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1. Dobbs’ Health is Priority No. 1 on Road to Being No. 1 -

Tennessee’s football team had nine players earn All-SEC preseason honors and got the nod as favorite to win the East Division as SEC Media Days concluded last week in Hoover, Alabama.

All signs point to the Vols making a return to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta for the first time since 2007, with their two biggest games are at Neyland Stadium this year against Florida on Sept. 24 and Alabama on Oct. 15.

2. Bartlett Nursery Landscaping Grows Family Tree at 22-Acre Site -

Family owned Bartlett Nursery Landscaping is enjoying its 20th year at its location on U.S. Highway 70/Summer Avenue, with more residential and commercial customers than ever looking to go green.

Much like the products it sells, the nursery has grown organically over the past two decades, expanding from a small landscaping company in West Memphis into its current lush 22-acre retail location in Bartlett.

3. Conley + Parsons = Renewed Belief for Grizz -

At the end of his essay for the playerstribune.com, in which free agent Mike Conley discussed why he returned to Memphis on a five-year max contract worth $153 million, he wrote the following:

“I feel like everything that’s happened during my career has led up to this point. This is the launching point. This is just the beginning. It’s time to get to work. It’s time to #BelieveMemphis.”

4. Hogue Aiming for $125K Payday At World Long Drive Championship -

He is in a crisp shirt and pants, nice golf shoes, and of course there’s that cool Callaway golf bag sitting nearby. The guy looks serious. And at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Will Hogue is more than just a picture of fitness. He’s cut.

5. Task Force’s New Health Plan Promising -

A 3-Star Healthy Task Force appointed to propose a method for catching Tennesseans in a health care coverage gap is taking a politically safe road to reach the same goal as Insure Tennessee.

Yet the route, a TennCare expansion with “triggers” and “circuit breakers,” holds so much uncertainty it’s hard to figure out if the panel will find its destination.

6. ‘Throwback’ Something Special -

“I didn’t set out to write about the melancholy bewilderment of middle-aged men,” says Chris Bachelder of his fifth novel, “The Throwback Special.” “But that’s where I ended up.” And, IMO, he ended up with a very special book.

7. Hostess, Four Years After Bankruptcy, Will Go Public Again -

NEW YORK (AP) – Almost four years after seeking bankruptcy protection under a barrage of labor issues and rapidly changing appetites, the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs will take the stage once again as a publicly traded company.

8. Money and Marriage – Have This Discussion First -

Ray’s Take It may not sound very romantic, but financial compatibility really is a key ingredient in building a lasting relationship. According to a GoBankingRates.com survey, the biggest deal breaker in a relationship is overspending, followed closely by debt and financial honesty.

9. Grizzlies Like Draft Results, But Still Need Conley to Run the Show -

Not a lot of films have their world premieres in Memphis. But if it is summer and the Grizzlies have a crucial player becoming a free agent, then it’s time for a Craig Brewer short film.

10. Shelby County Budget Shuffle Endures -

By the end of Shelby County government’s budget season, a lot of paper was being passed around the County Commission chambers.

It was in keeping with the rules set by chairman Terry Roland going into the Wednesday, June 29, session that stretched on for seven hours: All amendments had to be put in written resolution form.

11. County Budget Done – Mostly -

Shelby County commissioners put most of their budget season to rest Wednesday, June 29, with $5 million from the county’s reserve fund after they added $13 million in amendments to the $1.1 billion county operating budget during a seven-hour session.

12. Kevin Dean Leaves Legacy at Literacy Mid-South for ‘New Adventure’ -

After five years of leading the charge for building a stronger community of skilled readers, Thursday, June 30, is Kevin Dean’s last day as executive director of Literacy Mid-South. He leaves behind a legacy of milestones he orchestrated for the nonprofit organization, which aims to provide literary resources to all backgrounds and ages.

13. First Horizon CFO Touts Growth Opportunities, Conservative Approach -

The chief financial officer of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company took a message of expansion, of stronger loan portfolios and being smarter than the competition about which deals to pursue in a meeting with analysts in New York City earlier this month.

