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1. Mercedes-Benz to Invest $1 Billion in Alabama, Add 600 Jobs -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby, moves it said would create 600 new jobs.

2. Health Benefit Offers From Small Businesses Keep Vanishing -

Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit nearly all large employers still provide.

3. 5K for Pre-K Saturday Morning Benefits Porter-Leath -

Bountiful Blessings Inc. is hosting the 8th annual G.E. Patterson 5K for Pre-K benefiting Porter-Leath on Saturday, Sept. 16.

4. Irma Evacuees in Tenn. Can Seek Unemployment Benefits -

Hundreds of residents from states impacted by Hurricane Irma escaped the storm by seeking refuge in cities across Tennessee. Many are staying with family or at local hotels and campgrounds and are not able to work.

5. Belly Acres Owners to Open New Taco Restaurant -

A new taco restaurant from the owners of Belly Acres is coming to 3295 Poplar Ave.

Tennessee Taco Co., owned by Ben McLean and chef Rob Ray, is set to open Monday, Sept. 11. Located at Poplar and Holmes Road, the restaurant will feature 24 kinds of street tacos, with menu options encompassing tastes that range from a preference for beef to chicken, pork and fish.

6. Tennessee Taco Opens in Former Los Compadres Space -

3295 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

7. Memphis Has Earned its ‘Foodie Town’ Reputation in Past Decade -

When Sabine Bachmann arrived in Memphis more than 30 years ago, she was a little stunned at the city’s meager restaurant scene. The city wasn't barren, of course, with longtime mainstays such as Justine's and the Four Flames. But beyond that and some Italian family-owned places, the restaurant scene simply wasn't very diverse or widespread.

8. Last Word: The Amazon Competition, Millington Shelters and Grizz Ownership Drama -

With a social media post Thursday morning, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city is ready to compete in a very public competition for the $5-billion second North American headquarters Amazon.com announced earlier Thursday. Some context here. The $5 billion investment by Amazon in what it calls HQ2 compares to the $9 billion St. Jude is investing in its expansion including about $1 billion in capital costs and the rest research, technology and other development costs included in what is more than a physical expansion.

9. Belly Acres Co-Owners Open New Concept -

Ben McLean, co-owner of the Overton Square burger restaurant Belly Acres, has been thinking about expanding his Memphis-area restaurant interests for a few years now.

10. Belly Acres Owners to Open New Taco Restaurant -

A new taco restaurant from the owners of Belly Acres is coming to 3295 Poplar Ave.

Tennessee Taco Co., owned by Ben McLean and chef Rob Ray, is set to open Monday, Sept. 11. Located at Poplar and Holmes Road – between East Memphis and Midtown – the restaurant will feature 24 kinds of street tacos, with menu options encompassing tastes that range from a preference for beef to chicken, pork and fish.

11. Halvorson Assumes New Role At Cumberland Trust -

Independent corporate trust firm Cumberland Trust has promoted Rebecca M. Halvorson to senior vice president of business development and manager of regional markets. Halvorson, who joined Cumberland in 2010, is based in the company’s Memphis office.

12. Will Grizzlies Have A Leg to Stand On? -

David Fizdale was eloquent as he again stated the city of Memphis should remove its Confederate statues. Chris Wallace appeared to have lost weight, an executive expression that this team will be ready for training camp in a few weeks.

13. A Puzzle for Central Bankers: Solid Growth But Low Inflation -

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) – Against a backdrop of strengthening growth but chronically low inflation, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and other central bankers are taking their measure of the global economy at their annual conference in the shadow of Wyoming's Grand Teton Mountains.

14. Season 3: Time for QB Mariota To Become a Star -

If Year 1 was a good start and Year 2 was another step in the right direction, what should we expect of Marcus Mariota in Year 3?

How about a playoff berth for the team he quarterbacks.

Granted, there are many other factors in play that will determine the success, failure or return to mediocrity of the Titans in 2017. Has the defensive backfield been successfully retooled? Can the offensive line remain one of the best in the NFL? Will the additions at wide receiver pay the expected dividends?

