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1. Poll: Tennessee Optimism Grows for Future of State, Country -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a state that heavily favored President-elect Donald Trump, a Vanderbilt University poll says optimism in Tennessee has grown about the future of the state and country since the spring.

2. Last Word: MemphisWorks App, Tyler Talks and Millington Home Sales -

A busy annual Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle luncheon Wednesday topped by the debut of a jobs app that is more than ye olde classified ads reformatted on a digital device.

MemphisWorks is several parts of the jobs search and filling jobs all put together.

3. Tenn. Lawmakers Elected To National Black Caucus Roles -

Several Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, have been elected to leadership roles within the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari was elected treasurer of the national organization at its 40th annual legislative conference in New Orleans last week. Fellow Memphis Rep. Larry Miller was named regional vice chair.

4. UTHSC Dept. Chair Joins Council on Alcohol Abuse -

Dr. Alex Dopico of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, who has spent more than 20 years researching the effects of alcohol on the brain, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

5. New Tennessee Plan Would Give School Districts More Control -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is proposing a plan that would give local school districts more control over issues such as improving poor-performing schools.

On Tuesday, state education officials released the first draft of Tennessee's version of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law President Barack Obama signed last year, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2hgHYdZ).

6. 2 Juveniles Charged in Tennessee Wildfires That Killed 14 -

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, local District Attorney General James Dunn and Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced charges at a news conference Wednesday, but released few other specifics about the juveniles or how the fires started.

7. Events -

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

8. Local Mortgage Market Sees Busy November -

If mortgage bankers in Shelby County were expecting things to start winding down for the year in November, the pace of activity for the month kept them unexpectedly busy.

Purchase volume soared during November over the year-ago period, according to new figures from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. October had already seen a year-over-year pickup in activity to kick off the fourth quarter, and that pattern continued last month.

9. HopeWorks Busy Helping People While Staying Grounded in Faith -

As executive director of nonprofit HopeWorks, Ron Wade has to be practical. And helping people get their education and find employment is about as practical as it gets.

10. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

11. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules -

Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.

Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.

12. Proposed Open Records Policy Punts on Contentious Issues -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records custodians across Tennessee would be left to decide over several contentious open government issues under a proposed model policy now open for public review and comment.

13. Tennessee Lawmakers To Convene in January -

State lawmakers are scheduled to convene the 110th Tennessee General Assembly on Jan. 10.

The three-day organizational session will kick off with the formal elections for speaker in both chambers, though heavy Republican majorities in both the Senate and House mean that little drama is expected for the Republican nominees, Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge and Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville.

14. Riverside Ice Rink To Open Dec. 10 -

A city ice skating rink by the Mississippi River opens Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, located in Mississippi River Park next to the Tennessee Welcome Center, is open to the public into January for a $10 admission, which includes skate rental.

15. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ashton Lee, author of “Queen of the Cookbooks,” for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

16. Trump Taps Former Campaign Rival Carson as Housing Secretary -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

17. Study: Shelby County Saw Most GDP Growth in Tenn. -

Shelby County saw more than $2.6 billion growth in its gross domestic product over the last four years, the most among Tennessee’s 95 counties, according to a new study by financial technology company SmartAsset.

18. Diversity and Inclusion -

Nonprofits are ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. Is that true? We may tell ourselves that, but diversity – and most importantly inclusion – requires we take an honest look at our organizations. 

19. Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Parkway location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

20. Silver Bells Ringing Again at Meritan -

Meritan is once again inviting Memphians to help make a homebound senior’s holiday wishes come true through its Silver Bells program.

The program allows seniors to write wish lists of hoped-for items, which are collected along with a silver bell ornament by members of the public. The gifts are due back at Meritan by Dec. 9, and will be distributed to their recipients in time for the holidays.

21. Fatal Police Shooting Report Will Go Public -

One of two Memphis Police officers involved in the Jan. 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

22. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

23. Memo In Fatal Police Shooting Details South Memphis Gun Fight -

One of the two Memphis Police officers involved in the January 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

24. Cars Line Up to See Wildfire-Ravaged Tennessee City; 13 Dead -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

25. Lane Closures Set for West Memphis Mississippi River Bridge -

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – Drivers in the West Memphis area will see some lane closures this week as crews conduct routine inspections on the Interstate 55 Mississippi River bridge.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says the outside southbound lane of the river bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily from Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. The agency says the outside northbound lane of the bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from Wednesday until Thursday, Dec. 15, but the lane will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

26. U of M Tops List of Tennessee Online Colleges -

The University of Memphis is the state’s top higher education institution for online classes or degree programs, according to a new ranking by OnlineColleges.com.

