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1. Elvis Items to Hit Celebrity Auction Block on Nov. 11 -

Elvis collectors and fans will soon have the chance to own a piece of history when a variety of items once owned by the King become available.

GWS Auctions is auctioning off 150 celebrity items in an online event on Nov. 11, with an impressive array of memorabilia from Elvis, Hugh Hefner, Marilyn Monroe, Whitney Houston, JFK, Jackie O, Michael Jackson and more.

2. Senators Reach Deal on Resuming Payments to Health Insurers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Key senators reached a breakthrough deal Tuesday on resuming federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. Insurers had warned that unless the money is quickly restored, premiums will go up.

3. Prologis Sells 2 Industrial Buildings for $23.8 Million -

San Fransisco-based Prologis Inc. has sold two parcels of its Memphis portfolio for a combined $23.8 million.

4. Process vs. Protest: Opinions Differ On How to Remove Monuments -

Protest and the legal process live in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they are next-door neighbors with borders that may be in dispute. At others times they are allies. But there is almost always a tension between the two.

5. Designs for 3 Downtown Redevelopment Projects Approved -

Plans for three prominent Downtown redevelopment projects received the architectural green light Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

Developer 495 TN Partners, which includes partners William Orgel, Jay Lindy and Adam Slovis, will be able to begin construction on Phase II of the Tennessee Brewery development at the southeast corner of Tennessee Street and Butler Avenue in the South Main Historic Arts District.

6. Trump’s Bluster Cascades Through State Politics -

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

“This is a really big moment for the Tennessee Republican Party,” with the Trump wing or far-right wing “firmly in control,” says Kent Syler, Middle Tennessee State University political science professor.

7. Trump Lashes Out at Corker; GOP Senator Hits Back -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A powerful Republican senator cast the president of his own party as a man-child who could set the U.S. "on the path to World War III" as the two engaged in an intense and vitriolic back-and-forth bashing, a remarkable airing of their party's profound rifts.

8. Prologis Sells Two Industrial Buildings for $23.8M -

San Fransisco-based Prologis Inc. has sold two parcels of its Memphis portfolio for a combined $23.8 million.

9. Interactive Solutions CEO Prepares to Hand Reins to Son -

Jordan Myers’ business card identifies his title at Interactive Solutions Inc. as account manager for the Memphis-based audio visual and video-conference technology company.

10. Last Word: Bonus For the Head Tiger, Brooks Downtown? and Harris Runs -

A $100,000 bonus from the University of Memphis board of trustees for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation. The board also approved a paid parental leave policy – specifically the funding for that policy. And it reviewed scaled-back plans for the $30 million new rec center for students that will incorporate some of the existing rec center.

11. Last Word: Las Vegas React, Moral Monday, Who Pays For Beale Security? -

We open with reaction Monday to the mass shooting in Las Vegas:

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland:

12. A General Invitation, Come Home -

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GEN. FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013, and again in 2015. As it has been for some time – it’s past time.

Come back, general, and bring the missus. Elmwood is where you said you wanted to be. Others put you in a public park and made you a symbol of what you are not. You are not a victor in a virtuous cause. You are not superior by virtue of your color. You are not entitled to a glorified history others would give you, only to the whole truth of your own.

13. Equifax CEO Steps Down in the Wake of Damaging Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Equifax CEO Richard Smith stepped down Tuesday, less than three weeks after the credit reporting agency disclosed a damaging hack to its computer system that exposed highly sensitive information for about 143 million Americans.

14. US Senators Grill SEC Chair on Disclosure of Data Breach -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. senators from both parties on Tuesday grilled the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission – the agency responsible for policing Wall Street – on its handling of a 2016 data breach that was disclosed only last week.

15. From Ownership to the Roster, Grizzlies Full of Questions -

Chandler Parsons’ knees. There are two well-documented concerns.

Depth at point guard. This isn’t just an annual concern, it’s a Grizzlies tradition as much as Zach Randolph throwing his headband into the crowd … oh, yeah, bad example.

