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1. Events -

The National Civil Rights Museum’s 2018 Drop the Mic Poetry Slam takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Paradise Entertainment Center, 645 Georgia Ave. Qualifying poets and spoken word artists in three age categories will compete for cash prizes in the slam, which is themed “Freedom Forward.” Free and open to the public. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/drop-the-mic to RSVP.

2. Events -

The National Civil Rights Museum hosts the Drop the Mic Symposium Friday, Aug. 17, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. The symposium features a master class with four-time Individual World Poetry Slam champion Ed Mabrey; a keynote by Grammy Award-winning spoken-word artist and author J. Ivy; four workshop tracks – activism, youth voice, technique and business; and an open mic session for participants and facilitators. Free and open to the public. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/drop-the-mic-symposium for details and registration.

3. Last Word: Southgate Signs, Suburban Deadline and Kingsbury Allegations -

Seven months after it closed, the Kroger supermarket at the Southgate shopping center reopened Wednesday as a CashSaver grocery store in what has to be a blueprint for future efforts but is also nonetheless something that is not easily replicated. Showing the way on this has been The Works Inc. at its store at the South Memphis Farmers Market. We wrote about this earlier this year just as the Southgate solution began to take shape.

4. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. Gary Robinson will present “Whatever Happened to Newspapers and What is Happening at SCORE Memphis.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

5. Events -

NAWBO Memphis meets Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Jozelle Booker, president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum, will present “Preparing For The Major League: Doing Business with Big Businesses.” Tickets are $25 for NAWBO members and $35 for guests. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

6. Events -

The Whitehaven Farmers Market, hosted by Methodist South Hospital, is open Monday, Aug. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. in front of Methodist South’s Medical Office Complex, 1300 Wesley Drive. Shop locally grown fruits and vegetables, then visit the University of Tennessee Extension booth, Farmers’ Market Fresh, for children’s activities, food demonstrations, recipes and more. The market continues Mondays through Sept. 24, except for Sept. 3. For more information, call 901-516-3580.

7. Black Soybean Farmers Claim They Were Sold Faulty Seeds -

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds.

8. Events -

Ballet Memphis hosts its free Ballet Memphis School Sampler Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon in its Imagine Studio, 2144 Madison Ave. Parents can learn about Ballet Memphis programs and children ages 3-18 can try a class for free. Schedule: Discover Dance (ages 3-5), 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.; beginner ballet (ages 6-10), 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.; beginner ballet (11 and older), 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; and tap (any age), 11:15 to noon. No special clothes required. Visit balletmemphis.org/events for details.

9. Events -

Playhouse on the Square presents the regional premiere of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” Friday, Aug. 10, through Sept. 2 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for showtimes and tickets.

10. Concern in Arkansas Town Highlights Trade Fears Across U.S. -

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy.

11. Events -

Novel hosts mindfulness coach Greg Graber in conversation with Grizzlies play-by-play commentator Pete Pranica, discussing Graber’s book “Slow Your Roll: Mindfulness for Fast Times,” Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit novelmemphis.com.

12. Events -

The Whitehaven Farmers Market, hosted by Methodist South Hospital, is open Monday, Aug. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. in front of Methodist South’s Medical Office Complex, 1300 Wesley Drive. Shop locally grown fruits and vegetables, then visit the University of Tennessee Extension booth, Farmers’ Market Fresh, for children’s activities, food demonstrations, recipes and more. The market continues Mondays through Sept. 24, except for Sept. 3. For more information, call 901-516-3580.

13. Jury Tells Pork Giant to Pay $473.5M in Nuisance Lawsuit -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury decided Friday that the world's largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks

14. Events -

Community Legal Center hosts Cocktails for a Cause Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1509 Peabody Ave. No speeches, no agenda – just a good time with all proceeds benefiting CLC. Visit clcmemphis.org for details.

15. Events -

Community Legal Center hosts Cocktails for a Cause Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1509 Peabody Ave. No speeches, no agenda – just a good time with all proceeds benefiting CLC. Visit clcmemphis.org for details.

16. McKinney Assumes New Role Joining Greater Memphis Chamber -

David McKinney later this month starts his new job as senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

The 36-year-old attorney succeeds Kelly Rayne, who left earlier this summer to become senior counsel for St. Jude ALSAC.

