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1. Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk
- Monday, March 27, 2017
There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.
2. Will Mortgage Rates Rise? What to Know About Fed Rate Hike
- Thursday, March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Are mortgage rates headed up? How about car loans? Credit cards?
How about those nearly invisible rates on bank CDs – any chance of getting a few dollars more?
3. Mississippi House to Colleges: Fly Flag or Lose Tax Break
- Thursday, March 09, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist.
4. New Travel Ban Signed; Iraq Not Included This Time
- Tuesday, March 07, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday signed a reworked version of his controversial travel ban Monday, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shutting down America's refugee program.
5. Last Word: Bar Louie's Corner, Chucalissa and Shark Tank for Ag
- Monday, March 06, 2017
The key corner at the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street is the southwest corner where since the opening of a renovated Overton Square several years ago Bar Louie has had the corner. And the restaurant chain wants to keep the corner although its landlord wants to make a change. That’s the bottom line in bankruptcy reorganization court documents filed in February.
6. Dobbs Makes His Stand to Join NFL Roster
- Friday, February 24, 2017
Josh Dobbs has spent the last four years preparing for a future in aerospace engineering. For now, though, that career is still on the runway. First, he’s hoping to take flight in the NFL. After establishing himself as one of the most productive quarterbacks in University of Tennessee history, Dobbs isn’t ready to give up on football. It remains to be seen if football is ready to give up on him.
7. View From the Hill: ‘Moral Mondays’ Draw Crowds, But Are Lawmakers Listening?
- Thursday, February 23, 2017
Johnny and Julie Erwin don’t look like typical protesters, but the senior couple joined the “moral Mondays” ruckus recently at the State Capitol, Johnny wearing his Air Force cap and Julie holding a list of social legislation they oppose.
8. Experts Provide Recruiting Tips For Increasingly Active Job Market
- Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Qualified job seekers should see more career options opening up this year, as nearly 50 percent of employers are expecting to increase staffing in 2017, according to Employer Associations of America.
9. New Book Spurs Call for Fresh Probe of Emmett Till Lynching
- Thursday, February 09, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The horrific 1955 Mississippi slaying of Emmett Till, which helped trigger the modern civil rights movement, should be re-investigated now that a key witness is quoted as saying she lied about what the black teen said and did before he was lynched, Till's relatives say.
10. Cardinals Must Give Astros Top 2 Picks, $2M for Hacking
- Tuesday, January 31, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year's amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros' email system and scouting database, the final step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams.
11. Report: Amazon Wants to Take On AutoZone, Other Parts Retailers
- Thursday, January 26, 2017
AutoZone earlier this week got a taste of what just a hint – however thinly sourced – of fresh competition from the retail behemoth Amazon can do to investor nerves.
The Memphis-based auto parts company saw its shares shed a little more than 5 percent of their value in a single day the same day other parts retailers were similarly punished by investors. It was apparently on the strength of one news report – a New York Post take on Amazon making a play to move deeper into the auto parts segment.
12. GOP Governors Who Turned Down Medicaid Money Have Hands Out
- Friday, January 20, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.
13. CBU’s Mike Nienaber Enjoys the Wins, Survives the Losses
- Friday, January 13, 2017
Mike Nienaber has won a lot of college basketball games. Recently, he bagged No. 300 as the coach at Christian Brothers University. Before that, he won 242 games for Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.
14. Dobbs Had a Great Run, But Manning is Still No. 1
- Friday, January 06, 2017
Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy. Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.
15. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017
- Friday, December 30, 2016
Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...
16. Memphis Health Care Thrives With Investments, Growth
- Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Methodist Healthcare made a “great commitment” to Memphis this year. Those are the words of Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, who referenced the health care system’s multimillion-dollar investment into its flagship hospital at 1265 Union Ave., part of a master plan that will give the facility a modern overhaul.
17. First Tennessee Responds To Chattanooga Crash
- Saturday, December 03, 2016
First Tennessee Bank and the First Tennessee Foundation have teamed up with the Hunter Worley Foundation to support families of the children killed in the recent Chattanooga bus tragedy.
18. Tigers to Face Western Kentucky in Boca Raton Bowl
- Monday, December 05, 2016
The bad news for University of Memphis football fans? The Tigers’ bowl destination is a really, really long drive.