16. September 22-28, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1933: George Barnes, better known as “Machine Gun Kelly,” and three other people were arrested at a house on East Rayner Street for the kidnapping of oil millionaire Charles Urschel. Barnes was the first nationally known fugitive to be captured by the FBI. On the run from the FBI, Barnes returned to Memphis, the city where he had grown up and attended Central High School.
The house on Rayner Street belonged to his former brother-in-law. After a restless night that probably involved a lot of drinking, Barnes heard the next day’s newspaper hit the front porch and unlocked and opened the door to retrieve it. He didn’t lock the door.
Confronted by agents with their guns drawn, Barnes allegedly said, “Don’t shoot, G-men,” according to accounts of the capture over the decades. The FBI’s own website acknowledges that didn’t happen, attributing the “G-men” name for FBI agents to a comment Barnes made after he was in jail. Still other research shows it was Kelly’s wife and accomplice, Kathryn, who used the term.
Most Memphians didn’t know Barnes was Machine Gun Kelly until the national publicity about the arrest and Barnes, in the Shelby County jail, began recognizing and calling out the names of police officers he knew.

17. Raised From the Dead -

GHOST AND SPIRIT. I walked through the town at mid-morning. Like any town you spend a lifetime in, you know people.

I spoke to the guy that owns the coffee shop, Jimmy Lewis, as he walked between customers over cups and conversation. He and I went to the same high school, and I see they’re building a new high school right here in town – going to be trying all kinds of new ideas in there, a public/private, secondary/higher education partnership model for the country I’m told.

18. Transgender Troops Can Re-Enlist In Military – For Now -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered by President Donald Trump.

19. Deciding When to Expand is Tricky For Food Industry Entrepreneurs -

Memphis historically has been a great place to birth a food business concept. From Perkins to Corky’s to Back Yard Burgers and everything in between, Memphis has seen many successful restaurant concepts expand beyond the city limits.

20. What We’re Left With -

LEGACIES OF IRONY. The guy who invented dynamite and various ways to blow people up also gave us the Nobel Peace Prize. According to Alfred Nobel’s will in 1896, the award is to go to someone who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

21. Right Response -

For many people in the Mid-South with barriers to getting to the appropriate health care professionals, sometimes a 911 call has seemed like their only option. That’s all changing now thanks to a new collaborative effort between the Memphis Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local health care organizations, area hospitals, nonprofits and philanthropists.

22. ‘Divisive Symbols’: Mississippi Case Offers Hope for Forrest Bust Removal -

State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.

23. Rhodes College Keeps Flexibility In Its Design For The Sciences -

Typically when Rhodes College erects a new building on its historic Midtown campus, it’s nearly impossible to see the difference from the rest of the gothic architecture dating back to 1925.

That is until you get inside the new $34 million Robertson Hall science building.

24. Outsourcing by Any Other Name Still Not So Sweet -

Outsourcing is starting to become a four-letter word in state government.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration told lawmakers during a summer study session it’s giving up on privatization of state parks, including a plan to hire a company to raze the inn at Fall Creek Falls and build a new one, at a cost of more than $22 million, then take over the keys and the profits.

25. Frayser Battle Renewed -

A plan to expand a construction landfill near Whitney Elementary School is drawing a lot of resistance from many Frayser stakeholders in advance of its Sept. 7 meeting with the Land Use Control Board.

26. How to Stand Out From Your Competition -

Over the past couple of years, Tennessee has experienced a boom in several areas of business.

In fact, the state experienced an 8.7 percent gain in new business filings in 2017’s first quarter, according to the Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report released by the Secretary of State’s office.

27. Pop-up Food and Drink Concept Activates Underused Spaces -

A few doors down from the main entrance to Cafe Society, a small chalkboard message announces in bright colors “Down the rabbit hole,” with an arrow pointing to the door that visitors are encouraged to walk through.

28. Amid Retail and Industrial Successes, DeSoto Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

29. Amid Retail and Industrial Growth, DeSoto County Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

30. Coffee, Bakery Shop To Occupy Busy Corner In Cooper-Young -

When David Adams first started considering a second Bluff City Coffee & Bakery location, he didn’t even think about the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

31. Postal Service May Get More Freedom To Raise Stamp Prices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It may be time to stock up on Forever stamps.

Regulators appear likely to accept the financially beleaguered Postal Service's request for more freedom to raise the price of mailing letters. It would be the biggest change in the Postal Service's pricing system in nearly a half-century, allowing stamp prices to rise beyond the rate of inflation.

