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1. Tigers' New Basketball Facility a Palatial Recruiting Tool -

When you donate $10 million toward the construction of new basketball practice facility that bears your name, you are entitled to make a joke. So former Tiger Bill Laurie, who played on the 1972-73 Memphis State team that was NCAA runner-up, went for the laugh at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the University of Memphis’ $21 million Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on south campus named after Laurie and his wife, Nancy Walton Laurie.

2. Last Word: The Chamber on Forrest, Different Amazon News & More 2018 Dominoes -

The Greater Memphis Chamber rolls out its part of the push by the city administration to get a state waiver for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. Next week is the meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland showing up to make his pitch. That is even though the chairman of the body has told him the commission will not take up a waiver at the meeting.

3. Win vs. Georgia Now Needed to Save Season -

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football. UT’s Sept. 30 game against Georgia at Neyland Stadium can’t get here soon enough. Not after the Vols’ 26-20 loss to Florida last Saturday in Gainesville.

4. Breather for Vols Before Traveling to Florida -

Get ready for another thrill ride, Tennessee fans. Your football team is at it again, just like last year.

Tennessee needed a comeback and overtime to beat Appalachian State in its 2016 season opener. The Vols needed comebacks to beat Virginia Tech and Florida and got a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time ran out to beat Georgia.

5. ‘Divisive Symbols’: Mississippi Case Offers Hope for Forrest Bust Removal -

State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.

6. The Week Ahead: Sept. 4-10 -

Hello, Memphis – and Happy Labor Day! Hopefully the promise of an exciting football season and Memphis Redbirds playoff games will help ease you back into work mode after the three-day weekend. Both are in store – along with Goat Days and much more – in The Week Ahead...

7. Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust to Stay in Capitol -

The Tennessee Capitol Commission blocked Gov. Bill Haslam’s request Friday, Sept. 1, to move the embattled Nathan Bedford Forrest bust out of the State Capitol to the Tennessee State Museum.

8. State Panel Sheds New Light on Racial Atrocities -

State Rep. Johnnie Turner has seen what can happen when old wounds are never allowed to heal.

She’s seen it most recently in clashes between neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and white supremacists and those who resisted their hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protester was killed and 19 were injured when a car was intentionally driven into a group of counter protesters. Two state troopers also died in a helicopter crash that weekend.

9. Tennessee Man Takes Elvis Guitar Fight to Appeals Court -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Tennessee man is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision awarding a guitar once owned by Elvis Presley to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota.

10. Last Word: Cooper-Young Complications, The Mackin Investigation and Tuition Hike -

Landmarks status for Cooper-Young is on hold because part of the process for the status isn’t an official part of the application process. That would be the part that requires a certain number of signatures to get the status. And it has put on hold a similar process in Vollintine-Evergreen.

11. Not a Very Good Year for UT Athletics -

It hasn’t been the greatest of years for Tennessee sports. From football to basketball to baseball, and several sports in between, the Vols – for the most part – fell short in 2016-17.

12. Governor’s Supplemental Budget Includes More Transportation Funding -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris calls the governor’s $125 million supplemental budget a “strong foundation” for completing work on the IMPROVE Act.

13. Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone -

Butch Jones is about to embark on his most crucial of five seasons as Tennessee’s football coach, and it begins with spring practices starting Tuesday, March 21.

Jones is coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons capped by bowl wins, but has fallen short of the SEC East Division title both years. He was the preseason favorite to win the East in 2016, and the previous year had a team with potential to win the division.

14. Busiest Season for Sports Hits Big Orange Country -

It’s the busiest time of the year for Tennessee athletics. There’s even some football to whet your gridiron appetite.

The Vols begin spring football practices March 21, and the DISH Orange & White Game is April 22 at Neyland Stadium. By then, much will have happened in Big Orange Nation.

15. City Hall List Controversy Deepens With Questions About Police Surveillance -

The controversy deepened Monday, Feb. 20, over a list of 81 people – many who participated in protests in the last year – who require a police escort while anywhere in City Hall.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland took questions Monday from reporters for the first time since the list was made public Friday and followed up Saturday by announcing he had asked Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings to review names on the list.

16. City Hall List Controversy Deepens With Questions About Police Surveillance -

The controversy deepened Monday, Feb. 20, over a list of 81 people – many who have participated in recent protests for different causes in the last year – who require a police escort while anywhere in City Hall.

17. View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix -

Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.

