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1. Last Word: St. Jude's Reach Across A Divide, One Beale Numbers and Draft Math -

To no one’s surprise the legal skirmish over Confederate monuments is on its way to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Forrest family filed notice Thursday of their appeal of the Davidson County Chancery Court ruling of last week holding that the city of Memphis broke no laws in selling two parks, including the monuments in them, to a private nonprofit which then had the monuments removed.

2. Former Bears Legend Mike Singletary to Lead Memphis Football Franchise -

If Memphis is going to have another pro football league that won’t be confused with the NFL – and it is – it can’t hurt for the first head coach to be a pro football Hall-of-Famer, a feared former linebacker who made the Chicago Bears proud.

3. Snapshot: Chicago Football Great Singletary Memphis AAF Coach -

Mike Singletary, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, was introduced as the first coach of the Memphis Alliance of American Football franchise on Thursday at a press conference at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Singletary, 59, had an 18-22 record as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in two-plus season from 2008-2010. The team will begin play in February of 2019 in the start-up league that will have eight teams, including Atlanta and Orlando and five yet to be announced.

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4. Last Word: New Football League, Drone Testing and New Chandler Numbers -

The Alliance of American Football announces its presence in Memphis Thursday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl. And so begins another chapter in the city’s colorful history of start-up leagues. It is a long history dominated by football with a good stretch of the timeline taking in the city’s pursuit of an NFL franchise. Sometimes the rules are a bit different and the leagues have a history of not lasting very long. But they are fondly remembered.

5. Memphis To Be One of 10 Drone Test Sites -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is leading a Memphis group that is part of a national pilot program to integrate drones into air traffic.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Wednesday, May 9, in Washington, D.C., with airport authority president and CEO Scott Brockman and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis both in attendance.

6. Council Gives Final Approval to Speedway Terrace Historic District Status -

Memphis City Council members approved historic overlay district status Tuesday, May 8, for the Speedway Terrace neighborhood north of Crosstown Concourse. The approval on third and final reading of the ordinance is the second approval in a month of a district whose standards are governed by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

7. Last Word: BSMF Notes, Political Dominoes and The Teacher Pipeline -

Yes, it rained. There was even hail for a brief period. None of that appeared to make a dent in the run of the Beale Street Music Festival. We are still waiting on exact box office numbers. The park was sold out – Ticketfly and at the gate -- early Sunday evening. It wasn’t a sellout Friday and Saturday but ticket supplies were tight for Tom Lee Park with the festival estimating there were thousands more people Saturday than there were Friday. Much to be said for a lineup this year that managed to strike a balance between hipster, cutting edge nobody-knows-about-this-yet new and used-to-be-big-not-so-long-ago nostalgia.

8. AutoZone Liberty Bowl to be Played on New Year’s Eve -

The 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be played at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, and carried on ESPN. Last season, the University of Memphis appeared in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for the first time after winning the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, but losing to UCF in the league title game.

9. Nine Redbirds’ Games To Air on WLMT CW30 -

Nine Memphis Redbirds home games this season will be televised live on WLMT CW30 in the Memphis market this season. The first game to be televised was scheduled for Sunday, April 29.

The longtime radio voice of the Redbirds, Steve Selby, will be calling the action each week.

10. Events -

The 2018 Beale Street Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes four stages with more than 60 acts spanning every genre. Tickets are $55 each day; three-day passes are $125 if purchased before May 1 and $165 if purchased after. Visit memphisinmay.org for details and a lineup.

11. Events -

The 2018 Beale Street Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes four stages with more than 60 acts spanning every genre. Tickets are $55 each day; three-day passes are $165. Visit memphisinmay.org for a lineup.

12. The Kickoff is a Must-Keep Play in College Football, NFL -

October 6, 2016, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. From the sideline, then-University of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was watching as history disappeared under scorched earth. In other words, as Tony Pollard raced 95 yards and erased a 20-year gap between Memphis kick returns for touchdowns.

13. Events -

Porter-Leath will host its Books From Birth spring luncheon, “Growing New Readers by Leaps and Bounds,” Thursday, May 3, at noon in the FedEx Events Center at Shelby Farms Park, 415 Great View Drive E. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion with Memphis literacy advocates about the necessity of early literacy. Tickets are $75; tables of 10 are $750. Visit porterleath.org.

