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1. Justices Reject Appeal Over Mississippi Confederate Emblem -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from an African-American attorney who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag "an official endorsement of white supremacy."

2. Trustee’s Office Promotes Financial Education and Counseling -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will tell you that the myriad financial education programs and initiatives his office is involved with – covering everything from helping improve consumer credit to financial counseling – are what he sees as part of his job as the “banker for the county.”

3. Copeland Retires at OPD, Zeanah Nominated as Successor -

After 29 years in city and county government, Rick Copeland is retiring as director of the Memphis-Shelby County Division of Planning and Development effective Jan. 2.

4. Copeland Retires at OPD, Zeanah Nominated as Successor -

After 29 years in city and county government, Rick Copeland is retiring as director of the Memphis-Shelby County Division of Planning and Development effective Jan. 2.

5. EPIcenter, Little Bird Innovation Launch Business Plan Contest -

The local EPIcenter organization, along with research, strategy and design firm Little Bird Innovation, are launching a business plan competition Wednesday, Nov. 15, that’s meant to enlist entrepreneurs in coming up with ways to solve persistent challenges that confront local makers and artisans.

6. Another Mississippi City Furls Confederate-Themed State Flag -

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi city will stop flying the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist.

Aldermen in Cleveland voted 3-2 Tuesday to remove the flag from display at City Hall, the police department and other municipal property. Two aldermen were absent.

7. Boyd Completes Statewide Trek at Beale Street Landing -

The finish line was uphill Tuesday, Nov. 7, as Republican contender for Tennessee governor Randy Boyd completed a 537.3-mile run across the state that began in August at the Tennessee-Virginia state line in Bristol.

8. The Sound of (Memphis) Music -

By her own account, Marcella Simien fell in love with Memphis on Day One when she moved here to attend college. Almost a decade later, she’s still here, the frontwoman for Marcella & Her Lovers, a band that plays what she describes as “swamp soul” and finished up an album this summer.

9. Little Rock Drops Amazon Bid In Ad: 'It's Not You, It's Us' -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' capital city pre-emptively broke up with Amazon Thursday rather than submit a long-shot bid for the e-commerce giant's second headquarters, telling the company in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you, it's us."

10. Goodell: NFL Not Changing its National Anthem Policy -

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league's fall meetings that altering the language from "should stand" to "must stand" was not discussed.

11. Haslam Won't Run for Corker's Senate Seat; Blackburn Joins Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced her campaign for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's seat on Thursday in a video that slams the "totally dysfunctional" Senate and Republicans in particular for their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

12. Fourth Bluff Effort Moves Toward More Permanent Plans -

You can still see the words on the surface of Riverside Drive from the RiverPlay area that took over the street between the Mississippi River and Memphis Parks during the summer.

“In Memphis We Ball” reads the chipped white lettering on the asphalt, with the word “ball” almost unrecognizable.

13. UTHSC, Nonprofit Partners In Funding Research Projects -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has formed a partnership with a Birmingham, Alabama-based nonprofit that has almost 500 scientists and engineers working under its banner, a union meant to help advance research that could lead to new drug discovery and commercialization.

14. Overton Square Hotel Awarded Tax Incentives -

The developers of a $24 million Overton Square hotel and a Canadian elevator company looking to build its first U.S. facility in Memphis have been awarded tax incentives to move ahead with their projects.

15. Overton Square Hotel Approved for Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has approved Loeb Properties' request for a 15-year tax abatement to build a 100-room boutique hotel near Overton Square.

Despite some concerns from the EDGE board over the definition of blighted property, Loeb Properties and its partners, boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group, were approved for the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive Wednesday, Sept. 20, to help offset the construction costs of the $24 million hotel.

16. Loeb Properties Planning $24M Overton Square Hotel -

Loeb Properties wants to build on the revival of Overton Square by adding a $24 million, 100-room hotel in the district.

The Memphis-based company and its partners – boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group – are seeking a 15-year tax abatement to construct a 100-room boutique hotel at the southwest corner of Cooper Street and Trimble Place, south of Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis.

17. August Mortgage Volume Up 16 Percent -

The vice president of Independent Bank’s mortgage division is expecting to tackle about five mortgage pre-qualifications this week as well as a couple of contracts.

18. University Clinical Health Continues Growth Spurt -

University Clinical Health, the clinical practice organization affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, is expanding with the acquisition of a new practice, the addition of another and some future expansion beyond Memphis coming soon.