The good news? It’s the Boca Raton Bowl in Florida and not a return trip to the Birmingham Bowl, where last year the Tigers lost to Auburn after coach Justin Fuente had left for Virginia Tech.
19. Wildfires Scorch Tourist Area in Tennessee; Thousands Flee
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.
20. First Tennessee Collecting Donations in Response to Chattanooga Crash
- Monday, November 28, 2016
First Tennessee Bank and the First Tennessee Foundation have teamed up with the Hunter Worley Foundation to support families of the children killed in the recent Chattanooga bus tragedy. Donations will be accepted at any First Tennessee branch.
21. Arkansas Players Face Backlash After Kneeling During Anthem
- Thursday, November 10, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing the University of Arkansas and six women's basketball players who kneeled during the national anthem before an exhibition game, saying they would consider cutting the school's budget over the issue.
22. Authority Sticks With DMC for Beale Street
- Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Beale Street entertainment district is preparing for a Christmas parade and a New Year’s Eve celebration beyond Wednesday’s opening of the lucrative Memphis Grizzlies season.
The new year will mark a full two years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been the interim manager of the district for the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.
23. BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind
- Thursday, October 20, 2016
Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.
Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.
24. The Press Box: Flawed Feathers, Grizz Preseason, and Dak’s Fame
- Friday, September 30, 2016
Wading in with a few thoughts as the baseball postseason nears, the Grizzlies get ready to play games that don’t count, and Dak Prescott’s new-found fame …
The St. Louis Cardinals, in all probability, will not make the playoffs. Oh, sure, as I write this they are mathematically alive for a wild card spot. They win out, they get help – the San Francisco Giants’ combustible bullpen being the most likely source – they could sneak in, even win the wildcard game, and find themselves facing the rival Chicago Cubs in the Division Series.
25. Nothing Else Counts for Jones if He Can’t Top Gators
- Friday, September 23, 2016
Since his arrival at Tennessee in December 2012, Butch Jones often has spoken about the importance of getting the Vols back up and running in their biggest rivalry games.
Easier said than done. Jones has yet to beat either of UT’s two biggest rivals – Florida and Alabama.
26. OC Robiskie Appreciates the Help – To a Point
- Friday, September 16, 2016
Being an offensive or defensive coordinator can be a thankless job.
Call a play that backfires, and all the armchair coaches in the stands and watching at home are screaming for their head. And of course, when those amateur play-callers have Twitter at their fingertips, it only makes the criticism worse.
27. No Quick Fix in State Health Insurance Issue
- Thursday, September 15, 2016
State Rep. Ron Travis is perplexed.
On one hand, the Republican from Dayton is concerned with escalating premiums for Tennesseans participating in the insurance marketplace, worried costs are increasing to the point people simply can’t afford health insurance.
28. 8-8 Mediocrity Sounds Good to Titans Fans
- Friday, September 09, 2016
On an August morning in 1999, the Tennessee Titans coaching staff and front office personnel awoke to this headline in the local newspaper:
Playoffs or Pink Slips.
It got their attention. Things were quite tense before, during and after practice on that particular day.
29. Missed Opportunities Detailed Ahead of Personnel Agency Hack
- Thursday, September 08, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – It was time to purge the hacker from the U.S. government's computers.
After secretly monitoring the hacker's online movements for months, officials worried he was getting too close to critical information, so they devised a plan, called the "Big Bang," to expel him.
30. As Long as You’re Here, Kick Durham Out
- Thursday, September 08, 2016
State lawmakers hit the snooze button in July when prospects were high for a special session to oust Rep. Jeremy Durham over a career of carousing.
31. Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award
- Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.
32. Arkansas All-American Walk-On Burlsworth Now the Subject of Film
- Friday, August 19, 2016
Black horn-rimmed glasses. Those were offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth’s trademark, and they were prominent even behind the facemask of his Arkansas Razorbacks helmet.
Predictably, trash-talking opponents laughed at him and called him names. He was, with various modifiers, Clark Kent. Or Kurt Rambis, the funny-looking center for the Los Angeles Lakers. Or Drew Carey, the comedian.
