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1. Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged; No Hint on Timing of Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

2. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

3. Mike Conley Leave the Grizzlies? Possible, but Unlikely -

The on-court business of the season finished – the San Antonio Spurs made sure of that – the Grizzlies now turn to the offseason.

Call it Mike Conley Free Agent Season, the natural sequel to Marc Gasol Free Agent Season.

4. Grizzlies' Season Ends with Heart and Tears -

Game 4 of this miserable first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs was almost done. Only a few minutes of garbage time remained.

And the question from Dave Joerger to veterans Matt Barnes and Vince Carter was a simple one: Do you want to stay out there, to keep playing, and to end this thing with your boots on?

5. Lisa’s Lunchbox Pursues Steady Growth -

Lisa Clay is cooking up an expansion-fueled future to go along with the sandwiches, smoothies and other staples of her nearly 10-year-old Lisa’s Lunchbox restaurant concept.

6. Memphis Takes Pounding in Opener With Spurs -

The Memphis Grizzlies were not alone in their unmitigated defeat. The NBA Playoffs started this past weekend and while descriptions of what happened to the Grizzlies within the shadow of the Alamo in San Antonio were colorful – “a 106-74 bludgeoning by the San Antonio Spurs” read one account at NBA.com – this was hardly an isolated incident.

7. Last Word: A Dog Named Elvis, Soulville's Change and Highlander Politics -

For those who stopped watching in the fourth quarter, The Grizzlies lost to the Spurs 106-74 in San Antonio Sunday to open the NBA's second season. If you put together the second and fourth quarters it would have been close. But oh the first and third quarters.

8. Tubby Smith's Hire Comes With 'Highest Expectations' -

Wearing a University of Memphis lapel pin on his suit jacket, Tubby Smith was introduced on the floor of FedExForum Thursday, April 14, as the 18th head coach in Tigers history.

University president M. David Rudd called it a “historic hire” for the school and said Smith arrived as the “most accomplished coach” to lead the program (take that, John Calipari).

9. Last Word: Tubby Fever, School Closings and March Real Estate Numbers -

The Tigers basketball grapevine is nothing but Tubby Smith as of Wednesday when the speculation was joined by torrent of rumors about contact between the Texas Tech coach and the University of Memphis.
Smith has now acknowledged he’s talking with the U of M.
More background on Smith from The Sporting News and Mike DeCourcy, a former sports reporter at The Commercial Appeal, that came out before everything went Tubby here.

10. Luttrell Wants to Bridge Urban-Rural Divide -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen knows the signs of someone making the transition to running for Congress.

So when he and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell spoke at the March 31 opening of Moore Tech’s new welding school, Cohen watched closely as Luttrell began talking about the lack of workforce training and questioned the old Shelby County Schools slogan of “every child college bound.”

11. Redbirds Outfielder Tilson Reminds of Cardinals Past -

When Charlie Tilson speaks of the big-league players that have impacted him most, he does so with one eye trained on their past and one eye focused on his future.

“I grew up in Chicago and the guy I loved in 2005 with the White Sox was Scott Podsednik,” said Tilson, in his first year playing center field for the Memphis Redbirds, and a second-round draft pick (79th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2011.

12. Southland Mall Sells In Foreclosure -

1215 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2016
Buyer: 1215 East Shelby Drive Holdings LLC
Seller: Southland Mall Shopping Center LLC
Details: Southland Mall, Memphis’ first enclosed mall when it opened 50 years ago, has sold for $4.3 million in foreclosure.

13. City Council Sets Stage for Budget Season -

Two weeks before Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presents his first budget proposal to the Memphis City Council, the council and administration are setting the stage for the budget season to come.

14. ALSAC Buys Warehouse For $6 Million -

483 Manassas St.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $6 million

Sale Date: March 17, 2016

Buyer: ALSAC

Seller: Michael Nussbaum and Joyce Nussbaum

15. Grizzlies Have No Answers for Machine That Is The Spurs -

To find 31 point and 13 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ locker room, you would have had to gather two or three players together. But in the locker room of the San Antonio Spurs, all those points and rebounds were in one place, in the person of forward LaMarcus Aldridge after the Spurs had defeated the Grizzlies 101-87 on Monday, March 28 at FedExForum.

