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1. Will Memphis Make the Big 12 Cut? -

Another day, another media source outside of Memphis ranking the Big 12 expansion candidates. The following evaluation comes from The Orlando Sentinel.

The good news? The University of Memphis made the cut as one of five favorites.

2. ‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’ -

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

Yes, it’s of a piece with the rest of the groundswell of redevelopment and commercial activity that’s transformed Broad into a people-packed arts, retail and restaurant scene. One of those hotspots along the street is the combination coffee shop and retailer City & State, the owners of which have signed a lease at 2657 Broad for their next venture.

3. The Rest of the August Ballot -

If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.

4. Grizzlies Like Draft Results, But Still Need Conley to Run the Show -

Not a lot of films have their world premieres in Memphis. But if it is summer and the Grizzlies have a crucial player becoming a free agent, then it’s time for a Craig Brewer short film.

5. U of M Athletics Nears 901 Campaign Goal -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is close to reaching the finish line of its 901 Campaign, which launched in September 2014 with the goal of adding 901 new members to the Tiger Scholarship Fund. As of Tuesday, June 28, the university was 45 donors shy of accomplishing that goal.

6. Women-Led Angel Investment Network Launches -

The husband-and-wife team behind the Broad Avenue retailer City & State – Lisa and Luis Toro – are preparing to open another business in the neighborhood, a diner-style restaurant at 2657 Broad.

7. Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice -

Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.

8. Cox to Lead Asset Management at Lehman-Roberts -

Matt Cox has been promoted to director of asset management at Lehman-Roberts Co. Cox most recently served as total process reliability coordinator for three years. In his new role, he is responsible for the full lifecycle of all construction equipment supplied to Lehman-Roberts’ operations divisions, including acquiring equipment, maintaining nearly 600 pieces of rolling stock and disposing of equipment as necessary.

9. Tigers Sign High School Guard From Florida -

Keon Clergeot, a 6-foot-1 senior guard from Auburndale High School in Florida, has signed with the University of Memphis.

Clergeot averaged 26.5 points and 6 rebounds with 6 assists this past season.

10. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission -

Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.

But it will probably take a while.

The biggest issue of the season – school funding – appeared to be resolved with a compromise last week in committee sessions.

11. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

12. With Dad's Help, Ridge Smith Off to Chase His MLB Dream -

Over the years, there wasn’t much down time and not a lot of quiet moments. Over the years, there was a sustained echo – the ping, ping, ping of an aluminum bat, and later the whack, whack, whack of a wood bat, squaring up a baseball.

13. University of Memphis Professor Chosen for TBR Fellows Program -

Albert L. Hall II, assistant professor of science education at the University of Memphis, has been selected to participate in the 2016 Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellows Program. TBR is the governing body for 46 universities, community colleges and technology centers throughout the state.

14. Financial Stress to Financial Yes -

Every year Americans make $46 billion worth of payday loan transactions, with more than 40 percent of these loans processed online. Payday loans allow borrowers to withdraw cash anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks prior to receiving their paycheck, with the intent to pay it back with interest and fees when they receive their next paycheck.

15. Tigers Sign High School Guard From Florida -

Keon Clergeot, a 6-foot-1 senior guard from Auburndale High School in Florida, has signed with the University of Memphis.

Clergeot averaged 26.5 points and 6 rebounds with 6 assists this past season.

16. Editorial: Memphis’ Violence is a Political Problem -

You didn’t think this would be easy, did you?

If it was, any one of our previous efforts at overcoming a heritage and history of violence as a way of life would have done the trick by now.

17. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

18. Strickland’s Leadership Style Emerging -

Five months into his four-year term as Memphis mayor, Jim Strickland has his first budget and all but one of his major appointments made – Memphis Police director. The budget cleared the Memphis City Council Tuesday, June 7, with a few minor amendments from council members, next to no debate and no dissenting council votes.

19. Last Word: A Distinct Reaction, City Hall's Budget Season and BreakFest On Broad -

Funeral services for Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith are set for Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

The day before that Downtown leaders will gather in Handy Park on Beale Street to talk about new measures to make the district safer.

20. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

21. Weekend Crime Rampage Frames Criminal Justice Debate -

Now what? The two-word question was one of many reactions as the week began to a Downtown crime spree Saturday night in which a Memphis Police officer died and three people were shot and wounded – two in critical condition Sunday at Regional One Health center.

22. ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

On Friday, June 3, ServiceMaster laid to rest months of speculation about whether the company would relocate to a larger city like Atlanta or Dallas. Memphis’ available Class A office space can’t currently accommodate ServiceMaster’s needs, so it looked to the retail sector for its new home.

23. Last Word: Downtown Crime Discussions, Greensward Arrests and Lead Pipes -

An after-midnight stampede on Beale Street a week after one person was killed and two other people were wounded in a random shooting a block north of the entertainment district.

Summer is here by tradition if not by the calendar just yet. And Downtown there is already a debate behind the frequent declaration that Downtown is the safest area of the city.

24. Tubby Smith Receives Mannie Jackson Award -

First-year University of Memphis head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has been honored with the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award, joining 12-year NBA veteran Chris Paul and ABC/ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose as 2016 honorees.

25. Analysis: Competition Intensifying, But FedEx Still Protected for Now -

The package shipment startup where Matthew Hertz works as director of operations is perfectly tailored to the digital age.

California-based Shyp was set up to capitalize on the legacy cost structures and operations of traditional logistics companies. Its users snap a photo of the item they want to ship and enter an address, at which point Shyp shows up at their door and takes care of the rest.

26. Tubby Smith Receives Mannie Jackson Award -

First-year University of Memphis head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has been honored with the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award, joining 12-year NBA veteran Chris Paul and ABC/ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose as 2016 honorees.

27. Journey, Doobie Brothers Playing FedExForum May 25 -

Journey and the Doobie Brothers will bring the “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour to FedExForum on Wednesday, May 25, bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the “San Francisco Sound.” The show, produced by Beaver Productions, includes special guest Dave Mason.

28. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

29. InnerWorkings Returns as FedEx St. Jude Classic Pro-Am Sponsor -

InnerWorkings Inc., a global marketing execution firm, has renewed its support of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and will sponsor the premier Pro-Am event held prior to PGA Tour competition. The InnerWorkings Pro-Am will be played Wednesday, June 8, at TPC Southwind, and will feature many of the best players in the world playing alongside company representatives from around the globe.

30. Tubby Smith Finalizes Tigers Coaching Staff -

Tubby Smith has completed his first University of Memphis coaching staff with the additions of former Texas Tech staffers Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith (Tubby’s son) and Zo Goodson.

31. HealthLink’s Medical Device Logistics Business Poised to Grow -

A Netherlands-based medical device logistics company has moved into the Lamar Avenue corridor.

Building on proximity to FedEx Corp. and Memphis’ emerging biosciences hub, HealthLink Europe & International made Memphis its latest flagstaff operation.

32. FedEx, er, University of Memphis to Big 12? -

The slogan still resonates: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.

All the world came to know that was Federal Express. I can remember knowing it was Federal Express.

33. Tubby Smith Finalizes Tigers Coaching Staff -

Tubby Smith has completed his first University of Memphis coaching staff with the additions of former Texas Tech staffers Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith (Tubby’s son) and Zo Goodson.

34. Tubby Smith Basketball Camps Begin in June -

New Memphis head basketball coach Tubby Smith has announced a series of basketball camps – two-day camps and a team camp – for the summer of 2016.

The first day camp will run from June 6-9, while the second day camp will be from June 13-16. There will be a two-day team camp from June 17-18.

35. Big 12 a Nice Dream but a Remote Reality -

Wading in on Big 12 expansion, steroids in baseball and a few basketball questions ….

I applaud University of Memphis president David Rudd’s efforts to get the Tigers into the Big 12, should the league expand. In a short time, Rudd has been a strong influence on U of M athletics and he understands the bigger picture – that what is good for the athletics department will, in many cases, be good for the university and the city.

36. Lawson in Line to Be Tigers’ Director of Player Personnel -

The ever-moving story of whether Keelon Lawson, father of freshmen forwards Dedric and K.J. Lawson, would have a place on the new University of Memphis basketball staff has taken another turn.