15. Officials Say Trump's Afghan Plan Involves 3,900 More Troops -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to end America's longest war and eliminate Afghanistan's rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. troops, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days.

16. A Season for Rethinking Options Makes Sense at This Point -

After another first-round playoff exit this spring, a very direct question was put to All-Star center Marc Gasol:

Was he still dedicated to the Grizzlies, to seeing this franchise become the best it can be?

17. Fed Officials Split in July Over Inflation Worries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers were worried last month about inflation, but for two opposing reasons.

One group of Federal Reserve policymakers felt inflation was falling too low and argued for caution in raising interest rates. Others expressed concerns that delaying further rate hikes could push inflation higher into dangerous territory.

18. Last Word: Charlottesville Reaction, Stax & Atlantic Together Again and MEMFix -

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend will be on a lot of minds in a lot of other places including Memphis as this week begins. And the discussion here in Memphis is already underway. The gathering point Saturday just hours after a suspected white supremacist drove his car into a group of counter protesters in Charlottesville really didn’t even need a lot of billing or explanation.

19. 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.

20. Grizzlies’ McLemore Breaks Foot, Will Miss Season Start -

The Memphis Grizzlies are expected to be without guard Ben McLemore for a minimum of 12 weeks following surgery for a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The Grizzlies said the injury occurred when he landed on another player’s foot after driving to the basket during a pick-up game in Los Angeles.

21. FedEx Files $3 Million In Building Permits -

FedEx Corp. has filed a pair of building permit applications for two separate sites in Memphis totaling $3 million.

22. Getting Started -

Every journey of a thousand miles begins with that first single step. Every song, that first note; every long-lasting relationship can trace back to that first hello.

The countless business startups in Memphis, many maturing thanks to the city’s myriad accelerators and entrepreneurship programs, likewise all unfold the same way. They all start, no pun intended, with that first idea that leads to the creation of an enterprise – hopefully a successful, money-making one.

23. FedEx Files $3 Million In Building Permits -

FedEx Corp. has filed a pair of building permit applications for two separate sites in Memphis totaling $3 million.

24. Grizzlies’ McLemore Breaks Foot, Will Miss Season Start -

The Memphis Grizzlies are expected to be without guard Ben McLemore for a minimum of 12 weeks following surgery for a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The Grizzlies said the injury occurred when he landed on another player’s foot after driving to the basket during a pick-up game in Los Angeles.

25. Promising 'A Better Deal,' Democrats Try to Rebrand Party -

BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) – Promising "A Better Deal" for American workers, Democratic Party leaders rolled out a new agenda with a populist pitch on Monday as they sought to bounce back from their losses in November and look ahead to the 2018 midterms.

26. Grizzlies Paradox: Get Younger, Get Older, Stay Relevant -

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to walk dual trails. It is what they must do, even if such hedging threatens to constrain both their immediate and long-range future.

We learned this week that 31-year-old point guard Mario Chalmers is returning to the Grizzlies on a partially guaranteed one-year contract. Two seasons ago, Chalmers was an impactful backup for Mike Conley until a ruptured Achilles tendon ended his season.

27. Early Release Halted for Germantown Man Convicted of Killing Mississippi Cop -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The head of Mississippi's prison system has decided not to release an inmate convicted in the 2006 killing of a University of Mississippi police officer.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections notified victims, law enforcement agencies and court officials Thursday that Daniel Cummings, 31, would be released from prison July 28 after serving less than half of a 20-year sentence, The Oxford Eagle reported .

28. Group Benefits LLC Merges With Alera Group -

Memphis-based employee benefits firm Group Benefits LLC is merging into Alera Group, an independent national insurance brokerage and wealth management firm covering 15 stations and 40 locations, the two companies announced Monday, July 10.

29. Trump Nominates Norris, Parker to Memphis Federal Court Bench -

President Donald Trump has nominated state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris and Memphis attorney Tommy Parker to be the two newest judges in Memphis federal court, according to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

30. Additional Sanitation Workers May Get Benefits -

The city of Memphis had 1,100 sanitation workers when the historic strike began in February 1968, with close to 1,000 of them walking off the job following the grisly deaths of two of their own trapped in the grinder of a garbage truck in East Memphis.

