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1. Towns: Junk Food Bill Would Bully the Poor -

State Rep. Joe Towns Jr., a Memphis Democrat, isn’t surprised that Rep. Sheila Butt dropped her bill limiting “junk food” for food stamp recipients.

“She should because she’s lost her damn mind,” Towns said Tuesday, Jan. 17. “How are you going to put out a bill to tell people what they can and can’t eat?”

2. Editorial: Sports Remains Part Of Memphis’ Pulse -

When we talk about the culture of Memphis, you probably think music first, then maybe food. Perhaps church.

But is that really the sum total of the city’s pulse, or are the big three the expression of a cultural mix that is more diverse and more complex?

3. Youth Sports Boost Players’ Skills, Benefit Memphis’ Bottom Line -

The baseball fields in January are relatively quiet, at least compared to March. That’s when 60 to 65 teams begin to make their way every weekend to the Gameday Baseball complex in Cordova, where tournaments are in high gear from March through October.

4. Trump Expects 'Big Results' From His Choice to Lead USDA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

5. Airport Authority OKs Update to Design Plan -

Memphis International Airport leaders are moving forward with plans to consolidate all of the airline and retail operations to an updated Concourse B.

As a part of those modernization and consolidation efforts, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners approved Thursday, Jan. 19, an amendment of AERO Systems Engineering Inc.’s jet bridge and aircraft parking utilization study.

6. Last Word: Haslam's Call, Redbirds Change Branding and Economists on Trump -

Wizards over Grizz in pre inaugural D.C. Wednesday evening 104-101. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Cong. Steve Cohen in a number of Facebook and Twitter posts at the game. The Grizz return home Friday to play the Kings. Meanwhile, the Tigers in Houston Thursday to play the Cougars.

7. Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects -

NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.

8. Memphis Lawmaker: Junk Food Bill Would Bully the Poor -

State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. of Memphis isn’t surprised that Rep. Sheila Butt dropped her bill limiting “junk food” for food stamp recipients.

“She should because she’s lost her damn mind,” Towns, a Memphis Democrat, said Tuesday. “How are you going to put out a bill to tell people what they can and can’t eat?”

9. Last Word: Haslam To Talk Gas Tax, Rallings Talks Protesters and Beale Street -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talks gas tax Wednesday in Nashville. Actually, he will be rolling out his full list of legislative priorities in the capitol. But much of the attention will be on what he proposes in the way of the state’s gas tax – something he’s talked about but not committed a specific position to for the last two years.

10. Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Junk Food Ban for Food Stamps -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas would ban food stamps from being used to buy soda or junk food under a plan that's heading to the state House for a vote.

The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal by Republican Rep. Mary Bentley of Perryville to prohibit using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase foods and beverages with "insufficient" nutritional value.

11. Tennessee Lawmaker Drops Bill Seeking Food Stamp Restriction -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state lawmaker has withdrawn her bill seeking to restrict which items that Tennessee's 1 million food stamp recipients would be able to buy at the grocery store.

12. Tennessee Lawmaker: No Food Stamps for Ice Cream, Sodas -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced legislation seeking to ban the use of food stamps to buy items without nutritional value.

Republican Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia says banned items would be those high in calories, sugar and fat, such as sodas, ice cream, candy, cookies and cake. The measure would also prohibit grocers from selling banned items to people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

13. Meritan Receives Senior Tech-Training Grant -

Meritan Inc. has received a $15,564 grant to fund technology training for seniors 60 and older who participate in the Memphis-based nonprofit’s Senior Community Service Employment Program.

14. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

15. Volunteer Memphis Hosts MLK Days of Service -

Volunteer Memphis, in partnership with United Way of the Mid-South, is preparing to hold its inaugural MLK Days of Service, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

The four-day initiative is scheduled for Friday through Monday, Jan. 13-16, with a different theme each day:

16. Volunteer Memphis Hosting MLK Days of Service -

Volunteer Memphis, in partnership with United Way of the Mid-South, is preparing to hold its inaugural MLK Days of Service, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

The four-day initiative is scheduled for Friday through Monday, Jan. 13-16, with a different theme each day:

17. For New Plough Center Director, Job is a Calling -

For Dr. Harry Kochat, the best parts of working in pharmaceutical development are the interactions with grateful patients. Like the one he remembers from early in his career, when Kochat – whose work has focused on the development of life-saving drugs for more than three decades – encountered a mother and her young son.

18. McDonald's Sells China Business in Deal Worth Up to $2.1B -

HONG KONG (AP) – Fast-food giant McDonald's is selling a controlling stake in its China business to a group of investors led by state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic in a deal worth up to $2.1 billion, the companies said Monday.

