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1. Gasol Just Did What We Really Wanted -- Played -

We want our pro athletes tough and, if possible, indestructible.

Makes us feel like they’re actually entitled to their millions.

It works out well for everyone. Player wins. Team wins. Fans win.

2. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension Design -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

3. Wal-Mart Expanding Chef Jenn Food Offerings -

Memphis resident Jennifer McCullough, aka Chef Jenn, is continuing to expand her branded gourmet food choices in Wal-Mart stores.

4. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill positions for all shifts at various accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants must bring two forms of ID and be able to pass drug screening and background checks. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385, ext. 400.

5. For the Love Of Work -

I must confess: Valentine’s Day is very possibly my favorite holiday. Despite being overly commercialized, it’s what you make it, and that’s what I like. There are few expectations from family and friends. You can choose to ignore it, go all out, or find a comfortable space in between. And the best part is it’s about love and gratitude.

6. Early Voting Opens in Tennessee Presidential Primaries -

Tennesseans can begin casting their ballots in the presidential primaries on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the day after the votes were counted in New Hampshire on the political road to the summer conventions.

7. Roland Passes on 8th Congressional District Run, Sticks With Mayor in 2018 -

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland will not be running in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District in August.

8. MATA Holds Public Hearings On Route Changes -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority begins a series of public meetings Tuesday, Feb. 9, on a set of proposed route changes that would take effect May 1 if approved by the MATA board.

The fixed route changes include adding trips after 5 p.m. to Route 4 to the Castalia area; restoring the 4:06 p.m. westbound trip on Route 34; and increasing midday buses on the Route 50 Poplar Avenue service.

9. Hattiloo Theatre to Expand With Development Center -

Hattiloo Theatre is expanding with a $750,000 addition 18 months after the black repertory theater company opened in Overton Square.

Hattiloo founder Ekundayo Bandele said Monday, Feb. 8, that the theater currently is designing and will break ground in March on the Hattiloo Theatre Development Center – a 3,200-square-foot two-story building. It will be built on what is now the northwest grassy slope of the parcel next to the theater.

10. Feds Find Fiat Chrysler Gear Shifters Can Confuse Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) — Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined.

11. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present 2014 Tony Award winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” Tuesday, Feb. 9, through Feb. 14 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

12. Many See Cause for Optimism Despite Slower US Job Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.

13. Artspace Pushes Back Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts are in the final stretch of fundraising with $80,000 left to close the gap on the $12.9 million project.

At a town hall meeting held earlier this month, the Artspace developers presented adjusted timelines for the affordable housing development. If Artspace meets its goal, construction could start in early May with move-in by May 2017. Previous timelines put groundbreaking at early February.

14. Midtown Neighborhood Starts 2016 Off With a Bang -

Touted as Midtown’s first working-class neighborhood, established in 1890, the Mount Arlington subdivision in the Cooper-Young district contains 856 properties with an average year built of 1927.

15. The Week Ahead: Feb. 8, 2016 -

Guys, there’s an important holiday coming up that forgetting about would mean immense trouble for you. Luckily, City & State is coming to the rescue. Head over to the Broad Avenue retailer on Friday, two days before Valentine’s Day, for “BYOB” (Bring your own Bailey’s).
Bring something like Bailey’s, Irish cream, whisky, whatever, and City & State will add it to any item you order over on the coffee side of the shop. Meanwhile, the shop has also invited the makers behind Paper & Clay and Question the Answer to be on hand with their wares to take some of the pressure off trying to decide what to buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day.

16. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

17. Memphis Open Announces Three Teen Wild Cards -

Three young tennis pros will take the court at the 2016 Memphis Open as wild card players, the tournament has announced.

Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe are all 18 years old, making this year’s tournament – scheduled for Feb. 8-16 – the first time in history wild cards have been awarded solely to teenagers.

18. Events -

University of Memphis Hooks Institute will host “Stokely: A Life” author Peniel E. Joseph for a lecture, lunch and book signing Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. in the University Center River Room, 499 University St. Joseph’s biography of Stokely Carmichael won the 2014 Benjamin L. Hooks Institute National Book Award. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details.

19. Helping Hand -

Cindy MacAulay started collecting a flurry of news articles last year about restaurants opening in Memphis, new businesses setting up shop here and on ways the city is improving and growing.

It was research about the city she’s in the process of making her new home.

20. New Brass -

Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.

21. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

22. Memphis Open Announces Three Teen Wild Cards -

Three young tennis pros will take the court at the 2016 Memphis Open as wild card players, the tournament has announced.

Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe are all 18 years old, making this year’s tournament – scheduled for Feb. 8-16 – the first time in history wild cards have been awarded solely to teenagers.

23. Financial Steps for Executors -

Ray’s Take The death of a spouse is high on the list of the most stressful events in life. But, as bad as the emotional trauma can be, the financial fallout can be equally traumatic – and can last much longer. Most spouses name each other as their executor, which makes sense. But the job is not an easy one, and few are fully prepared for the responsibility.

24. Mike Norvell Era Starts with Optimism And a Raise-the-Bar Recruiting Class -

In a few minutes, first-year coach Mike Norvell would be standing behind a lectern providing assembled media a summary of his first recruiting class at the University of Memphis.

“Not a good class,” he would say, “a great class, a home-run-hitting class.”

25. Councilman Boyd Calls For PILOT Moratorium -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd is calling for a three-month moratorium on any new tax breaks through the Economic Development Growth Engine to come up with a local business participation program.

26. Survey: Growth at US Services Companies Slowed in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey says U.S. services companies grew in January at the slowest rate in nearly two years, as global economic challenges are showing some signs of spreading to consumers.

27. Harwell: Durham Scandal Won't Affect Gubernatorial Decision -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that the scandal surrounding a Republican lawmaker who has gone on hiatus amid sexual harassment allegations shouldn't damage her prospects as a serious gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee.

28. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

29. Packed Overton Park Traffic Town Hall Seeks View Beyond Greensward -

Architect and urban planner Steve Auterman stood before a standing-room-only crowd at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 2, and made the case for a broader vision of Overton Park.

To Auterman, of Looney Ricks Kiss, it’s a still-developing plan that’s larger than the volatile issue of the Memphis Zoo’s overflow parking on the greensward.

30. Exxon's 4Q and Annual Profit Plunge With Oil Prices -

DALLAS (AP) — The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil.

Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 58 percent to $2.78 billion. It was the oil giant's smallest profit since the third quarter of 2002.

31. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Mike Fleming, president of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum, will speak. Lunch fee is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

32. New Mental Health Court Aims for Intervention -

At any given time, around 525 of the people jailed at 201 Poplar have a persistent mental illness. That’s means 25 percent of the jail’s capacity, and exponential care and liability, are directed to people who commit crimes as a byproduct of illness.

33. Council Probes Police Body Camera Delay -

Memphis City Council members talk Tuesday, Feb. 2, about when police body cameras might be ready for action.

And there will probably be questions at the 11 a.m. executive session about whether a limited test use of the cameras recorded any of last week’s fatal police shooting of Johnathan Bratcher in South Memphis.

34. Airlines Restore Tiny Perks, Like Pretzels, to Pacify Fliers -

NEW YORK (AP) — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach.

Don't expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies and — on a few select routes — the return of free meals.

35. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

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

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

37. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

38. The Week Ahead: Feb. 1, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? The good news is you officially made it through January. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week, from a frigid swim to a FedExForum double-header…

39. Events -

Greater Memphis IT Council will host a Tech Tuesday event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. Mark Stephens of First Horizon Corp. will present “Dashboards & Data Analytics.” Register at memphisitcouncil.com.

40. Bratcher Shooting First Test of Local Pact With TBI -

The first fatal police shooting since local law enforcement and prosecutors adopted a policy of sending such cases to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is being watched closely.

And a quick initial account by the TBI is a change from the agency’s normal posture of not making any comments and abiding strictly by a state law that seals all of its records from the public unless by court order or subpoena.

41. Memphis QB Great Fletcher Passes Away at Age 72 -

Billy Fletcher, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the history of University of Memphis football, died on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Baptist-Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville at the age of 72.

42. Applications Open for Start Co. Accelerator Slots -

The window is open now for entrepreneurs to apply for $25,000 in investment capital and a spot in one of the Start Co. organization’s three startup accelerators.

43. Events -

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

44. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

45. Tech Developments Advance Efficiency in Logistics Industry -

Memphis is known as a center for the logistics industry, and technology advances keep things on the move.

Attention for technology trends in distribution often center on the use of drones, but there are other ways companies look for efficiencies in business. The Memphis EPIcenter created a Logistics Innovation Accelerator in 2015 to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses that enhance the distribution industry.

46. MATA ‘Thinking Outside the Bus’ to Overcome Funding Shortfall -

To accommodate for a chronic budget shortfall, the Memphis Area Transit Authority said that it has to start “thinking outside the bus.”