32. Kelly Wins Praise Across The Aisle, But Bigger Task is Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Raised voices could be heard through the thick door to the Oval Office as John Kelly – then secretary of Homeland Security – offered some tough talk to President Donald Trump.

33. Last Word: 'Secular Stagnationists', CRE's Big Year in Memphis and Lakeland Prep -

Protests over the weekend in Martyr’s Park and at the federal prison facility in Mason, Tennessee for those rounded up in the ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- raids here in Memphis that began a week ago. Latino Memphis is also offering legal advice to those who believe they may be caught up in the new push. There are also several efforts to support families that find mothers and/or fathers in federal custody in the sweeps. And over the weekend, Memphis Police issued an arrest warrant for a bounty hunter who turned up on YouTube video in an apartment complex with a large Latino tenant base wearing some kind of badge and vest.

34. Last Word: Alexander and Corker Differ, Instant Runoff React and Kroger On Hold -

Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators split their votes Tuesday in Washington on the vote that followed the vote to open debate on a repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted yes on the debate motion. But then Corker was one of the nine Republican Senate votes that killed the Obamacare replacement plan known as BCRA, while Alexander voted for it.

35. Last Word: Closing the Door, Midtown Rents and Red West's Many Roles -

It didn’t take the Shelby County Commission very long Wednesday to close the door on its budget season – about 20 minutes in the day’s special meeting to approve a county property tax rate of $4.11 on third and final reading. That’s not a quick up or down vote. And it took just a bit longer because there is still some discussion about whether this was a reduction in the tax rate or a tax cut in the sense that a homeowner in Shelby County would understand the term.

36. The Week Ahead: July 17-23 -

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

37. Saturday Night Scenes on Beale Street -

Some observations from three consecutive Saturday nights on Beale Street at and after 10 p.m.

Beale Street just before 10 p.m. is about bubbles. Street vendors selling bubble guns – toy guns that shoot bubbles – do a brisk business before 10. A girl in a stroller watches with wide eyes as her finger is locked on the trigger and bubbles spew forth. By the time she reaches the middle of the block between B.B. King Boulevard and Second Street, the stream of bubbles begins to slow.

38. Last Word: Beale on Beale, The City Council and 1968 and Dr. David Stern on UTHSC -

The city’s Beale Street Task Force is going to have its next meeting on Beale Street and City Council chairman Berlin Boyd reminded council members Tuesday that if they join the task force on Beale to remember that it is Saturday night at 11 p.m. – not 11 a.m., a more normal hour for such proceedings.

39. Friendliness Drives Barcelona’s Attraction -

Friendly. That’s my lasting impression of Barcelona. This northeastern Spain city, perched between the foothills of the Pyrenees and Mediterranean Sea a couple hours south of the French border, goes to the beat of its own Catalan drum. But every beat I encountered was a friendly one, and only cemented my love of this city.

40. GOP May Keep Some Obama Tax Hikes to Save Health Care Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top Senate Republicans on Thursday considered keeping President Barack Obama's tax increase on wealthier people's investments and using the money to bolster their proposed health care subsidies in a bid to mollify moderate GOP lawmakers and salvage the party's struggling bill.

41. Angry Dems Turn Against Leaders After House Election Losses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.

42. Supreme Court Pushes Redskins' Name Fight Back to Society -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive.

43. 2,700 Vote Early, 3 Election Day Polls Move in House District 95 -

A total of 2,700 citizens cast early votes ahead Thursday’s special state House District 95 election in eastern Shelby County. And on election day, three of the 14 polling places – two in Collierville and one in Germantown – will move from their regular locations.

44. Demand for Smaller Industrial Facilities Growing -

Even though massive deals like Niagara Bottling’s 554,000-square-foot facility and McCormick & Co.’s 615,000-square-foot operation next door in Gateway Global Logistics Center often steal the spotlight, they only paint part of the picture of North Mississippi’s industrial market.

45. Last Word: Weekend Sonic Boom, CLERB's Response and Irvin Salky -

Yes, those were the United States Navy Blue Angels buzzing Downtown Thursday afternoon in advance of their appearance at the Memphis Airshow Saturday and Sunday in Millington. That sound you heard after the flyover wasn’t a sonic boom. I don’t think they have those anymore. It was the sound of a really busy weekend following close behind.

