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1. Tickets on Sale For Emerald Coast Classic -

Tickets for the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic, which the University of Memphis men’s basketball team will play in Nov. 25-26 in Niceville, Fla., are now on sale.

All tickets for the tournament at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College will be sold at the official tournament website, emeraldcoastclassic.com. Tickets will be not be available through the U of M ticket office.

2. SCS Weighs Complexities of School Closings, Food Operations Shift -

Among the start-of-school-year emergencies Shelby County Schools leaders faced in August was a shift of the school system’s food services out of the 70-year-old Central Nutrition Center building.

3. Last Word: Talking Terms on Beale, Bolton High's Past and DeAngelo Williams -

There will be a funeral in south Memphis Friday at Metropolitan Baptist Church for seven of the 10 people – three adults and seven children -- who died not quite two weeks ago in a house fire on Severson Street. The remaining three funerals follow into the weekend.

4. How the Incredible Shrinking Stock Market Affects Your Fund -

NEW YORK (AP) – More companies don't want you, or any other investor, to buy their stock.

Instead of listing their shares on a stock exchange, businesses are going private or never going public in the first place. Security company ADT, for example, pulled its shares off the market this spring after going private in a nearly $7 billion buyout. Uber, meanwhile, makes it simple for customers to hail a car, but investors can't easily buy a piece of the privately held company, which is valued at more than $60 billion.

5. Music, Rec Facilities in the Works at U of M -

The Tennessee Board of Regents is helping pave the way for the University of Memphis to build a $44 million on-campus music center instead of an already approved biochemistry and biology building.

The TBR has granted the U of M’s request to substitute the music center building project for an earlier request to build a $36 million biochemistry and biology building. Coming in at 40,000 square feet, the music center would be located along Central Avenue, near the school’s Holiday Inn. The request was granted at the Tennessee Board of Regents’ quarterly meeting in Chattanooga Sept. 15-16.

6. Let’s Hear It for Schenk, Yip and Hack! -

I saw in the sports section of my local paper an item that said three golfers named Yip, Hack and Schenk were a threesome on the final day of some tournament. And I thought it was a joke.

In golf we have this malady called “the yips.” If you have them, you are missing the shortest of putts, regularly! All the time! You have no clue why the ball will not go into the hole. It’s an awful feeling.

7. Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged But Hints of Coming Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end.

The Fed said in a statement ending its latest policy meeting Wednesday that the U.S. job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up. But it noted that business investment remains soft and inflation too low and that it wants to see further improvement in the job market.

8. Historic Mansion Being Restored Into Exclusive French-Asian Restaurant -

The Nineteenth Century Club, one of the last great mansions of Union Avenue, was slated to become a strip mall. Next door to the 107-year-old building is a Taco Bell, which stands on the site of the Nineteenth Century Club’s former ballroom.

9. Hickory Hill Teen Center Focused On New Heroes -

On the western end of Hickory Ridge Mall in the corner of a space that was once a video game arcade, there is a super hero’s outfit – a stylized W in the center of the brick-red armored top.

10. Tickets on Sale For Emerald Coast Classic -

Tickets for the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic, which the University of Memphis men’s basketball team will play in Nov. 25-26 in Niceville, Fla., are now on sale.

All tickets for the tournament at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College will be sold at the official tournament website, emeraldcoastclassic.com. Tickets will be not be available through the U of M ticket office.

11. With Economic Outlook Hazy, Fed Likely to Leave Rates Alone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Again and again in recent months, the Federal Reserve has signaled that it's edging closer to resuming the interest-rate hikes it began in December.

It just doesn't seem to be there quite yet.

12. Pipeline Shutdown in Alabama Could Send Gas Prices Higher -

DALLAS (AP) – Motorists in the Southeast and East could pay more for gasoline in coming days because of the shutdown of a leaking pipeline in Alabama.

Experts say, however, that any spike in service-station prices should only be temporary.

13. Events -

University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will present “Opening Night at the Scheidt” on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Ave. The school is partnering with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, IRIS, Concerts International and the Chamber Music Society of Memphis to preview the upcoming classical music concert season. Admission is free; reservations required. Call 901-678-2541.

