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1. Last Word: Second Snow Day, The Post-King Generation and Cohen's Cadillac -

A second snow day awaits Wednesday on this short week for many but not all of us. And there is some grumbling about the approach to treating roads off the main thoroughfares that may, in this city where a cut-through detour is a real thing and the reason for speed humps, still see a lot of traffic.

2. Orpheum CEO Batterson Honored For Excellence in Performing Arts -

Brett Batterson, president and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has been named the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents’ 2017 Presenter of the Year. The award honors individuals in the performing arts field for their excellence in exemplifying mentoring; setting an example of best practices, achievement and leadership in their discipline; and cultivating diversity, practicing inclusion, and creating equity for underserved members of the community.

3. Old Dominick Launching New Music Series This Month -

Memphis’ newest music venue is opening later this month, in something of an unlikely place. Old Dominick Distillery, at 305 S. Front St., on Jan. 25 is using its upstairs event space to launch the Old Dominick Pure Memphis Music series. A twice-monthly set of concerts featuring acts, as the name of the series suggests, with a tie of some kind to the city.

4. Around Memphis: Jan. 15, 2018 -

Here’s a look at Memphis-related news from around the web...

Stan Bronson Passes Away Tuesday: ‘Most Durable Batboy’ served the Tigers baseball program for 56 seasons
GoTigersGo.com

5. Kuo Brings ‘Power Is Female’ Platform To Role as President of Women Attorneys Group -

Incoming Association for Women Attorneys president Eileen Kuo sees women changing how the game is played in the field of law and redefining what it means to be leaders.

Kuo will be sworn in as the 2018 AWA president on Wedesday, Feb. 7, at the 38th annual AWA Banquet to be held downtown at 409 S. Main St.

6. Fed's Memphis Branch Makes Board Appointments -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced a set of changes to its Memphis Branch board of directors, effective Jan. 1.

7. Events -

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

8. Global Reach -

Jasbir Dhaliwal wears many titles – and carries many responsibilities – at the University of Memphis. He is vice provost of academic affairs and dean of the graduate school. He is chief innovation officer and the executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology.

9. Shelby County Prekindergarten Push Remains in General Terms for Now -

Nearly six years after voters defeated two ballot questions in as many years that would have provided a tax revenue steam for universal prekindergarten, the pre-K quest is back.

The return of a coordinated civic and political push for pre-K comes about five years after a combination of state and federal funding as well as a shift of county government’s early childhood Head Start contract to Shelby County Schools.

10. Crosstown High Preps For August Opening -

The first class of freshmen students has been selected for the fall semester of Crosstown High, a new public charter school opening this August. The school, which will welcome 600 students by 2021, will be located on the first, fourth and fifth floors of the new community-driven, mixed-use Crosstown Concourse redevelopment.

11. St. Louis Fed Memphis Branch Makes Board Appointments -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced a set of changes to its Memphis Branch board of directors, effective Jan. 1.

12. Vendeville Leads New Leaders at Teach For America -

When Cara Vendeville was little, her brother was littler. One day, in the family’s home in Cleveland, Ohio, Vendeville and her brother decided to play a game of school. Most kids might have lost interest and wandered off to some more exciting activity, with better toys. Vendeville, determined, set to work writing lesson plans.

13. After Disaster of 2017, New Year Looking Good for Vols -

Vol Nation should celebrate. It’s a new year. It’s got to be better than 2017. Tennessee athletics had a bad year, one of the worst ever. It was rough for fans, alumni and boosters.

14. 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.

15. Events -

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

16. Shot Fired From Memphis Ignites Civil War Rematch -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

In fact, the state Legislature is set to reignite the Civil War – to some degree – in 2018. We hope no gunshots are fired.

17. The Lane Ahead -

His first vision, Trey Moore says, was to become a “film and video type guy.” He had graduated Southaven High School, earned a communications degree at Memphis State, but didn’t have designs on going all-Hollywood.

18. Connection Point -

One of the most-clicked pages on the Choose901 website is “Jobs of the Week,” which in recent days listed open positions like a marketing manager for the Memphis Redbirds and a recruiting manager for Youth Villages, among others.

19. CW/CA Adds Fenton As Marketing, Research Director -

Laura Fenton has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as director of marketing and research. CW/CA’s Marketing & Research department serves as the commercial real estate firm’s in-house agency for brokers and clients, and in her role, Fenton leads strategic communication, marketing and research for business development initiatives, marketing on behalf of clients, public relations, advertising, internal communications, social media and community involvement. 