27. Pranica Nominated For Sportscaster of the Year -

Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica has been nominated for Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, marking Pranica’s fifth career nomination for the statewide award.

28. First Tennessee Responds To Chattanooga Crash -

First Tennessee Bank and the First Tennessee Foundation have teamed up with the Hunter Worley Foundation to support families of the children killed in the recent Chattanooga bus tragedy.

29. UTHSC Vice Chancellor For Research Wins Honor -

Dr. Steven Goodman, vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been elected as a 2016 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

30. Bartlett Soap Co. Rebrands As Buff City Soap -

The Bartlett Soap Co. has rebranded as Buff City Soap – a new name that acknowledges its growth into new markets while still paying homage to its local roots.

31. American Apparel Closing Memphis Location -

After filing its second bankruptcy in roughly a year, American Apparel will be closing its location at 528 S. Main St. in Downtown Memphis at the end of December.

32. First Tennessee Matching Wildfire Donations to $50K -

In response to deadly wildfires that have taken lives, burned homes and businesses, and displaced thousands of residents in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, the First Tennessee Foundation is matching donations from the public to the East Tennessee Red Cross, up to a total of $50,000.

33. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

34. Pot Ordinance, County Ambulance Service Top County Commission Agenda -

There are seven no votes on the Shelby County Commission against an ordinance allowing Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies to write a civil summons with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

35. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

36. Lawmakers Working to Boost Local Logistics, Transportation Sectors -

Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.

37. Platform for Property -

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

38. First Tennessee Will Accept Gatlinburg Wildfire Donations -

In response to deadly wildfires that have taken lives, burned homes and businesses, and displaced thousands of residents in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, the First Tennessee Foundation is matching donations from the public to the East Tennessee Red Cross, up to a total of $50,000.

39. Something Missing in Jones’ ‘Infallible’ System -

By now, Tennessee fans have taken enough deep breaths to come to grips with losing to Vanderbilt. They don’t like it, mind you, but they’ve accepted it. As for Butch Jones, what now?

I’ll leave it to others to gauge the heat of Jones’ seat as we weave through the postseason and into next year. Suffice it to say, the honeymoon is over.

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

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

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

41. SEC Grades: ‘A’ for Alabama; UT, Ole Miss Should Be Grounded -

Even as the Ole Miss football program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that gained momentum on the night of the NFL Draft when a former player said he received money from a staff member, optimism about the season ahead was still high.

42. Tennessee’s Hand Yanked From The Sugar Bowl -

It’s going to be a long bowl season for Tennessee’s football team and its fans. The Vols find out their bowl destination soon after Saturday’s SEC championship game (4 EST, CBS) between Florida and Alabama in Atlanta.

43. Dollar General Key Sales Figure Falls As Store Traffic Drops -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General put up weak earnings numbers for the third quarter in an environment that has largely favored bargain stores, with so many people still looking to cut costs where they can.

44. Search Continues for Any Survivors of Tennessee Wildfires -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Crews made "significant progress" in their search for any survivors in the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, and the death toll remains at seven, officials said Thursday.

45. Figura Brings Expertise To New Forensic Center Role -

Dr. Benjamin Figura’s career is the stuff TV crime dramas are made of.

Before he was recruited to Memphis by a University of Tennessee Health Science Center executive to serve as the new director of the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, he spent a decade in New York working as a forensic anthropologist.

46. Last Word: The Return of Stubby Clapp, Poplar & Ridgeway for Pedestrians and Mice -

The death toll in the Sevier County-Gatlinburg wildfires is at seven. Authorities believe a fire at The Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was what started the disaster and had consumed 15,563 acres as of Wednesday evening. At that point, the fire was 10 percent contained.

47. Gatlinburg Mayor Talks of Re-Opening City After Wildfires -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Buddy McLean watched from a deserted Gatlinburg street as flames surrounded his 26-acre hotel nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee.

There was nothing he could do.

