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1. Pre-K Expansion Faces Resistance in Push for Sunday Wine Sales -

NASHVILLE – Legislation sending revenue from Sunday wine sales to prekindergarten expansion faces a battle on several fronts when it reaches a committee in early March.

The bill sponsored by state Sen. Lee Harris is designed to take the state tax dollars from the sale of wine on Sundays, if that separate bill passes this session, and divert it to a fund designed to increase access for low-income children to prekindergarten classrooms in Tennessee. The bill is set to be heard March 6 in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

2. High Point Climbing Takes Foothold in East Memphis -

By the end of the year, a parking lot just off Walnut Grove Road and North Humphreys Boulevard will be replaced with an outdoor climbing wall – one of the signature design elements of High Point Climbing and Fitness, which just began construction of its first ground-up facility in Memphis.

3. Trump Endorses Raising Minimum Age to 21 for More Weapons -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.

4. Woodruff Settles into Dream Job With Vols -

Knoxville native Chris Woodruff was at a crossroads in life when he retired from professional tennis in 2002.

5. Grizzlies’ Rookies Ivan Rabb, Kobi Simmons Getting On-The-Job Training -

Back in late January, the San Antonio Spurs dropped by FedExForum to give the Grizzlies a 108-85 butt-kicking. But for one young Grizzlies rookie, there was associated value. Because if you’re paying attention, a loss like that is less a trip to the woodshed and more real-time tutoring with a little embarrassment added in so you don’t forget.

6. Donors Give $2 Million To Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital -

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has established the Trish Ring Endowment for Child Health and Well-Being, thanks to a $2 million gift from Trish and Carl Ring.

7. Early Lessons For Aspiring Entrepreneurs -

The entrepreneurial dream was to have my own business. I always had jobs, but I wanted the freedom to do them in a different way. I wanted to exercise the creativity to do them my own way.

It didn’t matter what the job was, I liked mentally dissecting the way it was being done and putting it back together in a way that would make it seem more doable, more efficient, more logical and more enjoyable.

8. Consensus on Gun Legislation? Not on Your Life -

That burning smell emanating from the General Assembly isn’t coming from the flame of bipartisanship. More likely it’s the result of scorched-earth politics.

Even though a weapons measure called the “carry-like-a-cop” bill died recently in a House committee, the gap between Republicans and Democrats on gun legislation is, for the most part, about as wide as the range of a Barrett .50-caliber rifle, more than 2.5 miles.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Grizzlies Host Spring Break Youth Basketball Camps -

The Memphis Grizzlies will put on Spring Break Youth Basketball Programs presented by Nike for kids ages 6-17, including a game-day clinic on March 12 and a four-day youth basketball camp March 13-16.

13. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church’s 2018 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop is open Tuesdays to Fridays through March 27 at Calvary, 102 N. Second St. The Waffle Shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the preaching series takes place from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. The evening series, Lent After Dark, is Wednesdays, with dinner from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and a speaker at 6:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching for the Waffle Shop menu and speaker schedule.

14. Getting to the Top -

An attorney, a physician and a college president. Three success stories. Three women who made it. They had different challenges, yes, but they also shared obstacles that are ever the same.

Dr. Marjorie Hass, Rhodes College president, recently spoke at a breakfast on campus for female students and alumni. Her message to the young women about to set out on their careers was wrapped in truth. She was encouraging, yes, but she also was not going to make promises that life can’t keep.

15. 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.

16. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church’s 2018 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop is open Tuesdays to Fridays through March 27 at Calvary, 102 N. Second St. The Waffle Shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the preaching series takes place from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. The evening series, Lent After Dark, is Wednesdays, with dinner from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and a speaker at 6:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching for the Waffle Shop menu and speaker schedule.

17. 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.

18. At All-Star Break, Grizzlies’ Reality Not What Anyone Envisioned -

The start of training camp was less than 24 hours away. With seven straight playoff appearances behind them, the Grizzlies had a track record of substance. True, they would be without half of the Core Four, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen having been allowed to walk and sign elsewhere.