16. Tigers Sports Notebook: Woodson to Transfer, Football Team Works Out in Pads -

As is often the case these days, news of a player’s intention to transfer was delivered by the player himself via social media. So it was that Avery Woodson informed all, through a post on Twitter, that he would be leaving the University of Memphis basketball program.

17. The $10.6 Million Question: Fire Josh Pastner or Keep Him? -

The Hall-of-Fame coach was speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” his team sitting on the outside looking in on this year’s NCAA Tournament because of his university’s own imposed ban:

18. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.

19. Pastner Cites Chain of Command in Speculation About Future -

At a season-ending press conference on Monday, March 14, Josh Pastner said he considered himself the University of Memphis men’s basketball coach going forward “unless I’m told differently by my bosses.” And following that university president M. David Rudd released a statement saying a review of the program would be conducted.

20. With Peralta Out, Gyorko, Diaz to Vie for Shortstop Job -

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – With shortstop Jhonny Peralta sidelined with a thumb injury, the St. Louis Cardinals are left with a hole in their starting lineup.

Jedd Gyorko, who arrived in a trade with the Padres billed as a semi-regular, will get the first shot at filling the gap,

21. Sports Notebook: Memphis, UT Vols Shut out of NCAA Tourney; Grizz Keep Grinding; Waino Bullish on Cards -

The University of Memphis won two American Athletic Conference Tournament games but lost to Connecticut for a third time this season in Sunday’s title game. The Tigers were close enough to the Big Dance to hear the music and smell the punch, but nowhere close to getting an at-large invitation.

22. Last Word: Tiger Drumbeat, Eye on Drones and Shelby County Biggest Home Sale -

Let the coaching drumbeat resume after the Tigers Sunday post-season collapse one game past Tulsa.
A confession here – I am so sports challenged that I thought UConn was a team from Alaska until I saw it spelled out.
In my defense, who associates Huskies with Connecticut?
My point is what happens next isn’t just about basketball. It’s about a change with a good track record of being emotional in the worst way.
It’s linked to how we want to be known for treating people and what they think of us as a result of that.
In those two areas, it’s never just business. It’s always personal.
Josh Pastner’s four predecessors were each very different case studies in this regard.
It could have been any stop in any city with a basketball court and a one-and-done star he could find and recruit to John Calipari. But he still had to hide under a blanket in the back seat of a car on the way to the airport and lie about it long after everyone knew.
Knew about the Kentucky job that is. The mess he left at the university would surface shortly thereafter.
Tic Price was two fast seasons and the proof that the Memphis job isn’t just about what happens on the court and the attendance at games.
Price was clearly excited about coming to Memphis. He clearly understood the importance and heritage of Tigers basketball and valued it. And he wasted no time at all getting lost in the Memphis that is not a part of that all encompassing world.
It was the only job Larry Finch wanted and ultimately the job he couldn’t continue to have. That after ignoring conventional wisdom as a player and coming from Melrose High to Memphis State, bringing a beloved team with him and then picking Memphis again in the ABA over the Lakers in the NBA.
None of that was considered in pushing him out the door and then naming a building after him.
Dana Kirk
wanted to be the hustler John Calipari was. He was certainly impersonal enough about it and he took the team to an era where a post-season NCAA bid was expected and is still expected to this day.
But his impersonality exacted a high cost and he paid most of that cost. Although you could argue the experience for his team that produced some legendary players also made some of them legendary casualties of his emotional distance. It didn’t allow him to go elsewhere because he never figured out that he was being underestimated just as much as the team whose needs he ignored was in the national view of college basketball.
While Calipari dodged big trouble twice, Kirk wasn’t even in Calipari’s league when it came to ducking and timing.
We are past our inferiority complex. That’s what the last NFL drive of the 1990s did for us.
But it’s not necessarily a bad thing that we see the people chosen to occupy these very public positions as a reflection to the world of who we are.

23. Tigers’ Ariel Hearn Selected to AAC Second Team -

University of Memphis senior guard Ariel Hearn has been named to the 2015-16 American Athletic Conference Second Team in a vote of the league’s coaches.