48. Tennessee Among States Receiving Preschool Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is among 18 states that will receive more than $247 million in federal grants to continue expanding access to high-quality preschool for children from low- to moderate-income families.

49. US House Votes to Name Courthouse After Fred Thompson -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. House has voted to name the new federal courthouse in Nashville after the late actor-politician Fred Thompson.

50. Bartlett Soap Co. Rebrands As Buff City Soap -

The Bartlett Soap Co. has rebranded as Buff City Soap – a new name that acknowledges its growth into new markets while still paying homage to its local roots.

51. Refugee Lawsuit Proceeds in Spite of Obstacles -

Tennessee is going “full speed ahead” in a challenge of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program despite threats by President-elect Donald Trump to dismantle it or, at the least, stop the flow of refugees from terrorist-linked countries.

52. Transnetyx Thriving in Testing World for ‘the Smart People’ -

Bob Bean was an unlikely co-founder of the world’s first fully automated mouse genotyping firm. He earned an undergraduate degree in music at the University of South Carolina and then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

53. American Apparel Closing Memphis Location -

After filing its second bankruptcy in roughly a year, American Apparel will be closing its location at 528 S. Main St. in Downtown Memphis at the end of December.

54. Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves -

Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.

55. 20 Co-Workers to Split Powerball Jackpot of Nearly $421M -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Lottery officials say 20 co-workers at a metal manufacturing plant will split a Powerball jackpot of nearly $421 million.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2fyLQGK) reports lottery officials announced Tuesday that the workers from North American Stamping Group in Portland claimed the $420.9 million jackpot. The cash value of the jackpot is worth $254 million, which would give each person $12.7 million before taxes.

56. Dolly Parton Heartbroken By Wildfires Torching Her Hometown -

ATLANTA (AP) – Country music icon Dolly Parton says she's heartbroken about wildfires that tore through the Tennessee county where she grew up, but spared the Dollywood theme park that bears her name.

57. Wildfires Scorch Tourist Area in Tennessee; Thousands Flee -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.

58. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

59. Shelby County Election Commission Weighs New Voting Machines for 2022 -

The Shelby County Election Commission certified the Nov. 8 election results Monday, Nov. 28, at a session that included a call by local Elections Administrator Linda Phillips to seek $12 million in funding to buy a new voting system for the 2022 elections.

60. Cargill, Calysta To Build New Facility in Memphis -

Cargill’s 69-acre property on President’s Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 new jobs.

The new joint venture between Cargill, Calysta Inc. and third-party investors plans to convert the former corn mill into the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, according to an announcement by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.

61. Cargill, Calysta Partner to Build New Facility on Presidents Island -

Cargill’s 69-acre property on Presidents Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 jobs.

The new joint venture between Cargill, Calysta Inc. and third-party investors plans to convert the former corn mill into the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Tuesday, Nov. 29.

62. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

63. Volkswagen Teases With Sketch of New Upper Midsize Car -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is coming out with a new model that will add to its offerings of larger cars in the United States, where its market share has lagged the competition.

64. MATA Delays December Bus Changes -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has called off a Dec. 11 start for a series of route and service changes to the city bus system because a new planning team recently replaced MATA’s professional planning staff.

65. Children's Services Closer to End of Federal Court Oversight -

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services is getting closer to operating independently of federal oversight for the first time in 15 years.

November court filings show the agency has maintained compliance with all the goals set out after a settlement and now maintains a level of performance "that is consistent with a reasonably well-performing child welfare system," The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2go7B8X ).

66. Director Named To West Tennessee Forensic Center -

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Benjamin Figura has been named director of the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center.

Dr. Figura brings 16 years of experience to his new position. Prior to joining the center, he was employed at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner for 10 years as a forensic anthropologist and deputy director of investigations, where he managed the identification project for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center Attack.

67. UTHSC Vice Chancellor For Research Wins Honor -

Dr. Steven Goodman, Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been elected as a 2016 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

68. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Arkansas State University Mid-South will hold a process technology career fair Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Nabors Auditorium on STCC’s Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Employers including Hershey, Valero, Blues City Brewery and Lucite will be on hand. Visit southwest.tn.edu.

