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1. Last Word: A Centennial, Corker Controversy Goes Wider and Ranked Choice Votes -

One of the most influential political figures in the city and state in the last half of the 20th century turned 100 years old MondayLewis Donelson, cofounder and senior counsel at Baker Donelson. A direct descendant of Andrew Jackson, the president from Tennessee who made the mold of the modern Democratic Party, Donelson started out, of course, as a Democrat. But by the 1950s was shaping the modern local and state Republican parties.

2. Orbison Headlines Memphis Music Hall Of Fame 2017 Class -

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame unveiled its list of 2017 inductees to a packed house Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis that included Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Most notably among the seven-member class of 2017 were the Memphis Horns and Roy Orbison of “Pretty Woman” fame.

3. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Class -

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame unveiled its list of 2017 inductees to a packed house Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis that included Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Most notably among the seven-member class of 2017 were the Memphis Horns and Roy Orbison of “Pretty Woman” fame.

4. Sonny Burgess, Rockabilly Pioneer, Dies at 88 -

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — Albert “Sonny” Burgess, who was an early pioneer of what became known as rockabilly music, has died in his native Arkansas.

The Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport says Burgess died Friday in Little Rock. He was 88.

5. Comedian, Telethon Host Jerry Lewis Dies at 91 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

6. The Week Ahead: Aug. 14-20 -

Hello, Memphis! School was the big opening last week, but this week it’s the majestic Crosstown Concourse, the 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Cleveland Street at North Parkway. It is hosting a six-hour extravaganza of tours, music, food and the arts. Check out the details, plus more Elvis Week events and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead...

7. Saturday Night Scenes on Beale Street -

Some observations from three consecutive Saturday nights on Beale Street at and after 10 p.m.

Beale Street just before 10 p.m. is about bubbles. Street vendors selling bubble guns – toy guns that shoot bubbles – do a brisk business before 10. A girl in a stroller watches with wide eyes as her finger is locked on the trigger and bubbles spew forth. By the time she reaches the middle of the block between B.B. King Boulevard and Second Street, the stream of bubbles begins to slow.

8. Chuck Berry's Influence on Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Incalculable -

Rock n' roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask.

9. Last Word: Calipari Madness, Wolfchase 20 Years On and The Path Beyond Chemo -

John Calipari returns to Memphis at week’s end after Kentucky advanced Sunday to the NCAA South semifinals at FedExForum Friday. But based on the way his team played Sunday after a close game with Northwestern Saturday he might not be here long.

10. Secrets to Passionate Leadership -

Some leaders have charisma, that ability to engage others. They reach out and touch your heart and soul. Others are quiet with a passion that reveals itself more slowly but is equally compelling. These leaders know what they are talking about, and they know how to connect with people.

11. View From the Hill: ‘Moral Mondays’ Draw Crowds, But Are Lawmakers Listening? -

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.

12. Jan. 20-26, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1967: Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs headline the year’s first rock ‘n’ roll show at the Mid-South Coliseum atop a bill that includes Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Gentrys, The Yo-Yos, and Flash and the Casuals.
All except Hank Williams Jr. are Memphis entertainers.
It would be a year of 15 such package tours coming through Memphis. Flash and the Casuals played 32 dates opening for Paul Revere & The Raiders on a national tour as the Raiders were at the peak of their popularity, then returned to the road with them for a second tour later in the year.
Source: “Memphis Rocks” by Ron Hall

13. Dobbs Had a Great Run, But Manning is Still No. 1 -

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.

14. Events -

Beale Street will host a free concert by blues legend Bobby Rush and his Girls and newly signed Stax recording artists Southern Avenue at its annual New Year’s Eve party Saturday, Dec. 31. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Beale and Fourth Street; the annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop and fireworks start at midnight. Visit bealestreet.com.

15. Events -

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700 for tickets.

16. Events -

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. For ticket information, visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700.

17. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host a “Frozen” sing-along Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through Jan. 29. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

18. Jerry Lee Lewis Playing New Year’s Eve on Beale -

Rock ’n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis will play the Beale Street nightspot bearing his name on New Year’s Eve.