20. Tennessee Lawmakers Head Into Session With Elections Looming -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for a session colored by upcoming elections and Gov. Bill Haslam's final lap before he hits his term limits.

This year, the Republican-led General Assembly likely won't face a monthslong fight over one topic, like the roads-funding package with gas tax hikes and other tax breaks that Haslam ushered into law in 2017.

21. Getting Shovel Ready -

Candidates for various state-level offices up for grabs in the 2018 elections used the Southwest Tennessee Development District’s annual legislative luncheon in Jackson, Tennessee, last week to share their West Tennessee-centric campaign promises.

22. Last Word: Tax Reform Pay Raises, Minority Business Kinks and Elvis at 83 -

A busy but ultimately slow weekend on the Confederate monuments front as a total of fewer than 100 opponents of the removal of the city’s two most visible monuments actively protested Saturday either on the interstate loop or in the “protest area” by Health Sciences Park.

23. Two New Distribution Facilities, Southaven ‘Town Square’ In the Works -

2481 Appling Road, Memphis, TN 38133: Salt Lake City, Utah-based aftermarket auto body parts distributer Certifit Inc. is planning to construct a 604,800-square-foot distribution facility at the southwest corner of Appling and Reese roads.

24. Companies Boost Wages and More Post-Tax Reform -

Dozens of companies, many with ties to Memphis, have pledged a series of actions that include one-time employee bonuses, charitable spending and 401(k) contribution increases, among other steps, in response to savings they expect to see from recently enacted Republican tax cuts.

25. Splinter Creek Brings Eco-Living to Oxford -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Splinter Creek housing development in Taylor, Miss. is gaining regional attention.

The owners, a mother-daughter team made up of Ellen Leakes and her daughters Elizabeth Keckler and Blair Wunderlich, were recently named one of Southern Living Magazine's Top Southern Tastemakers for 2018. The development, nestled right outside of Taylor, Miss., is a 650-acre plot of land with space for up to 26 homes, where structures are designed to take their cues from nature.

26. Parks Closed By Police On Eve of Saturday Protest Plans -

Memphis Police shut down two Memphis parks Friday, Jan. 5, in advance of planned protests Saturday by groups opposed to the Dec. 20 removal of Confederate monuments from both parks.

More than a dozen police cars were around Health Sciences Park and a single police car was in Memphis Park before 9 p.m. Friday evening. Signs were posted in each park at different entry points reading "Park Closed Today" and "No Trespassing" and warnng against loitering and carrying firearms.

27. SunTrust Taking Actions In Wake of Tax Reform Bill -

SunTrust Banks Inc. has announced a set of actions it’s taking in the wake of the recently passed tax reform bill that include increasing its minimum wage and making grants to communities.

28. Company Looking Beyond Frayser for Landfill Site -

Memphis Wrecking Co. (MWC) is looking at new areas throughout the city of Memphis in lieu of expanding its current landfill operations in Frayser.

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

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

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

30. Company Looking Beyond Frayser for Landfill Expansion -

Memphis Wrecking Co. is looking at new areas throughout the city of Memphis in lieu of expanding its current landfill operations in Frayser.

31. Why Aren’t Starved Fans All In for the Titans? -

There is some irony in the Tennessee Titans’ going to the “Show-Me State” for a first-round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Perhaps there the 9-6 Titans, a team its own fans have yet to completely embrace, can finally make an impression in their first playoff game in nine years.

32. 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.

33. Battling Opioids -

Later this month, Shelby County government will roll out a public health effort led by the Shelby County Health Department to battle opioid addiction. “We’re taking a very long view of this. It’s not going to be a quick fix,” Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told Shelby County Commission members Wednesday, Jan. 3, during committee sessions.

34. Attorney, Former Political Activist Lewis Donelson Dies at 100 -

In a century of life that began in Memphis, Lewis Donelson was many things including an attorney, politician and strategist. In all of those pursuits and others, he was one of the city’s most influential citizens and a force in some of the most historic moments in the city’s history as well as the state’s history.

35. 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.

36. GOP's Senate Majority Shrinks With Jones Sworn Into Office -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama was sworn into office Wednesday, shrinking the Senate's Republican majority and leading lawmakers of both parties to plead for more bipartisanship as Congress tackles pressing issues in advance of the 2018 midterm elections.