69. United Way, MIFA Leaders Work Toward Ending Poverty -

Nearly two years into his tenure as the president and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South, Dr. Kenneth Robinson says the funder of 79 nonprofit organizations in the region continues to work toward a new basic goal – ending poverty.

70. Last Word: The Death of Black Friday, Memphis Rental Rates and Distracted Driving -

Lots of reporting this Thanksgiving about the imminent demise of Black Friday as an economic force or at least the economic force it once was. As some of you are reading this it is already Cyber Monday.

71. State Rep. Mark White Joins Public Strategy Firm -

Tennessee State Rep. Mark White has joined the executive team at Caissa Public Strategy as a senior director.

White has more than 30 years of experience working in education, political and business circles in Memphis, and his focus at Caissa will be on complex project management and strategic planning.

72. Tennessee Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.8 Percent -

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for October was 4.8 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from September’s revised rate of 4.6 percent, state Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips has announced.

73. Memphis Athletics Achieves New Academic Peak -

For the second consecutive year, University of Memphis athletics posted an all-time high in academic success, as the NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rate reports.

In the reports, the U of M’s numbers remained the same as the year before, with the university graduating 85 percent of its student-athletes for the 2009 cohort and having a 61 percent federal graduation rate for the same time period (2006-09).

74. Southwest to Host Breast Cancer Summit -

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Allied Health and Nursing departments, in collaboration with University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will conduct a Breast Cancer Summit/Research event on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building Auditorium on Southwest’s Union Avenue Campus, 737 Union Ave.

75. Memphis Infant Mortality Rate Reaches Record Low -

The infant mortality rate in Memphis has hit a record low, marking an important milestone in the city’s fight to improve a key measure of its overall health.

Shelby County, which includes Memphis, last year saw its lowest rate on record of babies who died before their first birthday, the county health department reported Monday. The 2015 rate of 8.2 out of 1,000 live births represents a drop from 9.6 in 2014, and a significant reduction from 2003, when the rate was nearly 15 baby deaths per 1,000 live births.

76. Lead Attorney Tapped For State AG’s Memphis Office -

Attorney James Newsom has been tapped as lead attorney in the Memphis regional office of the Tennessee attorney general.

77. Freewheel Bike Rides To Keep on Turning -

Due to the success of its fall program, Freewheel, a slow-ride bicycle program that offers tours of the Memphis Medical District, announced it will return for the spring.

In September and October, more than 250 cyclists showed up for the five biweekly bike rides offered by the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Downtown Memphis Commission.

78. Morris Auction Group Adds New Services in Destin, Fla. -

Six months after Memphis-based Morris Auction Group expanded into Destin, Florida, the company is expanding the scope of its services there.

Morris’ Destin branch, Luxury Estates Auction Co., has added a new arm focused on traditional real estate services. Called Luxury Estates Realty Group, the arm will focus on showcasing and selling high net worth properties in the Destin/30A area and the Northwest Florida region.

79. Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Director -

Michael D. Allen is the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, the nonprofit institution’s board of directors announced Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Allen comes to MBG after six years as president and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and nearly 25 years with International Paper before that. Allen also serves as director of the Memphis Land Bank.

80. Haslam Eases Restrictions on Trucks Hauling Hay -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to ease restrictions on trucks hauling hay in response to drought conditions.

Haslam said in a news release Tuesday that the order will allow haulers to move hay across Tennessee so farmers can feed their livestock during the drought.

81. State Seeks To Dismiss Nashville Mosque Discrimination Suit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit in which the Islamic Center of Nashville says it was unfairly denied a tax exemption.

The center argued in a September federal lawsuit that its Nashville International Academy school was disqualified from a religious tax exemption because the center followed its religious beliefs in a banking deal. The center was billed more than $87,000 in past-due taxes as a result.

82. Haslam Names David Gerregano as New Revenue Commissioner -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named David Gerregano as has new commissioner of revenue.

Gerregano is a 19-year veteran of the department responsible for collecting Tennessee taxes. He most recently served as deputy commissioner to Richard Roberts, who announced he will leave state government earlier this month.

83. The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4 -

Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

84. Distracted To Death -

When the Tennessee Highway Patrol began using a tractor-trailer on the interstate to catch people texting while driving, the troopers knew their view from above would help their cause. From that higher vantage point, they could see drivers holding their phones in their laps and typing.