14. East Meets West as 2 Legislators Run Out of Time -

It wasn’t quite a constitutional crisis, but when Reps. Micah Van Huss and Joe Towns start teaming up, something is amiss.

15. Events -

“Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project” kicks off with a keynote by civil rights leader Bob Zellner on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. The monthlong “Toward Justice” project is presented by nearly a dozen local organizations and features exhibits, installations and more. All events are free and will be held at MJCC. Visit jccmemphis.org for a schedule.

16. Events -

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) will host a reception honoring its 17 high-school scholarship recipients from the class of 2018 Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. Dr. Mary McDonald, a National Education Consultant and columnist for The Daily News, will be the guest speaker. Visit memphisscholarships.org.

17. Tigers' WR Anthony Miller and LB Genard Avery Selected in NFL Draft -

Two former University of Memphis football players were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft and a third signed as a free agent.

Wide receiver Anthony Miller was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears at number 51 overall, and linebacker Genard Avery was taken in the fifth round, at number 150 overall, by the Cleveland Browns.

18. Nine Redbirds’ Games To Air on WLMT CW30 -

Nine Memphis Redbirds home games this season will be televised live on WLMT CW30 in the Memphis market this season. The first game to be televised was scheduled for Sunday, April 29.

The longtime radio voice of the Redbirds, Steve Selby, will be calling the action each week.

19. Tenn. Legislature Breaks TNReady Gridlock, Adjourns Session -

NASHVILLE – The House and Senate broke gridlock Wednesday night on problems stemming from the results of troubled TNReady testing by passing legislation saying no “adverse action” would be taken against teachers, students or schools for poor test scores.

20. TNReady Causes Gridlock in Tenn. Legislature -

NASHVILLE – The day after Republican House leaders called for a review of the state’s TNReady testing vendor, the House of Representatives and Senate got stuck on the impact of botched testing this spring and the potential for incorrect student scores affecting teacher evaluations.

21. TNReady Causes Gridlock in State Legislature -

NASHVILLE – The day after Republican House leaders called for a review of the state’s TNReady testing vendor, the House of Representatives and Senate got stuck on the impact of botched testing this spring and the potential for incorrect student scores affecting teacher evaluations.

22. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Stupid F#!&ing Bird” Friday, April 20, through May 13 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

23. April 20-26, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

2012: The American Queen, the world’s largest steamboat, arrived at Beale Street Landing, its homeport, for the first time in four years since it was refurbished and resumed overnight river cruises on the Mississippi River.

24. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Stupid F#!&ing Bird” Friday, April 20, through May 13 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

25. Tigers’ Ferguson, Jacobs Recognized for Academics -

University of Memphis football player Riley Ferguson and Nick Jacobs were two of an all-time high 1,267 college football players named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. In order to be named to the honor society, football players must have maintained a 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers, have completed their final year of eligibility in 2017 and been a starter or significant contributor.

26. Hardaway and Tigers Get Two More Signees -

University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has added two more players to his roster. Shooting guard Antwann Jones signed with the Tigers after being released from his national letter of intent with Texas A&M. Isaiah Maurice signed after playing one season at Kansas State and one season at South Plains junior college.

27. AutoZone Liberty Bowl To Honor Priscilla Presley -

The annual Distinguished Citizen Award given out by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will this year go to Priscilla Presley in ceremonies on Sunday, June 24.

Presley, who is an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as an actress, author and producer, also was a driving force behind opening Graceland to the public.

28. Past Tigers Will Coach At Friday Night Stripes -

Former Tiger football greats DeAngelo Williams and Jake Elliott will serve as coaches at the annual Friday Night Stripes on April 13 at the Liberty Bowl.

Elliott won this year’s Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles, perhaps clinching the game with a 46-yard field goal with 1:10 left that put his team ahead of the New England Patriots 41-33.

29. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold its Spring Plant Sale Friday, April 13, from from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The sale features a wide assortment of plants, herbs, bushes, flowers and more. MBG’s horticulture staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

30. Past Tigers Will Coach At Friday Night Stripes -

Former Tiger football greats DeAngelo Williams and Jake Elliott will serve as coaches at the annual Friday Night Stripes on April 13 at the Liberty Bowl.