19. Charges Vary In Forrest Statue Arrests as Issue Moves to City Hall -

Only two of the six people arrested on misdemeanor charges Saturday, Aug. 19, during demonstrations at the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park were charged with trying to wrap a banner around the monument and only one of the two was charged with “desecration of a venerated object.”

20. Funding Announcements Cap Startup Demo Day -

Funding announcements have already started rolling in for some participating startups in this year’s “Summer of Acceleration” following Demo Day. The demo pitch to investors caps annual programming for the consortium of accelerators.

21. Crosstown Concourse Reopening to Include Open Houses, Performances, More -

The formal dedication of the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building next week will include tours of the different uses of the 1.5-million-square-foot building and 20 musical acts as well as a banner drop.

22. Strong: Democrats Must Reconnect With Voters -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the local party has lost its voters and getting them back is the path to victory in the 2018 county elections and beyond.

Corey Strong, an attorney and special projects director for Shelby County Schools, was elected chairman of the reorganized local party Saturday, Aug. 5, following its dissolution by the Tennessee Democratic Party a year ago.

23. New Shelby County Democratic Party Still Faces Challenges -

The Shelby County Democratic Party is almost back as a reconstituted organization and it has a lot of new blood as well as new rules.

But the final verdict on the party’s effectiveness in a county where Democrats are the majority is still out even after the Saturday, July 22, party convention.

24. New Local Democratic Party Council Features Lots of New Faces -

Shelby County Democrats selected 102 citizens Saturday, July 22, to the local party’s new Democratic Grass Roots Council and 26 of those 102 to the local party’s executive committee in a local party convention at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

25. Opera Memphis Using Grant to Reach Mostly Absent Audience -

Innovation isn’t necessarily the first word that comes to mind to describe opera. That’s one reason Opera Memphis’ award of a $28,000 Innovation Grant – among the first to be handed out by OPERA America, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation – is interesting, to say the least.

26. Organizers Mobilize Against Confederate Monuments -

If there was any doubt about the precise target of the still-forming movement to remove the city’s statues and monuments honoring Confederate leaders, that was dispelled Tuesday, June 20, as more than 300 people gathered at Bruce Elementary School.

27. Renasant Bank to Build Midtown Branch -

The parent companies of Renasant Bank and Metropolitan Bank, which are in the process of merging, have announced plans to build a new Midtown Memphis bank branch at 2046 Union Ave.

28. Renasant Bank to Build Midtown Branch -

The parent companies of Renasant Bank and Metropolitan Bank, which are in the process of merging, have announced plans to build a new Midtown Memphis bank branch at 2046 Union Ave.

29. 2,700 Vote Early, 3 Election Day Polls Move in House District 95 -

A total of 2,700 citizens cast early votes ahead Thursday’s special state House District 95 election in eastern Shelby County. And on election day, three of the 14 polling places – two in Collierville and one in Germantown – will move from their regular locations.

30. The Week Ahead: June 12-18 -

Get ready to groove, Memphis, because this week we're welcoming the inimitable Ruthie Foster to town, along with the return of both the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival and the Soulsville Record Swap. Plus, we've got details on the state House District 95 election, free MATA rides and what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

31. Joyful House Republicans Vote to Repeal Reviled 'Obamacare' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the "Obamacare" health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump.

32. Redbirds’ Patrick Wisdom Maturing as Hitter -

Every player is on his own timetable. No matter the position he plays, no matter when and where he was drafted. Memphis Redbirds third baseman Patrick Wisdom, 25, came into the St. Louis Cardinals’ system with high – fast-track – expectations. Selected in the supplemental first round (52nd overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary’s College, Wisdom was tabbed by Baseball America as the 71st best overall prospect.

33. Arkansas' Multiple Execution Plan Appearing to Unravel -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute eight men by the end of the month appeared to unravel Friday, with a judge blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and the state's highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die.

34. Mississippi House to Colleges: Fly Flag or Lose Tax Break -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist.

35. Ag Shark Tank Joins Memphis Farm & Gin Show -

The Memphis Farm & Gin Show opened its annual two-day stay at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Friday, March 3, with something new – a business “shark tank” of sorts amidst the towering farm machinery and other agriculture technology.

36. Last Word: The Artisan Survives, Gas Tax Push-Back and Our Competition -

I knew winter was out there hiding somewhere. Just waiting for you to leave your coat at home in a flush of spring fever, bounding out of work Wednesday afternoon to find spring has hit the highway. But where does spring go on its spring break? The Suns were in Memphis Wednesday evening – the Phoenix Suns, that is. They lost to the Grizz at the Forum 110 – 91.