17. Discount Home Goods Store Joins Retail Center -

The first Home Centric in the market, a discount home goods store owned by Beall’s Inc., is on its way to Shops of Forest Hill in Germantown.

The 14,400-square-foot retailer will be located next to Sprouts Farmers Market in the Target-anchored shopping center at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road.

18. Farmers Prefer Trump Do Trade Deals Than Hand Them Cash -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses.

19. Trump to EU Leaders: We Want a 'Fair Trade Deal' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told European leaders Wednesday that the U.S. wants a "fair trade deal" with the European Union as both sides sought to defuse tensions in an escalating trade battle involving some of the world's biggest economies.

20. US Announces Billions to Help Farmers Hurt by Trump Tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China and other trading partners.

21. Discount Home Goods Store Joins G’Town Retail Center -

The first Home Centric in the market, a discount home goods store owned by Beall’s Inc., is on its way to Shops of Forest Hill in Germantown.

The 14,400-square-foot retailer will be located next to Sprouts Farmers Market in the Target-anchored shopping center at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road.

22. Pence Touts Conservative Credentials of Blackburn, Black -

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted Republican tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks Saturday, using a visit to Tennessee to also heap praise on the conservative credentials of two GOP congresswomen waging tough campaigns for statewide offices.

23. Fed Says Trade War Downturn Could Pose Challenges -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the central bank has tools it can use to cushion the potential economic fallout from a trade war. But he told Congress the effort could be challenging if higher tariffs push inflation up too sharply.

24. Survey of Economists: US Sales and Employment Likely to Grow -

DETROIT (AP) – Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them.

But a majority of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics say the corporate tax cuts that the Trump administration pushed through Congress have yet to affect their plans for hiring or investment. The administration had promoted its tax cuts, which were heavily tilted toward corporations and wealthy individuals, as likely to raise worker pay and promote corporate investment and expansion over time.

25. Events -

The Whitehaven Farmers Market, hosted by Methodist South Hospital, is open Monday, July 16, from noon to 5 p.m. in front of Methodist South’s Medical Office Complex, 1300 Wesley Drive. Shop locally grown fruits and vegetables, then visit the University of Tennessee Extension booth, Farmers’ Market Fresh, for children’s activities, food demonstrations, recipes and more. The market continues Mondays through Sept. 24, except for Sept. 3. For more information, call 901-516-3580.

26. Events -

POTS@TheWorks presents the world premiere of “CRIB” Friday, July 13, through July 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

Omega Ministries/Omega Healthy Practices and the Healthcare Organizations of Greater Memphis Coalition host the Back to School Family Affair Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. Free and open to the public; free backpacks with supplies will be given to the first 500 people with a parent or guardian present.

27. Events -

POTS@TheWorks presents the world premiere of “CRIB” Friday, July 13, through July 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

28. Judge: Experts Can Testify That Roundup Linked to Cancer -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evidence that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer seems "weak," but experts can still make that claim at trial, a U.S. judge ruled Tuesday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco allows hundreds of lawsuits against Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto, to move forward. The lawsuits by cancer victims and their families say the agrochemical giant long knew about Roundup's cancer risk but failed to warn them.

29. Ranchers Whose Case Inspired 2016 Occupation Receive Pardons -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. The arson crime carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, but a sympathetic federal judge, on his last day before retirement, decided the penalty was too stiff and gave the father and son much lighter prison terms.

30. Pruitt Leaves His Mark on Businesses But Will it Last? -

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt tried to roll back rules affecting many industries, but whether he made lasting changes in the government's regulation of business or failed to leave a legacy could be decided in the courts.

31. Sen. Hyde-Smith: Tighten Security at US Border With Mexico -

JACINTO, Miss. (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi says she wants to strengthen the nation's border with Mexico.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith told WCBI-TV that she has visited with farmers living along the border, and they face threats from Mexican drug cartels.

32. Bredesen Talks Tariffs in Memphis Stops As New TV, Social Media Ads Begin to Air -

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen came to Memphis Monday, June 25, to talk about tariffs – specifically the trade tariffs proposed by President Donald Trump on European allies Canada and Mexico.

33. From boat makers to farmers, US-led tariff war inflicts pain -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida boat builder absorbs $4 million in lost business and expects more pain. An Ohio pork producer is losing access to a vital export market and fears the damage will last years. A motorcycle shop near Cologne, Germany, wonders if it even has a future.

