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1. Last Word: Bird Is The Word, Governors Quartet and Charlie Morris's Secret -

Former Vice President Joe Biden plays the Orpheum Friday evening. Maybe that isn't the right way to put it -- unless there's a drum solo no one is talking about. Free Bird?

I'll take it as further evidence of the new American politics that is evolving and is far from settled at this point. Politicians do paid speaking gigs all the time. And at times it is controversial. But the gigs are usually some kind of speaking fee to make remarks at a corporate function -- not selling individual tickets on line. This is ostensibly to promote Biden's new book and book deals and politicians go way back. But in a lot of cases, those are free events in a book store. When Biden was last here, it was as vice president at the Norfolk Southern intermodal rail yard in Rossville.

2. Hardaway: Sam Mitchell Will Join Tigers Staff -

University of Memphis head basketball coach Penny Hardaway confirmed that former NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell is joining his coaching staff.

3. Hardaway: Sam Mitchell Will Join Tigers Staff -

University of Memphis head basketball coach Penny Hardaway confirmed that former NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell is joining his coaching staff.

4. Virtually Famous -

Grizz Gaming’s Mehyar Ahmed-Hassan (AuthenticAfrican) gets the ball beyond the arc, dribbles, hesitates, and then accelerates around the defender and drives all the way to the rim for a one-handed dunk. It appears effortless and the longer you watch the avatar that is AuthenticAfrican on the NBA 2K court, the clearer the conclusion becomes:

5. Graceland Political Push Faces First Test at County Commission -

In introducing Joel Weinshanker Thursday, April 27, at a town hall meeting in Whitehaven, Graceland CEO Jack Soden talked about Weinshanker’s “appetite for risk.” The group of 150 people in the theater at Guest House at Graceland soon got a good look at Weinshanker’s emerging plan to go public in a big way with one of the city’s most sensitive economic development issues – the city and county noncompete agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies that keeps the city and county from funding any 5,000-seat and up arena that might compete with FedExForum.

6. Hardaway's First Memphis Recruiting Class a Winner -

The latest recruiting rankings from 247sports.com for the college basketball Class of 2018 has the University of Memphis ranked No. 27 and first among American Athletic Conference teams, 23 spots ahead of No. 50 Wichita State.

7. Under Hardaway, Memphis Again Can Have Hometown Heroes -

Headline from the future: “Alex Lomax Leads Memphis Tigers into the Sweet 16.”

A certainty? Of course not. But it’s a possibility because Lomax has committed to Penny Hardaway and the University of Memphis. You know, as opposed to staying with his earlier choice of Gregg Marshall and Wichita State.

8. Florida’s Epiphany On Guns Means Little in Tennessee -

Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.

“It’s my mission to fight these guns whatever way I can,” says Moore, who founded the organization Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives in an effort to steer youth away from violence.

9. August State and Federal Primary Ballot Taking Shape -

With less than a month to file for the August state and federal primary elections, there are still a few decisions to be made by would-be candidates working in the shadows of those running in the May 1 county primary elections.

10. Tigers’ Martin Named To All-AAC Second Team -

University of Memphis junior guard Jeremiah Martin was named to the American Athletic Conference second team Monday, March 5, following a breakout season in which the former Mitchell High star led the conference in scoring.

11. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

12. Tennessee Mulls $250 1st-Time Fine to Carry Gun If No Permit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House has passed legislation that would lower the penalty to $250 for a first offense of toting a gun without a handgun carry permit.

The Republican-led chamber voted 72-20 Monday on the bill. The bill was amended to let officers decide whether to confiscate ammunition.

13. Tigers’ Martin Second-Team All-AAC Selection -

University of Memphis junior guard Jeremiah Martin was named to the American Athletic Conference second team Monday, March 5, following a breakout season in which the former Mitchell High star led the conference in scoring.

14. Resiliency Concept Goes Broader With Master Plan -

With three projects about to start moving dirt and $60 million in federal funding to do them, the concept of resiliency in Shelby County is moving, even though it’s in the shadows of other plans such as the Mid-South Greenprint and the development of the Wolf River Greenway.

15. Around Memphis | January 29, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly look at Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and different perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis.

In photos: Barber and beauty shops are centers of community in sprawling Whitehaven
High Ground, Brandon Dahlberg

16. 2 Dead, 17 Injured in Kentucky School Shooting; Suspect Held -

BENTON, Ky. (AP) – A 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside his rural Kentucky high school Tuesday, killing two classmates, injuring 17 others and sending hundreds fleeing for safety.