33. Whisenhunt Might Not Recognize These Titans
- Friday, August 12, 2016
Welcome back, Ken Whisenhunt. You’ve only been gone a few months, but you might not recognize many things about your old workplace when you arrive Saturday night.
Call it a cruel twist of fate, irony or whatever you please, but the very man who personified and spearheaded the Titans’ recent failures will be on the sideline at Nissan Stadium when the Titans open the preseason.
34. Delta Air Lines Resumes Some Service After Hours of Global Outage
- Tuesday, August 09, 2016
LONDON (AP) — Delta Air Lines canceled around 365 flights Monday after its computer systems crashed worldwide, stranding thousands of passengers on a busy travel day.
That number is likely to grow. More than 1,000 flights were delayed, according to flight tracking site FlightStats Inc.
35. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy
- Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.
36. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy
- Saturday, June 18, 2016
Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.
37. With Dad's Help, Ridge Smith Off to Chase His MLB Dream
- Friday, June 17, 2016
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.
38. Kroger Enters New Tech-Focused Era in Memphis
- Friday, June 17, 2016
All of a sudden, it seems, Kroger has transformed itself from a traditional grocery retailer to a tech-savvy brand that’s comfortable on the cutting edge.
At the chain’s corporate office in Memphis on a recent afternoon, Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager for the Kroger Delta Division, was showing one shopper some of the bells and whistles Kroger put inside its mobile shopping app. One hassle, the shopper mused aloud, is that she makes her grocery list but then has to run back and forth across the store once she get there, since the list never seems to line up in order with the store layout.
39. Lenovo, Google Unveil Phone That Knows Surroundings
- Friday, June 10, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – such as the room's size and the presence of other people – and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.
40. Your Phone May Soon Sense Everything Around You
- Thursday, June 09, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – the room's size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info?
41. Legislators Sweating the Small Stuff
- Thursday, May 26, 2016
My late father kept a paper weight on his desk at home that read: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Well, we’re sweating the small stuff – from the federal government down to the states – with this harangue over transgender bathrooms.
42. Joerger Lands in Sacramento; Grizzlies Casting for Replacement
- Friday, May 13, 2016
Future conversation in Sacramento between new coach Dave Joerger and franchise player DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins:
Joerger: “DeMarcus, do you get what we’re doing here, do you know what you’re doing on this play?”
43. Impact of Low Housing Inventory Spreads to Home-Staging Business
- Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The low inventory of single-family homes means prices are higher and homes are selling quicker, but also that fewer people are dressing up their homes to make them more attractive to potential buyers in the market.
44. Lucky 7: Indie Bookstores Rise for Seventh Straight Year
- Tuesday, May 10, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Independent bookselling remains on a roll.
The American Booksellers Association has grown for the seventh consecutive year, the trade group's CEO, Oren Teicher, told The Associated Press during a recent interview. Core membership increased to 1,775, up by 63 over the previous year and by more than 300 since 2009. And with many stores opening additional outlets, the number of individual locations rose to 2,311, compared with 2,227 at this time in 2015 and just 1,651 in 2009.
45. Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up
- Friday, April 29, 2016
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.
46. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs
- Saturday, April 23, 2016
MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.
47. Bridging a Divide
- Saturday, April 23, 2016
The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.
In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.
48. Memphis Takes Pounding in Opener With Spurs
- Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Memphis Grizzlies were not alone in their unmitigated defeat. The NBA Playoffs started this past weekend and while descriptions of what happened to the Grizzlies within the shadow of the Alamo in San Antonio were colorful – “a 106-74 bludgeoning by the San Antonio Spurs” read one account at NBA.com – this was hardly an isolated incident.
49. Lawmakers Lure Us In With Momentary Sanity, And Then...
- Thursday, April 07, 2016
Just when it appears the Tennessee Senate is made up of sensible people – as evidenced by the killing of de-annexation legislation – the body is changing course with a Bible-thumping measure.
50. Grizzlies Reeling with Desperate Bulls in Town Tuesday Night
- Monday, April 04, 2016
Guard Bryce Cotton became the 28th player to take the court for the Memphis Grizzlies this season. And if you didn’t know much about Cotton, yet another 10-day contract signee, you’re in good company.
