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1. Redbirds’ Chad Huffman Grinding For a Return to Big Leagues -

The Memphis Redbirds had just finished a Tuesday afternoon game at AutoZone Park. Wednesday was a cherished off day at home. It was a good time for a player to exit quickly, to get the most of the down time before coming back for the next game on Thursday night.

2. Hanover Students Follow King’s Pilgrimage -

Even before it was the National Civil Rights Museum, the Lorraine Motel had pilgrims – visitors coming to the place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated to stand where he fell, even stay a night on the same floor of his room when the Lorraine was still a working hotel.

3. Commission Wades Into TIFs, Minority Businesses -

Shelby County Commissioners took a dive into the technical Monday, May 22, on several fronts in county government.

The commission approved a tweak in an economic impact plan for the Lake District development in Lakeland. The mixed-use development is to include hotels, retail, office uses, assisted living and restaurants. The public improvements or infrastructure are financed with a tax increment finance, or TIF, district that amounts to an increment of the property taxes – Lakeland and Shelby County – paid by the owners of the district.

4. Commission Wades Into TIFs, Minority Businesses -

Shelby County Commissioners took a dive into the technical Monday, May 22, on several fronts in county government.

The commission approved a tweak in an economic impact plan for the Lake District development in Lakeland. The mixed-use development is to include hotels, retail, office uses, assisted living and restaurants. The public improvements or infrastructure are financed with a tax increment finance, or TIF, district that amounts to an increment of the property taxes – Lakeland and Shelby County – paid by the owners of the district.

5. Last Word: Centennial, Hackett Retires -- Sort Of and Baseball Dreams -

Monday marks 100 years since a mob took Ell Persons off a train and to the Macon Road Bridge across the Wolf River and burned him alive. It was the lynching that gave birth to the Memphis Branch NAACP one month later. The national NAACP field office investigator who came to Memphis at great personal peril to investigate Person’s death was none other than James Weldon Johnson, the man who also composed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

6. Events -

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed will be in Memphis Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Experience up-close encounters with dinosaurs, take a spin in Jurassic Jeeps, and enjoy activities such as bounce houses, a scavenger hunt and Mesozoic Mini Golf. Tickets are $19; children younger than 2 are free with a paid adult. Visit discoverthedinosaurs.com.

7. Raleigh Springs Town Center ‘On Track and On Budget’ -

It’s the end of an era with the final demolition of Raleigh Springs Mall underway, and city and community leaders hope it’s the beginning of a brighter future with the much-anticipated Raleigh Springs Town Center set to rise in its place.

8. Boyd: Memphis Public Safety Spending Out of Balance -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd says the city budget is lopsided when it comes to its priorities.

And Boyd called Wednesday, May 3, for a shift away from public safety spending – specifically city spending on police – the largest single part of the operating and capital budgets as well as the largest division in city government.

9. Last Word: Three Gs React, More CA Changes and the Forrest Controversy Defined -

The day after Germantown leaders offered his school system $25 million for Germantown Elementary, Middle and High Schools, SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson was fielding calls from parents of students at the schools – the “three Gs” as they are known.

10. View From the Hill: Forrest Kerfuffle Might Be Sign of Bigger Problem -

Legislation that slipped through the House of Representatives honoring an unknown author who penned a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist biography was enabled by the climate within the Republican-controlled body, a Memphis legislator says.

11. House Leader Casada Backs Towns’ Slavery Amendment to State Constitution -

NASHVILLE – Rep. Joe Towns’ legislation to remove slavery from the state Constitution is being postponed until 2018, but it picked up a key endorsement Monday from Republican House Majority Leader Glen Casada.

12. Towns’ Slavery Amendment Gets Backing From House Leader -

Rep. Joe Towns’ legislation to remove slavery from the state Constitution is being postponed until 2018, but it picked up a key endorsement Monday from Republican House Majority Leader Glen Casada.