17. Last Word: Brunch Overload, Grade-Changing Misdemeanor and Sports Rebirth -

What happens when Memphians have been home and/or work bound for about two weeks between a national flu outbreak and snow and ice that hangs tough in below freezing temperatures and the temperature Sunday under sunny skies is almost 60? The correct answer is brunch overload.

18. Last Word: Snow Week, Liberal Arts and Their Critics and Tunica Casinos -

Snow Day 3 as this becomes a snow week for many of us. Granted one of those days was a federal holiday in which the temperature was above freezing and the sun was out. During the second consecutive snow day Wednesday for Shelby County Schools students, Candous Brown, a teacher at Raleigh Egypt High School held class anyway via Facebook.

19. Shelby County Commission to Have New Majority in September -

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term in the 2018 county elections.

20. Shelby County Commission To Have New Majority in September -

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

21. Memphis Sound at 60 -

As Stax Records and Royal Studios both wrap up a year of celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Memphis News looks back at the creators and purveyors of the Memphis sound and its significance, both in its heyday and today.

22. Third Memphis TEDx Event Set for Jan. 6 -

When Hardy Farrow takes the stage in the Halloran Centre at The Orpheum Theatre in a few weeks, it will be to present his argument about poverty and what to do about it.

Farrow – who founded LITE Memphis, which stands for Let’s Innovate Through Education – is one of the speakers who’ll be presenting talks Jan. 6 at TEDxMemphis, which has as its theme this year “The Slant.” The conference will be a chance for speakers like Farrow to share their perspective – their slant, as it were – on the world around them.

23. Thaddeus Young Charting Own Course on the NBA Court and Off -

When Thaddeus Young returns to Memphis, he needs to make extra time. When he walks out of the tunnel to get in his pre-game shooting about an hour before tip-off, everyone from FedExForum ushers to fans to Grizzlies personnel want a moment to say hi and shake hands.

24. 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.

25. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will perform the Celeste Bedford Walker comedy “Sassy Mamas” Friday, Sept. 29, through Oct. 22 at 37 S. Cooper St. Visit hattiloo.org for show times and tickets.

26. Last Word: Midtown Moves, A Spike in Chandler Numbers and Old School Expo -

The Brooks looking for a place outside of Overton Park is a huge story that broke Tuesday evening. And it is one of those stories that has a lot of dominoes you might say. Our story looks at some earlier options the museum developed mid recession, which is what delayed fuller consideration of this whole question.

27. Paul Mitchell School Coming to Poplar Plaza -

Though the area around Poplar and Highland avenues is usually associated with the University of Memphis, a new, albeit very different, school is coming soon.

Paul Mitchell Schools filed a $1 million building permit application with construction officials to move into the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of Poplar and Highland.

28. Paul Mitchell School Coming to Poplar Plaza -

Though the area around Poplar and Highland avenues is usually associated with the University of Memphis, a new, albeit very different, school is coming soon.

Paul Mitchell Schools filed a $1 million building permit application with construction officials to move into the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of Poplar and Highland.

29. Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement -

Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.

Tennessee starts its fifth season of the Butch Jones coaching era on Monday night against Georgia Tech at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is 8 p.m. (TV: ESPN).

30. 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.

31. Events -

Indie Memphis’ Indie Wednesday film series kicks off with a screening of the Slamdance Film Festival’s 2017 “Anarchy” shorts program Wednesday, Aug. 2, at MicroCinema @ Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The “Anarchy” program is described as “an anti-genre form of resistance to dominant cultural paradigms.” Admission is pay-what-you-can. Visit indiememphis.com for details and a series schedule.

32. Events -

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday will take place Friday, July 28, at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. Visit tntaxholiday.com for details and lists of tax-exempt and taxable items.

33. Events -

Memphis Black Arts Alliance will present “Annie: The Musical” Thursday through Saturday, July 27-29, at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. Visit mbaafirehouse.org for details and tickets.

34. Milford Joins Chamber As Programming, Events Director -

Ericka Milford recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as director of events and programming, a job in which she’s responsible for planning and executing chamber events and programs and for increasing engagement opportunities for members and the community. Milford’s new role marks her return to the chamber, where she served as events coordinator from 2007 to 2012 before taking a job with HigherVisibility.

35. Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans -

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

36. Jeremiah Martin: No Rest for The Memphis Tigers’ Weary Point Guard -

Forget the ugly recent past. Forget the final 19-13 record and surely forget those last two games of the season – the 103-62 humiliation at SMU and the 84-54 beat down from UCF at the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

37. Organizers Mobilize Against Confederate Monuments -

If there was any doubt about the precise target of the still-forming movement to remove the city’s statues and monuments honoring Confederate leaders, that was dispelled Tuesday, June 20, as more than 300 people gathered at Bruce Elementary School.

