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1. The Money Mindset -

Ray’s Take We all have rules about how we live our lives, and we have rules about how we use our money. Whether you realize it or not, you have created certain rules around your spending, saving and giving of money.

2. Toast to the Achievement School District -

Somebody forgot to tell the Achievement School District it had to follow a few simple rules when the Legislature formed it a few years ago to save failing schools: Primarily, don’t party with the money.

3. Dolly Parton Sharing Love of Reading -

“You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.” – Dolly Parton.

For the last several years, the Dollywood Foundation, headquartered in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has been promoting a program known as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The idea is, essentially, that every preschool child born in a given community should have the opportunity to receive 60 books between his/her true birthday and his/her fifth birthday. One per month. In the mail. Free of charge.

4. Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Rebrand Points to Growth, Busy Future -

Sometimes, an organization changing its name becomes a foregone conclusion because it’s just time to change, maybe to shake things up. In the case of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, though, a rebrand became necessary simply because the old one didn’t fit anymore.

5. Thrill-Ride Accidents Spark New Demands for Regulation -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not required to get the once-over.

6. Two Team Slots Left For Annual Burger Fest -

Only two slots for competitive teams remain for the fifth annual Best Memphis Burger Fest on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Tiger Lane, benefiting Memphis Paws Inc.

7. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host the “Motown Black & White” exhibit Friday, Aug. 19, through Nov. 8 at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The temporary exhibit is composed of rare photos, promotional items and memorabilia from the personal collection of former Motown PR director Al Abrams. Visit staxmuseum.com.

8. Arkansas All-American Walk-On Burlsworth Now the Subject of Film -

Black horn-rimmed glasses. Those were offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth’s trademark, and they were prominent even behind the facemask of his Arkansas Razorbacks helmet.

Predictably, trash-talking opponents laughed at him and called him names. He was, with various modifiers, Clark Kent. Or Kurt Rambis, the funny-looking center for the Los Angeles Lakers. Or Drew Carey, the comedian.

9. Murphy: Allow Yourself to Be Guided -

When you open the website of Playback Memphis, the 8-year-old nonprofit founded by Virginia Murphy, the first thing you see is a banner memorializing Verdell Smith, the Memphis Police officer who was killed on June 4 by a criminal in a speeding car fleeing a Downtown shooting. In the picture, Smith is in uniform, smiling broadly, holding a sign that says, “I matter.”

10. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host the “Motown Black & White” exhibit Friday, Aug. 19, through Nov. 8 at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The temporary exhibit is composed of rare photos, promotional items and memorabilia from the personal collection of former Motown PR director Al Abrams. Visit staxmuseum.com.

11. Son of ‘Famous Amos’ Cookie Maker Mixing His Own Batch of Blues and Soul -

If you were to cherry-pick parts of his story, it makes all the sense in the world that Shawn Amos – and today he goes by the Rev. Shawn Amos – is a blues singer and a harmonica player. It even makes sense that he speaks of having to “reconcile” who he has been and who he is.

12. Last Word: One Beale Delay, Memphis Banks and The Other Anniversary -

Changing the city’s skyline comes with some challenges. That’s a reflection of ever-changing economic conditions and the terrain by the Mississippi River on which the city’s skyline is built.

13. Mock Presidential Election Open to Tennessee Students -

Tennessee students have a chance to do something this fall that most kids can’t – vote for the next United States president.

The student mock election, hosted by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office, is open to students in preschool through high school from all public and private schools and home school associations.

14. Why Does Tennessee Start Its School Year So Dang Early? -

For almost all public school students in Tennessee, the dog days of August aren’t spent at the swimming pool or summer camp, but back at school.

Many Tennesseans remember school days when they returned to class on the first day after Labor Day. But beginning in the 1980s, the average start date has crept from early September to closer to July as districts search for ways to boost academic outcomes, as well as to address educational inequity.

15. Summertime Decisions -

“Yeah, I’m going to miss it,” said LaJereka Hunt, 15, on the last day of her internship with Memphis United, a grassroots group housed at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Over the summer, Hunt attended Memphis City Council meetings, advocated for an overhaul of the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board and led more than 60 workshops focused on teaching students, many older than she, how to effectively communicate if stopped by the police.