But Doty, who has been selling everything from bicycles to kayaks and camping gear for 34 years in Nashville, is definitely tired of people shopping in his store for hours, snapping a picture of shoes they like, then going home and buying them online “just to avoid sales tax.”

18. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

19. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

20. Tennessee Posts $184M Surplus in 1st Quarter Tax Collections -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tax collections for Tennessee's general fund have beaten expectations by $184 million through the first quarter of the budget year.

Through the first three months of fiscal year, corporate franchise and excise taxes have exceeded projections by $93 million and sales tax collections were $86 million more than the budgeted amount.

21. Haslam to Kick Off Annual Public Budget Hearings Next Week -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is kicking off his annual public budget hearings next week as he gets ready to put together his annual spending plan for the state of Tennessee.

22. GOP Lawmaker Questions Haslam's Secret $30M Development Deal -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state senator on Tuesday questioned fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to earmark $30 million for an undisclosed economic development project in Tennessee.

23. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

24. Tennessee General Fund Collections Beat Projections By $400M -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's general fund tax collections have beaten projections by nearly $400 million through the first half of the budget year.

The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration announced Wednesday that sales taxes exceeded estimates by $218 million since the July 1 start of the budget year, posting a 7.4 percent growth rate compared with the same period last year. Corporate franchise and excise taxes were $141 million more than expected.

25. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT -

Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.

Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.

26. Complex path to higher-ed reform -

Only half a year after taking on the presidency of Motlow State Community College, Anthony Kinkel is trying to keep his eye on the pea.

The task of running one of the state’s fastest-growing community colleges is becoming increasingly complex, and it has nothing to do with thousands more students enrolling to take advantage of free tuition through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

27. Complex Path to Higher-Ed Reform -

Only half a year after taking on the presidency of Motlow State Community College, Anthony Kinkel is trying to keep his eye on the pea.

The task of running one of the state’s fastest-growing community colleges is becoming increasingly complex, and it has nothing to do with thousands more students enrolling to take advantage of free tuition through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

28. Exec Who Jacked Up Price of a Lifesaving Drug Is Arrested -

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug more than fiftyfold, was arrested Thursday on securities fraud charges unrelated to the furor.

29. Tennessee November Revenue Collections More Than $902M -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's general fund tax collections in November were $42.6 million higher than projected.

30. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

31. Longtime Tenn. School Needs Dropped From BEP Panel Report -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A state panel that makes annual recommendations for improving Tennessee's school-funding formula has dropped longtime school needs costing millions from its latest report.

32. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

33. Collector Asks Judge to Declare Him Owner of Elvis' Guitar -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A collector claiming to be the rightful owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley and later donated by a blues guitarist to a South Dakota museum has asked a federal judge to rule in his favor.

34. Tennessee Sales Tax Revenue Increases 9 Percent in May -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's overall revenue collections in May were $50 million more than expected.

35. Oak Park Apartments Demolition Latest in Blight Campaign -

The group of Memphis leaders and Glenview-area homeowners standing in a parking lot last week surrounded by the shells of two two-story apartment buildings and the charred foundation of a third paused for a moment.

36. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

37. Holiday Sales Tax Collections Bolster Tennessee Revenues -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's general fund tax collections in January were $214 million higher than projected in January on strong consumer spending over the holiday season and unexpected corporate tax payments.

38. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

39. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

40. Tennessee Now Seeks to Renovate Cordell Hull Building -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

41. Tennessee July Revenue Collections See Some Growth -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections recorded some growth in July even though they fell short of projections.

42. ACLU Asks Court to Uphold Arkansas Voter ID Ruling -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is asking the state's highest court to uphold a judge's ruling that Arkansas' new voter identification law is unconstitutional.

43. Tigers Players, Coaches Say Time is Now for Football Success -

Two years ago, the University of Memphis football season began with the unthinkable: a 20-17 home loss to UT Martin.

Amid all the buzz about new head coach Justin Fuente, the floor dropped from beneath the Tigers after they had won just three games total in the previous two seasons under Larry Porter.

44. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

45. Tennessee Revenue Collections Continue to Improve -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee revenue collections are continuing to show signs of improvement, with April figures exceeding expectations.

Finance Commissioner Larry Martin said in a news release on Thursday that overall revenues were $75 million more than the state budgeted for April, which reflects economic activity in the previous month.

46. 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.

47. 1973 Tiger Basketball Team to Reunite -

Forty-one years after the 1973 then-Memphis State men’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game, members of the team will reunite in Memphis and will be honored at halftime during the Tigers’ Feb. 8 game against Gonzaga at FedExForum.

