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1. Sports Notebook: Z-Bo returns, Memphis FB adds four, Jeremiah Martin hurt in loss -

After the Grizzlies decided not to bring back Zach Randolph for this season, one thing was sure: When he returned to FedExForum in another uniform he would get a rousing reception.

The fans did not disappoint as Randolph came back with the Sacramento Kings last Friday night. They gave Z-Bo a standing ovation, the Grizzlies offered up a well-done video tribute, and Randolph hugged everybody from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to arena workers.

2. SPORTS NOTEBOOK -

After the Grizzlies decided not to bring back Zach Randolph for this season, one thing was sure: When he returned to FedExForum in another uniform he would get a rousing reception.

The fans did not disappoint as Randolph came back with the Sacramento Kings last Friday night. They gave Z-Bo a standing ovation, the Grizzlies offered up a well-done video tribute, and Randolph hugged everybody from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to arena workers.

3. Events -

The Voices of the South Writing Cabaret will meet Monday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper St. (in the First Congregational Church basement). At the start of the evening, participants receive a writing prompt and write for an hour, then everyone is given the opportunity to share what they have written. Cost is free; one drink minimum. Visit voicesofthesouth.org.

4. Events -

Memphis Animal Services and Memphis Public Libraries will present the Helping Hands + Helping Paws Volunteer & Support Fair Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Meeting Room C at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Attendees can speak one-on-one with local animal rescues, shelters, advocacy groups and other nonprofits about opportunities to support local animals. Cost is free. Visit memphislibraries.org.

5. Pruitt’s SEC-Heavy Staff a Recruiting Coup -

It was early December, 2012, and Butch Jones stood in front of a podium after being named Tennessee’s 24th football coach.

“I can assure you,” Jones said at his introductory press conference. “We will put together the best football staff in the country. Not just in the Southeastern Conference, but the entire country.”

6. Growing the Ranks -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland defines the state of the city halfway through his four-year term of office as “strong and getting stronger every day.”

7. Fed Survey Finds Solid Growth, Rising Wages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that the economy was growing at a moderate pace at the start of the year, with the majority of business contacts optimistic about prospects for 2018.

8. Strickland: Memphis About to Meet Goal of Net Gain in Police Ranks -

When the Memphis Police Department graduates a class of about 80 recruits Thursday, Jan. 18, at First Baptist Church–Broad, the MPD will have a net annual gain in police officers for the first time in seven years.

9. Hass Wants Rhodes to Embrace Change -

After six months as president of Rhodes College, Marjorie Hass says small liberal arts colleges like Rhodes are “on the defensive.”

But as she was installed Saturday, Jan. 13, as the 20th president of Rhodes, Hass defended the need for such an education in an age of technological advances and vowed to create an institution that is not fragile to the “shock and disruption” of inevitable changes already underway.

10. Nomination Deadline For Dunavant Awards Feb. 1 -

Memphis is lucky to have an abundance of residents with a passion for public service and it is time once again to honor their commitment to improving this community.

Each year the Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service by hosting the Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

11. 1968 Sanitation Workers on Way to NAACP Image Awards -

The surviving city sanitation workers from the historic 1968 strike will be honored Monday, Jan. 15, with the NAACP’s Vanguard Award during the live telecast of the 49th NAACP Image Awards.

The ceremony in Pasadena, California, will air live at 8 p.m. Central time on TV One.

12. Inflation Watch: December Consumer Prices Up Just 0.1 Pct -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer inflation slowed in December to a tiny 0.1 percent gain as energy costs retreated from a big jump in November.

The December increase in consumer prices followed a sharper 0.4 percent increase in November, the Labor Department reported Friday. The December gain was the smallest advance since October.

13. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

14. Events -

The National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 15, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” Museum admission is $5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with optional $3 admission for visitors who bring a canned good donation for Mid-South Food Bank or free admission with a blood donation to Lifeblood. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

15. Immigration Services Office To Naturalize 100 People -

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 100 people who will become America’s newest citizens on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

16. ULI Brings ‘Neighborhood Playbook’ Team To Memphis -

A trio of community developers and planners hope to bring their “playbook” on grassroots urban design and revitalization to Memphis in the next installment of Planning Matters, a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative.