14. Local Teachers Receive Training in ‘Culturally Responsive’ Teaching -

In the weeks before school began, every teacher and staff member at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School went through a new training.

15. Events -

2016 Cooper-Young Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cooper-Young Historic District. The festival will feature more than 435 artisan vendors, 20 musical acts on three stages, and more. Music starts at 11:15 a.m. Admission is free. Visit cooperyoungfestival.com.

16. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will present “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” family movie night Friday, Sept. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Visit exploration stations to learn about plants that become sweet treats, then settle in on the lawn for the screening. Bring a picnic; drinks and treats available for purchase. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

17. A Tasteful List 2016 -

MEMPHIS BY THE BITE. Presenting the sixth serving of the Tasteful List, updated for 2016 – alphabetical local favorites in one decidedly local man’s opinion – the only things easy to swallow in an election year.

18. Basketball Aside, Fizdale Belongs in Memphis -

When he was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, a young David Fizdale couldn’t imagine that he would one day be in Memphis or an NBA head coach.

Sure, he played basketball. He had his dreams. But the real challenge was day-to-day survival. He saw friends shot and killed in the street. He once dove under a car to avoid stray gunfire.

19. High-Scoring Ohio Good Warmup for Florida Game -

Tennessee football returns to normalcy this week, if you call a noon EDT kickoff normal.

The Vols survived a Thursday night scare in the season opener against Appalachian State in Neyland Stadium. Then they roared from behind last Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway and beat Virginia Tech 45-24 in the Pilot Flying J. Battle at Bristol before a college football record crowd of 156,990.

20. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

21. Samsung's Quick Fix for Galaxy Note 7 is No Full Recharge -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to 60 percent.

22. Fed's Brainard: Move Cautiously Before Hiking Interest Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard indicates she's in no hurry to raise interest rates again, comments that could be greeted with relief on Wall Street.

In a speech in Chicago, Brainard says the risk that higher rates will damage a fragile economy exceeds the risk that higher rates will ignite inflation. Economic weakness "counsels prudence," she says.

23. US Stocks Slump As Traders Fear Higher Interest Rates -

Investor jitters over the possibility the Federal Reserve is ready to raise interest rates this year roiled Wall Street Friday, handing the stock market its worst day in more than two months.

The Dow Jones industrial average sank nearly 400 points, its worst single-day loss since June. The broad slump wiped out two months of gradual gains, jolting the market out of a mostly flat course over the past several weeks.

24. Baptist Explores Merger With Miss. Health System -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has begun talks with Jackson, Miss.-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems about how the two organizations can work together, talks that Baptist said Thursday could lead to a merger or combination of some kind in the future.

25. Germantown Moves on New School Site South of Poplar -

The city of Germantown is moving toward a contract on 33 acres of land south of Poplar Avenue for a new elementary school.

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen vote Monday, Sept. 12, on putting up $33,000 in earnest money toward the purchase of the property, which is on Winchester Road east of Forest Hill-Irene Road, from Regency Homebuilders LLC. The land abuts homes on the east side of Crestwyn Drive.

26. Opera Memphis Brings Back 30 Days of Opera -

For Opera Memphis’ fifth anniversary of its “30 Days of Opera” event during September, the organization wanted to borrow a page from people’s Netflix habits and help Memphians literally binge watch the art form.

27. Central Defense Raises $13K For Summer Camp -

Memphis-based Central Defense Security, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, raised $13,576 to support the city of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods’ Summer Day Camp program this year, the company has announced. The funds were used to offset the registration, activity and early arrival fees for 123 campers at several community centers around the city and cover the costs for special Fun Days at three locations. It is CDS’ fifth year to raise money for the camp program.

28. Health Insurer to Offer Federal Exchange Policies Across Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A health insurer will expand its offerings on the federally-subsidized exchange across all of Mississippi's 82 counties, bringing a second carrier to 16 counties.

29. Slower Hiring in August Signals Fed Rate Hike Less Likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After two months of blockbuster gains, U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August to a modest increase of 151,000, reducing the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates when it meets this month.