First, multiple media outlets reported that both new coach Tubby Smith and Keelon Lawson had confirmed that Lawson, who had been an assistant the past two years under Josh Pastner, would have a non-coaching role. Specifically, Keelon Lawson would become director of player personnel.

37. Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up -

As amazing as it was that the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by using 28 players this past season, it’s almost more unbelievable that they had to sign eight different players to 11 separate 10-day contracts.

38. Lawson in Line to Be Tigers’ Director of Player Personnel -

The ever-moving story of whether Keelon Lawson, father of freshmen forwards Dedric and K.J. Lawson, would have a place on the new University of Memphis basketball staff has taken another turn.

First, multiple media outlets reported that both new coach Tubby Smith and Keelon Lawson had confirmed that Lawson, who had been an assistant the past two years under Josh Pastner, would have a non-coaching role. Specifically, Keelon Lawson would become director of player personnel.

39. Reader Insists Parking Solution Already Exists for Zoo -

I just read a very well thought out and thorough letter (from Richard Smith, mediator in the Overton Park parking controversy) about the zoo parking issue. I have another way of looking at it.

40. Last Word: Budget Basics, A Peak At Greensward Mediation and Elvis & Nixon -

Spurs 94 – Grizzlies 68 in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. The TNT post-game show just showed the highlights of the game while Shaq and Charles Barkley talked about how big the women are in San Antonio. I’m not making this up. They didn’t even try to talk about the game. This is just grim.

41. Sports Notebook: Woodson Leaving for Butler; Lynch Headed to Jets? -

The arrival of Tubby Smith to coach the University of Memphis basketball team will not prevent the departure of guard Avery Woodson.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Woodson will transfer to Butler; he also considered Virginia Commonwealth.

42. Last Word: Tubby Time, Haslam's Veto and Africa in April's 30th Year -

It was just four weeks ago that all of this talk about change at the top of the Tiger basketball chart was put to rest. Coach Josh Pastner’s performance was reviewed by the University of Memphis administration and he was staying at least for another season. Four weeks to the day of that announcement, Pastner is the new coach at Georgia Tech and we are in the first day of the Tubby Smith era at the U of M.

43. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith -

It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.

Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?

If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.

44. Shoot for a Basketball Coaching Star? Memphis Would Have to Pay Big -

Josh Pastner is officially the new head coach at Georgia Tech and the University of Memphis is officially in the coach search business.

45. QB Paxton Lynch Passes Pro Day Test, But Questions Remain -

In the immediate aftermath of Paxton Lynch’s pro day at the University of Memphis, it sort of felt like the postgame following a season-opening victory over a lesser non-conference opponent.

Good, satisfying in the moment, and hopeful for the future. But not necessarily an accurate predictor of what is to come.

46. Three Ways to Finish Last -

In the world of sales, we are conditioned to live life by the month. We are driven by monthly sales goals and monthly paychecks. But when we don’t take time to create a plan of attack at the start of each month, we are workhorses rather than stagecoach drivers.
We work reactively instead of proactively. We allow our sales pipelines to control us and ultimately find ourselves spending the last week of the month scrambling to close business and meet targets. 

47. Memphis Baseball Trusting Young Pitchers -

University of Memphis baseball coach Daron Schoenrock looks at his freshmen pitchers and sees talent and promise, even if at times this season “the moments have been a little big for them.”

48. Settle? No. UT Needs to Defend Itself in Title IX Suit -

Lots of smoke. But is there a fire? That is the issue at the University of Tennessee, where a Title IX lawsuit alleges the university has a “hostile sexual environment” and violates federal laws dealing with student discipline hearings for sexual assault cases, especially those involving student-athletes.

49. Rudd + Bowen + Pastner = PR Nightmare at Memphis -

You keep thinking the story can’t get worse, and then it does. What we have here is an ongoing public relations disaster that is the University of Memphis athletic department as it pertains to all matters regarding the men’s basketball program.

50. County Commission Questions City Figures on Deannexation -

Some Shelby County Commissioners are skeptical about City Hall’s estimate of how much city government would lose in revenue if a deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature becomes law.

