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1. Winners and Losers From Super Bowl 50’s Advertising Game -

The Super Bowl is the biggest advertising competition of the year. Brands that win big can reap the viral benefits for months to come. And those that fail do so publicly, oftentimes with mounting consumer criticism that can take just as long to overcome.

2. Ursula Madden: From Broadcast News to Memphis Communications Chief -

She didn’t realize it at the time, but Ursula Madden was training for her career as a local television anchor.

This was when she was a girl, growing up in Portland, Oregon. Little Ursula might have been sent outdoors to play all the time, but her mother had other ideas.

3. One Commerce Garners LEED Gold Certification -

One Commerce Square’s renovation is both green and gold as it has achieved LEED Gold Certification, a green building accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council.

The energy-efficient renovation spearheaded by Looney Ricks Kiss has resulted in a 45 percent energy reduction. This translates to a cost savings of $138,000 per year that is passed directly on to One Commerce tenants.

4. One Commerce Garners LEED Gold Certification -

One Commerce Square’s renovation is both green and gold as it has achieved LEED Gold Certification, a green building accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council.

The energy-efficient renovation spearheaded by Looney Ricks Kiss has resulted in a 45 percent energy reduction. This translates to a cost savings of $138,000 per year that is passed directly on to One Commerce tenants.

5. S.Y. Wilson and Co. Enters New Era in Arlington -

Kim Winstead found retirement boring.

After owning Stockyard Horticultural Supply on U.S. 70 in Arlington for 25 years, she sold it in the fall of 2014 and thought that she’d moved on from business ownership. But after two months of retirement, she realized she needed a new challenge.

6. Turbett Joins First Horizon as CRA Officer -

Keith D. Turbett has joined First Horizon National Corp., parent company of First Tennessee Bank, as corporate Community Reinvestment Act officer and community development manager. In that role, Turbett ensures First Tennessee is making credit and financial products available in all parts of the community, consistent with safe and sound banking practices.

7. Partners Bring Outdoor Classroom Design Challenge to Memphis Catholic -

Video game industry revenue is up. The time children spend outdoors is down. Young people’s recognition of corporate logos is up. Their ability to identify native species is down.

If that sounds like the groundwork for a nonprofit called Come Alive Outside, that’s because it is.

8. Retailers Prep for Black Friday, Onslaught of Holiday Sales -

Black Friday, taking place Nov. 27, is only a week away and local and national retailers are gearing up for the busiest day of the year.

The National Retail Federation predicts that 2015 will be a banner year for holiday shopping with sales in November and December expected to reach $630.5 billion, a 3.7 increase over 2014 and significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

9. Magic Light Wand Brings Wonder to Tree Lighting -

It started as a joke, an opportunity to see the happy smiles of grandchildren around the Christmas tree.

Gay Hammond’s grandsons came over for a visit and wanted to light the Christmas tree. She decided to have some fun with them, sharing a little magic of the season. She reached for a key fob she used to turn on the Christmas tree lights and as she secretly pushed the button, she also decided to wave a “magic wand,” making the children believe the lights came on magically.

10. Andy Cates: Memphis in ‘Pivotal’ Time -

When more than 100 of the city’s most prominent developers and real estate professionals got together Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Crescent Club in East Memphis, much of the focus was on a list of more than two dozen real estate projects.

11. The Week Ahead: Nov. 2, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here's our first weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the Indie Memphis Film Festival to Mississippi elections...

If you love the outdoors and good weather, these are the days you’ve been missing. And few things are as “fall” as a fall festival, and the kickoff of Miss Cordelia’s Saturday Market series this weekend seems like one more thing worth adding to the list of things to do in Memphis. There’ll be a growler station, local food and beer sampling, pop-up retail and food specials.

12. Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

13. Memphis Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

14. Puerto Rico Provides Tropical Alternative -

It’s October. You’re probably thinking pumpkins, crisp weather, football, campfires and weekends away to view the beautiful changing leaves.