34. Cabot Creamery Brings Gratitude Grille to Memphis -

Cabot Creamery Co-operative, the maker of Cabot Cheese, has brought its traveling food truck, known as the Gratitude Grille, to Memphis to serve complimentary meals to volunteers at Mid-South Food Bank, MIFA’s Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, and WKNO.

35. US, China tariffs talk threatens Arkansas soybean industry -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Farmers say President Donald Trump's plans to place tariffs on more Chinese goods are worsening a situation for Arkansas' soybean producers.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Trump announced Monday he'd place 10 percent tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods bought in the U.S.

36. Meat 2.0? Clean Meat? Spat Shows the Power of Food Wording -

That question has yet to be decided by regulators, but for the moment it's pitting animal rights advocates and others against cattle ranchers in a war of words.

Supporters of the science are embracing "clean meat" to describe meat grown by replicating animal cells. Many in the conventional meat industry are irritated by the term and want to stamp it out before it takes hold.

37. In Tit-for-Tat, Trump Threatens More Tariffs Against China -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports as the two nations move closer to a trade war.

38. A Trade War Looms as Trump Slaps Tariffs on Chinese Imports -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump brought the world's two biggest economies to the brink of a trade war Friday by announcing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese imports to take effect July 6.

39. Last Word: Riverfront Change, Skeleton to Canopy and Summer Camp -

The two contenders for Shelby County Mayor in the Aug. 2 county general election – Democratic nominee Lee Harris and Republican nominee David Lenoir – meet for the first time in the general election campaign Wednesday at the Memphis Kiwanis Club weekly luncheon. It is the first of several debates between the two. And judging from what Harris and Lenoir have said separately and what we’ve reported from those appearances, this is a highly anticipated debate/discussion about the future of Shelby County on several fronts.

40. Letter: Tennessee Farmers Urge House Reps to Oppose Tariffs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dozens of Tennessee farmers are urging the state's U.S. House delegation to oppose President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

In their open letter Monday, 42 farmers say the tariffs would raise prices for farmers to update equipment, expand production or renovate farm buildings and storage. They say anticipated retaliatory tariffs would make it harder to export Tennessee crops and would hurt farmers' ability to make ends meet.

41. Last Word: The Commutation, Tuition Freeze and Blackburn and Sundquist -

Alice Marie Johnson walked out of a federal prison in Alabama Wednesday after serving 21 years of a life prison sentence for dealing drugs and laundering money as part of a Memphis drug ring with Texas connections in the 1990s. Johnson’s release came the same day that President Donald Trump commuted her life sentence less than a week after he met with reality television personality Kim Kardashian West who appealed for Johnson’s release. Here is the Associated Press story.

42. Arkansas Won't Lift Dicamba Ban for Farmers -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas officials have denied a request by some farmers to lift the state's ban on in-crop dicamba use.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state Plant Board rejected the farmers' request on Tuesday. Board members say the farmers provided no new information that would change their minds on the issue.

43. Memphis News, Daily News Win 9 Green Eyeshade Awards -

The Daily News and the Memphis News placed in nine categories in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Green Eyeshade Awards, including five first-place finishes. The regional awards cover an 11-state area.

44. Trump Says US Farmers Will Be Treated Fairly in Trade Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump defended his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico on Monday, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated "unfairly." The president vowed to turn the tide and break down large trade barriers with top trading partners.

45. From Distillers to Farmers, Trade War Would Cause Casualties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If a trade war is coming, the cheesemakers of Wisconsin are standing in the line of fire. So are the farmers of the Great Plains and the distillers of Kentucky. And the employees of iconic American brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi Strauss.

46. Fitzhugh Seeks Opinion On Tyson Foods Complex -

The same day that local elected officials and others broke ground on a new Tyson Foods complex in Humboldt, Tennessee, state House Democratic leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh sought a legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general on the regulation of such plants.

47. Fitzhugh Seeks Legal Opinion on Tyson Foods Complex -

The same day that local elected officials and others broke ground on a new Tyson Foods complex in Humboldt, Tennessee, state House Democratic leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh sought a legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general on the regulation of such plants.

48. Bayer Selling $9B in Ag Business Ahead of Monsanto Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has agreed to the U.S. government's demand that it sell about $9 billion in agriculture businesses as condition for acquiring Monsanto Co., a U.S. seed and weed-killer maker.