37. Football Recruiting: Memphis, Mississippi State Move Forward -

The top of the college football recruiting period looks like it usually does. Alabama pulled in the consensus No. 1 recruiting class for 2017 for the fifth time in six years and coach Nick Saban said the kind of ridiculous things that a guy presiding over a football factory says.

38. Editorial: The Page Turns On Our Book Places -

The decline of locally owned bookstores in Memphis and beyond hasn’t happened in a vacuum. So while we lament their precarious existence, it’s important to keep a few other points in mind.

39. Last Word: The Grizz Farm Club Moves, Changing the NAACP and $15 An Hour -

How many of you knew the Iowa Energy was what amounts to a minor league team connected to the Grizz? How many of you knew that before Wade Baldwin and Troy Williams got sent there last month?

40. Editorial: Sports Remains Part Of Memphis’ Pulse -

When we talk about the culture of Memphis, you probably think music first, then maybe food. Perhaps church.

But is that really the sum total of the city’s pulse, or are the big three the expression of a cultural mix that is more diverse and more complex?

41. County Commission Renews Bolton Contract -

The Shelby County Commission voted Monday, Jan. 9, to renew a $65,000 contract with attorney Julian Bolton that runs through the 2017 calendar year.

42. Shelby County Home Sales Prices Hit Record High -

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market remained healthy in 2016, where a record high in average home sales prices and a 15-year low in foreclosures helped make the housing crisis of last decade seem more and more like a distant memory.

43. County Commission Renews Bolton Contract -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan. 9, to renew a contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position is necessary.

44. County Commission Continues Bolton Contract, Approves Legislative Wish List -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan 9, to renew its contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position in necessary.

45. Memphis Health Care Thrives With Investments, Growth -

Methodist Healthcare made a “great commitment” to Memphis this year. Those are the words of Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, who referenced the health care system’s multimillion-dollar investment into its flagship hospital at 1265 Union Ave., part of a master plan that will give the facility a modern overhaul.

46. Analyst: Rite Aid Buy ‘Good Deal’ for Fred’s -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. got a “really good deal” on the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s agreed to buy for $950 million in a deal that takes the company beyond its core market and marks a significant new chapter in its story.

47. $950M Deal Would Make Fred's No. 3 Nationwide -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has agreed to buy 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million, which will make Fred's the third-largest drugstore chain nationwide.

48. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

49. Miss. Lawyers: Don't Revive Lawsuit Over Confederate Emblem -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

50. Tupelo Police HQ to Fly Miss. Bicentennial Banner, For Now -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi flag with the Confederate battle emblem won't fly outside the new Tupelo Police Department building – at least for a year.

The city council voted to fly a state bicentennial banner rather than the state flag from this December until next, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2gKtb6T ).

51. Titans Desperately Need to Get Past Indy Jinx -

It’s time. In a weak AFC South, the Tennessee Titans appear to be at least a year ahead of schedule in their quest for playoff contention.

Sure, a 5-5 record might not look all that great to those on the outside, but considering where this team has been the past few years, the Titans at least have hope that the second half of the season will be for something other than next year’s draft position.

52. 10 Offline Marketing Strategies -

We’re so knee-deep in the digital age that the phrase “digital marketing” is now synonymous with “marketing.” As such, there is so much digital noise competing for the attention of consumers, your message can be easily lost. That’s why now, more than ever, a combination of offline and online strategies are your best bet. 

53. Election Fallout: What a Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means for State -

Donald Trump is going to win easily in Tennessee.

Everyone, most of all the campaigns for both Trump and Hillary Clinton, accept this fact, as evidenced by the lack of campaign time spent in the state – and most of the South, for that matter – during this contentious campaign cycle.

54. I’ll Never Be President -

BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS IN AN ELECTION YEAR. Let’s face it; I’ll never be president.

Another birthday just showed up and I didn’t blow out any candles. Maybe I don’t have the breath for it anymore. Maybe I don’t have the enthusiasm. While I’m grateful for another year, the count thereof gives me pause.

55. Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.

56. Petitions Fail to Strip Confederate Emblem From Mississippi State Flag -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag has failed because sponsors didn't collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot.

57. Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant -

They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.

In the earliest plans for the city of Memphis, they were part of the Promenade – a section of public land that includes the city’s first public library, the river view behind what is now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park below it on the other side of Riverside Drive.

58. Attorney: Suit Against Confederate Emblem Not a Lost Cause -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An attorney says he's not surrendering his legal battle to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag.