This marks the third straight season Hearn has earned American Athletic Conference recognition. She was a first-team selection in 2013-14 and a second-team pick in 2014-15.

24. ‘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.

25. The Audible: Still Peyton Manning’s Best Weapon -

It was, of course, the closing of Peyton Manning’s recent retirement speech that provided the sound bite and made the headlines.

Quoting 2 Timothy 4:7, Manning said: “I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” He then added: “Well, I have fought the good fight. I’ve finished my football race and after 18 years, it’s time. God bless all of you and God bless football.”

26. Pastner Hopes ‘Right Memphis Team' Shows Up at AAC Tourney -

Remember El Paso in 2011? Remember how the Tigers were down to about six minutes in their season, playing in the Conference USA championship game on UTEP’s home floor, and trailing by 12 points?

27. Shaq Goodwin, Dedric Lawson Receive AAC Honors -

University of Memphis senior Shaq Goodwin has been named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team, while freshman Dedric Lawson was named to the Second Team and to the All-Rookie Team.

In AAC games, Goodwin led the conference in scoring at 17.2 points per game, and ranked second during the same span in blocked shots per game at 1.8.

28. Tigers’ Ariel Hearn Selected To AAC Second Team -

University of Memphis senior guard Ariel Hearn has been named to the 2015-16 American Athletic Conference Second Team in a vote of the league’s coaches.

This marks the third straight season Hearn has earned American Athletic Conference recognition. She was a first-team selection in 2013-14 and a second-team pick in 2014-15.

29. Sports Notebook: Tigers End With Win, Suns Beat Grizzlies -

A laugher. The University of Memphis basketball team hasn’t had many of those this season, but they got one to end the American Athletic Conference schedule with an 83-53 victory at East Carolina.

30. Green Sword -

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

It would come quickly and just before the start of the third spring of protests against the Memphis Zoo's use of the northern part of the Greensward for overflow parking.

31. New Owner to Revive South Main Eyesore -

The long-maligned building at 107 S. Main St. has a new owner who has signed on to long-term redevelopment and short term-beautification. Prau Investments LLC purchased the 34,200-square-foot building on Dec. 11 for $720,000.

32. Kasich Draws Memphis Crowd of 700 -

Republican presidential contender John Kasich told a group of more than 700 people in Memphis Friday, Feb. 26, the country needs leaders who think as Americans first and Republicans and Democrats second.

33. Kasich Draws Memphis Crowd of 700 -

Republican presidential contender John Kasich told a group of more than 700 people in Memphis Friday, Feb. 26, the country needs leaders who think as Americans first and Republicans and Democrats second.

34. Still Kobe, or a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof -

Long before tip-off of Kobe Bryant’s last game in Memphis, Janice Brown was outfitted in her purple No. 24 Lakers jersey, Lakers cap, and holding a Kobe Fathead.

35. Lockdown: Apple Could Make It Even Tougher to Hack Phones -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose the FBI wins its court battle and forces Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers. That could open all iPhones up to potential government scrutiny – but it's not the end of the story.

36. Former Memphis QB Lynch To Participate in NFL Combine -

Paxton Lynch, the former University of Memphis quarterback who set school records for single season passing yards and passing touchdowns and who helped lead Memphis to 19 wins over the past two seasons, will participate in the NFL Combine that begins this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

37. Callahan Breaks Down UT’s 'Pretty Impressive' Recruiting Class -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones keeps his pulse on recruiting year-around, along with his SEC counterparts and other FBS coaches.

Chasing recruits is an endless cycle, the lifeblood of championship football teams.

38. Last Word: 901Fest, First Tennessee Sues Pinnacle and EDGE Responds -

U of M Tigers 73 – UCF Knights 56 at FedExForum and on ESPN Wednesday evening.

As that was underway, Vice President Joe Biden was on his way out of the Memphis area after a visit to the Norfolk Southern intermodal facility in Rossville.
Here’s the basic web story account from Wednesday evening of Biden’s visit which comes on the seventh anniversary of the enactment of the federal stimulus act.
More on the larger themes in the visit and three-city tour by Biden in the print version that hits online Thursday afternoon.

