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1. Memphis Redbirds Holding Job Fair This Weekend -

The Memphis Redbirds will host a job fair on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, in the newly renovated Home Plate Club at AutoZone Park.

The team is seeking outgoing and fan-friendly individuals to join the seasonal game day staff for the 2016 season.

2. ArtsMemphis Joins National Economic Impact Study -

As one of Tennessee’s leading arts organizations, ArtsMemphis will participate in a national study designed to reveal how nonprofit and cultural organizations impact the local economy.

In partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission and Americans for the Arts, ArtsMemphis will spearhead the local effort to collect data from nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that will measure the impact of arts and culture spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents and revenue generated to local and state governments.

3. Varsity Spirit, ESPN to Build Cheer Venue in Orlando -

Memphis-based Varsity Spirit is teaming up with ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort to break ground on a new state-of-the-art cheerleading and dance team competition venue.

Varsity Spirit is recognized as a top-tier cheerleading organization.

4. Wal-Mart Expanding Chef Jenn Food Offerings -

Memphis resident Jennifer McCullough, aka Chef Jenn, is continuing to expand her branded gourmet food choices in Wal-Mart stores.

5. Rhodes Promotes Cleanthes to Athletic Director -

Jeff Cleanthes, assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at Rhodes College, has been named the school’s new director of athletics, effective in March.

Cleanthes came to Rhodes in 2003 from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., where he was the head baseball coach. During his tenure at Rhodes, the baseball program has had success, including consistently ranking in the top 30 in Division III; winning the Southern Athletic Association conference; competing in the NCAA tournament; and placing players on the academic conference honor roll, as well as earning All-American honors.

6. Last Word: Clinton in Whitehaven, Changes to Parkside and The Replacements Book -

The Presidential primary caravan has arrived.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Whitehaven Thursday evening to campaign for his wife, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton.
And it was a reminder of his political potency as well as his popularity in a city that went for Barack Obama over his wife in the 2008 Tennessee Presidential primary but which was solidly behind him in both of his successful bids for the White House in the 1990s.
Clinton spoke in a packed Whitehaven High gymnasium to more than 700 people for almost an hour and then worked the crowd that gathered near the podium for another 25 minutes before sprinting out a door to a waiting car.
We’ll be busy this weekend with the opening of the local Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters and we’re still waiting on that promised Donald Trump Memphis appearance.
And we expect to encounter lots of Republican presidential partisans at the local GOP's annual Lincoln Day Gala on the 20th.

7. Varsity Spirit, ESPN to Build Cheer Venue in Orlando -

Memphis-based Varsity Spirit is teaming up with ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort to break ground on a new state-of-the-art cheerleading and dance team competition venue.

Varsity Spirit is recognized as a top-tier cheerleading organization.

8. After 40 Years of Pro Tennis, Will Memphis See Another? -

You can’t tell the players – or the owners – without a scorecard.

That’s the recent history of what is presently called the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster.

It is, specifically speaking, an ATP World Tour 250 event.

9. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

10. Rhodes Promotes Cleanthes To Athletic Director -

Jeff Cleanthes, assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at Rhodes College, has been named the school’s new director of athletics, effective in March.

Cleanthes came to Rhodes in 2003 from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., where he was the head baseball coach. During his tenure at Rhodes, the baseball program has had great success, including consistently ranking in the top 30 in Division III; winning the Southern Athletic Association conference; competing in the NCAA tournament; and placing players on the academic conference honor roll, as well as earning All-American honors.

11. Last Word: Early Voting Begins, Marc Gasol's Right Foot and TNReady's Problem -

Trump and Sanders win big in New Hampshire with a Republican scramble for second the only matter to be decided in the nation’s first Presidential primaries. That as the road to Tennessee begins to see some traffic in the distance.
Meanwhile, Marc Gasol goes from a “right mid-foot injury” on the Grizzlies DL to a fractured right foot.

12. Wal-Mart Expanding Chef Jenn Food Offerings -

Memphis resident Jennifer McCullough, aka Chef Jenn, is continuing to expand her branded gourmet food choices in Wal-Mart stores.

13. 3-Time Champ Nishikori Plays At Racquet Club Wednesday -

Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the world’s No. 7 player, takes aim at a fourth straight tournament title in Memphis on Wednesday night, Feb. 10, at The Racquet Club. The top seed in the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, Nishikori received a first-round bye.

