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1. Mayor's Office Says Confederate Monument Protesters Asking City To Break Law -

Jefferson Davis was surrounded this week, first by a group of more than 100 citizens seeking to remove his statue from Memphis Park and then by police after the Tuesday, Aug. 15, protest.

The gathering, heavy with religious leaders, was coordinated by several groups that have been active about various community issues the past year and a half and pursuing the removal of Confederate monuments.

2. Prayer Circle Demands Removal of Confederate Statues, Vows to Continue Protests -

More than 100 citizens including local religious leaders called Tuesday, Aug. 15, for the city and state to remove statues of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis and Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forest from city parks.

3. A Million Reasons Not to Jump Into the Tennessee Governor’s Race -

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers is banking on the idea wealthy candidates won’t be able to buy voters in 2018.

4. Sentencing Delayed in Bates Gold and Silver Case -

Four members of the Bates family convicted in May of federal charges of swindling more than 300 victims out of $18.5 million over 11 years will be sentenced separately by U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman.

5. Should Children Play Football? -

It was the second concussion that made the decision an easy one for Brentwood parent Chris Hulshof. His son, Alex, had suffered his first concussion playing football as an 11-year-old, but Hulshof had been willing to give things a second chance, reasoning that the concussion had been a fluke play that wasn’t likely to occur again.

6. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection -

A year after the spontaneous protest march that ended with more than 1,000 people shutting down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours, the leader of that effort was again moving north along B.B. King Boulevard on Sunday, July 9.

7. Peaceful Bridge Anniversary Protests Draw Moving Police Presence -

A heavy but moving and shifting Memphis Police presence responded Sunday, July 9, to a set of peaceful protests and gatherings on the first anniversary of the protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge across the Mississippi River.

8. Saudi King Names Son Heir as New Generation Encircles Throne -

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince on Wednesday, placing him first-in-line to the throne and laying the groundwork for an entirely new generation of royals to take the reins.

9. Organizers Mobilize Against Confederate Monuments -

If there was any doubt about the precise target of the still-forming movement to remove the city’s statues and monuments honoring Confederate leaders, that was dispelled Tuesday, June 20, as more than 300 people gathered at Bruce Elementary School.

10. For St. Jude and Golf Fans, FedEx St. Jude Classic is Thriving -

Perspective can be too easy of a word. It can get thrown around casually, especially in big-time sports settings. But at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, “perspective” isn’t just a clichéd line for a moment in time.

11. Big Names With UT Ties Eyed for Vol Baseball Job -

Tennessee baseball is starting a new era. Dave Serrano coached his final games for the Vols (27-25, 7-21 SEC) last weekend when the Vols were swept by Missouri (35-21, 14-16) in a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

12. Children are Watching -

A passage from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” states, in paraphrase: A child goes forth each day, and the first object that the child sees, that object he/she becomes, for a day, or part of a day, or for days stretching into years.

13. Present Day Issues Surface in Centennial of Persons Lynching -

The interfaith prayer ceremony Sunday, May 21, marking the centennial of the lynching of Ell Persons included several mentions of the removal of Confederate monuments in the last month in New Orleans.

14. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they (police) deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

15. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

16. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens leader Al Lewis posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

17. Dream a Baseball Dream -

Memphis is Hoops City, a hotbed of premier basketball talent. That’s why University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith is under pressure. The best of those hometown players on his team, Dedric Lawson, has transferred to the University of Kansas and everyone’s worried Smith won’t get the elite local talent going forward.

18. Roger Ailes, Media Guru and Political Strategist, Dies at 77 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77.

19. Bates Gold-and-Silver Fraud Case Includes Big Numbers -

At the end of a five-week trial in Memphis federal court this month, a jury convicted a former Tennessee state representative turned religious prophet and gold-and-silver broker on 46 counts of fraud.

20. Last Word: DNA Unit Trouble, 100 Years After Ell Persons and Gas Tax Hike Redux -

The suspension of Ouita Knowlton, the Memphis Police detective overseeing the MPD's DNA Unit, appears to involve more than alleged violations of police policies. The unit oversees testing and processing of all current rape kits and those left unprocessed for decades that the city is currently working its way through five years after the admission. The District Attorney General’s office is part of the investigation of Knowlton, the office confirmed Monday. There are no specifics about what is involved here. But the police investigation will go to District Attorney General Amy Weirich who will then determine if criminal laws were violated and if there is a case to be made.

21. Groups Prepare for Persons’ Lynching Centennial -

When a pair of new historical markers on Summer Avenue are unveiled later this month, it will be the latest milestone in current discussions about what happened long ago in Memphis.

