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1. Raising The Ceiling -

Here’s the thing about expectations: You either embrace them, turning them into some divine combination of daily bread and rocket fuel, or they crush you.

There is no middle ground. Not when the statistical mid-point – a .500 season – would be an undisputed failure.

2. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee -

Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.

3. Alabama is Media’s Overwhelming Pick To Win SEC Title -

Twice in the previous three years, SEC media correctly predicted the SEC champion. Both times, they did it by picking Alabama (2014, 2016). They went with Alabama again this year, predicting the Crimson Tide to defeat Georgia in the SEC title game.

4. June 30-July 6, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: On the first day of the NBA’s free agency period, the Memphis Grizzlies offer point guard Mike Conley $153 million over five years to stay with the team – an NBA record contract. The same day in a related move, the Grizzlies come to terms with power forward Chandler Parsons on a four-year $94 million contract.

5. If Saban’s the Best, Why Aren’t His Protégés? -

In a recent article at CBSSports.com, Nick Saban was ranked the top coach in the so-called Power Five conferences.

No surprise there.

With all due respect to what Urban Meyer has accomplished at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and now Ohio State, he’s still playing catch-up to Saban. The same can be said for Dabo Swinney and his recent run at Clemson.

6. Robinson Gives Mariota Weapons for Success -

Just when we think we’ve figured out Titans G.M. Jon Robinson, he reinvents himself.

On the first night of the recent NFL Draft, we assumed Robinson would play it safe, trading the No. 5 overall pick to acquire more draft capital.

7. Titans Draft About More Than Physical Skills -

It’s easy to look at the Tennessee Titans’ 2017 draft and conclude general manager Jon Robinson drafted for need.

After all, he took two wide receivers, a tight end and a cornerback among his first four picks. And all of those players will have better-than-average opportunities to earn early playing time.

8. How Did Vols Not Win More With This Talent? -

One check of the 2017 NFL Draft shows why Tennessee was the favorite to win the SEC East Division last fall.

UT had six players drafted in the first four rounds, the most for the program since 2002, breaking a two-year drought with no players. The six Vols drafted tied for the most since 2010 and 2007. Eight Vols were drafted in 2003 and 10 drafted in 2002.

9. View From the Hill: Forrest Kerfuffle Might Be Sign of Bigger Problem -

Legislation that slipped through the House of Representatives honoring an unknown author who penned a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist biography was enabled by the climate within the Republican-controlled body, a Memphis legislator says.

10. Spring Lessons: Here’s Who Vols Will Start -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones isn’t big on naming starters and divulging depth charts. Not until he has to. So it comes as no surprise the Vols enter summer workouts and fall camp with junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano still competing for the starting quarterback’s job.

11. View From the Hill: IMPROVE Act an Insight Into Testy Election Ahead -

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

Whether this is a forerunner to a Republican gubernatorial primary remains to be seen as Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Speaker Beth Harwell weigh decisions. It’s not as if they’d be facing off against each other, though, since businessman Bill Lee and former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd are definitely in the race and not hurting for money.

12. NFL Experts Can’t Agree On QBs in Upcoming Draft -

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 27, and it seems more than likely that Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett will go first overall to the hapless Cleveland Browns. 

At nfl.com, three of four draft insiders have the Browns taking Garrett and the other, naturally, has the Browns returning to the quarterback well to pick North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky; Garrett then goes No. 2 to San Francisco.

13. House, Senate Approve IMPROVE Act -

The House and Senate are nearly ready to send the IMPROVE Act to Gov. Bill Haslam, passing it with relatively wide voting margins after months of debate.

Only one adjustment is needed in a measure providing property tax relief for veterans, the disabled and elderly before the measure can be sent to Haslam.

14. Mistreated GOP Legislators Only Want to Be Heard -

Word has it extra tissue will be placed on the desks of some House members in the coming weeks so they can dry their tears of pain.

