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1. Separated at Birth: Defensive Backs & Wide Receivers -

The wide receiver and the defensive back are exactly the same – until that point when the ball is in the air and then they are totally different.

The wideout wants to catch passes, run free, score touchdowns, and prance and dance. The DB wants to knock down passes, intercept passes, deliver teeth-jarring hits, and posture and strut.

2. Arkansas Task Force To Study Dicamba Weed Killer -

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward and Plant Board director Terry Walker to convene and co-chair a task force to review the dicamba technology, investigate current problems with its use and application, and make long-term recommendations for the future.

3. Problems Adrift -

David Ciarloni plants about 140 acres of soybeans on his 925-acre farm that straddles Shelby and Fayette counties. Those acres of beans are safe right now, but Ciarloni, who took over the family farm after his father recently retired, worries about a recent phenomenon that’s being called “dicamba drift.”

4. SEC Network Releases Sched For First 3 Weeks of Football -

The Southeastern Conference has released the start times for games on the SEC Network during the first three weeks of the 2017 season.

The SEC Network’s Saturday schedule opens with three games on Sept. 2. The network will air six games on the second week of the season along with five games in Week 3.

5. Sports Notebook: Grizz Moves Bring Tyreke Evans Back to Memphis -

The Memphis Grizzlies continued changing their roster for the upcoming season by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent guard Tyreke Evans.

Evans, according to ESPN, will make $3.3 million on the one-year deal. Evans, 27, played one year for the University of Memphis and then was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Sacramento Kings.

6. June 23-29, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2014: Formal opening of the $301 million expansion of the Frayser Nike plant. As he tours the plant expansion, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam learns the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in an appeal of Tennessee’s constitutional amendment that specifically banned gay marriages.

7. Dream a Baseball Dream -

Memphis is Hoops City, a hotbed of premier basketball talent. That’s why University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith is under pressure. The best of those hometown players on his team, Dedric Lawson, has transferred to the University of Kansas and everyone’s worried Smith won’t get the elite local talent going forward.

8. Trump's Budget Priorities Set Small Businesses Strategizing -

NEW YORK (AP) – The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

9. Bird Flu Found at Tyson Foods Chicken Supplier in Tennessee -

NEW YORK (AP) – Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined.

10. Last Word: Impasse Flashback, Pot Alliances in Nashville and The Age of Etsy -

The late 1970s – bell bottoms, punk rock, disco, that perpetual haze floating over those lucky enough to get the most expensive concert seats for as much as $10 each on the floor of the Mid-South Coliseum… and yes, the impasse ordinance.

11. Downtown Church Ready to Rise From the Ashes -

204 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38105 
Permit Amount: $2.6 million

Application Date: January 2017 

Owner: First United Methodist Church

12. Dobbs Had a Great Run, But Manning is Still No. 1 -

Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy. Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.

13. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

14. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

15. New Flights, Lower Fares Highlight Eventful 2016 for Memphis Airport -

2016 was a big year for Memphis International Airport. New flights, lower airfares and ongoing adjustments to life after the Delta Air Lines Inc. de-hubbing were the permeating themes of 2016.

16. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules -

Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.

Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.

17. CBU Honors Salinas As Distinguished Young Alumna -

Gabriela “Gabby” Salinas has been named Christian Brothers University’s 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna. Salinas, who was among the honorees at the Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, Nov. 12, graduated from CBU’s biochemistry program in 2011 and went on to earn a microbiology degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She currently is a pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology and biochemistry at the University of Kentucky.
In addition to her studies and managing her job at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Salinas travels the country advocating the work of St. Jude. She’s also a three-time bone cancer survivor who founded Danny’s Dream Team, a fundraising team of pediatric cancer survivors who now participate in the St. Jude Half Marathon.

18. One-Fourth of US Cancer Deaths Linked With 1 Thing: Smoking -

CHICAGO (AP) – Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in Southern states where smoking is more common and the rules against it are not as strict.

19. Northwest Arkansas Paramedics in Short Supply -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A mock-up of an ambulance filled one corner of the classroom and simulated hospital rooms took up the opposite wall, but Grant Wilson's students one recent morning were focused on the 3-inch-thick books in front of them simply labeled "Paramedic Textbook."