The markers will be unveiled at and near the site where Ell Persons was burned by a lynch mob 100 years ago this month.

22. Spring Lessons: Here’s Who Vols Will Start -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones isn’t big on naming starters and divulging depth charts. Not until he has to. So it comes as no surprise the Vols enter summer workouts and fall camp with junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano still competing for the starting quarterback’s job.

23. Bill O'Reilly Out at Fox News Channel After 20 Years -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable television news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years.

24. Titans Release Cornerback Jason McCourty After 8 Seasons -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have released cornerback Jason McCourty after eight seasons with the franchise, and a few days after the veteran shared the news himself on social media.

25. The Press Box: For Tigers Basketball, No Easy Way Forward -

Questions – and to the extent possible – answers about the reeling University of Memphis basketball program.

Q: Is this as simple as athletic director Tom Bowen and President M. David Rudd making a more than $15 million five-year mistake in hiring Tubby Smith?

26. Lawsons Going to Kansas; Tigers Lose More Players -

Dedric and K.J. Lawson are transferring to the University of Kansas to play for coach Bill Self, The Kansas City Star reported. The brothers, who announced last week they would be leaving the University of Memphis basketball program, will have to sit out next season before being eligible.

27. Celebrity Chef, Trump Organization Settle Lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Jose Andres has settled his dispute with The Trump Organization after backing out of a plan to open a restaurant in Washington's Trump hotel.

Andres' ThinkFoodGroup and The Trump Organization issued a statement Friday saying the lawsuit has been settled. The deal's terms are confidential.

28. As Memphis Tiger Fans Fret, Can Tubby Smith Fix This Mess? -

A few weeks ago, Tubby Smith stood in front of assembled media and admitted that the University of Memphis basketball job was a bit more than he had calculated.

“You’ve got a flavor here of expectations,” he said, the surprise evident in his voice and on his face.

29. Last Word: Lawsons Exit, LaRose Lessons and No Medicaid Expansion This Year -

The Lawson Brothers exit Tigers basketball seeking a release from the University of Memphis. The statement from Dedric and K.J. Lawson was all sweetness and light and apparently about as sincere as one of those interviews where players and coaches declare that if they will just play hard and put more points on the board than the other team then they should win.

30. Tweet Throws Pall on Lawsons' Departure, Tigers Program -

Brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson on Wednesday, April 5, announced their intention to transfer from the University of Memphis basketball program. And while they said all the right things in the initial statement they released, that changed soon afterward.

31. Legal Challenge Over Fred Thompson's Estate Concludes -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A legal fight over the estate of actor-politician Fred Thompson has ended.

32. After Losing a Loved One -

Ray’s Take The loss of a loved one can shatter your life. As you adjust to not having that person as a part of your world any longer, the painful grieving process can feel never-ending. 

33. Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker -

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.

While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.

34. Business Survival Lessons from Palm -

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a two-part series. When Palm Computing was in its heyday, many analysts thought they couldn’t be beaten. They had technology coveted by the market and an internal culture – dubbed Zen of Palm – which employees described as the best they’d ever experienced.

35. Grizzlies' Chandler Parsons Has Knee Surgery -

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons was to undergo surgery on his left knee Monday, March 20.

The team had announced more than a week ago that Parsons would miss the remainder of the season.

36. Grizz Finally Win, Parsons Done for Season, NCAA South Regional Looks Spectacular -

The Memphis Grizzlies broke their five-game losing streak, 40-year-old Vince Carter had a historic offensive night, and we learned that Chandler Parsons had suffered a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee (the right knee has endured two surgeries) and is done for the season.

37. Tennessee’s First Female State Architect ‘Blessed’ With Great Role Models -

The mother remembers her daughter drawing pictures almost from the time that she could walk. As the girl grew older, the art matured with her. Beautiful landscapes and portraits of people that proved she had more than just a little talent.

38. The Press Box: Chandler Parsons a Playa, Just Not Yet a Player -

These are headlines you could not have read:

“Chandler Parsons on Four-Game Hot Streak for Grizzlies.”

“Parsons Knee Recovery a Medical Miracle!”

“Parsons’ Play Pushes Grizz to Next Level of Title Contender.”

39. Germantown Community Theatre Looks for Sustainable Growth -

From a philosophical perspective, Germantown Community Theatre artistic director Justin Asher says continued existence – and the theater is in its 46th season – is its own evidence.