38. Forum Shines Light on Rural Hospital Woes -

President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut billions from Medicaid’s budget would have “serious implications” on rural Tennessee hospitals.

That was the assessment of researchers from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Family Medicine, Healthcare Management Partners and local stakeholders who gathered in Jackson, Tenn., Wednesday for a public forum on the impact of federal health policy on the health of rural Tennessee.

39. Council Moves to Operating Budget Examination -

Memphis City Council members open budget hearings Thursday, May 5, on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s $680 million operating budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

40. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

41. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate has approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

42. Fuel-Tax Bill Short of Votes in the House -

NASHVILLE – Votes aren’t adding up in the House of Representatives for passage of the governor’s gas tax/tax cut legislation.

With floor debate scheduled Wednesday morning, not only is a Republican head count showing lack of support, Democrats aren’t exactly lining up behind the measure. The minority party says it wants concessions on other items from the governor before it can vote for the IMPROVE Act, and some Democrats say they won’t go for a combination of tax cuts for wealthy investors tied to a higher gas tax.

43. House Committee Moves Voucher Bill Past Delay With ‘Neutral’ Recommendation -

Legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County emerged Wednesday, April 12, from the House Government Operations Committee after two weeks of delay.

But an amendment enabling private schools who accept public students to opt out of state-required testing could cause it to go back to the starting line.

44. House Committee Moves Voucher Bill With ‘Neutral’ Recommendation -

Legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County emerged Wednesday, April 12, from the House Government Operations Committee after two weeks of delay.

But an amendment enabling private schools who accept public students to opt out of state-required testing could cause it to go back to the starting line.

45. Another Country -

On the road into the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in southwest Memphis, there is a sign you might not notice on your way to the museum and archaeological site.

An arrow pointing east is the way to Memphis. The western arrow reads Chucalissa.

46. 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.

47. Parkinson: Memphis School Voucher Bill ‘Unfair’ -

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson lashed out Thursday at fellow Shelby County delegation member Sen. Brian Kelsey, calling his pilot voucher bill for Memphis schools “insulting, both personally and professionally.”

48. Parkinson: Memphis School Voucher Bill ‘Unfair’ -

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson lashed out Thursday at fellow Shelby County delegation member Sen. Brian Kelsey, calling his pilot voucher bill for Memphis schools “insulting, both personally and professionally.”

49. Last Word: The March & Crowd Estimates and Country Records in Memphis -

Twice now in the last six months, very different protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in the largest demonstrations we’ve seen since the 1970s – and more importantly, demonstrations that are an entry point for a new generation to many of these issues.

50. Growing Number of Americans are Retiring Outside the US -

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012.

"I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live off my Social Security," she said. "The weather here is so perfect, and it's a beautiful place."

51. Spivey: Harwell Shots Not About Durham -

Fallout from Jeremy Durham’s House expulsion keeps piling up. In the latest brouhaha, outgoing Rep. Billy Spivey is calling for an investigation into a report of alleged abuse by House Chief Clerk Joe McCord involving a female staff member working in the office of House Speaker Beth Harwell.

52. Courtney Joins Vet Staff At Downtown Animal Hospital -

Veterinarian Dr. Jackie Courtney has joined Downtown Animal Hospital, where she specializes in critical pet care, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine. 

53. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson -

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.

54. Changes Abound in New Shelby County Schools Year -

On his fourth opening of a school year, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson knows what comes after it seems like all of the preparations for the school year are completed and sealed airtight.

55. Last Word: Early Vote Turnout Numbers, The Starbucks Factor and New Blue Collar -

Monday is the day. So is Thursday. Thursday is election day and Monday is the first day you can turn left on Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard.

One comes with stickers. The other is simply an absence of tickets for making an illegal left turn.

56. Center’s Youth-Police Workshops Hit the Core of Juvenile Justice -

At the Mitchell Community Center, a group of children get handcuffed. The rest of the summer camp students in the room giggle.

"Now, what went wrong this time?" asks LaJereka Hunt, who is dressed as a police officer.

57. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

58. The Week Ahead: July 4-10 -

Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…

59. Shelby County Budget Delay Centers on $3.5 Million for Schools -

Most of the declarations Monday, June 20, before the Shelby County Commission delayed final votes on local schools funding to next week came from the audience.

“For too long we’ve bled, died, cried and pled for education,” former Memphis City Council and Memphis City Schools board member TaJuan Stout-Mitchell told the commission.

60. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

61. Colleges Announced for Pell 'Dual Enrollment' Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer.

62. Last Word: Budget Basics, A Peak At Greensward Mediation and Elvis & Nixon -

Spurs 94 – Grizzlies 68 in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. The TNT post-game show just showed the highlights of the game while Shaq and Charles Barkley talked about how big the women are in San Antonio. I’m not making this up. They didn’t even try to talk about the game. This is just grim.

63. ‘Fearless’ Stewart Embraces Battles With Supermajority -

Democratic state Rep. Mike Stewart lives on the front lines of the Tennessee General Assembly. As chairman of the House Democratic Caucus with 26 members, Stewart could employ a bunker mentality, but instead has chosen to take the fight to the other side of the aisle.

64. Local Robotics Teams Compete in Little Rock -

Four local robotics teams – Collierville High School’s Dragons, Memphis Business Academy’s MBA Execs, Mitchell High’s Tigerbots and White Station High’s SpartaBot – are in Little Rock, defending their towers against robot invaders.

65. NAWBO’s Dixon Using Experience To Help Other Women in Business -

Dianne Dixon, president of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, has spent her life and career earning a seat at the table for herself, and now she’s holding the door open for a new generation of women business owners.

66. Highland Heights CDC Rehabs Five More Homes -

On his desk at Treadwell Middle School, Jared Myers keeps a colorful map marked by green, red and blue shapes.

67. HUD Funds Mid-South Greenprint With $60 Million Grant -

One of the largest federal grants ever awarded to Shelby County government will fund efforts to avoid some of the flooding the Memphis area saw in 2011.

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced Thursday, Jan. 21, the $60 million grant to fund the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

68. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

69. Last Word: Tennessee Brewery Changes, Taylor Berger Emerges and Food Hall Mania -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

70. Three High Schools Join SCS Innovation Zone -

Westwood, Douglass and Mitchell high schools will become part of Shelby County Schools’ Innovation Zone in the 2016-17 academic year.

SCS officials announced their inclusion in the I-Zone Wednesday, Dec. 16.

71. SCS Leaders Seek Endgame in ASD Competition -

Shelby County Schools leaders formally began a move toward a short-term strategic plan this week that took a turn toward a possible endgame in the school system’s competition with the Achievement School District.

72. Vanderbilt Study Compares ASD, I-Zone Achievement -

Add a new study from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College to the local debate about the two school sets aimed specifically at turning around Tennessee’s failing educational institutions.

The study, released Tuesday, Dec. 8, looks at student achievement over the first three years of the state-run Achievement School District and the locally run Innovation Zone Schools. It finds I-Zone gains are greater than ASD gains, but there are some important caveats within the Vanderbilt researchers’ conclusions.

73. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play” Friday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 20 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Buy tickets at gctcomeplay.org.

74. Ricky Tarrant Jr. Brings Speed, Athleticism to Memphis Backcourt -

A college basketball team led by an inexperienced point guard can expect problems. So, too, a team led by a point guard who might be a step slow.

Last season, the University of Memphis had both challenges. They could go young – that didn’t really work – or they could go with then-junior Kedren Johnson, who was not in shape the first part of the season and even later as his conditioning improved, was never going to be accused of having a lightning-quick first step.

75. The Haven -

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

“It’s really the glue that holds the community together,” said 1990 graduate, and Shelby County Schools superintendent, Dorsey Hopson. “You have some of the poorest kids that we have in the state attend there. You also have some of the most high-performing kids in the state attend there. You truly have all segments of all kinds of communities both in the school zone and outside the zone who descend on ‘The Haven’ every single day.”

76. Events -

Banjos and Bonfires will be held Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Felicia Suzanne’s, 80 Monroe Ave. L1. The evening will feature bluegrass music, a bonfire, and light appetizers and drinks; proceeds benefit the Church Health Center. Call 901-523-0877 for details.

77. Events -

The Fall Mid-South Wedding Show & Bridal School will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center, 7300 Hacks Cross Road, Olive Branch. The event will feature vendors, multiple fashion shows, free engagement photos and more. Visit midsouthweddingshow.com for free ticket locations.

78. Heading Up DMC Is Next Chapter in Terence Patterson’s Memphis Story -

“He’s impressive, and I like him.” So summed up Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris about the general sentiment in electing Terence Patterson to take over the post when Morris steps down next month.

79. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

80. Obama Wants to Give Prisoners Access to Pell Grants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking steps to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have scheduled a visit to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, on Friday to announce the plans.

81. Kelsey’s New Private School Voucher Plan Looks More Like Haslam’s -

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

But it is hardly etched in stone.

82. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Horn Island: Paint & Metal,” new works by Richard Prillaman and Bill Nelson, Friday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition is on display through April 7 in the Levy Gallery. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

83. Events -

City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools AmeriCorps VISTA programs and Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership will host the Tennessee Community Solutions Summit Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave. The summit will focus on mentoring as a solution to challenges faces faced by Memphis youth. Email maria.furhmann@memphistn.gov.

84. Saluting One of the Greatest -

Tom Brokaw called Mary Margret Foley one of the greatest. No, not by name, but as one of that critical mass of individuals in this country born between 1900 and 1925 whom he dubbed “The Greatest Generation” in his book by the same name.

85. Events -

The Daily News offices will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. Offices will reopen Friday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 a.m.

T.O. Fuller State Park will hold a New Year’s Day hike on the 4.5-mile Discovery Trail Thursday, Jan. 1, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the visitors center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. Members of the Tennessee Trails Association will be serving samples of black-eyed peas, cornbread, chips and dip and hot chocolate, and a ranger will be present to host a birds of prey program. Cost is free. Call the park office at 543-7581 for details.

86. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will host the seventh annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to Thursday, Jan. 1, at 2 a.m. at Hard Rock, 126 Beale St. The event will feature live music inside and outside the cafe, including a headline performance by The Bar-Kays. General admission is $20. Visit hardrock.com/memphis for more information.

87. Events -

Memphis Zoo hosts the final night of SunTrust Zoo Lights Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Visitors can enjoy free rides through Zoo Lights on a tram, children’s activities, live reindeer, animal encounters and more. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Visit memphiszoo.org.

88. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will host the seventh annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to Thursday, Jan. 1, at 2 a.m. at Hard Rock, 126 Beale St. The event will feature live music inside and outside the cafe, including a headline performance by The Bar-Kays. General admission is $20. Visit hardrock.com/memphis for more information.

89. Events -

The 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring the Texas A&M Aggies and the West Virginia Mountaineers, will be held Monday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Big & Rich will perform at halftime. Buy tickets at autozonelibertybowl.org.

90. Vols’ Barnett Faces Nation’s Best in Iowa’s Scherff -

KNOXVILLE – Derek Barnett is spending most of the Christmas holidays away from his Nashville home, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

91. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “Twelfth Night” Thursday, Dec. 11, through Dec. 21 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

92. Minyard Joins Barge Waggoner -

Tom Minyard, a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as the civil works program manager. In his new role, Minyard’s responsibilities include the advancement of the firm’s strategic direction as it relates to its civil works program for local, state and federal governments. His areas of technical interest include flood risk reduction, navigation, ecosystem restoration and emergency response.

93. Events -

Indie Memphis and Memphis Pink Palace Museum will screen Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film, “Stop Making Sense,” Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in the CTI Theater at Pink Palace, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets are $8 for Indie Memphis and Pink Palace members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit indiememphis.com.

94. Events -

Memphis Zoo will host Zoo Boo Friday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 19, and Oct. 24-26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Activities include trick-or-treat stations, not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, straw maze, haunted hayride and more. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit memphiszoo.org.

95. Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office -

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Along with the tier of management came verdicts about whether the school system’s central office was becoming more centralized or more decentralized depending on the education climate and trends of the day. The opinions about the effects on centralizing authority or dispersing it also varied greatly.

96. Hopson Restructures School System Management -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has eliminated the school system’s set of four regional superintendents and replaced them with three associate superintendents in what he said is a change to move the school system’s central office closer to the daily operation of schools.

97. Millington Leaders Emphasize Unique School System -

For much of the move to the demerger of public education in Shelby County, the Millington Municipal Schools district has been overshadowed by the five other suburban school systems.

All six formed starting in January and three weeks ago opened for classes, but Millington school system leaders, principals, teachers and civic leaders didn’t have their opening celebration until this past weekend, the day after the Millington Central High School Trojans beat the Germantown Red Devils in the first weekend of high school football.

98. Rising Up -

Adrienne Johnson remembers being stalked. It was actually a good thing. “I grew up in a single-parent home,” said Johnson, 35, today a financial analyst at International Paper and one of IP’s mentors in the RISE Foundation Goal Card program. “I was the first in my family to go to college. It was unrealistic (to attend college), not something I envisioned at all.”

99. South Cypress Creek Meetings Planned -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for the South Cypress Creek area.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather information about drainage and flooding problems they’ve experienced.

100. South Cypress Creek Meetings Planned -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for the South Cypress Creek area.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather information about drainage and flooding problems they’ve experienced.