14. Kicker Jake Elliott Earns All-America Third Team -

University of Memphis senior place-kicker Jake Elliott has been named to the Athlon Sports All-America Third Team.

Elliott returns to Memphis this fall after finishing last season as a finalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, and as the two-time, defending American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year.

15. Grizzlies Take Vandy Guard Wade Baldwin in NBA Draft's First Round -

The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t go far from home when making the 17th overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night, taking Vanderbilt combo guard Wade Baldwin.

16. Memphis Kicker Jake Elliott Earns All-America Third Team -

University of Memphis senior place-kicker Jake Elliott has been named to the Athlon Sports All-America Third Team.

Elliott returns to Memphis this fall after finishing last season as a finalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, and as the two-time, defending American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year.

17. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations -

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

18. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission -

Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.

But it will probably take a while.

The biggest issue of the season – school funding – appeared to be resolved with a compromise last week in committee sessions.

19. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

20. US Consumer Prices Climbed in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose a moderate amount in May, driven up by rising energy costs and the biggest increase in shelter costs in more than nine years.

Consumer prices increased 0.2 percent last month following a 0.4 percent April increase, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Energy prices rose for a third straight month, but food costs fell.

21. Young Brings Data Focus to City Planning -

Want to gaze into the future? Hop into Paul Young’s Infiniti and ride around Downtown for an hour. “These three blocks will be something of a spine for the neighborhood,” he says, as a light rain falls on the windshield. “We envision five- or six-story buildings with restaurants and retail at street level, commercial and residential up top.”

22. UTHSC Preparing to Open $36.7M Educational Facility -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has lined up an executive director who will be the first to lead academic programs in a new $36.7 million facility on campus that’s set to open next year.

23. Streetcars En Vogue, But Study Urges Use Beyond Tourists -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – As Oklahoma City prepares to break ground on its first streetcar line in seven decades, and as other cities adjust to having them again, authors of a federally backed study suggest their routes move people with a purpose – not just target the tourist trade.

24. Last Word: Delayed Reaction, UTHSC Simulates and Ali Takes On The Fords -

If you like to unplug on the weekends, you probably got plugged back in sooner than expected Sunday to the violent rampage Downtown Saturday evening. It ended with a Memphis Police officer dead – run over at Beale and B.B. King – allegedly by a suspect in the shootings of three people on Downtown’s northern end – two of them in critical condition – less than a half hour earlier.

25. US Gains Just 38K Jobs, Fewest in 5 Years; Rate at 4.7 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than five years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year.

26. UTHSC Preparing to Open $36.7M Educational Facility -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has lined up an executive director who will be the first to lead academic programs in a new $36.7 million facility on campus that’s set to open next year.

27. ‘Critical Mass’ -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.

28. Applications for US Unemployment Benefits Dipped Last Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, the third straight drop in a sign that the job market remains healthy despite a recent slowdown in hiring.

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 276,750.

29. Available Class-A Office Space Scarce in Memphis -

ServiceMaster is looking to relocate its headquarters into a Class A office building, and Memphis just doesn’t have room.

“For the past two years, we’ve been using those phrases,” said Ron Kastner, senior vice president with CBRE.

30. Analysis: Competition Intensifying, But FedEx Still Protected for Now -

The package shipment startup where Matthew Hertz works as director of operations is perfectly tailored to the digital age.

California-based Shyp was set up to capitalize on the legacy cost structures and operations of traditional logistics companies. Its users snap a photo of the item they want to ship and enter an address, at which point Shyp shows up at their door and takes care of the rest.

31. Heat's David Fizdale Accepts Offer to Become Grizz Head Coach -

Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale has accepted the Memphis Grizzlies’ offer to become their head coach and agreed to a four-year contract, according Yahoo! Sports.

The Grizzlies had interviewed many candidates after firing Dave Joerger earlier this month; Joerger then landed the head coaching job with the Sacramento Kings.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. Joerger Lands in Sacramento; Grizzlies Casting for Replacement -

Future conversation in Sacramento between new coach Dave Joerger and franchise player DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins:

Joerger: “DeMarcus, do you get what we’re doing here, do you know what you’re doing on this play?”