19. Next-Level Arts -

DeltaARTS had its beginnings in 1972, in the home of founder of Bobbi Dodge. Then came years in a storefront that, as executive director Amelia Barton described it, was “right across from the bowling alley and next to the cleaners.” Now, not only is the nonprofit in its own freestanding facility in West Memphis but the building, known as the Glenn P. Schoettle Arts Education Center at 301 S. Rhodes St., will be getting technology upgrades through a capacity-building grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

20. AP Sources: Mitt Romney to Launch Senate Campaign Thursday -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he's running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, three people with direct knowledge of the plan confirmed Wednesday.

21. Grizzlies to Host Spring Break Youth Basketball Camps -

The Memphis Grizzlies will put on Spring Break Youth Basketball Programs presented by Nike for kids ages 6-17, including a game-day clinic March 12 and a youth basketball camp March 13-16.

Each program gives kids the opportunity to receive high-quality instruction provided by Grizzlies Youth Basketball staff and two tickets to an upcoming Grizzlies game. The Grizzlies will host two sessions of their Spring Break Game-Day Clinic on Monday, March 12, on the FedExForum main court. Kids ages 6-11 will take the court from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. while youth ages 12-17 will participate from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

22. Success No Easy Road For Women In Business -

The inspiration was there early. It will seem strange at first, even Tannera George Gibson herself understands that. But all these years later, she can see the connection.

23. Citing Fraud, LL Bean Imposes Limits on Its Return Policy -

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) – L.L. Bean's generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.

24. Harwell Plans to Back Faison’s Medical Marijuana Legislation -

House Speaker Beth Harwell is supporting medical marijuana legislation, saying she believes Tennesseans “deserve” an option to dangerous opioids.

25. UT Defies Expectations, Projected as No. 4, 5 Seed -

You won’t find a lot of star power on Tennessee’s basketball team. You will find a roster of players buying into the system of third-year coach Rick Barnes.

26. Speed & Patience -

He wasn’t the biggest and he wasn’t the strongest. He didn’t hit the ball the farthest. But, oh, did little Carlos Williams run the fastest. “Tee-ball,” said his mother, Takisha Kemp. “Blink of an eye.”

27. Field Trip -

It was just before 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the Landers Center. Normally, the arena would be dark. But on this day the house lights were up, professional basketball players from the G League’s Memphis Hustle were being introduced, and more than 3,000 school kids were cheering – OK, screeching – because they had been released from their classrooms for some unscripted fun.

28. Child Experts: Just Say 'No' To Facebook's Kids App -

BOSTON (AP) – Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.

A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children – the app is intended for those under 13 – aren't ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy.

29. Lee, Boyd Pushing For Technical Education -

Bill Lee led with his master plumber’s license last week as he toured Moore Tech. “I’m running for governor, too, by the way,” the Republican primary contender from Williamson County said as he talked with those attending classes and their instructors.

30. Flu Widespread Across US for Third Straight Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sick with the flu? You've got a lot of company.

The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared.

Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. The government doesn't track every flu case but comes up with estimates; one measure is how many people seek medical care for fever, cough, aches and other flu symptoms.

31. H&M to Open In Wolfchase Galleria -

Fashion retailer H&M is planning to open its third Memphis-area location in Wolfchase Galleria.

Hennes and Mauritz Inc. says the 22,000-square-foot store will open this fall and will offer ladies’, men’s and teen fashions, as well as separate store-within-a-store sections for accessories. The Wolfchase Galleria location also will carry the H&M Kids collection for newborns to 14-year-olds.

32. Sports Executives Enjoying ‘Glory Years’ of Memphis Sports -

With sports clicking on all cylinders in Memphis and a new professional team on the horizon, these days could really be seen as the glory years of Memphis sports.

That was the observation of Jason Wexler, president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, who was one of four panelist Thursday, Jan. 25, at Newmakers: Memphis Sports, part of The Daily News’ Seminar Series.

33. Trader Joe’s, H&M, Mempops Announce New Locations -

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138: It looks like the Memphis area is finally getting a Trader Joe's. A $750,000 building permit application that lists Trader Joe’s as a tenant has been filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

34. What Mentoring Taught Me -

Right now, millions of American teenagers are struggling with their emotions and behavior. They’re at odds with their parents, guardians or peers. They feel like they have no one to talk to, no one that understands or listens to them. They feel angry, dejected and hopeless. Why am I bringing this to your attention? Because in a few short years, these at-risk teens will become adults.

