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1. Last Word: MAA and TraVure, JT Votes Early and Minority Biz Momentum -

Big news overnight for one of several corporate headquarters moves we’ve been watching in the last year. Mid-America Apartments LP is poised to become the anchor of the TraVure mixed-use development on the western side of Germantown.

2. The Week Ahead: October 24-30 -

The real fall may finally have arrived in Memphis, but we’ll see. What we do know will arrive this week is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first real game of the 2016-2017 season at FedExForum. And the first public look inside a very historic Memphis church near FedExForum the day before that season opener. The Wolf River also is in the news this week and toward week’s end, Halloween will be lurking around the corner.     

3. With New Hire, Broad Avenue Arts Alliance Hits Milestone -

Broad Avenue has in recent years gone from a stretch of empty storefronts broken up by isolated businesses to a vibrant commercial district complete with abundant foot traffic and visitors making frequent trips to coffee shops, restaurants and galleries.

4. Resetting the Bar -

David Fizdale is a first-time NBA head coach. Tubby Smith is a college coach with a Hall-of-Fame resume.

In Memphis, on the eve of the 2016-2017 NBA and college basketball seasons, they also share this in common: They are leaders that are worlds apart from their most immediate predecessors. Their mere presence, before the season even tips off, has changed the hopes, dreams and expectations for the city’s hoops fans.

5. Last Word: Big River Weekend, Buying Local and The Rehabilitation of Lane Kiffin -

The city’s riverfront will be a very busy place Saturday with several events – the one getting the most attention is the opening of the Big River Crossing – the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River on the north side of the Harahan Bridge.

6. As Big 12 Stands Pat, AAC Looks To Grow Brand -

It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the Big 12 – or the Confused 10, if you prefer – started down the road of exploring expansion.

It turned out to be a road to nowhere – a twisting, turning road with many stops to ask for directions – and finally the league announced on Monday, Oct. 17, that it would, in fact, not expand.

7. Vols Get Midterm B Despite Back-to-Back Losses -

Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.

8. Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.

9. Deadly Cat Poop Causes Rift Among Animal Defenders -

HONOLULU (AP) — Two wildlife issues have collided in Hawaii, pitting one group of animal defenders against another in an impassioned debate. The point of contention? Deadly cat poop and the feral felines that produce it.

10. Five-Year Crime Plan Avoids 'Stop & Frisk' Reference -

Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president and CEO Bill Gibbons won’t even say “stop and frisk.”

11. US Removes Limits on Bringing in Cuban Rum, Cigars -

The Obama administration announced Friday that it is eliminating a $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that American travelers can bring back from the island.

The administration is also lifting limits on cargo ship travel between the U.S. and Cuba and eas-ing U.S. and Cuban researchers' ability to conduct joint medical research. The measures are con-tained in a new round of regulatory changes meant to ease U.S. trade with Cuba.

12. 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.

13. The Week Ahead: October 17-23 -

This will be a historic week for Memphis, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 22, when a boardwalk across the Harahan Bridge opens to the public that will give Memphians and visitors alike an intimate experience with the Mighty Mississippi. The Big River Crossing also will link Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas, and provide bicycle enthusiasts miles of trails along the river levee that will be unique in the world. There’s only one Mississippi River, the world’s second-largest inland waterway, and there’s only one Memphis! This crossing will be an unmatched amenity for the city for years to come.   

14. Editorial: Big River Crossing Will Revitalize Both Sides -

When Big River Crossing, the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge, has its grand opening Oct. 22, it will be a busy day.

The RiverArts Festival will be underway in South Main. St. Jude will be holding a bicycling event on the riverfront. And that evening, local officialdom will gather again to throw the switch on the LED lighting that will illuminate the Harahan, in addition to the regular lighting at a lower level on the boardwalk.

15. Cervantes Helps Latino Memphians Stay Connected -

Fabiola Cervantes is proud of her Mexican heritage. At the same time, the public relations and digital content manager at Latino Memphis loves calling the Bluff City home. Her dual heritage makes her a perfect fit to connect and empower Memphis’s 81,000 Latino residents.