13. The Week Ahead: May 1-7 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! May has arrived, which means it’s time to kick off the Memphis in May International Festival with the always-popular Beale Street Music Festival – and that’s just one of the events music lovers will enjoy this week. Plus, check out where to celebrate Star Wars fans’ favorite holiday and other happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead... 

14. Tenn. Lawmakers Look to Void Resolution Honoring Forrest Biographer -

NASHVILLE – Memphis lawmakers blasted a Smyrna legislator Thursday morning, accusing him of violating their honor system by sliding a resolution through the House honoring an author they perceive as a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist.

15. The Week Ahead: April 3-9 -

This week, Memphis marks the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination with events at the National Civil Rights Museum and elsewhere. The Week Ahead also holds a look into the science of Overton Park’s Old Forest, a chance to support cancer research with Relay for Life, and much more...

16. Liberty Bowl to Honor Baseball’s Tim McCarver -

Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver, who was the MVP of the 1964 World Series and is in the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award on June 25.

17. Liberty Bowl to Honor Baseball’s Tim McCarver -

Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver, who was the MVP of the 1964 World Series and is in the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award on June 25.

18. Last Word: Calipari's Return, Moss, McDowell & Stewart and Unemployment Up -

So John Calipari could be coming to town with his Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA Southern Regional March 24 and 26 at the Forum. Aside from that local reminder of the long memory sports slights can have in our city, the regional in Memphis looks to be a big concentration of great college basketball in a city that hasn’t had a whole lot to cheer about recently on that front or the professional front.

19. View From the Hill: Outsourcing, Rates Worry Park Fans -

Dunlap resident Kathy Gilbert opposes privatization of Fall Creek Falls on a number of fronts.

If a vendor comes in to run the state park, as planned by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration, she’s worried about the possible loss of jobs or pay and benefits by state employees, the funneling of revenue to private investors and the raising of rates at the state park’s lodge when it’s rebuilt, potentially making it less affordable for families to visit.

20. Finding Weekend Escape in Tuscaloosa -

When I hear Tuscaloosa, it’s almost always in the classic voice of former college football announcer Keith Jackson as he welcomes TV viewers to the campus of the University of Alabama.

21. Hopson Groups 19 Schools for 'Critical Focus' -

Nineteen Shelby County schools are getting a second chance at improving student achievement that could include a longer school day, an intervention specialist and other measures seen at Innovation Zone schools in the SCS system.

22. Hopson Groups 19 'Critical Focus' Schools for Intervention -

A group of 19 Shelby County schools are getting a second chance at improving student achievement that could include a longer school day, an intervention specialist and other measures seen at Innovation Zone schools in the SCS system.

23. Consolidation of Cargo Carriers Puts Ocean Freight Industry at ‘Crossroads’ -

Memphis-based Dunavant Global Logistics Group and Mallory Alexander International Logistics are prime players in the ocean freight business as non-vessel operating common carriers, otherwise known as NVOCCs. And each, according to a consultant who used to work as an executive for one of larger ocean freight lines in the industry, has a strong reputation.

24. Freshman Bone Gives Vols Hope for Quicker Rebuild -

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t ready to proclaim Jordan Bone a rising star in SEC basketball, but he sure saw promising signs from his freshman point guard last Saturday night in Nashville.

25. Spring Break Ideas From Memphis -

Spring break is right around the corner and if you’re still thinking of ideas for the family – even ones that have you joining the crowds – I have some thoughts.

Beaches. This is the obvious choice, but also a good one. We Southerners are guilty of spending much of our vacation time at the Gulf Coast beaches of Florida and Alabama. 

26. Lynching Centennial Observance Nears in May -

Leaders of an effort to mark the sites of 32 lynchings in Shelby County have hired a project director for the upcoming centennial of the 1917 lynching of Ell Persons.