46. Last Word: Railgarten Redux, Raleigh Springs Mall and Forrest Author Speaks -

Railgarten II, Son of Railgarten, Railgarten, Beyond the Board of Adjustment, Railgarten, Enter The City Council … Take your pick of sequel titles. Railgarten goes back to the City Council Tuesday for at least a committee discussion in which the council considers whether it should take back the special use permit it granted the bar-restaurant. This is a follow up to the Board of Adjustment decision last month to delay any action on approving the other annexes of the business for 30 days.

47. FedEx Awarded $2.35B Defense Delivery Contract -

The Department of Defense’s United States Transportation Command has awarded a government-wide package delivery services contract valued at more than $2.35 billion to Memphis-based FedEx Corp.

48. Plans for Boutique South Main Hotel Move Ahead -

A new South Main restaurant, an up-and-coming boutique hotel brand and a Medical District mixed-use development all got the green light from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board Wednesday, May 3.

49. FedEx Awarded $2.35 Billion Defense Delivery Contract -

The Department of Defense’s United States Transportation Command has awarded a government-wide package delivery services contract valued at more than $2.35 billion to Memphis-based FedEx Corp.

50. SpaceX Launches Top-Secret Spy Satellite for US Government -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – SpaceX launched a top-secret spy satellite for the U.S. government Monday morning and then successfully landed the booster for recycling.

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from its NASA-leased pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

51. Concourse Job Fair Gets Good Reviews from Employers -

Christene Arnold retired from a local hospital last June, a decision she says wasn't entirely her choice.

Now, she gets by on Social Security and a small pension, but for some months, that's just not enough.

52. Start Co. Teams Hit Key Business Milestones -

Six of Start Co.’s alumni teams hit major business milestones recently.

The teams participated in the summer accelerator programs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as participating in post-acceleration activities to continue to build their businesses.

53. Crosstown Concourse Holding Job Fair April 29 -

Crosstown Concourse is hosting a job fair Saturday, April 29, as tenants work to fill positions before the mixed-use vertical urban village opens Aug. 19.

More than 60 positions with 15 Concourse businesses will be available at the hiring event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Atrium of the Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave.

54. Q&A: Triumph Bank CEO Recaps 2016 -

At Triumph Bank’s annual meeting of shareholders in recent days, bank executives offered a recap of what turned out to be another strong year.
Loans were up 4.5 percent. The bank’s mortgage division saw a nearly 28 percent increase in income. Triumph also opened a new lending center in East Memphis, consolidating staff and finding new efficiencies and a faster way to do business.
Triumph Bank CEO Will Chase sat down with The Daily News to talk about what’s behind the bank’s recent results and its plans for the future.

55. Crosby Plants a Park in the Shadow of Skyscrapers -

How do you repurpose a blighted old Burger King? That’s the question Scott Crosby was facing. “Initially we thought we’d make it a bar, or maybe a restaurant,” he says. “But the building was too dilapidated. Then we thought, maybe a parking lot, but the space was too small.”

56. Crosstown Concourse Holding Job Fair Saturday -

Crosstown Concourse is hosting a job fair Saturday, April 29, as tenants work to fill positions before the mixed-use vertical urban village opens Aug. 19.

More than 60 positions with 15 Concourse businesses will be available at the hiring event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Atrium of the Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave.

57. Panattoni Moving Forward With Phase Two of Industrial Park -

Since it first broke ground in 2014, Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center has delivered 4.4 million square feet of industrial facilities, $276 million in investment and almost 700 jobs to a formerly vacuous tract of land spanning the Tennessee-Mississippi border.

58. Start Co. Teams Hit Key Business Milestones -

Six of Start Co.’s alumni teams have hit major business milestones recently.

The teams participated in the summer accelerator programs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as participating in post-acceleration activities to continue to build their businesses.

59. Riding New Wave -

In 2007, about a half-dozen Memphis companies came together to found the Urban Land Institute Memphis chapter. It was a fine start. Six years later, ULI Memphis was convening a group of mayors from the tri-state area and, at least initially, trying very hard to make it informal and non-threatening.

60. Mayors Say Region Needs New Mindset, More Density -

When Hernando West first surfaced in 2007, it was going to be a different kind of development south of the state line. But the recession that followed put the plans for the city’s first mixed-use development on hold – until recently.

