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1. Dollar General Q1 Profit Beats as Customers Spend More -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Discount retailer Dollar General on Thursday posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit as more customers spent more.

Sales at stores open at least a year, considered an important measure of a retailer's health, rose 2.2 percent in the fiscal first quarter from the same period the year before. More customers came to stores and the average amount they spent rose too.

2. THDA to Resume Apartment Inspections -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

THDA executive director Ralph Perrey said the agency’s authority to make the inspections resumes in July. And the agency isn’t saying which properties will be visited “so as not to ruin the surprise,” Perrey said Wednesday, May 25, as he announced the resumption of the inspections.

3. Feds Spend Billions to Run Museum-Ready Computer Systems -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon.

4. THDA Resumes Inspections of HUD-Subsidized Apartments -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

THDA executive director Ralph Perrey said the agency’s authority to make the inspections resumes in July. And the agency isn’t saying which properties will be visited “so as not to ruin the surprise,” Perrey said Wednesday, May 25, as he announced the resumption of the inspections.

5. Fundraising Matchmaking: Solicitors and Prospects -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. Because it is impossible to personally solicit every current or prospective donor, personal solicitation is reserved for individuals who can make a major gift. While the definition of a major gift will vary by organization, what’s most important is the care and planning that goes into soliciting these gifts. Here are some suggestions followed by things to avoid.

6. Haslam Questions Need for Special Session on Bathroom Rules -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday questioned the need for a special legislative session that some fellow Republican lawmakers want to convene over a directive issued by President Barack Obama's administration about transgender bathroom policies in public schools.

7. Planned Parenthood Launches Speaker Series -

Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis Region will kick off a new series of events next week. Each event in the Beers with Pioneers series will feature an icon of the reproductive justice and women rights movement in conversation with one of her current contemporaries.

8. Memphis Planned Parenthood Launches Speaker Series -

Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis Region will kick off a new series of events next week. Each event in the Beers with Pioneers series will feature an icon of the reproductive justice and women rights movement in conversation with one of her current contemporaries.

9. Retirement Spending – Easy to Underestimate -

Ray’s Take: Conventional wisdom from cookie-cutter financial calculators about retirement is to aim for 70 percent of current income in retirement. But, when told about the 70 percent figure, people tend to ignore the implied message that it means a 30 percent cut in lifestyle. As a result, many people underestimate the amount they need.

10. A Graduation Speech to Inspire -

Graduation season comes with hundreds of commencement addresses meant to encourage and inspire. If you didn’t hear one this year, allow me to share an address I gave.

“Did you ever hear something that so captivated your thoughts that it eventually defined the process of your decision-making? I did. It was a quote attributed to Rev. Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran minister, about his experiences in Germany during World War II.

11. Memphis Attorney Speaks for Tunsil After Startling NFL Draft -

Although two quarterbacks – Jared Goff and Carson Wentz – were the first two players selected in last weeks’ NFL Draft, an Ole Miss offensive lineman and the 13th overall pick made most of the headlines.

12. Professor Puts CV of His Failures Online to Give Perspective -

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – A Princeton University professor has published a CV of his career failures as a way to give perspective to students who are feeling discouraged.

Johannes Haushofer writes atop the CV that most of what he tries fails, but those failures are often invisible. The assistant professor of psychology says it gives the wrong impression that most things work out for him, so people "are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves."

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14. Editorial: Our Violence and Our Prosperity -

What did you talk about this week on a beautiful spring day following a beautiful spring weekend?

Some of us talked about the splendor of our city and the possibilities beyond our languor – how far out to plot our hopes and goals.

15. Speaker Harwell's Health Care Task Force Holds First Meeting -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Members of a health care task force assigned with proposing alternatives to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan on Tuesday stressed their desire to include "circuit breakers" to prevent out-of-control costs.

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18. EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes -

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.

At its April 20 meeting, EDGE board chairman Al Bright appointed a committee to evaluate a proposed Fast Track PILOT and hammer out its policies and procedures.

19. Senate Passes $35B Tennessee Spending Plan; House Up Next -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed the state's nearly $35 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, and the House is expected to follow suit later in the day.

20. Report: US Medicine Spending Up 8.5 Percent in 2015 -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 8.5 percent last year, slightly less than in 2014, driven mainly by growing use of ultra-expensive new drugs and price hikes on other medicines.

21. Tennessee House Speaker Creating Health Care Task Force -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell is creating a task force to propose ways to improve access to health care in Tennessee.

22. Heart, REO Speedwagon Back for Live at the Garden -

REO Speedwagon and Heart return this summer to the Live at the Garden concert series at The Memphis Botanic Garden.