36. Mortgage Market Up 31 Percent in April -

Shelby County’s mortgage market kicked off the second quarter by posting strong numbers for April, a continuation of where the mortgage market has been heading so far this year.

Last month’s total purchase mortgage volume stood at a little more than $168 million, up from April 2015’s total of a little more than $128 million, for a gain of 31 percent. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

37. Raleigh Mall Demolition Signals Change After Delays -

The crowd of several hundred people on the south end of the Raleigh Springs Mall Saturday, May 7, was larger than the crowd inside the mall to shop.

They came to watch the beginning of the end.

38. The Week Ahead: May 9-15 -

Alright, Memphis, grab your calendars! Whether you want to book it over to the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival or just baste in the scent of barbecue, there’s plenty to do this week. Here’s our roundup...

39. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

40. Downtown Condo Connection Added Management Service to Survive Recession -

When Karen Barrows and her husband decided to move back to Memphis from Florida to be closer to their daughter and young granddaughter, they had their eyes set on living in the heart of the city.

They previously had lived in Arlington and knew this time around they were interested in Midtown. Their daughter connected them to Kendall Haney, a Memphis Realtor who operates Downtown Condo Connection.

41. Memphis MSA Industrial Sector Has A Strong First Quarter After Record 2015 -

The Memphis MSA industrial sector had a strong first quarter after a record-breaking year in 2015.

Last year saw a record absorption rate of 8.4 million square feet, which is 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels.

42. Last Word: Mall Demo, Defining 'Fringe Element' and Herenton's New Path -

Once upon a time there were three “town centers” planned by the city of Memphis.

City facilities like libraries and police precincts would be the anchors and encourage private retail development in them.

43. Crazy About Triathlons Or Just Crazy? -

Nikki Balderson is a 38-year-old wife and mother of three young children – ages 2, 5 and 7. So if you want to make her fit into a tidy little demographic profile, you can do that. From afar.

Up close? Not really who she is. Or more accurately, not only who she is.

44. Whole Foods Exec: No Tattoo Shops Planned for New Chain Yet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won't be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

The company says its "365" chain will have a minimalist layout, affordable prices and third-party vendors who set up shop inside the stores. That generated fanfare earlier this year when Bloomberg noted the chain's website said the vendors might include sellers of body care products, record shops and even tattoo parlors.

45. New City Council Learns Ways of Budget Season Quickly -

There are 3,000 miles of street curbs in Memphis. Figures like this are the basic elements of budget season at City Hall.

They are how 13 Memphis City Council members – seven of them four months into their first four-year term of office – wrap their heads around an $85.3 million capital budget proposal and a $667 million operating budget proposal.

46. Mike Conley Wins Second NBA Sportsmanship Award -

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has won his second NBA Sportsmanship Award in the last three years. Conley was presented with the Joe Dumars Trophy prior to the Grizzlies’ playoff game against San Antonio last Sunday.

47. Waddell & Associates Merges With International Network -

David Waddell’s Memphis-based investment firm is celebrating the third decade of its existence this year with more than just the acknowledgement of its longevity in the business of managing clients’ money.

48. US Economy Struggles at Start of Election Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It was not a great start for the U.S. economy.

With consumers and businesses turning cautious, the U.S. struggled to grow in the first three months of a presidential election year that is shining the spotlight on the economy's fitful recovery.

49. Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up -

As amazing as it was that the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by using 28 players this past season, it’s almost more unbelievable that they had to sign eight different players to 11 separate 10-day contracts.

50. TNReady Contract Cancellation Deepens Complexity -

When Measurement Inc. told state officials earlier this week that the company couldn’t get several million paper versions of its online student achievement tests shipped, the state went to Memphis-based FedEx to work around shipping limits.

