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1. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

2. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

3. For New Plough Center Director, Job is a Calling -

For Dr. Harry Kochat, the best parts of working in pharmaceutical development are the interactions with grateful patients. Like the one he remembers from early in his career, when Kochat – whose work has focused on the development of life-saving drugs for more than three decades – encountered a mother and her young son.

4. Jones Picks Bad Time to Lead UT Football Program -

There was a time in University of Tennessee football history when a nine-win season and a victory over Nebraska in a bowl would guarantee a coach something just this side of a lifetime contract.

But not right now.

5. Comedian Michael Jr. Bringing Clean Humor to Memphis Church -

Comedian Michael Jr. is talking about a trip to the mall and seeing a guy wearing a T-shirt that reads: “If you don’t speak English, leave the country.”

Pause … “It was written in English,” Michael Jr. says on stage, and the laughs start to tumble like dominoes. “So I went up to him and said, ‘You’re dumb.’ But I said it in Spanish.”

6. Last Word: Convention Center Hotel, The Crime Discussion and A Gas Tax Hike Plan -

Grizzlies fall to the Clippers 115-106 in Los Angeles. They play Golden State Friday in another West Coast road game.

During the California sojourn, Chandler Parsons turned up on the tabloid TV show TMZ clubbing in the general vicinity of Kendall Jenner after New Year’s Eve with Kate Beckinsale.

7. Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot -

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

8. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

9. The Week Ahead: January 3-9 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy 2017! If you’ve made a new year’s resolution, chances are there’s an event this week to help you along the way. Want to get fit? Check out the Memphis Bike Swap. Vowing to read more? Try the BookTini Book Club launch. And that’s just a taste of what’s happening in The Week Ahead…

10. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

11. Events -

Beale Street will host a free concert by blues legend Bobby Rush and his Girls and newly signed Stax recording artists Southern Avenue at its annual New Year’s Eve party Saturday, Dec. 31. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Beale and Fourth Street; the annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop and fireworks start at midnight. Visit bealestreet.com.

12. Events -

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700 for tickets.

13. Events -

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. For ticket information, visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700.

14. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Memories, Talk About Violence and The Year In Ed & Med -

Grizz fall to the Celtics in Boston Tuesday 113-103. With Mike Conley and five other starters out. Away from triple digits, it is SMU over the Tigers at the Forum Tuesday 58-54.

15. 'Star Wars' Actress and Author Carrie Fisher Dies at 60 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carrie Fisher, a daughter of Hollywood royalty who gained pop-culture fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" and turned her struggles with addiction and mental illness into wickedly funny books, a hit film and a one-woman stage show, died Tuesday after falling ill aboard a flight last week. She was 60.

16. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host a “Frozen” sing-along Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through Jan. 29. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

17. Last Word: Pro-Memphis On Different Terms, Trump's Pledge and Phil Gagliano -

Be honest. How many of you are even at work Friday? And if you are, how many of you know there are cookies or egg nog in the break room? "He sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake."

18. Father-Son Duo Dickens Built Taps Infill Market In Collierville, Piperton -

A father-son home builder duo of Doug and Chris Dickens has taken advantage of a strengthening housing market recently by specializing in infill development, primarily in the Collieville and Piperton areas.

19. 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.”

20. Last Word: Last Council Session of 2016, Minority Business and Frugal Growth -

Winter's first day is behind us and has taken down another Monday at the same time. For some of us, this week before Christmas means Tuesday is time for a bowl game, the Boca Raton Bowl where the University of Memphis Tigers are playing far from the cold winds that blow at home. Ah, but they still think of home even if its only when the ice cubes clink against the sides of the glass of whatever they are having poolside. Never think you are beyond the reach of home.

21. Google's Self-Driving Car Project Gets a New Name: Waymo -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo, signaling its confidence that it will be able to bring robot-controlled vehicles to the masses within the next few years.

22. Innovation Inside the Box -

2016 Back End of Innovation Conference keynote by Drew Boyd, executive director of the Master of Science in marketing, University of Cincinnati.

The thesis of this talk is that creativity is a skill, not a gift. This practical advice starts with a promise from Boyd: “I’m going to teach you how to use your brain to innovate any way you want.”

23. Big Business Warns Trump Against Mass Deportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

24. Memphis Lawmakers Elected To Black Caucus -

Several Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, have been elected to leadership roles within the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari was elected treasurer of the national organization at its 40th annual legislative conference in New Orleans last week. Fellow Memphis Rep. Larry Miller was named regional vice chair.