48. 1973 Tiger Basketball Team to Reunite -

Forty-one years after the 1973 University of Memphis men’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game, members of the team will reunite in Memphis and will be honored at halftime during the Tigers’ Feb. 8 game against Gonzaga at FedExForum.

49. Holiday Shopping Season: A Disappointment So Far -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

This is shaping up to be the most discount-driven holiday season since the country was in a deep recession. It's also one of the most disappointing for stores.

50. State Funding Board Makes Revenue Projections -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The State Funding Board has made its revenue projections for the upcoming budget year.

Last week, the board heard from economists who estimated growth of the state's total general fund collections should range from 2.2 percent to 3.5 percent.

51. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

52. Tennessee General Fund Misses Projections by $62 Million -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's general fund tax collections fell $62 million short of projections in September, the second month of the state's budget year.

Finance Commissioner Larry Martin said in a release Friday that total revenues for the month were $1.1 billion, or about 5 percent below the budgeted estimate.

53. Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance -

Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.

54. Tigers Work to Close Fourth Quarter -

So far, the University of Memphis football team has been in the game come the fourth quarter. But, so far, they’ve been unable to take advantage of that situation in a 28-14 loss here to Duke and in a 17-15 defeat last week at Middle Tennessee State.

55. Tax Zone Would Fund Fairgrounds Remake -

A 3-square-mile Tourism Development Zone would finance a $233 million renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds sought by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

The city sent its 88-page application Sept. 13 to Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry B. Martin. The application seeks state permission to use incremental sales tax revenue estimated at close to $12 million a year starting in 2016 to pay off the bonds to finance a project whose price tag is just below the $250 million FedExForum.

56. Gathering Targets Region’s Workforce Development -

When state officials gather at The University of Memphis University Center Wednesday, Sept. 4, to talk about workforce training, it won’t be with a check in hand to lead the effort.

State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who organized the 8:30 a.m. to noon session, wants state labor commissioner Burns Phillips and others from Nashville to listen to details of the training programs local business and higher education leaders have cobbled together over the last three years.

57. Tennessee Wins Award for Budget Document -

Tennessee has once again received a national award for its annual state budget document.

The Government Finance Officers Association presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the Division of Budget in the Department of Finance and Administration for fiscal year 2013-2014.

58. Haslam Names Martin Finance Commissioner -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named Larry Martin the new commissioner of the state Department of Finance and Administration. He has been the interim commissioner since June 1. The 65-year-old succeeded Mark Emkes, who retired in May.

59. Haslam Names Larry Martin Finance Commissioner -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named Larry Martin the new commissioner of the state Department of Finance and Administration. He has been the interim commissioner since June 1. The 65-year-old succeeded Mark Emkes, who retired in May.

60. Optimism Reigns as Tigers Prep for Season -

There is no reliable way to determine if a losing football program is on the precipice of becoming a winning football program. If there was, we’d all be getting rich betting the games.

But there is something to be said about change starting at the top. Second-year University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente and several players – all members of the team’s Leadership Council – met with the media on Wednesday, Aug. 7, the official reporting date; the first of four helmet-and-shorts practices was to begin the next day, and then on Tuesday, Aug. 13, the first practice in full pads.

61. June Revenues $3.2 Million More Than State Budgeted -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says overall June revenues were $3.2 million more than the state budgeted.

62. Grit ‘N’ Grind Lives On in Memphis -

With apologies to the Rolling Stones, the Grizzlies’ off-season is its own lesson on the difference between what you want and what you need.

As yet, that much-desired pure 3-point shooter has not parachuted into Memphis. But the Grizzlies did what they needed to do, retaining free agent guard and fan favorite Tony Allen; reportedly, they have agreed in principle to a four-year, $20 million guaranteed contract.

63. Martin Named Interim Finance and Administration Chief -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Larry Martin interim commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration.

64. Industrial, East Memphis Office Sectors Bolster CRE -

The local commercial real estate market is a tale of two sectors, with the industrial sector showing signs of improvement while the overall office sector – outside the prized East Memphis submarket – continues to struggle through the first three months of the year, according to recent reports.

65. Apperson Crump Expands in Triad III -

Memphis’ oldest continuously practicing law firm is expanding its presence in Triad III.

Apperson Crump PLC added 2,037 square feet to its seventh floor space in a vacant adjacent area between Silverleafe Capital Partners LLC.