It seems a faction of the Republican supermajority just hasn’t gotten a fair hearing – from their own party – on opposition to Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, which contains a dreaded gas and diesel tax increase to rebuild the state’s roads and bridges. It’s the gas tax versus the surplus, which is pretty big at $1 billion in one-time money and another billion in extra recurring money.

15. Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts -

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 
Griffin comes to Memphis in May with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising.

16. Impasse Ordinance Changes, Passes on Final Vote -

No more lottery balls for the Memphis City Council in the spring.

The council approved Tuesday, March 21, an overhaul of the city’s impasse procedures – the rules for the council settling stalled contract talks between the city and its municipal unions.

17. 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.

18. Memphis a ‘Football School’ In Fuente-Norvell Era -

The first time Darrell Dickey was an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, way back in 1986, current head coach Mike Norvell was 5 years old.

So it is not an exaggeration to say that it has taken a lifetime for Tiger football to get where it is today. 

19. Council to Discuss Police Retention Bonus Grant As Union Objects -

Memphis City Council members review a $6.1 million four-year grant for police retention bonuses Tuesday, March 7, during council committee sessions.

The grant from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission was announced last week by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons.

20. 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.

21. Sexual Harassment Takes Stage in State Capitol Again -

NASHVILLE – Saying she was a victim of sexual harassment when she entered the Legislature, state Rep. Barbara Cooper is calling on tougher rules to stop inappropriate behavior toward women.

“When I first got here I was violated and disrespected by one or two of the legislators. And of course I did get an apology, but that’s all that was done. And I feel like if we have some strong measures in place, these kinds of things will not continue,” Cooper says.

22. It’ll be a Fun Offseason Watching Robinson Work -

With the Super Bowl putting the finishing touches on the 2016 NFL season, it’s time to concentrate on next season. That means much of the focus around the National Football League for the next three months – and, locally, with the Tennessee Titans – will be centered on the draft.

23. Dedric Lawson a Double-Double Machine; Josh Pastner Beats North Carolina -

Not only is sophomore Dedric Lawson atop many of the University of Memphis basketball team’s statistical categories, he’s among the leaders nationally in several categories.

Going into the Tigers’ Thursday, Jan. 5, home game vs. UConn, Lawson led Memphis and the American Athletic Conference with a scoring average of 20.6 points per game, that ranked 34th in the country. His 11.1 rebounds per game are second in the AAC and 10th in the nation.

24. New Year, New Resolutions for Legislators -

Some Tennesseans recall the days when the state Legislature met every other year and wonder if it should revert to that schedule. Considering the General Assembly pushes most of its work into 3 1/2 months, it might be worth a try.

25. Growing Pains -

First came the ho-hum start that left open the possibility the Grizzlies’ harshest critics might be right: This season could be the fast-forwarded beginning of an end, a sad narrative that could leave the Grizzlies on the outside of the postseason after a thrilling six-year run.

26. Tigers Hand Out Awards At Highland Hundred Banquet -

The University of Memphis football team still has one game left to play – the Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl vs. Western Kentucky – but the Tigers got together on Sunday, Dec. 11, to honor some of the award winners from this season at the annual Highland Hundred Banquet at the Hilton Memphis East.

27. Tigers to Face Western Kentucky in Boca Raton Bowl -

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.

28. SEC Grades: ‘A’ for Alabama; UT, Ole Miss Should Be Grounded -

Even as the Ole Miss football program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that gained momentum on the night of the NFL Draft when a former player said he received money from a staff member, optimism about the season ahead was still high.

29. Conley Injures Back in Grizzlies’ Lopsided Loss to Charlotte -

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley could miss six weeks after sustaining a back injury in Monday’s 105-84 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at FedExForum. 

Near press time, Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports reported that Conley had suffered a transverse process fracture of the vertebrae and  would be out indefinitely.