19. Parents, Save Up: Cost of Raising a Child is More Than $233K -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account.

The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. That's the average for a middle-income couple with two children. It's a bit more expensive in urban parts of the country, and less so in rural areas.

20. Exhibit Recalls Peter Bowman’s Inspiration -

Peter Bowman described himself as a “self-employed” artist on his application to teach at Memphis University School, the institution where he ended up serving as an art instructor from 1979 until 2008.

21. Obama's Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' paychecks rose in December at the fastest pace in more than seven years as steady hiring and low unemployment led some businesses to pay more to attract and keep workers.

22. Nashville's Music City Center Set for $20M Upgrade -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville's $623 million convention center is expecting a $20 million upgrade 3 1/2 years after it opened.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2iNcY5z) that officials are moving forward with Music City Center plans to build a food and beverage outlet and expand the building's exhibit hall and concourse space.

23. Events -

The 2017 Memphis Bike Swap will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Bikers will be able to buy, sell or swap parts with other cyclists around the city. Admission is free for buyers; food and beer will be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Visit peddlerbikeshop.com/events for details.

24. New Advice: Peanuts in Baby's Diet Can Prevent Scary Allergy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods – starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic.

The National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines Thursday saying most babies should regularly eat those foods starting around 6 months of age, some as early as 4 months. It's a major shift in dietary advice for a country fearful of one of the most dangerous food allergies.

25. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Other People’s Happiness,” a winner of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, Jan. 6, through Jan. 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

26. Reactionaries, Evidence Vie on Medicinal Pot -

Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.

27. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

28. FDA Probes Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is probing the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes, following dozens of reports of devices that have combusted, overheated or caught fire and sometimes injured users.

29. Memphis' Newest Doggie Daycare Offers Downtown Pets a Place to Play -

There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.

While the roughly 25,000 people who live in and around Downtown still have scenic spaces like Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River Greenbelt to walk their pets, many residents don’t have their own yard where their pets can run free without a leash.

30. Last Word: A Rainbow's Tale, The Two Holiday Peaks and Crosstown High Plans -

I saw it all so clearly on a very cloudy and very rainy Monday in the city. A strong rainbow with bold colors across town from the setting sun on the river. Not some play rainbow that you create with a garden hose or some alleged double rainbow that depends on where you stand. As we were fond of saying in these parts in the 1980s and the 1990s – this was a “world class” rainbow.

31. Pay Rises for Millions as 19 States Increase Minimum Wage -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – It is a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, rang in the year with an increase in the minimum wage.

32. Food-Stamp Recipients in Arkansas Drop By Nearly 25,000 -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The number of Arkansas residents participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has decreased by nearly 25,000 since new federal requirements were imposed Jan. 1.

33. The Week Ahead: January 3-9 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy 2017! If you’ve made a new year’s resolution, chances are there’s an event this week to help you along the way. Want to get fit? Check out the Memphis Bike Swap. Vowing to read more? Try the BookTini Book Club launch. And that’s just a taste of what’s happening in The Week Ahead…

34. Mold the Future Of Unplanned Purchases -

A Back End of Innovation Conference talk by Melissa Crompton, senior manager, New Model Innovation, The Hershey Co. In this changing retail landscape where trips in-store are down, how does a highly impulsive category remain relevant? And how do we become relevant to new audiences who are not going in stores? 

35. Preparations Underway for New Vintage901 Festival -

For foodies and lovers of memorable culinary experiences like Stephanie Ferreira, the community around it all tends to be talked about with as much passion sometimes as the food and drink.

Like all tribes, foodies like Ferreira – who runs her family’s small event planning and floral businesses and who also has founded the new wine, food and music festival Vintage901 – speak a common language. They also share an interest in enjoying and enlightening themselves and each other about their passion.

36. Tickets on Sale for New Memphis Wine Event -

Tickets are now on sale for Vintage901, a new wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12.

Each day of the event will represent a unique wine, food and music experience.

The March 10 event, Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings, will be hosted at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, 225 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s grand sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner provided by Restaurant Iris, and entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation Monty Alexander.

37. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

38. Looking Forward -

SEEDS OF SURVIVAL. I know Cary Fowler, a quiet, unassuming high school classmate and Rhodes graduate whose forward-thinking worldview might very well save the planet. At the very least, what he’s doing gives the world something to look forward to in the new year and beyond.