20. Arkansas Medical Pot Opponents Launch First TV Ad -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Opponents of medical marijuana efforts in Arkansas have begun airing their first television ads against the ballot measures, as state law enforcement officials warn they'll need more funding if medical pot is legalized.

21. Real Life Can Wait: Former Tiger Alan Cross Walks On in the NFL -

The Cross family’s living room in Millington is something of a mini-museum. A living testament, really, to what can happen when someone lives out the clichés – keep trying, never quit, believe in yourself – and decides the best way to deal with doubters is to figuratively head-butt them.

22. Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Casino Measure From Ballot -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday disqualified a proposal to legalize casinos in three counties from the November ballot, ordering officials to not count any votes cast for the measure in the election.

23. Airline Flying Memphis-Arkansas Routes Ends Operations -

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) – A regional airline that provided flights for three small airports in Arkansas is ceasing operations as it faces bankruptcy liquidation.

Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines Inc. announced Tuesday that it's converting its bankruptcy proceedings from a Chapter 11 reorganization to a Chapter 7 liquidation. The airline said it ceased all flights Tuesday night.

24. Creating Environmentally Conscious Offices -

Environmental consciousness is a hot topic for many individuals today, but is that conversation transferrable to the workplace? It’s possible to bring a green mindset to the workplace by either implementing a few eco-friendly tips yourself or by suggesting them to management for all to benefit from. And, why not start now, during the warm, dare we say scorching hot, months of the summer, which raise some particularly unique solutions for consideration.

25. Chinese Company to Build $1 Billion Mill in South Arkansas -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Chinese company Sun Paper announced plans Tuesday for a $1 billion mill in southern Arkansas, the paper company's first facility in North America.

Joined by Sun Paper officials to announce the project at the state Capitol, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the project will create 250 jobs and is one of the largest private investments in Arkansas' history. Company and state officials said they expected the project to employ 2,000 people during its construction and create an additional 1,000 jobs indirectly in the timber industry.

26. Bridging a Divide -

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.

27. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Brings Snyder, Bielema Back Together -

In their last game of the regular season, the Kansas State Wildcats were sitting on five wins and down 10 points at halftime. They rallied to defeat West Virginia 24-23.

And all it took was the usual 97-yard kick return for a touchdown, courtesy of senior Morgan Burns.

28. Clinton Vows to Carry Tennessee in Presidential Election -

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton told a Memphis crowd Friday, Nov. 20, that she intends to win Tennessee not only in the March 1 Democratic presidential primary but also in the November 2016 general election.

29. Success Looks Like Five-Game Win Streak For Vols -

Leaves are changing colors, a chill is in the fall air and Tennessee’s football schedule is getting softer.

Happens every year.

We’ve all heard by now how Tennessee is the best 3-4 team in college football. Now is the time to prove it.

30. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8 -

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

31. Arkansas Airports Get $8.5M in FAA Grants -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have announced $8.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants to improve airports throughout the state.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, and U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman said in a statement Monday that 13 airports will receive the grants.

32. Alabama Still Team to Beat, Tennessee On the Rise in 2015 Football Season -

Dak Prescott, the best returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, isn’t buying the national narrative that the league is “down” because the first College Football Playoff title game featured Ohio State beating Oregon.

33. Wal-Mart Sees Shopping Surge for Rival Sale to Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart says its counter-offensive against Amazon's big sale called Prime Day seemed to pay off.

The world's largest retailer, which discounted about 2,000 items on Wednesday, said that the last three days have been some of its best ever for online orders, but did not give specifics.

34. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

35. White House: Action Needed Now to Slow Climate Change -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argued in a new report Monday that warns of dire effects of global warming.

36. Farewell to the King -

There is a real temptation to sum up the passing of B.B. King by writing that his death marks the end of an era in entertainment.

But that would marginalize, if not belittle, both his talent, his gift and his enormous influence. The world that brought B.B. King to Memphis in the 1940s can’t be found on the road King called home.

