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1. New City Council Learns Ways of Budget Season Quickly -

There are 3,000 miles of street curbs in Memphis. Figures like this are the basic elements of budget season at City Hall.

They are how 13 Memphis City Council members – seven of them four months into their first four-year term of office – wrap their heads around an $85.3 million capital budget proposal and a $667 million operating budget proposal.

2. Fair Oaks Superintendent Earns Top State Honor -

Nathan Sullivan, superintendent of Fair Oaks Golf Club in Oakland, Tenn., has received the 2015 Public Golf Course of the Year Award from the Tennessee Turfgrass Association (TTA).

3. Grinding Recovery -

Michael Drury is watching the current U.S. presidential season with a combination of professional detachment and an air of resignation.

Detachment, because part of his job as chief economist at Memphis-based McVean Trading & Investments is to keep abreast of what makes economies around the world tick. Part of that, of course, means at least some degree of focus on the man – or, possibly a few months from now, the woman – who sits astride the dominant global economy.

4. Events -

Our Fallen Heroes Foundation will hold its inaugural “A Toast to Our Heroes” fundraiser Wednesday, April 27, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tower Center atop Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., 33rd floor. The event will feature a wine tasting, silent auction, wine pull and more. Tickets are $65. Visit ourfallenheroesfoundation.org.

5. Mike Conley Leave the Grizzlies? Possible, but Unlikely -

The on-court business of the season finished – the San Antonio Spurs made sure of that – the Grizzlies now turn to the offseason.

Call it Mike Conley Free Agent Season, the natural sequel to Marc Gasol Free Agent Season.

6. Fair Oaks Superintendent Earns Top State Honor -

Nathan Sullivan, superintendent of Fair Oaks Golf Club in Oakland, Tenn., has received the 2015 Public Golf Course of the Year Award from the Tennessee Turfgrass Association (TTA).

7. Grizzlies' Season Ends with Heart and Tears -

Game 4 of this miserable first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs was almost done. Only a few minutes of garbage time remained.

And the question from Dave Joerger to veterans Matt Barnes and Vince Carter was a simple one: Do you want to stay out there, to keep playing, and to end this thing with your boots on?

8. Events -

Memphis Black Expo will hold a workforce ready seminar for ages 15-18 on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Andrew AME Church community life center, 1472 Mississippi St. The seminar will prepare attendees for the youth summer job fair, to be held April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Attendees must pre-register at memphisblackexpo.com/workforceready and a parent must sign the student in at the event.

9. Wayfair Teams With Porch.com to Offer Home-Improvement Help -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bought a ceiling fan but just don't know how to install it?

Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for all things home, has teamed up with Porch.com to connect shoppers with professionals offering a variety of services, from installing a light fixture to assembling a bookcase.

10. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

11. Airlines Boost On-Time Performance, Cancel Fewer Flights -

The government says more flights are arriving on time, airlines are canceling fewer flights, but passengers' complaints are still rising.

The Department of Transportation said Wednesday that 83.6 percent of flights on the leading airlines arrived on time in February. That's up from 81.3 percent in January and 72.8 percent the previous February.

12. Events -

Teach901 will hold a job fair Thursday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More than 30 school operators are hiring for more than 200 available positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. For details and to register, visit teach901.com.

13. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.

14. Time for Strunk to Become Titans' Most Valuable Player -

Quick question about the Titans: Who has the most to prove?

Is it Mike Mularkey, a two-time loser as a head coach?

Is it Jon Robinson, a first-time general manager?

15. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican -

The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.

16. FBI Continues to Debate Sharing iPhone Hack With Apple -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI has not decided whether to share with Apple Inc. details about how the bureau hacked into an iPhone linked to a California terrorism investigation, the bureau's director says.

17. Career Fairs Aren’t Just For Kids -

Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year: “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!” The response I received was not unexpected. The job seeker hadn’t even thought of attending a job fair since college. They seem so juvenile on some level.