“No matter what you call it, when theater communities come together to produce art for art’s sake, it’s a good thing,” he said.

40. Robinson Chosen to Lead Cancer Society’s Hope House -

Maria Robinson has been named senior manager for the American Cancer Society’s Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis. In that role, she oversees day-to-day lodge operations, including guest services, volunteer engagement and community involvement.
Robinson, who is an eight-year cancer survivor herself, joined the American Cancer Society in 2012 as community manager for Relay For Life. Prior to that, she worked in the finance, real estate and restaurant industries. 

41. Women Executives Share Business, Life Lessons -

Through several career stops, Susan Hunsberger learned that she didn’t like being a financial analyst, she did like engaging with people through recruiting and human resources, and that it was more than fine to let colleagues see that you don’t know it all.

42. Lessons Learned -

Kat Gordon had made up her mind. She’d decided she was at a point in her life where it was time to carpe diem, suit up and take a leap of faith, and she gave herself two options for doing so – literal (go skydiving) or figurative (start her own business).

43. The Right Thing to Wear -

INTO CONDOMS. About 25 years ago, we went to the Cooper-Young Festival with another couple. Our sons were about 9 or 10 at the time. As we lingered at this or that booth, the boys got antsy, so a later meeting place was agreed upon and they took off.

44. Last Word: This is Memphis, Sedgwick Deal Expands and Violent Crime Drops -

There used to be a time when a 10-second shot of the Memphis streetscape in a commercial was enough to start an avalanche of speculation about the economic impact of the placement. And when people didn’t mob the city the next day, we were always hopeful that the next little peek of our brand would surely be the one that brought that about.

45. ‘Hamilton’ a Year Away as The Orpheum, Playhouse Announce 2017-18 Seasons -

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton” will be coming to The Orpheum Theatre, but not until the 2018-2019 Broadway season.

The Orpheum’s 2017-2018 season, announced Monday, Feb. 20, features seven traveling Broadway musicals with no dates announced for the “Hamilton” stand the following season.

46. Hamilton Looms as Orpheum, Playhouse on the Square Announce Seasons -

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton will be coming to the Orpheum theater, but not until the 2018-2019 Broadway season, those running the Downtown landmark announced Monday, Feb. 20.

The Orpheum’s 2017-2018 season features seven traveling Broadway musicals with no date announced for the Hamilton stand the following season.

47. 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. 

48. Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address -

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Speaker Harwell, Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speakers Pro Tem Tracy and Johnson, Members of the 110th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, General Slatery, Commissioners, Friends, Guests, fellow Tennesseans, and for the seventh year in a row, the woman voted best first lady in the land, Crissy. My kids even made it this year.

49. Trump Leaving His Global Business – To Be Run By His Sons -

NEW YORK (AP) – Breaking with presidential precedent, Donald Trump said Wednesday he will continue to profit from his global business empire after he enters the White House this month.

50. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

51. AP Investigation: Eric Trump Foundation Flouts Charity Standards -

A charity operated by one of Donald Trump's sons flouts philanthropic standards by financially benefiting charities connected to the Trump family and members of the charity's board, an Associated Press investigation shows.

52. County Commission OKs Ambulance Agreements -

Shelby County Commissioners at their Monday, Dec. 19, meeting approved on third and final reading the interlocal agreements that provide ambulance service through the Shelby County Fire Department to the cities of Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.

53. Amid Scrutiny, Eric Trump to Stop Raising Money for Charity -

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Eric Trump, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s sons and a major donor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has announced he will stop directly raising money for his namesake foundation, saying he worries the donations could be perceived as buying access to his father.

54. Christmas, Then and Now -

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home. It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

55. Lawsons Equip Educators with Tools for Success -

Kenda and Dominic Lawson were enemies before they were friends. Today they’re married and they run a company together. “We’re not about telling people what to do,” Kenda observes. “Our job is to find opportunities for children and empower teachers to create their own content.”

56. County Commission OKs Ambulance Agreements -

Shelby County Commissioners at their Monday, Dec. 19, meeting approved on third and final reading the interlocal agreements that provide ambulance service through the Shelby County Fire Department to the cities of Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.

57. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

58. Redbirds Redux: Stubby Clapp To Wear No. 10 Once Again -

He didn’t see this coming. This backflip, if you will, that has Stubby Clapp returning to Memphis and AutoZone Park as manager of the Redbirds next season.

“Out of the blue,” Clapp told me.

59. Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Parkway location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

60. Cars Line Up to See Wildfire-Ravaged Tennessee City; 13 Dead -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

61. First Tennessee Matching Wildfire Donations to $50K -

In response to deadly wildfires that have taken lives, burned homes and businesses, and displaced thousands of residents in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, the First Tennessee Foundation is matching donations from the public to the East Tennessee Red Cross, up to a total of $50,000.

62. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

63. First Tennessee Will Accept Gatlinburg Wildfire Donations -

In response to deadly wildfires that have taken lives, burned homes and businesses, and displaced thousands of residents in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, the First Tennessee Foundation is matching donations from the public to the East Tennessee Red Cross, up to a total of $50,000.

64. Trump's Illegal Immigration Stance May Boost Private Prisons -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The population of American prisons is likely to rise for the first time in nearly a decade with President-elect Donald Trump's promise to detain and deport millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally and his selection of tough-on-crime Sen. Jeff Sessions to the nation's highest law enforcement post.

65. Last Word: Chattanooga's Tragedy, Elvis Presley's Memphis and Chandler Parsons -

A grim Monday in Chattanooga where, as we post this, six school children were killed in a school bus crash and the driver of the bus was charged late Monday with reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

66. Beale Street Music Festival Passes Available Nov. 18 -

Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

67. Beale Street Music Festival Passes Available Nov. 18 -

Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

68. Hurd Tweets Reasons for Departure From Tennessee -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd says he had "multiple injuries" this year, including a concussion, and that he left the Volunteers in part to play for an offense that better suits his talents.

69. Last Word: Pants Suits On the River, Early Vote Numbers & Chandler Parsons' Debut -

A busy last weekend for the Presidential campaigns in Shelby County where we have seen neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump in the flesh since the primary campaign season and haven’t even seen their surrogates in the general election campaign.

70. Chandler Parsons Struggles in Debut as Grizzlies Lose to Portland -

Chandler Parsons knows what it is to have a hot shooting night. He’s had many in his NBA career and, as you may recall, back in January of 2014 made an NBA-record 10 threes in a half for the Houston Rockets.

71. Petitions Fail to Strip Confederate Emblem From Mississippi State Flag -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag has failed because sponsors didn't collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot.

72. Parsons ‘Progressing’ in Knee Surgery Rehab, But May Not be Ready for Season’s Start -

Coming back from knee surgery isn’t new to Chandler Parson. The biggest free agent signing in Grizzlies history has been there, rehabbed that before.

“Coming off two knee surgeries, the training staff has developed a program to be more on the cautious side,” Parsons said at the team’s annual pre-training camp media day on Monday, Sept. 26. “At the same time, every day they’re working to get me strong, working on flexibility, range of motion, from my hips to my back to my feet to everything that ties in with the knee.”

73. The Week Ahead: September 26-October 2 -

Hello, Memphis! This week kicks off with a presidential debate on the national stage. It wraps up with a hefty dose of bona fide blues, played on several stages much closer to home. And that’s just a taste of what you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

74. FDA OKs 1st Muscular Dystrophy Drug; Awaits Proof It Works -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators on Monday granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the largely unproven medication.

75. Classic Makes Strong Economic Impact and Brings Families, Friends Together -

Two years ago the Southern Heritage Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary. It was a good time to take stock of the event and so a market assessment study was prepared through the Bureau of Sports and Leisure at the University of Memphis.

76. Last Word: Hyde Lake, Global Ministries Exits and Another Big 12 Rumor -

A big day at Shelby Farms Park Thursday as the Heart of the Park renovations were formally opened. And it was also a cause to look back on where the park has come from.

77. Free Teen Driving Program Comes to Memphis Raceway -

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, the B.R.A.K.E.S. free defensive driving program will be offered at Memphis International Raceway as part of the weekend’s World Series of Drag Racing event.

78. Lessons Learned from Delta’s Power Outage -

Recently, tens of thousands of Delta Air Lines passengers worldwide were stranded as a result of a power outage within the company’s computer system. When the Delta Technology Command Center in Atlanta lost power, the critical systems and network equipment failed to switch over to a backup system.

79. State Employees' Group Calling for an End of Private Prisons -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An association representing state employees in Tennessee wants the state to stop using private prisons.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2bBeIKn) reports that Tennessee State Employee Association President Bryan Merritt is calling on the Tennessee Department of Correction to end the use of private prisons because he says state employees already do a great job managing prisons. He says private prisons provide an inferior product, lower levels of safety and security and debatable savings.

80. Money Lessons They Don’t Teach in School -

Ray’s Take Less than half of states in the U.S. require the students at public high schools to take a personal finance class before they graduate. So, many young people learn through the “school of hard knocks” once they get out in the real world.