16. A Summer of Ingestion, Part 2 -

It’s been a summer of ingestion – not indigestion. I’ve read, I’ve watched. Last week I wrote about movies. This week the topic is books.

Not long ago I reviewed Chris Bachelder’s “The Throwback Special” (2015). So, you know I liked that novel about 22 guys meeting annually to re-enact one football play. But let me give you another memorable quote from it: “Chad chewed on the inside of his lip, considering whether or not to tell the story about the nest of mice in his dishwasher.”

17. 3-D Tech Vital to Gaining Client, Stakeholder Buy-In -

Virtually reality is not just for gamers. Almost every professional industry has a use for this technology, which is becoming more widely available. In the architecture and engineering field, we currently use 3-D tech in about 80 percent of our projects, not only to provide advanced flexibility and virtual problem solving in design, but also to more realistically showcase the vision for a project and secure client buy-in (and enthusiasm) early in the development process.

18. Jordan Takes Leading Role At Child Advocacy Center -

Mark Jordan has joined the Memphis Child Advocacy Center as development director, responsible for connecting people in a meaningful way to the critical services MCAC provides to vulnerable children. In his new role, Jordan will create and administer a comprehensive development plan to both enhance connections and build new relationships with volunteers and the philanthropic community to grow fundraising, donor relations and public engagement. 

19. Books From Birth Taps Wicks As New ED -

Since joining Books from Birth in 2014 Jamila Wicks has done everything from develop a corporate gift strategy to strengthen the non-profit’s relationships with civic and business leaders throughout Shelby County.

20. Changes Abound in New Shelby County Schools Year -

On his fourth opening of a school year, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson knows what comes after it seems like all of the preparations for the school year are completed and sealed airtight.

21. 'Student' Credit Cards Aren't for All Students, or Even Most -

As parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit.

The college years are the best time to begin the process. After graduation, adults with no credit history have a harder time renting apartments, obtaining car loans or, eventually, mortgages.

22. Live-Streamed Eye Surgeries Benefit Memphis Optometry Students -

Eye Specialty Group (ESG) is teaming up with Southern College of Optometry (SCO) to provide another way of educating the area’s young doctors, helping them to better understand the latest surgery techniques. Late last week, three Lasik eye surgeries took place at the ESG Collierville medical offices and were live-streamed to students at SCO in the Medical District, marking the first of what is hoped will be many live-streamed collaborations.

23. Home Visits Help Memphis Teachers Know Their Students Before the First Bell Rings -

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 8, but a week before classes began, first-year teacher Aleesia Isom already had met most of her students — in their homes.

Early home visits are part of the foundation for teacher training at Memphis Delta Preparatory, a 300-student, K-4 charter school that will open this month under a contract with Shelby County Schools. One of the charter’s 18 teachers will have visited the homes of each student by the time school starts on Monday.

24. Events -

Metal Museum will host its Pokemon Go-themed Whet Thursday on Aug. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Attendees can enjoy free museum admission, food, live music and a hands-on activity while catching all the Pokemon they can find. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

25. Finding The Old West In Dodge City -

Driving from Oklahoma City to Denver, we were looking at a 10-hour-plus journey. And on a two-week trip from Memphis to Los Angeles, there’s enough time that we didn’t need to put ourselves through that misery.

26. Les Passees ‘Stock Exchange’ Enters 30th Year -

During World War I, members of Les Passees Inc. made bandages and did knitting for soldiers. Today the oldest women’s volunteer organization in Memphis is about to celebrate the 30th year of its “Stock Exchange” upscale consignment shop.

27. Events -

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the Millington Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 4858 Navy Road. Career Coach staff will help people create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov, where more than 200,000 jobs are available.

28. Willmarth to Lead Facilities Management at Trezevant -

Brian Willmarth has joined Trezevant as director of environmental operations. In that role, he oversees maintenance, housekeeping and plant operations at the continuing care retirement community. He also oversees Trezevant’s construction and renovation projects. 

29. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Coloring Between the Wines on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Unwind and color adult coloring books from Thunder Bay Press while enjoying wine and snacks. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

30. Municipal Districts Tout ACT for Testing -

The superintendents of at least two of Shelby County’s suburban school systems say the state should use the ACT college entrance exam to gauge the achievement levels of high school students.