18. Settle? No. UT Needs to Defend Itself in Title IX Suit -

Lots of smoke. But is there a fire? That is the issue at the University of Tennessee, where a Title IX lawsuit alleges the university has a “hostile sexual environment” and violates federal laws dealing with student discipline hearings for sexual assault cases, especially those involving student-athletes.

19. Editorial: The Ponderosa Box -

Maybe we’ve got this all wrong. Some people have suggested bringing recalcitrant, Memphis-hating legislators from other parts of the state here to our city to show them what’s right about this place. Instead, maybe we should go to them.

20. Events -

Opera Memphis will present the 2016 Midtown Opera Festival from Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 10, with most shows at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Events include a variety of opera performances, dance and jazz concerts, and more. Schedule and tickets are available at operamemphis.org.

21. Tied 4-4 After Scalia's Death, High Court Gives Unions A Win -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia's death, U.S. labor unions scored a major victory Tuesday with a tie vote in a high-profile Supreme Court case they had once seemed all but certain to lose.

22. Memphis Gets Fourth Satellite Dialysis Center -

Satellite Healthcare is preparing to open its fourth Memphis dialysis center, Satellite Healthcare Chickasaw Gardens, at 2980 Poplar Ave.

23. Millionaires: Raise Our Taxes to Address Poverty, Fix Roads -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – More than 40 millionaires, including members of the Rockefeller and Disney families, are asking to have their taxes raised to help address poverty and rebuild failing infrastructure.

24. Uber Balks at Rules Proposed by World's Busiest Airport -

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta's airport – the world's busiest – and Los Angeles officials want to force Uber drivers to get fingerprint-based background checks to pick up passengers, but the ride-hailing service is balking.

25. Registration Open for Fairway 5K on April 9 -

The road to the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic starts here, with the fourth annual Fairway 5K at 8 a.m. at TPC Southwind.

26. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.

27. ‘Spotlight’ Defends Open Access to Public Records -

There’s a great scene about public records in the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the true story of The Boston Globe’s investigative reporting of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.

28. Registration Open For Fairway 5K on April 9 -

The road to the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic starts here, with the fourth annual Fairway 5K at 8 a.m. at TPC Southwind.

29. Healthy Tennessee Fair Slated for Saturday -

The nonprofit Healthy Tennessee is holding its first health fair in Memphis Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. at Raleigh Assembly of God, 3683 Austin Peay Highway.

The statewide group focused on health training and preventive care is providing medical tests and screenings as well as broader medical advice aimed to keeping chronic conditions under control, said Dr. Manny Sethi, the founder of the four-year-old organization and a Nashville surgeon.

30. ‘Fearless’ Stewart Embraces Battles With Supermajority -

Democratic state Rep. Mike Stewart lives on the front lines of the Tennessee General Assembly. As chairman of the House Democratic Caucus with 26 members, Stewart could employ a bunker mentality, but instead has chosen to take the fight to the other side of the aisle.

31. Three Post Offices to Host Passport Fairs Saturday -

Three Memphis-area post offices will host passport fairs this weekend for anyone looking to renew their passport or apply for their first one.

The fairs will be held Saturday, March 12, at these times and locations:

32. Banks Now Giving Customers Access to Credit Scores for Free -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – It might be the most important piece of financial information about you – and it's finally easier for you to actually get a look at it.

Big banks and credit card companies are increasingly offering customers free access to their FICO score. This score, named after the software and analytics company that developed it, is used by lenders to determine how risky you are when they are deciding whether to issue a new credit card, mortgage or auto loan.

33. Healthy Tennessee Fair Slated For Saturday -

The nonprofit Healthy Tennessee is holding its first health fair in Memphis Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. at Raleigh Assembly of God, 3683 Austin Peay Highway.

The statewide group focused on health training and preventive care is providing medical tests and screenings as well as broader medical advice aimed to keeping chronic conditions under control, said Dr. Manny Sethi, the founder of the four-year-old organization and a Nashville surgeon.