39. Last Word: Change at the Top, Legislature New Year's Resolution and Election Selfies -

It’s the Grizz and the Thunder Thursday at the Forum followed by the Tigers and South Carolina at the Forum Friday. And yes there are still people in town watching football. They are here for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl earlier in the day Friday between Georgia and TCU. You should join them.

40. Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump's election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.

Dean Bingham says he's cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election – people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it's time to get them serviced.

41. Consider These Disappearing Destinations -

See places before they disappear. One of the top travel trends for 2017 focuses on experiences that are likely to change in the near future. That includes Cuba, which also was at the top of travel trends for 2016. But destinations experiencing change also includes those brought on by climate change.

42. Many New Restaurants, Food Businesses Served Up in 2016 -

In a few weeks, the East Memphis space that once housed Cosmic Coconut will host a grand opening for its new incarnation.

It’s been reimagined as City Silo Table & Pantry, a concept that owner Scott Tashie – who also owns I Love Juice Bar in Midtown as well as the future I Love Juice Bar in Crosstown – said was a natural evolution. Encompassing a total of 2,600 square feet and anchored by a 10-foot farm table, City Silo expands on the expectation its owner says Cosmic Coconut set for “creative, clean eating” in Memphis.

43. Tickets on Sale for New Memphis Wine Event -

Tickets are now on sale for Vintage901, a new wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12.

Each day of the event will represent a unique wine, food and music experience.

The March 10 event, Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings, will be hosted at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, 225 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s grand sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner provided by Restaurant Iris, and entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation Monty Alexander.

44. Last Word: Beale's Status Quo, The ASD and Change and Tri-State Bank's Big Year -

Here comes the AutoZone Liberty Bowl … specifically the pre-game festivities. The day after Christmas will find both teams – Georgia and TCU – at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid for some food and some entertainment and probably some shopping. The game itself is Friday at 11 a.m.

45. Fred's, A Small Drugstore Chain, May Become National Player -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fred's, a small regional drugstore chain from Memphis, Tennessee, had a very good week last week.

It all started Tuesday, Dec. 20, when Fred's said it would pay $950 million to buy 865 stores that Rite Aid needed to sell in order to appease anti-trust regulators and close its $9.4 billion buyout deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

46. Hollywood Feed Opens First Georgia Location -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed has expanded into Georgia. The holistic pet food and product retailer opened its newest location in Roswell, an Atlanta suburb, just before Christmas and plans to open a handful of additional locations in the Atlanta area over the next few months.

47. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

In any given year, charitable giving might rise or fall. But when the Chronical of Philanthropy analyzed the giving of the country’s 50 largest cities via Internal Revenue Service data, it captured a larger sample size: 2006 through 2012.

48. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group will screen “It’s A Wonderful Life” to benefit Mid-South Food Bank Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Tickets are free with a non-perishable food donation or $5 cash contribution for the Food Bank. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details on where to drop off donations.

49. 'Best If Used By' Labels Will Reduce Food Waste, USDA Says -

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says food sellers who use product dating labels should switch to the phrase "Best If Used By" to help reduce confusion and food waste.

50. Events -

PizzaRev will hold a job fair Monday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its future location near International Paper at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. The fast-casual eatery, which is set to open the first of three Memphis locations in early 2017, are looking to hire roughly 50 crewmembers, including shift leads and supervisors. Another job fair will be held Dec. 28 at the same time and location. Interested applicants can apply in person or visit pleaseapplyonline.com/tennrev to begin the process online.

51. Loflin Yard Adds Winter Touches -

Downtown's Loflin Yard has some new touches that should help visitors enjoy things during the colder winter months.

Booths now fill the heated Safe House and weather-proofed exterior patio overlooking Loflin Falls. Gas heaters also line the perimeter of the Coach House porch, and the Coach House’s new sealed doors additionally allow for comfortable interior dining.

52. Cosmic Coconut Rebrands, Revamps Menu Options -

Cosmic Coconut is rebranding as City Silo Table & Pantry. It will offer comfort food and drinks and host a grand opening Jan. 14.

Located in the former Cosmic Coconut space in the East Memphis Sanderlin Centre plus the adjacent unit, City Silo will encompass 2,600 square feet, feature a full kitchen and provide a seating capacity of close to 50.

53. Frayser Store Closed As Nuisance Will Reopen -

A Frayser convenience store closed last week as a public nuisance because of ongoing drug trafficking and other criminal activity will be allowed to reopen after taking steps to improve security, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, Dec. 14.