30. County Has Lowest Voter Turnout in 12 Years -

Voter turnout in Shelby County for the 2016 presidential general election was 59.7 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the Shelby County Election Commission early Wednesday, Nov. 9. That marks the lowest showing since the 2004 presidential general election, when turnout was 57 percent.

31. Shelby County Vote Count Stalls For Third Presidential Contest -

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump won Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes Tuesday, Nov. 8, in unofficial statewide election returns while Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried Shelby County in the popular vote.

32. Grizzlies Thump Philadelphia As Randolph Hits Four Threes -

The Memphis Grizzlies won their final home preseason game on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at FedExForum, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 121-91 as forward Zach Randolph hit four of the team’s made 3-point attempts.

33. Indie Memphis Festival Promises To Be ‘Eclectic and Uncompromising’ -

Brandon Harris, a New York City-based writer and editor, loves the “eclectic and uncompromising nature” of the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, which he’s attended three times now.

34. DeAngelo Made in Memphis, Outlasting Them All in NFL -

He has belonged to the NFL for a long time now, if you want to think of DeAngelo Williams that way, and truth is you’re probably divided on that. For he’ll always belong to the University of Memphis first, on that much we can agree.

35. Tigers to Start and End AAC Play With SMU -

The University of Memphis will open its 2016-17 American Athletic Conference schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 27, when SMU comes to FedExForum and will finish the season on Saturday, March 4, at SMU.

The 18-game conference slate includes nine games against opponents that had RPIs of 100 or better last season. Memphis, which went 19-15, returns American Conference Rookie of the Year Dedric Lawson, who averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Lawson’s 55 blocks ranked third in the league.

36. Vols Can’t Afford Another Iffy Effort at the Speedway -

Imagine if Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd hadn’t recovered the fumble by UT quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the end zone for a touchdown in overtime last Thursday night.

37. AZP Glory Days Only Rarely Revisited -

It began on April 1, 2000. The much-anticipated diamond gem Downtown was open for business.

The Memphis Redbirds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-6 in an exhibition game before 15,000 fans at AutoZone Park. Former University of Memphis outfielder Mark Little, leading off and playing center field for Memphis, got the Redbirds’ first hit in the new ballpark. Cardinals catcher Eli Marrero hit the first home run, a two-run blast onto the Bluff in left field.

38. A Day of ‘Firsts’ for Memphis Coach Mike Norvell and QB Riley Ferguson -

If it feels like the opening of this college football season for the University of Memphis has been a long time coming, well, put yourself in first-year coach Mike Norvell’s turf shoes.

39. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

40. Collierville, Millington Mayoral Races Top Suburban Ballots in November -

The mayors of Collierville and Millington are running for re-election on the November ballot and as the noon Thursday, Aug. 18, filing deadline approaches for the Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal ballots the two mayors have challengers.

41. Sports Notebook: Norvell and Tigers Making Mark in Recruiting -

One spot behind Wisconsin and just ahead of Kentucky, 44th nationally. That’s where scout.com has the University of Memphis in its recruiting rankings for the class of 2017. Maybe even more telling is that first-year Tigers coach Mike Norvell and his staff aren’t that far behind Texas (40th) or Oregon (35th) or Ole Miss (31st).

42. Lilly King Performs Like an American Hero; A-Rod More Like a Russian Drug Cheat -

The NFL would not like Lilly King. Major League Baseball also would be uncomfortable with the U.S. Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer.

King, 19, not only defeated Russia’s Yulia Efimova in the 100-meter breaststroke in Rio, she took on doping – Efimova was banned twice and reinstated just before the Olympic Games – and then noted after her victory that she won “clean.”

43. Rallings Vows to Reform Memphis Police Dept. -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings will get a pay boost from $150,000 to $219,000 a year as he becomes the permanent head of the Memphis Police Department.

The appointment of Rallings by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland goes to the Memphis City Council for approval Tuesday, Aug. 9, for what is expected to be a unanimous vote.