34. Events -

A community job fair hosted by Agape Child & Family Services, New Direction Christian Church, Maximus and Right Resource Management will be held Thursday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Direction, 5777 Winchester Road. Resume assistance will be provided from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, call Jerrod Gunter at 901-333-6821 or Twana Whitlock at 901-323-3600, ext. 22.

35. Events -

HireLive will host a sales and marketing career fair Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 11056-36-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com.

36. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, March 8, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

HireLive will host a sales and marketing career fair Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 11056-36-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com.

37. Events -

Carriage Crossing Restaurant Week will be held through Thursday, March 6-10, in The Shops at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Diners at participating restaurants (Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Firebirds, Hickory Tavern and STIX) can enjoy $40 prix fixe menus that include an appetizer, two entrees and dessert for two. Reservations recommended. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com to preview menus.

38. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? In a few short days it’ll be time to “spring forward” – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, check out our weekly roundup of area happenings, from a discussion with local changemakers to the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week…

39. Events -

Carriage Crossing Restaurant Week will be held Sunday through Thursday, March 6-10, in The Shops at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Diners at participating restaurants (Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Firebirds, Hickory Tavern and STIX) can enjoy $40 prix fixe menus that include an appetizer, two entrees and dessert for two. Reservations recommended. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com to preview menus.

40. Green Sword -

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

It would come quickly and just before the start of the third spring of protests against the Memphis Zoo's use of the northern part of the Greensward for overflow parking.

41. RVC, Mansion to Give More Specifics on Mud Island Plans -

The CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis says his company is “ready to invest $10 million of our own capital that is currently available and ready to deploy.”

Andy Cates made the assurance in the company’s proposal to the Riverfront Development Corp. that was one of the two finalists picked Monday, Feb. 29, by an RDC committee.

42. Mud Island Management Search Narrows to Two -

A committee reviewing proposals to manage the Mud Island River Park has narrowed the field of four contenders down to two.

The Riverfront Development Corp. working committee has narrowed the field to RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis and Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC.

43. The Week Ahead: February 29, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? We know what you’ll be doing Tuesday (voting, of course!), but plenty of nonpolitical happenings grace this week’s calendar too – from a trio of Grizzlies games to a fundraiser supporting fair housing.

44. Lockdown: Apple Could Make It Even Tougher to Hack Phones -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose the FBI wins its court battle and forces Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers. That could open all iPhones up to potential government scrutiny – but it's not the end of the story.

45. Events -

Goodwill will hold a retail management job fair Wednesday, Feb. 17, with sessions from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Goodwill Job Center, 3830 Austin Peay Highway. Individuals should have two to five years’ experience in management and/or a college degree. Visit goodwillmemphis.org/hire to complete an online application and RSVP for either session.

46. Cancer Patients Snagged in Health Law's Tangled Paperwork -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Walt Whitlow was under treatment for cancer when he got an unwelcome surprise.

His financial assistance under President Barack Obama's health care law got slashed. That meant his premium quadrupled and his deductible went from $900 to $4,600.

47. Events -

Teach901 in conjunction with Teacher Town USA will hold a job fair Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More than 30 school operators are hiring for more than 200 available positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. For details and to register, visit teach901.com.

48. Memphis Redbirds Holding Job Fair This Weekend -

The Memphis Redbirds will host a job fair on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, in the newly renovated Home Plate Club at AutoZone Park.

The team is seeking outgoing and fan-friendly individuals to join the seasonal game day staff for the 2016 season.

49. Events -

Teach901 in conjunction with Teacher Town USA will hold a job fair Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More than 30 school operators are hiring for more than 200 available positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. For details and to register, visit teach901.com.

50. Events -

Memphis Jewish Community Center will kick off the third annual Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival with a screening of “Dough” Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall Road. Tickets are $7 for the community; $5 for MJCC and Indie Memphis members. Other screenings continue through Feb. 28. Visit jccmemphis.org/film for a schedule.