17. Dunavant Awards Spotlight Public Servants -

Being a public servant often is thankless job, but each year the Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service to the community by hosting the Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

18. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will perform Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby” Friday, Jan. 12, through Feb. 11 at 37 S. Cooper St. Visit hattiloo.org for showtimes and tickets.

Wolf River Brisket Co. will hold a job drive Friday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9947 Wolf River Blvd., suite 101. The restaurant is looking to hire for all positions (servers, bartenders, line cooks, etc.) as it prepares to open. Experience preferred; candidates should bring a copy of their resume. Email wolfriverbrisket@gmail.com with any questions.

19. Fed Projects $80.2 Billion Payment to Treasury for 2017 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday the payments it will make to the federal government based on its 2017 operations will drop to $80.2 billion, down 12.3 percent from 2016.

20. Events -

Whole Foods Market has selected Memphis Tilth as a beneficiary of its 5% Community Support Day. On Thursday, Jan. 12, Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of net sales at both local Whole Foods locations, 7825 U.S. 72 in Germantown (open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and 5014 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis (open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.), to Memphis Tilth. The organization will have team members on site at both locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss its work and how to get involved. Visit memphistilth.org.

21. Last Word: Rate Hike No Go, No Abortion Vote Recount and Infill -

A foggy night, rising temperatures and the prospect of snow by Friday evening. This sounds like a familiar setting for something unexpected in Memphis while the old year is still a recent memory and the new year is still new. Tigers on a tear Tuesday evening at FedExForum, beating Tulane 96 – 89.

22. Trump Suggests 2-Phase Immigration Deal for 'Dreamers' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking a bipartisan compromise to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration deal could be reached in two phases – first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a "bill of love," then by making comprehensive changes that have long eluded Congress.

23. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

24. Events -

The Sozo Children’s Choir from Uganda makes a return performance Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Germantown United Methodist Church, 2331 S. Germantown Road. After the concert, attendees can meet the choir members and shop Ugandan merchandise. Cost is free; love offering accepted. Visit sozochildren.org or germantownumc.org for details.

25. Infill Residential Projects Seek Approval -

Developers of a trio of new, small subdivisions in Central Gardens, the University District and in Whitehaven will all seek approval from the Land Use Control Board during its Thursday, Feb. 8, meeting.

26. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. Historian Jimmy Ogle will present “Fall in Love with Memphis: Things That Make Our City Great.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

27. Week Ahead: January 8-14 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! This week brings the first meetings of 2018 for the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission, events celebrating Elvis’ birthday, a luncheon honoring the local PRSA chapter's Communicator of the Year, the Sozo Children’s Choir, business owner seminars, a full slate of sporting events to attend and more.

28. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 60 Perkins Road Extended, hosts the exhibition “beginnings: New works by The Artists Group of Memphis” through Feb. 26. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

29. Last Word: Saturday In The Parks, The Citizen and Kroger Backlash -

No protest or march permits applied for at City Hall as of Thursday morning in anticipation of a Saturday Confederate monuments protest, according to city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen at Thursday’s taping of “Behind The Headlines.” Our discussion included lots about the city’s move toward taking down the monuments Dec. 20 and what could happen next. Also, McMullen tells us there were some other nonprofits that talked with the city about Health Sciences and Memphis Parks before Memphis Greenspace. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO TV.

30. Fed Officials Expect Boost From Tax Cuts -

Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed last month that the U.S. tax overhaul would likely benefit the economy, but they were split on whether the resulting growth would warrant a faster pace of rate hikes this year.

31. Events -

The third TEDxMemphis conference, themed “The Slant” is Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. The one-day event will include 24 speakers – 12 at each of two programs (8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Single-session tickets are $30; all-day tickets are $50. Visit tedxmemphis.com.

32. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

33. College Football Playoff Imperfect, But Entertains -

Go ahead, make the case. Central Florida went undefeated, was clearly the class of the Group of 5.

Went into Atlanta and beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl 34-27.

And Auburn, playing at home, beat both teams that are in the Jan. 8 national championship game – Georgia (in the regular season, not in the SEC championship game) and Alabama.

34. Former Tiger Clinton McDonald Nominee for NFL Man of the Year -

Clinton McDonald, a former University of Memphis football player, is up for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award after already having been selected as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Man of the Year.