61. Last Word: Busy Council Day, County Property Tax Cut Call and Gas Tax Vote Nears -

The Lawsons – K.J. and Dedric – are on their way to Kansas after leaving University of Memphis basketball they announced Monday. And Markell Crawford confirmed Monday that he will be transferring too. Crawford is the sixth Tiger player to head for the door since the season’s end. What will Tigers basketball look like by the next season?

62. Responding to Rejection: Retreat or Resilience? -

Connecting with an individual donor, businessperson or program officer within a foundation can be the first step in securing resources for your organization. When you are asked to submit a proposal or share the highlights of your project you may feel optimistic and excited. Perhaps you are thinking, “This is really going somewhere!” You submit the requested information, wait a bit and then hear what you believe is a loud, resounding “No!”

63. Q&A: Front Door CEO Sees Opportunity Knocking in Real Estate Technology -

Two years ago, Front Door co-founder and CEO Jessica Buffington took her startup business idea to the next level when she began working with Start Co., participating in its Upstart accelerator program in May 2015.

64. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

65. Victory Bicycle Studio Opening Companion Bike Shop on Broad -

Victory Bicycle Studio owner Clark Butcher is preparing to bring a new bike shop, under a different brand identity, to Broad Avenue.

66. Broad Avenue Getting New Bike Shop -

Clark Butcher, the owner of Victory Bicycle Studio, plans to open a new bike shop on Broad Avenue that will be a first of its kind in the Memphis bicycle scene.

67. Peabody Preparing For Rooftop Party Season -

It might not be readily apparent from the modern party vibe and the current local bands who entertain the crowds, but The Peabody hotel’s annual rooftop parties – which kick off again next month – go back decades to the era of supper clubs and big bands.

68. Fowlkes: Startups Create Most Net New Jobs -

Start Co. president Andre Fowlkes thinks most people in Memphis and communities like Memphis either ignore or misunderstand where most net new jobs are coming from these days.

69. Editorial: The Ride From Mall To Mixed Use -

Memphis has come a long way from Southland Mall – the city’s first shopping mall – which seemed so cavernous in the late 1960s and now seems so small.

That’s not to say the times have left Southland Mall behind. They haven’t. It can and should be a part of the renaissance now underway in Whitehaven.

70. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

71. City Seeks Convention Center Hotel Planning Consultant -

The Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation is about to get a construction manager and soon to follow will be a price estimate – how much an upgrade to the 40-plus-year-old facility can the city get for its money.

72. $12 Million Permit Filed For Hickman Building -

240 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $12 million

Project Cost: $16 million

Application Date: February 2016

73. Building Permit Application Filed for Tri-State Bank Headquarters -

A $140,000 building permit application that lists “Tri-State Bank headquarters” as the tenant has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

74. Cities, Developers Reaping Rewards of Mixed-Use Shift -

Commercial real estate is shifting to mixed-use developments designed to create a sense of place for homeowners longing for the community of days gone by, and the trend is profiting many parties as commercial developers see stronger returns and cities undergo revitalization in their core.

75. Unreasonable Interview Expectations -

Sometimes, interviews can be the worst. I mean, truly. Doesn’t the hiring manager realize that you have a job, life, spouse, children and existing commitments? 

You spend months trying to get your foot in the door for a job interview. You spend all your time filling out applications and updating your resume. You call your references and update your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. 

76. Edge District Employing Micro Concept to Stir Retail Offerings -

Successful rehabilitation projects in the city’s core like Broad Avenue, Crosstown and Overton Square have demonstrated the impact innovative ideas can have on struggling neighborhoods, but fine-tuning the right approach for each neighborhood is far from a perfect science.

77. View From the Hill: Legislators Feel Free to Work Against Haslam -

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

“How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?” asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman.

78. New Tri-State Defender Has Credibility, Influence in the Community -

When president and publisher Bernal E. Smith II speaks about his newspaper, The New Tri-State Defender, and how business is conducted today and what’s necessary for success going forward, he sounds like just about any other newspaper executive trying to navigate today’s quick-change media world.

79. Hart’s Tenure as AD Has Been Mostly Good for Vols -

While we wait – and wait and wait and wait – for the University of Tennessee to hire its next athletics director, let’s ponder the man who soon will walk out the door.