51. Letter to the Editor: A Trend Emerges -

“A Trend Emerges.” Just more than a year ago, a local journalist wrote those words in a report detailing the most recent Brady violations by the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office. Last month, that trend continued when the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility charged two more attorneys from that office with ethics violations.

52. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

53. Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap -

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

54. U of M Notebook: Wins, Attendance Not Created Equally -

Despite all the hue and cry about lousy attendance at FedExForum – and the concerns are justified because both announced attendance and actual people in the seats are on the decline – the Tigers still lead the American Athletic Conference with an average (announced) attendance of 11,534.

55. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

56. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

57. Ramsey Alleges Durham Affair With Ex-Lawmaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says state Rep. Jeremy Durham had an affair with another lawmaker, causing her to resign.

58. The 5 Applicants for Mud Island Redevelopment -

Each company that applied to redevelop Mud Island River Park has a month to submit its detailed proposal, including specific plans and how they would be financed, to the Riverfront Development Corp.

59. Five Mud Island Proposals Go Public -

A Memphis resort hotel group headed by mortgage banker and hotel manager Paul Westphal is proposing a 500-room resort hotel and spa in Mud Island River Park that would incorporate the island’s River Walk in its lobby.

60. Study: Transportation Issues Cost $5.6B in Tenn. -

A new study finds that traffic congestion and road deficiencies in Tennessee cost motorists in the state $5.6 billion a year.

The Washington-based transportation research group Trip conducted the study that calls for boosting investment in Tennessee roads, bridges and transit.

61. Hutchison Students Seeking Nonprofits for $5,000 Grant -

Hutchison School’s student-led Philanthropic Literacy Board is accepting grant applications from Memphis-area nonprofits that empower local students to stay in school.

The board, comprised of 11 seniors from the class of 2016, spends time researching and analyzing areas of need in the Memphis community. Their research into the Shelby County Schools system showed the 2015 mean composite ACT score – on a scale where scores can range from 12 to 36 – was 16.9, and SCS’ 2015 graduation rate was 75 percent.

62. Bass Pro Shops Eyes Mud Island -

Mud Island’s neighbor to the east is interested in redeveloping the river park.

Bass Pro Shops is among the five companies that have submitted proposals to the Riverfront Development Corp. to oversee Mud Island River Park. And all five have advanced to a second round of the process without the RDC releasing details of the material they submitted.

63. Hutchison Students Seeking Nonprofits for $5,000 Grant -

Hutchison School’s student-led Philanthropic Literacy Board is accepting grant applications from Memphis-area nonprofits that empower local students to stay in school.

The board, comprised of 11 seniors from the class of 2016, spends time researching and analyzing areas of need in the Memphis community. Their research into the Shelby County Schools system showed the 2015 mean composite ACT score – on a scale where scores can range from 12 to 36 – was 16.9, and SCS’ 2015 graduation rate was 75 percent.

64. The Persecution of Jeremy Durham -

Inhumane and unfair: That’s the only way to describe the “liberal media’s” treatment of state Rep. Jeremy Durham over the last month.

65. Study Finds $5.6B Cost of Transportation Issues in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study finds that traffic congestion and road deficiencies in Tennessee cost motorists in the state $5.6 billion a year.

The Washington-based transportation research group Trip conducted the study that calls for boosting investment in Tennessee roads, bridges and transit.

66. Terminix, CDS to Hold Job Fairs Wednesday -

A pair of job fairs on Wednesday, Jan. 20, is giving Memphis-area job seekers two chances to meet with potential employers.

Memphis-based pest-control company Terminix will hold its job event Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 6399 Shelby Oaks Drive. The company, a division of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, is seeking to fill 120 positions at its Memphis call center over the next six months, with new hire classes starting at the beginning of each month. The full-time customer service positions pay $11 an hour.