Elliott won this year’s Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles, perhaps clinching the game with a 46-yard field goal with 1:10 left that put his team ahead of the New England Patriots 41-33.

31. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold its Spring Plant Sale Friday, April 13, from from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The sale features a wide assortment of plants, herbs, bushes, flowers and more. MBG’s horticulture staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

32. One City, One Team: When a Memphis sports entity succeeds, everyone wins -

On the occasion of the home opener for the reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park, new Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Predictably, he received a standing ovation just for walking out to the pitching mound.

33. AutoZone Liberty Bowl To Honor Priscilla Presley -

The annual Distinguished Citizen Award given out by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will this year go to Priscilla Presley in ceremonies on Sunday, June 24.

Presley, who is an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as an actress, author and producer, also was a driving force behind opening Graceland to the public.

34. Football Tigers Holding April 7 Practice in Nashville -

For the second time in Mike Norvell’s three seasons at Memphis, the Tiger football team will venture east on Interstate 40 to Nashville for an open practice. The team will practice on Saturday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike in Brentwood.

35. Move to Declare That God is the Source of Liberty Advances -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution that would change the Tennessee Constitution to say that God is the source of liberty for the state's citizens is gaining momentum.

The House passed the measure last year and it will go before a full Senate vote after clearing a judiciary committee this week.

36. Events -

Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis, is underway through Sunday, April 8, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. More than a dozen interior design team have created custom “vignettes” within a chic gallery showroom, with special presentations each day. Single-day tickets are $20. Visit artsmemphis.org for details and hours.

37. Events -

The city of Memphis dedicates I Am A Man Plaza with a ceremony and open house Thursday, April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the plaza, which is adjacent to Clayborn Temple at Hernando Street and Pontotoc Avenue. The city plaza is dedicated to the 1,300 city sanitation workers that went on strike in 1968 and includes a wall with the names of the strikers. Thursday’s event will also feature food trucks and live performances. Cost is free. Visit iammemphis.org.

38. Football Tigers Holding April 7 Practice in Nashville -

For the second time in Mike Norvell’s three seasons at Memphis, the Tiger football team will venture east on Interstate 40 to Nashville for an open practice. The team will practice on Saturday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike in Brentwood.

39. The Week Ahead: April 2-8 -

Hello, Memphis! We celebrate the courage of a man this week who improved the lives of so many. The somber occasion of remembering his death 50 years ago should not overshadow the admiration we have for someone who refused to not speak up against obvious injustices in spite of the danger it put him in.

40. MLK50 Events: A Roundup of Memphis Happenings -

Here's a selection of events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers' strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 3 is the 50th anniversary of King’s last speech – the “Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple, while April 4 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

41. This Week In Memphis History: March 23-29 -

2010: Groundbreaking for the Salvation Army Kroc Center at the Mid-South Fairgrounds after a five-year effort that included the local Salvation Army chapter raising $25 million to trigger $60 million in matching funds from the estate of Joan Kroc.

42. Mixed Emotions as Vols, Lady Vols Exit Postseason -

Wait till next year. Again. Hope for better. It’s going to be a long offseason for Tennessee basketball.

The Vols were seeded No. 3 in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region and were upset by No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago, 63-62, in the second round in Dallas.

43. 'Enough is Enough': US Students Stage Walkouts Against Guns -

Declaring enough is enough, tens of thousands of young people from Maine to California walked out of school to demand action on gun violence Wednesday in one of the biggest student protests since the Vietnam era.

44. Tigers’ 2018 Football Slate Includes Trip to Missouri -

The 2018 University of Memphis football schedule is out and includes seven home games, five on Saturdays, and a road trip to Columbia, Missouri, to play Barry Odom’s Missouri Tigers.

45. Last Word: Post Parkland, May County Primary Ballot and Friedman on the Mid East -

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:

46. If You Play the Games, Will They Still Come? -

The other day the NCAA released attendance figures for the 2017 college football season and for the fourth straight year FBS attendance dropped. Yes, fans still pack the giant stadiums around the SEC, which despite having a decrease in average attendance by 2,433 per game, easily had the highest average attendance in the country with 75,074 fans per four quarters of life-and-death football.

