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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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).

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. $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.

21. 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.

22. ‘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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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:

33. 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.

34. 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…

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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?”

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.      

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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. 

53. 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.

54. 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...

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. Live-Streamed Eye Surgeries Benefit Memphis Optometry Students -

Eye Specialty Group (ESG) is teaming up with Southern College of Optometry (SCO) to provide another way of educating the area’s young doctors, helping them to better understand the latest surgery techniques. Late last week, three Lasik eye surgeries took place at the ESG Collierville medical offices and were live-streamed to students at SCO in the Medical District, marking the first of what is hoped will be many live-streamed collaborations.

67. Last Word: The One Before November, Defining The Outsider and Stock Exchange -

Election Day arrives in Shelby County.

And this election cycle, in the shadow of the November Presidential general election, has turned out to be pretty interesting.

68. Events -

Metal Museum will host its Pokemon Go-themed Whet Thursday on Aug. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Attendees can enjoy free museum admission, food, live music and a hands-on activity while catching all the Pokemon they can find. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

69. Lawmaker Jailed in Campaign Sign Theft Bailed Out by Victim -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee political candidate didn't want his rival to be behind bars when the two square off at the polls – even if the jailed lawmaker is accused of taking his campaign signs.

70. Les Passees ‘Stock Exchange’ Enters 30th Year -

During World War I, members of Les Passees Inc. made bandages and did knitting for soldiers. Today the oldest women’s volunteer organization in Memphis is about to celebrate the 30th year of its “Stock Exchange” upscale consignment shop.

71. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

72. State Rep. Curry Todd Arrested on Theft Charge -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say state Rep. Curry Todd has been arrested on a theft charge after he failed to respond to requests to be interviewed by sheriff's officials about accusations that he stole a rival's campaign signs.

73. Events -

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the Millington Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 4858 Navy Road. Career Coach staff will help people create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov, where more than 200,000 jobs are available.

74. Willmarth to Lead Facilities Management at Trezevant -

Brian Willmarth has joined Trezevant as director of environmental operations. In that role, he oversees maintenance, housekeeping and plant operations at the continuing care retirement community. He also oversees Trezevant’s construction and renovation projects. 

75. Last Word: Using the ACT, Murmuration and We Grow -

The superintendents of the Bartlett and Germantown school systems say they have a remedy to the testing complaints state education officials are grappling with.

David Stephens and Jason Manuel, of Bartlett and Germantown respectively, tell us on WKNO's Behind The Headlines that they support using the college ACT test for high school students in place of the end-of-course exams.

76. First of 3 Old Forest Gateways in Place at Overton Park -

It was about two years ago that Yvonne Bobo began the creative process that brought her last week to Overton Park with a welding rig in the worst heat of the summer.

77. Municipal Districts Tout ACT for Testing -

The superintendents of at least two of Shelby County’s suburban school systems say the state should use the ACT college entrance exam to gauge the achievement levels of high school students.

“We have universities who are giving full-ride scholarships based on their ACT scores,” said Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel on the WKNO/Channel 10 program Behind The Headlines. “Let’s use that test. It has a math component. It has a science, a reading and social studies component. Let’s use that as a measure.”

78. Senator Seeks Reconvening of Congress Over Zika Virus -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all Eastern times):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

79. The Week Ahead: August 1-7 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first week of August and last week before the kids return to school, so try to enjoy it. Here are just a smattering of recreational outings planned this week at venues like the Metal Museum, Levitt Shell and on Broad Avenue, in addition to more official events on the agenda. And don’t forget to vote on Thursday; it’s your civic duty. 

80. Public School System in Shelby County Continues Evolution -

The new school year that begins Aug. 8 is four academic years since the start of the state-run Achievement School District, three academic years past the merger of public education in Shelby County and two years since the demerger into seven school systems.

81. Red State, Blue Mayors -

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.

82. Gannett to Restructure Commercial Appeal -

The union that covers newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal has begun the process of formally challenging a new series of cost-cutting and efficiency measures in the works at the paper, comparing the moves to “The Hunger Games.”

83. Gannett Plans Restructure of Commercial Appeal Newsroom -

The union that covers newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal has begun the process of formally challenging a new series of cost-cutting and efficiency measures in the works at the paper, comparing the moves to “The Hunger Games.”

84. County Leaders Face New Budget Anxiety -

Shelby County commissioners meet in special session Wednesday, July 23, to cross the last “t” of the spring budget season some 27 days after the start of the new fiscal year.

That’s “t” for taxes.

85. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel -

Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring the possibility of rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.

86. The Week Ahead: July 25-31 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! We’re wrapping up July with an eclectic mix of local happenings, from political campaigning to a celebration of all things Harry Potter. Plus, what you need to know about Tennessee sales tax holiday and much more…

87. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

88. ‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’ -

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

Yes, it’s of a piece with the rest of the groundswell of redevelopment and commercial activity that’s transformed Broad into a people-packed arts, retail and restaurant scene. One of those hotspots along the street is the combination coffee shop and retailer City & State, the owners of which have signed a lease at 2657 Broad for their next venture.

89. Will Mariota’s Second Season Resemble Luck or RG3? -

The Tennessee Titans’ offensive playbook has been rewritten. The verbiage for calling plays has been edited. The line has been revamped with three new starters.

Why? The team’s ownership and coaches desperately want to get the most out of quarterback prodigy Marcus Mariota.

90. Leadership Allowed Durham Sleaze To Fester for Too Long -

The Tennessee attorney general’s sexual harassment investigation of Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham dragged halfway through the summer. Now we know why.

91. Oklahoma City Districts Worth A Visit -

Sitting under an umbrella at a little pizza joint in the Paseo Arts District it’s hard to imagine I’m in Oklahoma City.

With a locally brewed F5 Ale in hand, the ultra-hoppy beer feels more Pacific Northwest than American Heartland. But the scorching heat and hints of Southwest architecture places me in Oklahoma.

92. Zoo and OPC Reach Compromise in Greensward Controversy -

The Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy reached agreement Monday, July 18, on a compromise to end the zoo’s overflow parking on the Greensward that fills in some of the blanks left in Mayor Jim Strickland’s proposal and changes some of the terms.

93. Boyle Expanding Schilling Farms Development -

Construction is nearing completion on several new projects at Schilling Farms on an 11-acre site at the corner of Schilling and Winchester boulevards.

A new 50,000-square-foot Class A office building opens at 255 Schilling Blvd. Half of the space is pre-leased to Helena Chemical Co. and the other 25,000 square feet of ground-floor space is available for office or retail uses.

94. How safe is our food? -

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

95. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days -

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.

96. Last Word: Regrouping, Freedom Awards and The View From Another Bridge -

It will be a year come Sunday – a year since Darrius Stewart, a passenger in a car pulled over by Memphis Police in Hickory Hill was shot and killed by Officer Conner Schilling.

97. Darrius Stewart Family Sues City, Police For $17 Million -

The family of Darrius Stewart, killed a year ago this month by Memphis Police Officer Conner Schilling, has filed a $17 million lawsuit against the city of Memphis, former Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and Schilling.

98. Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation -

A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.

But make no mistake, there is some trouble in paradise.

99. Last Word: At The Gates of Graceland, Domestic Violence at SEC Days and October -

Black Lives Matter at Graceland on Tuesday – the latest chapter in a story arc that is moving fast.

100. Elkington Promoted At ABO Marketing -

Jamie Elkington has been promoted to director of communications at ABO Marketing & Communications. In this position, she will direct and implement public relations plans for the nonprofit and business organizations the firm serves.