Yes, all those things combine to make October one of the best months of the year. But as the weather turns cooler and the days shorter, it’s also time to think about tropical getaways as the Atlantic hurricane season calms.

15. Five Fall Trips to Consider -

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and a great season for travel.

Not only is the weather conducive, the prices associated with shoulder season are, too. And as a traveling parent, I’m thankful for a weeklong fall break, giving us the chance to travel as a family during October.

16. Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday for Guns, Hunting Gear to Begin -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Businesses are preparing for Mississippi's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, during which time guns, ammunition, archery and other hunting and shooting equipment will be exempt from the state's 7 percent sales tax.

17. Unlikely Path -

It all started on whim. Cassius Cash was on his way to band practice at the University of Arkansas when he decided to practice his interview skills instead.

“Someone informed me the (U.S.) Forest Service was doing recruitment, but I had no intention of going in there and landing the internship,” says Cash of that interview for a wildlife biologist internship. “I thought the interview was about as far as I was going to go to chase my dreams.”

18. Donation Opportunities to Help Boys & Girls Clubs -

Memphians interested in helping out the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have a couple of opportunities this week.

The Shops at Carriage Crossing is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs as a donation location for school supplies Monday through Saturday, Aug. 3-8. People who make a donation will receive a $20 gift card to The Children’s Palace, Gapkids, Gymboree or Justice.

19. Dunavant Bulks Up in Memphis, Texas -

Richard McDuffie was busy working in his East Memphis office when a company representative delivered the news.

20. Academy Sports to Open First Olive Branch Store -

Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to open its first Olive Branch store, along with a store in D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this fall. The Olive Branch store will be located at the corner of Pleasant Hill and Goodman roads.

21. Academy Sports to Open First Olive Branch Store -

Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to open its first Olive Branch store, along with a store in D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this fall.

The Olive Branch store will be located at the corner of Pleasant Hill and Goodman roads.

22. Phillip Rogers Joins Wunderlich Wealth Management -

Phillip Rogers recently joined the Wunderlich Wealth Management office in Memphis as a managing director and financial adviser. Rogers’ financial services practice is focused on the needs of high net worth individuals, as well as endowments and foundations. He applies his background in and knowledge of the fixed income capital markets to extend an institutional level of expertise to individual investors.

23. Canoes, Kayaks Line Up for Outdoors Inc.'s Memphis Race -

Mike Herbert, a Pan American Games gold medalist in kayak racing, will be the first to say that you just don’t know who you might meet on the water. All kinds of people step into a canoe or a kayak and get hooked.

24. Playing Big Outdoor Stadiums Costly, Risky -

Tickets still are available from most online brokers for The Stones‘ ZIP Code Tour stop in Nashville.

And while the band should reasonably fill the LP Field, it is not without risk that they’re playing stadiums this time around, according to Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, a trade publication that covers the international concert business.

25. Different Strokes -

Five years ago, Jim Napolitano left Hillwood Country Club in Nashville to become general manager at Chickasaw Country Club. The economy was still wheezing and Chickasaw, which received its charter in 1922 – or two years after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote – was trapped in a time warp.

26. Conquering Fear of Heights on Mt. LeConte -

I was standing on the edge of a cliff during a hike to Mt. LeConte about two weeks ago.

Holding onto a thin metal handrail cable, I was walking a path maybe two feet wide on jagged rock with some water running through it, on the side of the mountain, about 4,000 feet above sea level.

27. Got A Dream? Launch It With Help From Crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

28. Shops at Kirby Gate Sells for $3.4 Million -

A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.

An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Westwood Financial Corp. acquired the shopping center at the northwest corner of Quince Road and Kirby Parkway from Shops at Kirby Gate LLC, according to public records.

29. Greenprint Guru -

When John Michels was a kid going to nature camps with his family and hiking with his brother and cousins, he was taking the first steps along his career path.