37. Candidates in August State and Federal Primaries Start Pulling Petitions Friday -

Contenders for the May Shelby County primaries are still coming out of the political woodwork. And starting Friday, Jan. 5, candidates in the August state and federal primaries can begin pulling qualifying petitions for the second of three elections in 2018.

38. Off to a Great Start -

When Megan Smith, the former U.S. chief technology officer under the Obama administration, praised Memphis’ startup community during an interview last summer on Bloomberg TV, it was a high-profile example of the ongoing coming-of-age of the ecosystem here.

39. Moore Named Executive Director of Explore Bike Share -

Trey Moore has been named executive director of Explore Bike Share, the Memphis nonprofit that is preparing to launch a local bike-share system with 600 bicycles and 60 stations. Moore, who is returning to Memphis from Atlanta, Georgia, will lead Explore Bike Share’s staff in operations, fund development and community engagement activities in partnership with the organization’s board of directors.
As executive director, he also is committed to bicycling as a sustainable transportation option with access to as many Memphians as possible, and will help promote a bike-friendly culture in Memphis while encouraging exercise and healthy lifestyles.

40. Startups and Artisans: EPIcenter caps a Busy 2017 Supporting Entrepreneurs -

Memphis’ startup ecosystem and its small-scale makers and artisans community took another leap forward in 2017, with new programming, resources and support to help all of those entrepreneurs continue to thrive.

41. SunTrust Announces Actions In Wake of Tax Reform Bill -

SunTrust Banks Inc. has announced a set of actions it’s taking in the wake of the recently passed tax reform bill that include increasing its minimum wage and making grants to communities.

42. AWA to Honor Haltom at Annual Event -

After 30 years working with Shelby County government as a practicing attorney and a Juvenile Court judge, the Honorable Claudia Haltom retired and turned her focus to creating something that would make a difference.

43. Gibson Guitar Factory Property Fetches $14.1M, New Midtown Tiki Bar Opening Soon -

145 Lt. George W Lee Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $14.1 million

Sale Date: Dec. 27, 2017

Buyer: Somera Road Inc., Tricera Capital

44. Airbnb: Memphis Hosts Earned $7 Million in 2017 -

Airbnb reports its Memphis host community earned a combined $7 million in supplemental income while welcoming about 68,000 guest arrivals to the city in 2017.

That reflects 79 percent year-over-year growth in guest arrivals, according to the hospitality company, which says Memphis has about 670 active Airbnb hosts, 40 percent of whom share an extra, unused room in their home.

45. Airbnb: Memphis Hosts Earned $7M in 2017 -

Airbnb reports its Memphis host community earned a combined $7 million in supplemental income while welcoming about 68,000 guest arrivals to the city in 2017.

That reflects 79 percent year-over-year growth in guest arrivals, according to the hospitality company, which says Memphis has about 670 active Airbnb hosts, 40 percent of whom share an extra, unused room in their home.

46. Small Retailers Capitalized on Strengths for Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent retailers who've had a successful holiday season say they took advantage of the fact that there are strengths in not being huge.

Store owners report they were able to change pricing and other strategies quickly. Many offered customers more personal service and a warmer atmosphere. And they said they used social media tools designed for smaller companies, including inexpensive ads on Facebook.

47. BancorpSouth to Complete Long-Delayed Acquisitions -

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

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

48. Democrats Look to Cooperate on Key Issues -

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

But the 110th General Assembly still has a long row to hoe as the session starts Jan. 9 with new legislative offices and committee rooms in the renovated Cordell Hull Building in downtown Nashville.

49. Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder -

Attorney William Allen Wooten has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, working in the firm’s Memphis office as well as its new location at the current Wooten Law Firm in Covington, Tennessee.

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

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

51. Getting Connected -

Ivan Ortiz found himself not too long ago with a passing interest in pursuing an IT career – passing, in that he wasn’t completely sure about it, nor was he totally sure how to make it a reality.

52. Striking a Chord, NIH Taps the Brain to Find How Music Heals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist plays an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care.

53. Facebook Improves How Blind Can ‘See’ Images Using AI -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually impaired – almost nonexistent.

54. 2017 a Year of Expansions, New Beginnings in Memphis Arts -

After years of planning, design and construction, Crosstown Arts finally in mid-October moved into its new space on the second floor of Crosstown Concourse.

The move was one of a long string of highlights in 2017, which has been one of the more consequential years in recent memory for arts in the city.

55. 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.