39. Shaq Goodwin’s ‘Best’ Season Not Without Its Challenges -

Nearing the end of his senior season, Tigers forward Shaq Goodwin knows the time is coming when fans will talk about him in the past tense.

So 10 years down the line when his name comes up, what would he want to hear?

40. Big Year for Barton; Tigers Can Earn AAC Bye -

Former University of Memphis Tiger Will Barton competed in the Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. He got good reviews on his first-round dunk; things didn’t go so well after that.

41. Those Valentine's Day Flowers Might Just Be From Kenya -

NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.

"I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," said Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya. "They are very beautiful."

42. Grizzlies Sign KD in Free Agency, Trade Mike Conley? No, Don’t Think So -

So there’s a national report out there saying the Memphis Grizzlies will make a strong play to sign free agent Kevin Durant after the season.

43. Life Without Marc? Yes, and Grizz Still Have Something to Play For -

In their first game after learning their franchise player had fractured his right foot and would be lost to the team indefinitely – and yes, perhaps for the rest of the season – the Grizzlies reacted just the way that was needed: They went out to Brooklyn and demolished the hapless Nets before starting their All-Star break.

44. Grizz Lose 2nd-Straight OT Game and Gasol to Foot Injury -

As images go, it doesn’t get much worse than seeing center Marc Gasol being helped off the court, forward Jeff Green inadvertently tapping in a shot for the other team at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, and former Grizzly Ed Davis doing the kind of work that inspired praise from Portland coach Terry Stotts.

45. Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap -

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

46. Tigers Win Game, Larger Story Remains the Same -

After a much-needed victory, the embattled Tigers head coach opened the door and walked into the media room for his post-game press conference. Seated in the first row and sporting a blue University of Memphis cap was U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who offered up a grin and polite applause.

47. Time Running Short as Tigers Host UConn and Cincinnati -

The Tigers have lost three of their last four games, including that “bad” home loss to East Carolina and a less-than-competitive effort at then-No. 13 SMU last Saturday.

So the University of Memphis isn’t exactly riding a wave of momentum into an important two-game homestand against American Athletic Conference foes Connecticut (8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4) and Cincinnati (11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6). Both games will air on ESPN2.

48. Tigers’ Burrell Earns AAC Recognition -

University of Memphis senior guard Trahson Burrell was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 25.

Burrell averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game during the week. He shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the field, 40 percent (4-of-10) from long range, and 71 percent (5-of-7) from the free-throw line and also added a block and a steal.

49. 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.

50. Tigers’ Burrell Earns AAC Recognition -

University of Memphis senior guard Trahson Burrell was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 25.

Burrell averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game during the week. He shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the field, 40 percent (4-of-10) from long range, and 71 percent (5-of-7) from the free-throw line and also added a block and a steal.

51. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

52. Faced With Array of Risks, CEOs Increasingly Pessimistic -

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Facing a cocktail of risks from the economic slowdown in China to the rise of the Islamic State group, chief executives around the world are more pessimistic about the global economy than at any time in three years — a development that has the potential to seriously affect their investment and growth plans.

53. Stubby and Bo Know First Big-League Hit Is Forever -

They will always remember the first one because in baseball, there is no charity.

June 22, 2001, the St. Louis Cardinals are losing 10-5 to the San Francisco Giants when Stubby Clapp, back-flipping hero to Memphis Redbirds fans, leads off the bottom of the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter.

54. Fed Official: Low Oil Prices Affecting Central Bank Action -

A key Fed official assured Memphis business leaders during a breakfast address Thursday, Jan. 14, that interest rates won’t climb dramatically this year.

Jim Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told the Economic Club of Memphis that rates today are “crazy low compared to the historical experience in the U.S.” and will “remain accommodative well into the future.”

55. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Jan. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

56. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “The Guest Room” author Chris Bohjalian for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

57. With SUV Look, Tech Touches, Chrysler Aims to Revive Minivan -

DETROIT (AP) — Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it — with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever hybrid version that Chrysler hopes will make minivans popular again.

58. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Jan. 17 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

59. Memphis Lands Another Nonstop to Atlanta -

Frontier Airlines is expanding its presence at Memphis International Airport by adding a nonstop flight to Atlanta.

The flight to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will begin April 14 and will run three times a week: on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday departing Memphis at 12:05 p.m.