51. Once the Paragon of the Sport, Lady Vols Seem to be Fading From the Spotlight
- Saturday, February 27, 2016
As the 2015-16 regular season winds down, the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team is navigating uncharted territory, and the winds aren’t favorable.
The Lady Vols began the season ranked No. 4 in the nation by the Associated Press and picked to finish second in the SEC by coaches and media. They had Final Four aspirations. Their roster was loaded.
52. After Rebuilding Rhodes Baseball, Jeff Cleanthes Becomes AD
- Friday, February 26, 2016
Sometimes regrets and nagging “what if?” questions wait for a man at the end of his life, pushed out of view amid the everyday race to do the next thing, to just keep moving forward.
Until, finally, a man can ignore them no more.
53. Tennessee Designates Barrett As Official State Rifle
- Thursday, February 25, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While Tennessee lawmakers balked last year at making the Holy Bible the official state book, they showed little hesitance Wednesday in designating an official state rifle.
54. Beale Street Management Firm Possibly On March Agenda
- Monday, February 22, 2016
The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority may be ready to pick a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district at its March 10 meeting.
But after meeting with leaders of the four companies who have formally applied for the job, members of the authority said last week they have a lot of information and are looking for some more detail before making a decision.
55. Callahan Breaks Down UT’s 'Pretty Impressive' Recruiting Class
- Saturday, February 20, 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones keeps his pulse on recruiting year-around, along with his SEC counterparts and other FBS coaches.
Chasing recruits is an endless cycle, the lifeblood of championship football teams.
56. For Grizz the Time Is Now and Later
- Friday, February 19, 2016
Trades happen. “It’s part of the league,” said point guard Mike Conley. Major injuries happen, too. “Very difficult,” coach Dave Joerger said.
57. Life Without Marc? Yes, and Grizz Still Have Something to Play For
- Friday, February 12, 2016
In their first game after learning their franchise player had fractured his right foot and would be lost to the team indefinitely – and yes, perhaps for the rest of the season – the Grizzlies reacted just the way that was needed: They went out to Brooklyn and demolished the hapless Nets before starting their All-Star break.
58. Gasol Just Did What We Really Wanted – Played
- Thursday, February 11, 2016
We want our pro athletes tough and, if possible, indestructible. Makes us feel like they’re actually entitled to their millions. It works out well for everyone. Player wins. Team wins. Fans win.
59. Gasol Just Did What We Really Wanted -- Played
- Wednesday, February 10, 2016
We want our pro athletes tough and, if possible, indestructible.
Makes us feel like they’re actually entitled to their millions.
It works out well for everyone. Player wins. Team wins. Fans win.
60. Grizz Lose 2nd-Straight OT Game and Gasol to Foot Injury
- Tuesday, February 09, 2016
As images go, it doesn’t get much worse than seeing center Marc Gasol being helped off the court, forward Jeff Green inadvertently tapping in a shot for the other team at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, and former Grizzly Ed Davis doing the kind of work that inspired praise from Portland coach Terry Stotts.
61. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority
- Thursday, February 04, 2016
Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.
62. Exxon's 4Q and Annual Profit Plunge With Oil Prices
- Wednesday, February 03, 2016
DALLAS (AP) — The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil.
Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 58 percent to $2.78 billion. It was the oil giant's smallest profit since the third quarter of 2002.
63. Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks
- Friday, January 22, 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.
Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.
64. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.
65. Grizzlies Notebook: Conley ‘In Rhythm’ In 1st Game Back
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had a simple goal for his first game back: “I just wanted to not mess up anything, to keep everybody involved and still pick and choose my spots to be aggressive.”
66. 8 Games Behind Where They Were Last Year, Grizz Need Z-Bo More Than Ever
- Friday, January 15, 2016
You can’t say the sports gods don’t have a sense of humor. On Jan. 12, 2015, the Grizzlies made a three-way trade with Boston and New Orleans that sent away the team’s designated whipping boy with fans (Tayshaun Prince) and the pouty Quincy Pondexter and brought in the athletic, the dynamic, the difference-making, Jeff Green.
67. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016
- Monday, January 11, 2016
How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...
68. Hiring of New Beale Street Manager Nears
- Monday, December 21, 2015
The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will soon know what it has to work with in selecting a firm to run the entertainment district on a day-to-day basis.
