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1. White House: Budget Deficit to Rise to $600 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday predicted that the government's budget deficit for the soon-to-end fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year's tally and a reversal of a steady trend of large but improving deficits on President Barack Obama's watch.

2. Memphis Marketing Group Names New Board Members -

The Memphis Chapter of the American Marketing Association has announced the chapter’s 2016-2017 board of directors, which includes four new members. All terms took effect July 1.

Mary Stratton, director of marketing at Power & Tel, will lead the chapter as president, and Wendy-Sumner Winter, senior director of communications and marketing at Christian Brothers University, will serve as president-elect.

3. 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.

4. Summitt: A Coaching Legend Who Changed Her Sport -

My parents were big fans of Pat Summitt. They loved the Lady Vols. They reveled in the program’s glory days.

Both of them died several years ago, so they weren’t here to see Summitt’s demise from early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, or her death from the brain disease Tuesday. She was 64.

5. Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing -

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

6. US Airlines to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba -

HAVANA (AP) – Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, another milestone in President Barack Obama's campaign to normalize relations between Cold War foes.

7. May Home Sales Rise, Low Inventory Hiking Prices -

After a strong April, home sales in Shelby County continued to perform well in May.

Total home sales increased 29 percent, from 1,266 recorded in May 2015 to 1,630 sales in May this year. Total home sales volume soared to $251 million, which is up 27 percent from last year, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

8. Get Started: Entrepreneurship on the Rise Again, Study Says -

The rate of entrepreneurship in the U.S. rose last year, ending a decline that began in 2010, according to a study by the Kauffman Foundation, which researches entrepreneurship.

Kauffman counted 310 new entrepreneurs per 100,000 adults, up about 10 percent from 280 in 2014. The 2015 figure translates into about 530,000 new business owners each month.

9. 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.

10. Multifamily Rents Increase Significantly in First Quarter -

Memphis area market rents increased an annualized 4.7 percent during the first quarter of the year, reaching $795, according to a first-quarter report from ARA Memphis, a Newmark company.

It is the largest increase in rents for a first quarter in more than a decade and a half. A mild winter and an improving job market were considered likely factors in the significant increase, the report noted. The Memphis unemployment rate dropped below the national rate in March, the first time it has done so since 1999.

11. Multifamily Rents Soar To 15-Year Record in Q1 -

Memphis area market rents increased an annualized 4.7 percent during the first quarter of the year, reaching $795, according to a first-quarter report from ARA Memphis, a Newmark company.

It is the largest increase in rents for a first quarter in more than a decade and a half. A mild winter and an improving job market were considered likely factors in the significant increase, the report noted. The Memphis unemployment rate dropped below the national rate in March, the first time it has done so since 1999.

12. Poll: Americans More Upbeat About Own Finances Than Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an elec-tion race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national econ-omy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.

13. 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...

14. Last Word: Overt Acts, Fringe Element and Roller Derby -

Gang cases in Memphis Federal Court are fairly common. Federal gang cases in which murder or attempted murder to further a criminal enterprise is among the charges are not common.

The last case to surface was also the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis Federal Court. It was the 2008 case against Craig Petties and his multi-state drug operation with direct ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

15. Bikesmith Evolving Into Community Hangout -

The Bikesmith’s grand opening next week for a patio expansion and a pump track at the 509 N. Hollywood bicycle shop is the latest reflection of Jim Steffen’s longstanding intent to make his business bigger than a place where goods are bought and sold.

16. Mild Weather Cuts TVA’s Bottom Line by Half -

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported net income of $281 million between Oct. 1 and March 31, the first half of its fiscal year.

TVA, which reported earnings on Tuesday, May 3, said net income was $296 million less than the same period last year, primarily due to the extremely mild winter experienced in TVA’s service territory compared to record-setting cold temperatures in 2015.

17. MLGW Reports Decrease In Average Winter Bill -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division customers got a break on their winter utility bills, the result of low natural gas prices.

The average residential natural gas bill during the past winter was $54.11, according to MLGW. That’s a drop of 59 percent, or $78.12, since prices peaked in 2007.

18. 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.

19. MLGW Reports Decrease in Average Winter Bill -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division customers got a break on their winter utility bills, the result of low natural gas prices.

The average residential natural gas bill during the past winter was $54.11, according to MLGW. That’s a drop of 59 percent, or $78.12, since prices peaked in 2007.

20. Editorial: Baseball's Impact Goes Beyond the Outfield -

Memphis is not a baseball town. And at times there are questions about the rest of the country.