John Ashworth recently led efforts in Brownsville, Tennessee, to remember Elbert Williams, the organizer of an NAACP chapter in Haywood County. Williams was murdered in 1940 and his body found in the Hatchie River. He was ordered buried the same day his body was found.

27. Grizzlies Back up Dramatic Win over Warriors by Beating Utah -

Two nights earlier the Grizzlies had pulled off a historic comeback at Golden State. When they erased the Warriors’ 19-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter and rallied to win it, 128-119 in overtime, they broke a 662-game streak (regular season) of NBA of teams losing when trailing by 19 or more points after three quarters.

28. FedEx’s Glenn to Receive Liberty Bowl Spirit Award -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is preparing to honor T. Michael Glenn a few days before the longtime FedEx executive retires.

29. FedEx’s Glenn to Receive Liberty Bowl Spirit Award -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is preparing to honor T. Michael Glenn a few days before the longtime FedEx executive retires.

30. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

31. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

32. 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.

33. 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. 

34. Last Word: Pants Suits On the River, Early Vote Numbers & Chandler Parsons' Debut -

A busy last weekend for the Presidential campaigns in Shelby County where we have seen neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump in the flesh since the primary campaign season and haven’t even seen their surrogates in the general election campaign.

35. Last Word: An Early Voting Challenge, Raleigh Settlement and Rocky Top Tumult -

Early voting in Shelby County ended with some lines Thursday at several of the 21 sites. We should have the final turnout numbers Friday morning and you can get the totals first @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

36. Real Estate Awakening -

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its move to the shuttered Peabody Place Mall from Ridge Lake office park, it promised new life for a 328,000-square-foot black hole in Downtown’s retail market.

37. Spate of Big Deals Among CRE Trends In 2016 -

Ask CBRE senior associate Gray Fiser to sum up the commercial real estate market in Memphis over the course of 2016, and he’s ready with a few quick bullet points by way of reply.

Fast forward, say, five years from now, he explains, and these are the things likely still being talked about:

38. Grizzlies Waive Stephens, At Least 2 Others -

Former University of Memphis player D.J. Stephens was among three players waived by the Memphis Grizzlies as they continue to get ready for opening night on Wednesday, Oct. 26. According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, Jordan Adams also is being released, though no confirmation has come from the team.

39. Residents Embracing Big River Crossing -

On the first Saturday morning in which it was consistently autumn by the weather conditions as well as the calendar, political leaders on both sides of the Mississippi River walked from Memphis and West Memphis to meet in the middle of the Big River Crossing.

40. Editorial: Big River Crossing Will Revitalize Both Sides -

When Big River Crossing, the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge, has its grand opening Oct. 22, it will be a busy day.

The RiverArts Festival will be underway in South Main. St. Jude will be holding a bicycling event on the riverfront. And that evening, local officialdom will gather again to throw the switch on the LED lighting that will illuminate the Harahan, in addition to the regular lighting at a lower level on the boardwalk.

41. Big River -

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

42. Green Renaissance -

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

43. Truth is Hard -

AIN’T NO SUCH. We have a charming expression in our family. Back in the 1920s, my wife’s grandfather, Memphis architect George Mahan, took a fishing trip to Reelfoot Lake and brought along a crystal radio. Radio was brand-new and he wanted to see if he could get a signal up there with that rudimentary receiver.

44. Last Word: Festival Season, The Unbanked and Artspace Lofts Gets Started -

It was one of those weekends. In thinking back on it you will probably add rich fall colors on the trees that will come just a bit later. And since you are adding things you might give the Tigers another touchdown or two – or not, depending on where your allegiances are.

45. Calming Halftime Helps Save a Season -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones went from goat to hero in a matter of hours last Saturday.

The Vols trailed Florida 21-0 in the first half – and 21-3 at halftime – and appeared headed to their 12th consecutive loss to the Gators.

46. Hopson Begins Mapping Out Schools ‘Transformation’ -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson says his plan to right-size the school system to emerge in October will be about “transformation” including turning East High School into a “magnet school.”