35. Warlick Finally Finds The Right Team Chemistry -

If the Tennessee Lady Vols make a run in the NCAA basketball tournament this year, Webb School girls basketball coach Shelley Collier will be cheering them on the whole way.

36. Back to School -

Third grade math is still all about multiplication and division, which may be learned through memorization or through applying addition and subtraction. But it is always about understanding the concept.

37. Immigrant Tuition Splits Tennessee Governor's Field in Forum -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Candidates for governor in Tennessee largely agreed on broad issues facing education during the race's first televised forum Tuesday, except for a partisan split on in-state tuition for immigrants whose parents brought or kept them in the country illegally.

38. Memphis, By Design -

For local fashion designer Xavier Winston, getting out of Binghampton was always his motivation growing up, but today he proudly represents the community as a successful entrepreneur and evidence of what you can accomplish with dedication and hard work.

39. 2 Dead, 17 Injured in Kentucky School Shooting; Suspect Held -

BENTON, Ky. (AP) – A 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside his rural Kentucky high school Tuesday, killing two classmates, injuring 17 others and sending hundreds fleeing for safety.

40. H&M to Open In Wolfchase Galleria -

Fashion retailer H&M is planning to open its third Memphis-area location in Wolfchase Galleria.

Hennes and Mauritz Inc. says the 22,000-square-foot store will open this fall and will offer ladies’, men’s and teen fashions, as well as separate store-within-a-store sections for accessories. The Wolfchase Galleria location also will carry the H&M Kids collection for newborns to 14-year-olds.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. Using Kids as Chips -

THIS ISN’T A GAME, KIDS AREN’T CHIPS. As I write this, 9 million low-income kids in America are at risk of losing their insurance, primarily because they aren’t the kids of Congress.

44. MLK’s Influence -

Penny Hardaway was born in Memphis on July 18, 1971, or more than three years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

45. Around Memphis: Jan. 15, 2018 -

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

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

46. 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.

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

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

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

48. 'F' is for Fraud -

Just before the winter break, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had a lot of questions for the Shelby County Schools system. She had just read a 258-page report from an independent investigation of the school system’s grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High School.

49. Vendeville Leads New Leaders at Teach For America -

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

50. Lamar Avenue Mural Draws Council Contempt -

The state’s largest collaborative mural might be missing a few panels soon after a City Hall showdown Tuesday, Jan. 9, between the head of Paint Memphis and City Council members upset by the images on Lamar Avenue near Willett Street.

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

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

52. Apple Investors Urge Action to Curb Child Gadget Addiction -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.

53. 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.

54. How to Keep Your Smartened-Up Home Safe From Hackers -

NEW YORK (AP) – More people are getting voice-activated speakers and other smart devices for convenience and security. But doing so could also be giving hackers a key to their homes.

Many devices from reputable manufacturers have safeguards built in, but those can't guarantee against hacks. Gadgets from startups and no-name brands may offer little or no protection.

55. Oak Ridge Lab Creates Microscopic Fidget Spinner Toy -

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – Kids across the world emptied their stockings Christmas morning to a host of treats and trinkets, undoubtedly including the newly popular fidget spinner: a simple gadget made of flat plastic spinning on a ball bearing.

56. 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.

57. His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing -

When his visitor was about to leave, Orlando Tubby Smith had one more story. About a time his father had given him an assignment on the family farm in Maryland. 

Tubby was one of 17 children. He had older siblings and younger siblings. He also, at age 12 or 13, already had a sense for what it was to lead and manage.

58. 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.

59. Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder -

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

60. Got a Toy That Can Spy? Here's How to Know and What to Do -

NEW YORK (AP) – The toys your kids unwrap this Christmas could invite hackers into your home.

That Grinch-like warning comes from the FBI, which said earlier this year that toys connected to the internet could be a target for crooks who may listen in on conversations or use them to steal a child's personal information.

61. 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...