47. Tigers’ 2018 Football Slate Includes Trip to Missouri -

The 2018 University of Memphis football schedule is out and includes seven home games, five on Saturdays, and a road trip to Columbia, Missouri, to play Barry Odom’s Missouri Tigers.

48. 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.

49. Government Shutdown Stretches Into Workweek, Sows Confusion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government shutdown has effectively cleaved the federal workforce in half, sowing confusion and frustration among hundreds of thousands of affected workers, including some who reported to work Monday only to turn right back around.

50. What a Kick -

Peter Freund is a baseball guy. Grew up on the New York Yankees. Today, not only is he principal owner of the Memphis Redbirds, he owns stakes in other minor league teams through his Trinity Baseball Holdings and even has a small slice of the Yankees. But make no mistake, he is a businessman. And it was the businessman in him that was convinced to bring a United Soccer League (USL) team to Memphis and AutoZone Park for the 2019 season.

51. New Trump Office Would Protect Conscience Rights of Doctors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

52. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

53. ULI Brings ‘Neighborhood Playbook’ Team To Memphis -

A trio of community developers and planners hope to bring their “playbook” on grassroots urban design and revitalization to Memphis in the next installment of Planning Matters, a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative.

54. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

55. 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.

56. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Post Mortem, Confederate Protest Plans and Absorption -

As soon as it was confirmed the Tigers would play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, there was some concern locally about the impact that would have on tourism at the holidays with only one of the bowl teams – Iowa State – being from out of town. The exact dollar figures aren’t in just yet. But the game was enough of a success out of the box that the executive director of the game is talking about a more constant presence in the bowl game for the Tigers now that they’ve made their first appearance in the 59-year history of the game which began in Philadelphia. And there is some precedent in college football for what Steve Ehrhart is talking about.

57. Could Liberty Bowl Become Regular Destination for Memphis Tigers? -

The record books will forever note that on Dec. 30, 2017, in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Iowa State defeated the University of Memphis 21-20 in the Tigers’ first appearance in the game.

But while the game itself represented the ending to a special season that saw the Tigers go 10-3, win the American Athletic Conference West Division and nearly go undefeated at home (7-1), it also might have marked a beginning.

58. So Close ... Tigers Fall 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The last drive and the last hope ended with record-setting Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson flinging a fourth-and-10 pass toward wideout Phil Mayhue on the sideline. They didn’t connect.

59. So Close ... Tigers Fall 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The last drive and the last hope ended with record-setting Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson flinging a fourth-and-10 pass toward wideout Phil Mayhue on the sideline. They didn’t connect.

On a day when Iowa State tied the AutoZone Liberty Bowl record with six sacks in a 21-20 victory, Ferguson’s final pass came under duress.

60. AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Memphis v Iowa State -

Story from the big Liberty Bowl game, the culmination of the Memphis

Tigers’ dream season.

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61. Iowa State Edges Memphis 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The Memphis Tigers came up just short in their effort to win 11 games for the first time in program history, falling 21-20 to Iowa Saturday in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl before a sold-out stadium.

62. Iowa State Edges Memphis 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The Memphis Tigers came up just short in their effort to win 11 games for the first time in program history, falling 21-20 to Iowa Saturday in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl before a sold-out stadium.

63. Memphis Players See Football Program Continuing to Excel -

(Editor’s note: This story was published before the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30).

It was three days before the University of Memphis was to play Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Much of the talk was about going for what would be a program-record 11th win, and finishing with an undefeated record on the home turf this season.

64. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Sell-Out Prep, Beale's Year and Tubby Talks -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is a sell out as of Thursday. And while your thoughts may turn to the sight of a full stadium at the Fairgrounds, at least some of you who are going are thinking about what traffic will be like in the area. Here is the parking and shuttle game plan at the outset and a day in advance. The Liberty Bowl Parade on Beale is at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a pep rally in the entertainment district and all are welcome.

65. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Featuring Tigers Sells Out -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 30, between the University of Memphis and Iowa State is a hard sellout, bowl representatives announced on Thursday.