47. SCS Weighs Complexities of School Closings, Food Operations Shift -

Among the start-of-school-year emergencies Shelby County Schools leaders faced in August was a shift of the school system’s food services out of the 70-year-old Central Nutrition Center building.

48. Open and Shut -

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

49. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway -

Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.

50. Half of Memphis Schools Closed Since 2012 Stand Empty, With More Closures On the Way -

Vance Middle School once served as the anchor for its surrounding neighborhood until the school was shuttered in 2014 by Shelby County Schools, sending its students to another school about a mile away.

51. Last Word: Hyde Lake, Global Ministries Exits and Another Big 12 Rumor -

A big day at Shelby Farms Park Thursday as the Heart of the Park renovations were formally opened. And it was also a cause to look back on where the park has come from.

52. Courtney Joins Vet Staff At Downtown Animal Hospital -

Veterinarian Dr. Jackie Courtney has joined Downtown Animal Hospital, where she specializes in critical pet care, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine. 

53. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

54. Dragon Fly Sprint Triathlon To be Held Aug. 27 -

The 27th annual Dragon Fly Sprint Triathlon, presented by P.R. Event Management LLC, is scheduled for Aug. 27 in Sardis, Miss. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Cypress Point on the Lower Lake at Sardis Reservoir with a half-mile swim, followed by an 18-mile bike course through the country and finishes with a 4-mile run along a woodland trail.

55. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days -

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.

56. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations -

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

57. Lack of Major State Races Tempers Political Picnic -

'Hot' can be a political term. It can describe a close race or a very competitive race for elected office. When former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism held his 16th annual political picnic Saturday, June 11, it was hot. And few of those at the Westwood gathering, other than perhaps the candidates, would describe this election season that way.

58. It’ll Leave A Mark -

THE MARKS WE’RE LEAVING. People were hooking up, shooting up and throwing up in the woods, on benches and in cars and right in front of children on the greensward. Like the weeds, pretty much everywhere. Like the privet, pretty much out of control. Like the shell and the rose garden and the lake and the forest and the picnic grounds and the pride of a city, pretty much left for dead.

59. The Week Ahead: June 6-12 -

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

60. Real Memphis -

THE REAL DEAL. When our daughter was 5 we took her to Disney World and totally encased ourselves in Disney plastic. To this day, I’m still haunted by strains of “It’s A Small World” that won’t leave my head, still having nightmares that I’m still in line for Space Mountain.
The third day there, we took a boat to a lake island for a “nature walk.” Hallie looked down into a stream and looked up at me, wide-eyed: “Look, Daddy, real fish!”

61. Overton Park Readying For June 4 ‘Day of Merrymaking’ -

For the fourth year in a row, the Overton Park Conservancy is kicking off the summer break with “A Day of Merrymaking,” a family festival June 4 on the park’s greensward.

In addition to kid-friendly activities at Rainbow Lake Playground and dog-friendly activities at Overton Bark, this year’s event will feature a beer garden custom-built by the park’s landscaping team at Echo Systems, with beer provided by Memphis Made Brewing Co. All proceeds from beer sales will benefit the conservancy.

62. The Week Ahead: May 16-22 -

With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

63. 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.

64. Last Word: Behind Grit N Grind, Brooks at 100 and Massacre -

This is a 12-month-a-year basketball town. There’s the season, possibly a post season, which by NBA standards is a second season. (Yep, they are still playing.) And then there is the rest of the year when whatever has been about to boil over behind the façade of sports clichés finally begins to spill out into the open.

65. New City Council Learns Ways of Budget Season Quickly -

There are 3,000 miles of street curbs in Memphis. Figures like this are the basic elements of budget season at City Hall.

They are how 13 Memphis City Council members – seven of them four months into their first four-year term of office – wrap their heads around an $85.3 million capital budget proposal and a $667 million operating budget proposal.