The commission’s discussion at Wednesday, March 16, committee sessions came as Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was in Nashville to lobby against the bill in the state Senate.

51. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.

52. FedEx CEO Downplays Amazon ‘Industry Disruption’ -

FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith never said the word “Amazon,” but the e-commerce giant was clearly on his mind Wednesday.

Smith addressed speculation about “industry disruption” by Amazon from the outset of Memphis-based FedEx’s quarterly earnings conference call. He also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, noting that both of the frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are opposed to it.

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

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

54. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

55. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

56. Alexandria Smith Learning the ‘Undercurrents’ of Politics on the Job -

It would have made a good story, how another stone-hearted stockbroker that thrives on the “action” had been honing all the necessary skills since age 10.

How the future Wall Street wolf used to listen in on her grandfather’s speakerphone calls with his stockbroker and then ask questions, how the grandfather bought her shares in McDonald’s and Disney and Yahoo.

57. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

58. History Lesson -

A HISTORY LESSON TAUGHT, NOT LEARNED.

When I first wrote about attempts to steamroll Overton Park, a friend told me a great story. He was in his parents’ living room one afternoon in the late ’60s listening to his father go on and on about the battle to keep I-40 out of Overton Park ... too late to stop it, who are these silly protestors anyway, yadda yadda ... when they turned on the local news.

59. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

60. Last Word: Legislature's Return, Uber Pilot, Minivan Comeback and Bowie's Exit -

The gavel falls in Nashville.
The Tennessee legislature is back in session Tuesday. This is an election year session for the legislature. So it will be short – likely an early April adjournment. But that doesn’t mean the session is without expectations from outside Nashville.

61. Last Word: The Crest, OPEB Fever, Armstrong Leaves and An Elvis Warning -

The crest is here and it is not quite 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge. The projections Thursday evening going into Friday’s crest of the river at Memphis changed a bit from the 40.3 foot level. The crest is 39.8 feet.
No reports of major damage anywhere in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Office of Prepardness.
But the river’s high water is still a sight to behold.

62. Miss Cordelia’s Adapts To Customers’ Needs -

Amidst a constantly changing grocery scene in the Memphis area, Miss Cordelia’s keeps plugging along in Harbor Town on Mud Island.

But don’t think the neighborhood grocer is sitting back waiting on customers to walk through the doors. The business’ 35 employees aren’t paying as close attention to the national grocery brands expanding or joining the market farther to the east because they’re focused more on listening to customers to better understand what they want.

63. Grizzlies Sign Ryan Hollins, Release Russ Smith -

The Memphis Grizzlies have released second-year guard Russ Smith and signed veteran center Ryan Hollins, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Hollins, a 7-footer, impressed in training camp before being released and signing with the Washington Wizards. He started three of five games for the Wizards and was waived on Dec. 23. Hollins, a 10-year NBA veteran, will give the Grizzlies a backup center for Marc Gasol.

64. Grizzlies Sign Ryan Hollins, Waive Guard Russ Smith -

The Memphis Grizzlies have released second-year guard Russ Smith and signed veteran center Ryan Hollins, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Hollins, a 7-footer, impressed in training camp before being released and signing with the Washington Wizards. He started three of five games for the Wizards and was waived on Dec. 23. Hollins, a 10-year NBA veteran, will give the Grizzlies a backup center for Marc Gasol.

65. Northwestern Defense Tough, But Give Edge to UT -

There’s nothing like spending the Christmas holidays in Florida, and Tennessee’s football team will savor every minute of it for the second consecutive year.

The Vols (8-4) board a flight Saturday morning to Tampa, Fla., where they will spend almost a week before the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Northwestern (10-2).

66. Walking On in Memphis Is A Big Part of Tigers Turnaround -

They come from near and far, from Christian Brothers, Millington and Whitehaven high schools. From Atco, N.J., League City, Texas, and Newnan, Ga.

67. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

68. Memphis Chamber Names 2016 Board of Directors -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its 2016 board of directors, which was unanimously approved by the current board of directors.

New board officers include Richard Smith, vice president of global trade services at FedEx Express, who will serve as vice chair; and Douglas Scarboro, vice president and regional executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, who will serve as vice chair of finance and treasurer.

