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1. Harris Proposes Bill to Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales -

State tax revenue from the Sunday sale of wine in stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low-income families.

State Senate Democratic Leader Lee Harris of Memphis announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he is sponsoring the bill, which would figure prominently in the local push for more prekindergarten classrooms in the city of Memphis.

2. Harris Proposes Bill To Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales Revenue -

State tax revenue from allowing the Sunday sale of wine in grocery stores and supermarkets and other stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low income families.

State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he is sponsoring the bill, which would figure prominently in the local push for more prekindergarten classrooms in the city of Memphis.

3. Harris Proposes Bill To Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales Revenue -

State tax revenue from allowing the Sunday sale of wine in grocery stores and supermarkets and other stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low income families.

State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he is sponsoring the bill, which would figure prominently in the local push for more prekindergarten classrooms in the city of Memphis.

4. Week Ahead: Feb.19-25 -

It seems the only thing consistent about this hot again, cold again weather is the rain. As we enter another week of the waning winter, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained. But don’t forget the umbrellas, Memphis!

5. McDonald's Moves Cheeseburgers Off Happy Meal Menu -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.

6. Living By Giving -

Ray’s Take: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This was the wisdom of Winston S. Churchill, but living a life of generosity is beneficial for you, your family and your community. Some of the most successful and powerful people in the world have tapped into the power of giving.

7. Last Word: Corker & The Senate Poll, Memphis BBQ in Texas and Chandler Numbers -

The new owner of the city’s tallest building has bought two parcels next to the 100 North Main Building as the other part of the plan to bring the 37-story tall building back to life as a combo apartment-hotel building with the Loew’s hotel brand. The row of older buildings on the south side of 100 North Main all the way up to Jefferson would give way to a 34-story tall office tower.

8. Is Inflation Rising as Investors Fear? 5 Ways to Keep Track -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly a decade of being all but invisible, inflation — or the fear of it — is back.

Tentative signs have emerged that prices could accelerate in coming months. Pay raises may be picking up a bit. Commodities such as oil and aluminum have grown more expensive. Cellphone plans are likely to appear costlier.

9. Trump's $4.4 Trillion Budget Moves Deficit Sharply Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and – unlike the plan he released last year – never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 10 years.

10. Unlimited Movie-Theater Deal Could be Too Good to Survive -

NEW YORK (AP) – MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month.

In doing so, MoviePass has struck a chord with moviegoers and a nerve with the movie industry.

11. Pa.-based Drug Company Subpoenaed Over Memphis Plant -

Pennsylvania-based drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp. has acknowledged receiving a grand jury subpoena from prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee related to its drug production facility in Memphis.

12. 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.

13. Tyson Foods Announces Bonuses Due to Federal Tax Overhaul -

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. says more than 100,000 employees will receive bonuses as a result of company savings due to the overhaul of federal tax laws.

14. Council Debate on MLGW Rates Reveals Trust Issues -

It began after the Tom Lee storm last Memorial Day weekend – a burst of sudden, intense winds that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses as well as toppling the circa-1950s obelisk memorial to Tom Lee Downtown.

15. Insulin Quality Questions Have Diabetes Experts Scrambling -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Preliminary research suggesting that some diabetes patients may be injecting medicine that has partially disintegrated is causing concern even as serious questions are raised about the research itself.

16. Chipotle, Citing Tax Changes, Sends Bonuses, Ups Benefits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Chipotle is the latest company to give out one-time cash and stock bonuses, and will broaden parental leave benefits for workers following sweeping changes to U.S. tax law.

The announcement follows similar actions at big companies including Walmart, Starbucks and Disney.

17. Christine Staples Joins Buckman As VP of Water Technologies -

Christine Staples recently joined Memphis-based Buckman as global vice president of water technologies. She comes to Buckman from Ecolab, where she held a number of executive leadership positions in both the water and energy industries.