66. Department of Children's Services Officials Promise Fixes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The officials now heading up the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services say they’re seeking swift, but deliberate solutions to problems that have plagued the agency.

67. Airports and Stock Exchange Reopen After Superstorm Sandy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major airports reopened and the New York Stock Exchange got back to business Wednesday, while across the river in New Jersey, National Guardsmen rushed to feed and rescue flood victims two days after Superstorm Sandy struck.

68. Tigers Weather Elements, Past to Give Fuente First Victory -

If the first victory of the Justin Fuente Era proves to be something of a turning point for the University of Memphis football program, it will be remembered differently in the days and years ahead.

69. Back to the Gridiron -

It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.

“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.

70. Crossword Contrasting Continues -

Dear Judge Vic, “So, in last week’s column, you’re saying that those vintage ’50s & ’90s xword answers are no longer tolerated? Geesh! What will I do now to make fun of you? Vocab Larry”

71. Potter Reflects on 30-Year Tenure as Environmental Court Judge -

Editor’s Note: This is a Daily News series featuring past winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards, which annually honor one elected and one non-elected government official. The 2012 awards will be presented Feb. 22.

72. Former Memphis Judge Bailey to Speak at Vanderbilt -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Civil rights activist and former Memphis judge D'Army Bailey will speak Thursday at Vanderbilt University Law School in commemoration of the Rev. Martin Luther King.

73. University of Memphis Statement on Bartow’s Death -

Gene Bartow, the legendary college basketball coach and a native of Browning, Missouri, who led the 1973 Tiger basketball team to the NCAA National Championship Game against UCLA, has lost his long battle against cancer. Bartow, age 81, died on January 3rd at his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

74. Fuente Looks to Turn Tigers Around -

The next phase of University of Memphis football officially began Thursday, Dec. 8. That’s when 35-year-old Justin Fuente, co-offensive coordinator at Texas Christian University, told media and fans gathered at an on-campus press conference, “This is going to be Memphis’ team. … I don’t care what school you went to, you live in the city, I want this to be your team.”

75. Fuente Looks to Turn Tigers Around -

The next phase of University of Memphis football officially began Thursday, Dec. 8.

That’s when 35-year-old Justin Fuente, co-offensive coordinator at Texas Christian University, told media and fans gathered at an on-campus press conference, “This is going to be Memphis’ team. … I don’t care what school you went to, you live in the city, I want this to be your team.”

76. Nominees Named for State Education Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Education has announced nominees for 2011 principal and supervisor of the year.

The principal nominees are: Evangeline Montgomery, Blountville Elementary; David Watts, Sweetwater High; Karen Hollis, Ganns Middle Valley Elementary, Hamilton County; Geeta McMillan, Cassville Elementary, White County; Larry Brown, J.E. Woody Elementary, Maury County; Debbie Bogdan, Discovery School, Dickson County; Teresa Jackson, Martin Elementary; Ricky Catlett, West Middle, Jackson-Madison County; Rita White, Riverwood Elementary.

77. Drug Case Gets Stranger With Plea Revelation -

It is not unusual in Memphis federal court for a grand jury indictment to be sealed by a judge. And there are times when a guilty plea may be sealed.

But the revelation this week that alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties pleaded guilty over a year ago to 19 counts including murder for hire charges in Memphis federal court is unusual.

78. TSA: Some Gov't Officials to Skip Airport Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

79. Menlo Bolsters Local Presence With New Lease -

Menlo Worldwide Logistics LLC is expanding its Memphis-area operations with a new 181,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto in Olive Branch.

80. Airports Consider Congressman's Call to Ditch TSA -

ATLANTA (AP) – In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether.

81. Criminal Court Candidates Lined Up for August Ballot -

A total of 21 candidates are in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division 7.

The field remained at 21 at Monday’s deadline for candidates to withdraw. It is the largest field of any election, primary or general, on the Aug. 5 ballot.

82. 21 In Field for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Race -

A total of 21 candidates are in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division 7.

The field remained at 21 at Monday’s noon deadline for candidates to withdraw. It is the largest field of contenders of any election, primary or general on the Aug. 5 ballot.

83. Events -

The Memphis Orthopaedic Lecture Series will feature speakers Dr. Frederick M. Azar and Dr. Derek M. Kelly, both of the Campbell Clinic, Monday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hamilton Eye Institute, 930 Madison Ave., third floor. For reservations, e-mail aschuler@memphisbioworks.org or call 866-1460.

84. Unsung Heroes -

It’s often said that Memphis takes its musical talent for granted.