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium seats 57,266 and this is the second hard sellout in three years for the bowl game, which is in its 59th year.

66. Liberty Bowl Game Parking, Shuttle Services Announced -

With a sold-out AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30, parking spaces at the Fairgrounds are expected to go fast and there will be shuttle services available.

The stadium parking lots open at 6 a.m. at $20 per space, cash only. The stadium gates open at 9:30 a.m. with kickoff at 11:30 a.m.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Featuring Tigers Sells Out -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 30, between the University of Memphis and Iowa State is a hard sellout, bowl representatives announced on Thursday.

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium seats 57,266 and this is the second hard sellout in three years for the bowl game, which is in its 59th year.

70. Plans for Liberty Bowl Game Parking, Shuttles Announced -

With a sold-out AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30, parking spaces at the Fairgrounds are expected to go fast and there will be shuttle services available.

The stadium parking lots open at 6 a.m. at $20 per space, cash only. The stadium gates open at 9:30 a.m. with kickoff at 11:30 a.m.

71. 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.

72. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Weather, Tn Juvenile Justice Report and Atomic Tiki -

Liberty Bowl field painted? Check. Crowds starting to check in – no pun intended? Check. Escorts on motorcycles with plenty of flashing lights to get from one “emergency” event to another? Check. And, of course, the formal reminder to eat no one’s dessert but your own during the Peabody luncheon? Check.

73. Events -

The Children’s Museum of Memphis will host New Year’s at Noon Friday, Dec. 29, at CMOM, 2525 Central Ave. Enjoy games and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., highlighted by a balloon drop and goody toss at noon to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. Everything is included with general admission. Visit cmom.com.

74. Rising Programs -

Iowa State plays in college football mecca as a Power 5 member, albeit in the Big 12. The University of Memphis lives in the non-Power 5 outer ring that is the American Athletic Conference. The Cyclones (7-5) play a tougher league schedule. That’s just true. And they pulled two big-time upsets by beating Oklahoma, which is in the College Football Playoffs, and then-No. 4 TCU.

75. Last Word: Falling Through Cracks, Germantown's Moratorium and Iowa's Defense -

The dean of the college of medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center talks about the death of his son a decade ago. That, he tells Michael Waddell in this powerful story, has been a driving force in his search for a way to bridge the gaps between treating substance abuse and treating the mental illness that can also be at play along with addiction. Dr. David Stern is proposing a new pilot program whose goal is to bridge the gaps and save lives.

76. 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. Visit libertybowl.org for details. Bowl Week events include:

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

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

78. 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...

79. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Holiday Wonders at the Garden hosts “On My Last Nerve Night” Tuesday, Dec. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Take a break from over-staying holiday guests for a couple hours and visit Holiday Wonders’ three areas: Snowy Nights, Sculptures Bright and Trees Alight. Open nightly through Dec. 30 except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; advance tickets recommended. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

80. Iowa State’s Not-So-Secret Weapon: Joel Lanning -

Maybe when Iowa State upset No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 in early October, you saw the score roll by on the bottom of your television screen. What you probably didn’t see, but need to know in advance of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl this Saturday, is this:

81. Last Word: The Day After, Frayser Bauhaus and Gasol & Fizdale -

Less than 24 hours after the Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park was taken down and away, Memphians were taking selfies with what’s left of the very considerable base in the background. And this is only going to become more prevalent when the weather improves and you will probably see folks out there who have some very different views on the removal of the statues.

82. Navy Marketing Campaign To Make Memphis Debut -

The United States Navy’s new national marketing campaign has been developed in Memphis by the Navy Partnership, a special division of Young & Rubicam, and the campaign and tagline will make its Memphis debut Dec. 30 at the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

83. 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. Bowl Week events include:

84. Events -

Drew and Ellie Holcomb's Neighborly Christmas, featuring Drew and Ellie Holcomb and their band The Neighbors, is Friday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. The concert features Christmas standards, original holiday tunes and Holcomb favorites. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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

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

86. Navy Marketing Campaign To Make Memphis Debut -

The United States Navy’s new national marketing campaign has been developed in Memphis by the Navy Partnership, a special division of Young & Rubicam, and the campaign and tagline will make its Memphis debut Dec. 30 at the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

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

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

88. Memphis Sells Out Its Liberty Bowl Allotment -

The University of Memphis announced Friday, Dec. 8, it has sold out of all of its AutoZone Liberty Bowl tickets. The Tigers quickly sold out of the original allotment of 8,300 tickets and has now sold the remaining tickets it was able to secure from the bowl. In total, the University of Memphis sold more than 15,000 tickets to the game.