49. Davos on the Delta Puts Memphis At Center of Agriculture World -

The annual raucous Memphis in May Festival has arrived for its 41st year. And in its shadow is the much more sedate second annual Davos on the Delta conference at the nearby Peabody hotel, within earshot of the festival and olfactory stimulation of its sprawling barbecue competition.

50. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Rural Tennessee? -

Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed?

51. Editorial: Buying Food in a Food City -

The business of food is in a cycle of change from farm to table – whether it’s blowing up the Memphis barbecue stereotype or how we get our groceries.

All parts of that chain are to be found in Memphis business and culture.

52. Arkansas Court Halts 4th Judge's Order on Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted a fourth judge's ruling exempting some farmers from an herbicide ban that took effect last week.

Justices on Monday stayed a Clay County judge's order prohibiting the state Plant Board from enforcing its ban on dicamba against a group of farmers in that county.

53. Last Word: Trolleys Roll, Primary Election Day and The Rise of South City -

MATA CEO Gary Rosenfeld likes to joke that the new trolleys are quieter since the transit authority decided to change from using square wheels. Transit humor. They really are quieter. And that may be because MATA wasn’t doing much of anything in the way of maintenance on them four years ago and even less in the way of record keeping when a second trolley car burst into flames causing MATA to shut down everything it ran on rails. So the trolley that rolled out of the MATA barn on North Main Street Monday morning and into service was symbolic of more than getting a trolley or three ready for service. It was about building a new system around the operation of the trolleys.

54. Community South Memphis Bike Rides Through May -

The Big Jump Teen Ambassadors are hosting bike rides through South Memphis every Thursday through May as part of the South Memphis Glide Ride.

The group bicycle ride will take riders along scenic views through South Memphis from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each week, and the Big Jump Teen Ambassadors will also demonstrate how to improve bicycle facilities and connectivity within the South Memphis area.

55. Restaurants Calm Customers, Say Their Romaine is Safe -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Restaurants' advice to their customers? Romaine calm.

The government is still investigating how romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, apparently became contaminated with E. coli bacteria. As of Friday, at least 98 people in 22 states have gotten sick, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

56. Arkansas Court Halts 2 Rulings Against State's Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' highest court has halted orders by two judges exempting some farmers from the state's ban of an herbicide that took effect last week.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed temporary restraining orders issued by judges in Phillips and Mississippi counties preventing the state from enforcing its ban on dicamba on groups of farmers in those counties.

57. Amanda Dunham Talks Changes At East Memphis’ Grove Grill -

Twenty years after The Grove Grill opened in Laurelwood Shopping Center, the restaurant is reinventing itself with modernized decor and the recently launched Third Thursday monthly tasting series. Helping drive the changes are chef Chip Dunham – the son of Grove Grill owners Jeff and Tracey Dunham – and his wife, beverage director Amanda Dunham, who both joined the restaurant after moving to Memphis last July.

58. Order Exempting Farmers From Dicamba Ban Challenged -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Efforts to exempt some farmers from Arkansas' ban of an herbicide blamed for widespread damage were challenged in state court Friday, days before the prohibition was set to take effect.

59. US Publishers Worry About Pricier Newsprint With New Tariffs -

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they're dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs.

60. The Week Ahead: April 2-8 -

Hello, Memphis! We celebrate the courage of a man this week who improved the lives of so many. The somber occasion of remembering his death 50 years ago should not overshadow the admiration we have for someone who refused to not speak up against obvious injustices in spite of the danger it put him in.

61. Memphis Farmers Market Names Executive Director -

Rebecca Dull has joined the Memphis Farmers Market as executive director. Dull, who began her new role Monday, March 19, has experience working in various nonprofits, community markets and fundraising as well as more than seven years of experience in communications and marketing.

62. Farm-to-Table Dinner To Benefit Farmers Market -

Oxford Community Market, a nonprofit weekly farmers market in Oxford, Mississippi, will host a community fundraiser after it kicks off its 2018 season Tuesday, April 17, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Old Armory Pavilion, 1801 University Ave.

63. Stock Market Grocery Spurs Interest In Lakeland’s Lake District Project -

After more than a decade of preparation, The Lake District multiuse development in Lakeland is seeing some concrete progress. In fact, the developer, Los Angeles-based Gilad Development Inc., has signed its first tenant to the location on the southeast corner of the intersection of I-40 and Canada Road.