Lewis will play a single show at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe and Honky Tonk, 310 Beale, at 8 p.m.

19. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

20. Jerry Lee Lewis Playing New Year’s Eve on Beale -

Rock ’n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis will play the Beale Street nightspot bearing his name on New Year’s Eve.

Lewis will play a single show at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe and Honky Tonk, 310 Beale, at 8 p.m.

21. Rocker Leon Russell Dies in Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Leon Russell, who performed, sang and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, has died. He was 74.

22. Last Word: Early Vote Numbers, Crime Q&A and School Suspensions in Memphis -

The last weekend of early voting is done and now we get the early vote surge through Thursday, which is the last day for early voting at the 21 polling places across Shelby County.

Through this past Friday, 161,239 early votes had been cast in Shelby County. That compares to 156,645 to the same point in 2008 and 151,809 in 2012.

23. Eric Clapton Sued by Musician's Estate Over Iconic Song -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.

A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song "Alberta" to Huddie Ledbetter – better known as Lead Belly – in the 2013 re-release of Clapton's "Unplugged" album, when the credit should have gone to Bo Carter, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2e3xcEY).

24. Elvis Auction Going Live At Guest House -

The latest auction of Elvis Presley-related memorabilia hosted by Graceland went online Tuesday, Oct. 11. And it will move to a live auction setting as one of the first events in the 464-seat theater at the Guest House at Graceland hotel-resort during its opening weekend.

25. Elvis Auction Going Live At Guest House -

The latest auction of Elvis Presley-related memorabilia hosted by Graceland went online Tuesday, Oct. 11. And it will move to a live auction setting as one of the first events in the 464-seat theater at the Guest House at Graceland hotel-resort during its opening weekend.

26. American Studio Hit-Maker Moman Dies -

He found the old South Memphis movie theater that became Stax Records. He recorded more than 100 hit records for numerous record labels in a 10-year period in a nondescript building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue.

27. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

28. Haslam Seeks $12M for 'Nashville,' 'Million Dollar Quartet' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing to spend $8 million to keep the ABC television show "Nashville" in the Tennessee capital.

The Republican governor's spending plan also includes $4.5 million to subsidize the CMT network's "Million Dollar Quartet" miniseries in Memphis.

29. Beale Street Music Festival Marks 40th Year With 64 Acts -

The last time Neil Young played Memphis, it was at the Mid-South Coliseum with a rockabilly band called the Shocking Pinks and Ronald Reagan was president.

30. Neil Young, Paul Simon, Modest Mouse Top Beale Street Music Fest Lineup -

Neil Young, Beck, Paul Simon, Train and Modest Mouse are among the headliners for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival, April 29-May 1, in Tom Lee Park.

31. Tenn. Approves Incentives for TV Series Production in Memphis -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to support production of a TV series that will be shot in Memphis this spring.

The series will be an eight-episode, Memphis-themed scripted drama that Viacom’s CMT network is adapting from the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

32. Last Word: Rallings Meets the Council, Million Dollar Auditions & A Pinch Plan Emerges -

His second day on the job, the new Memphis Police Director, Michael Rallings, met the Memphis City Council and discovered just what a huge issue police body cameras are – if he didn’t know that already.
His answers to some pointed questions about when police can turn off those cameras and why made this an uneven first encounter.
Council members told him they got an earful from constituents over the weekend in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Johnathan Bratcher in South Memphis. And some of the reaction they got was to reports that a police dispatcher ordered police trying out the body cameras to turn them off as they arrived at the scene of the shooting.
There are three cameras being tested. And one of the officers with them showed up after the shooting, according to police.
Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland still didn’t have a timetable for the roll-out of the cameras but did offer some specifics including hiring by the MPD of 10 new personnel to deal with the handling of what the camera records.
And Strickland’s intention is to pay for it out of the existing MPD budget.

