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1. Last Word: Grizzdale?, Rio Bound and The Ways of the City Council -

The Grizzlies just about have their new coach. He is David Fizdale who comes to Memphis from being an associate coach for the Miami Heat.

2. Dermatology Practice Building Arlington Office -

Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates, which has offices in Germantown and Olive Branch, is building a new office in Arlington.

The 14,500-square-foot building will house skin cancer treatment services, cosmetic dermatology procedures and spa treatments.

3. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

4. U of M Receives Grant From Urban Child Institute -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

5. THDA Resumes Inspections of HUD-Subsidized Apartments -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

THDA executive director Ralph Perrey said the agency’s authority to make the inspections resumes in July. And the agency isn’t saying which properties will be visited “so as not to ruin the surprise,” Perrey said Wednesday, May 25, as he announced the resumption of the inspections.

6. Legislators Sweating the Small Stuff -

My late father kept a paper weight on his desk at home that read: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Well, we’re sweating the small stuff – from the federal government down to the states – with this harangue over transgender bathrooms.

7. Big Memphis Banks Getting Bigger -

The biggest banks based in Memphis keep getting bigger.

New figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through the first quarter show broad-based improvement among banks in the Memphis-area market, from growth in net income to loans to total asset size.

8. U of M Receives Urban Childhood Institute Grant -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

9. Court: State Must Provide TennCare Applicants Fair Hearing -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld an order requiring Tennessee's Medicaid program to provide applicants with a fair hearing if it cannot process their requests on time.

10. Harris' White House Trip Rejected by State GOP Officials -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Over the last two years, Tennessee state senators have been reimbursed for out-of-state travel for meetings from Florida to Alaska, and on topics ranging from school vouchers to the dangers of radical Islam.

11. Tennessee's Newest Prison Halts Admissions After Problems -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's newest prison has had to halt new admissions after just four months of full operation.

A memorandum from a state prison official about the privately run Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility says guards there do not have control of the housing units, aren't counting inmates correctly, and are sending them to solitary confinement for no documented reason.

12. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

13. Last Word: The Hot Seat, The Cohen-Rubio Letter and a New Historical Marker -

The hottest seat in a room of hot seats in city government can be being director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

You wouldn’t think that from the job description, which seems pretty basic. Round up stray animals and put them up for adoption. But that’s being overly simplistic because it begs a lot of questions about how many animals and what happens if you run out of space.

14. McKellar Lake Reopens After Sewage Leak -

Memphis officials have reopened McKellar Lake and removed recreational use advisory signs seven weeks after a sewage line break.

The March 31 sewage line break sent 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into Cypress Creek and adjoining McKellar Lake, which flows into the Mississippi River. A bypass on the sewage line was installed last month. A second sewage leak discovered in the area where the larger pipe broke also was fixed.

15. SEC, AAC Baseball Tourneys Begin Tuesday -

College baseball’s postseason goes into full swing on Tuesday, May 24, with the start of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., and Southeastern Conference teams beginning tourney play in Hoover, Ala.

16. Mid-South Home Tour To Highlight Building Trends -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will showcase the latest trends in homebuilding and design as part of its Mid-South Parade of Homes. Twenty-two homes, reaching from Olive Branch to Collierville, are part of the Mid-South tour. Prices for the new homes range from $188,000 to $765,000.

17. University of Tennessee Partners With 901Drones -

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science program is researching the use and benefits of aerial data collection using drones in precision agriculture. Michael F. Buschermohle has partnered with 901Drones, located at Agricenter International, to collect remote sensing data on cotton and soybean research plots during the 2016 growing season using the research fields at Agricenter International.

18. State Launches College Counseling Program for High Schools -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the launch of a $2.4 million pro-gram that will provide college counselors to 30 public high schools across the state.

The aim of Advise TN is to realize the state's goal to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree to 55 percent by 2025, the governor's office said in a statement last Thurs-day.

19. Trump Meets With Sen. Bob Corker in New York -

NEW YORK (AP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with Bob Corker in New York on Monday, intensifying speculation that the U.S. senator from Tennessee may be on Trump's vice presidential shortlist.