85. U of M Tops List of Tennessee Online Colleges -

The University of Memphis is the state’s top higher education institution for online classes or degree programs, according to a new ranking by OnlineColleges.com.

86. Pranica Nominated for Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year -

Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica has been nominated for Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, marking Pranica’s fifth career nomination for the statewide award.

87. First Tennessee Collecting Donations in Response to Chattanooga Crash -

First Tennessee Bank and the First Tennessee Foundation have teamed up with the Hunter Worley Foundation to support families of the children killed in the recent Chattanooga bus tragedy. Donations will be accepted at any First Tennessee branch.

88. Nashville, Memphis Respond Differently to Pot Ordinance Opinion -

A legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general requested by two Shelby County legislators has again put Nashville city leaders in the lead as municipal marijuana ordinances enacted there and in Memphis have taken a turn toward the courts.

89. Fuente Succeeding at Va. Tech, Norvell Keeping it Rolling at Memphis -

With a thrilling 48-44 victory over then-No. 20 Houston the day after Thanksgiving, Mike Norvell became the only first-year University of Memphis coach to win eight games.

Interestingly, his eighth victory came as Tom Herman coached his last game at Houston. Herman is the new coach at Texas, succeeding Charlie Strong. The coaching ladder in the American Athletic Conference can definitely reach into the Power Five.

90. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 planning team will host the first of 14 kickoff rallies Monday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. The rallies, which continue through Dec. 10 at different locations throughout Memphis, will include a short overview of the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and the full schedule of rallies.

91. Lead Attorney Tapped For State AG’s Memphis Office -

Attorney James Newsom has been tapped as lead attorney in the Memphis regional office of the Tennessee attorney general.

92. Freewheel Bike Rides To Keep on Turning -

Due to the success of its fall program, Freewheel, a slow-ride bicycle program that offers tours of the Memphis Medical District, announced it will return for the spring.

In September and October, more than 250 cyclists showed up for the five biweekly bike rides offered by the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Downtown Memphis Commission.

93. Morris Auction Group Adds New Services in Destin, Fla. -

Six months after Memphis-based Morris Auction Group expanded into Destin, Florida, the company is expanding the scope of its services there.

Morris’ Destin branch, Luxury Estates Auction Co., has added a new arm focused on traditional real estate services. Called Luxury Estates Realty Group, the arm will focus on showcasing and selling high net worth properties in the Destin/30A area and the Northwest Florida region.

94. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 planning team will host the first of 14 kickoff rallies Monday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. The rallies, which continue through Dec. 10 at locations throughout Memphis, will include a short overview of the Memphis 3.0 planning process followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule.

95. This Week in Memphis History: Nov. 25-Dec. 1 -

2015: Republican presidential contender John Kasich is in Memphis for a fundraiser at the home of Brad Martin. It is one of two fundraisers that evening – the other is for state Senate Republican leader Mark Norris who is considering a bid for Tennessee governor in 2018.

96. Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Director -

Michael D. Allen is the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, the nonprofit institution’s board of directors announced Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Allen comes to MBG after six years as president and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and nearly 25 years with International Paper before that. Allen also serves as director of the Memphis Land Bank.

97. Events -

Pinot’s Palette will host its fourth annual Project Pet portrait-painting event to benefit the Streetdog Foundation on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sanderlin studio, 5040 Sanderlin Ave., suite 111. Cost is $65; $20 will be donated to Streetdog. Participants must register by Thursday, Nov. 24. For details and registration, visit pinotspalette.com/sanderlin or call 901-761-0012.

98. Florida Didn’t Kill UT’s Season; Vanderbilt Could -

Tennessee’s primary goal for the 2016 football season was to win the SEC East Division, and the Vols failed.

Does that mean the season was a failure?

Not yet.

Not until the No. 24-ranked Vols play Vanderbilt on Saturday night (7:30, SEC Network) in Nashville and find out their bowl destination.

99. Titans Prove With Indy Loss They Aren’t There Yet -

Are we there yet? We took a family vacation to South Carolina several years ago and heard the old familiar question from the back seat after about five minutes on the road.

The excitement of the destination had been consumed by the dread of the journey.

100. Gill Seeks $25 Million Permit For New MAA Headquarters -

6815 U.S. 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Permit Amount: $25 million

Future Tenant: MAA