33. Casting Set to Begin for Memphis-based "Million Dollar Quartet" TV Series -

Viacom’s CMT network will announce Wednesday that it's begun casting for an eight-episode, Memphis-themed scripted drama it’s bringing to the small screen later this year.

The project is an adaption of the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” and the production will be based in Memphis, according to CMT.

34. Book Looks at Sam Phillips' Career, Early Days in Alabama -

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The legacy of Sam Phillips is inextricably tied to Memphis, Tennessee, and his Sun Records and studio. But Phillips' Alabama hometown holds the key to understanding the man who gave the world rock 'n' roll.

35. Strickland Names 26 to Eight Transition Committees -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, that he has named 26 people to eight committees that are the structure of his transition committee.

The transition committee members were chosen by Strickland along with the three co-chairs of the transition committee.

36. Timberlake Remarks Show Generational Change in Music Heritage -

Memphis music heritage, and the remembrance of it, turned an important corner Saturday, Oct. 17, when Justin Timberlake walked on stage at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Timberlake, 34, is the youngest inductee into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

37. Jerry Lee Lewis to Celebrate Big Birthday in Memphis -

Legendary entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis is scheduled to blow out the candles this weekend in honor of his 80th birthday at his namesake honky tonk on Beale Street.

38. Musical Space -

It took a while – four years, in fact – for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame to finally get a space of its own. But it’s preparing to celebrate that physical space at 126 Beale St., adjacent to the Hard Rock Café, with a grand opening ceremony Friday, Aug. 21.

39. Sammy Davis Jr. Pendant Among Elvis Artifacts Auctioned -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr. was among 160 authenticated artifacts sold Thursday evening during an auction at the King of Rock 'n' Roll's longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home.

40. Chism Opens Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise's Memphis Office -

Jeremy Chism has joined Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise as vice president to open the company’s Memphis commercial real estate loan production office. The firm provides financing solutions through a vast network of insurance companies, CMBS lenders and commercial lenders for commercial real estate.

41. This week in Memphis history: May 29-June 4 -

1970: The “Shower of Stars” benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is held at the Mid-South Coliseum with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and hospital founder Danny Thomas and his daughter, Marlo Thomas. A year later, the bill includes Sinatra, Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Tennessee Ernie Ford and Vikki Carr.

42. Musicians for Le Bonheur Assembling 2015 CD -

Raising money for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital pretty much runs in Justin Jaggers’ family.

His father, WREG News Channel 3 meteorologist Jim Jaggers, has the annual Go Jim Go cycling campaign to raise money for the hospital. And the younger Jaggers has for five years now spearheaded Musicians for Le Bonheur, an effort that has so far raised $10,000 partly from a CD sales effort.

43. Presley's First Record, 'My Happiness,' Auctions for $300,000 -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – An acetate recording of the ballad "My Happiness," the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, sold at auction Thursday night for $300,000.

An undisclosed Internet buyer placed the winning bid at Graceland, the museum and tourist attraction that was Presley's former home. The auction was held on what would have been the late singer's 80th birthday.

44. Council to Weigh Next Moves on Beale -

A Beale Street Tourism Development Authority with a nine-member appointed board would oversee the development and management of the entertainment district under the terms of a 13-page resolution that goes to the Memphis City Council this week for discussion.

45. Events -

Art for Life’s Sake will present a holiday blues concert Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale St. The concert will include an array of blues music by famous local and international blues artists. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit artforlifessake.org.

46. Events -

The Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk will be held Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Broad Avenue Arts District. The event will include more than 100 artists exhibiting along Broad Avenue, live music and dance at the Water Tower Pavilion, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Visit broadavearts.com.

47. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn from the Experts” Thursday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in its boardroom, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Register at cannonwrightblount.com/resources or call 685-7500.

48. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ally Condie, author of “Atlantia,” for a discussion and book signing Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

49. Events -

Memphis Reads, the citywide community reading program, will host Dinaw Mengestu, author of Memphis Reads selection “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” Tuesday, Nov. 4, for a reading at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Mengestu will also speak at 8 p.m. at the University Theater on the Christian Brothers University campus, 650 East Parkway S. Both events are free. Visit cbu.edu.