The five-show lineup announced Wednesday, April 6, also includes Gregg Allman, country star Billy Currington and singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow

23. House Speaker Exiles Durham Over 'Pattern of Conduct' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell is taking steps to move the offices and limit the access of state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who is under investigation for sexual harassment.

24. Heart, REO Speedwagon Back for Live At the Garden -

REO Speedwagon and Heart return this summer to the Live at the Garden concert series at The Memphis Botanic Garden.

The five-show lineup announced Wednesday, April 6, also includes Gregg Allman, country star Billy Currington and singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow

25. Spence Wilson To Keynote Dunavant Awards May 11 -

Spence Wilson, chairman of the board of Kemmons Wilson Companies, is the keynote speaker for the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards to be held May 11 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

26. April 7 County Commission Special Meeting Agenda -

The Shelby County Commission will meet in special session Wednesday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

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27. Insure Tennessee Protest Held in House Speaker's Office -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Insure Tennessee supporters have held a protest inside the lobby of Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell's office at the legislative office complex in Nashville.

28. Grizzlies Reeling with Desperate Bulls in Town Tuesday Night -

Guard Bryce Cotton became the 28th player to take the court for the Memphis Grizzlies this season. And if you didn’t know much about Cotton, yet another 10-day contract signee, you’re in good company.

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31. Audit Questions DHS Children's Food Program Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the state Department of Human Services by the Comptroller has called into question management and spending in the children's food program.

Most of the spending questioned in Tuesday's audit involved an $80 million food program intended to provide meals to kids who lack access to nutritious food in Tennessee, according to media outlet reports. It called into question more than 10 percent of the program's annual operating budget.

32. New Haslam Spending Proposed for Roads, TennCare, Schools -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday proposed new spending on Tennessee roads, TennCare and schools.

The annual budget amendment reflects the governor's priorities for spending about $65 million in savings beyond what was originally projected for the budget year beginning July 1.

33. US Consumer Spending Posts Scant February Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers barely increased their spending in February and spent less in January than the government had earlier estimated. The pullback led some analysts to downgrade their expectations for the economy's growth during the January-March quarter.

34. Household Spending, Home Building Fuel Modest US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices and an excess of business stockpiles.

35. Randy McNally Announces Bid for Speaker of Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Longtime state Sen. Randy McNally plans to run for Senate speaker after this year's elections.

36. Tennessee Health Activists Turn Up Heat on House Speaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Activists who want the state Legislature to expand Medicaid benefits to Tennesseans who lack health coverage are turning up the heat on House Speaker Beth Harwell.

37. Oliver North to Speak at Salvation Army Dinner -

The Salvation Army’s 2016 Hardin Annual Dinner on May 17 will include a special guest appearance by Lt. Col. Oliver North as part of the program’s “An Evening with Heroes” theme.

38. Free Speech Bill Withdrawn After Islamic State Comments -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker on Thursday defended his comments that free speech rights on Tennessee college campuses should apply to everyone – even recruiters for the Islamic State group.

39. Tennessee Senate Speaker Ramsey Announces He Won't Run Again -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, a leading figure in the Republican takeover of all three branches of Tennessee state government, announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

40. Pastner Cites Chain of Command in Speculation About Future -

At a season-ending press conference on Monday, March 14, Josh Pastner said he considered himself the University of Memphis men’s basketball coach going forward “unless I’m told differently by my bosses.” And following that university president M. David Rudd released a statement saying a review of the program would be conducted.

41. GM Buys Software Company to Speed Autonomous Car Development -

DETROIT (AP) – With hopes of speeding development of self-driving cars, General Motors has acquired a small software company that's been testing vehicles on the streets of San Francisco.

42. Lt. Col. Oliver North to Speak at Salvation Army Dinner -

The Salvation Army’s 2016 Hardin Annual Dinner on May 17 will include a special guest appearance by Lt. Col. Oliver North as part of the program’s “An Evening with Heroes” theme.

43. Senate Speaker Wary of Banning Handheld Phones While Driving -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he opposes an effort to make it a crime to speak on handheld phones while driving in Tennessee.

44. Luttrell Exit for Congress Likely Would Not Lead to County Special Election -

There probably won’t be a special election for Shelby County mayor if current mayor Mark Luttrell gets elected to Congress later this year.

45. Strong US Job Growth in February Helps Dispel Recession Fears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A robust February jobs report showcased a resilient U.S. economy just as fears of a new recession had begun to surface.