30. Like a Troll Under Poplar and Union, Flicker Street Flourishing as Arts District -

The Poplar/Union viaduct passes over a collection of half-moon shaped Quonset huts that look unlike any other building type in Memphis.

These mid-century warehouses on Flicker Street make up a modern-day artist enclave tucked between Chickasaw Gardens and Central Gardens.

31. The Week Ahead: September 5-11 -

Happy Labor Day, Memphis! We hope you’re wrapping up this three-day weekend on a relaxing note – and, if you buy into arbitrary fashion etiquette, that you’re enjoying wearing your white clothing and seersucker suits one last time. There’s plenty going on this week, from Mid-South Book Fest to the Southern Heritage Classic, so let’s get right to it…

32. Last Word: Hyde Lake, Global Ministries Exits and Another Big 12 Rumor -

A big day at Shelby Farms Park Thursday as the Heart of the Park renovations were formally opened. And it was also a cause to look back on where the park has come from.

33. Baptist Explores Possible Combination With Miss. Health System -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has begun talks with Jackson, Miss.-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems about how the two organizations can work together, talks that Baptist said Thursday could lead to a merger or combination of some kind in the future.

34. Last Word: Heart of the Park, Tigers Opener Preview and Memphis In May Numbers -

“Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow.”

It would appear this is that kind of September you would otherwise be remembering.

35. Central Defense Raises $13K For City’s Summer Camp -

Memphis-based Central Defense Security, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, raised $13,576 to support the city of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods’ Summer Day Camp program this year, the company has announced. The funds were used to offset the registration, activity and early arrival fees for 123 campers at several community centers around the city and cover the costs for special Fun Days at three locations. It is CDS’ fifth year to raise money for the camp program.

36. Memphis Still in Running For Possible Big 12 Expansion -

A report from TMGcollegesports.com names the University of Memphis as one of the finalists for a potential Big 12 expansion.

The report, written by a former Boston Globe columnist, names Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, UConn, Central Florida and South Florida (all American Athletic Conference members) and BYU and two other undisclosed AAC schools as being on the Big 12’s “preferred list.” The schools mentioned here all have been mentioned as contenders in other media accounts.

37. SCS Ponders How to Pay For Retirees’ Insurance -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million, three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, but it will cost $7.2 million more for the same coverage.

38. School Board Approves Higher Bill For Life Insurance Coverage -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, including a $7.2 million increase in the cost of the same coverage.

39. School Board Approves Higher Bill For Life Insurance Coverage -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, including a $7.2 million increase in the cost of the same coverage.

40. US Banks’ Q2 Earnings Climbed 1.4 Percent to $43.6B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the April-June period rose 1.4 percent from a year earlier as growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed continued strength in the banking industry eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans.

41. 2 More Universities Furl Confederate-Themed Mississippi Flag -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Two more Mississippi universities have stopped flying the state's flag, which prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.

Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women confirmed Tuesday that they had taken down the state's flag from outdoor flagpoles over the summer. The universities' actions came after state lawmakers failed to act on changing the flag this year.

42. Obscure Midtown Warehouse to Become Company’s HQ -

The warehouse looks like a foreign object that sprouted in the middle of a Midtown neighborhood. Surrounding the two-story warehouse at 802 Rozelle St. are two-story, single-family homes with fenced yards. The adjacent CSX and Union Pacific railyard is the only indicator that this enclave was once an industrial area. After a $2 million renovation, the dated warehouse will emerge as a highly modern neighborhood asset.

43. Rocking 901 -

Later this week, a grassroots civic pride initiative focused on Memphis will manifest itself in the form of something resembling a makeshift Easter egg hunt. Only instead of eggs, this one involves rocks hidden around the city, and instead of pretty Easter designs they’ll generally be decorated with the pro-Memphis message “901 Rocks.”

44. Yellen Suggests Rate Hike is Coming, Offers No Timetable -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she stopped short of offering any timetable.

45. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Indie Memphis will kick off the Motown film series with a screening of “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” (2002) on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is pay what you can at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com.

46. Events -

Choose 901 will host a 901 Day celebration Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. The evening will feature food and Memphis-themed drinks for purchase, a live music showcase, local vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit choose901.com.