Carlos Moore says Friday that he will file a notice next week asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to revive his lawsuit challenging the banner.

59. The Eyes Have It -

Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.

60. The Tennessean to Sell Longtime Nashville Offices -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessean is putting its longtime offices in downtown Nashville up for sale.

The newspaper reports (http://tnne.ws/2bODpVH) that no price has been named for the 10-acre property that is located in the Gulch neighborhood of the city.

61. Local Democratic Party Troubles Follow Abysmal County Election Record -

To those who don’t live and breathe politics, the Friday, Aug. 19, decision by Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Mancini to decertify the Shelby County Democratic Party looks more serious than it is.

62. Murphy: Allow Yourself to Be Guided -

When you open the website of Playback Memphis, the 8-year-old nonprofit founded by Virginia Murphy, the first thing you see is a banner memorializing Verdell Smith, the Memphis Police officer who was killed on June 4 by a criminal in a speeding car fleeing a Downtown shooting. In the picture, Smith is in uniform, smiling broadly, holding a sign that says, “I matter.”

63. Editorial: Your November Vote Is Just the Beginning -

Here comes the last election of 2016 – the big one that comes every four years on the first Tuesday in November.

Many of you vote only in this election and skip all of the others in between.

64. Shelby County Seeing Low Early Voting Turnout -

At the end of the first full week of early voting in advance of the Aug. 4 election day, Shelby County Election Commission data shows Democratic and Republican primary turnout closely matched.

And overall, early voting turnout is much lower than it was for the same election cycle four years ago, but ahead of where it was eight years ago.

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

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

66. Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’ -

Two recently approved projects will bring more than $300,000 in public projects to the Edge District.

“We expect this to be a banner year for the Edge in terms of improving the aesthetics, making it a more interesting place for the thousands of visitors that go there every year,” said Leslie Gower, vice president of marketing for the Downtown Memphis Commission.

67. State Moves TCAP, Shortens Testing Parts -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Thursday, July 14, public schools across the state will have achievement tests for students in one assessment window at the end of the school year. And the tests for four subjects will be divided into shorter subparts.

68. Black Lives Matter Movement Defines Itself Beyond Single Leader -

The city’s Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a single leader or “figurehead” and shouldn’t be oversimplified, said a coalition of several groups involved in the protests.

69. BLM Movement Leaders Add to Demands, Conley Says 'Time To Speak Up' -

The city’s Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a single leader or “figure head” and shouldn’t be oversimplified, said a coalition of several groups involved in the protests.

70. State Moves TCAP, Shortens Testing Parts -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Thursday, July 14, public schools across the state will have achievement tests for students in one assessment window at the end of the school year. And the tests for four subjects will be divided into shorter subparts.

71. McQueen Announces Single TCAP Testing Window At End of School Year -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Thursday, July 14, public schools across the state will have achievement tests for students in one assessment window at the end of the school year. And the tests for four subjects will be divided into shorter subparts.

72. Board of Regents Hires Longtime Statehouse Reporter Locker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Board of Regents has hired longtime Statehouse reporter Richard Locker as the higher education system's spokesman.

Locker succeeds Monica Greppin-Watts, who is joining the communications team at the University of Alabama.

73. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

74. Budweiser Becomes ‘America.’ Drink Up. Or Not. -

NEW YORK (AP) – There's no trademark on America.

Budweiser, now owned by Belgium's AB Inbev, will rename its beer "America" this summer and alter its labels with images and phrases affiliated with the republic.

75. 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.

76. Kyles Played Big Role in Civil Rights Movement -

The world knows him through his story of standing near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in 1968 just seconds before King was assassinated.

77. Last Word: The Friendly Church on the Parkway and Paxton Lynch's Mom -

He came to Memphis in the late 1950s from Chicago as the first pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, the “friendly church on the parkway” in a city that was anything but friendly to the causes of Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles.

78. Civil Rights Veteran Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles Dies At Age 81 -

Civil rights movement icon Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles died Tuesday, April 26, after a long illness at the age of 81.

79. Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans Solve Flag Fight With Coins -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans sidestepped the divisive fight over displays of the Confederate battle flag at the U.S. Capitol with plans to put up state coins instead.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., who heads the House Administration Committee, announced Thursday that reproductions of commemorative quarters depicting the 50 states, District of Columbia and the territories will line the wall between the Capitol and the Rayburn House Office Building.