20. 1917 Lynching Recalled, Marker Planned at Site -

In a year, a group of religious leaders hopes to draw at least 5,000 Memphians to an area off Summer Avenue by the Wolf River where 3,000 gathered nearly a century ago as a man was burned alive.

The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis gathered Sunday, May 22, in a field by a Wolf River oxbow, 99 years to the day that Ell Persons was lynched at an event that was covered by local newspapers in advance.

21. Global Ministries Continues to Take More Heat -

The receiver for the Warren and Tulane Apartments is in place with the notice filed in Memphis federal court last week that Foresite Realty Management LLC had accepted the job and that its bonding is in place.

22. Haslam Allows Tennessee Refugees Lawsuit to Move Forward -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has decided not to veto a resolution demanding a lawsuit be filed over the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee.

The governor announced Friday that despite his concerns about the measure, he was allowing it to go forward without his signature.

23. Production Unaffected By Fire at GM Plant in Spring Hill -

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – A fire at the General Motors plant in Tennessee was quickly extinguished and will not affect production at the Spring Hill facility.

GM spokesman Tom Wickham said Friday that the fire in the air handling unit is believed to have been caused by a welding spark.

24. Tennessee Law Strips University Diversity Office Funding -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to strip funding from the diversity office at Tennessee's flagship public university became law without Gov. Bill Haslam's signature on Friday.

Lawmakers had been angered by the University of Tennessee's diversity office recommendations to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender students and to avoid religious-themed holiday parties. So they voted to remove about $446,000 in state funds for the office and instead use the money to pay for minority scholarships.

25. Tennessee Congressman Diagnosed With Cancer -

Longtime U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. says he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Duncan told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the cancer was found six or seven months ago during a routine exam. He said doctors have decided no treatment is necessary at this stage after tests showed the cancer is isolated.

26. Global Ministries’ Bonds Downgraded for 2nd Time -

For the second time this year, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded bonds used to support Global Ministries Foundation’s apartment projects.

On May 3, S&P Global Ratings, formerly known as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, lowered its investment rating on 23 multifamily bonds issued on behalf of GMF. S&P removed all 23 ratings from CreditWatch, where the bonds had been placed in February, with negative implications.

27. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

28. Haslam Names New TEMA Director -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named Ohio emergency operations administrator Patrick Sheehan as the new director of Tennessee's disaster response agency.

Sheehan takes over as director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency from David Purkey, who remains assistant commissioner for homeland in the state Department of Safety after previously serving in both roles.

29. Morris Auction Group Expands into Florida -

Memphis-based Morris Auction Group is expanding into Destin, Fla. On Tuesday, May 17, it opened its Luxury Estates Auction Co. branch, which will provide real estate auction and marketing services for luxury homes and estates in the Florida area. Morris also works with homes in Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama.

30. Pearson Education to Score Tenn. Achievement Tests -

After terminating its contract with Measurement Inc. in April, the Tennessee Department of Education has hired Pearson Education of New York City to score student assessments for the 2015-16 academic year, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday, May 16.

31. Methodist Agrees To ADA-Related Settlement -

Methodist University Hospital has agreed to shore up its procedures around communicating with patients who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities as part of a settlement of allegations it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

32. Lendermon Sports Medicine Explores Non-Surgical Healing Methods -

Laura Lendermon is amazed at how the body works. As a former college athlete and lifelong runner, she’s familiar with the aches and pains athletes experience. As a doctor, she’s knowledgeable on a much deeper level of the magic of the human body.

33. West Cancer Doc Building Blood and Marrow Transplant Program -

As a measure of how far Dr. Yasser Khaled’s field has come, the medical director of the West Cancer Center’s recently formed Blood and Marrow Transplant Program still recalls some eye-opening statistics that date back to his early days in the field some 15 years ago.