31. Council Approves Sanitation Workers Benefits -

There may be more than 14 city sanitation workers from 1968 who are still alive. And the city is double-checking its list as the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, July 11, the payment of $50,000 grants to 14 of the workers it has already identified including four still working for the city.

32. Memphis-Based Group Benefits Merges With Alera Group -

Memphis-based employee benefits company Group Benefits LLC is merging into Alera Group, an independent national insurance brokerage and wealth management firm covering 15 states and 40 locations, the two companies announced Monday, July 10.

33. Council Takes Up Sanitation Worker Benefits -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, July 11, on grants of $50,000 each for the 14 surviving city sanitation workers from the 1968 strike along with a supplemental retirement plan for sanitation workers hired after the strike.

34. Grizzlies Sign McLemore To Two-Year Contract -

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed unrestricted free agent guard Ben McLemore to a two-year deal worth $10.7 million, according to ESPN.

35. Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

36. 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.

37. 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

38. Z-Bo Leaves Memphis With Many Memories -

Eight years ago this week, there was a press conference at FedExForum. The Memphis Grizzlies had acquired a power forward via a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

As is the routine when the Grizzlies get a new player, he posed holding his new jersey – No. 50 – with general manager Chris Wallace. That was how the Zach Randolph years started here.

39. Grizzlies Sign McLemore To Two-Year Contract -

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed unrestricted free agent guard Ben McLemore to a two-year deal worth $10.7 million, according to ESPN.

40. Dry Ice Can Save Your Groceries, Budget -

A couple weeks ago thousands of Memphians lost power for days as a result of the historic summer storm.

Lost power can mean lost groceries – potentially wasting food and money, not to mention the cost of new groceries that will need to be bought.

41. Angry Dems Turn Against Leaders After House Election Losses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.

42. UK Moves to Ease Tensions After Van Attack on London Muslims -

LONDON (AP) — British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a large van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.

43. ‘Moonlighting’ Music Event To Benefit St. Jude -

The Tin Roof on Beale is hosting a multi-band show next month to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The “Moonlighting for the Cure” show is July 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 315 Beale St. Each act on the bill – such as The Mighty Electric St. Jude Band and Accidental Field Trip, among others – features a St. Jude employee who “moonlights” as a musician.

44. Pardue, Benjamin Claim Seats at Arlington Filing Deadline -

One of the four races for alderman in Arlington this September was decided at the Thursday, June 15, noon deadline for candidates to file, as was one of the three school board races.

The two sets of races in Arlington are the only regularly scheduled elections of an otherwise off-election year in Shelby County that has come to include two special elections elsewhere in the county.

45. Pardue, Benjamin Claim Seats at Arlington Filing Deadline -

One of the four races for alderman in Arlington this September was decided at the Thursday, June 15, noon deadline for candidates to file, as was one of the three school board races.

The two sets of races in Arlington are the only regularly scheduled elections of an otherwise off-election year in Shelby County that has come to include two special elections elsewhere in the county.

46. ‘Moonlighting’ Music Event To Benefit St. Jude -

The Tin Roof on Beale is hosting a multi-band show next month to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The “Moonlighting for the Cure” show is July 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 315 Beale St. Each act on the bill – such as The Mighty Electric St. Jude Band and Accidental Field Trip, among others – features a St. Jude employee who “moonlights” as a musician.

47. For St. Jude and Golf Fans, FedEx St. Jude Classic is Thriving -

Perspective can be too easy of a word. It can get thrown around casually, especially in big-time sports settings. But at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, “perspective” isn’t just a clichéd line for a moment in time.

48. Daniel Berger Makes it Back-to-Back Wins at FESJC -

When he won his first PGA Tour event here last year, young Daniel Berger celebrated. Maybe a bit too much at the cost of some sleep.

49. Claims for Jobless Benefits Fall to 245,000 Nationwide -

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as most U.S. workers continue to enjoy job security.

The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 245,000 last week. The less-volatile, four-week average rose by 2,250 to 242,000.