But while the fields are fresh and the ballpark air is a mix of the last winter chill and a premonition of the summer heat, there is the game that beckons.

21. Fed Survey Finds US Economy Still Expanding -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy kept expanding in late February and March, despite weakness in the energy sector and a slowdown in exports of some factory and farm products because of global weakness and the strong dollar.

22. US Job Market's January Stumble Likely to Prove Temporary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. job market stumbled a bit in January, yet data released Thursday suggests the slowdown was likely temporary.

Total hiring fell sharply that month, the Labor Department said, and the number of people quitting their jobs also dropped.

23. Pricey Tea a Growing Niche Crop in US, Even Canada -

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi's potentially powerful storms.

24. Brandye Lee Training a New Generation of Diverse Dancers -

Brandye Lee is Memphis dance royalty. And like any true queen, she’s impossible to please.

“Jones, pull your tailbone down!” she screams. “No thumbs! And you have to get to fifth faster.”

25. How PR Can Help Your Small Business Grow -

Public relations is a great way for a small business to raise awareness. But when business owners put together marketing plans, they usually think advertising, not public relations.

Why? We see advertising everywhere we look. It’s top of mind. Not a lot of thought goes into the fact that PR drives many of the articles you read or stories you see on the evening news.

26. City & State Adding Covered Patio on Broad -

It looks like the Broad Avenue coffee shop and retailer City & State will have a new addition by the time its one-year anniversary rolls around next month – a patio that owner Lisa Toro says should double and maybe even triple the seating capacity.

27. City & State Adding Covered Patio -

It looks like Broad Avenue coffee shop and retailer City & State will have a new addition by the time its one-year anniversary rolls around next month – a patio that owner Lisa Toro says should double and maybe even triple the seating capacity.

28. The Week Ahead: Feb. 22, 2016 -

Good morning Memphis. The Monday holidays are gone for a while, we’re afraid, but you’ve got a whole week to finish that work instead of just four days. Here are a few items to look forward to this week, led by the annual announcement of performers who will descend on Memphis this May for the Beale Street Music Festival.

29. Applications for US Jobless Benefits Fall to 3-Month Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since November, evidence that stock market turmoil and slow growth overseas haven't caused U.S. businesses to cut jobs.

30. Last Word: Love and Glory and Guitars, New Frost and Scalia's Passing -

To each his or her own on Valentine’s Day observances Sunday that become Valentine’s Day memories with the arrival of Monday.

The Majestic Grille, for instance, had the movies Roman Holiday and Casablanca back to back on the screen of the movie theater turned restaurant.
No sound, but you really don’t need sound for the scene where Audrey Hepburn takes the throne with Gregory Peck and a beatnik Eddie Albert among the press corps at the rope line.
And The Majestic saved The Second Line in Overton Square with a loaner of some champagne after Second Line ran a bit short.
Chef Kelly English thanked the Majestic via Twitter for “saving our sweet Valentine’s Day asses.”

31. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

32. Mortgage Market Sees Small January Dip -

Shelby County’s mortgage market kicked off 2016 reflecting a bit of the backwards step other sectors of the economy, such as the stock market, have taken in recent weeks.

Looking at purchase activity, new mortgage numbers available for January show mortgage volume last month slipped 3 percent to $86.7 million, compared with $89.4 million in January 2015. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

33. University of Memphis Notebook: Burrell Rebounds From Suspension, Hearn Sets Record -

No one much enjoyed the Tigers’ 20-point loss to Connecticut last Thursday, Feb. 4, at FedExForum. Senior Trahson Burrell perhaps suffered even more.

Suspended for what University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner has described as an “internal matter,” Burrell sat out the entire game after being left in the locker room for the second half of the game at SMU.

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

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

35. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Garden staff and master gardeners will assist with plant care tips and purchases. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

36. Events -

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

37. Playback Memphis Works to Expand Reach -

The Playback Memphis organization is looking to expand its reach this year and is preparing to host three training courses at the Pilgrim House Hostel and Retreat Center at First Congregational Church in Midtown later this month.

38. US Consumer Spending Flat, Savings Rate at 3-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.

Consumer spending was unchanged in December after rising 0.5 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Incomes increased 0.3 percent, matching November's gain.

39. Last Word: Groundhog Day's Long Shadow, Minority Percentage & The Value of Sports -

After the January into February weekend we had with its outbreak of spring fever, you might wonder if groundhogs are allowed to change their minds or if shadows that are the result of television lights count as a prediction on the winter’s length.
Or maybe it would be appropriate to have a weather map that includes the Groundhog Day immunity zones – areas where the long shadow of the groundhog does not venture.
Note to television meteorologists: This would in no way interfere with your right to declare large parts of your viewing areas as places of "potentially severe weather" far into the future. But you will need a different color for the Groundhog Immunity Zones.

40. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

41. RDC Leader: Pyramid Isn’t Translating to Tourism Elsewhere -

Toward the back of its proposal for Mud Island River Park, executives with The Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC included a few caveats for those judging the five redevelopment applications.

42. Snapshot: Memphians Flock to Bread, Milk as Threat of Snow Bears Down -

Lines were long – and the bread aisles already picked over – by midday Thursday, Jan. 21, as the Memphis area prepped for a potential winter storm.

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

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

44. Winter Storm to Hit West Tenn., Eastern Ark., North Miss. -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Weather forecasters in Memphis are warning residents of West Tennessee, north Mississippi and eastern Arkansas of an approaching winter storm that could create blizzard conditions.

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

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

46. School Guide Helps Parents Navigate Choices -

After five years of historic change in Shelby County public education, the traditional labels of “public” and “private” schools don’t adequately describe the range of options available to parents.

47. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

48. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

49. Survey: US Businesses Add 257,000 Jobs, Most in a Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by solid gains in construction and retail, a private survey found.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 257,000 jobs in December, the most in a year. Construction companies added 24,000 jobs, while retailers and shipping firms added 38,000.

50. Impacts Minor as River Rises in Mississippi's Delta Region -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi River still has more than a foot to rise before its predicted crest Saturday at Tunica, but residents and casino officials say the rare winter flood will be a manageable nuisance.

51. Farmers Market Workshops Offered for Tenn. Farmers -

Farmers interesting in selling products at farmers markets will have a chance to learn more about marketing at workshops in Tennessee this winter.

In addition to marketing, other topics will include social media and email, grants and microloans, recordkeeping, requirements for basic types of food that can be made and sold at farmers markets and an overview of new food safety regulations.

52. 2015 Market Winners, Losers: Tech Soars, Old Guard Stumbles -

NEW YORK (AP) – In a flat year overall for stocks, there was still plenty of excitement to be enjoyed – or endured – by 2015's biggest winners and losers.

It was a year to make old guard companies shudder.

53. Last Word: Highland Row, Late Hit in Birmingham and Hi-Fi -

A happy Day 363 into 364 depending on when you are reading this. Sounds festive doesn't it? But let's not have any party hats or popping corks just yet.

We’ve got the name of the first tenant in the recession-delayed Highland Row development by the University of Memphis.
It’s Char, a steakhouse restaurant that should start taking shape in March.

54. Ghosts of Programs Past -

Once again it’s here. Time for the last column. Of the year, at least. And, though I didn’t do so last year, typically I in essence reprint a column I first wrote many, many years ago. One about winter holiday programs. Once called Christmas pageants.

55. US Stocks Are Ending 2015 Mostly Flat, Capping Volatile Year -

The stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.

Despite veering between record highs and the steepest dive in four years, the stock market is on track to end the year essentially flat. That means if you invested in a fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 index, you have little to show for the past 12 months.

56. ASD, I-Zone Competition Becoming Heated Debate -

Before winter break, Vanderbilt University released a study on achievement test results for students in the state-run Achievement Schools District and locally operated Innovation Zone schools, and the study has created a tipping point in an increasingly heated education debate.

57. Airlines Prep for Holiday Crush: More Flights, Bigger Planes -

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.

58. US Economy Grew at 2 Pct. Rate Over Summer; A Pickup Is Seen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly slower pace over the summer than the government had previously estimated. Most economists foresee a slight acceleration in the current quarter and stronger growth in the first half of 2016.

59. Winter Heat Wave to Bring Threat of Tornadoes to Deep South -

ATLANTA (AP) — A heat wave that could deliver the warmest Christmas ever recorded to cities across the South may also fuel tornadoes and storms featuring golf ball-sized hail and damaging winds of up to 70 mph, forecasters say.

60. Demand for Craft Beers Sparks Surge in US Hop Production -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — Demand from craft beer brewers led to an 11 percent increase in U.S. hop production in 2015 compared to the previous year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service says production totaled 78.8 million pounds.

61. The Week Ahead: Dec. 21, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? In addition to scrambling for last-minute gifts and mapping out the logistics of shopping runs to try to beat the crowds, here are some other things to keep on your radar...

62. Starry Nights Making the Season Bright -

Ornament-covered trees strung with twinkling lights are among the enduring symbols of the holidays for many people. And so it is with Shelby Farms Park, which through Dec. 27 is playing host to visitors coming to marvel at an abundant display of lights illuminating scores of trees as part of its annual Orion Starry Nights holiday display.