14. Collierville Arts Council Seeks New Members -

The Collierville Arts Council, a service provider for the town of Collierville and its Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, has openings.

CAC was established in 1988 and provides cultural arts including theater, music, dance and visual arts presentations. Applications may be obtained at harrelltheatre.org or by email to Leesa Wilkinson, leesalee1960@yahoo.com.

15. Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing -

Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

16. Tigers Win Game, Larger Story Remains the Same -

After a much-needed victory, the embattled Tigers head coach opened the door and walked into the media room for his post-game press conference. Seated in the first row and sporting a blue University of Memphis cap was U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who offered up a grin and polite applause.

17. ArtsMemphis Joins National Economic Impact Study -

As one of Tennessee’s leading arts organizations, ArtsMemphis will participate in a national study designed to reveal how nonprofit and cultural organizations impact the local economy.

In partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission and Americans for the Arts, ArtsMemphis will spearhead the local effort to collect data from nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that will measure the impact of arts and culture spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents and revenue generated to local and state governments.

18. 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.

19. Ryan Hollins Signs Another 10-Day Contract With Grizz -

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed backup center Ryan Hollins to a second 10-day contract.

Hollins (7-0, 240) has averaged 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.6 minutes through his first nine games with the Grizzlies this season.

20. Shaq Goodwin Selected To AAC Honor Roll -

University of Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for his performances against University of Central Florida and SMU. Goodwin averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game for the Tigers.

21. Cognac, Cars & Cigars To Benefit Make-A-Wish -

Attendees to an upcoming Make-A-Wish fundraiser will have the chance to enjoy cognac and premium cigars while perusing luxury cars from Gossett Audi and Gossett Porsche and personal cars from NBA players.

22. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

23. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

24. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

25. Ariel Hearn Goes Where No Tiger Has Gone Before -

Keith Lee owns the University of Memphis records for career points and rebounds. Yet he didn’t do this.

Andre Turner is the Tigers’ career assists leader. But he couldn’t pull this off.

26. 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.

27. Cognac, Cars & Cigars To Benefit Make-A-Wish -

Attendees to an upcoming Make-A-Wish fundraiser will have the chance to enjoy cognac and premium cigars while perusing luxury cars from Gossett Audi and Gossett Porsche and personal cars from NBA players.

28. Ryan Hollins Signs Another 10-Day Contract With Grizz -

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed backup center Ryan Hollins to a second 10-day contract.

Hollins (7-0, 240) has averaged 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.6 minutes through his first nine games with the Grizzlies this season.

29. Shaq Goodwin Selected To AAC Honor Roll -

University of Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for his performances against University of Central Florida and SMU. Goodwin averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game for the Tigers.

30. 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.

31. McEnroe, Roddick Part of Tennis Event in Southaven -

The PowerShares Series, featuring former professional tennis players age 30 and over, will come to the Landers Center in Southaven on April 22 and include John McEnroe and Andy Roddick.

Roddick will play a semifinal match at 7 p.m. against Mark Philippoussis and at 7:45 p.m. McEnroe will play a semifinal match against Jim Courier. The winners meet in the finals at 8:30 p.m.

32. Memphis QB Great Fletcher Passes Away at Age 72 -

Billy Fletcher, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the history of University of Memphis football, died on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Baptist-Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville at the age of 72.

33. Tigers’ Burrell Earns AAC Recognition -

University of Memphis senior guard Trahson Burrell was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 25.

Burrell averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game during the week. He shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the field, 40 percent (4-of-10) from long range, and 71 percent (5-of-7) from the free-throw line and also added a block and a steal.

34. Mike Conley Directs $15K to Sickle Cell Center -

Orion Federal Credit Union presented a $15,000 donation to Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley for his charity-of-choice, Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

Conley is a long-time supporter of Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, which runs a preventive outpatient clinic and Memphis’ first dedicated emergency infusion unit for sickle cell patients. The center is focused on delivering treatment advances through on-site research.

35. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

36. Mike Conley Directs $15K To Sickle Cell Center -

Orion Federal Credit Union presented a $15,000 donation to Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley for his charity-of-choice, Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

Conley is a long-time supporter of Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, which runs a preventive outpatient clinic and Memphis’ first dedicated emergency infusion unit for sickle cell patients. The center is focused on delivering treatment advances through on-site research.