50. Claims for US Jobless Benefits Fall by 10,000 to 245,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as most U.S. workers continue to enjoy job security.

THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 245,000 last week. The less-volatile, four-week average rose by 2,250 to 242,000.

51. Amazon Offers Prime Discount to Those on Government Benefits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers. The online leader is offering a discount on its pay-by-month Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.

52. Cleaning Authority Program To Benefit Food Bank -

For the second consecutive year, The Cleaning Authority of Memphis is conducting a summer donation program to help the Mid-South Food Bank.

53. June 2-8, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: Memphis Police officer Verdell Smith is killed in the line of duty when the suspect in three Downtown shootings runs over him at Beale Street and B.B. King Boulevard. The incident begins when Justin Welch allegedly shoots two people sitting at a picnic table outside Westy’s near The Pyramid, then walks across the street and shoots a Bass Pro Shops employee in the Pyramid parking lot.
Police scramble to apprehend Welch and find him driving a stolen car the wrong way on B.B. King toward Beale. As Smith and other officers try to clear pedestrians from the intersection, Welch hits the 18-year Memphis Police veteran with the car. Two of the three people shot are critically injured; Welch is treated for minor injuries.

54. Cleaning Authority Program to Benefit Food Bank -

For the second consecutive year, The Cleaning Authority of Memphis is conducting a summer donation program to help the community.

Called The Cleaning Authority CARES, the company collections donations of food from clients and the community to give to the Mid-South Food Bank. The initiative first launched in April 2016 and the Memphis office collected 2,456 pounds of food for the food bank.

55. Former St. Benedict, U of M Pitcher Sam Moll One Step Away From the Bigs -

Lefthander Sam Moll was good as a freshman and sophomore pitching at the University of Memphis. But as a junior in 2013, the St. Benedict at Auburndale High School product was something beyond dominant.

56. Skydivers Plan ‘Boogie’ to Benefit Cancer Foundation -

She’s a third-grade teacher by day, but on weekends you can find her hurtling at more than 100 mph from 14,000 feet up in the sky.

Cancer survivor Elizabeth Young will host the second annual West Tennessee Sisters in Skydiving Boogie on May 12-14, and all proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.

57. US Appeals Court Holds Crisis Bailout of AIG Lawful -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld as lawful the government's bailout of American International Group in the heat of the financial crisis. It overturned a lower-court decision favoring the insurance giant's former CEO.

58. How Did Vols Not Win More With This Talent? -

One check of the 2017 NFL Draft shows why Tennessee was the favorite to win the SEC East Division last fall.

UT had six players drafted in the first four rounds, the most for the program since 2002, breaking a two-year drought with no players. The six Vols drafted tied for the most since 2010 and 2007. Eight Vols were drafted in 2003 and 10 drafted in 2002.

59. Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged But Signals Further Hikes Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify further rate hikes later this year.

60. Investors See Benefits, Drawbacks In Access to Real-Time Technology -

Twenty years ago, if John Laughlin needed data on the stock market, he logged in to a Bloomberg terminal and started doing research.

61. Google Targets 'Fake News,' Offensive Search Suggestions -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.

The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn't publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in a blog post Tuesday reflects Google's confidence in a new screening system designed to reduce the chances that its influential search engine will highlight untrue stories about people and events, a phenomenon commonly referred to as "fake news."

62. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

63. Memphis Made Brewing Co. Starts Benefit Concert Series -

This month, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting up something to showcase its love of the Bluff City’s music and community: the Memphis Made Community Concert Series.

64. Delta OKs Offers of Up to $9,950 to Flyers Who Give Up Seats -

Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.

65. Mercedes-Benz Collierville Wins ‘Best of the Best’ -

Mercedes-Benz of Collierville has been recognized by the luxury automobile brand as a “Best of the Best” for 2016, placing it among the top echelon of Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationally.