64. Farm-to-Table Dinner April 17 To Benefit Farmers Market -

Oxford Community Market, a nonprofit weekly farmers market in Oxford, Mississippi, will host a community fundraiser after it kicks off its 2018 season Tuesday, April 17, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Old Armory Pavilion, 1801 University Ave.

65. Memphis Farmers Market Names Executive Director -

Rebecca Dull has joined the Memphis Farmers Market as executive director. Dull, who began her new role Monday, March 19, has experience working in various nonprofits, community markets and fundraising as well as more than seven years of experience in communications and marketing.

66. Hopdoddy Sets Date For Overton Square Opening -

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has announced it’s opening its first Memphis location on April 2 at Overton Square.

Hopdoddy works directly with farmers and ranchers around the country to source the best ingredients available. In addition to favorites like the Buffalo Bill – made with a bison patty, Frank’s Hot Sauce, bacon, blue jack cheese and “sassy sauce” – Hopdoddy will roll out new food and drink items for the first time.

67. EPE Expansion in Limbo, Overton Square Restaurant Sets Opening Date -

3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Project Cost: $22 million

Owner: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Details: Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out if any implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

68. Which Countries Will Dodge Tariff Ax? Answer by End of April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration will decide by the end of April which countries will be spared from steep taxes on steel and aluminum imports.

U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer told the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday that some countries won't have to pay the tariffs, which take effect Friday, while they try to negotiate exemptions.

69. Hopdoddy Sets Date For Overton Square Opening -

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has announced it’s opening its first Memphis location on April 2 at Overton Square.

Hopdoddy works directly with farmers and ranchers around the country to source the best ingredients available. In addition to favorites like the Buffalo Bill – made with a bison patty, Frank’s Hot Sauce, bacon, blue jack cheese and “sassy sauce” – Hopdoddy will roll out new food and drink items for the first time.

70. Last Word: Penny Turns Up, Boots to Tickets and Ag Innovation -

So it begins as it always does in the world of Tigers basketball. Gary Parrish of CBSSports reporting the University of Memphis is considering a change from Tubby Smith to Penny Hardaway. Hardaway’s name last surfaced during the exit of Josh Pastner. This time around, the report is that Hardaway has already started rounding up possible staff members. This will either vanish with a very quiet poof and University officials saying they always review their options at the end of the regular season or it will move swiftly to an announced deal.

71. GOP Lawmakers, Business Groups Pressure Trump on Tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Warning of economic fallout, congressional Republicans and industry groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to narrow his plan for across-the-board tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. They said the White House appeared to be open to changes that might soften the impact.

72. AgLaunch Finds Traction In Intersection of Startups, Investors and Farmers -

Jan Bouten, a partner in Innova, the local early stage investment capital group, has some basic standards when deciding on startup companies to invest in.

He looks for “a solid team with a lot of experience in business” and the founders of AgriSync, an Iowa ag tech startup, checked that box.

73. Trump Says He Won't Back Down on Tariffs Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump insisted Monday that he's "not backing down" on his plan to impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite anxious warnings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional Republicans of a possible trade war.

74. Medical Marijuana Legislation Moves Ahead -

NASHVILLE – Bolstered by House Speaker Beth Harwell’s tie-breaking vote, Rep. Jeremy Faison’s medical marijuana legislation took an important step Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the General Assembly.

75. Last Word: Murals and IRV at City Hall, Alexander on Trump and Schools Standoff -

Sometimes when you look at the Election Commission filings in an election season and no one has so much as pulled a petition let alone filed one, your thoughts tend to be along the lines of what is there to focus on beyond the day-to-day activity. And then you get a press release by email that really makes you remember the volatility of this whole business of running for elected office.

76. Sign of Community -

Montavious Dean, a 16-year-old from Hamilton High School, and Sequoia Campbell, an 18-year-old from Grad Academy, are among 10 South Memphis teenagers who’ve been volunteering their time for a singular mission.

77. The Latest: Judge Tosses Challenge to Arkansas' Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Monsanto's effort to overturn Arkansas' ban on its dicamba weed-killer (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

An Arkansas judge has dismissed a company's challenge of the state's ban on a controversial weed killer, citing a state Supreme Court ruling that has made it more difficult to sue the state.