“We have universities who are giving full-ride scholarships based on their ACT scores,” said Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel on the WKNO/Channel 10 program Behind The Headlines. “Let’s use that test. It has a math component. It has a science, a reading and social studies component. Let’s use that as a measure.”

31. The Week Ahead: August 1-7 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first week of August and last week before the kids return to school, so try to enjoy it. Here are just a smattering of recreational outings planned this week at venues like the Metal Museum, Levitt Shell and on Broad Avenue, in addition to more official events on the agenda. And don’t forget to vote on Thursday; it’s your civic duty. 

32. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Coloring Between the Wines on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Unwind and color adult coloring books from Thunder Bay Press while enjoying wine and snacks. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

33. Center’s Youth-Police Workshops Hit the Core of Juvenile Justice -

At the Mitchell Community Center, a group of children get handcuffed. The rest of the summer camp students in the room giggle.

"Now, what went wrong this time?" asks LaJereka Hunt, who is dressed as a police officer.

34. Long-Term Care – Not for Everyone -

Ray’s Take With people living longer due to advances in medicine and lifestyle changes, chances are that most of us will become disabled for some time before we die and will need some long-term care. The projected numbers are at least seven in 10 Americans over age 65, and the vast majority underestimates the cost. 

35. Petschonek: ‘You Have to Be a Jack-of-All-Trades’ -

Can you get a business idea from a 30-day break from work, followed by a road trip? For Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, the answer is yes.

A passionate volunteer with a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, Petschonek had become an expert on workplace culture and helping organizations find the right person for the right job. She even had a job lined up for after she graduated. 

36. Events -

Copeland Coaching will host a Building Your Personal Brand Workshop on Friday, July 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee St. Topics will include resumes and cover letters, LinkedIn, business cards, networking and more. Cost is free. Visit facebook.com/copelandcoaching for details and to RSVP.

37. Jones Teaches Tech to Underrepresented Minorities -

On a blistering Friday in early July, in a colorful classroom at Lester Community Center, 25 middle-schoolers are getting a crash course in data encryption. “Who can tell me the difference between a black-hat hacker and a white-hat hacker?” asks Audrey Jones, standing at the front of the room.

38. Emotions of Retirement – Are You Ready? -

Ray’s Take: How prepared are you for the emotional side of retirement?

Most of us see retirement planning as a quantitative exercise to be as certain as we can that the financial aspects are in good order. Everything else we tend to see through rose-colored glasses, envisioning it as a time when we are free to do the things we’ve been putting on hold for years. But there’s another side to retirement that few fully think through in advance. 

39. Egwuekwe: ‘Expand Your Networks’ -

As a kid growing up in Memphis, Meka Egwuekwe remembers his first computer clearly: It was from Texas Instruments, the kind Bill Cosby was selling on TV. He played games for six months, then, bored, he pulled out the instruction book and began learning to program in a language called BASIC. 

40. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series will feature “10 Things I Hate About You” on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at The Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Adult tickets are $8; children 12 and younger are $6. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

41. Memphis Police Officers, Youth Discuss Ways to Improve Relations -

As national headlines trumpet accounts of police-involved shootings, attacks on officers and related protests on an almost daily basis, a diverse group of Mid-South high school students met with Memphis Police Department (MPD) representatives Wednesday, July 20, to open the lines of communication and share their different perspectives.

42. Events -

Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public meetings Wednesday, July 20, to present short-term investments for multimodal projects in the Memphis metropolitan planning area. The meeting will take place at MATA Central Station, 545 S. Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. and at Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email pragati.srivastava@memphistn.gov for more information. 

43. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood and Crosstown Arts’ story booth will host Donald Ray Pollock, discussing and signing “The Heavenly Table,” on Tuesday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the story booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit crosstownarts.org.

44. Infection Led Rhodes Junior to Health Care -

Eight surgeries on her femur after suffering a serious staph infection in the seventh grade not only made trips to the doctor routine for Rhodes College junior Ellie Fratt, the experience also convinced her she wanted to be a health care professional herself.

45. Father, Son From Texas Among France Truck Attack Victims -

HOUSTON (AP) — A man and his 11-year-old son from the Austin area were among the dozens of people killed during the truck attack in Nice, France, relatives said Friday.