18. Staples Joins Buckman As VP of Water Technologies -

Christine Staples recently joined Memphis-based Buckman as global vice president of water technologies. She comes to Buckman from Ecolab, where she held a number of executive leadership positions in both the water and energy industries.

19. 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.

20. How to Increase Board Giving and Fundraising -

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. Read part one at memphisdailynews.com.

Should board members give? Our answer is yes. And they should fundraise. That doesn’t mean you don’t need fundraising professionals. You do. But don’t think for a minute they can be successful without a partnership with an engaged board.

21. Soulsville Foundation Welcomes Neighboring School, More Ties to Stax -

An application for a new K-5 charter school that would complement the grades 6-12 Soulsville Charter School is being prepared for approval by Shelby County Schools.

The school, by an unidentified charter group, wants to locate at the old Southwest Prep School building at 1237 College St., which closed as a grades 9-12 school in May of 2016. Before it was the prep school, it was Stafford Elementary School.

22. Around Memphis | Feb. 5, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent featires worth checking out...

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24. Starbucks Launches Credit Card, Hoping to Jolt Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks has a new product that it hopes will hook coffee lovers: a credit card.

The card, launched Thursday with JPMorgan Chase and Visa, comes as Starbucks struggles with slowing growth in the U.S. With the new card, Starbucks wants to lure those who aren't yet signed up for its rewards program. The Seattle-based company has more than 14 million Starbucks members in its rewards program in the U.S., but it is working to grow that number because members tend to stop by its shops more often for coffee or snacks.

25. DIY Pizza Craze -

For decades the “Big Three” – Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s – have dominated the pizza industry, but the fast-casual dining concept is changing that.

And one of the new players disrupting the industry is PizzaRev, a fast-casual pizza restaurant with three locations in Memphis.

26. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

27. Tennessee Meat Market Owner Charged in $1.2M Food Stamp Scam -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors in Tennessee say the owner of a meat market has been charged with running a $1.2 million fraud scheme against a federal food assistance program.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Tuesday that 59-year-old Guy Randal Stockard has been charged with defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as the food stamps program.

28. Federal Judge Wants Opioid Lawsuits To End In Settlement -

The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction.

How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland.

29. FDA Ends Arkansas Nicotine Research After Monkey Deaths -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has axed a nicotine addiction study at an Arkansas lab after the deaths of four squirrel monkeys.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the FDA issued a statement Friday saying the study was immediately put on hold in September when agency officials learned the four monkeys had died at the National Center for Toxicological Research.

30. US Officials Seek Packaging Fix for Diarrhea-Drug Abuse -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health regulators on Tuesday asked makers of popular anti-diarrhea drugs to sell their medications in smaller amounts to make them harder to abuse.

The request comes amid a spike in overdoses from large doses of the over-the-counter drugs, which contain a small amount of an opioid.

31. Tyson Foods Invests in Firm Trying to Make Meat From Cells -

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Tyson Foods Inc. has invested in a food-tech startup that's developing methods to produce meat directly from animal cells.

32. New Name, Other Changes On Tap for Nikki’s Hot Products -

The popularity of Nikki Schroeder’s homegrown line of food and cooking products can be followed partly by tracking tweaks in the name of her product line, which is in the process of changing yet again.

33. Outdoor Gear Sales Slip as Millennials Drive Shift in Habits -

DENVER (AP) – Sales of outdoor equipment are slipping as millennials drive changes in U.S. consumer habits by favoring clothes and sporting goods that are less specialized and more versatile, analysts say.

34. The Week Ahead: Jan. 29-Feb. 4 -

Good morning, Memphis! Proceedings related to the city’s removal of Confederate statues from two parks get underway, just one of many events on a busy Monday. Check our rundown of all the happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

35. Children’s Museum Hosts Fundraiser on Feb. 3 -

The Children’s Museum of Memphis’ annual fundraising event – Cirque de CMOM – is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. at the museum.

This year’s event theme is Over the Top Under the Big Top and will highlight the restored 1909 Dentzel carousel.