“We’d sort of learn how to survive in the woods and build shelters, learn about ecosystems,” Michels said of his days growing up in New Jersey, and then later trips to upstate New York by Lake George. “I started doing a lot of hiking in the Adirondack Mountains.

30. Rieger Begins Work at Memphis Chamber -

Tom Rieger recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as senior vice president of member development, a role in which he will oversee major fundraising activities, conduct membership drive campaigns and implement revenue enhancement opportunities.

31. Wharton on State ‘Blueprint’ Funding, Mud Island Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to bring state funding to the table when he takes his “Blueprint for Prosperity” to the Memphis City Council and others.

Wharton was to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Friday, April 24, in Nashville to secure the state’s commitment to the effort, he said after taping the WKNO-TV program "Behind The Headlines" earlier that day.

32. Wharton on 'Blueprint for Prosperity' Funding, Cates' Mud Island Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to bring state funding to the table when he takes his “Blueprint for Prosperity” to the Memphis City Council.

Wharton was to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Friday, April 24, in Nashville to secure the state’s commitment to the effort, he said after a taping earlier Friday morning on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines.

33. Bass Pro Announces Opening Week Lineup -

Bass Pro Shops has unveiled the celebrity lineup and schedule for its opening festivities, kicking off with a free Evening for Conservation event Wednesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Here is the press release from Bass Pro:

34. This week in Memphis history: April 10-16 -

2010: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. tells City Council members that Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid will open in November 2011. He also circulates a draft lease agreement between the city and the outdoors retailer, with more discussions to come on a possible redevelopment of the adjoining Pinch district. The city’s plan is to sign a deal with Bass Pro within a month, with work starting immediately.

35. Open Season -

Mud Island River Park opens for its 34th year Saturday, April 11, with high hopes for the effect a reopened Pyramid will have on its attendance and still moving plans for a tie in to the busier riverfront.

36. Exploring an Arizona Oasis -

Waking at 4 a.m. for an early morning flight to Phoenix isn’t how I’d typically want to start a day that sees me hiking a difficult trail up Camelback Mountain at lunchtime.

But with just three days to explore Scottsdale, Ariz., I was all about taking full advantage of my time. And that included hitting the trail soon after my mid-morning arrival, in part to avoid the heat of the day. Yes, it was March but the heat comes on quickly in Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert.

37. Healing Waters -

He’s better. Army Special Forces veteran Paul Holcomb is sure of that much.

He doesn’t disappear for days at a time anymore, unsure how he came to be lying in the bushes with a rifle in his hand.

38. Daily News Captures Seven Associated Press Awards -

The Memphis Daily News won three first-place awards, and seven total, in the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest.

Amos Maki won first place in business news for “PILOT Reform.” Maki swept the business news category, getting second place for “FedEx drug-shipping portfolio” and third place for “Crossroads: Looming driver shortage threatens trucking industry.” Maki also received an honorable mention in the category.

39. Potter Rules Against Billboard Lawsuit Dismissal -

General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging three inner-city billboards in residential areas.

40. Here's to Zoo, Kid -

Spring is in the air, and the Memphis Zoo is one of the first places many Memphians flock to enjoy the great outdoors.

In this photo, 3-year-old Olamide Tom surveys the zoo’s giraffes on Tuesday, March 17. She was among those drawn to the zoo for the day, which combined spring break for Shelby County Schools with one of the first real breaks in the city’s winter weather.

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41. Potter Rules Against Dismissal of Billboard Lawsuit -

General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging three inner-city billboards in residential areas.

42. Billboard Challenge Reaches Critical Juncture -

The latest legal dispute over billboards is in General Sessions Environmental Court Thursday, March 12.

But the hearing before Judge Larry Potter won’t decide the dispute over three billboards in residential areas. It is a hearing on a move to dismiss the case by Robert Spence, the attorney for Clear Channel Outdoors, which owns two of the three contested billboards.