35. 228-Acre Development Planned For Southaven -

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved developer Brian Hill’s ambitious plan for a 228-acre mixed-use development called Silo Square in the heart of DeSoto County.

36. Developer Planning 228-Acre Town Square in Southaven -

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved developer Brian Hill’s ambitious plan for a 228-acre mixed-use development called Silo Square in the heart of DeSoto County.

Hill’s company, Lifestyle Communities LLC, submitted the request to rezone the acreage on the west side of Getwell Road between Goodman and Nail roads from agricultural to mixed use at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 2, meeting.

37. Fed Officials Expect Economic Boost From Tax Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed last month that the U.S. tax overhaul would likely benefit the economy, but they were split on whether the resulting growth would warrant a faster pace of rate hikes this year.

38. Homeland Chief: Wait and See on Citizenship for Immigrants -

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Trump administration would consider immigration legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary said Tuesday, while emphasizing no decision on that issue has been made and a border wall remains the priority.

39. IRS Warns That Tax Season Brings Security Risks -

While cybersecurity should be a year-round concern for small business owners, income tax filing season can bring some particular risks, according to the IRS.

The agency says it has gotten an increase in reports of attempts to obtain employees' W-2 forms in hopes of stealing people's personal information and identities. The scams often go after employees in companies' human resources and payroll departments, but any staffer or manager could be a target. In the scam, a potential thief poses as a company executive, sending an email from an address that might look legitimate, and requests a list of employees and their W-2s.

40. Could Liberty Bowl Become Regular Destination for Memphis Tigers? -

The record books will forever note that on Dec. 30, 2017, in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Iowa State defeated the University of Memphis 21-20 in the Tigers’ first appearance in the game.

But while the game itself represented the ending to a special season that saw the Tigers go 10-3, win the American Athletic Conference West Division and nearly go undefeated at home (7-1), it also might have marked a beginning.

41. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

42. Latino Memphis Head Communicator of the Year -

Latino Memphis executive director Mauricio Calvo has been chosen by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as its 2017 Communicator of the Year.

The organization will honor Calvo at its monthly luncheon Jan. 11 at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave.

43. Liberty Bowl Game Parking, Shuttle Services Announced -

With a sold-out AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30, parking spaces at the Fairgrounds are expected to go fast and there will be shuttle services available.

The stadium parking lots open at 6 a.m. at $20 per space, cash only. The stadium gates open at 9:30 a.m. with kickoff at 11:30 a.m.

44. Editorial: Though Statues are Down, Work is Just Beginning -

They may be the most famous pedestals in Memphis – the ones where the horseback image of Nathan Bedford Forrest stood for 113 years and the relatively slender pinnacle where Jefferson Davis stood for a mere 53 years.

45. Charity Donations Likely to Drop Next Year Due to Tax Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch.

Traditionally generous Americans may have less incentive to give to charitable causes next year because of the newly minted tax law. The changes that will make it less advantageous for many people to donate to charity in 2018 may be sparking a year-end stream of fattened contributions in anticipation, charity executives and experts say.

46. Plans for Liberty Bowl Game Parking, Shuttles Announced -

With a sold-out AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30, parking spaces at the Fairgrounds are expected to go fast and there will be shuttle services available.

The stadium parking lots open at 6 a.m. at $20 per space, cash only. The stadium gates open at 9:30 a.m. with kickoff at 11:30 a.m.

47. Latino Memphis Head Named Communicator of the Year -

Latino Memphis executive director Mauricio Calvo has been chosen by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as its 2017 Communicator of the Year.

The organization will honor Calvo at its monthly luncheon Jan. 11 at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave.

48. BancorpSouth to Complete Long-Delayed Acquisitions -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi bank has won approval to complete mergers with Louisiana and Texas banks that were delayed for nearly four years.

BancorpSouth announced Wednesday that it intends to complete the acquisitions of Ouachita Independent Bank and First State Bank Central Texas by Jan. 15. The Tupelo-based bank says it finally been approved by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Mississippi banking regulators.

49. Events -

The Children’s Museum of Memphis will host New Year’s at Noon Friday, Dec. 29, at CMOM, 2525 Central Ave. Enjoy games and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., highlighted by a balloon drop and goody toss at noon to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. Everything is included with general admission. Visit cmom.com.