36. Last Word: Eureka Education, Confederate Monuments in Court and Dillon Brooks -

Supermarkets are hard. That is the tag line in every discussion about getting a supermarket or grocery store for a given part of town that doesn’t have one. And once a new supermarket goes up somewhere else, there is inevitably word that a competitor or two is going to build nearby. The discussion always includes the mandatory recitation of the 3 to 4 percent profit margin stores operate on, which even knowledgeable critics of the decisions about where to locate and not to locate stores acknowledge is accurate.

37. Bite Squad Pool Of Memphis Restaurants Tops 150 -

Competition in the on-demand meal delivery space is heating up in Memphis with the online and mobile food ordering and delivery service Bite Squad adding more than 30 new restaurants to its stable in Memphis, bringing its total to more than 150 here.

38. State Voters Have More to Fear Than Russian Meddling -

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.

After we had some Mexican grub, we went to Kroger to find a flick. As we perused the selections, my friend said, “What about a Russian spy movie?” To which his girlfriend (future wife, now ex-wife) whined, “John, you know I don’t speak Russian.” (His name is changed to protect the innocent.)

39. Children’s Museum Hosts Annual Fundraiser Feb. 3 -

The Children’s Museum of Memphis’ annual fundraising event – Cirque de CMOM – is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. at the museum.

This year’s event theme is Over the Top Under the Big Top and will highlight the restored 1909 Dentzel carousel.

40. Humane Society Names Davis 2018 Board President -

Ted Davis has been named 2018 president of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Davis, who is a wealth adviser for Regions Bank, joined the humane society board in December 2015. His first priority was a campaign inspiring adopters to become donors, which led him to being the Paw Prints Gala committee chair in 2017.

41. Amazon Opens Store With No Cashiers, Lines or Registers -

SEATTLE (AP) – No cashiers, no lines, no registers – this is how Amazon sees the future of in-store shopping.

The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept to the public Monday, selling milk, potato chips and other items typically found at a convenience store. Amazon employees have been testing the store, which is at the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year.

42. The Week Ahead: Jan. 22-28 -

Good morning, Memphis! Both the City Council and County Commission take up votes this week with wide-ranging impact, Grizzlies fan favorite Shane Battier returns for the annual Staxtacular fundraiser, and the University of Memphis Tigers get a chance to redeem themselves against Cincinnati. Check out what else should be on your radar in The Week Ahead...

43. Inaugural Crosstown 10K Scheduled for Feb. 3 -

Registration is now open for the first Crosstown 10K, which is set for Feb. 3 at 8 a.m.

Part of the new Start2Finish Run the 901 Series, the event will feature a Midtown Memphis course and post-race party in Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. Funds raised through the Crosstown 10K will benefit Church Health.

44. Former Memphis Tiger Billy Richmond Now Winning as Wing Guru -

It was early November, not really Christmas season yet, but Billy Richmond didn’t want to wait. So he’d wake up and start his day with his favorite Christmas music.

45. Hospital Groups Creating Company to Make Cheap Generic Drugs -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs.

46. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Once” Friday, Jan. 19, through Feb. 11 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

47. Virginia-Based Brewery Brings its Beers to Memphis -

A Virginia-based brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., has kicked off its 10th anniversary year with a launch of its product in Memphis and a series of events around the city this week.

48. Walmart Offers Way to Turn Leftover Opioids Into Useless Gel -

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.

The retail giant said Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies.

49. Events -

Novel will host Perre Coleman Magness, author of “The Southern Sympathy Cookbook: Funeral Food with a Twist” for a discussion and signing Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The cookbook includes unexpectedly humorous obituaries and anecdotes alongside staples of Southern funerals. Visit novelmemphis.com.

50. Nestle Selling US Candy Business for $2.8 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its U.S. candy business to Italy's Ferrero for about $2.8 billion in cash. Ferrero will take over iconic chocolate brands Butterfinger and Crunch bars, as well as the sugary Nerds, SweeTarts and FunDip.

51. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. Jeff Armour of Armour’s Home Inspections LLC will present “What You Need to Know About Home Inspections.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

52. 1968 Sanitation Workers on Way to NAACP Image Awards -

The surviving city sanitation workers from the historic 1968 strike will be honored Monday, Jan. 15, with the NAACP’s Vanguard Award during the live telecast of the 49th NAACP Image Awards.

The ceremony in Pasadena, California, will air live at 8 p.m. Central time on TV One.

53. 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.

54. Inflation Watch: December Consumer Prices Up Just 0.1 Pct -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer inflation slowed in December to a tiny 0.1 percent gain as energy costs retreated from a big jump in November.

The December increase in consumer prices followed a sharper 0.4 percent increase in November, the Labor Department reported Friday. The December gain was the smallest advance since October.

55. Inaugural Crosstown 10K To Be Held Feb. 3 -

Registration is now open for the first Crosstown 10K, which is set for Feb. 3 at 8 a.m.

Part of the new Start2Finish Run the 901 Series, the event will feature a Midtown Memphis course and post-race party in Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave.

56. Memphis Tilth Achieves USDA GAP/GHP Certification -

Memphis Tilth’s St. Paul Garden, Bring It Food Hub and St. Jude Garden have all received the first USDA GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)/GHP (Good Handling Practices) certification in West Tennessee.

57. Events -

The Association for Women Attorneys will host its 38th annual banquet Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at 409 S. Main St. The AWA will induct its 2018 board officers, honor A Step Ahead Foundation CEO Claudia Haltom for outstanding achievements in the legal profession, and award scholarships to University of Memphis law school students. Tickets are $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers and $30 for law students. Email mwarden@smmlawoffice.com or call 901-821-0044.

58. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases -

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

59. Lifestyle Brand Unveils New Name and Mission -

The Memphis-based lifestyle brand formerly known as Ultimate Foods has rebranded itself as Soli, with a new name, look and mission for 2018.

The enterprise is new owner Brown Dudley’s reimagining of the local meal-preparation company, inspired by his personal current battle with a rare form of cancer.

60. Agricenter Seeking Input For New Master Plan -

Agricenter International will gather public input for its strategic business plan and conceptual master plan on Jan. 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Ducks Unlimited’s headquarters, 1 Waterfowl Way, on the Agricenter campus.

61. 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.

62. Agricenter Seeking Input For New Master Plan -

Agricenter International will gather public input for its strategic business plan and conceptual master plan on Jan. 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Ducks Unlimited’s headquarters, 1 Waterfowl Way, on the Agricenter campus.

63. 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.

64. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will perform Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby” Friday, Jan. 12, through Feb. 11 at 37 S. Cooper St. Visit hattiloo.org for showtimes and tickets.

Wolf River Brisket Co. will hold a job drive Friday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9947 Wolf River Blvd., suite 101. The restaurant is looking to hire for all positions (servers, bartenders, line cooks, etc.) as it prepares to open. Experience preferred; candidates should bring a copy of their resume. Email wolfriverbrisket@gmail.com with any questions.

65. Lifestyle Brand Unveils New Name and Mission -

The Memphis-based lifestyle brand formerly known as Ultimate Foods has rebranded itself as Soli, with a new name, look and mission for 2018.

The enterprise is new owner Brown Dudley’s reimagining of the local meal-preparation company, inspired by his personal current battle with a rare form of cancer.

66. IV Bag Shortage Has Hospitals Scrambling to Treat Flu -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound.

67. Retail Workers Feel Disruption From Shifting Shopper Habits -

NEW YORK (AP) – With new options and conveniences, there's never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers ... well, not always.

The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology, and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than 16 million American shelf stockers, salespeople, cashiers and others. The shifts are driven, like much in retail, by the Amazon effect – the explosion of online shopping and the related changes in consumer behavior and preferences.

68. Vintage901 Wine Festival Returns in March -

A three-day wine festival is returning to Memphis in March, building on its inaugural offering last year and again steering proceeds to the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

Vintage901 is set for March 2-4 as a celebration for wine lovers, foodies and music enthusiasts from across the region. Each of the three days will offer its own unique wine experience.