43. Bass Pro Shops Merchandise Begins Landing at Pyramid -

The first boxes of duck decoys, fishing rods and other outdoors supplies and equipment have arrived at The Pyramid in anticipation of the May 1 opening of Bass Pro Shops’ destination store and attraction.

44. Baseball Heaven Found in Phoenix -

For baseball fans, one of the greatest days is when pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

After a long, cold winter, fans know spring training signifies the start of a new season, not to mention warmer weather is finally near.

45. Comfy Camping -

The way Andy Cates explains it, camping out hasn’t changed a lot in about half a century.

And while “roughing it” appeals to many of those in search of outdoors experiences, for others – sometimes in the same family – it doesn’t or it isn’t possible.

46. Cassius Cash Begins Job as New Superintendent of Smokies -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Growing up in Memphis, the son of a homicide detective and a cosmetologist, Cassius Cash didn't dream of one day being the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

47. Brixmor Planning New Retail Building in Cordova -

Brixmor Property Group is preparing to construct a new retail building on Germantown Parkway.

Brixmor has applied for a $600,000 building permit for a new one-story, 10,720-square-foot retail building at 2825 N. Germantown Parkway. A phone number for Orlando, Fla.-based architecture and engineering firm Cuhaci & Peterson is listed on the application.

48. Brixmor Planning New Retail Building in Cordova -

Brixmor Property Group is preparing to construct a new retail building on Germantown Parkway.

Brixmor has applied for a $600,000 building permit for a new one-story, 10,720-square-foot retail building at 2825 N. Germantown Parkway. A phone number for Orlando, Fla.-based architecture and engineering firm Cuhaci & Peterson is listed on the application.

49. Shelby Farms Campaign Closes In on Last $100,000 -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy hopes to close out its $70 million capital fundraising campaign by Sunday, Feb. 1, for the “Heart of the Park” improvements already underway.

50. Local Shopping -

Modern Handmade Memphis has come back to Overton Square with another of its pop-up shops that showcases handmade goods, the latest such event hosted a few times each year by the duo who also captain the Memphis Etsy Team.

51. Paper & Clay Named as Runner-Up for Magazine Award -

“Garden & Gun” magazine has announced that Memphis-based handmade ceramics studio Paper & Clay is among the runners up in its fifth annual Made in the South Awards.

The awards honor artisans from across the region and celebrate Southern craftsmen making products in the categories of food, drink, outdoors, home and style and design.

52. McGuire Joins Insight Risk Management -

Myles McGuire has joined Insight Risk Management LLC as a corporate consultant. In his new role, he will consult with commercial clients and place them with the appropriate coverages to protect their business from risk and liability issues.

53. Hook, Line & Sinker -

In May, when the first guests at Big Cypress Lodge inside The Pyramid open the French doors in their rooms, they’ll be able to walk onto a patio overlooking the sprawling interior of the Bass Pro Shops store and attraction, including a re-creation of Delta cypress swamp and 600,000 gallons of water features.

54. Outdoors Inc. Cyclocross Championship Returns -

Memphis might not qualify as a cyclocross racing hotbed. That description better fits Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and Boston.

But Memphis has something they don’t: the longest continuous running cyclocross event.

55. Willow Lake Sales Positive News For The Market -

The sale this week of five properties inside Willow Lake Business Park and Corporate Park for $4.2 million was welcome news for several reasons.

For one, true owners tend to take much better care of properties and market them more aggressively than special servicers like Bethesda, Md.-based CWCapital Asset Management.

56. Outdoors Celebration -

A new Memphis outdoors event kicking off this weekend at Shelby Farms will celebrate the lifestyle of the outdoors and sporting enthusiasts, alongside a set of friendly and competitive off-road races.