50. DeSoto County Supervisor Killed in ATV Accident -

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) – DeSoto County Supervisor Harvey Wayne Lee has died an all-terrain vehicle accident south of Hernando, Mississippi.

County Coroner Jeff Pounders said the accident occurred Tuesday night on a county road. Pounders said the 54-year-old Lee was transported the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, where he died.

51. Lewis Biography Details Turbulent Personal Life -

If you tuned into The Late Show with David Letterman Monday, Oct. 28, you saw Jerry Lee Lewis in a very unusual setting – not at the center of attention.

52. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Prepares to Induct Nine -

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, administered by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, next month will induct its new batch of honorees, a collection of music legends that each in their way left big marks on the industry’s landscape.

53. Easter Named to Tennessee Appeals Court Bench -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Circuit Judge Timothy Lee Easter of Brentwood to fill a criminal appeals court vacancy created by the retirement of Jerry L. Smith.

54. Hit Factory -

The massive trees and the shade they make are the only thing left on the northwest corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue from the days when American Studios turned out 120 hit records from 1965 to 1972.

55. Club Crave Property Sees New Activity -

A nightclub developer known for projects in Hollywood and the recent Fly Lounge at FedExForum has plans for the old Club Crave property on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale streets.

Steven Adelman reportedly has plans to lease the property and develop a nightclub Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says would be called The Palace.

56. Cash Reflects on ‘Long Way Home’ -

As Graceland marks the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley in August, another important artist from Sun Records will be remembered in Dyess, Ark.

The opening of Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess as a museum is Aug. 16.

57. Judicial Campaigns Get Testy With Endorsements -

Some of the reticence about political combat that defines local nonpartisan judicial elections is beginning to wear thin with a little more than a month until the start of early voting for the Aug. 7 elections.

58. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

59. Beale Street Music Festival Offers Diverse Lineup -

The lineup for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival features a new night of late-night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

60. Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Announced -

The bill for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music this year features a new night of late night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

61. June 14-20: This week in Memphis history -

2012: The project to build a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan rail bridge across the Mississippi River won a $15 million grant from the U.S Department of Transportation. The key to winning the TIGER grant – Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery – from the Obama administration was to combine the boardwalk with a separate application for funding to upgrade Main Street from Uptown to the South Main district including the Main Street Mall.

62. Beale Street Landing Eatery Search Resumes -

There were some signs early on that finding a restaurant operator for Beale Street Landing might be difficult.

The date for the restaurant to open kept getting pushed back and the contract remained unsigned long after it was announced that Beale & Second Inc. had tentatively agreed to operate the restaurant.

63. Beale Street Landing Restaurant Stalls -

The Riverfront Development Corporation is looking for a new contractor to operate a restaurant in Beale Street Landing.

64. Carlisle Corp. Solidifies Development of Chisca -

Paul Morris hesitated when he started organizing the project launch two weeks ago for the renovation and conversion of the old Chisca hotel into an apartment building.

65. The New Beale -

Over the last four years, the next chapter in the development of Beale Street has been a stop-and-go affair. First would come announcements followed by silence from official channels.

Along with that silence, though, was quiet activity on the side, a movement that culminated with the March announcement of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s strategic planning committee’s report, “A Framework for Beale Street.”

66. Shakin’ Up Beale -

The newest addition to Beale Street is a Memphis music legend. Jerry Lee Lewis, the last living member of the Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” is lending his name and personal items to a nightspot at 310 Beale St.

67. Defendant Gets 12 Years in Petties Drug Case -

A contract killer for the Craig Petties drug organization who never carried out his job got a 12-year, five-month prison sentence Thursday, March 21, from U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays.

