford Focus parked on CBU’s campus that students will be able to reserve for as little as an hour or for multiple days, through Zipcar, a car-sharing service billed as an alternative to both car ownership and traditional rental facilities.

93. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

94. Winter Weather Pinches FedEx Operations, But Memphis Airport OK -

Friday morning’s snow had little effect on passenger services at Memphis International Airport, but caused “substantial disruptions” for FedEx Express.

The Memphis-based shipping giant sent out a service alert early Friday morning that read:

95. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

96. Grizz GM Wallace, Others Get Contract Extensions -

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has announced that general manager Chris Wallace, executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger and executive vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions.

97. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, Others Get Contract Extensions -

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has announced that general manager Chris Wallace, executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger and executive vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions.

98. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

99. Titans Desperately Need to Get Past Indy Jinx -

It’s time. In a weak AFC South, the Tennessee Titans appear to be at least a year ahead of schedule in their quest for playoff contention.

Sure, a 5-5 record might not look all that great to those on the outside, but considering where this team has been the past few years, the Titans at least have hope that the second half of the season will be for something other than next year’s draft position.

100. Olive Branch Operation Eyes Relocation to Memphis -

International Distributors USA Inc., which distributes automotive filters under the brand Premium Guard, has applied for a 10-year Fast Track PILOT to move its national distribution center out of Olive Branch and into Hickory Hill.