56. Downtown Hotel Revival; Two Companies Look to Expand in Southwest Memphis -

5050 E. Holmes Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Project Cost: $720,000

Application Date: Dec. 20, 2017

57. Memphis Sound at 60 -

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

58. Iowa State Must Stay True to Selves to Beat Tough Memphis Offense -

At this late date in the college football season, deception may come on an individual play – a quarterback’s deft sleight of hand on play-action or a linebacker feigning blitz only to drop back into coverage.

59. Technicolor, Agilent Approved for Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a pair of tax abatements Wednesday, Dec. 20, that have the potential to affect more than 1,000 jobs in the county.

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for California-based life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical company Agilent Technologies would create 117 new jobs, while one for a division of multimedia production and distribution giant Technicolor would retain anywhere from 158 to 916 jobs.

60. Council Delays MLGW Rate Hike Vote to Wednesday -

Memphis City Council members meet again Wednesday, Dec. 20, to vote on Memphis Light Gas and Water Divisions proposals to raise water, gas and electricity rates starting next month.

The council was debating the 1.05 percent water rate hike proposal at its regularly scheduled Tuesday session when chairman Berlin Boyd announced the meeting would recess until 4 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. It came as council members had a lot of questions about possible alternatives to the rate hikes across all three sectors of the publicly-owned utility.

61. 2017 a Year of Expansion for Memphis Banks -

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

62. Kelsey Backs Away From Voucher Legislation -

The push to allow some Tennesseans to use private-school vouchers has hit a roadblock that could stall voucher legislation for a fourth year.

Sen. Brian Kelsey said Monday, Dec. 18, that he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill — which would pilot a program in Memphis — when the legislature reconvenes its two-year session in January.

63. To Be or Not to Be: Tennessee Shakespeare Company Expanding With New Facility -

Dan McCleary is the founder of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. But that hasn’t obscured his view of reality, of the fact that many people were first introduced to Shakespeare in a high school classroom in a less than engaging way.

64. The Week Ahead: December 18-24 -

Good morning, Memphis! Winter officially begins this week, and Santa’s making one last pass on his naughty-or-nice list (though we know you’ve all been good this year). Check out a couple of ways you can give back – plus more fun happenings you need to know about – in The Week Ahead...

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

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

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

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

67. Robertson Reignites United Way’s Iconic Brand -

“All the women in my family are natural-born leaders,” Lori Spicer Robertson says as she leans forward in her desk chair. “To me, that was the norm – just what you did.”

68. Shelby County Housing Market Remains Strong -

As the year winds to a close, Shelby County home sales remained strong in November, continuing the nearly uniform rise in average sales price, volume and overall units that has been indicative of the local housing market in 2017.

69. Last Word: Grizz Speculation, SCS Grade Floors and Cedar Heights -

Grizz lose to the Wizards 93-87 in Washington. And ESPN columnist Zach Lowe says the team has lost its identity as well as a lot of games. CBSSports reports Marc Gasol is open to a trade but will not request one. And if you are looking to go far afield with the theories, here’s one from a Dallas Mavericks fansight, mavsmoneyball, that includes a really good graphic on the salaries of Grizz players.

70. AP Sources: House, Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Tax Package -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans modest cuts and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump.

71. First Horizon Foresees Bigger Savings from Capital Bank Deal -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank thinks it will save even more money than originally thought after its acquisition of North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.

72. Trader Joe’s Still Mystery As Developers Buy Old Kroger -

Developers planning to renovate the old Kroger location at 2130 Exeter Road in Germantown have bought out the property’s previous owners in a multimillion-dollar deal.

73. Reconnecting Memphis -

Last August, GiVE 365 members toured the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. The Germantown-based nonprofit had received a $4,100 grant toward its mission of helping children from birth through age 6.

74. Developers of Old Kroger Site Buy Property for $8M -

The developers planning the renovations of the old Kroger location at 2130 Exeter Road have bought out the property’s previous owners in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Savannah, Georgia-based Wicker Park Capital Management, doing business as 2130 Exeter Road Holdings, has acquired the site from previous owner Robert H. Schwab for $8.1 million, according to warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register on Dec. 11.

75. New Memphis Promotes Dakin to Pilot ‘Launch’ Initiative -

Frankie Dakin has been promoted to director of strategic initiatives at New Memphis, a role in which he’ll pilot the organization’s new Launch: Campus to Career program. The initiative, which builds on New Memphis’ Summer Experience, connects college students with professional opportunities and networks to inspire them to launch careers in Memphis. Dakin will lead the program, encouraging area students to find and prepare for internships with local employers.