44. Rallings: 'The World Is In Turmoil' -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings will get a pay boost from $150,000 to $219,000 a year as he becomes the permanent head of the Memphis Police Department.

The appointment of Rallings by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland goes to the Memphis City Council for approval Tuesday, Aug. 9, for what is expected to be a unanimous vote.

45. Last Word: Blight Fight Second Stage, Hickory Hill Schools and Brexit React -

If you had never seen blight and wanted to see it in order to define it, there are several places in Memphis that could give you the on sight definition you were seeking. At the top of that list would probably be Frayser.

46. Weekend Crime Rampage Frames Criminal Justice Debate -

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

47. August Ballot Known for What’s Not at the Top -

Just before the Memorial Day weekend, candidates in the most hotly contested races on the Aug. 4 ballot got the packages they’ve been waiting on – yard signs.

And social media messages were out by Friday afternoon urging supporters to sign up for them.

48. U of M Alumni Association To Present Awards May 21 -

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will present its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management, 3700 Central Ave.

49. U of M Alumni Association To Present Awards May 21 -

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will present its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management, 3700 Central Ave.

50. Memphis Redbirds Set Roster for 2016 Season -

The Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have announced their roster as of Thursday, April 7.

Fifteen players on the 25-man spent time in Memphis last season, including Dean Kiekhefer, Thomas Lee, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt on the pitching staff, catcher Alberto Rosario, infielders Dean Anna, Alex Mejia, Matt Williams and Jacob Wilson, and outfielders Anthony Garcia and Nick Martini.

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

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

52. Memphis Redbirds Set Roster for 2016 Season -

The Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have announced their roster as of Thursday, April 7.

Fifteen players on the 25-man spent time in Memphis last season, including Dean Kiekhefer, Thomas Lee, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt on the pitching staff, catcher Alberto Rosario, infielders Dean Anna, Alex Mejia, Matt Williams and Jacob Wilson, and outfielders Anthony Garcia and Nick Martini.

53. Last Word: Deannexation, Pastner Past the Season and Chewing Gum and Walking -

The much-discussed deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature always had the votes Monday evening in the House with Memphis Democrats succeeding only in delaying the outcome in Nashville by about two hours.
The bill passed by a wide margin after a debate that was for the most part Memphis against the rest of the state starting just outside the city limits with Republicans in the Shelby County legislative delegation.
And there is some dispute between the bill’s sponsor from the Chattanooga area and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Strickland puts the potential loss of tax revenue to the city at $80 million. Rep. Mike Carter says it is more like $27 million.

54. Higher-Ed Shuffle Stokes Fears of UT-TSU Merger -

Anthony Joshua, who moved to Nashville from Madison, Wis., to attend Tennessee State University, says he’s worried his historically black institution could be in for serious change – for the worse.

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

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

56. New Brass -

Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.

57. Bratcher Shooting First Test of Local Pact With TBI -

The first fatal police shooting since local law enforcement and prosecutors adopted a policy of sending such cases to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is being watched closely.

And a quick initial account by the TBI is a change from the agency’s normal posture of not making any comments and abiding strictly by a state law that seals all of its records from the public unless by court order or subpoena.

58. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

59. U of M Notebook: ‘Bad Loss,’ Says Josh Pastner -

A two-game losing streak in a college basketball season isn’t that unusual. But for the University of Memphis, the current two-game skid has set off alarms.

The Tigers’ strength this season has been their defense. But at Cincinnati last Thursday the Bearcats shot 50 percent in beating Memphis 76-72. A dreadful East Carolina team scored its first American Athletic Conference victory on Sunday, Jan. 23, in an 84-83 win over Memphis at FedExForum and shot 61.5 percent in the first half. Guard B.J. Tyson hit 6 of 10 shots from long range and finished with 26 points.

60. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will host the 14th annual Valero Memphis Refinery Tool Box Bash on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will include live and silent auctions, whiskey tasting, live music and more. Tickets are $60 at toolboxbash.com or 901-322-3532.