Economic reports in recent weeks had fueled anxieties about a looming downturn: Manufacturers were slumping. Stocks had plummeted. China was slowing sharply along with other emerging markets. The rising dollar had crushed exports.

46. Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor -

Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.
And we start with an email from Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth in what is rapidly becoming a Last Word tradition and institution – the email in full.

47. RVC, Mansion to Give More Specifics on Mud Island Plans -

The CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis says his company is “ready to invest $10 million of our own capital that is currently available and ready to deploy.”

Andy Cates made the assurance in the company’s proposal to the Riverfront Development Corp. that was one of the two finalists picked Monday, Feb. 29, by an RDC committee.

48. Avoid the Special Event Pitfalls -

Many nonprofit organizations and institutions rely on revenue from special events. If you check any calendar of events you will find many to choose from: 5K and 10K runs and walks; galas with dinner, dancing and awards; concerts; luncheons with nationally recognized speakers.

49. Council To Discuss Limiting End-of-Agenda Speakers -

With six new members, the Memphis City Council’s committee sessions so far this year have included several briefings about various parts of city government and council procedures.

But when the council Rules Committee meets Monday, Feb. 29, there could be a move by some council members to change the rules that have allowed citizens to speak at the end of council meetings on any topic they wish.

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51. Cohen Urges Memphis Clinton Supporters To Speak No Ill of Sanders -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group of 70 supporters of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton that they should avoid attacking Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic nomination.

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53. Picking Up Speed -

Forbes recently penned 2016 as the year of the female entrepreneur, and the local landscape isn’t far behind for women business owners in Memphis.

In her article, “Why The Force Will Be With Women Entrepreneurs in 2016,” contributor Geri Stengel outlines that the media is celebrating stories of women leaders while the sheer numbers of women-owned firms is growing.

54. Cohen Urges Clinton Supporters To Speak No Ill Of Sanders -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group of 70 supporters of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton that they should avoid attacking Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic nomination.

55. Medical Center Apartments Sell for $9.7 Million -

810 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $9.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 29, 2016

56. University of Memphis Notebook: Burrell Rebounds From Suspension, Hearn Sets Record -

No one much enjoyed the Tigers’ 20-point loss to Connecticut last Thursday, Feb. 4, at FedExForum. Senior Trahson Burrell perhaps suffered even more.

Suspended for what University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner has described as an “internal matter,” Burrell sat out the entire game after being left in the locker room for the second half of the game at SMU.

57. Southeast Memphis Warehouse Sold -

A warehouse in Southeast Memphis has sold for $1.6 million.

Alabama-based Westmoreland Co. Inc. sold its warehouse at 4521 Malone Road to RLF I B SPE LLC in a Jan. 25 warranty deed. Maryland-based NorthAmerican Terminals Management LLC, a real estate company that owns and manages transportation-related properties for domestic trucking markets, is listed in the deed as the buyer’s related entity.

58. Haslam Touts New Spending On Teacher Raises, Urges Caution In Use of Reserve -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

“Our approach is to realize that good times are not going to last forever,” Haslam said in his annual state of the state address on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

59. Haslam Calls for 'Thoughtful' Spending of Tennessee Surplus -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says his sixth annual State of the State address will focus on what he calls a "thoughtful" approach to spending a surplus in Tennessee revenues.

60. Southeast Memphis Warehouse Sold -

A warehouse in Southeast Memphis has sold for $1.6 million.

Alabama-based Westmoreland Co. Inc. sold its warehouse at 4521 Malone Road to RLF I B SPE LLC in a Jan. 25 warranty deed. Maryland-based NorthAmerican Terminals Management LLC, a real estate company that owns and manages transportation-related properties for domestic trucking markets, is listed in the deed as the buyer’s related entity.

61. US Consumer Spending Flat, Savings Rate at 3-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.

Consumer spending was unchanged in December after rising 0.5 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Incomes increased 0.3 percent, matching November's gain.

62. Memphis Sports Leaders to Speak on Local Impact -

You will find Memphis sports fans everywhere – including in the Redbirds dugout at AutoZone Park.

“Our players like having the NBA here and FedExForum nearby,” said Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger.

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64. 'Undefeated’ Courtney to Speak at Tigers Baseball Banquet -

The University of Memphis baseball program has never been shy about swinging for the fences when booking speakers for its annual Meet the Tigers Banquet. Past speakers include Hall-of-Famer George Brett, best-selling author John Grisham, and pitcher Jim Morris, who inspired the movie “The Rookie.”

65. ‘Undefeated’ Courtney to Speak at Tigers Baseball Banquet -

The University of Memphis baseball program has never been shy about swinging for the fences when booking speakers for its annual Meet the Tigers Banquet. Past speakers include Hall-of-Famer George Brett, best-selling author John Grisham, and pitcher Jim Morris, who inspired the movie “The Rookie.”