37. Memphis Grizzlies Off The Grid As Record Rises -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rolled out to that hot start last season and carried a 39-14 record into the All-Star break, they had created legitimate national buzz – perhaps for the first time ever during the course of an NBA regular season.

38. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone -

I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:

39. McEnroe, Roddick Part of Tennis Event in Southaven -

The PowerShares Series, featuring former professional tennis players age 30 and over, will come to the Landers Center in Southaven on April 22 and include John McEnroe and Andy Roddick.

Roddick will play a semifinal match at 7 p.m. against Mark Philippoussis and at 7:45 p.m. McEnroe will play a semifinal match against Jim Courier. The winners meet in the finals at 8:30 p.m.

40. Memphis QB Great Fletcher Passes Away at Age 72 -

Billy Fletcher, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the history of University of Memphis football, died on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Baptist-Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville at the age of 72.

41. 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.

42. Tigers’ Burrell Earns AAC Recognition -

University of Memphis senior guard Trahson Burrell was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 25.

Burrell averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game during the week. He shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the field, 40 percent (4-of-10) from long range, and 71 percent (5-of-7) from the free-throw line and also added a block and a steal.

43. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

44. Memphis Zoo CEO: Mediation, Court Action Can Coexist in Greensward Dispute -

The Memphis Zoo’s move to Chancery Court next week in the Overton Park greensward controversy does not damage the mediation process between the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

That’s what zoo president and CEO Chuck Brady said as attorneys on both sides of the controversy prepare to make their cases in court.

45. Shaq Goodwin, Dedric Lawson Honored by AAC -

Senior University of Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin was selected as American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and freshman forward Dedric Lawson was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.

46. Who’s In Charge? -

IT MIGHT BE RIGHT, BUT IT’S FLAT WRONG. A week or so ago, 27 trees disappeared from Overton Park’s greensward – a fancy word for yours and my yard since Overton Park belongs to us.

47. Shaq Goodwin, Dedric Lawson Honored by The American -

Senior University of Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin was selected as American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and freshman forward Dedric Lawson was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.

48. Last Word: No Bern, Say No More and The Daily Mail Comes For A Visit -

Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t make it the city after all following the weekend’s debate among the Democratic presidential contenders.

49. Redbirds Manager Shildt Returning for 2016 Season -

Mike Shildt, who led Memphis to a 73-71 record as manager of the Redbirds, will return as manager in 2016, along with pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd and hitting coach Mark Budaska. New to the Memphis coaching staff is Robby Hisert, who will serve as a coach this season. Hisert previously served as first base coach for the independent Bridgeport Bluefish and as hitting coach for Southern Vermont College.

50. Staxtacular Connects Music, Basketball and Mentoring -

The Soulsville Foundation is bringing the worlds of basketball, music and mentoring together for its largest annual fundraiser, Staxtacular 2016.

The event is a partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies and is presented by SunTrust. It will be held Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926. E. McLemore Ave.

51. Dedric Lawson Again Earns AAC Rookie-of-Week Honors -

University of Memphis freshman Dedric Lawson has been named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Lawson, a forward, averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game for the week, while adding four assists, three steals and two blocked shots. He scored 12 points in the first game of the week, hitting 5-of-14 from the field and 1-of-3 from long range. He also added eight rebounds against Nicholls, while adding a career-high-tying three steals.

52. Annual Homeless Survey Planned for Jan. 27 -

Community Alliance for the Homeless is set to lead the annual Point-in-Time Count for Memphis and Shelby County on Jan. 27, starting at 4 a.m.

This annual count of unsheltered homeless persons on a single January night is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and it’s a way the alliance measures efforts to reduce homelessness. The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave. will serve as the command center for this year’s event.

53. OR Nurses Nationwide Donates $175,000 -

Several Memphis entities received 2015 year-end charitable gifts from OR Nurses Nationwide, which has offices in Memphis, Dallas and Houston.

Gifts of $25,000 each were given to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Church Health Center, Baptist College of Health Sciences School of Nursing and Youth Villages. A gift of $20,000 went to the University of Memphis' Loewenberg School of Nursing.

54. Shelby Farms Playground Part of National Case Study -

The American Society of Landscape Architects has put the spotlight on Shelby Farms’ Woodland Discovery Playground.

Woodland Discovery Playground in Memphis is one of 10 case studies included in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ newly expanded online exhibition, “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes.”

55. Saban Is Tops, Busch Upgrades, Grizz 100-1 -

I really don’t like the debates about the greatest player or coach. But it was unavoidable this past week after Alabama won its fourth national championship under Nick Saban (his fifth, having also won as coach at LSU).