62. 2017 a Year of Expansions, New Beginnings in Memphis Arts -

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

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

63. Memphis Sound at 60 -

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

64. Congress Rushes to Avoid Shutdown, Punts Issues to January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conflict-weary lawmakers eyed the U.S. Capitol exits Thursday as the Republican-led Congress rushed to approve a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and then sprint home for the holidays.

65. Pets in Your Estate Plan -

Ray’s Take: Most of us consider our pets part of the family. But sometimes we don't think about including them in plans for what happens after we're gone. Part of our responsibility to these dependent creatures is to make sure that their care and comfort will continue uninterrupted should we become incapable of caring for them ourselves.

66. Kelsey Backs Away From Voucher Legislation -

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

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

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

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

68. 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...

69. Comcast Awards Nonprofits Grants Totaling $130,000 -

Five local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $130,000 Wednesday, Dec. 13, from the Comcast Foundation at an event hosted by the local office of the telecom giant.

Latino Memphis, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, the Urban League of Memphis and the United Way of the Mid-South will use the grants to support technology initiatives designed to expand digital literacy and address the digital divide for Memphis-area youths.

70. Comcast Awards 5 Nonprofits Grants Totaling $130,000 -

Five local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $130,000 Wednesday, Dec. 13, from the Comcast Foundation at an event hosted by the local office of the telecom giant.

Latino Memphis, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, the Urban League of Memphis and the United Way of the Mid-South will use the grants to support technology initiatives designed to expand digital literacy and address the digital divide for Memphis-area youths.

71. What to Give Them for Christmas -

GIVE THEM TOMORROW. See the children. See them run. 

See the children. See them play. 
See the children. See them see. 
See the children. See them learn. 
See the children. See all that’s possible.

72. Strong Season Sets Recruiting Table for Tigers -

The Tigers’ Dec. 30 date with Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl isn’t far off. But closing in even faster is college football’s new early signing period from Dec. 20-22 for high school seniors headed to a Division I school.

73. Hopson ‘Angry And Frustrated’ About Grade Changes -

The use of grade floors – a minimum grade a student can get – is a different matter than the grade-changing investigation that began at Trezevant High and is about to expand to seven other high schools in the Shelby County Schools system, according to SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

74. Hopson Says Grade-Changing Investigation Expands to Other Schools -

Outside auditors will review grade changing practices at seven high schools as Shelby County Schools broadens its investigation of transcript grade changes at Trezevant High School that showed “systematic academic improprieties” at the Frayser high school.

75. Hopson Says Grade-Changing Investigation Expands to Other Schools -

Outside auditors will review grade changing practices at seven high schools as Shelby County Schools broadens its investigation of transcript grade changes at Trezevant High School that showed “systematic academic improprieties” at the Frayser high school.

76. Hopson Says Grade-Changing Investigation Expands to Other Schools -

Outside auditors will review grade changing practices at seven high schools as Shelby County Schools broadens its investigation of transcript grade changes at Trezevant High School that showed “systematic academic improprieties” at the Frayser high school.

77. Legislators Not Shy in Pushing ‘Model’ Bills -

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

At the behest of the American Civil Rights Union, legislators across the nation who belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council could be sponsoring bills in the next couple of years requiring local election commissions to take a closer look at people who miss jury duty.

78. Grade Floors Revealed With Grade Tampering -

As Shelby County Schools officials were just beginning to investigate allegations of grade tampering at Trezevant High School in September 2016, they were also looking into reports that Trezevant teachers were told in writing by the vice principal that the school had a “grade floor” – no nine-week grades lower than a 60.

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

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

80. Last Word: Haslam and Cohen on Tax Reform, More than Food and Charles McNutt -

For some of you this is not the week before the week before Christmas. It is Star Wars week, as the latest sequel in the sci-fi series begins its run in theaters across the country. Along those lines, there is a social media slide show of 1970s images of George Lucas telling the story of what an uphill climb the original Star Wars was – the making and the distribution. And around Planet Memphis, the premiere certainly wasn’t that big a deal. There was an advance screening at the old Memphian theater – now the Circuit Playhouse – that didn’t draw a whole lot of attention.

81. Sports & Business Tag-Team Partners in DeSoto County -

When Snowden Grove Park, a 17-field baseball-only facility was built in 1999 in Southaven, it cued a change in dynamics. And not just for local and regional competitive baseball teams that would now have a place to compete on miniature professional quality fields.