60. Arkansas Motors Past Kansas State 45-23 in Liberty Bowl -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Just in case this ends up being his last college game, Arkansas' Alex Collins made it one to remember.

61. The Week Ahead: Jan. 4, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? 2016 has kicked off with a full calendar – from an Elvis birthday celebration to a haunted pub crawl. So whether you’re still making your New Year’s resolutions or already have broken a few, here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about...

62. The Good and Bad of Memphis’ Fortune 500 -

During a breakfast meet-and-greet with young professionals earlier this fall at International Paper’s newly opened building on its Poplar Avenue campus, IP chairman and CEO Mark Sutton recalled attending an investor day event during his first month on the job.

63. AAC Names Tigers’ Tubbs Preseason Player of the Year -

University of Memphis center fielder Darien Tubbs has been named as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, in conjunction with the preseason all-conference team and preseason poll.

64. Basketball Tigers Win Conference Opener -

Four University of Memphis men's basketball players scored double figures, and senior Trahson Burrell posted a double-double in his first start of the season, as the Tigers defeated Tulane, 77-65, in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams at FedExForum Tuesday, Dec. 28.

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. New Laws in 2016 Show States are Diverging on Guns, Voting -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

Restrictions on carrying guns will ease in Texas, for example, but will get tighter in California. It will be easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there will be another step to take at the polls in North Carolina.

67. Basketball Tigers Win Conference Opener -

Four University of Memphis basketball players scored double figures, and senior Trahson Burrell posted a double-double in his first start of the season, as the Tigers defeated Tulane 77-65 in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams at FedExForum Tuesday, Dec. 28.

68. Almost Gone: Kobe, Carter and an Era -

There were moments. For the great ones, for the future Hall-of-Famers, there are always moments.

So yes, Kobe Bryant can still occasionally cross somebody over and run toward the rim. Sunday night at FedExForum, he even did it to Tony Allen.

69. AAC Names Tigers Outfielder Preseason Player of the Year -

University of Memphis center fielder Darien Tubbs has been named as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, in conjunction with the preseason all-conference team and preseason poll.

70. Baptist Hits EMR Adoption Milestone -

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society recently recognized Baptist Memorial Health Care for reaching “Stage 6” status on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

71. 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).

72. Baptist Hits EMR Adoption Milestone -

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society recently recognized Baptist Memorial Health Care for reaching “Stage 6” status on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

73. Gasol, Barnes Lead Grizzlies Past Pacers 96-84 -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Even as the Memphis Grizzlies transition into a small-ball style team, they realize defense is still the key to their success.

Memphis forced Indiana into 17 turnovers and 39 percent shooting in a 96-84 victory over the Pacers on Saturday night.

74. From Beginning to End, Tigers Not Good Enough to Handle Ole Miss -

Even John Calipari lost to Ole Miss at FedExForum. It was Dec. 11, 2004, and the Tigers were on the short end of a 65-53 score.

That season ended with the Tigers in the Final Four – of the NIT.

75. A Look at This Year’s Volunteer Squad -

Here’s a glimpse at the Vols’ roster, and what’s happened through the first eight games (in order of scoring).

Kevin Punter Jr.

Junior guard, 6-2, 190, Bronx, N.Y./State Fair (Mo.) Community College. 22.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 35.1 mpg

76. FedEx Beats Quarterly Earnings Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is reporting net income growth and a slight uptick in revenues for its fiscal second quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

77. Going Small, Grizzlies Score Big Against Wizards -

Before the game, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger confirmed the lineup change that moved power forward Zach Randolph and swingman Tony Allen to the bench and installed forward Matt Barnes and guard Courtney Lee as starters – and left forward Jeff Green as a starter – wasn’t just a one-time whim while in Miami.

78. Planning the Perfect Wedding -

Weddings begin with the venue. “A venue holds everything,” says Kristin King, who is opening a new event facility, The Sloane, in Nashville’s Gulch area in 2016.

79. Events -

Stax Music Academy will perform its holiday concert, “Home for the Holidays,” Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cadre Building, 149 Monroe Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; children under 16 are free. Call 901-946-2535, ext. 250, to buy tickets.