37. Changing Hometown, Careers Pays Off for Hyams -

Jimmy Hyams moved to Knoxville from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the summer of 1985 looking for a fresh start to his journalism career and found a job as a sportswriter for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

38. The Business Case for Sustainability -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

As businesses, industry, and manufacturers vie for a piece of the ever-shrinking pie, they turn toward sustainability during procurement. Companies are looking hard at their supply bases to ensure suppliers reflect their values. They ask: “From whom are we buying, and why does it matter?” “What are we buying, and why does that matter?” Companies want to know how and where suppliers present risks – environmentally, socially, economically. This new focus on supply quality helps companies focus on choosing suppliers who can be relied upon to improve the supply base’s overall performance.

39. North Mississippi Boom Means More Changes -

North Mississippi’s ongoing economic development boom is one side of the still-changing face of regionalism according to the mayors of Hernando and Southaven as well as the CEO of the power company that serves north Mississippi.

40. Opponents of Big River Steel Mill Defend Suit Against Plant -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Opponents of a new steel mill under construction in eastern Arkansas argued in a court hearing Friday that they didn't forfeit their right to sue to stop the plant just because the state had already issued a permit.

41. Ohio State Alters SEC-Dominated Landscape -

A year ago, Florida State put the chanting – “S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C! – on pause. Auburn, after all, came oh so close to winning the last BCS national championship game.

But now Urban Meyer and Ohio State have silenced SEC Country.

42. Ark. Community College Considers Merger -

The Board of Trustees at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has agreed to discuss a possible merger with the Arkansas State University System.

Board Chair Mary Meux Toney said a merger could help the college do more for the city, county and region.

43. Mid-South Community College Considers Merger -

The Board of Trustees at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has agreed to discuss a possible merger with the Arkansas State University System.

Board Chair Mary Meux Toney said a merger could help the college do more for the city, county and region.

44. Vols Among NCAA’s Youngest Headed Into Sunday Opener -

KNOXVILLE – For better or worse, University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones won’t need to wait long to see the talent level of his highly touted freshman class.

Jones will find out Sunday night at 7 when the Vols play host to Utah State at Neyland Stadium. The Aggies will be an underdog – probably by a touchdown or so – and a trendy pick for some as an upset special.

45. Nucor Steel Files Arkansas Lawsuit Over Steel Mill -

Nucor Steel has filed a lawsuit in federal court in an attempt to block a competitor from opening a mill in a northeastern Arkansas county.

The Nucor lawsuit filed Monday in Jonesboro seeks to block Big River Steel from building its $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola that would employ more than 500 workers, the Blytheville Courier News reported. It also seeks the revocation of Big River Steel’s air permit and requests civil penalties against company.

46. Bigger, Better, Louder -

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

47. Nucor Steel Files Arkansas Lawsuit Over Steel Mill -

OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) – Nucor Steel has filed a lawsuit in federal court in an attempt to block a competitor from opening a mill in a northeastern Arkansas county.

The Nucor lawsuit filed Monday in Jonesboro seeks to block Big River Steel from building its $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola that would employ more than 500 workers, the Blytheville Courier News reported. It also seeks the revocation of Big River Steel's air permit and requests civil penalties against company.

48. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 16 -

HOOVER, Ala. – Although the first games involving Southeastern Conference football teams are not until Aug. 28, the league’s full-on blitz in promoting the new SEC Network has been going on for a while now.

49. 5 Arkansas Airports Win $2.9M in Grants -

Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state, including West Memphis Municipal Airport, will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

50. 5 Arkansas Airports Win $2.9 Million in Grants -

Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state, including West Memphis Municipal Airport, will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

51. County Judge Sees Arkansas Mill Work by Mid-June -

Mississippi County should see construction of a $1.1 billion steel mill begin by early summer now that an administrative law judge has rejected a challenge to the plant’s air-quality permit, the county’s chief administrative officer said.

52. Georgian Woods Apartments Sell for $3.9 Million -

118 St. Agnes Drive
Memphis, TN 38112

Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: March 14, 2014

Buyer: Georgian Woods Property Owner LLC

53. Owner of New Getwell Facility Files $1.2M Loan -

The owner of the 110,808-square-foot industrial facility at 4050 New Getwell Road in Oakhaven has filed a $1.2 million loan on the property.