66. St. Louis Cardinals Manager To Speak in Jackson, Tenn. -

Mike Matheny, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, will speak at a fundraiser for Special Needs Athletics at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tenn.

67. Tri-State Bank HQ Sale Heightens Speculation -

The northeast corner of Main and Beale streets is more than prime real estate; it’s historic ground with a direct connection to ongoing racial and economic issues.

Tri-State Bank, the city’s 70-year old black-owned bank, and Belz Investco announced Thursday, Dec. 31, that the bank was selling its headquarters, 180 S. Main St., to Belz Investco GP in a $3 million deal.

68. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ -

Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.

69. Grizzlies’ Barnes Serving 2-Game NBA Suspension -

Nearly three months after Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes had a confrontation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, the NBA on Monday, Dec. 28, handed down a two-game suspension.

70. Halford Loudspeakers Specializes in Music Quality -

At Halford Loudspeakers, customers aren’t getting the latest brand of headphones or earbuds. Sure, those products serve a purpose for listening to music.

But when it comes to the pure sound of music, Halford Loudspeakers brings an extra level to the experience. This Cooper-Young shop is where David Halford repairs speakers, sells turntables and other equipment in a hi-fi showroom, and builds his own brand of high-quality speakers.

71. City Code Enforcement Inspectors File Complaint -

A week and a half after the October Memphis elections, a group of 16 employees in the city Public Works division filed a formal complaint of discrimination against their supervisor with the city’s office of Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

72. NBA Suspends Grizzlies' Matt Barnes for Two Games -

Nearly three months after Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes had a confrontation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, the NBA on Monday, Dec. 28, handed down a two-game suspension.

73. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ -

Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.

74. US Consumer Spending and Incomes Up in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rebounded in November after a weak showing in October, while a key inflation gauge posted the fastest year-over-year increase in 11 months.

Spending increased 0.3 percent in November after an essentially flat reading in October and a 0.2 percent gain in September, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Personal income rose a solid 0.3 percent in November, reflecting solid gains in wages and salaries, after a 0.4 percent October increase.

75. Kelsey Proposes No Parole For Especially Aggravated Burglary -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown will introduce legislation to bar parole for those convicted of especially aggravated burglary.

76. Tennessee to Spend Millions on New DUI Campaign -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After nixing an anti-DUI ad campaign that garnered criticism, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is paying millions on another attempt to educate the public about highway safety.

77. Suspect in Nashville Councilman's Shooting Arrested in Mississippi -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville authorities say a man suspected in the November shooting of Metro Councilman Loniel Greene has been arrested in Mississippi after an unrelated incident.

78. Kelsey Proposes No Parole For Especially Aggravated Burglary -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown will introduce legislation to bar parole for those convicted of especially aggravated burglary.

79. Grizzlies Plan Gospel Night, Faith & Family Night -

Memphis Grizzlies fans who purchase tickets to the Grizzlies matchups on either Feb. 19 or April 1 will also get a postgame concert as part of the Grizzlies’ annual Gospel Night and Faith & Family Night, respectively.

80. Grizzlies Plan Gospel Night, Faith & Family Night -

Memphis Grizzlies fans who purchase tickets to the Grizzlies matchups on either Feb. 19 or April 1 will also get a postgame concert as part of the Grizzlies’ annual Gospel Night and Faith & Family Night, respectively.

81. Volkswagen: CO2 Emissions Problem Far Smaller Than Suspected -

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen said Wednesday that a problem with carbon dioxide emissions is far smaller than initially suspected, with further checks finding "slight discrepancies" in only a few models and no evidence of illegal changes to fuel consumption and emissions figures.

82. Obama Signs 5-Year Infrastructure Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 5-year, $305-billion bill to address the nation's aging and congested transportation systems was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama, who said it will put Americans to work and provide states with the federal help they need to commit to long-term projects.

83. District 5 Council Race Produces Highest Campaign Spending Of Runoffs -

All that’s left of the 2015 Memphis elections are the year-end campaign finance reports and the campaign loans that some candidates took out to make it to election day.

Meanwhile, most of the candidates in the five Nov. 19 Memphis City Council runoff election contests have filed their reports on how much they spent up to the last week before the runoff election day.

84. Record Cyber Monday Spending Tops $3 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers spent more than $3 billion online this "Cyber Monday," making it the biggest online shopping day ever.

Research firm comScore said shopping by phone, laptop or tablet jumped 21 percent to $3.11 billion Monday.

85. Fed Says More Consumer Spending, Housing Boost US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy grew at a modest pace this fall, lifted by higher consumer spending and more home sales and construction.

The Fed said Wednesday in its latest snapshot of the economy that nine of its 12 regional banks reported growth was modest or moderate from early October through mid-November. The New York Fed said growth leveled off, while it slowed in Boston and was mixed in Kansas City.

86. US Construction Spending Rises to Highest Level in 8 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending jumped in October, fueled by solid gains in home building and the largest increase in federal construction in nine years.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 1 percent in October from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of more than $1.1 trillion. That's the highest level since December 2007 when the Great Recession began.

87. ACLU-TN Lawsuit Supports Students' Right to Free Speech -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has filed a lawsuit to protect students' right to free speech after a senior was censored for wearing a shirt to school supporting equality for lesbian and gay people.

88. Ricky Tarrant Jr. Brings Speed, Athleticism to Memphis Backcourt -

A college basketball team led by an inexperienced point guard can expect problems. So, too, a team led by a point guard who might be a step slow.

Last season, the University of Memphis had both challenges. They could go young – that didn’t really work – or they could go with then-junior Kedren Johnson, who was not in shape the first part of the season and even later as his conditioning improved, was never going to be accused of having a lightning-quick first step.

89. RVC's Cates Speaks Out on Mud Island Plan -

Keep the Riverwalk and amphitheater. Maybe extend Greenbelt Park into Mud Island River Park with camping on the southern end of the island. Bring in food trucks instead of restaurants.

Those are some of the ideas Andy Cates has for Mud Island, which he talked about in detail for the first time Thursday, Nov. 12.

90. Rarely Deployed Weapon: Tigers Punter Spencer Smith Good When He Gets a Chance -

The Tigers’ high-powered offense, driven by quarterback Paxton Lynch, is well-documented. Their 44.8 scoring average ranks sixth nationally.

Which doesn’t leave a lot of work for the University of Memphis punter, sophomore Spencer Smith. He’s averaging 46.8 yards per punt, which would rank fourth in the country if he met the minimum of 3.6 punts per game.

91. Lawyers for Stewart's Family Want Special Prosecutor -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The top prosecutor in Memphis took more than two months to review an 800-page investigative report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer. Then she recommended that a grand jury charge the policeman with voluntary manslaughter.

92. EDGE Forms Partnership For West Tenn. Prosperity -

The Industrial Development Board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine now has a statewide partnership with the Memphis Area Association of Governments. 

MAAG, the designated Development District, covers a six-county region including Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee, Crittenden County in Arkansas and DeSoto County in Mississippi. 

93. Protesters Speak Out Against Outsourcing at Tenn. Capitol -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of protesters has gathered at the Tennessee Capitol to speak out against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration mulling over privatization of operations in state government.

94. EDGE Forms New Partnership For West Tenn. Prosperity -

The Industrial Development Board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine now has a statewide partnership with the Memphis Area Association of Governments.

MAAG, the designated Development District, covers a six-county region including Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee, Crittenden County in Arkansas and DeSoto County in Mississippi.

95. Developer Long on Downtown Memphis, Short on Specifics -

Three Downtown properties are now owned by an Atlanta-based affiliate of an Australian real estate investment and development company, which is giving little in the way of clues about its Memphis plans.

96. Wal-Mart, Others Speed Up Deliveries to Shoppers -

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Christmas won't come early this year, but the gifts might.

Just in time for the winter holiday shopping season, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Macy's and other retailers are working behind the scenes to make sure they can deliver online orders to shoppers faster.

97. Are Salespeople Born or Made? -

“Is greatness born – or is it made?”

It’s an age-old question, but in my view, greatness can be made – especially in sales. While sales skills can be taught, the learning curve is shorter for candidates with two key character traits: empathy and drive.

98. Grizz May Be Able to Speed Up A Few Minutes at a Time -

It meant nothing – the final score, the individual stats … none of it mattered. And yet when the Grizzlies ran out for the first preseason game of the 2015-16 season, before a half-empty FedExForum on Tuesday Oct. 6, it felt good and it felt right.

99. Senate Approves Temporary Spending Bill; House to Follow -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A temporary funding measure aiming to keep the government open past a midnight deadline sailed through the Senate on Wednesday and was expected to make its way shortly through a divided House and on to President Barack Obama.

100. Autopsy: Theater Suspect Had No Drugs, Alcohol in System -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Autopsy results show that the man who attacked moviegoers at a Nashville-area theater before he was fatally shot by police had no alcohol or drugs in his system.