Sean Copeland, 51, and his son, Brodie, were vacationing with their family when they were killed Thursday in what French authorities have described as a terror attack. The Copelands were traveling in Europe in part to celebrate the birthdays of Copeland's wife and another son, said family friend Jess Davis.

46. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days -

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.

47. After The Bridge -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

48. On the Line of Scrimmage, Color Doesn’t Matter -

HOOVER, Ala. – Politicians love to tell us that young people are our future. It’s mostly an empty cliché used to bridge one vague policy position to another, something to fill space instead of trying to offer a real solution to a real problem.

49. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series will feature two movies on Friday, July 15: a matinee of “Muppet Treasure Island” at 2 p.m. and “North by Northwest” at 7 p.m., both at The Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Adult tickets are $8 for each movie; children 12 and younger are $6. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

50. Mahoro Lives the American Dream — and Pays It Forward -

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this column, we introduce innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

Despite what you may have heard, the American Dream isn’t dead — he’s very much alive, and his name is Jean Francois Mahoro. Mahoro began life as a Rwandan refugee; today, he is a successful software engineer at a Fortune 1000 company. Now, through his volunteer work at Code Crew, he’s helping under-resourced Memphians follow in his footsteps.

51. Events -

Creative Aging continues its Senior Arts Series on Wednesday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Road Extended. This performance for seniors and their guests will feature Creative Aging storyteller Elaine Blanchard, along with vocalist Laurence Albert and pianist Jill Brookoff. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. Visit creativeagingmidsouth.org or call 901-272-3434.

52. Protest at Memphis Bridge Ends Peacefully -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city’s most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to Front Street.

53. Black Lives Matter Protest Draws Thousands In Memphis Protest Milestone -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

54. Redbirds RBI Program Makes MLB All-Star Game -

The Memphis Redbirds RBI Program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) has been selected as one of 12 cities and national youth leagues to participate in the All-Star Youth Classic July 7-July 11 in San Diego, alongside the 87th MLB All-Star Game.

55. Bartlett Nursery Landscaping Grows Family Tree at 22-Acre Site -

Family owned Bartlett Nursery Landscaping is enjoying its 20th year at its location on U.S. Highway 70/Summer Avenue, with more residential and commercial customers than ever looking to go green.

Much like the products it sells, the nursery has grown organically over the past two decades, expanding from a small landscaping company in West Memphis into its current lush 22-acre retail location in Bartlett.

56. Redbirds RBI Program Makes MLB All-Star Game -

The Memphis Redbirds RBI Program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) has been selected as one of 12 cities and national youth leagues to participate in the All-Star Youth Classic July 7-July 11 in San Diego, alongside the 87th MLB All-Star Game.

57. Corker Withdraws His Name As Possible Trump Running Mate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker has withdrawn his name as a possible running mate for Donald Trump, his spokesman confirms.

Spokesman Micah Johnson confirmed the comments that the Tennessee senator made in an interview with The Washington Post published Wednesday in which the senator said "there are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president" and "I think I'm far more suited for other types of things."

58. AAF Memphis Taps New Leadership -

If there’s one thing the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter knows best, it’s that the industry it represents is constantly changing. Reflecting that change, the chapter welcomed new executive director Nikii Richey and swore in its new board members at a special luncheon event at FedExForum on June 18.

59. 4 Children Fatally Stabbed in Memphis; Mother Charged -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department has charged their mother, Shanynthia Gardner, with first degree murder as well as other charges.

60. Principal Dyson: 'I’ve Made Myself a Qualified Candidate' -

The Music City Miracle run. The outstretched hand reaching toward the goal line in Super Bowl XXXIV. When talk turns to the Tennessee Titans’ glory days and that magical 1999 season, Kevin Dyson’s name always comes up.

61. Former Titan Dyson Finally Reaching His Goal -

When is it too late to go back to school and prepare for a new career? Most experts and older students who’ve returned to school at 30, 40, 50 – or even 60 and beyond – will tell you there’s really no limit as long as an older student is motivated and focused.

62. Different But Not Less -

THIS IS MINISTRY, BABY. Sometimes we don’t see the difference we can make right where we are.