54. APS’ Goal: Giving Region’s Businesses What They Need -

APS Facility Maintenance was founded by Lorenzo Myrick as a janitorial staffing company in 1998.

With 50 employees at the time, the vision was a simple one with the Memphis area as a customer base.

55. College Football Notebook -

College football is played from coast to coast in this great land, but it’s still a small world. The proof? When USC fired head coach Lane Kiffin, who had bolted Tennessee for Southern Cal, assistant Ed Orgeron (Ole Miss head coach from 2005 to 2007) became USC’s interim coach.

56. Hospital Wing First to Use iTClamp -

Memphis-based air medical transport service Hospital Wing is the first aero-medical service in the country to use the new iTClamp hemorrhage control system, following its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this summer.

57. Laufer Bolsters Third-Party Logistics Service With Memphis Office -

Laufer Group International Ltd. has continued its Southeast expansion by making an entry into the Memphis logistics market with a Downtown office.

The third-party logistics (3PL) provider is focused on providing highly sophisticated value-added solutions to importers at competitive prices, and establishing a presence a key distribution hub like Memphis made sense.

58. Liftoff -

Hot-air balloonists will take to the Tunica skies this weekend as the second annual Tunica Balloon Bash is planned at five sponsoring Tunica casinos.

Sponsors Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel, Gold Strike Casino Resort, Hollywood Casino Tunica, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino and the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau will welcome more than 35 balloons to this year’s event, Aug. 9-11, featuring more than $12,000 in competitive prize money.

59. SEC Seeks to Prolong Football Dominance -

HOOVER, Ala. – There is no effort at denial. Nor should there be or could there be. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive began his annual address at football media days by mentioning his “annual brag bag” and then spilled the entire contents while barely taking a breath:

60. Business Executives Discuss Grizzlies' Impact -

For years, FedEx Corp. has brought in 50 of the nation’s leading MBA students to try and recruit them to Memphis.

61. Grizzlies Owners Tout ‘Sustained Success’ -

Every year, FedEx Corp. brings in 50 of the nation’s leading MBA students to try and recruit them to Memphis.

After a three-day weekend of briefing those young professionals on the company and civic culture, an exit survey is conducted with those who didn’t choose FedEx. The No. 1 reason for why they opted out of Memphis? The lack of professional sports teams.

62. Improved Flight Path -

Air medical transport service Hospital Wing has consolidated its operations under one roof with a $1.2 million renovation and expansion of its headquarters near Downtown Memphis.

“The Wing” – as the company is usually called – celebrated the completion of renovations at its Memphis base with an open house event, Tuesday, Oct. 2.

63. Business Making an Anti-Regulation Pitch to Voters -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business are working to make the anti-regulatory fervor their members share an issue in the last weeks of the campaign.

64. Forum Addresses Airfare Concerns -

Southwest Airlines will come to Memphis International Airport at some point. But when the Dallas-based carrier does, Memphis airline passengers shouldn’t expect it will drop airfares at the airport back to pre-recessionary levels.

65. Airfare Forum Draws Southwest Predictions -

Southwest Airlines will come to Memphis International Airport at some point. But when the Dallas-based carrier does, Memphis airline passengers shouldn’t expect it will drop airfares at the airport back to pre-recessionary levels.

66. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

67. Top EPA Official Resigns Over 'Crucify' Comment -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.

68. Plantation Setting for Fundraiser -

The glory of the past and the art of the present collide along the Mississippi River as West Memphis-based DeltaARTS unveils a first-time event.

“Art on the Levee at Waverly Plantation” will showcase one of the few remaining Antebellum homes on the Mississippi River levee in Eastern Arkansas, on Saturday, April 28.

69. Flights of Fortune -

The Delta Air Lines Inc. employees were busy with customers near concourse B at Memphis International Airport.

70. MPO Administrator Recaps Plans to CCIM -

The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has been providing long-range transportation planning for the region for more than 30 years.

It’s the second largest of 11 total MPOs in Tennessee, behind Nashville. But when MPO administrator Pragati Srivastava is out showing presentations or at public hearings, she often comes across a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the organization’s scope.