69. City Council to Consider Ideas to Mitigate Kroger Closures -

Memphis City Council members will talk Tuesday, Jan. 9, about the decision of Kroger’s Delta Division to close two of its Memphis stores in 3 1/2 weeks.

The sudden announcement could create food deserts in those areas of the city and make it difficult of recruit replacement stores.

70. County Commission Moves Toward More Fixes in Minority Business Rules -

Shelby County commissioners meet Monday, Jan. 8, for the first time in 2018 and have a fairly simple agenda along with some longer-range issues to discuss.

Among the more immediate items on Monday’s agenda is a $1.5 million contract for mobile data terminals, tablets and vehicle wireless routers that Tate Computer Systems Inc. of Memphis would provide to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

71. 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.

72. Former Tiger Clinton McDonald Nominee for NFL Man of the Year -

Clinton McDonald, a former University of Memphis football player, is up for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award after already having been selected as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Man of the Year.

73. Memphis Leaders: Avoid Parks During Protests -

City leaders are urging Memphians to avoid two city parks and a third area Saturday, Jan. 6, after several groups indicated they plan to protest last month’s removal of Confederate monuments. However, city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen said at a Thursday morning taping of the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines” that no group had applied for a city permit to hold a march or demonstration.

74. McDonald's Tests Fresh Beef in Another Burger -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is testing the use of fresh beef in another burger, the latest move by the fast food chain to swap out frozen beef as it seeks to improve its image.

The company said Tuesday that the new burger, called Archburger, is being tested in seven McDonald's restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma. McDonald's held similar tests for fresh beef Quarter Pounders for about a year before announcing in March that it would roll it out to most of its 14,000 restaurants by the middle of this year. McDonald's said the latest test is limited, and it is seeking feedback from customers and its restaurants.

75. Trim the Fat from Communications -

While we all try to start the year healthier by substituting celery for cookies, it’s also time to make your internal communications a little leaner with a New Year’s reboot.

Not to sabotage your new diet with a food analogy, but you might say “internal communications” is a smorgasbord of information for your employees, channels for reaching them and company goals to reinforce. It’s easy to let this hefty buffet of messaging weigh you down.

76. In a Milestone Year, Gene Therapy Finds a Place in Medicine -

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.

77. Some Lawsuits Can Proceed Over Cigarettes Touted As Natural -

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes but is allowing others to move forward over a line of tobacco touted as natural.

78. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

79. Events -

The Beale Street New Year’s Eve Celebration kicks off Sunday, Dec. 31, at 8:45 p.m. with a concert at Fourth Street and Beale. The B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring pop music icon Tito Jackson will headline the celebration of Memphis music leading up to a midnight fireworks show. Cost is free; visitors must be 21 or older. Visit bealestreet.com for the full concert lineup.

80. Worth the Wait -

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

81. Events -

The 59th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, pitting the University of Memphis vs. Iowa State, kicks off Saturday, Dec. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Join fans from both teams on Beale Street Friday, Dec. 29, for the free Beale Street Parade (3 p.m.) and Bash on Beale Pep Rally (4:30 p.m.). Visit libertybowl.org for details.

82. 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.

83. Tiki Bar Joins List of New Memphis Restaurants -

Memphis’ restaurant community will get a little bigger almost immediately in 2018, with a new tiki bar concept in Midtown courtesy of Hi-Tone owner Brian “Skinny” McCabe and restaurateur Jeff Johnson.

84. UTHSC's Stern Proposes Substance Addiction Network -

For Dr. David Stern of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, his interest in proposing a new pilot program to benefit those with mental health and substance use problems comes from a deeply personal as well as professional place.

85. US Consumer Spending Rises 0.6 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers stepped up their spending last month, a good sign for the holiday shopping season.

The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose a sharp 0.6 percent from October, outpacing a 0.3 percent increase in personal income. As a result, the savings rate fell to 2.9 percent of after-tax income in November, lowest since November 2007.