68. The Duck, The Dog, The Farm -

GOING TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY. My column last week prompted a number of you to share your memories of the creatures that came home with you from the cages at Katz Drug Store. My friend Bill Haltom, attorney and storyteller, sent me this:

69. Memphis in May Touts 68-Act Music Fest Lineup -

The 37th edition of the Memphis In May International Festival’s Beale Street Music Festival features a 68-act lineup from Alice in Chains to ZZ Top.

The lineup of musical performers playing over three days from May 3 to May 5 was formally announced Thursday, Feb. 28, although much of the lineup had already been confirmed.

70. Payne Joins Fulton CPAs as Senior Accountant -

Tarasha Payne has joined Fulton CPAs PLLC as a senior accountant in the areas of taxation, compilation and reviews, and client services. Payne has more than 15 years’ experience in the field and is working toward CPA certification. The announcement comes on the heels of big changes at the accounting firm, including new ownership and a name change from Polsgrove & Fulton. (See The Daily News’ Monday, Dec. 17, edition for more information.)

71. International Exposure -

The Memphis hotel industry can thank at least 200,000 of its room nights last year to European visitors booked by tour operators.

European stays in Memphis averaged three nights, with each person spending more than $200 per day.

72. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

73. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

74. Why Memphis Rocks -

Last week we highlighted Special Kids and Families, which is an early intervention agency serving children from birth to 3. Based on the fun and success we had earlier this year with our “What does Memphis mean to you” series of reader-response columns, let us expand on the recent Daily News cover story about our “Memphis Rocks” campaign by asking, “Why do you think Memphis Rocks?”

75. Marking History -

For years, business owners in a row of four Quonset huts on the north side of Chelsea Avenue near McLean Boulevard have become accustomed to visitors from across the country and around the world stopping by for a look.

76. Graceland Marks 30th Year as Tourist Attraction -

MEMPHIS (AP) – When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.

77. Chris Isaak Releases Album Recorded at Sun -

Chris Isaak is returning to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll and doing it old-school: All in one take.

The U.S. soul singer headed back to the original Sun Studio in Memphis to record a collection that includes cover versions of hits by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The album, “Beyond the Sun,” was released last week and Isaak will soon embark on a string of U.S. concert dates.

78. City’s Story Recounted in ‘Memphis 101’ -

A cross-section of native Memphians and Memphians by choice spent the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 9, exploring the stories that shaped the city during “Memphis 101,” a free, public event held biannually at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

79. Lease on Former Three Alarm Studio in Foreclosure Again -

The leasehold on a former Downtown Memphis fire station with a checkered 25-year history and a strategic location – 200 Linden Ave. – is facing foreclosure again.

80. ‘Homage’ to Musical Greats on Display -

After the echoes of this weekend’s Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival fade away, the images of some of its top 2011 performers will remain in a Downtown gallery.

“Homage,” a photographic exhibition by Leon Morris, reveals the passion of musicians like Betty Lavette, Jerry Lee Lewis and Magic Slim in the process of creating their art.

81. Offbeat Sounds -

Already there is a German-American Day, a National Trivia Day, and the ever-popular Submarine Day.

But on Saturday, organizers of Record Store Day – a day to celebrate independent music stores and indie artists – hope to show the difference one day can make in a rapidly changing industry.

82. Fred Sanders to Receive Beale Street Brass Note -

Music legend Fred Sanders spent most of his days playing guitar in Memphis’ Handy Park.

As the house guitarist at the old Club Paradise, Sanders played alongside other Memphis music legends, including B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Albert King. Sanders also played his music at Blues Alley on Front Street, leaving tourists in awe and was a particular favorite of traveling blues aficionados.

83. Mellencamp Headlines Beale Street Music Festival -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis in May officials say John Mellencamp, Wilco, Cee Lo Green, Ke$ha, Stone Temple Pilots, B.o.B. and Godsmack are scheduled to perform at the three-day Beale Street Music Festival this spring.

84. Memories of 1995 Haunt GOP as Shutdown Talk Grows -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents.

85. ‘Sun Studio Sessions’ TV Show Embarks on Second Season -

Tim Jones studied Memphis music at Indiana University.