54. The Week Ahead: December 19-25 -

Good morning, Memphis! With only a few days left until Christmas, sparkling lights and holiday happenings are taking place citywide – and that’s not all that’s taking place this week, as the Memphis Tigers go bowling and the Electoral College makes the presidential election official. Check out what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…

55. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group will host a screening of “It’s A Wonderful Life” to benefit Mid-South Food Bank Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Tickets are free with a non-perishable food donation or $5 cash contribution for the Food Bank. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details on where to drop off donations.

56. Events -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will screen “On the Road,” an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel, Friday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $5 for Brooks members and students with valid ID, or free with a VIP film pass. Visit brooksmuseum.org for details.

57. Lists of Things Learned -

A FEW OF LIFE’S LISTS. The four stages of life: 1. You believe in Santa Claus. 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus. 3. You are Santa Claus. 4. You look like Santa Claus.

58. Time to Expand College Football Playoffs to 8 Teams -

When it comes to college football, I tend to be a traditionalist. That doesn’t mean I yearn for the days of leather helmets and quick kicks. I try to adjust to the times. But I must admit it’s hard to swallow a 76-61 final score, as was the case in the Pittsburgh-Syracuse game this season.

59. Memphis Football Bigger Than One Coach Or QB -

As we count down to the University of Memphis playing in the Tuesday, Dec. 20, Boca Raton Bowl, I find myself recalling what athletics director Tom Bowen said when pressed about why Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell was the Tigers’ choice for head coach.

60. Frayser Store Closed As Nuisance Will Reopen -

A Frayser convenience store closed last week as a public nuisance because of ongoing drug trafficking and other criminal activity will be allowed to reopen after taking steps to improve security, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, Dec. 14.

61. Cuisinart Recalls 8M Food Processors; Broken Blades Reported -

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – Cuisinart is voluntarily recalling about 8 million food processors after dozens of consumers reported finding pieces of broken blades in their food.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 30 reports of mouth lacerations or tooth injuries from the broken blades. Cuisinart's parent company, Conair, announced the recall with the CPSC Tuesday.

62. Events -

PizzaRev will hold job fairs Thursday, Dec. 15, along with Dec. 19 and Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its future location near International Paper at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. The fast-casual eatery, which is set to open the first of three Memphis locations in early 2017, will hire roughly 50 crewmembers, including shift leads and supervisors, through these job fairs. Interested applicants can apply in person or visit pleaseapplyonline.com/tennrev to begin the process online.

63. Fast Food Fun? -

In the mid-1970s, Susan and I went into a fast food restaurant. We sat down, and the chair that she sat in – one of those glued-to-the-floor models that was prevalent at that time – just sorta slowly came loose from the floor and fell over. 

64. ConAgra Pleads Guilty to Shipping Tainted Peanut Butter -

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) – After a decade-long criminal investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to Peter Pan peanut butter, a ConAgra executive has pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to a single misdemeanor charge of shipping adulterated food.

65. Monsanto Shareholders Approve Bayer's $57 Billion Takeover -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies.

66. Rebranded Cosmic Coconut To Open in January -

Cosmic Coconut is rebranding as City Silo Table & Pantry. It will offer comfort food and drinks and host a grand opening Jan. 14.

Located in the former Cosmic Coconut space in the East Memphis Sanderlin Centre plus the adjacent unit, City Silo will encompass 2,600 square feet, feature a full kitchen and provide a seating capacity of close to 50.

67. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present the musical “Annie” through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tickets. 

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Lance Walker of Walker Auctions will present “Buying and Selling With Auctions.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

68. Small Town, Big Perks -

One of the first things every job seeker considers is what city to live in next. A list of questions comes up when evaluating options: “Are there many jobs available in my current city? Am I near my family and friends? Would I rather be on the coast, or near the mountains?”

69. Baptist Prepares to Open Pediatric Intensive Care Unit -

Baptist Memorial Health Care is opening a 12-bed pediatric intensive care unit next week at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital, the latest addition to Baptist’s growing suite of pediatric services.

70. Loflin Yard Adds Winter Touches -

Loflin Yard has some new touches that should help visitors enjoy things during the colder winter months.

Booths now fill the heated Safe House and weather-proofed exterior patio overlooking Loflin Falls. Gas heaters also line the perimeter of the Coach House porch, and the Coach House’s new sealed doors additionally allow for comfortable interior dining.

71. Agricenter Taking Entries For Student Poster Contest -

Agricenter International is ramping up for its annual student poster contest, which honors agriculture while also recognizing students in Shelby County who best describe agriculture through their artwork on a given subject or theme.