50. Tiki Bar Joins List of New Memphis Restaurants -

Memphis’ restaurant community will get a little bigger almost immediately in 2018, with a new tiki bar concept in Midtown courtesy of Hi-Tone owner Brian “Skinny” McCabe and restaurateur Jeff Johnson.

51. Events -

The 59th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, pitting the University of Memphis vs. Iowa State, kicks off Saturday, Dec. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Visit libertybowl.org for details. Bowl Week events include:

52. ISU Defense a Challenge; Tigers Snag 13 Early Signings for 2018 -

Iowa State may or may not be the best defensive team the University of Memphis has faced this season. But whatever designation you put on the Tigers’ opponent in Saturday’s Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis coach Mike Norvell knows this:

53. Giant Peach, Massive Moonpie to Ring in 2018 in the South -

ATLANTA (AP) – There will be a new site this year for Atlanta's New Year's Eve Peach Drop, one of several large events planned across the South, organizers say.

For the first time, the peach will drop from the 120-year-old Flatiron Building downtown on Dec. 31, the Atlanta mayor's office announced. The new site is a few blocks from Underground Atlanta, where the Peach Drop has been held in recent years.

54. VA in Arkansas Won't Prescribe, Pay for Medical Marijuana -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Although Arkansas voters have approved the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not be allowed to recommend or prescribe the drug to veterans, and the V.A. will not pay for it.

55. US Consumer Spending Rises 0.6 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers stepped up their spending last month, a good sign for the holiday shopping season.

The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose a sharp 0.6 percent from October, outpacing a 0.3 percent increase in personal income. As a result, the savings rate fell to 2.9 percent of after-tax income in November, lowest since November 2007.

56. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies Youth Basketball holds its Grizzlies Holiday Basketball Camp Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Open to ages 7-16, the three-day camp features a rare opportunity to train inside the Grizzlies’ Built Ford Tough Practice Facility; instruction by Grizzlies Youth Basketball staff and GrizzFit certified coaches; participation in the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge; team apparel and basketball; and two tickets to a January Grizzlies game. Cost is $225. Register at eventbrite.com or call 901-205-1279.

57. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada is adding a second daily flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The new flights begin May 1, the one-year anniversary of the airline’s return to Memphis.

58. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Holiday Wonders at the Garden hosts “On My Last Nerve Night” Tuesday, Dec. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Take a break from over-staying holiday guests for a couple hours and visit Holiday Wonders’ three areas: Snowy Nights, Sculptures Bright and Trees Alight. Open nightly through Dec. 30 except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; advance tickets recommended. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

59. Events -

The 59th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, pitting the University of Memphis vs. Iowa State, kicks off Saturday, Dec. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Bowl Week events include:

60. Memphis Sound at 60 -

As Stax Records and Royal Studios both wrap up a year of celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Memphis News looks back at the creators and purveyors of the Memphis sound and its significance, both in its heyday and today.

61. Events -

The Memphis Animal Services advisory board will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The public is invited to attend to hear the latest MAS news and ask questions. Visit memphisanimalservices.com.

62. 2017 a Year of Expansion for Memphis Banks -

The biggest banks in Memphis made aggressive pushes this year to raise their profiles and expand footprints, as competition in the sector heats up and the industry continues winning back the strength it enjoyed before the bust of 2008.

63. Events -

Remington College will hold a 3 Lives Blood Drive and a campus open house Tuesday, Dec. 19, at its Memphis campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The blood drive (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is part of a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, with Remington Memphis’ donations going to Lifeblood. The open house (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) gives prospective students the opportunity to tour labs, chat with instructors and see demonstrations from hands-on training porgrams. Visit remingtoncollege.edu.

64. Events -

Remington College holds a 3 Lives Blood Drive and campus open house Tuesday, Dec. 19, at its Memphis campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The blood drive (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is part of a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, with Remington Memphis’ donations going to Lifeblood. The open house (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) gives prospective students the opportunity to tour labs, chat with instructors and see demonstrations from hands-on training programs. Visit remingtoncollege.edu.

65. Possible Trader Joe’s Update, New $35M Airport Facility -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a new development in the saga of Germantown’s Trader Joe’s, Memphis International Airport begins work on a new $35 million facility, and Central BBQ announces a new a location...