In January, Memphis was announced as one of the pilot partners of a new app that coordinates public transit with private Uber cars.

47. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

48. Olympus to Invest $12M in New Bartlett Distribution Center -

A Tokyo-based maker of medical and surgical products plans to invest $12 million in a service and distribution center in Bartlett.

Olympus Corp. is building an East Coast national service and distribution center in Bartlett Corporate Park, a facility that will serve as a distribution point for Olympus medical equipment and devices like endoscopes, surgical devices and generators.

49. Memphis Grizzlies Off The Grid As Record Rises -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rolled out to that hot start last season and carried a 39-14 record into the All-Star break, they had created legitimate national buzz – perhaps for the first time ever during the course of an NBA regular season.

50. Highland Heights CDC Rehabs Five More Homes -

On his desk at Treadwell Middle School, Jared Myers keeps a colorful map marked by green, red and blue shapes.

51. Ford's 2015 Pretax Profit Jumps on Stronger sales -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Higher sales in most of the world helped Ford Motor Co. achieve a record pretax profit in 2015, but investors remain skittish that the good news won't keep coming.

52. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone -

I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:

53. Medical Startup Trades Texas for Germantown -

David Leon’s medical device startup is the latest addition to a rapidly expanding health care, biotech and life sciences landscape in the Memphis area.

54. Last Word: A Turn Away From Mud Island, Capitol Hill Soap & Collierville Keeps FedEx -

Sometimes you get another story when you are pursuing a different story.

In this case, the quest was a simple one. Get a good basic idea of what the five companies interested in redeveloping Mud Island River Park are telling the Riverfront Development Corp. of their still-forming plans.
While going through the submissions, we had a talk with RDC president Benny Lendermon about the process and the interview moved pretty effortlessly into the Pyramid’s relationship to Mud Island.
It’s a natural follow-up given the history of past efforts to link up the two landmarks on different sides of the city harbor and the decidedly mixed results of those attempts. I might have been charitable there in describing the results as mixed.
That context led to a discussion about how the Pyramid is faring eight months into Bass Pro Shops' long-term lease in the reconfigured Pyramid.
When Lendermon said, “This probably isn’t a politically correct thing to say,” the interview turned topics and we followed it.
The result is, I think, at least something to consider and probably pretty provocative.
Judge for yourself.

55. US Home Prices Rise in November; All-Time Highs in 4 Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a faster clip in November, the gains fueled by solid hiring growth, historically low mortgage rates and a shortage of houses on the market.

56. Memphis QB Great Fletcher Passes Away at Age 72 -

Billy Fletcher, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the history of University of Memphis football, died on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Baptist-Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville at the age of 72.

57. Dallas Medical Device Startup Moves to Germantown -

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

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

58. Verso Files For Bankruptcy Reorganization -

Verso Corp. filed Tuesday, Jan. 26, for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy reorganization.

David J. Paterson, the president and CEO of the North American producer of printing, specialty papers and pulp, described the decision to file for reorganization as “difficult.”

59. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

60. Applications Being Taken Now For Start Co. Accelerator Slots -

The window is open now for entrepreneurs to apply for $25,000 in investment capital and a spot in one of the Start Co. organization’s three startup accelerators.

61. U of M Notebook: ‘Bad Loss,’ Says Josh Pastner -

A two-game losing streak in a college basketball season isn’t that unusual. But for the University of Memphis, the current two-game skid has set off alarms.

The Tigers’ strength this season has been their defense. But at Cincinnati last Thursday the Bearcats shot 50 percent in beating Memphis 76-72. A dreadful East Carolina team scored its first American Athletic Conference victory on Sunday, Jan. 23, in an 84-83 win over Memphis at FedExForum and shot 61.5 percent in the first half. Guard B.J. Tyson hit 6 of 10 shots from long range and finished with 26 points.

62. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx -

The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.

The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.

63. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

64. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

65. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

66. Blight Authority of Memphis Convenes to Tackle Problem Properties -

“This is historic,” attorney Steve Barlow said at the inaugural meeting of the Blight Authority of Memphis, held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s office.

67. SCS Optional Applications Available Jan. 25 -

Parents enrolling their children in Shelby County Schools’ optional program for the 2016-2017 school year can begin picking up applications Monday, Jan. 25, at the school system’s Division of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics, 160 N. Hollywood St.