71. Little Rock Airport to Get US Airways Flight to DC -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Little Rock National Airport is getting nonstop, daily service to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

The US Airways flights will start in March, filling a void in the airport's lineup. Little Rock currently doesn't have direct service to Reagan National.

72. WKNO Will Broadcast NYE on Beale Street -

WKNO/Channel 10 will air “LIVE! Beale Street on New Year’s Eve” from Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 12:30 a.m. It will be shown on public television stations in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and other stations throughout the country.

73. Ark. Organ Donor to be Honored at Rose Parade -

Verna Harris is able to work 40 hours a week. She goes to church on Sundays and enjoys taking in a movie now and then.

74. Memphis Wine Distributor Acquired by Dallas Co. -

Mega-distributor Glazer’s Inc. announced Friday, Nov. 4, it has signed an agreement to acquire Memphis-based Victor L. Robilio Co. Inc., 3680 Air Park St.

75. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management will present its 24th edition of the Strategy Series for Executives, titled “Unleashing the Power of IT for Innovation and Growth,” Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel, 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. The event is free for qualified corporate executives. To register, visit www.hmgstrategy.com.

76. Bioworks Foundation to Build Specialized Lab on S. Dudley -

45 S. Dudley St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $15.2 million

Project Cost: $15.2 million

77. Study: South has 'Middle-Skills' Worker Shortage -

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The South has a shortage of workers to fill middle-skills jobs such as medical technicians and computer support workers, even as many four-year graduates struggle to repay student loans, according to a study released Sunday.

78. Three States Supply Inks Lease in SE Submarket -

A heating and air-conditioning firm is consolidating offices within the Southeast industrial submarket – where it currently has one office.

Three States Supply Co. LLC has inked a 47,000-square-foot lease at 4290 Delp St.

79. Couple Of Firecrackers -

RUNNING FULL CIRCLE. This July Fourth weekend, I’ll be doing what many of you will be doing. Dealing with some part of a pig and some brand of beer, laughing with folks, and hopefully pausing to be hopeful, remembering those who made and make it possible for all of us to do all of that. I’ll also be doing what a couple hundred guys in our forces in Afghanistan will be doing – remembering two cute Memphis girls.

80. Flood Disruptions Minor for Cargo -

For a local economy built on a cornerstone of transportation and logistics, this week’s historic crest of the Mississippi River at Memphis could have been much worse.

As the waters begin to slowly recede, the companies that move goods through Memphis will continue to do what they did as the waters rose – keep ready the alternate routes worked out well in advance.

81. Two Ways to Look at It -

It all depends on your point of view. Coming from Arkansas, it looks like Oz. It appears suddenly, just past that truck in front of you, between that truck and the one next to you, glimpsed between rearview mirror checks of that truck behind you. You’ve somehow survived the concrete gauntlet of West Memphis and the semi cowboys whipping their rigs into a frenzy, driving them to market across the modern day trails of I-40 and I-55.

82. Across Country, GOP Pushes Photo ID at the Polls -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Empowered by last year's elections, Republican leaders in about half the states are pushing to require voters to show photo ID at the polls despite little evidence of fraud and already-substantial punishments for those who vote illegally.

83. Renovations Begin at Pinnacle Headquarters -

40 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $8.7 Million

Project Cost: $8.7 million
Permit Date: Applied February 2011
Owner: Memphis Commerce Square Partners
Tenant: Pinnacle Airlines Corp.
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.

84. Exploring the Mississippi River’s Cutoffs -

See what you can catch.

When the river determined its own course, before it got its manmade shoulders, before spring disaster and all-year fear made us try to tame it, it went where it wanted and – like the biggest bully in the schoolyard, the meanest drunk in the bar – directed its fury against those who talked back.

85. $300K Plough Grant to Memphis Goodwill to Aid Job Creation -

The Plough Foundation has awarded a two-part $300,000 grant to Memphis Goodwill Industries to support the nonprofit’s Community Workforce program, which provides vocational training to individuals with disabilities and other obstacles to employment.

86. Pinnacle Move Bolsters Aerotropolis -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp.’s recent announcement means a headquarters relocation to Downtown and away from the airport, but industry experts say the move will not hinder Memphis’ aerotropolis marketing.

87. Lovell Joins nexAir as CFO, General Counsel -

Having entered the legal profession as a means to develop a long-term business career, Milton Lovell realized his goal recently when he was named the new chief financial officer and general counsel of nexAir.

88. Enjoying the Ride -

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck zipping past the Colosseum in “Roman Holiday” to vintage photographs of suit-wearing mods cruising the streets of 1960s London, the word ‘Vespa” evokes a stream of iconic pop culture images.

89. Air Charter Company Expanding to Little Rock -

As the owner of an air charter business, Andrew Bettis understands that safety must be his top priority.

In fact, his eponymous company, Andrew Bettis Aviation, is the only one in Memphis to earn the prestigious recommendation from Wyvern Ltd., a third-party auditing service.

90. No Recession Here: Election Spending Sets Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Turns out politics, for all its focus on the gloomy economy, is a recession-proof industry.

This year’s volatile election is bursting with money, setting fundraising and spending records in a high-stakes struggle for control of Congress amid looser but still fuzzy campaign finance rules.

91. Keet Calls for Selling Ark. State Police Plane -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet is calling for Arkansas to sell the airplane the governor uses to travel on official business.

On Monday, Keet proposed selling the 2007 Beechcraft King Air used primarily by state police to transport the governor. The aircraft was bought using $4 million from the state's surplus in 2007 and replaced an aging aircraft used by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican.

92. Med Loses Wing Stake, Gains Write-Off -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis will write off about $4.4 million in assets because it no longer has an ownership stake in the Hospital Wing.

Hospital officials did not know until recently that the charter for the air ambulance service had been modified to change it to a nonmember organization. The original owners of the service were The MED, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

93. Energy Grant to Help Ark. Low-Income Residents -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of the Arkansas congressional delegation are announcing a federal grant to help low-income Arkansans save on heating and cooling costs.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program is providing $1.6 million to the Arkansas Department of Human Services for the program. DHS will distribute the money among 15 community action agencies to help low-income residents pay for energy-efficiency improvements in their homes.

94. Local Care-Giving Market Growing Quickly -

Dr. Daron Merryman, a physician from Jonesboro, is the latest entrant into an expanding pool of personal care service providers in Memphis.

Merryman has bought the franchise rights to BrightStar in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette counties. Chicago-based BrightStar is a full-service health care staffing agency that provides medical and non-medical home care, as well as staffing for hospitals and nursing homes.

95. Home Sales Up Year-Over-Year in South -

MIAMI (AP) - Home sales in the South posted an annual increase of 8 percent in January as buyers grabbed hold of federal tax credits and affordable prices.

However, sales plummeted 35 percent from December, a sign that the housing market's recovery may be on shaky ground.

96. Methodist Poised to Launch Hospice -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is ready to break ground on a project it has been planning for years – a $7.9 million, 30-bed hospice facility on Quince Road in East Memphis.

Sally Aldrich, administrator and chief nursing officer for Methodist’s affiliated services division, which oversees the hospital’s hospice, home care and palliative care departments, said Methodist now has “the pledges in the door” and will begin construction this month.

97. SeaPort Airlines Adds Four Memphis to Ark. Flights -

Scheduled airline service will return to four Arkansas cities Oct. 26.

SeaPort Airlines of Oregon will provide flights from Memphis to airports in Hot Springs, El Dorado, Harrison and Jonesboro. SeaPort is providing the flights through an Essential Air Service contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

98. Ark. Gets $69M for Renovations Through Stimulus -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' colleges and universities, prison system and other state buildings will use more than $69 million in federal stimulus money for renovations and energy-efficiency upgrades, Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday.

99. Probe of NE Miss. Mueller Plant Explosion Begins -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal investigators were gathering information Thursday, one day after an explosion killed a man and injured three others at copper tubing plant in northeast Mississippi.

100. Giving in Tough Times Balancing Act for Companies -

CINCINNATI (AP) - She sat patiently in her wheelchair, as scurrying volunteers gathered ham, a turkey, canned goods, bread, and bags of potatoes, apples and pungent onions in a storeroom with sporadic drafts of frigid air from outside.