67. US Homebuilder Confidence Held Steady in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confidence among U.S. home builders held steady in January even though builders' expectations about future sales dipped slightly.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index stood at 60 in January, matching the December reading, the association reported Tuesday.

68. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. This year’s theme is “Speaking Truth to Power,” and activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

69. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds -

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

70. University Law School Hosts Public Interest Fair -

The Career Services Office at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host the second annual Public Interest Fair on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, representatives from government and nonprofit agencies will share information with the law students about post-graduate public-sector possibilities and realities.

71. Events -

SCORE Memphis will host a business essentials workshop titled “Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?” Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road. Cost is free; pre-registration required. Visit scorememphis.org.

72. Saban Is Tops, Busch Upgrades, Grizz 100-1 -

I really don’t like the debates about the greatest player or coach. But it was unavoidable this past week after Alabama won its fourth national championship under Nick Saban (his fifth, having also won as coach at LSU).

73. 4 Applicants Up for Beale Street Gig -

A Fortune 500 corporation, the Memphis-based company behind the Delta Fair, a Memphis real estate management firm with office experience, and a newly formed group of Memphians with experience in real estate, entertainment and restaurants as well as commercial development and financing. Those are the four companies that have applied to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

74. University Law School Hosts Public Interest Fair -

The Career Services Office at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host the second annual Public Interest Fair on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, representatives from government and nonprofit agencies will share information with the law students about post-graduate public-sector possibilities and realities.

75. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will host the 14th annual Valero Memphis Refinery Tool Box Bash on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will include live and silent auctions, whiskey tasting, live music and more. Tickets are $60 at toolboxbash.com or 901-322-3532.

76. Events -

The Memphis Irish Society is enrolling for its 2016 Irish Gaelic class, set to begin Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Germantown area (contact for exact venue). The class is free, informal, and is open to all adults and children of middle-school age and older. It will meet most Saturdays throughout the year with some breaks. Email erin.shepherd@memphisirish.com for details.

77. Events -

Safer Shelby Summit, a roundtable discussion of criminal justice reforms the Tennessee Legislature will consider this year, will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. State Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Brian Kelsey has invited local leaders to participate.

78. Last Word: Council Round-Up, One Beale's Third Tower and the Battle Over the ASD -

On a clear day, the song goes, you can see forever.
In Memphis though, it seems that no two politicians will see exactly the same thing or have precisely the same opinion.
On a somewhat sunny but not necessarily clear Tuesday in our fair city there was a lot to see.

79. Events -

Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free tax workshop for new businesses Thursday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Center’s Memphis Training Room, 555 Beale St. Tax specialists from local and state agencies will provide information and answer questions on complying with registration and tax requirements. Registration required. Visit tn.gov/revenue/article/tax-workshops or call 800-342-1003.

80. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

81. US Stocks Are Ending 2015 Mostly Flat, Capping Volatile Year -

The stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.

Despite veering between record highs and the steepest dive in four years, the stock market is on track to end the year essentially flat. That means if you invested in a fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 index, you have little to show for the past 12 months.

82. A Look at This Year’s Volunteer Squad -

Here’s a glimpse at the Vols’ roster, and what’s happened through the first eight games (in order of scoring).

Kevin Punter Jr.

Junior guard, 6-2, 190, Bronx, N.Y./State Fair (Mo.) Community College. 22.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 35.1 mpg

83. Council's New Crop -

They ran in the considerable shadow of the most competitive Memphis mayoral race in a generation. The new Memphis City Council that takes office with Mayor-elect Jim Strickland in January isn’t necessarily a generational shift. It doesn’t signify a wholesale ousting by the electorate, either.

84. Tenn. House GOP to Discuss Durham Leadership Post -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's House Republican caucus will meet next month to reconsider embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham's leadership position over what one colleague called his "questionable judgment."

85. Departing City Council Members Remembered at Last Session -

Before the Memphis City Council’s final session of 2015 on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the 13 council members got around to something they should have done four years ago: take a group picture in the Hall of Mayors at City Hall.