56. Last Word: Secrets In A Small Town, Bullard Bounce and Beale & Mud Island -

Munford! A winning Powerball ticket for the largest jackpot ever was sold in Munford and that warrants a rare exclamation mark.
Possibly two when you consider that small towns are supposed to be places where it is nearly impossible to keep a secret – at least from the other folks in the town.
The fact that it was sold at Naifeh’s, a long-standing Tipton County business institution adds to the story.
The person who bought the ticket in Munford holds one of three winning tickets which comes out to about $582 million for that ticket.
That is roughly the size of the city of Memphis operating budget.
There was a similar mystery underway Thursday in Dyersburg where someone bought a Powerball ticket worth a paltry $2 million. Probably worth an exclamation mark if I wasn’t over the limit and already feeling the unspoken disdain of my reporting brethren who are judging me harshly as you read this.

57. Annual Homeless Survey Planned for Jan. 27 -

Community Alliance for the Homeless is set to lead the annual Point-in-Time Count for Memphis and Shelby County on Jan. 27, starting at 4 a.m.

This annual count of unsheltered homeless persons on a single January night is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and it’s a way the alliance measures efforts to reduce homelessness. The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave. will serve as the command center for this year’s event.

58. Stubby and Bo Know First Big-League Hit Is Forever -

They will always remember the first one because in baseball, there is no charity.

June 22, 2001, the St. Louis Cardinals are losing 10-5 to the San Francisco Giants when Stubby Clapp, back-flipping hero to Memphis Redbirds fans, leads off the bottom of the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter.

59. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

60. Redbirds Manager Shildt Returning for 2016 Season -

Mike Shildt, who led Memphis to a 73-71 record as manager of the Redbirds, will return as manager in 2016, along with pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd and hitting coach Mark Budaska. New to the Memphis coaching staff is Robby Hisert, who will serve as a coach this season. Hisert previously served as first base coach for the independent Bridgeport Bluefish and as hitting coach for Southern Vermont College.

61. Staxtacular Connects Music, Basketball and Mentoring -

The Soulsville Foundation is bringing the worlds of basketball, music and mentoring together for its largest annual fundraiser, Staxtacular 2016.

The event is a partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies and is presented by SunTrust. It will be held Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926. E. McLemore Ave.

62. 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.

63. Dedric Lawson Again Earns AAC Rookie-of-Week Honors -

University of Memphis freshman Dedric Lawson has been named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Lawson, a forward, averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game for the week, while adding four assists, three steals and two blocked shots. He scored 12 points in the first game of the week, hitting 5-of-14 from the field and 1-of-3 from long range. He also added eight rebounds against Nicholls, while adding a career-high-tying three steals.

64. Grizzlies’ Adams to Have Surgery; Martin Also on Shelf -

Memphis Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams is scheduled to have knee surgery Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Adams, the 22nd overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Grizzlies last season, had played in just two games this season because of knee pain. Adams holds career averages of 3.2 points and 0.9 rebounds in 8.2 minutes in 32 career minutes.

65. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

66. OR Nurses Nationwide Donates $175,000 -

Several Memphis entities received 2015 year-end charitable gifts from OR Nurses Nationwide, which has offices in Memphis, Dallas and Houston.

Gifts of $25,000 each were given to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Church Health Center, Baptist College of Health Sciences School of Nursing and Youth Villages. A gift of $20,000 went to the University of Memphis' Loewenberg School of Nursing.

67. Shelby Farms Playground Part of National Case Study -

The American Society of Landscape Architects has put the spotlight on Shelby Farms’ Woodland Discovery Playground.

Woodland Discovery Playground in Memphis is one of 10 case studies included in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ newly expanded online exhibition, “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes.”

68. New Mobile-Only Grizzlies Smart Pass Unveiled -

The Memphis Grizzlies are introducing a new, mobile-only “Grizzlies Smart Pass,” which goes on-sale Friday, Jan. 8, at grizzlies.com and will be accessible for use exclusively through the official Memphis Grizzlies mobile app.

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

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

70. GiVE 365 Grant Applications Being Accepted for 2016 -

GiVE 365, the dollar-a-day philanthropy initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits.

The theme for this year’s grant cycle, as voted on by the GiVE 365 membership, is “Memphis 2020: programs that will have a tangible impact on Memphis in the next five years.”