34. State Legislature Closed Door On Progress, Invited Ridicule This Session -

The Tennessee General Assembly spent the last four months selecting a state book, attempting to regulate ingress/egress of bathrooms, and putting guns on college campuses. Given this lamentable priority list, we're not surprised that our House of Representatives chose not to vote on a bill that would have helped young kids realize their dreams, lift families out of poverty, and generate revenue for Tennessee.

35. Hardy Makes Art Accessible for Millennials -

Whitney Hardy is a woman on the move. The day we meet, she’s supervising 200 tons of soybeans as they make their way from hopper trucks onto train cars. Then she’s off to the premier of “Genesis,” a collection of new works presented by Collage Dance Collective.

36. Elephants Abound -

The old joke goes this way: Every morning on the commuter train to work a man watches another man read his paper, meticulously folding every page to a single column width, then unfolding and refolding as he reads each column top to bottom. Finally, unable to stand it anymore, the first approaches the second and asks, “Why do you do that?” “It keep elephants off the train,” comes the reply.

37. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

38. Baptist Executive Vaughn Receives U of M’s Highest Alumni Award -

Anita Vaughn’s notable 43-year career with Baptist Memorial Hospital started on a whim.

“I went to University of Memphis for a year thinking I was going to be a commercial artist,” Vaughn said. “Then a friend just happened to say, ‘You know what? I’m going down to Baptist School of Nursing,’ and I said, ‘Well, OK. Me too!’

39. Haslam Questions Need for Special Session on Bathroom Rules -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday questioned the need for a special legislative session that some fellow Republican lawmakers want to convene over a directive issued by President Barack Obama's administration about transgender bathroom policies in public schools.

40. Pro-Nuclear GOP Senator Urges Tennessee to Reject Wind Farm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is urging his fellow Tennesseans to oppose what he calls an "unsightly" wind farm near the Cumberland Mountain State Park.

The longtime supporter of nuclear power argued on the Senate floor this week that the 23 wind turbines Apex Clean Energy wants to install are "massive" and would spoil the "natural beauty of our state."

41. Vanderbilt Poll Finds Trump With 9-Point Lead in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a 9 percentage point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tennessee, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday.

42. Congressional Candidate Linked With Growing Marijuana -

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An eastern Tennessee Democrat Congressional candidate has been linked with a marijuana growing operation.

Authorities said in a statement that police officers and state investigators executed a search warrant Friday and found firearms, cash, processed marijuana, and more than 180 marijuana plants on a Crossville property owned by Florence "Flo" Matheson and Stephen Harrington. Both are facing criminal indictment.

43. Longtime Tennessee Congressman Diagnosed With Cancer -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Longtime U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. says he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Duncan told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/203FGe4) that the cancer was found six or seven months ago during a routine exam. He said doctors have decided no treatment is necessary at this stage after tests showed the cancer is isolated.

44. Global Ministries’ Bonds Downgraded for 2nd Time -

For the second time this year, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded bonds used to support Global Ministries Foundation’s apartment projects.

On May 3, S&P Global Ratings, formerly known as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, lowered its investment rating on 23 multifamily bonds issued on behalf of GMF. S&P removed all 23 ratings from CreditWatch, where the bonds had been placed in February, with negative implications.

45. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

46. Outsourcing Savings Estimates Strain ‘Credulity’ -

Terry Cowles flashes a photo of ceiling lamp fixtures on the screen and tells state legislators a vendor’s state Capitol team used its electrical training to remove, repair and reinstall fixtures, saving taxpayers $15,500.

47. 15 Tennessee Communities to Receive Site Development Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fifteen Tennessee communities have been selected to receive state grants to prepare sites for economic development projects.

The grants will go toward completing infrastructure and engineering improvements for certified sites in rural communities.

48. Haslam Names New TEMA Director -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named Ohio emergency operations administrator Patrick Sheehan as the new director of Tennessee’s disaster response agency.

Sheehan takes over as director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency from David Purkey, who remains assistant commissioner for homeland in the state Department of Safety after previously serving in both roles.

49. Morris Auction Group Expands into Florida -

Memphis-based Morris Auction Group is expanding into Destin, Fla. On Tuesday, May 17, it opened its Luxury Estates Auction Co. branch, which will provide real estate auction and marketing services for luxury homes and estates in the Florida area. Morris also works with homes in Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama.