51. Mike Conley Wins Second NBA Sportsmanship Award -

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has won his second NBA Sportsmanship Award in the last three years. Conley was presented with the Joe Dumars Trophy prior to the Grizzlies’ playoff game against San Antonio last Sunday.

52. Last Word: The Bible Veto Override Vote, Grizz Nostalgia and Kroger Goes Online -

The Tennessee Legislature hoped to end its 2016 session Wednesday at the end of an eventful day that included a failed attempt to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.
But into Wednesday evening, the state House was still debating the Hall tax on dividends – specifically further roll backs of it. And the Senate had gone home for the night.
So Thursday looks like a good bet for the adjournment for the year and the formal start of the election season for incumbents.

53. Memphis Takes Pounding in Opener With Spurs -

The Memphis Grizzlies were not alone in their unmitigated defeat. The NBA Playoffs started this past weekend and while descriptions of what happened to the Grizzlies within the shadow of the Alamo in San Antonio were colorful – “a 106-74 bludgeoning by the San Antonio Spurs” read one account at NBA.com – this was hardly an isolated incident.

54. Last Word: A Dog Named Elvis, Soulville's Change and Highlander Politics -

For those who stopped watching in the fourth quarter, The Grizzlies lost to the Spurs 106-74 in San Antonio Sunday to open the NBA's second season. If you put together the second and fourth quarters it would have been close. But oh the first and third quarters.

55. Michigan Urges Toughest Lead Rules in U.S. After Flint Crisis -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan that Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts unveiled Friday in the wake of Flint's water crisis.

56. Tubby Smith's Hire Comes With 'Highest Expectations' -

Wearing a University of Memphis lapel pin on his suit jacket, Tubby Smith was introduced on the floor of FedExForum Thursday, April 14, as the 18th head coach in Tigers history.

University president M. David Rudd called it a “historic hire” for the school and said Smith arrived as the “most accomplished coach” to lead the program (take that, John Calipari).

57. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith -

It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.

Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?

If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.

58. Roland Starts 2018 Bid for County Mayor -

The 2018 Shelby County general elections are more than two years away. The 2016 county elections that decide races for General Sessions Court Clerk, five of the nine seats on the Shelby County Schools board and two judicial positions are still to come in August.

59. 4 Fed Leaders Face Questions About Their Powerful Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen was put on the spot about whether she made a mistake in raising interest rates in December. Ben Bernanke was quizzed about what it felt like to be called a traitor by the governor of Texas.

60. QB Paxton Lynch Passes Pro Day Test, But Questions Remain -

In the immediate aftermath of Paxton Lynch’s pro day at the University of Memphis, it sort of felt like the postgame following a season-opening victory over a lesser non-conference opponent.

Good, satisfying in the moment, and hopeful for the future. But not necessarily an accurate predictor of what is to come.

61. Cash Cow? -

The vicinity of April Fool’s Day is an apt time to reflect on a tale often told to first-year law students. In contracts class, perhaps. It is the story of a man who wrote a check on the side of a cow. The point of the story ultimately would be that a negotiable instrument is judged on the language and intent in the transaction, rather than by the physical means of evincing it. Kinda, sorta.

62. Grizzlies End 6-Game Skid With Home Win Over Bulls -

If it had been a football game, you could have called it the Desperation Bowl. The Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies each badly needed a victory.

Behind 27 points and 10 rebounds from power forward Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies got one and snapped their six-game losing streak by defeating the Bulls 108-92 Tuesday, April 5, at FedExForum.

63. US Hiring Reaches 9-Year High; Job Openings Slip -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. hiring jumped to a nine-year high in February, a sign of robust business demand for new workers, while the number of open positions slipped.

The Labor Department reported Tuesday that 5.4 million people found jobs, a 5.8 percent jump from January and the most since November 2006. More Americans also quit their jobs. Both figures point to a healthier, more dynamic labor market.

64. Sports Notebook: Cardinals Fall in Opener, Tigers Hold First Football Scrimmage -

The next run the St. Louis Cardinals score in 2016 will be their first. Opening the season on Sunday, April 3, in Pittsburgh the Cardinals dropped a 4-0 decision to the Pirates and struck out 14 times.

65. SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Cardinals Fall in Opener; Tigers Hold First Football Scrimmage -

The next run the St. Louis Cardinals score in 2016 will be their first. Opening the season on Sunday, April 3, in Pittsburgh the Cardinals dropped a 4-0 decision to the Pirates and struck out 14 times.

66. Last Word: Greensward Truce, Connor Schilling Retires and MEMFix Goes East -

You’ve heard of the mediation process surrounding the long-term use of the Overton Park Greensward by the Memphis Zoo for its overflow parking.
It appears there is now a less formal mediation process underway when it comes to the use of the greensward during the park’s spring peak season which is now underway.

67. Tigers Sports Notebook: Woodson to Transfer, Football Team Works Out in Pads -

As is often the case these days, news of a player’s intention to transfer was delivered by the player himself via social media. So it was that Avery Woodson informed all, through a post on Twitter, that he would be leaving the University of Memphis basketball program.

68. Household Spending, Home Building Fuel Modest US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices and an excess of business stockpiles.

69. Porter-Leath's Early Childhood Academy Highlights Collaboration -

The past six years have brought so many changes in kindergarten through 12th-grade education locally and statewide that it is easy to lose track of how different early childhood instruction is in its preparation of children for the next step in their journey.

70. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

71. Sports Notebook: Memphis, UT Vols Shut out of NCAA Tourney; Grizz Keep Grinding; Waino Bullish on Cards -

The University of Memphis won two American Athletic Conference Tournament games but lost to Connecticut for a third time this season in Sunday’s title game. The Tigers were close enough to the Big Dance to hear the music and smell the punch, but nowhere close to getting an at-large invitation.

72. Stephenson Leads Grizzlies to 121-114 OT Win Over Pelicans -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 33 points, Matt Barnes recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 121-114 in overtime Friday night.

73. Grizz in Full-On Survival Mode Now -

Starting point guard Mike Conley remains out with a sore foot. His backup, Mario Chalmers, may have ruptured his Achilles. Chalmers left the locker room in Boston on Wednesday night, March 9, in a wheelchair. In context, perhaps so did the rest of the Grizzlies’ season.

74. Shaq Goodwin, Dedric Lawson Receive AAC Honors -

University of Memphis senior Shaq Goodwin has been named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team, while freshman Dedric Lawson was named to the Second Team and to the All-Rookie Team.

In AAC games, Goodwin led the conference in scoring at 17.2 points per game, and ranked second during the same span in blocked shots per game at 1.8.

75. Bloomberg Again at Center of His Company, But Readying Exit? -

NEW YORK (AP) – Since returning to the financial information company that bears his name, Michael Bloomberg has presided over two years of robust expansion andrecord revenue, all while laying the groundwork for his second departure – whether that's to retirement in 10 years or a presidential campaign in 10 days.

76. Greensward Dispute Mediation Begins -

The city-backed mediation effort between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy begins Tuesday, March 8, following a busy weekend in Overton Park that brought out large crowds for the zoo as well as the park in general.

77. Green Sword -

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

It would come quickly and just before the start of the third spring of protests against the Memphis Zoo's use of the northern part of the Greensward for overflow parking.

78. Still Tough to Play, Grizzlies Blending Old And New Ways to Keep Winning -

Coach George Karl’s Denver teams used to battle against this incarnation of the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, his Sacramento Kings come into FedExForum and engage in elbow-to-elbow and push-and-pull hardwood combat with the edited version of this era’s Grizzlies.

79. Agricenter President Looks Back on 15-Year Tenure -

Try putting yourself in John Charles Wilson’s dusty work boots for a moment. You’ve served as president of Agricenter International for more than 15 years. In less than six months, you will retire.

80. US Economy Ends 2015 on Better Note, Starts 2016 With a Bang -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.

81. The Moving Election -

The Trump balloons were a late arrival to the Shelby County Republican party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, the local party’s largest annual fundraiser.