57. Urban Wilderness a Paradise for Outdoors Enthusiasts -

Knoxville Urban Wilderness offers 42 miles of trails, four Civil War sites and the Ijams Nature Center on public and private lands, connecting parks, neighborhoods and schools.

It’s the perfect place for adventurous souls to hike and rent bikes, kayaks or paddleboats to get closer to nature in the midst of Knoxville.

58. New Tennessee Distribution Center to Bring 700 Jobs -

Officials say Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to build a distribution center in Putnam County, Tenn., which will bring 700 jobs to the area over the next five years.

Company executives said in a statement on Friday that the 1.6 million-square-foot distribution center in Cookeville would support continued growth for the Katy, Texas-based sporting goods retailer. It will be the company’s third distribution center.

59. Riverside Debate Reflects Pace of Riverfront Change -

On the day that the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation unveiled plans to add a soccer field, volleyball court and six-station fitness loop to Tom Lee Park, city engineers got an earful in the Beale Street Landing breezeway from critics of other changes to the stretch of Riverside Drive that runs by the park and the landing.

60. Tennessee Signs Out-of-State Firm for Ads -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials have signed a five-year, $60 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to produce the "Made in Tennessee" tourism campaign.

The marketing agency VML, which has opened a Nashville office, produced two 30-second TV commercials promoting getting outdoors in Tennessee. The ads feature with dramatic waterfalls, green rolling hills and horseback-riding amid a forest scene. The ads will play in about a dozen markets around the country.

61. Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity -

The Riverfront Development Corp. is filling in a calendar of events at the newly opened Beale Street Landing that stretches into the fall and demonstrates the role of programming in holding the larger public’s interest beyond those coming to the landing now out of curiosity.

62. Downtown Stakeholders Talk Office Space, Riverfront -

Office space is moving east in Memphis for now.

But the head of the Downtown Memphis Commission says that doesn’t appear to be a long-term trend.

“I don’t disagree that that’s happened. I disagree that that will continue to happen over the next 20 or 30 years,” Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “If you look at it from the longer-term perspective across America, more and more offices are returning to downtown areas.”

63. University of Memphis Plans New Recreation Center -

The University of Memphis Student Government Association has approved a fee increase to fund construction of a new student recreation and fitness center.

The 192,500-square-foot center will be along Southern Avenue north of the existing center. Construction will be done in three phases, with the center scheduled to open in 2018. The $62 million center will be funded by a student fee increase of $307 for the 2014-2015 school year.

64. Schadt Reflects on ArtsMemphis Time, Looks Ahead -

Thirteen years is a long time to do one job and do it well, which explains why Susan Schadt already talks with an air of wistfulness about her imminent departure as president and CEO of ArtsMemphis at the end of this year.

65. University of Memphis Plans New Recreation Center -

The University of Memphis Student Government Association has approved a fee increase to fund construction of a new student recreation and fitness center.

The 192,500-square-foot center will be along Southern Avenue north of the existing center. Construction will be done in three phases, with the center scheduled to open in 2018. The $62 million center will be funded by a student fee increase of $307 for the 2014-2015 school year.

66. Events -

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and National Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education program titled “Remaking America: 50 Years of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act” Friday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Call 544-0122 for more information.

67. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization – Memphis will meet Thursday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Sheriff Bill Oldham will speak. On-site registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email info@nhpomemphis.us.

68. Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe -

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

69. The Daily News Claims Four Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News earned first place honors over the weekend for editorials in the annual Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors awards.

The editorials were judged the best among Division 3 newspapers across the state of Tennessee, newspapers with a circulation of up to 15,000.

70. MorGreen Shifts to Meet Changing Customer Demands -

When Mike Omar opened MorGreen in Collierville in 1987, it was as a traditional outdoor landscaping business, a garden center focused on selling items like fertilizer, mulch and sod and offering some landscaping work.

71. Book Blitz -

Literacy Mid-South is spending part of this month literally surrounded by books.