63. Average Gas Price Soon Under $2, Lowest Since Recession -

DALLAS (AP) — Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession.

The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 a gallon in the coming days.

64. ‘Entertainment Destination’ Planned for Downtown’s South End -

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ South End into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Brad Barnett wants to turn the former Loflin Safe & Lock Co. building at 7 W. Carolina Ave. into a bar/restaurant with private residence on top. He also plans to redevelop a carriage house at 721 Florida St. into a 5,000-square-foot rentable event space.

65. Grizzlies’ Footprint Growing Across Region; Redbirds, RiverKings Try to Hit Their Niches -

Decades ago, the St. Louis Cardinals used their vast radio network to extend their brand across the middle of America. Even today, they have more than 130 affiliated stations in eight states.

“The Cardinals did a great job through their radio outreach,” said John Pugliese, Memphis Grizzlies vice president of marketing, communications and broadcast.

66. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Dec. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

67. Events -

Central Defense Security will host a job fair Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Ave. CDS is seeking armed and unarmed guards for Memphis-area clients. For more information, visit centdef.com.

68. Christmas in Kentucky -

A brisk late afternoon in early December is made more enjoyable under warm blankets while sipping bourbon ciders on a hayride through the Kentucky hills. The sun sets on a blue sky afternoon in Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and the white lights hanging from the trees begin to flicker.

69. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will exhibit Stephanie Wexler’s “uRbanRuraLandscapes” Monday, Dec. 7, through Jan. 4 at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. All works available for purchase. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

70. Lifeblood ‘Bears for Le Bonheur’ Drive Underway -

For the next two weeks, Lifeblood donors won’t just be saving lives; they’ll also be giving cuddly comfort to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital patients.

Lifeblood is kicking off the holidays with its third annual “Bears for Le Bonheur” program from Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 15. For each donor who gives blood or platelets, Lifeblood will give a stuffed bear to a Le Bonheur patient.

71. Central Station Developers Pull $14.2M Permit for Apartments -

Within days of Memphis City Council approval of the Central Station development contract, Henry Turley Co. and general contractor Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC have filed a $14.2 million building permit application for a new apartment complex at 608 S. Front St.

72. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis, will host its AutoZone Liberty Bowl Night on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Head coaches from the SEC and Big 12 teams playing the Liberty Bowl will speak. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

73. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play” Friday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 20 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Buy tickets at gctcomeplay.org.

74. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

75. Memphis Designers Aim to Remove Holiday Stress -

’Tis the season for back pain that comes with the struggle of dragging an artificial Christmas tree through a tight attic door opening and down the stairs.

Children might enjoy decorating the tree each year, but whoever gets the joy of carrying it from its 11-month hiding place in the attic might not have the same idea, as artificial branches leave scratch marks on all exposed skin.

76. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Chef Jennifer McCullough (Chef Jenn) will speak. Lunch fee is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

77. Lifeblood ‘Bears for Le Bonheur’ Drive Kicks Off Dec. 1 -

For the next two weeks, Lifeblood donors won’t just be saving lives; they’ll also be giving cuddly comfort to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital patients.

Lifeblood is kicking off the holidays with its third annual “Bears for Le Bonheur” program from Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 15. For each donor who gives blood or platelets, Lifeblood will give a stuffed bear to a Le Bonheur patient.

78. Events -

Lifeblood will host its third annual “Bears for Le Bonheur” holiday donation program Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 15 at any donor center or mobile blood drive. For each donor that gives blood or platelets, Lifeblood will donate a stuffed bear to a Le Bonheur patient. Visit lifeblood.org or call 800-LIFEBLOOD for details and to schedule an appointment.

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Holiday Fun in Cooper Young, hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association, will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Businesses will light up their windows and outdoor displays for the annual “Unwrapped” contest; the Peabody School Choir (5:30 to 6) and Memphis Men of Harmony (6 to 6:30) will perform in the gazebo. Call 901-276-7222.

80. Signs of Steady US Economy: Rising Pay and Solid Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' pay is up, fewer people need unemployment aid, more are buying new homes and business spending is rebounding.

A flurry of data released Wednesday signaled that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain solid, if unspectacular, three weeks before the Federal Reserve will likely begin raising interest rates.

81. 3 Trends for the Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season is upon us. Here's what shoppers can expect if they're heading out to stores at any point during the holiday shopping season:

NO FIGHTING OVER MUST-HAVE GIFTS

82. More Optimism Among Middle Class Buoys US Consumer Sentiment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers' outlook.