69. Memphis Chamber Names 2016 Board of Directors -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its 2016 board of directors, which was unanimously approved by the current board of directors.

New board officers include Richard Smith, vice president of global trade services at FedEx Express, who will serve as vice chair; and Douglas Scarboro, vice president and regional executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, who will serve as vice chair of finance and treasurer.

70. Four Tigers Selected To All-AAC Teams -

University of Memphis placekicker Jake Elliott, the nation’s leading scorer among kickers, was named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year and was one of four Tigers to receive first-team recognition as the league announced all-conference teams Wednesday, Dec. 2.

71. ‘Creatives in the City’ Conference Celebrates Memphis Ventures -

Josh Horton’s Memphis-based creative company Hieroglyph is known for its hip T-shirts and for the branding work it provides to nonprofits and small businesses.

Launching and sustaining such a venture has arguably steered some cool cachet to his enterprise – not that it hasn’t been a hustle. There have been times, Horton said this week at “Creatives in the City,” a panel discussion at the Memphis College of Art, that he felt he was “making headway in a city that needed me but didn’t understand me.”

72. Four Tigers Selected To All-AAC Teams -

University of Memphis placekicker Jake Elliott, the nation’s leading scorer among kickers, was named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year and was one of four Tigers to receive first-team recognition as the league announced all-conference teams Wednesday, Dec. 2.

73. Habitat for Humanity to Build 21-Home Community in Uptown -

The open field between Third and Seventh streets, south of Cedar Avenue in north Memphis, is surrounded by homes – some that have seen better days and others that are newly built.

Now after more than a decade of building homes on scattered sites one or two at a time, the local Habitat for Humanity chapter this summer will build its first Uptown subdivision. And the community will take the name of a section of North Memphis remembered by long-time residents.

74. Shelby County Schools Eyes Crosstown -

Shelby County Schools wants to open a high school at Crosstown Concourse. SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson confirmed the school district’s interest Wednesday, Nov. 18.

“We’ve spoken with some of the local funders about putting together some plan to ensure that there are some high-quality options there,” Hopson said. “There are a number of different ways that we’re thinking about it. But absolutely we would love to be a part of it.”

75. Anna Cardona Joins Ledford Engineering -

Anna Cardona has joined Ledford Engineering and Planning, an Arlington-based land planning and civil engineering firm, as designer and marketing director. Cardona will add interior design to Ledford’s service offerings, making the firm a one-stop shop for building and development needs.

76. North Texas Could Never Upset the Vols, Right? -

No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.

Right?

Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

77. Others might join Whisenhunt before it’s over -

The clock is ticking for Mike Mularkey, just as it is for most of the organization’s management team.

As the Tennessee Titans new interim coach, Mularkey has nine games now to prove himself worthy of being the team’s head coach beyond just the remainder of the team’s wrecked 2015 season.

78. Memphis Tigers Kicker Elliott Nabs AAC Honor -

The University of Memphis football team’s kicker Jake Elliott has been named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Elliott, who is a junior, scored 13 points for the Tigers in a 41-13 win over visiting Tulane last week, including a trio of field goals.

79. New Math: Whisenhunt Explains Atlanta Game Plan -

When a team loses five games in a row, everything is magnified.

And for the Tennessee Titans, that magnification is looking more like the large-print Bible my grandmother had as her eyesight failed in old age.

80. Together Again -

To look ahead to next season, we must first go back to last season. To that heady time when the Grizzlies held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.

81. Archer Malmo Continues Growth in Memphis, Austin -

Archer Malmo has announced eight recent new hires in its Memphis office and seven in its recently acquired office in Austin, Texas.

The agency now employs 185 people.

New hires in Memphis, in alphabetical order, include:

82. Attorney Rob Ratton Joins Fisher & Phillips -

Robert W. Ratton has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Memphis office as of counsel, a role in which he represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters and supports clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Ratton most recently served as a staff attorney at TruGreen LP.

83. Archer Malmo Continues Growth in Memphis, Austin -

Archer Malmo has announced eight recent new hires in its Memphis office and seven in its recently acquired office in Austin, Texas.