47. MATA Route Proposals Straighter, Include Airport, Shelby Farms Shuttles -

A set of 49 proposed route and service changes to the city’s bus system are focused primarily on bus schedules in southwest Memphis and the Memphis International Airport area.

There are also eight new proposed routes and shuttle services.

48. Yellen, in Speech Friday, Could Send Signal About Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The job market is humming, and so are the U.S. financial markets, with major stock indexes near record highs.

All that would normally trigger a green light for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates – especially when they're barely above all-time lows. Yet the Fed, still casting a wary eye on the economy, has yet to signal that it will resume raising rates soon.

49. Prison Company Fights to Seal Documents About Strip Searches -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America is trying to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claim female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating.

50. Let’s Play 12 (Big) Questions -

While we wait for the gods of the Big 12 to make their decision on expansion, 12 questions as a public service:

1. How many teams are actually in the Big 12?

What, are you an idiot? There are 10. Which makes perfect sense when you consider the Big Ten has 14 teams, and not long before that had 12, and right before that had 11. The tricky part is remembering that the PAC-12 has – wait for it – 12 schools. I blame college football, which is behind all of this, for our nation’s inferior math scores on standardized tests.

51. French Truck Coffee Making Splash in Memphis -

Jimmy Lewis said that when he agreed to move his Relevant Roasters concept into Crosstown Concourse, he was taking a risk. His coffee-roasting operation is only 2 years old, and the in-house coffee shop element at 584 Tillman St. is even newer.

52. Give Anger the Silent Treatment -

I heard a story recently about a woman whose husband was dead for three days before she called for help. When the paramedics arrived they asked her why she waited so long to call. “I didn’t realize he was dead,” she said. “I thought he was just giving me the silent treatment.”

53. Crosstown High, 4 Other Charter Schools Win Approval -

Shelby County Schools board members approved a new Crosstown High charter school Tuesday, Aug. 23, for the Crosstown Concourse development and four other new charters for the 2017-2018 school year.

54. SCS Board To Vote on Crosstown High Charter Application -

Shelby County Schools board members vote Tuesday, Aug. 23, at a special school board meeting on a proposed Crosstown High charter school in the Crosstown Concourse development.

And the SCS administration is recommending the school board approve the application along with those of four other charter schools and deny charter applications from three other charter organizations.

55. BancorpSouth Puts Two Planned Mergers on Hold -

A downgrade of BancorpSouth’s Community Reinvestment Act rating means two mergers have been tabled for the time being. BancorpSouth announced in January 2014 its intent to acquire Ouachita Bancshares Corp. of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Central Community Corp. of Temple, Texas. The merger agreements were valued at a combined $325 million in stock and cash at the time.

56. Downtown Office Market Picking Up, Industrial Market Could Get Hotter -

Memphis’ office and industrial markets saw strong second quarters, with increased absorption and positive outlooks for the rest of the year.

The quarter was dominated by ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ announcement that it was moving its headquarters from East Memphis to the shuttered Peabody Place mall. The home services and tech company will transform the former mall into a $27 million, Class A office building.

57. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host the “Motown Black & White” exhibit Friday, Aug. 19, through Nov. 8 at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The temporary exhibit is composed of rare photos, promotional items and memorabilia from the personal collection of former Motown PR director Al Abrams. Visit staxmuseum.com.

58. Last Word: Malco in South Main, Suburban Deadline and Chiwawa -

The Malco movie theater in South Main is to begin construction in September, the latest piece of the Central Station development where construction of apartment units on the Front Street side of the property has been underway for some time.

59. Fed Minutes: Conditions Could 'Soon Warrant' A Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials believed last month that near-term risks to the U.S. economy had subsided and that an interest rate increase could soon be warranted. But they did not indicate when they would likely raise rates.

60. Child of Plane Crash Victims Reflects on Loss, Faith -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The note is typical for something posted by an eighth-grade girl on social media: Lots of exclamation points, a couple smiley faces. But the post from a young lady from Mississippi discussing the death of her parents and four other people in a plane crash in Alabama is touching people with its poignancy and honesty.

61. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host the “Motown Black & White” exhibit Friday, Aug. 19, through Nov. 8 at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The temporary exhibit is composed of rare photos, promotional items and memorabilia from the personal collection of former Motown PR director Al Abrams. Visit staxmuseum.com.

62. Malco Theatres Project Lands $125K Grant -

Malco Theatres hopes to start construction next month on its boutique movie theater Downtown thanks to a hefty grant from the CCDC.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Center City Development Corp. approved a $125,000 grant for the “high-impact” project. The grant amount soars past what the CCDC, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, has awarded in the past. Most of the storefront improvement grants over the past few years have come in below $30,000.

63. BancorpSouth Puts Two Planned Mergers on Hold -

A downgrade of BancorpSouth’s Community Reinvestment Act rating means two mergers have been tabled for the time being. BancorpSouth announced in January 2014 its intent to acquire Ouachita Bancshares Corp. of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Central Community Corp. of Temple, Texas. The merger agreements were valued at a combined $325 million in stock and cash at the time.

64. Fed Numbers Show Memphis-Based Banks Getting Bigger, More Profitable -

A lingering story among banks based in Memphis is that the biggest banks keep getting bigger. And new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show that trend continued uninterrupted in the second quarter.

65. Oxford Mourns Deaths of 3 Couples in Plane Crash -

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where city flags were lowered Monday as residents grappled with the loss of so many lives at one time.

66. Animal Shelter Moves Toward Three-Year Action Plan -

The Memphis Animal Shelter should have a three-year action plan by the end of October to end the killing of pets at the shelter for time and space considerations.

“We’re a public safety agency so euthanizing animals that pose a danger to our community is something that is part of our core mission and humanely euthanizing animals that are sick, that are suffering,” said Alexis Pugh, director of Memphis Animal Services on the WKNO/Channel 10 program Behind The Headlines. “What we want to avoid is having to euthanize an animal that is adoptable, that is healthy, that is able to be placed, simply because we don’t have the space in our facility and this animal has been there too long.”

67. Hotel Napoleon Joins Growing List of Unique Downtown Lodging -

A Downtown property’s ample windows, turn-of-the century architecture and an interesting backstory attracted hotel developer Suna Investments to the historic Winchester Building at 179 Madison Ave.

68. The Week Ahead: Aug. 15-21 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further. Here’s our weekly roundup of local events and other happenings you need to know about, from the Elvis Week candlelight vigil to a fun evening of craft beer and DIY art…

69. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host Arts and Craft Beers on Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Grab a power tool and create take-home DIY art projects, sample local craft beers and challenge friends to a lawn game at this 21-and-older event. Tickets are $15 for MBG members and $18 for nonmembers and are available at memphisbotanicgarden.com or 901-636-4131.

70. Events -

Playhouse on the Square opens its 2016-17 season with the regional premiere of “Mamma Mia!” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sept. 4 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

71. Events -

Playhouse on the Square opens its 2016-17 season with the regional premiere of “Mamma Mia!” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sept. 4 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

72. Roen Takes Helm of MALS Pro Bono Services -

Leah Roen is in her first week as the new director of pro bono services for Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), and she’s already forging new partnerships that will bring legal advice and support to those who need it most.

73. Changes Abound in New Shelby County Schools Year -

On his fourth opening of a school year, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson knows what comes after it seems like all of the preparations for the school year are completed and sealed airtight.

74. Steady Hiring is Now Benefiting a Broader Group of Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.

A second straight month of robust hiring – 255,000 jobs added in July – pointed to employer confidence that suggested that the economy is powering through a slump that struck early this year. The unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

75. Game-Changer -

So as it turns out, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June was a missed opportunity. No one in the gallery shouted, “University of Memphis – Big 12!” The tournament’s “Hush Y’all” signs were obeyed and to no good end.

76. Fed Fines Goldman $36.3M for Use of Confidential Material -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve fined Goldman Sachs $36.3 million for what it called the use and disclosure of confidential materials that the U.S. uses in its supervision of banks.

77. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

78. US Consumer Spending Grew a Solid 0.4 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers turned in another strong month of spending in June despite a decline in spending on autos.

Consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in June after an identical increase in May and a 1 percent surge in April, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The strength in June came from a surge in spending on nondurable goods, which offset a drop in spending on autos.

79. Never Too Early or Too Late to Chase a Dream -

For every scholarship, there is a story. Rhonda Gray’s story is a little older than most because her first opportunity to attend college came decades ago.

80. First Tennessee Consolidating Real Estate -

First Tennessee Bank is renovating and restructuring three of its Memphis properties in a project totaling upwards of $62 million.

81. Senator Seeks Reconvening of Congress Over Zika Virus -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all Eastern times):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

82. Locally Produced Drink Concept Memfizz Expanding Around City -

The owners of Otherlands Coffee Bar didn’t realize at first they had a hit on their hands, one with wider commercial potential.

About a month ago, Otherlands owner Karen Lebovitz and her husband Steve Cantor took a fizzy, natural probiotic soda they’d been offering at the coffee spot out to the wider world. They branded it Memfizz, hooked up with Memphis-based consultancy Southern Growth Studio, and after just a month have put the product on the shelves in 12 Memphis locations.

83. Pinnacle Financial to Anchor Boyle’s Building -

Pinnacle Financial Partners will be an anchor tenant in Boyle Investment Co.’s long-awaited office building in Ridgeway Center.

84. Pinnacle Financial Anchor Tenant in Boyle's New Office Building -

Pinnacle Financial Partners will be an anchor tenant in Boyle Investment Co.’s long-awaited office building in Ridgeway Center.

85. $15 Billion Volkswagen Emissions Deal Clears 1st Hurdle -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A nearly $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge giving preliminary approval to the deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles.

86. Will Memphis Make the Big 12 Cut? -

Another day, another media source outside of Memphis ranking the Big 12 expansion candidates. The following evaluation comes from The Orlando Sentinel.

The good news? The University of Memphis made the cut as one of five favorites.

87. Farewell to VCRs: Japanese Maker to Shelve Once-Hit Product -

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder.

88. As Fed Meets, No Rate Hike is Expected Until Late This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On again. Off again. On again?

Anyone trying to peg the likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year has been subject to a topsy-turvy shift of expert opinion the past few months. And when the Fed holds its latest policy meeting this week, few think it will provide much more clarity.

89. Q2 Data Show Solid Memphis Economic Picture -

Some clients of the wealth management and financial planning firm Kelman-Lazarov Inc. apparently got a little spooked by the recent decision of voters in Britain to leave the European Union.

90. 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.

91. Land Bridge Project Could Transform Entire University of Memphis Area -

The official planning phase has begun for the much anticipated $33 million University of Memphis land bridge, which will safely connect two sides of the university that are currently split by the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Southern Avenue.

92. Astor Collection Documents Four Decades of Memphis’ Gay Community -

Vincent Astor knows his way around the Memphis-Shelby County Room at the Memphis Public Library’s Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

His 2013 book “Memphis Movie Theatres” relied heavily on the archive’s collection of photographs of long-gone movie palaces.

93. 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.

94. Feds Investigate Shelby County Schools Over Migrant Bias -

The largest public school district in Tennessee is under a federal civil rights investigation into bias allegations surrounding district officials' treatment of migrant children from Central America and their parents, U.S. Department of Education officials said Wednesday.

95. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

96. Costs of Title IX Lawsuit to Univ. of Tennessee Surpass $3M -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The costs of attorney fees and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit to the University of Tennessee have grown to more than $3 million.

Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle the lawsuit filed in Nashville by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and fostered a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

97. Events -

Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public meetings Wednesday, July 20, to present short-term investments for multimodal projects in the Memphis metropolitan planning area. The meeting will take place at MATA Central Station, 545 S. Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. and at Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email pragati.srivastava@memphistn.gov for more information. 

98. PILOT Moves Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

99. The Week Ahead: July 18-24 -

It’s supposed to get hotter in Memphis this week, which is pretty normal for mid-July, and the coming week brings what could be a hot debate at the Memphis City Council meeting Tuesday on a plan to solve parking on the Overton Park Greensward. That and some other events planned this week include...

100. After The Bridge -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.