66. Bridging a Divide -

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.

67. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

68. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations -

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.

69. Last Word: Policing The Greensward, A Rural Oasis and Gene Chips -

The city of Memphis had 88 police staff and other city employees working an Overton Park detail Saturday and another 33 working Sunday on the same detail, according to the Strickland administration’s accounting on Monday.

70. Last Word: Greensward Truce, Connor Schilling Retires and MEMFix Goes East -

You’ve heard of the mediation process surrounding the long-term use of the Overton Park Greensward by the Memphis Zoo for its overflow parking.
It appears there is now a less formal mediation process underway when it comes to the use of the greensward during the park’s spring peak season which is now underway.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. The Week Ahead: March 14-20, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first look at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s proposed diversity program to a truly Irish celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.

74. Green Sword -

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

It would come quickly and just before the start of the third spring of protests against the Memphis Zoo's use of the northern part of the Greensward for overflow parking.

75. Council Gives Zoo Authority Over Greensward Parking -

The next step in the Overton Park Greensward controversy is up to the Overton Park Conservancy now that the Memphis City Council has given the Memphis Zoo control of the northern part of the Greensward.

76. Think About Spring Break A New Way -

If you’re planning a spring break trip to the Gulf Coast or Orlando, you’re not alone in that decision. College students and families alike flock to popular beach communities and Florida theme parks year after year.

77. Last Word: Love and Glory and Guitars, New Frost and Scalia's Passing -

To each his or her own on Valentine’s Day observances Sunday that become Valentine’s Day memories with the arrival of Monday.

The Majestic Grille, for instance, had the movies Roman Holiday and Casablanca back to back on the screen of the movie theater turned restaurant.
No sound, but you really don’t need sound for the scene where Audrey Hepburn takes the throne with Gregory Peck and a beatnik Eddie Albert among the press corps at the rope line.
And The Majestic saved The Second Line in Overton Square with a loaner of some champagne after Second Line ran a bit short.
Chef Kelly English thanked the Majestic via Twitter for “saving our sweet Valentine’s Day asses.”

78. Urban Treasure -

They were at the 2007 National Recreation and Park Association conference in Indianapolis and they had been dutifully attending the seminars and taking notes. But one day this two-woman contingent from Memphis and the newly formed Shelby Farms Park Conservancy skipped out of the afternoon workshops.

79. Last Word: TN(not)Ready, Hatiloo Expands and Tax Season Advice -

So what do you do when the test-makers fail the test?

You go back to the old test in the case of the Tennessee Education Department and the TNReady tests.
These were the new tests for the new statewide student achievement standards that replaced Common Core standards.
They can only be taken online.
But the system crashed Monday, which was the day that all of the preparation in the last year was geared toward. That included two tests locally of the on-line capacity and other technical standards necessary to make this go smoothly.
Here is a good account of what happened statewide and locally with a few other stops across the state to take in the scope of how big a failure this was and what failed.

80. From City to Rural County, Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Delivers -

Poverty and hunger are easy enough to find in Memphis. You don’t have to go far from the Mid-South Food Bank’s offices, at 239 South Dudley St., before you start wandering into pockets of isolation – food deserts.

81. Collierville Opens Hinton Park -

There was music in the air as Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner formally opened the town’s 110-acre Hinton Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Chimes and a xylophone with a few drum beats, to be exact.

Located in southwest Collierville, the $5.5 million Hinton Park features two playgrounds, one of which has outdoor musical instruments that got a good workout on their first day on the job.

82. The Haven -

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

“It’s really the glue that holds the community together,” said 1990 graduate, and Shelby County Schools superintendent, Dorsey Hopson. “You have some of the poorest kids that we have in the state attend there. You also have some of the most high-performing kids in the state attend there. You truly have all segments of all kinds of communities both in the school zone and outside the zone who descend on ‘The Haven’ every single day.”