83. US Economy Grew at 2.1 Percent Rate in Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought.

The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It previously estimated growth of 1.5 percent.

84. Most memorable interviews … -

Although Jim Bouton won a combined 39 games in the 1963-64 seasons with the New York Yankees, he is best known as the author of the ground-breaking book Ball Four, which I had read and reread.

In the spring of 1977, seven years after publication of the tell-all book, Bouton was making a comeback as a knuckleball pitcher in the minor leagues.

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Mid-South Ice House will be open for its Holiday Season from Friday, Nov. 27, through Jan. 5 at 10705 Ridgeway Industrial Drive in Olive Branch. Special events include a “Frozen” Friday Skate, a Star Wars Skate, a Grinchmas Skate and more. Visit midsouthicehouse.com for a schedule.

86. Memphis City Council Heads For Rocky End Of Term -

With only two meetings left, Memphis City Council members are on their way toward what looks to be a rocky end of their four-year term of office together.

And the council’s annual election of a new chairman Tuesday, Nov. 17, for the coming calendar year didn’t help matters.

87. Council Delays Central Station and Graceland West Votes -

Memphis City Council members delayed approval Tuesday, Nov. 17, of the lease agreement and financing of the Central Station redevelopment project for two weeks. And it also delayed a vote on the Graceland West renovation and expansion.

88. US Manufacturing Output Rises for First Time in 3 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output rose in October for the first time in three months as factories cranked out more steel, cars and computers.

Manufacturing production increased 0.4 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday, after slipping 0.1 percent in September.

89. Couple Uses Mountain Climb to Fundraise for St. Jude -

Dennis and Mary Pat James got back stateside a little less than two months ago from a trip to Tanzania, where they accomplished a feat they regard as they most challenging thing they’ve ever attempted in their lives: scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro.

90. US Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 2½ Years; Hiring Falls -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity grew last month at its slowest pace since May 2013 as manufacturers pared their stockpiles and cut jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of factory activity slipped to 50.1 in October from 50.2 in September. The figures barely signal growth, which is any reading above 50.

91. US Economy Slowed to 1.5 Pct. Growth Rate in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the summer, reflecting a cutback in businesses' stockpiling of goods, which offset solid consumer spending. But most economists think growth has been strengthening since the July-September quarter ended.

92. US Economy Likely Crawled Last Quarter but Outlook Brightens -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has resembled an especially dizzying roller-coaster ride this year, with a hurtling dive followed by a steep climb leading to yet another slide.

On Thursday, when the government issues its first of three estimates of growth in the July-September quarter, it's expected to show an economy slumping from global weakness and reduced corporate stockpiling — but poised to rise again.

93. Fed Keeps Rate at Record Low but Will Consider December Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in the face of threats from a weak global economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggested the possibility of a rate hike in December.

94. No Fed Rate Hike Likely Yet As It Monitors Global Pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Not long ago, it seemed a sure bet: The Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by year's end. Fed Chair Janet Yellen herself said she expected it.

Now, doubts are rising that the Fed will start raising rates before next year from the record lows where they've stood since 2008. When its policymakers meet this week, the likelihood of a rate hike is widely seen as close to zero.

95. Editorial: It’s Grizzlies Season Again In Memphis -

Remember when there were seasons in Memphis like fall and winter?

Today the city’s seasons are football, basketball, festival and political, and you needn’t wait for one to end to begin the other.

96. The Kitchen Community is Growing Gardens in Memphis Schools -

In September, children at Resurrection Catholic School harvested sweet potatoes out of the garden they had been studying all year. They knew about soil content and the lifecycle of a seed, and they knew that there was something special about these sweet potatoes.

97. Wal-Mart, Others Speed Up Deliveries to Shoppers -

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Christmas won't come early this year, but the gifts might.

Just in time for the winter holiday shopping season, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Macy's and other retailers are working behind the scenes to make sure they can deliver online orders to shoppers faster.

98. Puerto Rico Provides Tropical Alternative -

It’s October. You’re probably thinking pumpkins, crisp weather, football, campfires and weekends away to view the beautiful changing leaves.

Yes, all those things combine to make October one of the best months of the year. But as the weather turns cooler and the days shorter, it’s also time to think about tropical getaways as the Atlantic hurricane season calms.

99. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 3.7 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are expected to spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays, weighed down by sluggish wage growth and other factors, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

100. For 1st Time, MIT's Free Online Classes Can Lead to Degree -

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn't count toward a degree. That's about to change.