The agency now employs 185 people.

New hires in Memphis, in alphabetical order, include:

84. Heat Really On for Jones Against Arkansas -

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.

Kickoff can’t come soon enough for Jones and his staff Saturday night when the Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) play host to Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) at Neyland Stadium.

85. FedEx St. Jude Classic Director Stepping Aside -

Phil Cannon’s long association with the FedEx St. Jude Classic is changing effective Nov. 1, when he relinquishes his role as tournament director

Cannon, who had been in that position since 2000, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 but continued to serve as director of the tourney the last two years. He will remain as a senior adviser to Darrell Smith, who will move from tournament manager to tournament director.

86. Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way -

Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?

87. FedEx St. Jude Classic Director Moving Into Advisory Role -

Phil Cannon’s long association with the FedEx St. Jude Classic is changing effective Nov. 1, when he relinquishes his role as tournament director

Cannon, who had been in that position since 2000, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 but continued to serve as director of the tourney the last two years. He will remain as a senior adviser to Darrell Smith, who will move from tournament manager to tournament director.

88. Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols -

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

89. Moving Slowly, Growing Quickly -

Time was, crossing Lower Broadway safely only meant dodging woozy country music fans, speeding cabs and the occasional errant tour bus.

They’re all still there, but they’ve been joined by a wide and growing variety of small-motor or human-powered vehicles shuttling residents and tourists in and around downtown Nashville.

90. Wrigley No-No? You Had To Be There. -

This is a story about a no-hitter. But even more, a story about being an eye witness.

Last Saturday, while my family and I were on vacation in Chicago, we were at Wrigley Field when then-Philadelphia Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels no-hit the Cubs.

91. SEC is Better With Steve Spurrier in It -

HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”

He started his record-setting 23rd appearance as a coach at the 2015 SEC Media Days by zinging the Vols for their 7-6 season, saying they were “celebrating big” while casting South Carolina’s 7-6 season as a disaster averted.

92. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

93. Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said, "Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history."

94. Replica Rings, Bobbleheads Part Of Redbirds Promos -

The Memphis Redbirds have added four premium St. Louis Cardinals giveaways to the 2015 promotional schedule.

Beginning in late July, Redbirds fans can come away with a pair of replica championship rings and bobbleheads celebrating former and current stars of the St. Louis Cardinals.

95. ‘It’s a Great Day Here at FedEx Family House’ -

Memphis, an Egyptian word meaning a place of good abode; Memphis, a city in Tennessee that lives out the meaning of its name.

What makes Memphis such a good place to live, or to stay for a while, is the multitude of Good Samaritans who are neighbors to those in need. It doesn’t matter if those experiencing a crisis live here, or are just staying during a critical time in their lives: There are a multitude of Memphians who will provide that place of good abode for as long as it’s needed.

96. Replica Rings, Bobbleheads Part of Redbirds Promotions -

The Memphis Redbirds have added four premium St. Louis Cardinals giveaways to the 2015 promotional schedule.

Beginning in late July, Redbirds fans can come away with a pair of replica championship rings and bobbleheads celebrating former and current stars of the St. Louis Cardinals.

97. Simmons Joins Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors -

Mary Leesa Simmons has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as vice president – senior asset manager. In her new role, Simmons provides all aspects of property management duties for the firm’s clients.
This includes financial administration, budgeting, reporting, lease administration, contract administration, tenant, client and vendor administration, capital improvements and property inspections.

98. CBU's 'New Vision’ -

As Kenrick Hall on the campus of Christian Brothers University has been prepped for demolition, leaders of the university have been preparing for what follows when the 1940s-era classroom building is gone.

99. Dick Vitale Receives Distinguished Citizen Award -

Well-known ESPN commentator Dick Vitale received the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award on Sunday, June 21.

Vitale, who previously was a college basketball coach, was the guest of honor at the kickoff event of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

100. County Commission Faces Red Ink in Final Budget Votes -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, June 22, to approve the county’s various budgets and a property tax rate before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

The commission’s budget deliberations have centered on how county government should use a $6 million surplus, and budget committee sessions Wednesday, June 17, provided the best indicator of how things might go on the 13-member body.