16. Last Word: Mud Island Round 3, Newsmakers Notes and North Midtown -

Cue the organ. You know, the one from those old soap operas or radio dramas. And prepare for the latest episode of Island of Mud. When last we looked in on Mud Island River Park, the city had two finalists to redevelop all or a part of the southern half of the island that is really a peninsula.

17. State Rep. Feels Heat From Staffer’s Firing -

Like sands through the hour glass, these are the days of our Legislature’s lives.

When General Assembly candidates run for office, they talk of high ideals such as reforming education, creating jobs, saving tax dollars and stifling sexual offenders, even restricting abortion, adopting a state rifle or making the Holy Bible Tennessee’s state book.

18. Reward Offered in Fire at Baptist Church in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a Baptist church fire in Memphis.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, together with the Memphis Fire Department and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office, announced the reward Friday.

19. Last Word: In Defense of The Cossitt, Joe Royer and 3 Months Since The Bridge -

Citizens of Memphis, I rise in defense of the city’s first public library. Not in its original much-loved state but in defense of its much-ridiculed modernization.

No, I will not follow that with a defense of John Calipari or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s location in Cleveland instead of Memphis or the late Mo’ Money Taxes and the company’s commercials. But I reserve the right to, at some future date, defend the big silver sculpture thing on the northeast corner of Front and Poplar at the Cannon Center.

20. 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…

21. FDIC Report Presents Latest Local Deposit Snapshot -

For Metropolitan Bank Memphis market CEO Philip May, it’s not a difficult question to answer.

His bank has moved up one place in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s just-released annual report that ranks every bank in the market by their share of customer deposits.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Ways to Offset or Alleviate Property Tax Burden -

Owning and managing real property is a vital component of day-to-day operations for companies and organizations of all sizes, as well as many individuals. Whether you operate a small business, corporation or nonprofit, the tax obligation associated with the business’s property can either be an expected fiscal requirement or financial nightmare. Knowing applicable deductions for your business is key to avoiding the latter. For instance, here are three ways that owners of real property in Tennessee can offset or eliminate city and county tax burdens:

25. For the First Time This Season, Vols Set to Play as Underdog -

You almost can feel Tennessee is a football team of destiny as the most difficult games of the schedule loom Saturday at Texas A&M and Oct. 15 against Alabama at Neyland Stadium.

There aren’t many successful Hail Mary passes, but the Vols got one last Saturday and beat Georgia 34-31 in Athens. Tennessee trailed Georgia 17-0 in the first half.

26. Last Word: Z Bo and the Second Unit, Gannettized and the Electoral College -

Zach Randolph will not be starting for the Grizz this season as the post-Grit & Grind era enters the “Second Unit” chapter.

It will be interesting to see fan reaction Thursday at the Forum when the Grizz play Atlanta in another pre-season game. Randolph did not start Monday night’s pre-season opener against Orlando either.

27. Spivey: Harwell Shots Not About Durham -

Fallout from Jeremy Durham’s House expulsion keeps piling up. In the latest brouhaha, outgoing Rep. Billy Spivey is calling for an investigation into a report of alleged abuse by House Chief Clerk Joe McCord involving a female staff member working in the office of House Speaker Beth Harwell.

28. University of Memphis Art Museum ‘May Surprise You’ With New Exhibit -

In 1990, the Art Museum of the University of Memphis didn’t even carry that name – it was a contemporary gallery and the new director, Leslie Luebbers, inherited collections that could gently be described as scattered.

29. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

30. Civil Rights Milestones Among Tennessee Items Facing Cuts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Major milestones in the civil rights movements for minorities and women are among a slew of Tennessee historical events, names and places that would no longer be required learning under a proposed overhaul of the social studies curriculum.

31. Logistical Nightmare -

Lamar Avenue is a $300 million problem. Rush hour on Lamar turns into several hours, and for the hundreds of distribution centers located near the corridor, just-in-time delivery is nearly impossible in the face of miles of congested traffic.