25. Tenn. Lawmakers Elected To National Black Caucus Roles -

Several Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, have been elected to leadership roles within the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari was elected treasurer of the national organization at its 40th annual legislative conference in New Orleans last week. Fellow Memphis Rep. Larry Miller was named regional vice chair.

26. Study: 'Obamacare' Repeal-Only Would Make 30M Uninsured -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.

Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of "significant market disruption" that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

27. Shelby County Schools Board Sets Stage for School Right-Sizing Decision -

Parents and teachers of three schools that would be closed under the latest right-sizing plan for Shelby County Schools made a vocal show of force Tuesday, Dec. 6, as the SCS board voted to begin the process of public hearings in areas affected by the plan.

28. Palazzolo Says Germantown Maximizing Commercial Development Where it Can -

Just a few years ago, Germantown leaders were worried. Sales tax revenues were down in the recession and the city had annexed the last of its reserve area.

Looking back on it, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo admits it was a challenge. The perspective has changed as the recession has lifted.

29. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet -

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.

30. Garth Brooks to Play FedExForum on Feb. 4 -

The No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, will hit the FedExForum stage on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. It is Brooks’ first visit to Memphis in 19 years.

31. Eastgate Arts District Launches in East Memphis -

Eastgate Shopping Center is looking to become Memphis’ newest arts district.

The East Memphis retail center – whose tenants include Fresh Market, Steinmart and Michael’s – launched the Eastgate Arts District Friday, Nov. 25, to coincide with the eighth annual WinterArts holiday artists market.

32. Bartlett Soap Co. Rebrands As Buff City Soap -

The Bartlett Soap Co. has rebranded as Buff City Soap – a new name that acknowledges its growth into new markets while still paying homage to its local roots.

33. Bartlett Soap Co. Rebrands As Buff City Soap -

The Bartlett Soap Co. has rebranded as Buff City Soap – a new name that acknowledges its growth into new markets while still paying homage to its local roots.

34. Wildfires Scorch Tourist Area in Tennessee; Thousands Flee -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.

35. Eastgate Arts District Launches in East Memphis -

Eastgate Shopping Center is looking to become Memphis’ newest arts district.

The East Memphis retail center – whose tenants include Fresh Market, Steinmart and Michael’s – launched the Eastgate Arts District Friday, Nov. 25, to coincide with the eighth annual WinterArts holiday artists market.

36. Garth Brooks to Play FedExForum on Feb. 4 -

The No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, will hit the FedExForum stage on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. It is Brooks’ first visit to Memphis in 19 years.

37. Another Failure in Search for Treatment to Slow Alzheimer's -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An experimental treatment for Alzheimer's failed again in a widely anticipated study, disappointing many who had hoped drugmaker Eli Lilly had finally found a way to slow the progression of the mind-robbing disease.

38. US Home Sales Reach Strongest Pace in Nearly a Decade -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought homes in October at the fastest pace in nearly decade, helped out by low mortgage rates that have since started to climb following the presidential election of Donald Trump.

39. You Deserve a Seat Today: McDonald's Expanding Table Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's wants to makes its fast-food outlets feel more like restaurants, with plans to eventually expand table service across its U.S. locations.

The world's biggest burger chain says it has been testing the service at about 500 of its more than 14,000 domestic stores. Customers in those stores order at the counter or at kiosks and sit down and wait for an employee bring out their food, a change that McDonald's says improves customer satisfaction.

40. Spanish McGregor Walk A Gasol-Conley Production -

Put aside the big contracts the Grizzlies gave center Marc Gasol and point guard Mike Conley. Because truth is, although the Grizzlies could pay them more as returning agents, Conley and Gasol also could have earned rich deals in bigger cities where the rosters were closer to being title-ready.

41. Events -

Junior League of Memphis Merry Marketplace will take place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Special events include a Girls’ Night Out, holiday happy hour, painting classes and more. Visit merrymarketplace.com for hours, details and advance tickets.

42. Weld Catches Libertarian Heat At Memphis Campaign Stop -

Bill Weld didn’t wait for a question about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to come up during a Wednesday, Nov. 2, campaign stop in Memphis.

“I think Clinton would be a safer bet for the United States,” Weld said before a speech to a group of around 100 at Minglewood Hall. “That’s doesn’t mean that I’m not committed to the Libertarian ticket and trying to get us as much as we can get this year.”

43. The Week Ahead: Oct. 31–Nov. 6 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy Halloween! From the Indie Memphis Film Fest to the long-awaited opening of the Midtown Kroger, there’s plenty of exciting happenings to keep you busy in the coming days. Peruse what’s going on in The Week Ahead while you munch on the candy you’re supposed to be saving for the trick-or-treaters. (We won’t tell.)