72. Big Business Warns Trump Against Mass Deportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

73. Trump Picks Fast Food Executive Andrew Puzder for Labor -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary.

74. Events -

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard will be held Friday, Dec. 16, through Dec. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Bring the family to play in the “snow,” sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, and enjoy music, lights and more throughout My Big Backyard. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

75. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

76. Riverside Ice Rink To Open Dec. 10 -

A city ice skating rink by the Mississippi River opens Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, located in Mississippi River Park next to the Tennessee Welcome Center, is open to the public into January for a $10 admission, which includes skate rental.

77. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink will open Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mississippi River Park (Riverside Drive next to the Tennessee Welcome Center) and will remain open through January. Hours on Sundays are noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink is closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. For details, visit memphisriverfront.com.

78. Events -

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual holiday production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

79. Giving is a Gift -

ORDINARILY EXTRAORDINARY. If you ask one, what makes Memphians special is nothing special.

We do hard well. We work hard, play hard. We come by what we have by the hardest – and here’s the thing – we share ours with people who have it harder.

80. Surgeon General Sounding Alarm on Teens' Use of E-Cigarettes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.

In a report released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of "vaping," but said e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them.

81. Starbucks to Boost Number of Shops, Add More Food to Menu -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent.

82. Events -

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

83. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules -

Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.

Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.

84. Riverside Ice Rink To Open Dec. 10 -

A city ice skating rink by the Mississippi River opens Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, located in Mississippi River Park next to the Tennessee Welcome Center, is open to the public into January for a $10 admission, which includes skate rental.

85. GCT Promotes Asher To Artistic Director -

Justin Asher has been promoted to artistic director of Germantown Community Theatre. Asher joined GCT in January 2015 as technical director. He was promoted to associate producer in July 2016 and has assisted in the productions of the titles in GCT’s 45th season.

86. Cereal Maker General Mills to Cut as Many as 600 Jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) – General Mills, which has been struggling with weaker sales for its cereal and yogurt, plans to cut between 400 and 600 jobs around the world as it restructures its business.

87. Tyson Announces Plans for $150 Million Venture Fund -

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. announced plans Monday to create a venture fund aimed at developing innovations in food production.

88. Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Parkway location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

89. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Donates to Mid-South Food Bank -

Mid-South Food Bank has received $25,920 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in the Mid-South. The donation is part of a program – called Fill Your Tank – that celebrates Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million over six years to fight hunger around the globe. The Fill Your Tank program donations made locally are determined by local Enterprise operations.

90. Monogram CEO Given Meat Industry's Top Honor -

Karl Schledwitz, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based Monogram Food Solutions Inc., has been awarded one of the meat processing industry’s top honors.

91. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

92. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

93. Dollar General Key Sales Figure Falls As Store Traffic Drops -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General put up weak earnings numbers for the third quarter in an environment that has largely favored bargain stores, with so many people still looking to cut costs where they can.

94. Memphis Indie Holiday Market Returns Dec. 10 -

Mary Claire White is preparing to join a group of fellow makers and artisans next week in Midtown for a yearly gathering that doubles as both a holiday shop and a chance for vendors like her to showcase their work.

95. Monogram CEO Given Meat Industry Top Honor -

Karl Schledwitz, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based Monogram Food Solutions Inc., has been awarded one of the meat processing industry’s top honors.

96. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

97. United Way, MIFA Leaders Work Toward Ending Poverty -

Nearly two years into his tenure as the president and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South, Dr. Kenneth Robinson says the funder of 79 nonprofit organizations in the region continues to work toward a new basic goal – ending poverty.

98. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Fusion On Wheels and The Grizz Main Two -

If surface parking lots had a capitol in Memphis, it would probably be the Pinch. That’s why the general ideas and plans the city is currently exploring for the nine-blocks of the Pinch between the Pyramid and St. Jude can be a bit disorienting.

99. Veterinarian Dr. Barden Greenfield Finds Calling as Pet Dentist -

Dr. Barden Greenfield was rolling along with his private veterinary practice, happy enough in his work, but also wondering what the rest of his career might hold.

“A veterinarian, or anybody, can hit a mid-journey slump,” Greenfield said. “I didn’t want that to happen. So when I learned that seven of 10 dogs and cats over age 3 have periodontal disease, I realized that pets need dentists, too.”

100. Thanksgiving. For Real. -

NORMAN’S NORMAL. You’ve probably seen “Freedom From Want,” Norman Rockwell’s iconic Thanksgiving painting.

You know, Grandmother with the turkey so lovingly prepared. Grandfather preparing to lovingly carve it and serve it to the loving bunch assembled. Aunts, uncles, in-laws, kids and siblings, all smiling, all whiter than the white meat in that turkey, the view of the outside world obscured by white curtains.