32. Prominent Voucher Advocate Takes Harwell, Dean on Trip -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A prominent school voucher advocate in Tennessee paid for a private plane to take public officials including potential Republican and Democratic candidates for governor to North Carolina on a private school tour.

33. Calming Halftime Helps Save a Season -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones went from goat to hero in a matter of hours last Saturday.

The Vols trailed Florida 21-0 in the first half – and 21-3 at halftime – and appeared headed to their 12th consecutive loss to the Gators.

34. Legal Views Differ On Stewart Case Publicity -

When the Shelby County grand jury decided last November not to indict Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling in the fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart, it set in motion a set of decisions by authorities to talk publicly about the case.

35. Last Word: The Law & Darrius Stewart, MEMShop's Return and The Pot Debate -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Law School for Journalists is where reporters and attorneys and a few judges meet annually to talk over the issues they have with each other. And it is usually about a specific topic. This year that topic was the July 2015 police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

36. Islam Might Be Removed From 7th Grade Social Studies Classes -

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – School officials have dropped most of the Tennessee middle school social studies standards involving Islam as part of newly proposed standards.

The Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/2dl9y8K) reports that an entire section on Islam currently taught to seventh-graders has been removed from the state Board of Education's draft , which went online for public review Sept. 15. Most of the sections involving Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions have remained in the draft in some form.

37. Last Word: The Debate, Arnold Palmer and an Analysts' Poll on First Horizon -

Monday evening is the first of the Trump-Clinton Presidential debates and it will probably be watched very closely for a number of reasons – not the least of which is vigorous fact-checking of both candidates and the unique nature of this campaign between the two major contenders who are by several standards the most unpopular Presidential candidates to run against each other in our lifetimes.

38. MUS to Memorialize Coach With Plaza Naming, Statue -

Memphis University School will dedicate the plaza area of its football stadium as Jacob Courtnay Rudolph Plaza next Friday, Sept. 30, and unveil a bronze statue of the school’s former football coach.

39. Ellis Haguewood Enjoying His Final Year as MUS Headmaster -

For Ellis Haguewood, headmaster at Memphis University School (MUS) for the past 22 years, the relationships he has forged with students and colleagues during his 48 years at the school are the things he holds most dear. Haguewood will retire at the end of the school year, marking the end of an era in which MUS has prospered both inside and out of the classroom.

40. Last Word: Talking Terms on Beale, Bolton High's Past and DeAngelo Williams -

There will be a funeral in south Memphis Friday at Metropolitan Baptist Church for seven of the 10 people – three adults and seven children -- who died not quite two weeks ago in a house fire on Severson Street. The remaining three funerals follow into the weekend.

41. MUS to Honor Former Coach With Plaza Naming, Statue -

Memphis University School will dedicate the plaza area of its football stadium as Jacob Courtnay Rudolph Plaza next Friday, Sept. 30, and unveil a bronze statue of the school’s former football coach.

42. DeAngelo Made in Memphis, Outlasting Them All in NFL -

He has belonged to the NFL for a long time now, if you want to think of DeAngelo Williams that way, and truth is you’re probably divided on that. For he’ll always belong to the University of Memphis first, on that much we can agree.

43. Nashville Mosque Sues State Over Tax Exemption Denial -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Islamic Center of Nashville is suing the state in federal court after it says it was denied a tax exemption.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, argues the center's religious tax exemption for its Nashville International Academy school was denied because of a banking deal that allowed the center to follow its religious beliefs, reported the Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2cMRJzU). The center was billed more than $87,000 in past-due taxes as a result.

44. Efforts Expanding Locally to Combat Opioid Addiction -

The battle against opioid and other prescription pill addictions is gaining traction in parts of Tennessee thanks to efforts from groups like the Memphis Area Prevention Coalition and expanding programs like Count It! Lock It! Drop It!, which recently received a $1.3 million grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.

45. Last Word: Pot's Second, Marina Cove to Eden Square and Deadspin on the NCRM -

With the work week underway, the gas price spike is official and regional.

46. Hospitable Market -

The Memphis area hotel market continues on its solid run of the past few years, led by the Downtown submarket with strong occupancy and room rates. The pipeline for new Downtown hotel projects is loaded, with as many as 15 projects in various stages of development and hotel construction picking up in other parts of the county.