44. Industrial Real Estate Competition Heats Up Between DeSoto, Marshall -

A North Mississippi industrial park more than 10 years in the making is reaching the finish line. By next May, Hillwood Investment Co. will wrap construction on a 947,000-square-foot warehouse on the final parcel in the DeSoto Trade Center.

45. Arkansas Court Disqualifies 2nd Medical Marijuana Proposal -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday disqualified a medical marijuana proposal from the ballot less than two weeks before the election and with thousands of votes already cast, but voters will still be able to consider a competing plan.

46. Mariota Still Searching for His McNair Moment -

By the time many of you read this, Marcus Mariota might have already torched the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Or he might not. Such is life dealing with the trials and tribulations of breaking in a young quarterback.

47. Clayborn Restoration Momentum Builds -

For the first time in 18 years, the 19th-century chandelier in the Clayborn Temple sanctuary was in working order, shedding light Tuesday, Oct. 25, on several hundred people gathered along with leaders of eight different denominations and faiths.

48. Hutchinson Says He's Looking at Alternate Medical Pot Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday he's looking at an effort to legalize a limited form of marijuana for patients if two medical pot proposals fail in next month's election, but has questions about how the alternate proposal would comply with federal law.

49. TD Ameritrade to Buy Scottrade in $4B Cash-and-Stock Deal -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would significantly expand its branch network at a time when many financial firms are expanding automated adviser programs.

50. State Approves Green Dot Charter for Shelby County -

The Tennessee Board of Education has approved a Memphis charter school application rejected by the Shelby County Schools board.

And the decision on the appeal sets the stage for the state to directly oversee a charter school outside the Achievement School District for the first time.

51. October 21-27, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2010: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton marks one year in office with the city filing more than 130 lawsuits in Shelby County Environmental Court against owners of blighted properties. “I’m a lawyer and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m just saying, ‘Hey, I gotta sue somebody,” he says. Wharton says he feels “right at home” in the mayor’s office. “You never see me arguing with council members,” he adds. “Wonder why that is?” The remark is the closest Wharton comes to comparing his governing style to former Mayor Willie Herenton, whose July 2009 resignation set the stage for the October 2009 special election that Wharton won while serving as Shelby County mayor. The contrast in governing styles is one factor in Wharton’s move to City Hall. But Wharton’s relationship with the council is already becoming more complex as he marks one year as mayor.

52. Last Word: Stop & Frisk, Council Day and The Big 12 Holds What It's Got -

We had quite the conversation with the two leaders of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission about “stop and frisk” and what will be in the upcoming draft of a new Operation: Safe Community plan for Memphis.

53. City Council Vote to Focus On Highland Strip Project -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 18, on an economic impact plan for the Highland Strip area that sets the stage for the tax increment financing district to finance infrastructure changes in the private development hot spot.

54. Tenn. Board of Education Approves Green Dot Charter -

The Tennessee Board of Education has approved a Memphis charter school application rejected by the Shelby County Schools board.

And the decision on the appeal sets the stage for the state to directly oversee a charter school outside the Achievement School District for the first time.

55. Elvis Auction Going Live At Guest House -

The latest auction of Elvis Presley-related memorabilia hosted by Graceland went online Tuesday, Oct. 11. And it will move to a live auction setting as one of the first events in the 464-seat theater at the Guest House at Graceland hotel-resort during its opening weekend.

56. Campaign for School Equity Founder Up for Award -

Campaign for School Equity, a local nonprofit education advocacy organization, has been selected as a finalist for Forbes’ Under 30 Summit Change the World Competition. The competition was open to social entrepreneurs from around the country who are younger than 30 and are leading initiatives to improve education outcomes across.

57. Green Dot Charter Appeal Approved by State -

The Tennessee Board of Education approved Friday, Oct. 14, a Memphis charter school application rejected by the Shelby County Schools board.

And the decision on the appeal sets the stage for the state to directly oversee a charter school outside the Achievement School District for the first time.

58. Campaign for School Equity Founder Up for Forbes Award -

Campaign for School Equity, a local nonprofit education advocacy organization, has been selected as a finalist for Forbes’ Under 30 Summit Change the World Competition. The competition was open to social entrepreneurs from around the country who are younger than 30 and are leading initiatives to improve education outcomes across.

59. Elvis Auction Going Live At Guest House -

The latest auction of Elvis Presley-related memorabilia hosted by Graceland went online Tuesday, Oct. 11. And it will move to a live auction setting as one of the first events in the 464-seat theater at the Guest House at Graceland hotel-resort during its opening weekend.

60. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Leah Anne Morse of Cartridge World, Collierville, will present “Latest Technology and Tips for Cost-Effective Printing in a 3-D World.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

61. Events -

American Home Shield, a ServiceMaster company, will host a job fair Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its Memphis contact center, 6399 Shelby View Drive, suite 104. The company is looking to fill 50 sales positions. Dress is business professional, and candidates should bring a resume. Sales experience preferred. Visit careers.ahs.com for more information.

62. The Week Ahead: October 10-16 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get ready for an eclectic mix of fairs, food and festivals to keep you entertained this week. Check out details on those and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

63. Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant -

They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.

In the earliest plans for the city of Memphis, they were part of the Promenade – a section of public land that includes the city’s first public library, the river view behind what is now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park below it on the other side of Riverside Drive.

64. Green Renaissance -

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

65. Considering the Financial Impact of Life’s Milestones -

We work with many members – from millennials to baby boomers – who are looking for advice on how to plan for life’s next big milestone. Whether you’re planning to get married, start a family or looking ahead to retirement, making a long-range plan and understanding how these life changes will impact your finances is an important step.

66. Last Word: Pot Passes, Stein's Stop in Crosstown and The Problem With Parking -

The city pot ordinance – the one that allows cops the option to write a ticket with a $50 fine for a half ounce or less of marijuana – is on the books.

The Tuesday vote by the Memphis City Council on third and final reading was 7-6 in favor – close, in other words -- without a vote to spare.

67. Last Word: The Grizz Are Back, Bass Pro Shops Buys Cabela's and Stein at Amurica -

Some of you will remember the late George Lapides, whom I worked with for a time at WREC, had a policy about pre-season baseball games or what he called the “Grapefruit League.” It was that they didn’t exist. He wouldn’t acknowledge the games much less the scores.

68. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Memphis journalist Daniel Connolly for a discussion and signing of “The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America” Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

69. Fumbles, Interceptions Defining QB Marcus Mariota’s Season -

For the first time in Marcus Mariota’s brief tenure as the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback, there were questions about how quickly he is progressing.

Just one week after being a hero in rallying the Titans to their only win with a comeback at Detroit, Mariota stumbled last Sunday against Oakland with three turnovers, tossing two interceptions and losing a fumble.

70. Events -

Talbots Saddle Creek will hold a shopping event to benefit Junior League of Memphis on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the store, 2055 West St. Ten percent of pre-tax sales will be donated to JLM. RSVP to Talbots at 901-753-5925. 

71. Belz Preparing Peabody Place for ServiceMaster HQ -

150 Peabody Place

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $9.5 million

Project Cost: $27 million overall

72. Grizzlies Launching Grind City Media -

The Memphis Grizzlies are launching their own in-house media brand at grizzlies.com and have hired a long-time NBA writer from ESPN to head up the effort.

73. Stax Academy to Perform At Smithsonian Event -

Young musicians with Memphis’ Stax Music Academy are scheduled to perform at the grand opening festival for the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

74. 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…

75. Crosstown Pulls Permit For Performing Arts Center -

Crosstown Concourse contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. has applied for an $8.4 million building permit to begin construction on a new theater and performing arts building as part of the concourse campus.

76. Events -

Memphis Reads and its partners will host “Salvage the Bones” author Jesmyn Ward for events Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29. On Wednesday, Ward will give the Memphis Reads public lecture and sign books at 7 p.m. in the Christian Brothers University theater, 650 East Parkway S. On Thursday, she will participate in an open Q&A  at 6 p.m. in Rhodes College’s McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway. Visit facebook.com/MemphisReads for details.

77. Open and Shut -

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

78. Will We One Day Look at Lions Win as Turning Point? -

Was Sunday’s stunning victory in Detroit the start of a turning point for the Tennessee Titans?

For a team that has just six wins since 2013, erasing a 12-point deficit on the road was certainly a sign of hope for a franchise that has experienced virtually nothing but despair for several years now.

79. Music, Rec Facilities in the Works at U of M -

The Tennessee Board of Regents is helping pave the way for the University of Memphis to build a $44 million on-campus music center instead of an already approved biochemistry and biology building.

The TBR has granted the U of M’s request to substitute the music center building project for an earlier request to build a $36 million biochemistry and biology building. Coming in at 40,000 square feet, the music center would be located along Central Avenue, near the school’s Holiday Inn. The request was granted at the Tennessee Board of Regents’ quarterly meeting in Chattanooga Sept. 15-16.