The nonprofit, which is promoting the national Read Across America initiative in March, is in the process of collecting some 3,000 books (valued at $48,000) to give away. And in the meantime, those books will need to be somehow stored in the organization’s 1,300-square-foot office.

72. US Manufacturing Boosted by Orders and Stockpiles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing expanded more quickly last month as companies received more orders and boosted their stockpiles.

A measure of production fell to its lowest level in nearly five years, likely a casualty of severe winter weather. But the rise in orders raises the possibility that factory output will rebound in coming months, economists said.

73. Tenn. Bill to Protect Outdoorsmen From Drones -

A proposal that would prohibit the use of drones to conduct video surveillance of outdoorsmen in Tennessee without their permission has passed the Senate.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, was unanimously approved 31-0 on Thursday.

74. Tennessee Bill to Protect Outdoorsmen From Drones -

A proposal that would prohibit the use of drones to conduct video surveillance of outdoorsmen in Tennessee without their permission has passed the Senate.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, was unanimously approved 31-0 on Thursday.

75. Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans -

In a city with lots of markers and monuments showing where historic events happened, there is an increasing amount of attention to a different kind of Memphis historic event.

And it involves something that did not happen – the interstate that was supposed to go through Overton Park 50 years ago but was first delayed and then stopped for good in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 43 years ago this coming Sunday.

76. Tour Shows Work Progressing in Pyramid -

The opening date for Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid is still tentative.

But it appears to now be in December depending on who you talked with this week as the outdoors retailer offered a look inside The Pyramid.

77. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

78. Council to Review Mall Conversions -

Memphis City Council members get a look at plans for the redevelopment of two shopping malls Tuesday, Feb. 18.

But the council’s last meeting for February apparently won’t include any presentation of a proposal to change the benefits of new city hires and city employees with less than 10 years on the job, as promised earlier by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

79. Bell Joins First State Bank as Commercial Loan Officer -

Jonathan Bell has joined First State Bank as vice president/commercial loan officer. Bell, who has more than 13 years of experience in the banking industry, will provide banking services for businesses in Collierville and the surrounding area.

80. Destination: Memphis -

On a slow Sunday afternoon Downtown with the Broncos and Chargers NFL playoff game on a bar TV screen, a trio of 20-somethings – two men and one woman – watched the game, speculated about whether the Grizzlies were playing a few blocks away and quizzed one another about their plans for the future.

81. Interior Department Ends Federal 'Blueway' Program -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A U.S. Interior Department program intended to recognize conservation efforts along the nation's waterways was dissolved on Friday amid opposition from landowners and politicians who feared it would lead to increased regulations and possible land seizures.

82. Beaten Path -

Footprints and fat tires have taken their toll on the Tour de Wolf Trail at Shelby Farms Park, and signs of its overuse are evident all along the roughly 6-mile path.

83. Indie Memphis Showing Movies Outdoors -

The Indie Memphis Film Festival is presenting a free movie double feature outdoors at the end of the week.

The double feature will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at Overton Square’s new Tower Courtyard, on Trimble Place behind Memphis Pizza Cafe and Golden India). The event, sponsored by FOX 13, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” FOX 13 at 8:30 p.m. will present an episode from Fox’s new drama “Sleepy Hollow,” then at 9:30 p.m., Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” will be shown.

84. RootMetrics: AT&T Top Memphis Mobile Provider -

Mobile phone carriers are scrapping earnestly among themselves to offer the flashiest phones to consumers, with offerings that cater to all manner of tastes and price points, but when it comes to actual mobile performance, a new study has found a clear winner in Memphis.

85. Green Growth -

Tioga Environmental Consultants is adding new staff and ramping up for an increased workload, due at least in part to new commercial regulations expected next year on lead-based paint in commercial facilities.

86. Kirby Finds Home With Harris Shelton -

When he was in the second grade, Matthew Kirby’s mother was told he needed to either be a lawyer or a preacher.