66. Agilent Expanding Distribution in Memphis, Creating More Than 100 Jobs -

Agilent Technologies Inc., a life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemicals company, has announced it will be expanding its operations in Memphis, which will result in 117 new jobs.

67. California Chemical Company to Expand in Memphis, Create 100 Jobs -

Agilent Technologies, a life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemicals company, has announced it will be expanding its operations in Memphis, which will result in 100 new jobs.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Agilent’s expansion will make the Memphis logistics facility the company’s primary American distribution center.

68. Last Word: Early Statewide Poll, New Chandler Numbers and Lyfe in East Memphis -

Vanderbilt has a new statewide fall poll out that shows a few things – most of them very preliminary other than this is still early for voters who don’t live and breathe politics. Diane Black and Randy Boyd are tops in terms of name recognition in the Republican six-pack running for Governor. And the Marsha Blackburn-Phil Bredesen November general election matchup for the U.S. Senate is rapidly becoming a lock before Christmas 2017.

69. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group and Memphis arts community will host the second annual Midsouth Arts Against Hunger food drive benefiting Mid-South Food Bank through Wednesday, Dec. 20. Patrons who donate at least one nonperishable item will receive a voucher for free admission to see a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Donations will be collected at the Orpheum box office and Halloran Centre lobby Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through the day of the event; tickets for the screening also are available for $5 cash only at the Orpheum box office. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details.

70. Central BBQ to Open 4th Memphis Restaurant -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

71. Central BBQ to Open Fourth Memphis Store on Poplar -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, it will open its fourth Memphis-area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

72. Events -

Ballet Memphis will perform “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 15-17, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. The production features more than 100 professional dancers, children, musicians and vocalists. Tickets start at $10. Visit balletmemphis.org.

73. Improving Tigers Will Get Tested Facing Louisville in Madison Square Garden -

Already, the Memphis Tigers had survived to beat Northern Kentucky by two points, Mercer by two points (in double-overtime) and Samford by one point. All on their home floor at FedExForum.

So with score tied 45-45 vs. Albany midway through the second half, the Tigers looked to be on their way to another one-possession outcome. But after junior guard Jeremiah Martin anticipated a pass by Albany’s Joe Cremo and intercepted it like a safety reading the quarterback’s eyes, Martin raced down the court for a dunk that gave Memphis a 53-48 lead with 6:30 left in the game.

74. Central BBQ to Open Fourth Store on Poplar -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

75. Fed Increases Rate for 3rd Time This Year; Foresees 3 More in 2018 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8 1/2 years after the end of the Great Recession.

76. Legislators Not Shy in Pushing ‘Model’ Bills -

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

At the behest of the American Civil Rights Union, legislators across the nation who belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council could be sponsoring bills in the next couple of years requiring local election commissions to take a closer look at people who miss jury duty.

77. Arkansas Panel Clears Way for New Ten Commandments Marker -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas commission cleared the way Tuesday for the installation of another Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol, after a prior marker was shattered when a man crashed his car into the monolith than 24 hours after it was put in place.

78. Fed Set to Raise Rates As Yellen Gives Final News Conference -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year.

They're less sure about what the central bank might have in store for 2018, and they will look to Janet Yellen's final news conference as Fed chair Wednesday for any clues.

79. Events -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church will host “Noel! Noel!” Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at MBCC’s Midtown campus, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. The Christmas celebration will feature chart-topping soul singer Avery Sunshine and other local and national artists. Cost is free. Visit theblvd.org or call 901-729-6222.

80. December 8-14, 2017: This week in Memphis history: -

1978: The Democratic National Committee meets for a midterm convention in Memphis. The centerpiece of the gathering is a call by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy for health care reform that will become the major goal for the rest of his political career. The midterm convention brings President Jimmy Carter to the city. Kennedy and Carter will face each other two years later in a bitter fight for the party’s presidential nomination.

81. Food Fancy -

Say what you want about the kind of city Memphis is or isn’t for foodies who prefer originality to the chains and knockoffs that are so familiar a sight in suburbia. But let it be known that 2017 was another year of ascendancy for Memphis’ singular, distinctive food scene, with the constant arrival of new concepts and experiences that in turn also says something about the city that patronizes those establishments.