80. Crosstown Pulls Permit For Performing Arts Center -

Crosstown Concourse contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. has applied for an $8.4 million building permit to begin construction on a new theater and performing arts building as part of the concourse campus.

81. Events -

160th annual Mid-South Fair & Rodeo will be held Friday, Sept. 23, through Oct. 2 at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. Enjoy midway rides and games, fair food, demonstrations, concerts on two stages, and special fair days with discounted admission and other deals. Visit midsouthfair.com for ticket packets and event schedule.

82. Crosstown Pulls Building Permit for Performing Arts Center -

Crosstown Concourse contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. has applied for an $8.4 million building permit to begin construction on a new theater and performing arts building as part of the concourse campus.

83. Pot Decriminalization Nears Final Vote -

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

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

84. Last Word: Pot Action In Memphis and Nashville, Izakaya and Wake Up Man -

A big night in Nashville and Memphis for the issue of marijuana decriminalization. An ordinance to allow cops to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than half an ounce of pot won final approval by the Metro Nashville Council hours after the Memphis City Council approved second of three readings of a similar ordinance. The Memphis action sets the stage for a final vote at City Hall on this come October 4.

85. Council Sets Stage for Final Pot Ordinance Vote -

With no debate, Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 20, the second of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police officers to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

86. Stax Academy to Perform At Smithsonian Museum Event -

Young musicians with Memphis’ Stax Music Academy are scheduled to perform at the grand opening festival for the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

87. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Juanita Hamilton of the city of Memphis will discuss the city’s down payment assistance programs. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

88. Events -

Remington College will hold the 3 Lives blood drive for Lifeblood on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at its Memphis campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The drive is part of a national effort to recruit minority blood donors and help supply local hospitals. Visit 3lives.com.

89. GTx Reports Advance In Enobosarm Clinical Trial -

Memphis-based GTx Inc. has announced the achievement of the Stage 1 milestone for the 9 mg cohort of its Phase 2 clinical trial of enobosarm to treat breast cancer. It is being tested to treat women with advanced, estrogen receptor positive, androgen receptor positive breast cancer.

90. St. Jude Unveils Renovated Patient Care Floors -

Three floors are opening this month in the Kay Research and Care Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, each comprising 17 patient and parent rooms.

The three inpatient floors in the Kay Center – named for St. Jude supporter Kay Jewelers, which made a $50 million commitment to the hospital last year – each have a unique theme: nature, the ocean and outer space. A 90-foot “journey wall” on each floor also reflects the theme and offers interactive areas for patients.

91. The Week Ahead: September 19-25 -

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

92. September 16-22: This week in Memphis history -

1976: Solomon Alfred, described in The Daily News “Dining Out” column as a “restaurant, club and pinball emporium” has been open since May on the northeast corner of Madison and Cooper in Overton Square. It is owned by The Grove Inc., a Little Rock-based corporation.

93. Basketball Aside, Fizdale Belongs in Memphis -

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

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

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

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

95. Allergan Paying $639 Million for Vitae Pharmaceuticals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Allergan will buy Vitae Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $639 million, adding potential dermatology products to its development pipeline.

96. Back in Business -

There are a lot of common words and phrases in which back is an integral part. And many of them have significant application in the autumn of the year.

Welcome back is a common greeting from schools, churches, and other facilities. Interestingly, though, this phrase doesn’t really have dictionary support as a stand-alone. I would define it in two ways, if I were a lexicographer:

97. St. Jude Unveils Renovated Patient Care Floors -

Three floors are opening this month in the Kay Research and Care Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, each comprising 17 patient and parent rooms.

The three inpatient floors in the Kay Center – named for St. Jude supporter Kay Jewelers, which made a $50 million commitment to the hospital last year – each have a unique theme: nature, the ocean and outer space. A 90-foot “journey wall” on each floor also reflects the theme and offers interactive areas for patients.

98. Crosstown Concourse Lands 450-Seat Performing Arts Theater -

A 450-seat theater on the Crosstown Concourse campus will attract national acts and boost the local arts scene.

“It’s a really important priority for Crosstown Arts that everything we do is additive and not directly competitive, and our hope is the same for this theater,” said Todd Richardson, co-director of Crosstown Arts.

99. Events -

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

100. GTx Reports Advance in Enobosarm Clinical Trial -

Memphis-based GTx Inc. announced Thursday the achievement of the Stage 1 milestone for the 9 mg cohort of its Phase 2 clinical trial of enobosarm to treat breast cancer. It is being tested to treat women with advanced, estrogen receptor positive, androgen receptor positive breast cancer.