Dave Hart is leaving the UT athletics department better than he found it. He got things back on solid financial footing. He brought a measure of stability.

80. Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address -

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Speaker Harwell, Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speakers Pro Tem Tracy and Johnson, Members of the 110th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, General Slatery, Commissioners, Friends, Guests, fellow Tennesseans, and for the seventh year in a row, the woman voted best first lady in the land, Crissy. My kids even made it this year.

81. A Commuter's Dream: Entrepreneurs Race to Develop Flying Car -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing.

82. Last Word: Connecting Downtown, Tranquil Treasure and Gas Tax Complexities -

Temple over the Tigers Wednesday in Philadelphia 77-66. East Carolina at the Forum is coming up Saturday. Grizz and Raptors at the Forum Wednesday evening and the Grizz win 101 – 99. The Grizz are on the road starting Friday against the Trail Blazers.

83. State Sens. Harris, Kelsey Critical of TVA Water Wells -

When Odell Johnson goes on business trips he looks forward to seeing water pumping plants in other cities that use surface water for drinking water.

Johnson is the manager for water and engineering operations at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division. He made the comment Tuesday, Jan. 24, as his tour of the utility’s Sheahan Pumping Station served as a backdrop for the ongoing debate about the Tennessee Valley Authority’s change of plans to cool its new natural gas-fired power plant in southwest Memphis.

84. Blight Fight Takes Root Near Carnes Elementary -

Some of Mary Baker’s friends like to joke that she will eventually reclaim the whole city of Memphis, but just one lot at a time. “I say, what’s wrong with that?” Baker replied.

85. Titaned Up: Success Found In Big Moves, Smallest Details -

Most critics of last year’s Tennessee Titans saw unsettled ownership, a revolving door of coaches and a lack of talent at key positions.

Jon Robinson saw weeds.

86. Growing Number of Americans are Retiring Outside the US -

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012.

"I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live off my Social Security," she said. "The weather here is so perfect, and it's a beautiful place."

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

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

88. Kafkaesqueness and Such -

Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor emeritus of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, likes to write about Franz Kafka (1883-1924) and the word coined for his name, Kafkaesque.

89. Start Co. Accepting Applications for 2017 Accelerators -

The Start Co. organization in Memphis is once again looking for a few good startups.

The entity that oversees a collection of startup accelerators is taking applications now for the next 100-day program that kicks off May 1 and runs through Aug. 10.

90. Chairman’s Circle Celebrates Successes While Keeping an Eye on the Future -

Since the Greater Memphis Chamber launched the Chairman’s Circle in 2012, long-term goals have always been the driving force behind their ambitions.

And now that the Circle is about to enter its fifth year, some of those goals are already being met, while others are just beginning.

91. Gov't Proposal Envisions Phone Calls on Airline Flights -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

Flight attendants and others have complained that the calls could be disruptive. But the Department of Transportation said Thursday that it envisioned allowing the calls if airlines tell all customers about the policy when they buy their tickets.

92. FedEx's Smith Critical of Trump Opposition to NAFTA, TPP -

FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith says withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, as advocated by President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly in the 2016 presidential campaign, would be “catastrophic for the U.S. economy” and “have massive economic repercussions.”

93. Events -

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

94. Crittenden County Deposit Leader Fidelity National Bank Turns 50 -

Fidelity National Bank in West Memphis is enjoying its 50th year in business, and through the decades the bank has become a fixture of the local community.

95. Events -

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

96. Events -

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

97. GCT Promotes Asher To Artistic Director -

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

98. The Week Ahead: December 5-11 -

Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

99. Platform for Property -

Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry causing legislators worldwide to scramble to regulate it, but the Memphis City Council is gaining state and national attention for its hands-off attitude.

100. Cox Release Sends Message: Get Better or Goodbye -

As the Tennessee Titans headed out the door for some long-overdue bye week days off, one veteran got more than he expected – the rest of the season off.

Perrish Cox was hardly the only member of the Titans secondary to have struggled this year, but his play, particularly in the past two games, was plenty suspect, and the guess here is that when he fell down on a first-and-goal play – bailed out only when Bears receiver Josh Bellamy inexplicably dropped a game-winning touchdown – that that was the final straw for Coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson.