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1. Constellation Branches Out, Buys Stake in Marijuana Company -

VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) – The spirits maker Constellation Brands is branching off and buying a mi-nority stake in a Canadian medicinal marijuana producer.

Constellation will pay $245 million Canadian dollars ($190.5 million) for a 9.9 percent interest in Canopy Growth.

2. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden wraps up its 2017 Vine to Wine wine-tasting series with “Spooky Spirits” Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Indulge in adult “spirits” and frighteningly delicious hors d’oeuvres – and come in costume, if you dare. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details.

3. Events -

New Memphis will host the Celebrate What’s Right: Urban Renaissance luncheon and panel discussion Monday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The panel features four local leaders and experts who have been catalysts for the city’s urban renaissance. Tickets are $30. Register at newmemphis.org.

4. Events -

The 2018-Model Memphis International Auto Show takes place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Experience the latest in-car technology, research your next vehicle and test drive more than a dozen vehicles on site. Buy discount e-tickets at memphisautoshow.com.

5. Events -

The Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting Peer Power Foundation, will be held Saturday, Oct. 21. The half-marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, while the 5K will run a course through Downtown Memphis. Both races with start at Tom Lee Park, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Visit runsignup.com/Race/TN/Memphis/BigRiverCrossing for details and registration.

6. Events -

The Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting Peer Power Foundation, will be held Saturday, Oct. 21. The half-marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, while the 5K will run a course through Downtown Memphis. Both races with start at Tom Lee Park, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Visit runsignup.com/Race/TN/Memphis/BigRiverCrossing for details and registration.

7. US Consumer Confidence Takes a Hit From Hurricanes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers feel a bit less confident this month, their spirits pulled down by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index fell to 119.8 in September from 120.4 in August. Conference Board economist Lynn Franco says that confidence "decreased considerably" in hurricane-hit Florida and Texas.

8. Is Business Killing Our Creative Sprits? -

This week there was an article in Inc. magazine that was wildly popular on social media. Elon Musk named his favorite books and there was only one business book out of 10. The rest were science fiction, classics, great books. Many were surprised to learn that Musk finds inspiration in the arts and other fields and finds the canon of management literate uninspired, clichéd, even boring.

9. Top US Fall Destinations -

Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooling temperatures, changing colors and football season all combine to make for a fun time of year.

It’s also a great time to travel. Fall means shoulder season in many top destinations, making travel a bit more affordable. But there also are some destinations that just seem to make more sense from Labor Day to the start of the holiday season at Thanksgiving. Here are my top U.S. fall destinations on my radar for travel this year.

10. The Week Ahead: Sept. 4-10 -

Hello, Memphis – and Happy Labor Day! Hopefully the promise of an exciting football season and Memphis Redbirds playoff games will help ease you back into work mode after the three-day weekend. Both are in store – along with Goat Days and much more – in The Week Ahead...

11. Macy's, Best Buy Expanding Same-Day Delivery Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's and Best Buy are expanding their same-day delivery offers as they try to be more competitive with online leader Amazon.

The nation's largest consumer electronics chain, Best Buy, says it will expand to 27 metropolitan markets from 13 starting next week. That number should reach nearly 40 cities by the winter holidays. In a separate announcement, Macy's Inc. says it will offer same-day delivery in 15 additional markets for a total of 33 areas.

12. US Consumer Confidence Improves Again in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers give today's economy the highest grade in more than 16 years.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that consumers' assessment of current economic conditions hit the highest level this month since July 2001. The business research group's overall consumer confidence index, which takes into account Americans' views of current conditions and their expectations for the next six months, rose to 122.9 in August from 120 in July.

13. The Week Ahead: July 31-August 6 -

Hello, Memphis! It's time to wave goodbye to July and hello to August, and there's plenty to keep you busy this week. Check out our top picks, plus more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

14. 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…

15. Tennessee, Left Coast a World Apart on Immigration -

San Francisco resident Terry Karlsson relishes her hometown’s reputation for embracing “multi-cultural diversity.”

The wife of a Swedish immigrant, Karlsson says she believes San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city, one in which it refuses to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law, reflects a nation born of people who moved here, a land of immigrants from many countries.

16. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden continues its 2017 Vine to Wine wine-tasting series with “Reds, Whites, and Blues” Tuesday, June 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Pop the cork with patriotic spirits and blues on the Live Garden stage, and snap a photo with the popular special guests, the regal eagle and his friends from Reelfoot Lake. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details.

17. Events -

Memphis Branch NAACP will host its Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. are the guest speakers at the luncheon, themed “Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy.” Tickets start at $100. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details.

18. Events -

Germantown Community Library will continue its Egyptology 101 series for adults and teens 13 and older with “Egyptology 101: Gods of Ancient Egypt,” Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 1925 Exeter Road. Other sessions follow July 10 and July 24. Pre-registration required. Visit the library or call 901-757-7323.

19. Memphis United in Support of Grizzlies on National Playoffs Stage -

Yes, the Grizzlies’ 116-103 loss in Game 5 at San Antonio was disappointing. So step back a moment and remember the atmosphere at FedExForum – and across the city – during the two wins that briefly evened this first-round West Conference Playoff Series at 2-2.

20. Memphis Looks to Detroit’s Riverfront for Inspiration -

In a lot of ways Memphis and Detroit are kindred spirits. Both cities have similar populations, demographics, soul-laced musical legacies and are both looking to rebuild their economies after getting hammered by the recession.

21. EBiz Solutions Announces New Tech, Local Partners -

Memphis-based digital business solutions firm eBiz Solutions has lined up new local partners in addition to announcing new technology it can offer clients.

In addition to providing web applications and digital solutions, eBiz now specializes in app development and process automation for new and expanding companies. The firm has launched its first stage of process automation platform using Office 365 SharePoint for Data Facts, and it’s launching a location intelligence app Jinzgo, which connects local businesses to consumers across the country based on their current location and preferences.

22. EBiz Solutions Announces New Tech, Local Partners -

Memphis-based digital business solutions firm eBiz Solutions has lined up new local partners in addition to announcing new technology it can offer clients.

In addition to providing web applications and digital solutions, eBiz now specializes in app development and process automation for new and expanding companies. The firm has launched its first stage of process automation platform using Office 365 SharePoint for Data Facts, and it’s launching a location intelligence app Jinzgo, which connects local businesses to consumers across the country based on their current location and preferences.

23. Last Word: Bell at the Grammys, Old Dominick's Return and Luttrell & Strickland -

Memphis at the Grammys: William Bell was performer, presenter and winner at the Grammys Sunday evening. Gary Clark Jr. joined Bell to perform Bell’s calling card, “Born Under A Bad Sign” and the duo then presented a Grammy to Beyonce. In the non-televised Grammy awards, Bell won for Best Americana album for his Stax effort “This Is Where I Live.”

24. Old Dominick Barreling Whiskey for First Time Since Prohibition -

Something is happening in Memphis for the first time in 100 years – Old Dominick has begun aging barrels of locally made whiskey at their highly anticipated Downtown distillery.

When Governor Thomas C. Rye passed his infamous “bone-dry bill” 1917, it ushered in an era of Prohibition for the Volunteer State and sidelined the original Old Dominick Whiskey brand, which was founded by Domenico Canale in 1866.

25. Sazerac Taking Plunge Into Tennessee Whiskey Production -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Sazerac is plunging into Tennessee whiskey production, lining up veteran distillers to run things while continuing an expansion strategy highlighted by its earlier purchase of Southern Comfort.

26. Snowball Express Benefits Local Families Who Lost Military Parent -

Seven local families are in Dallas/Fort Worth this week for the 11th annual Snowball Express Weekend, an all-expense-paid holiday gala for children of fallen military heroes.

They are among approximately 1,800 children and spouses of fallen military participating in the event that runs Dec. 11-15.

27. Tenn. Legislative Candidates Pull in More Than $16M -

More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week’s general election.

28. More Than $16M Flows To Tenn. Legislative Candidates -

More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week’s general election.

29. More Than $16M Flows to Tennessee Legislative Candidates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week's general election.

30. US Trade Chief Touts TPP Benefits for Tennessee Whiskey Exports -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman is citing Ten-nessee whiskey as an example of why Congress should approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

31. Editorial: Memphis Prospering, But Not Yet for All -

TraVure in Germantown, Big River Crossing, Guest House at Graceland, Crosstown Concourse. That’s not to mention Graceland West, the larger plans for Germantown’s Western Gateway, and references to the Big River Park in West Memphis as “Shelby Farms West.”

32. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 25-30, at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

33. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will continue its Motown Film Series with a screening of “The Mack” on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com for details and a film series schedule.

34. The Week Ahead: October 24-30 -

The real fall may finally have arrived in Memphis, but we’ll see. What we do know will arrive this week is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first real game of the 2016-2017 season at FedExForum. And the first public look inside a very historic Memphis church near FedExForum the day before that season opener. The Wolf River also is in the news this week and toward week’s end, Halloween will be lurking around the corner.     

35. Last Word: Mud Island Round 3, Newsmakers Notes and North Midtown -

Cue the organ. You know, the one from those old soap operas or radio dramas. And prepare for the latest episode of Island of Mud. When last we looked in on Mud Island River Park, the city had two finalists to redevelop all or a part of the southern half of the island that is really a peninsula.

36. City Market Owners Opening New Midtown Restaurant This Month -

Every morning, Sunny Mandani is having to turn away a dozen or more customers from his and his wife Hamida’s new restaurant at the corner of East Parkway and Central Avenue, across from Christian Brothers University.

37. Legislator: Marijuana Law Has Problems -

State Rep. William Lamberth balks at the notion Memphis and Nashville are softening the punishment for simple pot possession.

38. Spirits Maker Brown-Forman Posts Lower 1Q Profit -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday its first-quarter net income fell 7 percent as challenging foreign exchange conditions hampered its performance in emerging overseas markets and the loss of its Southern Comfort brand cut into overall sales.

39. Give Anger the Silent Treatment -

I heard a story recently about a woman whose husband was dead for three days before she called for help. When the paramedics arrived they asked her why she waited so long to call. “I didn’t realize he was dead,” she said. “I thought he was just giving me the silent treatment.”

40. Weinshanker: Graceland, Whitehaven Inextricable -

The single largest private business investment in Whitehaven, including a $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex across from Graceland mansion, is an effort to establish Memphis as “the home of rock ’n’ roll” and to do it specifically where Elvis Presley made his home.

41. Survey: American Consumers' Confidence Remains Steady -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers are feeling confident about current economic conditions but are a bit warier about the future.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index was essentially unchanged in July, dipping to 97.3 from a revised 97.4 in June. The business group's index includes consumers' assessment of the economy now and what they expect over the next six months. Their view of today's economy rose to the highest level since September, but their outlook slipped.

42. Editorial: The Bitter Taste of Tennessee Liquor Laws -

Something about spirits consistently causes Tennessee legislators to create arcane, byzantine laws.

Maybe it’s something in the wine. Or perhaps lawmakers have just been nursing legislative hangovers in recent years from debating health insurance rules or deciding who can use the bathroom where.

43. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

44. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

45. Brown-Forman Introducing First New Bourbon Brand in 20 Years -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The spirits company behind Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is taking a deeper plunge into Kentucky bourbon.

46. House Panel Reverses Course on Tennessee Liquor Store Cap -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A House committee that two weeks ago voted to reject a proposed cap on liquor store ownership in Tennessee reversed course on Tuesday and placed the limits back into the bill headed for a floor vote.

47. Kentucky-Bred Alex Castle Brewing Up Memphis Inventions -

Alex Castle, head distiller at Old Dominick Distillery, will be responsible for Memphis’ only brand of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon when the Downtown facility is up and running later this year.

48. Old Dominick Built for Aging -

A block-wide warehouse at 301 S. Front St. is getting new life as the Old Dominick Distillery. When it opens to the public in December, the distillery will brew and bottle two kinds of vodkas and three kinds of whiskey. Plans for the historic 54,000-square-foot warehouse include two tasting rooms, a rooftop patio, restaurant and retail area in addition to best-in-class equipment.

49. Liquor Giants a Threat to Dominate Memphis Sales -

In less than four months, Memphians will be able to purchase wine in grocery stores.

Since the Tennessee Legislature passed the resolution in 2014, Memphis liquor stores have been prepping for the July 1 bombshell by adding growler stations, padding shelves with packaged cheese and meat and undergoing hefty store expansions.

50. US Consumer Sentiment Slips In February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers lost a little confidence this month amid worries that slowing economic growth will hurt the job market, the University of Michigan says.

The university said Friday that its consumer sentiment index slipped to 91.7 in February from January's reading of 92. A year ago, the index stood at 95.4.

51. Supermarket Wine Bill Derailed Over Liquor Store Cap -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A legislative disagreement over protecting liquor stores from competition means Tennesseans looking to buy wine at their local supermarket will likely have to wait a little longer for the shelves to be stocked.

52. Haslam Questions Need to Put Cap on Liquor Store Ownership -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he is unsure of the need to restore limits on liquor store ownership that existed before a new state law to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets.

53. Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey Producers Toast More Strong Sales -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are toasting another year of strong sales and revenue growth, led by consumers increasingly ordering high-priced, super-premium brands.

54. The Week Ahead: Dec. 7, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from gift shopping at the Memphis Indie Holiday Market to the latest Beale Street developments ...

55. Ball to Lead New Division at Evolve Bank -

Thomas Ball has joined Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust as president of the newly formed Equipment Finance Division. In this role, Ball will create and grow a product line focused on equipment loans and leases to businesses across the U.S.

56. Angels Of Our Better Nature -

SPIRITS OF A CITY. Emily Sutton and Annie Cook were prostitutes. And angels.

57. Events -

Germantown Neighborhood Preservation Commission will hold the free Neighborhood Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Great Hall & Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Mayor Mike Palazzolo is the keynote speaker. For details, email saharris@germantown-tn.gov or call 901-757-7203.

58. Events -

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will host an OnlineTNJustice virtual clinic Monday, Oct. 26. Volunteer attorneys and law students will help answer civil legal questions from vulnerable Tennesseans during this Pro Bono Month event. To volunteer, attorneys must be registered with onlinetnjustice.org. Visit tals.org/otjcalendar for details.

59. Serving Notice: Memphis Football a National Story Now -

They were down 14-0 not six minutes into the game. And they had given up a 68-yard touchdown on a trick play when star Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell threw a pass.

In the stands, this cued some horrifying Memphis football flashbacks built up over decades of suffering.

60. March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Set for Oct. 22 -

The 28th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is happening later this month at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

The event, set for Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., is a fundraiser that offers guests the opportunity to sample fare from some of the area’s best restaurants, mingle with local celebrity chefs, taste wines and spirits, and bid on an array of auction items.

61. March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Set for Oct. 22 -

The 28th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is happening later this month at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

The event, set for Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., is a fundraiser that offers guests the opportunity to sample fare from some of the area’s best restaurants, mingle with local celebrity chefs, taste wines and spirits, and bid on an array of auction items.

62. Andrew and Michael Are Coming to The Chisca -

Chefs Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer are stepping out of Brookhaven Circle for the first time to expand their restaurant interests, with a new concept – their fourth – planned for Carlisle Corp.’s The Chisca on Main.

63. Buster’s Prepares to Open Major East Memphis Expansion -

Buster’s Liquors & Wines’ longtime East Memphis presence is about to get even bigger.

The third-generation family business, which began in 1954, has been in the University Center near the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street since moving into its original 800-square-foot space in 1970.

64. Rocking for Love -

When Lahna Deering and Jason Freeman join the other musicians performing at the Rock for Love music festival next week, the gig will be a bit more meaningful for them than the shows they normally play.

65. Hillwood Pays $17.7 Million for FedEx SupplyChain Facility -

5050 E. Holmes Road and 0 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $17.7 million

66. New Liquor Store Opens at Carrefour on Poplar -

A new, 9,000-square-foot liquor store is opening this week in Germantown.

Doc’s Wine, Spirits & More will host its grand opening Saturday, June 13, at noon. It is located at 6685 Poplar Ave. in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods retail center.

67. Old Dominick Distillery Moving Forward -

D. Canale & Co. is moving forward with plans to build a $5 million distillery on Front Street Downtown.

68. New Liquor Store Opens at Carrefour on Poplar -

A new, 9,000-square-foot liquor store is opening this week in Germantown.

Doc’s Wine, Spirits & More will host its grand opening Saturday, June 13, at noon. It is located at 6685 Poplar Ave. in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods retail center.

69. Old Dominick Distillery Moving Forward -

D. Canale & Co. is moving forward with plans to build a $5 million distillery on Front Street Downtown.

70. Plans for Old Dominick Distillery Move Forward -

D. Canale & Co. is moving forward with plans to build a $5 million distillery on Front Street Downtown.

71. US Consumer Sentiment Declines in May -

A weak U.S. economy pulled down consumer sentiment in May.

The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment dropped to 90.7 from 95.9 in April. The May reading was the lowest since November.

72. AutoZone Among Top 10 Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

73. Pyramid Vodka Picks Up Awards, Plans Expansion -

Even though it’s only been producing its flagship product for six months, Memphis-based Pyramid Vodka already has picked up two competition wins.

They include a silver award in the vodka category in March at the Denver International Spirits Competition. Mostly recently, the company picked up another silver award in the vodka category at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.

74. Pyramid Vodka Picks Up Awards, Plans Expansion -

Even though it’s only been producing its flagship product for six months, Memphis-based Pyramid Vodka already has picked up two competition wins.

They include a silver award in the vodka category in March at the Denver International Spirits Competition. Mostly recently, the company picked up another silver award in the vodka category at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.

75. Regalia Shopping Center Hosting Special Event -

The Regalia Shopping Center is hosting a Spring Time Shop & Dine event on Saturday, May 30.

The event at the Regalia, located at Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road in East Memphis, runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include live jazz, swing and blues music by the Jeremy Shrader Quartet on the courtyard patio. A wine tasting hosted by Great Wines & Spirits, complimentary cookies from Paradise Café and a drawing for a $250 gift certificate valid at Regalia’s shops and restaurants also will be be included.

76. AutoZone Named in Top 10 of Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

77. City Market Owners Prep for Two New Businesses -

In a matter of weeks, the husband-and-wife entrepreneurial duo of Hamida and Sunny Mandani will go from owning and operating one business to running three.

Five years on from opening City Market Groceries & Deli Downtown, they’ve decided to expand east by opening another version of City Market in the Cooper-Young neighborhood; it could be up and running later this month.

78. Conley Assists Memphis With 500 Free Tickets -

Mike Conley may be hurt, but he’s still helping how he can.

To thank fans for the support they showed after his latest injury – he underwent surgery Monday for facial fractures suffered in Game 3 in Portland – Conley wanted to buy 500 tickets for Game 5 of the Grizzlies’ first-round playoff series vs. Portland.

79. Mike Conley Assists Memphis With 500 Free Tickets -

Mike Conley may be hurt, but he’s still helping how he can.

To thank fans for the support they showed after his latest injury – he underwent surgery Monday for facial fractures suffered in Game 3 in Portland – Conley wanted to buy 500 tickets for Game 5 of the Grizzlies’ first-round playoff series vs. Portland.

80. Roundup: Defeat of Insure Tennessee Proposal Set Tone in 2015 Session -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The defeat of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans set the tone for the 2015 session of the state Legislature.

81. Musicians for Le Bonheur Assembling 2015 CD -

Raising money for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital pretty much runs in Justin Jaggers’ family.

His father, WREG News Channel 3 meteorologist Jim Jaggers, has the annual Go Jim Go cycling campaign to raise money for the hospital. And the younger Jaggers has for five years now spearheaded Musicians for Le Bonheur, an effort that has so far raised $10,000 partly from a CD sales effort.

82. Jack Daniel's Turns Back Latest Tennessee Whiskey Challenge -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good.

83. Gloves Coming Off in Fight Over 'Tennessee Whiskey' Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The gloves are coming off in a legislative fight over efforts to repeal state guidelines about which spirits can be labeled as "Tennessee Whiskey."

Opponents of the 2013 law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel's want key committees to vote Tuesday to repeal the rules that they deem to be too restrictive. Key sticking points include rules requirements for sprits to be filtered through charcoal and aged in unused barrels to be called Tennessee whiskey.

84. Art Fights Blight With Public Art Project Near Midtown -

Students from the Memphis College of Art completed a public art project near Midtown.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city.

85. Art Fights Blight With Public Art Project Near Midtown -

Students from the Memphis College of Art completed a public art project near Midtown.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city.

86. Consumer Sentiment Slips in March on Bad Weather -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bad weather and rising gasoline prices pushed U.S. consumer sentiment a bit lower in March.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index slipped to 93 this month from 95.4 in February. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, notes that consumer optimism was the highest in a decade for the first three months of 2015 despite the dip in March.

87. Exemption in Tennessee Whiskey Law Raises Flags -

An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as “Tennessee Whiskey” could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

88. Ribbon-Cutting for Pyramid Vodka Distillery Tuesday -

A ribbon cutting celebration for Big River Distilling Co.’s North Memphis vodka distillery – which is making and marketing Pyramid Vodka – will be held Tuesday, March 17.

89. US Consumer Confidence Slides After Big January Gain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers are feeling a bit less confident this month, but their spirits are still at the highest levels since before the Great Recession.

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dropped this month to 96.4 from a revised 103.8 in January. The February and January readings are the highest since before the recession officially started in December 2007.

90. Critical Link -

If you’re a wine lover along the East Coast – everywhere from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic and New England - chances are a Memphis-based third-party logistics provider played a significant role in getting your vino into your glass.

91. Consumer Sentiment Rises to Highest Level Since 2004 -

U.S. consumers are more confident than they’ve been since January 2004.

The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 98.1 in January from 93.6 last month.

92. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Gala and Silent Auction Friday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment while bidding on 100 original, anonymous works of art by Mid-South artists. Art and ticket sales benefit MBG’s outreach and education programs. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4131.

93. Gasol An All-Star Starter; Conley, Z-Bo Just As Valuable -

Center Marc Gasol has broken through the glass ceiling that forever has hung above Memphis and the Grizzlies.

The NBA’s fans, a global group to be sure, shattered that glass by voting Big Spain into the Western Conference starting lineup for the Feb. 15 NBA All-Star Game. Naturally, there is pride about that in every corner of the Grizzlies’ locker room and in every corner of the city.

94. Events -

The Association for Women Attorneys will host its 35th annual banquet and silent auction Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $60 for AWA members, $70 for nonmembers and $40 for law students. RSVP to Keating Lowery at keatingl@lawrencerussell.com or 901-844-4438.

95. Railcar Honors Railroad and Transportation Veteran -

Charles Bruce Hallmann loved the railroad and transportation industries. Hallmann, former vice president of sales with Memphis-based third-party logistics provider Cornerstone Systems Inc., began his career in 1960 and joined Cornerstone Systems in 1998, helping turn the company founded in 1997 into a leading national provider of logistics and transportation services.

96. Blair Durham Embraces Firm Strategy, Planning No Changes -

Don’t look for change up on the 17th floor of Parkway Towers, where Blair Durham is determined to keep his pop’s legacy thriving long into the future.

While his dad, founder of Bart Durham Injury Law, does sometimes mull changing the name of his firm to simply “Durham Injury Law” to allow for Blair to become the face of the firm – “I‘m 80, or at least I will be in March. I’m only going to live five more years, maybe, so it’s time to get Blair and his name out there,” says the elder Durham – the son says “no way.”

97. Holiday Festivities on Tap at Regalia -

Boyle Investment Co. in getting in the holiday spirit with a weekend event at the Regalia Shopping Center in East Memphis.

98. Celebrating the Holiday Season in East Tennessee -

Even ole Ebenezer Scrooge could find something in Knoxville to get him in the holiday spirit.

Area residents have a wide selection of holiday activities including a Clarence Brown Theatre rendition of Scrooge’s Christmas Eve’s nocturnal visitors. Many of the activities are free, but others range in price. Visit the websites for more detailed information, including time, ticket price and availability.

99. China’s Growth Gut Check -

The global economy is a symphony of regional and local economies interconnected by trade, interest rates and currency movements. We can generalize the influence of our leading instrumentalists in the following ways.

100. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Once” Tuesday, Oct. 28, through Nov. 2 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.