87. Bass Pro Shops To Begin Pyramid Work End of August -

Bass Pro Shops will begin installing its store and other attractions in The Pyramid at the end of August.

That is the date the city’s part of the work on the renovation of The Pyramid is expected to be completed according to a project update Tuesday, July 16, for the Memphis City Council and the Downtown Memphis Commission.

88. No Bass Pro Signage On Pyramid's Northern Face -

A revised plan for signage at The Pyramid by Bass Pro Shops shows the outdoor retailer has dropped plans for a large logo on the north face of the pyramid that faces the residential communities on Mud Island’s north end.

89. The Show Goes On -

Within the space of a week, Dan McCleary’s professional theater company lost major funding before almost simultaneously getting word that it has a big grant from Arts Midwest, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

90. Orvis Opens Store Inside Laurelwood -

Orvis has opened a retail store at 4556 Poplar Ave. inside Laurelwood Shopping Center.

Orvis, founded in 1856, made its name by becoming a leader in the mail order and catalog business. In fact, Orvis is the oldest continuously operated catalog company in the nation.

91. West Nile Warning -

As summer approaches, Memphians who enjoy being outdoors in the evening might want to consider taking protective measures.

The Shelby County Health Department has detected mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in Memphis, Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and parts of unincorporated Shelby County – the earliest occurrence of positive West Nile Virus pools on record.

92. Corporate Contribution -

On a beautiful spring morning last week more than 100 local FedEx employees came together along the banks of the Wolf River to do a beautiful thing.

It was the 40th anniversary of FedEx, whose employees volunteered with the Wolf River Conservancy to pull up invasive privet, plant wildflowers and trees, paint sewer vents and build nesting boxes for indigenous birds.

93. Shakin’ Up Beale -

The newest addition to Beale Street is a Memphis music legend. Jerry Lee Lewis, the last living member of the Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” is lending his name and personal items to a nightspot at 310 Beale St.

94. Long, Winding Road Brings Frulla Home for Legal Career -

Before exploring the hushed recesses of a law library and the endless indexes of a legal textbook, Chris Frulla of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC wanted to explore some of the country.

His wanderlust took him from Memphis, where he’d attended White Station High School, to South Carolina and College of Charleston. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and minor in geology and environmental geostudies.

95. Arena Transformation -

As the city of Memphis is nearing completion of its preparation of The Pyramid for Bass Pro Shops, the Springfield, Mo.-based retailer is slated to start its part of the project in March.

The city and Bass Pro Shops in January filed two building permits with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for $21.5 million and $7 million for renovations to 32-story The Pyramid arena at 1 A.W. Willis Ave.

96. Outdoor Retail Executive Picked for Interior -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated outdoor business executive Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department.

97. Austin Takes Reins Of Wolf River Conservancy -

Commercial real estate lawyer Stewart Austin of Glankler Brown, PLLC, has been named the new board president for the Wolf River Conservancy as of Jan. 1.

98. Guscette Named Sales Representative at P.O.P. Solutions -

Ally Guscette has been promoted to sales representative at Germantown-based brand-marketing firm P.O.P. Solutions Group LLC. In her new role, Guscette will help businesses develop brand awareness through promotional products, press kits, print materials and point-of-purchase displays. She joined the company in 2011 as part of a sales team and begins Germantown Leadership training this month.

99. State Parks Sponsor Hikes to Begin New Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee State Parks system is sponsoring hikes at the start of the new year to commemorate its 75th anniversary.

State Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau says each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of 2013.

100. The Gift for Those Who Have Everything -

What do you give someone who has everything? It’s the holiday season, time for us to reach out to those we know, love and respect offering gifts as a token of our feelings. Some of us get creative, finding the perfect gift. Others of us struggle, uncertain as to what would be the right gift. Some of us are fortunate enough to have the challenge of finding the right gift for the person who has everything.