80. Grizzlies Hope to Grind Out a Playoff Win at Home -

April 22, 2004. The Memphis Grizzlies’ first home playoff game in franchise history at The Pointed House now known as Bass Pro Shops.

Hubie Brown was the Grizzlies coach then, and the NBA’s Coach of the Year for overseeing a 50-win season. The Gasol on the team was Pau and Bonzi Wells was the more controlled forerunner to Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson.

81. Mid-South Mayors Don’t See Barriers In Regionalism -

It took the Mississippi River’s devastating flood in 2011 for Mid-South leaders to consider greater collaboration among the area’s 10 counties and three states.

Mid-South mayors came together to plot their way out of disaster, and that convening set the stage for a formal alliance, the Mid-South Mayors’ Council.

82. Toward a Better Definition Of ‘Innovation Process’ -

Innovation is one of those words that means something different to each person that hears it. When you describe the whole framework as an innovation process, the confusion compounds exponentially. The word process is more misleading than the word innovation

83. Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification -

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

84. UT Students Rally Diversity Supporters -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee students are rallying supporters of diversity on campus after a state Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to defund the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

85. Mississippi Will Defend Lawsuit Over Confederate-Themed Flag -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's attorney general says he will defend the Confederate-themed state flag against a lawsuit that seeks to remove the banner, even though he thinks the flag hurts the state and should change.

86. Bill Would Open Door for Utilities to Expand Broadband -

Legislation to expand broadband access across Tennessee is evolving – by necessity.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks’ bill HB1303 to allow public utilities to provide Internet service outside their footprint is alive, he says, but it is being “argued vehemently.”

87. First Tennessee Continues Strong Giving Efforts in 2015 -

2015 was another banner year for First Tennessee's volunteer efforts.

In addition to hundreds of employees volunteering thousands of service hours to area nonprofit organizations, the First Tennessee Foundation donated almost $6 million to nonprofits in the bank’s communities.

88. Mississippi Governor: April Named Confederate Heritage Month -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.

His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website (http://bit.ly/1VHPTv9) but not to the governor's site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have either removed the Confederate battle emblem from the 122-year-old state flag or stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner.

89. Numbers Show Memphis’ Commercial Real Estate Market Stable in 2015 -

Across all sectors, the Memphis market was stable in 2015.

That’s according to the latest data from Integra Realty Resources, a national appraisal and advisory firm. At its annual Viewpoint local market presentation Wednesday, Feb. 24, local Integra leaders spoke on the industrial sector’s banner year, multifamily’s expansion cycle, what’s next for an office market without any remaining Class A space, and growth in the retail sector.

90. First Tennessee Continued Strong Giving Efforts in 2015 -

2015 was another banner year for First Tennessee’s volunteer efforts.

In addition to hundreds of employees volunteering thousands of service hours to area nonprofit organizations, the First Tennessee Foundation donated almost $6 million to nonprofits in the bank’s communities.

91. 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.

92. Landmark Community Bank Reports Strong 2015 Earnings -

Landmark Community Bank turned in a banner year in 2015.

The bank says it ended 2015 with record-setting earnings and assets under management. Landmark finished 2015 with $831.2 million in assets under management and nearly $665 million in deposits; total deposits increased by more than $117 million compared to Dec. 31, 2014.

93. New Numbers: Memphis Industrial Market Breaks Records -

The Memphis industrial sector had a banner year in 2015. According to year-end data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, last year’s absorption level came in at 8.4 million square feet, 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels and a record for the market.

94. Titans Coaching Staff Turns a Grayer Shade of Blue -

If experience is the best teacher, the Tennessee Titans’ young roster is headed to school – old school, that is.

Head coach Mike Mularky’s offensive and defensive coordinators – Terry Robiskie and Dick LeBeau – have a combined 80 years of coaching experience, Robiskie starting with the Oakland Raiders in 1977 and LeBeau with Philadelphia in 1973.

95. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds -

Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

96. Haslam: No Gas Tax Push, For Now -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, that there won’t be a state gas tax hike proposal in this year’s session of the Tennessee Legislature.

But Haslam, who previously said he wasn’t necessarily pushing for such a tax hike as a solution to funding road projects, said that is the most likely future option.

97. Mobile Is Everything -

Editor’s Note: This column is the ninth in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

98. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

99. 2016 Could Be Banner Year for Travel -

Every new year is filled with possibilities.

And in travel, a growing economy is just part of why travelers will seek new experiences.

TripAdvisor Insights surveyed more than 44,000 travelers and hoteliers about their travel plans for 2016.

100. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils -

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.