86. The Week Ahead: Dec. 25-31, 2017 -

Good morning, Memphis, and a very Merry Christmas! Gifts are unwrapped, holiday cheer is spread, and now we start looking forward to the Liberty Bowl – featuring our own University of Memphis Tigers – plus a whole slate of New Year’s Eve events happening around the city. Check out all our top picks for what to do in The Week Ahead...

87. MEM Adds New Food Options, Relocaties PGA Tour Shop -

In preparation for its concourse modernization project, Memphis International Airport has added new food and beverage options and relocated the PGA Tour Shop. The new airport amenities are designed to accommodate the increased flow of passengers to the A and C concourses during construction on the B concourse.

88. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies Youth Basketball holds its Grizzlies Holiday Basketball Camp Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Open to ages 7-16, the three-day camp features a rare opportunity to train inside the Grizzlies’ Built Ford Tough Practice Facility; instruction by Grizzlies Youth Basketball staff and GrizzFit certified coaches; participation in the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge; team apparel and basketball; and two tickets to a January Grizzlies game. Cost is $225. Register at eventbrite.com or call 901-205-1279.

89. 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.

90. 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

91. Dave & Buster’s Opening Near Wolfchase in February -

Dave & Buster’s is planning to open its 107th location in Memphis in February, in space that formerly housed a Sports Authority store in The Commons of Wolfcreek shopping center.

The Dallas-based restaurant, which is part adult-oriented arcade and part restaurant and had previously expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, is looking to make more than 230 hires for the location. Positions are available in both front- and back-of-house capacities, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks and game techs, among others.

92. 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.

93. Veggie Might: Titans' D Gets Boost After Going Vegan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Wesley Woodyard misses putting milk in his cereal, and try as he might, the Tennessee Titans linebacker still reaches for a strip of bacon here and there.

Giving up meat hasn't been easy, but in a league where everyone is looking for an edge, Woodyard and the Titans think they've found one in the produce aisle.

94. Events -

The Memphis Animal Services advisory board will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The public is invited to attend to hear the latest MAS news and ask questions. Visit memphisanimalservices.com.

95. Lankford to Manage Agricenter’s New Organic Center -

Chris Lankford has been named farm manager for Agricenter International’s newly created Organic Resource Center, which is designed to be a resource for Mid-South growers in the basics of the organic certification process. Lankford will be responsible for the operation of the new organic farm, developing peri-urban agriculture projects, and promoting organic agricultural practices. He also will assist the director of research in additional research as well as the operation of Agricenter’s farm as a whole.

96. Campbell Gets the Munchies, Buys Snyder's-Lance for $4.87B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder's-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.

The soup maker said Monday that the acquisition will allow it to expand its distribution channels in the crowded field.

97. Dave & Buster’s Opening Near Wolfchase in February -

Dave & Buster’s is planning to open its 107th location in Memphis in February, in space that formerly housed a Sports Authority store in The Commons of Wolfcreek shopping center.

The Dallas-based restaurant, which is part adult-oriented arcade and part restaurant and had previously expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, is looking to make more than 230 hires for the location. Positions are available in both front- and back-of-house capacities, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks and game techs, among others.

98. Events -

Remington College will hold a 3 Lives Blood Drive and a campus open house Tuesday, Dec. 19, at its Memphis campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The blood drive (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is part of a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, with Remington Memphis’ donations going to Lifeblood. The open house (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) gives prospective students the opportunity to tour labs, chat with instructors and see demonstrations from hands-on training porgrams. Visit remingtoncollege.edu.

99. Last Word: California Extradition, Corker's Vote on Tax Reform and Post Kirk & Crum -

The ex-wife of Tigers and Grizz basketball great Lorenzen Wright is due in a California courtroom Monday morning as extradition proceedings begin following Sherra Wright’s arrest there Friday evening on a Shelby County grand jury indictment here on charges of conspiracy, first degree murder and attempted murder.

100. 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...