83. Tanger Southaven Expected To Drive More DeSoto County Retail -

At its grand opening Nov. 20, Tanger Outlets Southaven mall will finally see light after years of development.

The project, which initially was developed by Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers and shelved during the recession, was revived thanks to a relationship with national group Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. and several public partnerships with DeSoto County and the state of Mississippi.

84. Dunavant Touts Direct Sales -

Woodson Dunavant and Don Lake are used to the question now that Dunavant Enterprises is through its non-compete with Dreyfus Commodities, the company that bought its global cotton operation in 2010.

85. Overton Park Fundraiser Planned for Oct. 17 -

The Overton Park Conservancy has announced the return of its signature fundraising event, A Magical Night at Overton Park, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the park’s formal gardens.

86. Overton Park Fundraiser Planned for Oct. 17 -

The Overton Park Conservancy has announced the return of its signature fundraising event, A Magical Night at Overton Park, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the park’s formal gardens.

87. Always Coming Home -

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. When I first shared these observations a few years ago, I was doing pretty much what I’m doing right now – keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. Like that activity, I think the observations are worth repeating.

88. Neighbors Voice Concerns About Solar Power Project -

A company’s plans to convert Tennessee farmland into a solar power project are drawing complaints from neighbors.

Community Energy Solar hopes to generate enough electricity from the planned solar farm beyond the eastern edge of Covington to power 4,000 to 5,000 homes, The Commercial Appeal reported.

89. Chism Political Picnic Offers Pre-Campaign Snapshot -

Memphis mayoral contender Jim Strickland saw a face he didn’t recognize Saturday, June 13, in the southwest Memphis crowd at former County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic.

90. Redbirds Start Eight-Game Homestand on Friday -

The Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park Friday, May 29, opening an eight-game homestand with a busy slate of special events.

Friday’s game vs. Salt Lake starts at 7:05 p.m. (gates open at 5:00 p.m.). Every Friday there is a “block party” with $2 domestic draft beers.

91. Corker to Speak at Chamber Luncheon -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s industry councils will host U.S. Senator Bob Corker at their biannual Joint Council Meeting on Friday, May 15.

The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will be held at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

92. Carnival Memphis Set to Honor Legal Heavyweights at Salute Luncheon -

Carnival Memphis will bring together leaders in the Mid-South legal industry for its Business and Industry Salute on May 5.

The event, which is part of the celebration of the nonprofit’s 84th anniversary, will honor eight organizations vital to the law industry in the Mid-South and four individuals for their contributions to the community.

93. Orphanos Fundraiser Goes Over the Edge, Literally -

Orphanos has partnered with Over the Edge and the Hilton Memphis to host Over the Edge Memphis for Orphans. People that raise a minimum of $1,000 to benefit Orphanos will have the opportunity to rappel off the 28-story East Memphis hotel at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

94. 1 Million New Residents: Where Will They Live? -

At least 1 million people are expected to move to the Nashville region over the next 20 years. Already, the early arrivals have begun to dramatically change the landscape of the suburban counties surrounding the city.

95. Healing Waters -

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

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

96. Don’t Make a Shrine of Your Success -

There is a scene in the black-and-white section of The Wizard of Oz when one of the farmers (who later transforms into the Tin Man) tells Auntie Mae, “They’re going to make of a statue of me one day!” Her response handled the ego inflation with a dose of pragmatic farm wisdom. As she pointed to his next chore, she retorts, “Don’t start posing for it now.”

97. Discovering Winter Hotel Deals -

I’ve never been a big fan of winter travel. I don’t care for snow and cold, and I’m not really interested in paying heftier prices for tropical destinations. But I have experienced a regional city from time to time, like Atlanta in February last year.

98. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood -

“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.

Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.

99. Hillwood to Launch Two Spec Buildings in DeSoto County -

A Texas-based development firm will start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in DeSoto County.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to begin site work in around 30 days on Legacy Park, a 266-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

100. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.