50. Events -

Job Fair and Educational Summit for U.S. Veterans and People Living With Disabilities will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Meet with more than 50 local employers along with 30 community services and training providers. Breakout sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will cover interviewing tips, job preparedness skills and lifestyle issues. Cost is free. For more information, call 901-636-7940, 901-438-0412 or 901-726-6521.

51. Ag-Focused Startup Accelerator Launching Cohort -

The community of startup founders launching companies in Memphis keeps getting bigger.

AgLaunch Accelerator, which will incubate six agriculture and food innovation startups in the city, is launching a new cohort in August. The program is a collaboration among the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s Ag Innovation Development Group, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, EPIcenter, Start Co. and a variety of other partner organizations.

52. Last Word: South of Crump, Council Day and Haslam on the Fed's Bathroom Memo -

Neon is coming back to E. H. Crump Boulevard and the momentum of development continues to move further south to the Crump border with South Memphis.

Ghost River Brewing Co. is making plans for a tap room that opens this fall as part of its existing brewery at South Main and Crump.

53. Methodist Agrees to ADA-Related Settlement -

Methodist University Hospital has agreed to shore up its procedures around communicating with patients who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities as part of a settlement of allegations it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

54. New Rules in Place for Attorneys Working as In-House Counsel -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Any attorney who is working as in-house counsel in Tennessee for a corporation doing business here and does not have a Tennessee law license faces a July 1 deadline to register with the Board of Law Examiners.

55. Pearson Education to Score Tenn. Achievement Tests -

After terminating its contract with Measurement Inc. in April, the Tennessee Department of Education has hired Pearson Education of New York City to score student assessments for the 2015-16 academic year, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday, May 16.

56. Colleges Announced for Pell 'Dual Enrollment' Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer.

57. Tennessee Gov Who Opposed Transgender Bill Criticizes Obama -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who opposed a transgender bathroom bill in the Tennessee Legislature, is speaking out against a directive by President Barack Obama's administration that public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.

58. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

59. Delay On Larger Pinch Plan Grows Uneasy -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland met last week with representatives of Bass Pro Shops and city council member Berlin Boyd – the council member whose district includes the Pyramid, Mud Island, the Pinch District and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there was a lot of turf to discuss.

60. Check This Out: Memphis Library Visitors Can Now Access Seeds -

Thanks to its many books available for perusal, a library can be thought of as a veritable garden of wisdom, scholarship and literature for visitors to sample and enjoy.

At one Memphis library, though, the metaphor is much more literal.

61. Last Word: Barbecue Underground, Schools Budget Background and Bikes -

Tony Montana is angry. Never women and children, he’s telling the man controlling the car bomb.

He continues yelling at him even after he’s shot him. The close captioning confirms his ongoing anger.

62. Haslam Says US Politics Were Point of Concern on Asia Trip -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that the U.S. presidential race is weighing heavily on the minds of executives that he met with on a recently concluded trade mission to Asia.

63. Flight Attendant Charged With Stealing Mini Liquor Bottles -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a former Endeavor Air flight attendant is charged with stealing nearly 1,500 mini-bottles of liquor from her job and selling them online.

The Shelby County district attorney's office said Friday that 28-year-old Rachel Trevor has been indicted on charges including theft, unlawful sale of alcohol and unauthorized transportation of alcohol.

64. Gibbons to Lead New U of M Institute -

The day after announcing his resignation as Tennessee Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, the University of Memphis and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission announced Bill Gibbons will become president of the crime commission and lead a new Public Safety Institute.

65. Events -

Memphis College of Art will present “Best in Class 2015/2016,” an exhibition of the most creative undergraduate artwork from the academic year, on Monday, May 16, through July 8 in the Rust Hall main gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave. The exhibit features work from 45 artists across a range of disciplines. Visit mca.edu.