Brian McLaren – pastor and celebrated theologian, activist and prolific author – was here a couple of weeks ago, and he shared some thoughts about his visit in The Huffington Post:

63. Grizzlies Like Draft Results, But Still Need Conley to Run the Show -

Not a lot of films have their world premieres in Memphis. But if it is summer and the Grizzlies have a crucial player becoming a free agent, then it’s time for a Craig Brewer short film.

64. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down -

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.

Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.

65. Record July Fourth Travel Forecasted -

Have plans to travel this July Fourth weekend? You’re not alone.

AAA forecasts nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend. It’s the highest travel volume for July Fourth on record and a half million more than last year.

66. Libertas Roof Repairs Raise Questions for SCS -

As expected, the Shelby County Schools board approved two new charter schools for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday, June 28, and turned down eight other charter applications for now.

What wasn’t expected during the board meeting was approving $165,000 in funding for an emergency roof repair at Libertas School of Memphis, a Montessori method-charter school in Frayser that is part of the state-run Achievement School District.

67. Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers After 6 Kids Killed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.

68. Appreciation: Pat Summitt Used the Sport to Empower Women -

Needing yet another men's basketball coach, Tennessee officials turned to the one person they thought would be perfect to take over the Volunteers program.

Pat Summitt said no.

She wasn't interested in the job in 1994 after Wade Houston was forced out, and she turned it down again when Jerry Green quit in March 2001. A Tennessee governor once joked he wouldn't have his job if Summitt ever wanted to run her home state.

69. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition -

A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.

The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.

70. Target-Date Funds, Questions to Ask -

Ray’s take: Target-date funds have become one of the most popular retirement plan investment choices in recent years. A target-date fund is a mutual fund that automatically changes its mix of stocks, bonds and cash based on a date of planned retirement. You just determine your retirement date and choose the one closest to that date.

71. Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice -

Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.

72. Pesce: ‘You’ve Already Heard the Worst’ -

What kind of gift do you give to the friends and family who have prayed for your sick baby daughter long enough to see her get well, grow up and go to high school?

In Cheryl Pesce’s case, the answer was also the beginning of her successful jewelry design business, which now fills an airy studio space Downtown with chunks of crystal and agate, freshwater pearls, leather hides, and gold, bronze and silver chains. Pesce, 56, who sells directly to customers from her website cherylpesce.com, is in the running for a FedEx Small Business Grant and has submitted a necklace design to Anthropologie.

73. From Exhaustion to Endurance -

Not long ago, while waiting in line at the grocery store, I overheard a very weary-looking young father with a baby in his arms and two toddlers sitting in the shopping cart say to the clerk, “My wife is sick, the kids are sick, the baby was up all night, and work is piling up on my desk. I feel like I’m 60.”

74. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations -

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

75. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

76. SCS Board Closes Northside High Immediately -

Northside High School has graduated its last class.

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, June 21, to close the North Memphis school effective with the academic year that ended in May.

77. Report: More Than a Quarter of Tennessee Children in Poverty -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Annual Kids Count report on Tennessee says more than a quarter of the state's children live in poverty and worsening economic conditions explain why child well-being in the Volunteer State has dropped from 36 to 38.

78. Cox to Lead Asset Management at Lehman-Roberts -

Matt Cox has been promoted to director of asset management at Lehman-Roberts Co. Cox most recently served as total process reliability coordinator for three years. In his new role, he is responsible for the full lifecycle of all construction equipment supplied to Lehman-Roberts’ operations divisions, including acquiring equipment, maintaining nearly 600 pieces of rolling stock and disposing of equipment as necessary.

79. Two of 'Three Gs' Surface Again in SCS-Germantown Talks -

When Germantown and Shelby County Schools leaders got together in May to talk about a new annual lease for the use of ballfields in Germantown by SCS schools within Germantown, the talks returned to a familiar topic – the three Gs.

80. County Commission Delays Budget Votes, Germantown School Talks Surface -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed final votes on all of the budget matters before them Monday, June 20, until a special meeting next week.

And a proposed sale of two Germantown schools surfaced in the middle of another marathon budget session for commissioners.

81. George Lapides: One of a Kind -

Almost every George Lapides story, at least for those of us working in Memphis sports media, begins with those first impressions after arriving in town.

His town.