47. Panel Endorses Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Fee Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have endorsed an agency's plan to collect a 3 percent fee on plans offered through the state's health insurance exchange.

The Arkansas Health Insurance Market Place Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday backed the marketplace board's plan to begin collecting the fee in December. The 3 percent fee would replace a 3.5 percent fee that has been collected by the federal government since enrollment in the exchanges began two years ago.

48. High-Scoring Ohio Good Warmup for Florida Game -

Tennessee football returns to normalcy this week, if you call a noon EDT kickoff normal.

The Vols survived a Thursday night scare in the season opener against Appalachian State in Neyland Stadium. Then they roared from behind last Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway and beat Virginia Tech 45-24 in the Pilot Flying J. Battle at Bristol before a college football record crowd of 156,990.

49. 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.

50. Public Awareness, Early Detection Most Important in Treating Sepsis -

Annually it’s the third-leading killer worldwide behind only behind cancer and heart attacks.

More than 1.6 million Americans suffer from it each year and 258,000 of them die.

Hospitals spend more than $30 billion annually to treat it.

51. Last Word: After The Fire, Hard Changes at Fred's and Durham Doesn't Go Quietly -

The immediate questions have simple answers. It was a short in an air conditioner cord that caused the fire that killed 9 people – three adults and six children – before dawn Monday morning in South Memphis.

52. Memphis Running Game Must Improve, Ole Miss Seeks 3rd Win Over Bama -

On the plus side, the University of Memphis was not upset and the 35-17 victory over Southeast Missouri State was never in doubt. There was never that moment when one feared this would become what happened to Mississippi State (losing to South Alabama the opening weekend) or almost happened to Tennessee (pushed to overtime by Appalachian State).

53. 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.

54. New Data Tracking System Will Save Memphis Educators Hours Every Week, Officials Say -

The system for sharing student data with educators in Tennessee’s largest school district has been laborsome and time-intensive at best, but that’s about to change.

Shelby County Schools has begun trainings with team leaders from each school as part of this year’s rollout of a new database system called Ed-Fi.

55. $11M Theater Planned for Crosstown Concourse -

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.

56. The Eyes Have It -

Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.

57. ‘Breathtaking’ Transformation in Bristol -

This isn’t just any football game. It’s the Battle at Bristol.

When Tennessee plays Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, about 150,000 fans are expected to be in attendance, making it the largest crowd ever to watch a football game.

58. Vols Can’t Afford Another Iffy Effort at the Speedway -

Imagine if Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd hadn’t recovered the fumble by UT quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the end zone for a touchdown in overtime last Thursday night.

59. Shelby County Jail Population Up With Longer Stays While Awaiting Trial -

The Shelby County Jail is getting crowded and it’s because prisoners awaiting trial are staying longer.

And they are staying longer, in part, because of recent state laws that make plea deals less likely.

60. Events -

The 27th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration will kick off with events Thursday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 10, leading up to the annual football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State Saturday at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Visit southernheritageclassic.com for a schedule.

61. As Long as You’re Here, Kick Durham Out -

State lawmakers hit the snooze button in July when prospects were high for a special session to oust Rep. Jeremy Durham over a career of carousing.

62. 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.

63. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling -

Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.

64. Events -

The 27th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration will kick off with events Thursday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 10, leading up to the annual football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State Saturday at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Visit southernheritageclassic.com for a schedule.

65. Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award -

Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.

66. Haslam To Call Special Legislative Session -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday, Sept. 2, he will seek a special session of the Tennessee Legislature before the end of the year to change a new state law that endangers $60 million in federal highway funding to the state.

67. Bowen Hopes New Basketball Practice Facility Will Attract More Recruits -

Approached at the first media luncheon before the start of the University of Memphis football season, athletic director Tom Bowen made a preemptive strike:

68. Indianapolis Charter Star Lands in Memphis as Teacher Town CEO -

The former leader of a high-achieving charter school network in Indianapolis is the new CEO of a philanthropically funded initiative in Memphis known as Teacher Town.