66. Nonprofit Community Foundation Enjoys Record-Setting Year -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced record numbers for fiscal year 2016 at its annual meeting recently at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

During fiscal 2016, which closed at the end of April, $195.2 million in new gifts were given to the Community Foundation. The agency granted $143.4 million to nonprofits, compared to $114.2 million in fiscal year 2015. Of the grants coming out of the Community Foundation, 84 percent stay local.

67. The Week Ahead: May 16-22 -

With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

68. Postal Carrier Sentenced To 5 Years on Drug Charges -

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has been sentenced for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and marijuana through the mail, according to Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

69. Planned Parenthood Launches Speaker Series -

Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis Region will kick off a new series of events next week. Each event in the Beers with Pioneers series will feature an icon of the reproductive justice and women rights movement in conversation with one of her current contemporaries.

70. Ikea Memphis to Install State’s Largest Solar Array -

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

The 250,675-square-foot solar array will produce approximately 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually for the store. The 1.46-megawatt system, built with 4,424 solar panels, will harness enough energy to provide electricity for 205 homes yearly.

71. Gibbons Leaving Haslam Administration Cabinet -

Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons of Memphis is leaving the post at the end of the summer, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced on May 11.

72. Tenn. General Fund Surplus Reaches $700M in April -

Tennessee general fund tax collections are beating projections by nearly $700 million through the first nine months of the budget year.

The Legislature adjourned last month without taking most of the surplus tax collections into account, meaning that the bulk of the money will not be appropriated until lawmakers return next year.

73. Tubby Smith Finalizes Tigers Coaching Staff -

Tubby Smith has completed his first University of Memphis coaching staff with the additions of former Texas Tech staffers Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith (Tubby’s son) and Zo Goodson.

74. Local Rite Aid Pharmacies Offering New Vaccines -

In response to the outbreak of measles cases in the Memphis-area, Rite Aid pharmacies are offering to administer the MMR vaccine, which offers protection against measles, mumps and rubella, at all Memphis-area stores to anyone age 3 and above.

75. Opera Memphis: If You Sing – Anywhere – They Will Listen -

For everything else opera might be, Ned Canty has made it his business to see opera as opportunity.

The general director for Opera Memphis, when Canty came to town five years ago the company was in decline.

76. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

77. May 13-19: This week in Memphis history -

1976: A Marx & Bensdorf ad in The Daily News offers a 170-acre estate at Holmes and Center Hill roads, then south of the Collierville city limits, for sale for $1.1 million. The “picture book” estate is advertised as the one-time home of the state’s most famous walking horse, Carbon Copy, the 1964 world grand champion.

78. Last Word: Mud Island Money, Elvis Mystery and Beyond Barbecue -

It looks like the dry rub will be in order for Memphis in May's barbecue weekend with a shower or two keeping the dust down in Tom Lee Park Wednesday.

If you can see it through the smoke, Mud Island might strike a first-tme observer as a marked contrast to all of the activity in Tom Lee Park that goes right up to the bluff's edge.

79. Ikea Memphis to Install State's Largest Solar Array -

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

The 250,675-square-foot solar array will produce approximately 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually for the store. The 1.46-megawatt system, built with 4,424 solar panels, will harness enough energy to provide electricity for 205 homes yearly.

80. US Postal Carrier Sentenced On Drug Conspiracy Charges -

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has been sentenced for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and marijuana through the mail, according to Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

81. Memphis Planned Parenthood Launches Speaker Series -

Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis Region will kick off a new series of events next week. Each event in the Beers with Pioneers series will feature an icon of the reproductive justice and women rights movement in conversation with one of her current contemporaries.

82. Corker: No 2nd Thoughts Over Sitting Out Presidential Race -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he doesn't have any regrets about sitting out this year's presidential campaign.

The Tennessee Republican in 2014 floated his name as a potential candidate, but announced by early the next year that he decided against a bid.

83. Gibbons Leaving Haslam Administration Cabinet -

Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons of Memphis is leaving the post at the end of the summer, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced on May 11.

84. Last Word: GMF Aftermath, Cop Counts and Budgets and Richardson Towers' Fall -

More on the move by Bank of New York to have a receiver appointed for the Warren and Tulane Apartments currently owned by Global Ministries Foundation.