Seeing George take over an interview or a press conference and putting on his own full-court press when the subject was trying to skate by with lame, say-nothing answers.

82. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission -

Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.

But it will probably take a while.

The biggest issue of the season – school funding – appeared to be resolved with a compromise last week in committee sessions.

83. Memphis Design Firm Tapped to Convert NASA Station Into Science Resort -

Memphis-based Haizlip Studio has been hired to help reimagine a former NASA satellite tracking station and Cold War outpost in western North Carolina into a full-service, $40 million science resort complete with an independent research facility and lodging.

84. Eye in the Sky: FedEx, Orbis Debut Third-Gen Flying Eye Hospital -

Memphis-based FedEx Express and Orbis International debuted the third-generation Orbis Flying Eye Hospital on Thursday, June 16, at the FedEx World Hub.

The Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital, which was retrofitted on an MD-10 aircraft donated by FedEx in 2011. The aircraft has been custom-designed to provide the best medical training and technology to patients and health care professionals throughout the developing world. It leaves for its inaugural program in Shenyang, China, on Sept. 2.

85. With Dad's Help, Ridge Smith Off to Chase His MLB Dream -

Over the years, there wasn’t much down time and not a lot of quiet moments. Over the years, there was a sustained echo – the ping, ping, ping of an aluminum bat, and later the whack, whack, whack of a wood bat, squaring up a baseball.

86. My Town Miracles Helping Those in Need, One Family at a Time -

Noel Fenderson, one of the founders of My Town Miracles, tells a story from Mark Allen, the group’s growth marketing secretary.

87. Editorial: Memphis’ Violence is a Political Problem -

You didn’t think this would be easy, did you?

If it was, any one of our previous efforts at overcoming a heritage and history of violence as a way of life would have done the trick by now.

88. Lehman-Roberts Investing in Memphis Roads, Community -

Lehman-Roberts Co. president Patrick Nelson is right when he says, “What we do is not terribly fancy or glamorous.”

89. Lenovo, Google Unveil Phone That Knows Surroundings -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – such as the room's size and the presence of other people – and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.

90. It’ll Leave A Mark -

THE MARKS WE’RE LEAVING. People were hooking up, shooting up and throwing up in the woods, on benches and in cars and right in front of children on the greensward. Like the weeds, pretty much everywhere. Like the privet, pretty much out of control. Like the shell and the rose garden and the lake and the forest and the picnic grounds and the pride of a city, pretty much left for dead.

91. Your Phone May Soon Sense Everything Around You -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – the room's size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info?

92. Brush With Death Recalled, Part 1 -

I was 50 when I died. April 21, 2002. I can’t forget the date.

A few weeks earlier, I saw an old friend, Cotton, at a memorial service for a mutual friend. In the early 1980s, Cotton and I were in the same golf group. After the service, we reminisced about a golf outing that no one involved could forget.

93. ‘Critical Mass’ -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.

94. SEC Coaches Saban, Bielema Want to Change NFL Draft Rules -

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) – Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema would like to see a major change to rules regarding NFL draft entry.

This one is far from a slam dunk.

The high-profile coaches said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings they would like to see underclassmen who leave school early have the option of returning after testing their prospects for the NFL draft – similar to what happens in college basketball.

95. New Grizzlies Coach Fizdale Plans to Win Now -

David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.

“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”

96. Joint SCS-ASD Raleigh School Off for Now, But Debate Continues -

The Shelby County Schools system has turned down a collaboration with the state-run Achievement School District on an Innovation Zone middle school in Raleigh.

SCS will instead turn Raleigh-Egypt High School into a grade 6-12 school, which will compete with the ASD charter school that also opens in August at nearby Raleigh-Egypt Middle School.

97. New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale: 'I'm Here to Win' -

David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.

“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”

98. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

99. GameStop Collecting Funds for St. Jude -

The GameStop video game retailer announced this week that customers of GameStop and its affiliated ThinkGeek brand can donate at the point of purchase for children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital beginning Memorial Day weekend.

100. Baker Family Keeps Owen Brennan’s Going -

If you show up on a Sunday for Owen Brennan’s famous brunch, owner Jim Baker will be there to greet you, to say your name and smile at the thought of another round of mimosas being ordered.