They were an unsubtle accent in a room of 500 people where unabashed hand-to-hand campaigning kept the buzz of conversation at a steady level for most of the evening.

82. Civic Duty, Part 2 -

When last week’s column ended, I was serving on a jury in a 1985 Pulaski County, Ark., Circuit Court case. At issue was a $400 invoice for a brake job on a used car. In the rarest of rare actions, the judge gave this case to us, the jury, with no instructions. Except to say that the dispute was a contract case.

83. Hardy’s Advice For Women in Business -

Carolyn Hardy has been places a woman hadn’t been before in the Memphis business world.

Throughout her career at J.M. Smucker Co., Honeywell-POMS Corp., Coors Brewing Co. and her own ventures with Hardy Bottling Co. and Henderson Transloading, Hardy has made it a point to be confident with herself and make everyone else comfortable with having a woman at the boardroom table. Under her new role as chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, she’s advocating for greater inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses in the private sector.

84. Callahan Breaks Down UT’s 'Pretty Impressive' Recruiting Class -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones keeps his pulse on recruiting year-around, along with his SEC counterparts and other FBS coaches.

Chasing recruits is an endless cycle, the lifeblood of championship football teams.

85. Council Debates, Forms Minority Business Committee -

Memphis City Council members debated at length Tuesday, Feb. 16, whether or not to form a committee to explore the lack of minority business growth locally.

The council ultimately voted to form an ad hoc committee tasked with coming up within three months a set of recommendations to improve city government’s contract spending with minority businesses.

86. Council Debates, Forms Minority Business Committee -

Memphis City Council members debated at length Tuesday, Feb. 16, whether or not to form a committee to explore the lack of minority business growth locally.

The council ultimately voted to form an ad hoc committee tasked with coming up within three months a set of recommendations to improve city government’s contract spending with minority businesses.

87. Nishikori Beats American Teen for 4th Straight Memphis Title -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Kei Nishikori had practiced against teenager Taylor Fritz a few times over the past couple years without beating the American even once.

Until Sunday, when it mattered.

88. Big Year for Barton; Tigers Can Earn AAC Bye -

Former University of Memphis Tiger Will Barton competed in the Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. He got good reviews on his first-round dunk; things didn’t go so well after that.

89. Those Valentine's Day Flowers Might Just Be From Kenya -

NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.

"I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," said Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya. "They are very beautiful."

90. Real Estate Vet: Kroger Looking to Spread its Wings -

Jimmy Lewis isn’t surprised by word that emerged in recent days about Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, eyeing an acquisition of specialty grocer Fresh Market.

91. Life Without Marc? Yes, and Grizz Still Have Something to Play For -

In their first game after learning their franchise player had fractured his right foot and would be lost to the team indefinitely – and yes, perhaps for the rest of the season – the Grizzlies reacted just the way that was needed: They went out to Brooklyn and demolished the hapless Nets before starting their All-Star break.

92. Grizz Lose 2nd-Straight OT Game and Gasol to Foot Injury -

As images go, it doesn’t get much worse than seeing center Marc Gasol being helped off the court, forward Jeff Green inadvertently tapping in a shot for the other team at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, and former Grizzly Ed Davis doing the kind of work that inspired praise from Portland coach Terry Stotts.

93. Equality of Partners a Problem for Titan Owners -

It’s the question that won’t go away – will the Tennessee Titans be sold. On the day the Titans formally introduced Jon Robinson as general manager and Mike Mularkey as head coach, team president Steve Underwood admitted that the NFL is not happy with the team’s ownership structure, which is split evenly among Bud Adams’ heirs.

94. Growing Freelance Economy Creates Financial, Tax Implications -

Gone are the days of the traditional 9-to-5 office setting dominating the white-collar landscape.

In fact, it’s estimated that a third of the U.S. workforce now freelances in some form. In a 2015 report from nonprofit organization Freelancers Union and Upwork, a company that provides platforms for freelancers to find work, it was revealed that 54 million Americans qualify as freelancers.

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

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

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

96. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

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

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

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

98. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value -

In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.

There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.

99. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

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

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