82. Events -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church will host “Noel! Noel!” Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at MBCC’s Midtown campus, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. The Christmas celebration will feature chart-topping soul singer Avery Sunshine and other local and national artists. Cost is free. Visit theblvd.org or call 901-729-6222.

83. Holiday Toy Truck Fundraiser to Benefit Porter-Leath Kids -

Nearly 6,000 at-risk children up to age 5 and who are served by Porter-Leath will have a merrier Christmas this year thanks to the 16th Annual Toy Truck Benefiting Porter-Leath and Bob & Roland’s 13th Annual Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl hosted by the Flying Saucer Downtown.

84. Coalition Taps Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

85. The Press Box -

During the worst of times for the Memphis football program, back before hardly anyone in this town had heard of Mike Norvell, Anthony Miller or Riley Ferguson, losing never felt like it did Saturday in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

86. The Week Ahead: Dec. 4-10 -

Good morning, Memphis! The holidays are in full swing, and several events this week aim to help you make a dent in your shopping list while also supporting local artisans and small businesses. Check out the details on those, plus our entertainment picks and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

87. Mississippi Utility Inks Deal on Troubled $7.5B Power Plant -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Regulators have reached a settlement with Mississippi Power Co. on how much customers should pay for a troubled $7.5 billion power plant once touted as a model for the future of coal. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. is agreeing to lower the price tag on its Kemper County power plant by $85 million, its second round of concessions in the last two weeks, after shareholders earlier absorbed $6 billion in losses.

88. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

Memphis-based affordable housing management company ALCO Management Inc. has announced two of its properties, Eastern Heights and Creekwood Apartments, will undergo an $8 million upgrade using funding from financial and governmental partnerships, since both locations are considered affordable housing properties.

89. Coalition Signs on With Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

90. Tennessee’s Hot Seat Finds a New Office -

Tennessee football isn’t what it used to be. Nor is the attraction of being UT’s football coach.

It became more and more apparent this week as first-year UT athletics director John Currie tried to hire his first football coach as an AD.

91. For AAC Football Teams And Coaches Glass Ceiling is Real -

Recently, UCF coach Scott Frost was talking about what a great job he has, and why he came to Central Florida in the first place. High on the list was all the talent in the state of Florida. And Orlando, he said, is a great place to live.

92. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present “The Santaland Diaries” Friday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 23 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

93. Yellen Suggests a Continuation of Gradual Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed expects to continue raising interest rates gradually. And she sought to assure lawmakers that the Fed would take care not to choke off any extra growth generated by tax cuts as long as inflation stayed tame.

94. College Football Playoff Rankings Undergo Shuffle -

Clemson (11-1) is at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings and Auburn (10-2) is now No. 2 after a decisive victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

Oklahoma (11-1) holds down the third spot, with Wisconsin (12-0) fourth. The top four teams after next weekend will get into the College Football Playoff.

95. Events -

Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours Networking Mixer Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bahama Breeze, 2830 N. Germantown Parkway. Enjoy an evening of food, beverages and networking. Visit bartlettchamber.org.

96. Powell Casts Himself as a Figure of Stability for the Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jerome Powell says that if confirmed as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, he expects the Fed to continue raising interest rates gradually to support its twin goals of maximum employment and stable prices.

97. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

Memphis-based affordable housing management company ALCO Management Inc. has announced two of its properties, Eastern Heights and Creekwood Apartments, will undergo an $8 million upgrade using funding from financial and governmental partnerships, since both locations are considered affordable housing properties.

98. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will host “The Phantom of the Opera” Wednesday, Nov. 29, through Dec. 10 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

99. How Powell Could Differ From Yellen: Nominee Faces Hearing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jerome Powell's confirmation to be chairman of the Federal Reserve is considered all but certain. Yet when a Senate committee holds a hearing Tuesday on Powell's nomination, one question will hover above the discussions:

100. The Week Ahead: Nov. 27-Dec. 3 -

Good morning, Memphis! Still recovering from your turkey hangover? Get out of the house this week and enjoy the official start of the season with a range of holiday events – including Starry Nights’ Tacky Holiday Sweater Night and Choose901’s holiday pop-up shop – then get out there and cheer on your St. Jude Memphis Marathon runners. And that’s just a taste of what’s going on in The Week Ahead...