61. Grizz Sign Former Tiger to 10-Day Contract -

The Memphis Grizzlies have waived veteran backup big man Ryan Hollins and signed former University of Memphis guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract.

62. Events -

The Memphis Irish Society is enrolling for its 2016 Irish Gaelic class, set to begin Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Germantown area (contact for exact venue). The class is free, informal, and is open to all adults and children of middle-school age and older. It will meet most Saturdays throughout the year with some breaks. Email erin.shepherd@memphisirish.com for details.

63. Titans Face Number of Questions As Season Ends -

The Tennessee Titans are on the clock. If they lose to the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s season finale, the Titans franchise will have the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for the first time since the Houston Oilers took Earl Campbell first overall in 1978.

64. Strickland Takes Office Promising Change -

Things move quickly once it is decided the incumbent mayor will not be returning to City Hall.

The political spotlight shifts quickly to the new mayor who has about two months and two weeks to make some important decisions about his inner circle, set some priorities and figure out what needs to wait for more deliberation.

65. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

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

66. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

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

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

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

68. The Right Fit -

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

69. Memphis Tigers Football Hitches Hopes To Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

70. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

71. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

72. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

73. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

74. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

75. Conrad: Mike Williams ‘Should Be Fired’ -

Incoming Memphis City Council chairman Kemp Conrad thinks the city should consider firing Mike Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association, for helping recruiters from other police forces set up job fairs in Memphis.

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

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

Right?

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

77. Strickland Vows to Grow Memphis’ Minority Contract Percentage -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland says the next month may be the most important of his administration, even though he won’t take office until Jan. 1.

78. Precinct Breakdown Maps Mayoral Race Battlefield -

A precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the vote in the Memphis mayor’s race shows Mayor-elect Jim Strickland carried eight of the 10 highest turnout precincts, five of them with better than 65 percent of the vote.

79. Memphis Mayoral Transition Begins -

The transition at City Hall begins this week from Mayor A C Wharton to Mayor-elect Jim Strickland.

Strickland won’t take office until January.

80. AFC South is There for the Taking -

Some team has to win the AFC South. League rules require it, even if no team truly deserves to go to the playoffs.

It was proven last year when the Carolina Panthers won the NFC South with a not-so-tidy 7-8-1 record, a mark that required four consecutive wins to reach.

81. Strickland Upsets Wharton In Memphis Mayor's Race -

Not even close. Mayoral challenger Jim Strickland rolled up a wide margin over incumbent Mayor A C Wharton in the early-vote totals in advance of the Oct. 8 election day count.

And based on that and other election indicators, Wharton conceded the election shortly after 10 p.m. to Strickland after the vote count was long delayed by computer glitches.

82. Election Day Beckons In Hard-Fought Memphis Mayor’s Race -

The most competitive Memphis mayor’s race in 24 years goes to the city’s 403,227 voters Thursday, Oct. 8, along with races for all 13 seats on the Memphis City Council and the race for City Court clerk.

83. Candidates Play Out Early Voting-Election Day Gap -

The early vote is in but still to be counted. There is still some television time booked for last-minute appeals to election day voters.

The debates and questionnaires speak for themselves, and no longer have a place on schedules that in the run-up to Thursday’s Memphis election day have become about opportunities to meet and be seen by the most people possible.

84. Roundhouse Revival 2 Features Mayoral Trash Talk -

On the last day of the Mid-South Fair Sunday, Oct. 4, several hundred people gathered at the Mid-South Fairgrounds to listen to live music, watch roller derby, buy souvenirs, cheer on a wrestling exhibition or two and, of course, eat.

85. Finance Reports Detail Wharton's, Strickland's Priorities -

Since the end of 2014, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and challenger Jim Strickland have each passed the half-million-dollar mark in what they’ve raised in their respective mayoral campaigns, which culminate on election day Thursday, Oct. 8.

86. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Talk Public Transit -

The four major contenders for Memphis mayor all favor keeping the Mid-South Coliseum in some form and a Memphis Zoo parking garage.

But the positions were limited to yes-or-no answers during the Memphis Rotary Club debate Tuesday, Sept. 22, among Mayor A C Wharton and challengers Harold Collins, Jim Strickland and Mike Williams.

87. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission executive search committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 22, at noon at the DMC office, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

88. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission executive search committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 22, at noon at the DMC office, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

89. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Repair Days Weekend Thursday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 27, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from around the country will be on hand to repair broken metal objects; all proceeds benefit the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of activities.

90. Editorial: Memphis’ Direction and Your Choices for Mayor -

Fhe Oct. 8 Memphis mayor’s race is about where the city is and where it is going.

A C Wharton’s six-year mayoral tenure has been a mixed bag. There's been a genuine effort to change the nature of local government but also a wandering focus in which slogans are a kind of political fodder.

91. The Field -

The most competitive race for Memphis mayor in 24 years is in the hands of Memphis voters who will determine whether it will be as close as recent polls suggest it could be.

Early voting in advance of the Oct. 8 election day opened Friday, Sept. 18, with all 13 Memphis City Council seats on the ballot as well as the race for the City Court Clerk’s office.

92. Mayoral Contenders Break New Ground In Last TV Debate -

Even after numerous debates, including three on television, it turns out the four major candidates for Memphis mayor did have a few new things to say during the last televised debate of the 2015 election year.

93. Lakeland Elects New Commissioners, Arlington Returns Incumbents -

Lakeland voters elected Michelle Dial and Joshua Roman to the city’s board of commissioners Thursday, Sept. 17, in the town's second election of the year.

94. Final Memphis Mayoral Debate Begins at 8 pm on WKNO -

On the road to the last televised debate in the Memphis mayor’s race, the four major candidates know each other well.

They each know the speeches of their rivals, as well as their own, and the ability to catch the other guy off guard becomes more difficult as a result.

95. Memphis Mayor's Race Poised For Close Finish -

A political summer dominated by the campaign for Memphis mayor begins turning toward fall Friday, Sept. 18, with the opening of the early voting period in advance of the Oct. 8 election day.

All 16 early voting sites are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 3.

96. Election Day Arrives in Arlington and Lakeland -

Voters in Arlington and Lakeland go to the polls Thursday, Sept. 17, to decide two sets of municipal elections in the suburban cities.

The polls are open in both cities from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

97. Memphis Mayoral Candidates to Face Off Thursday in Last Televised Debate -

On the road to the last televised debate in the Memphis mayor’s race, the four major candidates know each other well.

They each know the speeches of their rivals, as well as their own, and the ability to catch the other guy off guard becomes more difficult as a result.

98. High School Students to Host Mayoral Debate Saturday -

Memphis youth will lend their voices to the city’s mayoral debate by hosting their own forum with the candidates.

The forum will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Christ in You Faith Temple, 3414 Reynard Road in Frayser. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the forum will begin at 5 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to interact with current Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and candidates Harold Collins, Jim Strickland and Mike Williams.

99. Poll Shows Wharton With Slim Lead in Mayor’s Race -

A new poll by the Commercial Appeal shows the Memphis mayor’s race likely will be decided with the winner getting less than a majority and a critical percentage of voters undecided.

The poll, commissioned by the newspaper and conducted by Mason-Dixon Research, shows Wharton is the choice of 30 percent of 500 likely voters who were polled by telephone.

100. Mayoral Campaigns Ramp Up Media Presence -

Three of the four major candidates for Memphis mayor are now on TV and radio with ads that reflect the intensity of a hard-fought race up to the Oct. 8 election day.

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins joined fellow council member Jim Strickland and incumbent mayor A C Wharton this week with a schedule of television ads running through Oct. 7.