68. Last Word: Winter Pre-Game Show, The Zoo Goes To Court And Hotel Fever -

You wouldn’t call this the eye of the storm, would you? We’ll go with calling this the pre-game show for the winter storm that is supposed to show up in Memphis at around 7 a.m. Friday morning. Think Super Bowl pre-game.
There is so much that’s been said in advance of this that whatever happens, it might be hard to live up to the preparation.
Much of the rest of this is like an arms race of sorts.
Consider the equipment list from Memphis International Airport.
10 snow brooms, 12 plow trucks, four de-icing trucks each with 40,000 gallons of deicer, four 2-ton salt spreaders and four tractors to keep the runways clear.
The city of Memphis Public Works division has eight snow plows ready to roll on major thoroughfares if the snow gets within the three-inch mark. A set of 16 salt trucks were to load up at 11 p.m. Thursday evening to begin applying salt and sand when needed, with continual inspections of road conditions. And that includes some pre-treated priority areas.
And then there was this truly unusual announcement from Shelby County Schools: the optional school parent camp-out was suspended Thursday evening because of the weather.
This is the camp out the school system tries its best to discourage each and every year at this time. That includes bar-coded applications and repeatedly emphasizing that 99.9 percent of those with the bar-coded applications get their first choice of optional schools, making the camp-out unnecessary. The applications are handed out over several days and are then time-stamped when they are turned in for consideration.
Nevertheless, the tents go up each year and voices are raised in the debate about whether this is parents who care more or parents who are carried away.
This year, the school system, while emphasizing that it “does not authorize or direct” the camp-out, says the line will resume Sunday at 7 a.m.
The school system also adds: “The current process being managed by parents will be recognized due to potential health and safety risks related to forecasted inclement weather.”
But is there a line to get back in line? And when does that start?

69. Zoo Goes To Court Over Greensward -

The Memphis Zoo has gone to Chancery Court seeking undisputed legal control of the northern section of the Overton Park greensward.

Attorneys for the zoo filed the suit Thursday, Jan. 21, seeking a declaratory judgment in the dispute with the Overton Park Conservancy.

70. Some Funds Offer to Tame Market's Chaos, But at a Price -

NEW YORK (AP) — Freaked out by the stock market's big swings?

Then the investment industry has something it built just for you: funds that hope to offer a steadier ride. That sounds especially comforting after this year's jarring start for markets, in which drops of more than 1 percent have become typical. But be careful, the funds carry their own risks.

71. Southwestern Energy to Cut 1,100 Jobs Amid Oil Slump -

NEW YORK (AP) — Southwestern Energy said it will cut 1,100 jobs, or about 44 percent of its workforce, as the price of crude wallows at levels not seen in more than a decade.

The oil and natural gas company had about 2,500 employees before the announced layoffs, said a Southwestern Energy spokeswoman.

72. Events -

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and FedEx Institute of Technology will host biologistics “lightning talks” and the launch of the University Biologistics Research Cluster on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Nine high-level innovative biologistics research topics will be explained in fun and informative five-minute presentations. Visit memphis.edu/ifti for details.

73. Who’s In Charge? -

IT MIGHT BE RIGHT, BUT IT’S FLAT WRONG. A week or so ago, 27 trees disappeared from Overton Park’s greensward – a fancy word for yours and my yard since Overton Park belongs to us.

74. Strickland Walks Back Wharton’s Police Camera Promise -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland decided a week ago to scrap this month’s start date for the use of police body cameras, there were lots of questions, most of which were about the motives of his predecessor as mayor, A C Wharton, who had pledged body cameras would be recording police encounters across the city starting Sept. 1.

75. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

76. Events -

Sierra Club-Chickasaw Group will host a public input forum on Memphis-area transportation needs Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Input on topics such as better transit, bike lanes and improved sidewalks will go directly to city leaders. Visit facebook.com/chickasawgroup for details.

77. The Persecution of Jeremy Durham -

Inhumane and unfair: That’s the only way to describe the “liberal media’s” treatment of state Rep. Jeremy Durham over the last month.

78. Crosstown High School Plans Emerge -

As more details emerged this week of a new high school in the mammoth Crosstown Concourse redevelopment, there remained many other details to work out before the August 2017 planned opening.

Crosstown High School, which would use the University of Memphis’ Campus School as a model, has been talked about behind the scenes since Gestalt Community Services pulled out of Concourse last year. SCS board members got their first look at the plan Tuesday, Jan. 19.