Marcus Robinson is the first full-time CEO of the city’s teacher development and recruitment initiative now in its third year. He joined Teacher Town during the summer following a national search conducted by Boston-based Bellwether Education Partners.

69. The Week Ahead: September 5-11 -

Happy Labor Day, Memphis! We hope you’re wrapping up this three-day weekend on a relaxing note – and, if you buy into arbitrary fashion etiquette, that you’re enjoying wearing your white clothing and seersucker suits one last time. There’s plenty going on this week, from Mid-South Book Fest to the Southern Heritage Classic, so let’s get right to it…

70. Events -

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, presented by the Center for Southern Folklore, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include live music on four outdoor stages and two stages inside the Center for Southern Folklore, 119 and 123 S. Main St.; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; and more. Admission is free. Visit southernfolklore.com.

71. Concerts, Pop-Up Events and Beer Gardens Are Feeding Business at The TapBox -

A traveling beer-mobile with a variety of taps on the side for easy pouring might sound like a dream straight from Homer Simpson’s head, but partners McCauley Williams, J.R. Kingsley and Justin Brooks of The TapBox have turned that dream into a reality, creating several multi-tap refrigerated devices that are popping up at more events across Memphis.

72. Red-Hot Jobs -

With unemployment low and falling and competition stiff and rising, accounting firm DHG Memphis is putting the full-court press on recruiting and hiring.

The full-service firm, which has been in Memphis for 60 years, is growing at a double-digit clip and has increased its staff to 110 people.

73. AZP Glory Days Only Rarely Revisited -

It began on April 1, 2000. The much-anticipated diamond gem Downtown was open for business.

The Memphis Redbirds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-6 in an exhibition game before 15,000 fans at AutoZone Park. Former University of Memphis outfielder Mark Little, leading off and playing center field for Memphis, got the Redbirds’ first hit in the new ballpark. Cardinals catcher Eli Marrero hit the first home run, a two-run blast onto the Bluff in left field.

74. Events -

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, presented by the Center for Southern Folklore, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include live music on six stages, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit southernfolklore.com.

75. A Day of ‘Firsts’ for Memphis Coach Mike Norvell and QB Riley Ferguson -

If it feels like the opening of this college football season for the University of Memphis has been a long time coming, well, put yourself in first-year coach Mike Norvell’s turf shoes.

76. Last Word: Mike McLean's Campaign, Jimmy Carter and Beyond Disparity Studies -

Mike McLean is running one heckuva campaign for Clerk of the Courts. Some of you are thinking, “Why haven’t I heard of that position before?” “Who is the incumbent?”

77. Arkansas Court Asked to Block Measure on Medical Lawsuits -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A group opposed to a ballot proposal that would place limits on damages in medical lawsuits is asking Arkansas' highest court to block voting on the proposed constitutional amendment in November.

78. Study Leads to Broader Call for Business Ties -

Rodney Strong, CEO of the Atlanta law and public policy firm Griffin and Strong that authored city government’s latest disparity study on minority contracting, didn’t come to talk about the study last week when he spoke to a room of 40 African-American civic and business leaders.

79. State Bonds Sell For Record Low Interest Rate -

The state of Tennessee has completed the sale of approximately $366 million of general obligation bonds for the lowest interest ever negotiated in the state’s history, according to the Comptroller’s Office.

80. US Wants to Force Lower Speeds on Truck and Bus Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways.

A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it. The proposal does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but regulators are still considering it.

81. The Week Ahead: August 29-September 4 -

Are you ready for some football, Memphis? The Tiger Blue faithful will welcome new coach Mike Norvell and new starting quarterback Riley Ferguson Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. Several other late-summer events precede the big gridiron season opener, including a concert fundraiser that starts Friday and a big 5K race on Labor Day. OK, that’s next Monday – so it’s a long week – better get those seersucker suits ready.      

82. The World at your Doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

83. Bursting the Bubble -

Graceland is in Memphis. But the two have tended to coexist, rather than being part of each other, since Elvis Presley’s home opened as a commercial enterprise in 1982.