81. 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.”

82. Adult Sons Sue Over Changes to Fred Thompson's Estate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The widow of Fred Thompson is denying any changes were made to the actor-politician's will that would affect his adult sons from a previous marriage.

83. Rallings Vows to Reform Memphis Police Dept. -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings will get a pay boost from $150,000 to $219,000 a year as he becomes the permanent head of the Memphis Police Department.

The appointment of Rallings by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland goes to the Memphis City Council for approval Tuesday, Aug. 9, for what is expected to be a unanimous vote.

84. Rallings: 'The World Is In Turmoil' -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings will get a pay boost from $150,000 to $219,000 a year as he becomes the permanent head of the Memphis Police Department.

The appointment of Rallings by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland goes to the Memphis City Council for approval Tuesday, Aug. 9, for what is expected to be a unanimous vote.

85. Game-Changer -

So as it turns out, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June was a missed opportunity. No one in the gallery shouted, “University of Memphis – Big 12!” The tournament’s “Hush Y’all” signs were obeyed and to no good end.

86. Three Reasons New Front-Line Managers Fail -

Executives often identify and promote top-shelf individual contributors to front-line managers. Six months into their new position, they are struggling. Team performance has decreased and turnover has increased. The executive is often left wondering what changed. 

87. Terminix Offers $87M Settlement to Injured Delaware Family -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The parent company of pest-control giant Terminix has reached a tentative agreement to pay $87 million to a Delaware family injured by exposure to a banned pesticide during a Caribbean vacation.

88. 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local -

John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place.

89. Parsons a Plum Terrific Shooter -

Anna is a 29-year-old Grizzlies fan and she had gathered with other Grizzlies fans in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum to meet forward Chandler Parsons. Well, maybe not meet him – although Parsons was generous about signing autographs and letting fans take selfies with him – but at least get a glimpse of the most significant free agent to leave the competition and come to Memphis.

90. Grizzlies Introduce Free Agent Signee Chandler Parsons -

Fans who had gathered in the lobby of FedExForum began cheering as soon free agent signee Chandler Parsons came into view – wearing a plum suit – and walking with Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace toward a table where they would sit and conduct a historic press conference.

91. Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis -

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.

This time the datelines are Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

92. Conley + Parsons = Renewed Belief for Grizz -

At the end of his essay for the playerstribune.com, in which free agent Mike Conley discussed why he returned to Memphis on a five-year max contract worth $153 million, he wrote the following:

“I feel like everything that’s happened during my career has led up to this point. This is the launching point. This is just the beginning. It’s time to get to work. It’s time to #BelieveMemphis.”

93. AP Sources: Memphis Lands Chandler Parsons for 4 Years, $94M -

Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that free agent forward Chandler Parsons has agreed to terms with the Memphis Grizzlies on a four-year deal worth $94 million.

The two sides came to agreement on Friday afternoon after meeting in Los Angeles. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

94. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down -

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.

Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.

95. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

96. With Dad's Help, Ridge Smith Off to Chase His MLB Dream -

Over the years, there wasn’t much down time and not a lot of quiet moments. Over the years, there was a sustained echo – the ping, ping, ping of an aluminum bat, and later the whack, whack, whack of a wood bat, squaring up a baseball.

97. Prisons Keeping Schedule Blamed for Low Morale, Turnover -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State prison officials say they are keeping a controversial shift schedule that critics have blamed for understaffing and violence.

Correction Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor says the 28-day schedule won't change, although facilities may now use 12-hour shifts or 8.5-hours shifts, depending on their needs.

98. Ole Miss on Tigers' Hoops Schedule for Two Seasons -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team will play at Ole Miss on Dec. 3 as part of a two-year arrangement that will have the Rebels playing at Memphis the following season.

The game at Ole Miss came to light with the release of the Rebels’ nonconference schedule. Last season, the Rebels defeated the Tigers at FedExForum.

99. Brush With Death Recalled, Part 1 -

I was 50 when I died. April 21, 2002. I can’t forget the date.

A few weeks earlier, I saw an old friend, Cotton, at a memorial service for a mutual friend. In the early 1980s, Cotton and I were in the same golf group. After the service, we reminisced about a golf outing that no one involved could forget.

100. St. Jude Pulls $84.5M Permit for Expansion -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has applied for an $84.5 million permit for construction on its Downtown campus, part of a $9 billion strategic plan announced late last year.

Addition and alterations will take place at 262 N. Danny Thomas Blvd., according to the application, which lists W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. as the contractor.