GMF CEO Rev. Richard Hamlet responded Wednesday to the filing in Memphis federal court saying he agrees that a receiver for the property is a good idea. But he doesn’t agree – and in fact, strongly disagrees with the claims and reasoning behind the bank’s call for the receiver.

85. Tenn. General Fund Surplus Reaches $700M in April -

Tennessee general fund tax collections are beating projections by nearly $700 million through the first nine months of the budget year.

The Legislature adjourned last month without taking most of the surplus tax collections into account, meaning that the bulk of the money will not be appropriated until lawmakers return next year.

86. Counseling Group Cancels Conference to Target Tennessee Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – By canceling its conference in Tennessee next year, the American Counseling Association wants to put other states on notice that new LGBT laws can carry consequences, the group's leader said.

87. Tubby Smith Finalizes Tigers Coaching Staff -

Tubby Smith has completed his first University of Memphis coaching staff with the additions of former Texas Tech staffers Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith (Tubby’s son) and Zo Goodson.

88. Haves, Have-Nots Get Varied Tax Relief -

Amid the rancor of bathroom and counseling bills, two major pieces of legislation slipped through the General Assembly this session with hardly a peep – elimination of the Hall tax and a partial revitalization of property tax relief for seniors and disabled veterans.

89. Last Word: Humdingers, Gangster Disciples Paper Work and Underground Day -

Sometimes you think you know what is going on and then something happens like Chris Wallace, the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies, grabbing a bite to eat Monday at Humdingers out east with former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins. Next thing you know there’s another possibility for the next Grizz coach – a return engagement that would be exceedingly rare.

90. GOP Fractures Ruin Reagan Day Fundraiser in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Reagan Day fundraisers have been a staple of GOP politics ever since the Great Communicator made a point of promoting the 11th Commandment – thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican. But in the conservative suburbs east of Nashville, the event has become too poisonous to be held this year.

91. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a job fair Wednesday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. CDS is seeking to fill hundreds of positions for all shifts at accounts in North Mississippi. Applicants should come prepared for an interview. For more information and details on available positions, call 901-473-6385.

92. Dave Thomas Named CEO Of Kemmons Wilson Insurance -

Dave Thomas has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as chief executive officer. In this role, he’s responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and also is tasked with growing the Memphis-based property and casualty insurance company. Thomas has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently serving as CEO of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

93. Gangster Disciples Case Alleges Attempted Murder, Threats -

When reputed members of street gangs are indicted on federal charges, the indictments are usually brief and technical.

They will allege that the accused had a firearm and was a felon and thus could not legally carry a gun. Or they will allege the defendant was dealing an amount of drugs that exceeds the threshold for federal charges.

94. Resurrection Health Merges With Larger System -

Resurrection Health, a faith-based, evangelical health service organization that’s opened a handful of Memphis-area clinics since launching in December 2014, has merged with a larger health system.

95. Impact of Low Housing Inventory Spreads to Home-Staging Business -

The low inventory of single-family homes means prices are higher and homes are selling quicker, but also that fewer people are dressing up their homes to make them more attractive to potential buyers in the market.

96. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

97. Impact of Teen Pregnancy is Focus of State Health Officials -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Health is trying to raise awareness about the impact of teen pregnancy in communities across the state as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is observed during May.

98. Tennessee Bar Association Asks Judges for Fair Campaign Promise -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bar Association is asking judges to subscribe to the Tennessee Fair Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct leading up to state elections in August.

The organization says three state Supreme Court justices and seven intermediate appellate judges are facing retention elections, and 15 trial judges and additional local judges are on the ballot.

99. Local Rite Aid Pharmacies Offering New Vaccines -

In response to the outbreak of measles cases in the Memphis-area, Rite Aid pharmacies are offering to administer the MMR vaccine, which offers protection against measles, mumps and rubella, at all Memphis-area stores to anyone age 3 and above.

100. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” Tuesday through Sunday, May 10-15, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.