The deadline for real estate management companies to apply to the authority’s request for proposal or RFP was Friday, Dec. 18.
69. Painful thought: Will the Titans ever be good again?
- Saturday, November 21, 2015
As the Tennessee Titans head down the backstretch of another unproductive season, it might be time to ponder a scary question: Will the Titans ever be good again?
How much longer will they be an NFL’s bottom feeder, swimming the same muddy waters as the Raiders, Browns, Lions and Jaguars?
70. North Texas Could Never Upset the Vols, Right?
- Saturday, November 14, 2015
No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.
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.
71. Reports: Grizz Trade for Miami's Chalmers, Ennis
- Wednesday, November 11, 2015
As first reported by Yahoo Sports, the Memphis Grizzlies have made a move to upgrade their bench by trading backup point guard Beno Udrih and second-year forward Jarnell Stokes to the Miami Heat for point guard Mario Chalmers and forward James Ennis.
72. Ugly Beginning: Grizz Start Season With 30-Point Loss to Cleveland
- Friday, October 30, 2015
It was two hours before tip-off of the first game of the Memphis Grizzlies’ season. Fans were not yet inside FedExForum, but there was an air of anticipation because in the pro sports world opening night is like its own New Year’s Day.
73. Bipartisan Brakes for Governor Haslam’s Privatization Push
- Thursday, October 29, 2015
Plans to put Tennessee’s real estate and government operations in the hands of private business are much further along than Gov. Bill Haslam would like people to think.
A master of downplaying big issues, Haslam says he’s simply looking for ways to make government run more efficiently and save money.
74. Grizz Tip Off Season to Begin Pursuit of Another Playoffs Run
- Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Memphis Grizzlies had just endured a 22-60 season, a season so bad that coach Mike Fratello had been fired right after Christmas.
A season so bad that the Grizzlies didn’t win their 10th game of the season until January.
75. Together Again
- Saturday, October 24, 2015
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.
76. Beale Authority Ready To Issue Manager RFP In November
- Friday, October 16, 2015
The timeline is tight. But with the city of Memphis elections done, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is ready to move on several fronts before the end of the year to take control of the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day property manager.
77. Grizz May Be Able to Speed Up A Few Minutes at a Time
- Friday, October 09, 2015
It meant nothing – the final score, the individual stats … none of it mattered. And yet when the Grizzlies ran out for the first preseason game of the 2015-16 season, before a half-empty FedExForum on Tuesday Oct. 6, it felt good and it felt right.
78. After Trying to Just Fit In, Jeff Green Looks to Make Bigger Impact on Grizz
- Friday, October 02, 2015
Center Marc Gasol looks at Jeff Green and sees what does not exist anywhere else on the Grizzlies’ veteran, often plodding, roster.
79. Despite Rhetoric, Florida Game Critical for Tennessee's Butch Jones
- Saturday, September 26, 2015
Tennessee’s Butch Jones will coach the biggest game of his three-year tenure with the Vols – and probably the biggest of his entire coaching career – at Florida on Saturday.
Like it or not, Jones is carrying the weight of UT’s 10-game losing streak to Florida on his shoulders.
80. Beale Authority Moves Toward Management Firm
- Monday, September 14, 2015
The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority plans to hire a day-to-day real estate management firm by the end of the year.
The authority voted Thursday, Sept. 10, to move toward the hire. The next step is a request for proposal that the board is expected to vote on at its Oct. 15 meeting.
81. Tony Allen: Starting Doesn’t Matter … 'I Showed That Already'
- Thursday, September 10, 2015
Training camp for the Memphis Grizzlies is just three weeks away.
When its starts, All-Star center Marc Gasol will be safely back in the fold after having signed a long-term extension over the summer. The Grizzlies will have added a veteran big man in Brandan Wright and another wing player in Matt Barnes, once part of the enemy that is the Los Angeles Clippers.
82. Fisher, Other Familiar Faces Return for Preseason Play
- Saturday, August 22, 2015
The Tennessee Titans welcome back a familiar face Sunday night when Jeff Fisher rolls back into Nashville as coach of the St. Louis Rams.