“I had taken a lot of rock ‘n’ roll history classes at Indiana University and became obsessed with the early Sun recordings of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis,

86. Marlo Thomas Book Looks at Laughter -

A lesson learned with laughter, it is said, is a lesson learned well.

In learning about comedy, Marlo Thomas had some of the best teachers in the world in her father Danny Thomas and the other legendary entertainers who were fixtures in the Thomas household, where they would swap stories and entertain each other.

87. Askew to Lead FedExFamilyHouse -

Bridgette Askew has been named general manager of the FedExFamilyHouse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

88. White House Sends Spending Wish List to Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing a pre-election shopping list on its Democratic allies in Congress as they prepare must-pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown next month.

89. Cheerleading, Dance Orgs Raise $50K for MDA Telethon -

The Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association, which are both based in Memphis, raised $50,000 for the 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

90. ‘Holy Grail’ of Recording Uncovered -

A 52-year-old tape recorder described by some as the Holy Grail of the music industry has been discovered in the storage room of the owner of a used bus dealership in Marion, Ark.

But this isn’t just any bus dealership owner. Bob Tucker, owner of Bob Tucker Motors on Interstate 55, is a music industry veteran and one-time leader of the Memphis band that toured with the Beatles in 1964.

91. Broadway Items Hit Bum Note With Sun -

The owners of the Memphis recording studio where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis held a jam session in 1956 are all shook up over souvenirs of a Broadway musical dramatizing the event.

92. BBB of the Mid-South Elects New Officers, Directors -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South has elected officers and new directors for 2010.

Pierre T. Landaiche III of SMG Management and the Memphis Cook Convention Center has been re-elected chairman of the board.

93. Big Spending Measure Set for House Vote Riles GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Thursday passed a huge spending measure combining major spending boosts for domestic agencies and foreign aid with more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers.

94. Baptist Health Care’s Pounds Elected to Novation Board -

Don Pounds, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has been elected to serve on the board of Novation LLC, the health care supply contracting company for VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista LLC.
Since coming to Baptist in 1987, Pounds has served in a variety of roles, starting as chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. 

95. Smith & Nephew Settles Race Bias Suit -

Smith & Nephew Inc. has agreed to pay up to $3.5 million plus legal costs to settle a lawsuit filed in 2006 over allegations of racial discrimination in hiring, paying and promoting at its Memphis operation.

96. Associated Press Corrections -

The Associated Press moved two corrections on stories posted to the Web by The Daily News.

In an April 27 story about legislation to ban reading or sending text messages while driving, The Associated Press, relying on information from the bill sponsor, reported erroneously the status of the measure. The bill has been returned to the Senate to work out minor differences with the House version, not forwarded to the governor for his consideration.

97. Entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis at Legislature Monday -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Great Balls of Fire! The Tennessee Legislature is set to honor Jerry Lee Lewis.

The piano-pounding Rock 'N Roller known as The Killer was scheduled to appear in the Tennessee House on Monday, where lawmakers were scheduled to vote on naming a section of Getwell Road in Memphis in his honor.

98. Treadway Joins Thomas & Betts as Senior VP for Electrical Business -

Charles L. Treadway has joined Thomas & Betts Corporation in the newly created position of senior vice president, group president – electrical. Treadway will provide strategic and operational leadership to the company’s electrical products businesses on a global basis. The electrical segment of Thomas & Betts has approximately 60 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 11 countries and employs approximately 8,000 associates worldwide. The electrical segment reported $2.1 billion in revenues in 2008. Treadway previously served as president and chief executive officer for the Custom Sensors and Technology unit of Schneider Electric.

99. BofA Shareholder Looks to Oust CEO From Board -

NEW YORK (AP) - A group that owns Bank of America stock is waging a battle to get shareholders to vote against re-electing CEO Ken Lewis and two others to the bank's board of directors.

100. Avent Joins Smith Seckman Reid -

Justin Avent has joined Smith Seckman Reid Inc. as a civil engineer for its environmental group.