82. Rivals Manning, Spurrier Enter College Hall of Fame Together -

NEW YORK (AP) – After the class picture of the latest Hall of Fame inductees was taken, Peyton Manning made his way over to Steve Spurrier for another handshake and some chit-chat before heading off in opposite directions to do media interviews.

83. Last Word: Visions of Black Helicopters, 'Extreme Body Rot' and Mall Nostalgia -

A happy council day at City Hall to you and yours. I know this is probably a new and foreign tradition to most of you – the twice a month Memphis City Council meetings every other Tuesday. Or maybe you just don't think of the sessions in that way. This time of the year can be pretty mellow – a lull before what is really the biggest season at City Hall – budget season in the spring. But the council will be pretty busy Tuesday.

84. Facebook Launches Parent-Controlled Messenger App for Kids -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is coming for your kids. The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents.

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

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

86. Coalition Taps Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

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

87. Memphis Fusion -

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

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

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

89. Sawyer, Goff Kick Off Commission Campaigns -

Tami Sawyer and Sam Goff may be seeing each other on the August county general election ballot. But between now and May, they have separate primary races for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Commission.

90. ‘Wonder Bread Years’ -

As a baby boomer, Halloran Centre vice president of operations Ron Jewell can relate to comedian Pat Hazell’s world view as presented in his one-man act, “The Wonder Bread Years.”

91. Clarion's Heathcott Named NAWBO Women Business Owner of the Year -

Kim Heathcott, founder and CEO of Clarion Security, recently was named the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2017 Women Business Owner of the Year. The award, one of NAWBO’s highest honors, recognizes an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances and problem solving; overcomes adversity; and gives back to her community.
Heathcott, who founded Clarion in 2010 with one customer, has grown to 600 employees and around 90 customers.

92. Destined for Greatness -

A modest eight-unit apartment building in the shadows of the $200 million Crosstown Concourse may not carry the name value or financial gravitas of its massive neighbor, but for a group of local kids, it has the chance to change their lives.

93. Teen Idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' Star, Dies at 67 -

NEW YORK (AP) – David Cassidy, the teen and pre-teen idol who starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family" and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer, died Tuesday at age 67.

94. Good Morning -

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS OF A MORNING. As I write this, I’m out of town and just finished reading an email from friend Gene. He was sharing a few deep thoughts and life questions people have shared with him. Since I found several of them funny enough to spill my coffee on my hosts’ floor and read out loud to people who just woke up, I think I’ll just turn this week’s column over to Gene and get some more coffee.

95. Tigers Defense Has Persevered Through Adversity This Season -

The numbers don’t tell the story. A glance at the American Athletic Conference team statistics show a University of Memphis defense that ranks in the bottom half of the 12-team league in practically every category, from scoring defense (seventh, 32.6 points per game) to total defense (eighth, 452.3 yards per game). The Tigers have allowed 43 touchdowns (4.3 per game) and struggled stopping opponents on third down and in the red zone.

96. Thaddeus Young Charting Own Course on the NBA Court and Off -

When Thaddeus Young returns to Memphis, he needs to make extra time. When he walks out of the tunnel to get in his pre-game shooting about an hour before tip-off, everyone from FedExForum ushers to fans to Grizzlies personnel want a moment to say hi and shake hands.

97. Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts Climb Among US Girls, Study Says -

CHICAGO (AP) – Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found.

It's unclear why, but some mental health experts think cyberbullying, substance abuse and economic stress from the recent recession might be contributing.

98. Big Tobacco's Anti-Smoking Ads Begin After Decade of Delay -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend – but not by choice.

Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes.

99. Amazon Goes Into the Holidays With Magnified Store Presence -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-and-mortar presence, giving it more opportunities to sell its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and other gadgets.

100. Tigers Defeat SMU, Mother Nature to Clinch AAC West Championship -

The football gods decreed that the University of Memphis would have to wait a little longer. Of course they did. Hurricanes and tropical storms altered game schedules and caused harsh playing conditions early in the season. On Saturday, there was a lightning delay just as a berth in the American Athletic Conference title game was within reach.