86. US Attorney Confirms ‘Comprehensive Review’ of Darrius Stewart Case -

U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton says his office, the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division are conducting a “comprehensive review” of the July fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

87. Events -

Central Defense Security will host a job fair Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Ave. CDS is seeking armed and unarmed guards for Memphis-area clients. For more information, visit centdef.com.

88. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Disney’s “Newsies” Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Dec. 13 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

89. Even Without Wins, Mularkey Has Refreshing Attitude -

Credit Mike Mularkey with one thing, if nothing else.He has approached his interim stint as the Tennessee Titans head coach with a high degree of honesty and a bit of a straightforward approach to the job.

90. Defending Memphis -

Four years ago, I Love Memphis was merely an expression on a tattered and Scotch-taped sheet of paper with a red heart where the word “love” would be. Various people held it and had their pictures made with it for the “I Love Memphis” social media accounts.

91. TBI File Case Involves Complex Issues -

The ongoing move in Shelby County Chancery Court to open Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files is not without legal precedent.

A Knoxville case that argues a different reason for opening TBI files has prompted two state appeals court rulings this year – civil and criminal – and could portend complex legal issues in the local case.

92. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning musical revival of “Pippin” Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Nov. 22 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

93. Rings and Pacifiers: Health Gadgets Get Sophisticated -

HELSINKI (AP) — After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator.

"Wellness" computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of human life.

94. Tennessee’s Landlords Find Hidden Costs of Privatization -

Murfreesboro businessman Tom Hyde felt the sting of Tennessee’s privatization practices two years ago when a representative of Jones Lang Lasalle notified him he would have to pay the company a commission as part of his next lease agreement.

95. May I Take Your Bag? -

This just in from crossword land: I’ve deleted OLD BAG from my word list. Along with COOT, CODGER, and GEEZER. Still thinking about CURMUDGEON. Confused? Okay, here’s the story.

In a recent crossword the phrase OLD BAG appeared in the fill. Based largely on the “Seinfeld” episode where Jerry stole a loaf of marble rye bread from a woman (my most recent point of reference), I neither batted an eye nor thought twice about the term.

96. DMC’s Morris Touts ‘Radically Different’ South Main -

One of Paul Morris’ first speeches as president of what was then the Center City Commission was to the South Main Association.

97. Rarely Deployed Weapon: Tigers Punter Spencer Smith Good When He Gets a Chance -

The Tigers’ high-powered offense, driven by quarterback Paxton Lynch, is well-documented. Their 44.8 scoring average ranks sixth nationally.

Which doesn’t leave a lot of work for the University of Memphis punter, sophomore Spencer Smith. He’s averaging 46.8 yards per punt, which would rank fourth in the country if he met the minimum of 3.6 punts per game.

98. The Haven -

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

“It’s really the glue that holds the community together,” said 1990 graduate, and Shelby County Schools superintendent, Dorsey Hopson. “You have some of the poorest kids that we have in the state attend there. You also have some of the most high-performing kids in the state attend there. You truly have all segments of all kinds of communities both in the school zone and outside the zone who descend on ‘The Haven’ every single day.”

99. ULI’s Final Fairgrounds Report Adds Parking Details -

The final report from an Urban Land Institute panel that visited the Mid-South Fairgrounds in June has more to say about parking challenges and scenarios.

The 38-page report released Tuesday, Nov. 3, affirms the group’s June call to add new facilities at the fairgrounds while keeping the Mid-South Coliseum, possibly in an altered form. And it includes more specific drawings and plans for parking that would be adaptable for other uses outside of the eight games a year that are played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

100. O’Brien Joins Sullivan’s Creative Team -

Chris O’Brien has joined Sullivan Branding’s creative team as group creative director. In this role, O’Brien specializes in the design, development, and implementation of creative campaigns. He’s also responsible for overseeing the agency’s creative operations and product.