That certainly wasn’t true Thursday night at Studio on the Square, where an overflow crowd celebrated the Bar-Kays, the Stax back-up band and funkmasters who’ve survived tragedy and setbacks during their 40-year career.

85. Events -

Methodist Hospice will hold a grief class today at 1 p.m. at Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church, 480 S. Highland St. Classes discuss a broad range of issues related to grief. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Mary Elizabeth Jones at 516-1604 or jonemar@methodisthealth.org.

86. Auditor: $22,000 Unaccounted for by MLK Commission -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state auditor says Arkansas' Martin Luther King Jr. Commission doesn't have documents to support about $22,000 in expenses for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008.

87. Petties Drug Case Reaches Pivotal Juncture -

The largest drug case ever presented in Memphis federal court reaches a critical phase today when U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi begins a series of meetings with attorneys for five of the nine defendants.

88. Service Sector Activity, Retail Sales Disappoint -

NEW YORK (AP) – Further evidence that the economic recovery will be a slow and bumpy one emerged Thursday with reports service sector activity and retail sales unexpectedly shrank in November as consumers held back on purchases.

89. Events -

SCORE will host a seminar titled “How to Successfully Operate a Small Business” today from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the eighth floor conference room of Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave. Cost is $79 in advance and $99 at the door. To register, call 544-3588 or visit www.scorememphis.org.

90. UTHSC College of Medicine Names Smith Interim Dean -

J. Lacey Smith has been named interim dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Smith currently serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs for the College of Medicine and the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UT Medical Group Inc.

91. Timing Perfect For Holder’s Visit -

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s stop in Memphis this week came at a critical time for U.S. Department of Justice operations in West Tennessee.

The U.S. Attorney’s office is awaiting the appointment of a new chief prosecutor by President Barack Obama. Local U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, and John Tanner, D-Union City, have been consulted by the administration, which took up residence seven months ago in the White House. Larry Laurenzi has been acting U.S. attorney since the resignation of David Kustoff took effect in May 2008.

92. New Study Shows Airport’s Impact -

As far as economic engines go, it’s long been known that Memphis International Airport has the power of a 747.

A new study released this week confirmed the airport’s muscle, estimating that Memphis International pumps $28.6 billion into the region’s economy and provides, directly or indirectly, 34.3 percent – or one in three – local jobs.

93. AIG Bonuses Won't Stand, Dem Senators Declare -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Talking tougher by the hour, livid Democrats confronted beleaguered insurance giant AIG with an ultimatum Tuesday: Give back $165 million in post-bailout bonuses or watch Congress tax it away with emergency legislation.

94. Study to Gauge Airport’s Economic Impact -

Seeing the FedEx planes line the Memphis sky each night or driving past the city’s countless distribution centers are reminders that Memphis International Airport plays a prominent role in the city’s economy.

95. DataDot Technology Could Change Property Protection -

Property-related crimes in Shelby County seem to be down this year, according to a report recently issued by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. The same goes in the city, as Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin has said that so far this year, overall crime in the city is down 7 percent.

96. Tigers Ready to Pounce On UCLA, Final Four History -

When the University of Memphis Tigers play UCLA in the first semifinal game of Saturday's Final Four, it won't be the first meeting between the two schools. That came in 1973, when the Bruins defeated the Tigers 87-66 in the national championship game.

97. Crime Efforts Focus On Hickory Hill Apartment Complexes -

Hickory Hill residents can expect to see an even greater reduction in crime in the area, Memphis Police Department Director Larry Godwin told a room of about 100 residents recently.

The Ridgeway Precinct saw the highest reduction in crime last year, and the department hopes to continue that trend, he said.

98. Edwards, Others to Be Honored at Peabody Tonight -

At age 25, just two years after she graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in journalism, Johanna Edwards signed a six-figure book deal with New York-based Berkley Books, a division of the Penguin Group.

99. Updated History of Memphis Legal Profession in the Works -

Someday soon, while sitting in your lawyer's waiting room, you'll be able to brush up on local history.

The Memphis Bar Association is sponsoring the publication of an updated history of its own, an exhaustive tome with hundreds of photos, a 70,000-word story and in-depth profiles of local law firms.

100. Brooks Named VP of Junior Achievement -

Mary Brooks has been named vice president of programs for Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. Previously, Brooks served as the director of programs for Junior Achievement. In her new position, she will oversee the operation of Exchange City, Junior Achievement's model city, which is operated for a day by area fifth-graders.