That is starting to change as a $137 million expansion of Graceland – a $92 million hotel resort opening in October and a $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex west of the mansion to open in the spring of 2017 – begins to overlap with a renewed emphasis on Whitehaven as the home of many of the city’s middle class.

84. Last Word: $60 Million, Frozen Graceland and Wreck It Ralph's Return -

The federal government’s problem with a law the Tennessee Legislature passed earlier this year is serious -- $60-million serious.

And Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, in Hickory Hill Thursday, said he’s working on a compromise that would have the Legislature undo what it did this year when the new legislative session begins in January.

85. Graceland Holdings to Manage Prince’s Home, Paisley Park -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced Wednesday, and the company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it.

86. State Bonds Sell For Record Low Interest Rate -

The state of Tennessee has completed the sale of approximately $366 million of general obligation bonds for the lowest interest ever negotiated in the state’s history, according to the Comptroller’s Office.

87. Morgan Tate Promoted At River City Land Co. -

Morgan Tate has been named principal property manager of River City Land Co.’s property management division. A fourth-generation real estate professional, Tate joined the team at River City Land Co. in 2008 and began working for the firm’s property management division in 2012. 

88. New Voting Machines on Shelby County's Political Horizon -

The end is near for the touch-screen voting machines Shelby County voters have been using for 18 years.

This November could be the last presidential general election for the Diebold machines.

89. The Week Ahead: August 22-28 -

This week, Habitat for Humanity gets a hand from some famous friends, the City Council talks marijuana, and TEDxMemphis returns with more "ideas worth sharing." And that's just a taste of what's in store in the week ahead...

90. Defining Transparency -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was finally ready to tell the public who he was appointing as Memphis’ next police director – the culmination of one of the most consequential decisions he’s faced so far during his more than seven months in office – the first word of that choice didn't come via a news outlet. Nor did the mayor call a press conference, at least not immediately.

91. Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart to Retire in June 2017 -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will retire next summer after a tumultuous tenure that included consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments, improvements in fundraising and facilities and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit.

92. Cemetery Mess, Unidentified Bodies Stump Tennessee Officials -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than two years after the state closed a troubled Tennessee cemetery whose owner was accused of losing bodies and burying multiple people in single plots, it appears that efforts to determine exactly who is buried where have failed.

93. ASD Financial Control Shifts to Nashville -

A performance audit report on the Achievement School District by Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released this week is critical of the financial controls in place at the state-run school system for the lowest-performing schools in the state.

94. Last Word: Malco in South Main, Suburban Deadline and Chiwawa -

The Malco movie theater in South Main is to begin construction in September, the latest piece of the Central Station development where construction of apartment units on the Front Street side of the property has been underway for some time.

95. Westminster Names Sparks Head of Upper School -

Amanda Sparks has joined Westminster Academy as the head of upper school for the 2016-17 school year. Sparks, who previously was principal of Haw River Christian Academy in Pittsboro, N.C., will lead the upper school faculty and staff in providing classical academics and a Christian culture for grades 7-12.

96. Last Word: School Is In, It's Rallings and Looking At Our Reflection -

The school year begins Monday across Shelby County – for students.

Teachers have been back for the last two weeks in one way or another preparing for the year. School administrators longer than that including some new principals at several schools.

97. Memphis Property Hub Using Micro-Level Data to Drive Solutions -

The effects of blight, like boarded-up windows and overgrown lawns, are clear to see. While the methods used to track blight are less apparent, an effort is underway to streamline property data so that government agencies and community development groups can tailor solutions at a neighborhood level.

98. 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.

99. Events -

Another Broken Egg will celebrate its new location at 65 S. Highland St. with pre-opening charity events Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from Friday’s event will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities-Memphis, and Saturday’s proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Reservations are required and can be made for up to four guests at newatabe.com.

100. Do Titans Finally Have Their Offensive Line? -

New Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey’s stated desire to play “exotic smashmouth” football – especially on offense – requires a good offensive line. But if there’s one thing the Titans have not had in recent years it’s a good offensive line.