89. Memphis Football Players Receive All-America Honors -

Three University of Memphis football players have picked up various All-America recognition, including senior wide receiver Anthony Miller being named a first team All-America honoree by the Associated Press, and earning second team honors from the Football Writers Association of America.

90. 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.

91. Memphis Football Players Receive All-America Honors -

Three University of Memphis football players have picked up various All-America recognition, including senior wide receiver Anthony Miller being named a first team All-America honoree by the Associated Press, and earning second team honors from the Football Writers Association of America.

92. Last Word: Awaiting A Sell-Out, Public Art and Controversy and Southaven's Triangle -

The Grizz fall to 8-19 with a loss Monday to the Miami Heat 107-82 at the Forum. It is Tigers basketball Tuesday at the Forum with the Albany Great Danes. Meanwhile the Tigers football appearance in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl is moving toward a sellout. The Tigers have sold 15,000 tickets to the bowl game including an initial allotment of 8,300. And offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey announced Monday he is leaving to take the same post at Texas A&M after nine seasons in Memphis.

93. Fed Set to Raise Rates As Yellen Gives Final News Conference -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year.

They're less sure about what the central bank might have in store for 2018, and they will look to Janet Yellen's final news conference as Fed chair Wednesday for any clues.

94. Memphis Sells Out of its Liberty Bowl Ticket Allotment -

The University of Memphis announced Friday, Dec. 8, it has sold out of all of its AutoZone Lib-erty Bowl tickets. The Tigers quickly sold out of the original allotment of 8,300 tickets and has now sold the remaining tickets it was able to secure from the bowl. In total, the University of Memphis sold more than 15,000 tickets to the game.

95. Last Word: Bredesen Runs, Germantown Moratorium, Monsanto Fights Dicamba Ban -

The big reveal at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual luncheon Wednesday, at least for me – Dale Watson lives in Memphis now. The Americana musician, producer and author was among the performers at the Peabody and he had a bit of trouble getting the group of 700 business and political leaders to sing along with the refrain of one of his most popular tunes – “I Lie When I Drink and I Drink A Lot" -- with at least a dozen video cameras panning the room. But he continued on without audience participation. Other entertainment highlights featured Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland as the voice of Amazon’s Alexa.

96. Memphis, Norvell Agree To New Five-Year Deal -

Not only does it appear Mike Norvell will be on the sideline to coach the University of Memphis in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it looks like he will be staying on afterward.

97. Worth the Wait -

Just since 1995, the University of Southern California has stayed home to play in the Rose Bowl more than a half-dozen times. Steve Ehrhart, executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, couldn’t help but look at that with a bit of envy.

98. Last Word: Norvell's New Contract, Grade-Changing Culture and Buying Gibson -

So the Grizz snap the losing streak Monday with a win over the Timberwolves. They try to start a winning streak Wednesday against the Knicks. Elsewhere, so much for a holiday lull. It was cold outside but many a keyboard around this place was warm enough Tuesday afternoon with both the anticipated and the unanticipated. And then there were those items that fall somewhere inbetween. Could happen but will it be today? In many of those cases, the answer was yes.

99. Memphis and Norvell Agree to New Five-Year Deal -

Not only does it appear Mike Norvell will be on the sideline to coach the University of Memphis in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it looks like he will be staying on afterward.

100. Grizz Break Streak; Norvell’s Status Uncertain -

How do you celebrate the end of an 11-game losing streak? If you’re Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, you speak from the heart. And the gut.

After the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 Monday night at FedExForum, Gasol did an interview with the team’s sideline TV reporter. Gasol dropped in the usual stuff about “guys need to get used to having a little more confidence with the ball in their hands and get used to playing together,” and then out of sheer joy and relief he added, “Overall, we won, so (screw) it.”