76. Piece by Piece: Construction Projects Flourishing Throughout Mid-South -

With $11 billion spread out among more than 300 active projects in the Memphis area, according to data from brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, it’s safe to say business in the region is good.

77. Pay for No Play: Paying Millions to Former Coaches -

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

There are buyouts everywhere. A potential lawsuit looms. And a rift between boosters caused by the botched search may be the costliest item of all for the university long term.

78. Growth Spurt -

Executives with Pinnacle Financial Partners in Memphis are “so granular” in maintaining a pipeline of candidates they’d like to recruit to work at the bank that they meet every week to discuss the pool of potential hires.

79. Blankenship Named President Of Coldwell Banker Collins Maury -

Sean Blankenship has joined Coldwell Banker Collins Maury as president, coming to the Collierville-based full-service real estate firm after serving as chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his new role, Blankenship will focus on growing the company’s presence in the greater Memphis and northern Mississippi markets.

80. Two Issues Nonprofits Should Address Now -

As we enter the last month of the year, there is a lot for nonprofits to consider, plan for and take action on. With this column we share news updates on #GivingTuesday and sexual harassment.

First up: #GivingTuesday. This new “holiday” is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is all about making financial gifts to nonprofits large and small. It is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. This year, more than 1.6 million gifts were made, raising $177 million online in 98 countries.

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

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

82. Coalition Taps Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

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

83. The Press Box -

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

84. 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...

85. Spikner Plans Shipping-Container Apartment Complex -

126 N Bellevue Blvd.,
Memphis, TN 38104 

Application Date: Dec. 20, 2017

86. Events -

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park hosts Run, Walk, Bike Night Monday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the park, 6903 Great View Drive N. Starry Nights will be closed to cars; Hyde Lake Wheel House will be open for bike rentals. Admission is $5. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org for a list of Mistletoe Village activities and other details.

87. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

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

88. Events -

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend races take place Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at Second Street and Monroe Avenue. Race registration is closed, but spectators are welcome to bring signs and cheer for runners. Some streets will be closed or have limited traffic access during the race. Visit stjudemarathon.org for a street closure list and other details.

89. Memphis Fusion -

With more than 40 life science companies operating in the Greater Memphis area and Shelby County ranking second in the U.S. for orthopedic device manufacturing, the Mid-South can stake its claim as one of the top medical device markets in the world.

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

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

91. Agent Contests Tennessee Fine for Violation of State Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Florida-based sports agent is contesting a fine imposed by Tennessee of more than $25,000 for representing a pitching prospect from the state before registering as an athlete's agent with the Tennessee Secretary of State's office.

92. Events -

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

93. Memorial Announced for Victims of Tennessee Wildfires -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A year after deadly wildfires broke out in Tennessee, members of the community have come together to remember the 14 people whose lives were lost.

Nicole Ogle, chairwoman of a memorial committee, announced a permanent memorial for the people who died and a tribute for the first responders.

94. Events -

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

95. Human-Trafficking Group Gets First Leader -

Not long after starting her new job Oct. 1 as the first executive director of Thistle & Bee, a social enterprise focused on helping women who’ve survived sex trafficking and prostitution, Jordan Boss was allowed to ride along one night with a Memphis Police Department detective.

96. Last Word: 'Coach Killer', Collierville's Industrial Growth and Ice Cream & Soup -

Lots of discussion the day after his firing about David Fizdale’s value off the court for the city and just where that fits with whether the Grizz win or lose and who is held responsible when they lose too much. Losing too much is what the Grizz front office said caused the change and not Marc Gasol being a “coach-killer” to quote Grizz GM Chris Wallace. And this is not just a Memphis discussion. LeBron James on the Fizdale firing via CBSSports. This was before James got ejected from a game Tuesday evening for the first time in his career.

97. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

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

98. Producing Wins Was Lacking Under Fizdale, Grizz GM Says -

The day after the Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale just 19 games into his second season, general manager Chris Wallace rejected the notion that center Marc Gasol was a “coach-killer” and said more went into the decision to change coaches than one fractured relationship.

99. Events -

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

100. Holder, Branch to Keynote April Observances of King Anniversary -

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and author and historian Taylor Branch will be the featured speakers at two days of panel discussions and keynote speeches in April as the National Civil Rights Museum marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.