66. Memphis Civil Rights Sites Would Benefit From Bill -

Mason Temple Church of God in Christ and the National Civil Rights Museum would get technical assistance toward preservation and interpretation from the National Park Service under a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

67. Memphis Civil Rights Sites Would Benefit From Bill -

Mason Temple Church of God in Christ and the National Civil Rights Museum would get technical assistance toward preservation and interpretation from the National Park Service under a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

68. Mercedes-Benz of Collierville Wins ‘Best of the Best’ Honor -

Mercedes-Benz of Collierville has been recognized by the luxury automobile brand as a “Best of the Best” for 2016, placing it among the top echelon of Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationally.

69. Tennessee Lawmakers Weigh In on Trump Visit -

NASHVILLE – While state lawmakers recognized the historical significance of President Donald Trump visiting the home of President Andrew Jackson in Hermitage Wednesday, March 15, the review is mixed on comparisons between the two as well as the Jackson legacy.

70. Senate Confirms Carson, Perry For Housing, Energy Posts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two of President Donald Trump's former rivals for the GOP White House nomination won Senate confirmation Thursday to join his administration.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was confirmed as secretary of the Department of House and Urban Development on a vote of 58-41. A few hours later, the Senate backed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be energy secretary, 62-37.

71. Benefit for Volunteer Odyssey Set for Saturday, March 4 -

Bridges will be the venue for a mixology contest benefiting Volunteer Odyssey at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. Bridges is located at 477 N. Fifth St. in Memphis.

72. ADDYs Honor Memphis’ Creative Community -

Kelly Cooper, an independent creative director based in Tampa, was “blown away,” in her words, by the work from Memphis’ creative community that was honored as part of the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s 50th annual American Advertising Awards competition for creative excellence.

73. YWCA to Hold 20th Annual Benefit Luncheon March 8 -

The YWCA of Greater Memphis will feature Grammy Award nominee Michel’le at its 20th annual benefit luncheon for domestic violence, scheduled for March 8.

Known for her childlike speaking voice, Michel’le’s 1989 debut album sold more than 1.5 million copies and produced such hits as “Turn off the Lights,” “Nicety” and “Something in My Heart.” Decades later, she returned to the limelight as a reality TV star on “R&B Divas: LA,” which aired on TV One from 2013 until 2015.

74. GOP Governors Outline Health Care Plan, Medicaid Changes -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors from seven states, including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law.

75. Beale Street Music Fest Lineup Revealed -

The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival lineup has arrived.

Headliners for the three-day festival, scheduled for May 5-7, include Soundgarden, Wiz Khalifa, Sturgill Simpson, Widespread Panic, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Kings of Leon, Death Cab for Cutie and MGMT.

76. Beale Street Music Fest Lineup Revealed -

The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival lineup has arrived.

Headliners for the three-day festival, scheduled for May 5-7, include Soundgarden, Wiz Khalifa, Sturgill Simpson, Widespread Panic, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Kings of Leon, Death Cab for Cutie and MGMT.

77. 2017 Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Revealed -

The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival lineup has arrived.

Headliners for the three-day festival, scheduled for May 5-7, include Soundgarden, Wiz Khalifa, Sturgill Simpson, Widespread Panic, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Kings of Leon, Death Cab for Cutie and MGMT.

78. Tennessee Capitol Protests Lead to Call for Tighter Security -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After recent protests around the state Capitol in Nashville, some Republicans want a crackdown on demonstrators and tougher security requirements for entering the legislative office complex.

79. Babalu Taps GM, Chef for New East Memphis Location -

Babalu Tapas and Tacos has named a general manager and an executive chef for its new East Memphis location at 6450 Poplar Ave., which is expected to open in April.

80. Editorial: The Water Beneath Our Feet -

Maybe we haven’t taken our water supply for granted. Let’s start with that optimistic premise. But we certainly haven’t taken the steps necessary given technological advances in recent decades to find out more about it, including where it is vulnerable to contaminated groundwater.

81. Arkansas House Approves Cuts to Unemployment Benefits -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved cuts to the state's unemployment benefits as part of a bill that also reduces taxes on employers.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2kWlgbK) reports the House passed a bill Wednesday that would reduce the length of unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 16 starting in 2018, cutting those benefits by 13 percent. It also proposes to reduce the taxes businesses pay in the state's unemployment fund.