83. Beale Board Looks at 3-Month Window to Set Up Shop
- Monday, August 17, 2015
The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is looking at a narrow three-month window to get its lease agreement with City Hall signed and, in effect, begin its work for the city and hire some kind of day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.
84. Emergency Fix
- Friday, August 14, 2015
Memphis is making non-emergency calls a top priority. The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, Memphis Fire Department and area health care providers are working in conjunction with IBM consultants to streamline emergency services.
85. Buffett's Biggest Bet: Berkshire Hathaway Buying Precision Castparts for About $32B
- Tuesday, August 11, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett is making the biggest bet of his long investment career, a $32.36 billion buyout of Precision Castparts in a deal that will continue to reshape his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.
86. As Amazon Turns 20, A Look at Its Biggest Bets
- Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.
The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.
87. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee
- Thursday, July 02, 2015
Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.
88. Memphian Will Hogue Finding Success on Long Drive Tour
- Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Will Hogue won last weekend’s Bluff City Shootout long drive competition by defeating 2014 world champion Jeff Flagg. And that would seem to bode well for Hogue’s chances at this year’s world championships, except that right now there isn’t going to be one.
89. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market
- Saturday, June 20, 2015
Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.
Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.
90. Involvement in Honor Flights an Honor for Mannis
- Saturday, June 06, 2015
By creating HonorAir Knoxville, Eddie Mannis has brought joy to thousands of American war veterans and learned more than a little about his own character.
For the last eight years, the organization has honored veterans with free flights to the nation’s capital.
91. Better Catch Schwarber While He’s Still a Smokie
- Saturday, June 06, 2015
SEVIERVILLE – Tennessee Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber didn’t waste any time catching the attention of the Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon during spring training.
It was March 5, Schwarber’s 22nd birthday, and the Cubs were playing San Francisco. Schwarber came to bat for the first time in spring training with the bases loaded against Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
92. Beale Authority Wants to Talk Fee Simple Ownership Of District
- Friday, June 05, 2015
The newly appointed Beale Street Tourism Development Authority wants to talk to Memphis City Council members about a fee simple arrangement for how it would govern the entertainment district for the city.
93. Next Step: Returning Grizzlies Have to Be Better
- Friday, May 29, 2015
The possible return or exit of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol won’t be known for a while. So for our purposes today, let’s assume Gasol takes the mostly likely free agent path and signs a two-year deal with the Grizzlies that allows him to opt out after next season.
94. Reality Change
- Saturday, May 23, 2015
“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”
– Marc Gasol
Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.
95. With barrage of 3-pointers, Warriors close out Grizz in Game 6
- Saturday, May 16, 2015
Stephen Curry said the Golden State Warriors didn’t find themselves until the Memphis Grizzlies “hit us in the mouth two games in a row.”
96. Beale Street Board to Tackle District Plans, Future
- Monday, May 11, 2015
Jeff Sanford has spent much of the past five years consulting on redevelopment projects in other cities.
But Sanford – who stepped down from his post as president of the Center City Commission, now the Downtown Memphis Commission, in 2010 – hasn’t found another entertainment district comparable to Memphis’ most famous street.
97. Genetic Testing Moves Into World of Employee Health
- Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug.
Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or heart disease develop. It's a step beyond the typical corporate wellness programs that many companies are using to make workers more aware of their risk factors and improve their health.
98. Judge: Caesars Can Demolish Harrah's Casino in Mississippi
- Tuesday, April 28, 2015
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Chicago bankruptcy judge has blessed plans to dismantle the former casino at the shuttered Harrah's complex in Mississippi's Tunica County.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar authorized the dismantling March 30. It's one facet of a massive bankruptcy case involving Caesars Entertainment Corp. and its attempt to restructure or shed almost $20 billion in debt.
99. New Oak Ridge Airport Awaits Review by DOE
- Saturday, April 25, 2015
For years, area business leaders and aviation enthusiasts have advocated the need for a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge to complement commercial air service provided by McGhee Tyson Airport, the largest commercial airport in East Tennessee.
100. Biblical Lessons Lost in Lack of Health Care Debate
- Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tennessee’s legislators spent hours this session arguing over guns and whether to pass a law making the Bible the state book of Tennessee.
In fact, the Bible bill took two days of debate in the House, where it passed, and thorough discussion in the Senate, before it died – at least until next year.