78. Cohen, Kustoff Vote for Budget Compromise -

The two congressmen who represent Memphis voted for the federal budget compromise that reopened the government Friday, Feb. 9, following a five-hour shutdown after a continuing resolution of 17 days ran out.

79. Kale to Go: Amazon to Roll Out Delivery at Whole Foods -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is bringing its speedy delivery to Whole Foods. The online retail giant plans to roll out two-hour delivery at the organic grocer this year to those who pay for Amazon's $99-a-year Prime membership. It is the company's biggest move since it bought the organic grocer last year.

80. Tennessee Officials Announce $400K in Agriculture Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials have announced more than $400,000 in grants to help new and expanding agriculture and food businesses, particularly in rural counties.

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe released award information Monday for the first round of grants through the $1 million Agriculture Enterprise Fund.

81. Lawsuits Over Herbicide Dicamba to Be Heard in St. Louis -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A special panel of judges says 11 lawsuits filed in four states against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in federal court in St. Louis.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation made the determination Thursday regarding farmers' lawsuits filed in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. The lawsuits argue that the makers of dicamba are responsible for damage caused by the herbicide to their crops, especially soybeans.

82. Trump Hits Solar Panels, Washing Machines With Tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is signing a measure Tuesday imposing tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.

83. Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Ban on Disputed Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers on Friday approved banning an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied and caused damage, but the prohibition still faces a legal challenge from a maker of the weed killer.

84. Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break to Farmers Who Sell to Co-Ops -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.

85. Arkansas Legislative Panel Backs Proposal to Ban Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

86. Exit Strategy -

When Kroger’s Delta Division announced last week it would shutter its stores at 1977 S. Third St. in the Southgate shopping center and 2267 Lamar Ave. near Airways Boulevard, there was already a considerable history of what might follow the Feb. 2 closing.

87. Arkansas Panel Stands by Proposal to Ban Disputed Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas regulators stood by their plan Wednesday to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, despite a request from lawmakers to reconsider the restriction and a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. Trump to Address Farm Bureau Convention in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee to speak at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention.

The Tennessean reports that Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks to the group meeting in Nashville on Jan. 8.

91. South Main Market Adding New Vendors Soon -

Civil Pour is one of the newest additions to the South Main Market and offers drinks like local beer, wine and craft cocktails along with small bites and other items at its space in Memphis’ new food hall.

92. Analysis: AutoZone May Be Set Up for Stronger 2018 -

Analysts who cover the stock of AutoZone Inc. are split into two sizable camps at the moment. Some 44 percent think the stock is worth rating a “buy,” while more than 50 percent think investors that already own shares should hold on to them and do nothing for now.

93. Last Word: Moving the Mountaintop, Brooks Idea and No Voucher Bill in 2018 -

The Mountaintop is moving – the circa 1977 sculpture that for many years was the only public memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- other than the pre-National Civil Rights Museum at what was then the Lorraine Motel. It’s had a few locations over the last 40 years and it's been in the Memphis elements constantly.

94. Arkansas Lawmakers Put Efforts to Ban Herbicide on Hold -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have put on hold a plan to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted on to their crops and caused damage, agreeing with a panel's recommendation to call on regulators to revise restrictions proposed on the weed killer.

95. Arkansas Lawmakers Ask Panel to Reconsider Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday recommended a regulatory panel look at revising its proposed ban of an herbicide farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, nearly a month after a maker of the weed killer asked a judge to halt the prohibition.

96. Tenn. Agriculture Department Proposes New Dicamba Rules -

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is proposing new rules for the use of herbicides containing dicamba in the production of cotton and soybeans.

TDA is seeking approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 24(c) “special local needs” label to further restrict the use of new-formulation products in Tennessee, including BASF’s Engenia, Monsanto’s XtendiMax and DuPont’s FeXapan.

97. 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.

98. Monsanto Moves to Stop Arkansas From Banning Weed Killer -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage.

99. 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...

100. Ice Cream That’s 'Out of This World’ -

When Karin and Steve Cubbage opened Area 51, an artisan ice cream shop in Hernando, Mississippi, in the summer of 2014 they had no idea where it would take them.

Less than four years later, they’ve opened a second location in the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis and are expanding to a larger off-site kitchen in Hernando to provide product to both stores and possibly more wholesale accounts.