79. Xedo Launches Memphis Distribution Center -

After setting up its U.S. headquarters and a 240,000-square-foot distribution facility in Memphis, as well as lining up a local tax incentive package in late 2014, a tuxedo company with an online rental platform has started taking its first orders.

80. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports -

Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.

81. Crosstown High School Draft Proposal Unveiled -

Tentative plans for a Crosstown High School surfaced Tuesday, Jan. 19, after months of behind-the-scenes discussions.

A 450-student high school at Crosstown Concourse would be a part of the Shelby County Schools system but would have its own nonprofit board similar to the University of Memphis campus school. And it would be a partnership with Christian Brothers University, with CBU president John Smarrelli heading the school’s board.

82. Optional Schools Applications Available Jan. 25 -

Parents enrolling their children in Shelby County Schools’ optional program for the 2016-2017 school year can begin picking up applications Monday, Jan. 25, at the school system’s Division of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics, 160 N. Hollywood St.

83. Money Matters -

There’s an issue that keeps popping up over and over again. I’ve got to be honest. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. And, I’ve heard it from so many people lately, I’m fired up about it.

84. Clean Memphis, Chamber Work to Spruce Up City -

Janet Boscarino’s career in business development had her traveling frequently. And while she always enjoyed coming home, one thing stood out that she hated: the amount of litter she saw across Memphis, especially compared to some of the cities she visited for business.

85. Grizzlies Notebook: Conley ‘In Rhythm’ In 1st Game Back -

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had a simple goal for his first game back: “I just wanted to not mess up anything, to keep everybody involved and still pick and choose my spots to be aggressive.”

86. Delta Posts $980 Million 4Q Profit on Lower Fuel Prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper jet fuel thanks to falling oil prices helped Delta Air Lines earn $980 million in the fourth quarter despite lower revenue than a year ago.

Delta shares rose almost 5 percent in midday trading Tuesday, recovering some of their January losses.

87. Faced With Array of Risks, CEOs Increasingly Pessimistic -

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Facing a cocktail of risks from the economic slowdown in China to the rise of the Islamic State group, chief executives around the world are more pessimistic about the global economy than at any time in three years — a development that has the potential to seriously affect their investment and growth plans.

88. Get Used to it: Big Drops for Stocks are Back Again -

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, this is scary. Stock prices plunged again Friday and are down 8 percent in just two weeks, an unprecedented slide for a start of a year.

The vicious drops feel even more unsettling because they're such a departure from the placid and strong returns that investors had been enjoying for years. Like vacationers returning from a warm beach to a slushy commute to work, the shock of change is making something already painful even more so.

89. Insider Q&A: Allianz Strategist Hooper on Market Turmoil -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year was the stock market's first down year since 2008, and this year has opened with a thud. The market is down 8 percent in the first two weeks of trading, the worst start to a year ever.

90. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

91. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. This year’s theme is “Speaking Truth to Power,” and activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

92. Wal-Mart to Shutter 269 Stores, 154 of Them in the US -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market.

The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the company's 11,000 stores worldwide and less than 1 percent of its global revenue.

93. Events -

SCORE Memphis will host a business essentials workshop titled “Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?” Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road. Cost is free; pre-registration required. Visit scorememphis.org.

94. Saban Is Tops, Busch Upgrades, Grizz 100-1 -

I really don’t like the debates about the greatest player or coach. But it was unavoidable this past week after Alabama won its fourth national championship under Nick Saban (his fifth, having also won as coach at LSU).

95. Outside the Box -

Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.

96. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

97. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

98. Peyton’s Post-Career Place? So Many Options -

At the age of 39 and after 18 seasons in the NFL, Peyton Manning is approaching a crossroads. What does the future hold for him? Here are the most likely possibilities:

Continue playing: Despite growing injury concerns (a torn plantar fascia in his left foot kept him out of six games this season), Manning might want to play at least one more season. He is on a team that has a strong defense so he no longer has to put up huge offensive numbers in order to win, unlike the situation during most of his pro career.

99. Daush Eyes Next Career Chapter -

On one hand, a long journey in the education profession will come to an end this spring for Barbara Daush.

Daush is president of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, a role she has served since 1994. She’ll retire at the end of this school year but it’s a short retirement; Daush begins work in fundraising at the University of Mississippi July 5.

100. Sea Isle Signs -

By the numbers, Sea Isle Elementary has 36 students out of 517 who are hearing-impaired or deaf. Some are as young as 3 years old. Some are fifth-graders who in August will leave the East Memphis campus and their status as “Islanders” for the new frontier of middle school.