82. Free Agent Frenzy? That’s Not Robinson’s Style -

Upon his arrival as the Tennessee Titans’ general manager in January 2016, Jon Robinson made an immediate impact with the trade for DeMarco Murray and his wheeling/dealing approach to the draft.

83. Trump Nominee Decried Criticism of Judges, Senators Agree -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were "misrepresented," even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks.

84. US Senate Confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate has confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

Senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines to approve Tillerson's nomination to be the nation's chief diplomat.

85. Immigration Order Playing Well to Trump's Fans Around Nation -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House.

86. Dying From Cancer: Could Your Location Determine Your Fate? -

CHICAGO (AP) – Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.

87. Brewers Applaud Tennessee Law Change on High-Gravity Beer -

In the wake of a Tennessee law that went into effect Jan. 1 that opens up several new styles of beer for local breweries to take advantage of, Memphis Made Brewing Co. put together a slumber party.

88. Tillerson Heading for Confirmation as Secretary of State -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state headed for approval in a key Senate committee Monday after Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced his support, backing off from a challenge to the new president.

89. PizzaRev Grand Opening To Benefit Le Bonheur -

The national build-your-own artisanal pizza concept PizzaRev is holding a grand opening this week for the first of three Memphis franchise locations, and the event will double as a fundraiser for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

90. Partners Open The Bluff Sports Bar on Highland Strip -

The first time Nickle Smith took business partner Hudson Chadwick inside the space at 535 S. Highland, they were excited about the possibility of transforming it into something new.

In recent days, that’s what they accomplished. The longtime friends – along with Austin Wallace, all three fraternity brothers at Ole Miss – took what had been the former Newby’s theater and repurposed it into a combination concert venue, sports bar and Cajun-themed restaurant called The Bluff.

91. Youth Sports Boost Players’ Skills, Benefit Memphis’ Bottom Line -

The baseball fields in January are relatively quiet, at least compared to March. That’s when 60 to 65 teams begin to make their way every weekend to the Gameday Baseball complex in Cordova, where tournaments are in high gear from March through October.

92. Final 4 is Proof NFL Teams Must Have Elite QBs -

Now that the NFL playoffs are down to four teams remaining, it is easy to point out the common thread among them: Elite play at the quarterback position.

Whether it is Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers – all of whom have won Super Bowls – or Matt Ryan, who was selected as an All Pro this season and could win the MVP Award, the Patriots, Steelers, Packers and Falcons have a game-changer calling the signals.

93. Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location -

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

94. Tsunami Owner Buys Building, Extends Hours -

After almost two decades in business, one Midtown chef has made his house a home.

Chef Ben Smith, the owner of the popular Cooper-Young mainstay Tsunami, recently purchased the 928 S. Cooper St. building where his restaurant has been located for the past 18 years.

95. Robinson’s Success Warrants Any Title He Wants -

In the immediate aftermath of the Tennessee Titans’ turnaround season, Jon Robinson’s title was expanded to executive vice president and general manager.

96. Tsunami Owner Buys Building, Extends Hours -

After almost two decades in business, one Midtown chef has made his house a home. Chef Ben Smith, the owner of the popular Cooper-Young mainstay Tsunami, recently purchased the 928 S. Cooper St. building where his restaurant has been located for the past 18 years.

97. The Week Ahead: January 10-16 -

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

98. New Cordova-Area Brewery Coming Soon -

The fact that Ben Pugh and Richie EsQuivel decided to name the brewery they’re developing in Cordova “Meddlesome Brewing Co.” gives at least some indication of the nature of their personalities.

99. Baker Donelson Completes Merger With Ober/Kaler -

Memphis-based Baker Donelson and Baltimore-based Ober/Kaler have completed their previously announced merger, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the nation.

The firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, added nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members from Ober/Kaler. That brings its headcount to more than 800 attorneys and advisers, including around 380 shareholders.

100. Elvis' Home-Away-From-Home Could Be Razed for Car Wash -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As a teenager growing up in the 1950s, Steve North would look for the pink Cadillac outside a stone house on the outskirts of Nashville. If the car was there, Elvis was in the building.