71. Rhodes Colleges Hires New Football Coach -

Jim Ryan, who has served as the defensive coordinator at Washington University (St. Louis) the past four years, has been named head football coach at Rhodes College.

72. Ballpark Digest Lauds AutoZone Park Renovations -

Extensive improvements before last baseball season earned AutoZone Park Ballpark Digest's Best Ballpark Renovation Award (over $6 million category) for 2015.

"AutoZone Park has always been one of the leading venues in Minor League Baseball, but there's no doubt it had become a dated facility," said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. "With the St. Louis Cardinals coming on board as owners, it was clearly important to Cards team leaders and the Redbirds front office that the fan experience be significantly enhanced."

73. 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.

74. New Mobile-Only Grizzlies Smart Pass Unveiled -

The Memphis Grizzlies are introducing a new, mobile-only “Grizzlies Smart Pass,” which goes on-sale Friday, Jan. 8, at grizzlies.com and will be accessible for use exclusively through the official Memphis Grizzlies mobile app.

75. Mediocre Grizz, McGwire Gets It, NCAA Madness -

Wednesday night, Jan. 6, Grizzlies at Oklahoma City on ESPN. It was, well, must-grimace TV.

With Mike Conley in street clothes because of a sore left Achilles, hopes were not particularly high from tip-off. But the Thunder closed the first quarter on an 11-1 run and the Grizzlies never mustered a threat, losing 112-94.

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

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

77. GiVE 365 Grant Applications Being Accepted for 2016 -

GiVE 365, the dollar-a-day philanthropy initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits.

The theme for this year’s grant cycle, as voted on by the GiVE 365 membership, is “Memphis 2020: programs that will have a tangible impact on Memphis in the next five years.”

78. Last Word: Farewell For Now Midtown Kroger, Weather Hype and Tri-State Bank Clues -

A moment of silence for Midtown Kroger if you will, now that you’ve been through the New Year’s mountain of emails etc.
Where to shop with the Midtown supermarket landmark now closed was the water-cooler question of the day for those who have had a love-hate relationship with the store.
If you are a creature of habit and your habit is that store, you’ve known it by many names – Seesel’s, Seesel’s by Albertson, Schnucks and Kroger.
And as many bad names as you called its original parking lot, you came up with some new ones for the God-forsaken parking lot and its marked pedestrian walkway to hell built on the elegant ghost of the old Trousseau shop.
The store's interior wasn’t quite “Double Indemnity” tiny – think Barbara Stanwyck in cat sunglasses talking furtively over doll-like shelves to Fred MacMurray before “My Three Sons.”
But the “super” in its version of a supermarket was the 1950s black-and-white television Superman.
When Pau Gasol – the original Gasol -- was still playing for the Grizzlies, I ran across him on a late-night grocery excursion able to shop two aisles at once peering over his own aisle to the one I was on, suddenly having that feeling that someone was watching me.
An informal and decidedly unscientific sampling Monday found the alternative sites were the Kroger at Poplar and Cleveland, Cash Saver on Madison, West Memphis WalMart (a go to destination for left of Midtowners, otherwise known as Downtowners) and “I’m still waiting for Trader Joe's."
The old Midtown Kroger has closed as the new and bigger Kroger is starting to take shape behind chain link fences with tarps and other construction barriers just west of the original store but still within earshot of the Idlewild Presbyterian Church carillon.

79. Mounted Shooting Contest Comes to Agricenter -

On Saturday, Jan. 9, Agricenter International will be the site of a Mounted Shooting competition dubbed “Shoot Out at the Showplace.”

Described as a combination of barrel racing and precision shooting, the competition will feature 15-year-old Ethan Wilkinson – the current National High Point Champion Cowboy.

80. Rhodes Colleges Hires New Football Coach -

Jim Ryan, who has served as the defensive coordinator at Washington University (St. Louis) the past four years, has been named head football coach at Rhodes College.

81. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils -

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.

82. Ballpark Digest Lauds AutoZone Park Renovations -

Extensive improvements before last baseball season earned AutoZone Park Ballpark Digest's Best Ballpark Renovation Award (over $6 million category) for 2015.

"AutoZone Park has always been one of the leading venues in Minor League Baseball, but there's no doubt it had become a dated facility," said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. "With the St. Louis Cardinals coming on board as owners, it was clearly important to Cards team leaders and the Redbirds front office that the fan experience be significantly enhanced."

83. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

84. Piscotty is Cardinals’ Player of the Year -

For his achievements both at Triple-A Memphis and in St. Louis, the Cardinals selected outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty as the organization’s Player of the Year for 2015.

Piscotty, 24, batted .305 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in his 63 games with the Cardinals following his July 21 call-up from Memphis. He ranked among team leaders in two-out RBI (23), game-winning RBI (7) and batting average with runners in scoring position (.393, 29 RBI).

85. Liberty Bowl Sold Out, Parking Could Be an Issue -

The 57th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Arkansas vs. Kansas State, is sold out. The game, slated to begin at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, is the first sellout since the Razorbacks’ appearance in the game six years ago.

86. AAC Names Tigers’ Tubbs Preseason Player of the Year -

University of Memphis center fielder Darien Tubbs has been named as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, in conjunction with the preseason all-conference team and preseason poll.

87. Basketball Tigers Win Conference Opener -

Four University of Memphis men's basketball players scored double figures, and senior Trahson Burrell posted a double-double in his first start of the season, as the Tigers defeated Tulane, 77-65, in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams at FedExForum Tuesday, Dec. 28.

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

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

89. 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.

90. 3-Time Champ Nishikori Headlines Memphis Open -

Defending champion Kei Nishikori heads the competitors’ list for The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, to be held at the Racquet Club of Memphis on Feb. 6-14.

Nishikori, 26, is the highest-ranked player competing in the 2016 Memphis Open, holding the ATP No. 8 ranking. Kevin Anderson follows Nishikori with an ATP No. 12 ranking. Nishikori and Anderson met in the finals last year.

91. Piscotty is Cardinals’ Player of the Year -

For his achievements both at Triple-A Memphis and in St. Louis, the Cardinals selected outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty as the organization’s Player of the Year for 2015.

Piscotty, 24, batted .305 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in his 63 games played with the Cardinals following his July 21 call-up from Memphis. He ranked among team leaders in two-out RBI (23), game-winning RBI (7) and batting average with runners in scoring position (.393, 29 RBI).

92. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

93. Basketball Tigers Win Conference Opener -

Four University of Memphis basketball players scored double figures, and senior Trahson Burrell posted a double-double in his first start of the season, as the Tigers defeated Tulane 77-65 in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams at FedExForum Tuesday, Dec. 28.

94. Three-Time Champ Nishikori Headlines Memphis Open -

Defending champion Kei Nishikori heads the competitors’ list for The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, to be held at the Racquet Club of Memphis on Feb. 6-14.

Nishikori, 26, is the highest-ranked player competing in the 2016 Memphis Open, holding the ATP No. 8 ranking. Kevin Anderson follows Nishikori with an ATP No. 12 ranking. Nishikori and Anderson met in the finals last year.

95. 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.

96. Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea -

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.
The beginning of the series of storms and tornadoes they spawned killed eight people in North Mississippi where recovery is still a fact of life in this last week of 2015.
This will be a week of funerals and damage assessments for federal disaster aid throughout our region.
And you will hear more stories of escapes and new beginnings after losing everything of any material value.
But even in our spared city, our thoughts will return instinctively to the young lives taken so suddenly and so close to the family gatherings in which our youngest give so much more in the way of hope than they will realize at this tender age.

97. Last Word: 7 Dead in North Mississippi, City Hall Shuffle Continues, Another UCI Exit -

With first light Christmas Eve in North Mississippi the death toll from the Wednesday storm and tornadoes rose to seven with more than 40 injured, that according to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant who has declared a state of emergency.

98. AAC Names Tigers Outfielder Preseason Player of the Year -

University of Memphis center fielder Darien Tubbs has been named as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, in conjunction with the preseason all-conference team and preseason poll.

99. U of M Athletes Again Average 3.0 GPA -

For the 10th consecutive semester, student-athletes at the University of Memphis posted a departmental GPA of at least 3.0, finishing the fall of 2015 with a 3.00 GPA.

Fifteen of the program’s 17 teams posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Tiger men’s tennis team led all men’s sports with a 3.5 GPA, while women’s soccer led the women’s teams with a 3.74 GPA.

100. Lynch Projected As High As No. 2 Overall in NFL Draft -

After University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch had tossed seven touchdown passes in the Tigers’ regular-season ending victory over SMU, the redshirt junior said he would not decide about his future until after the team’s bowl game.