80. College Football Notebook: Vols Get Bowl Upgrade, All-SEC Teams Named -

Last season, coach Butch Jones got Tennessee back to a bowl game. This season, they’ve moved up from the TaxSlayer Bowl to the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.

It’s a tangible step for a program that finished 8-4, 5-3 in the SEC. And looking back over the schedule at what might have been, the Vols easily could have played for the SEC title or at least already have 10 wins.

81. Another Month of Solid US Hiring Clears Way for Fed Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.

A solid November job gain of 211,000 showed that despite weak overseas growth and struggling U.S. factories, the U.S. economy appears healthy enough to withstand a Fed hike from record-low rates later this month.

82. Four Tigers Selected To All-AAC Teams -

University of Memphis placekicker Jake Elliott, the nation’s leading scorer among kickers, was named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year and was one of four Tigers to receive first-team recognition as the league announced all-conference teams Wednesday, Dec. 2.

83. Four Tigers Selected To All-AAC Teams -

University of Memphis placekicker Jake Elliott, the nation’s leading scorer among kickers, was named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year and was one of four Tigers to receive first-team recognition as the league announced all-conference teams Wednesday, Dec. 2.

84. College Football Notebook: Memphis Coaching Search a Waiting Game -

As this is being written, the University of Memphis coaching search is a game of wait and see. Athletic director Tom Bowen & Co. apparently remain fixed on Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom, who served in the same position for three seasons at Memphis before going to Missouri before the 2015 season.

85. Can Vanderbilt Pull Off One More SEC Win Against Vols? -

Tennessee football fans already are talking about their bowl destinations for the Christmas holidays.

Will it be the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, the Music City Bowl in Nashville or the Outback Bowl in Tampa?

86. Dangerous Time to Play Emotionally Charged Missouri -

Tennessee’s football team may be headed into a perfect storm Saturday night at Missouri.

It’s been an emotional whirlwind the last two weeks for the Tigers (5-5, 1-5 SEC), and they will have plenty of motivation against the Vols (6-4, 3-3).

87. Council OKs Raleigh Springs Mall Conversion, Again -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 17, approved – for the second time in a year and a half – the plan to turn the Raleigh Springs Mall into a “town center” with a city library branch, new police precinct and the Memphis Police Department’s traffic precinct.

88. Council OKs Raleigh Springs Mall Conversion, Again -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 17, approved – for the second time in a year and a half – the plan to turn the Raleigh Springs Mall into a “town center” with a city library branch, new police precinct and the Memphis Police Department’s traffic precinct.

89. Council Delays Central Station and Graceland West Votes -

Memphis City Council members delayed approval Tuesday, Nov. 17, of the lease agreement and financing of the Central Station redevelopment project for two weeks. And it also delayed a vote on the Graceland West renovation and expansion.

90. Marriott Becomes World's Largest Hotelier, Buying Starwood -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotel behemoth Marriott International is becoming even larger, taking over rival chain Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin.

91. No. 25 Memphis Stunned in Closing Minutes by No. 16 Houston -

HOUSTON (AP) — After scoring to start the fourth quarter, No. 25 Memphis was up by 20 and looked well on its way to a big win over undefeated Houston.

The Tigers were left stunned less than 15 minutes later.

92. 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.

93. Whisenhunt’s Failed Tenure Now Easier to Understand -

It was only one game, one win, but it was clear in the aftermath Sunday just how much the Tennessee Titans needed the victory they got in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.

After an emotional week highlighted by the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, interim coach Mike Mularkey and the remainder of Whisenhunt’s staff was able to rally the team and find a way to end a six-game losing streak that derailed the 2015 season almost from the start.

94. 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.

95. Events -

Eyewear Gallery will hold a food drive for Mid-South Food Bank throughout November at its office, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Anyone who donates two cans of food can suggest someone to receive a free vision screening on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. Visit eyeweargallery.com or call 901-763-2020.

96. Events -

MasterIT will host a cybersecurity event titled “The Checklist Every CEO Needs to Protect Their Clients, Employees and Business” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, 2670 Union Ave., first floor conference room. Register at master-IT.com.

97. No. 25 Memphis Tigers Can’t Dwell on First Loss of Season -

In the hours after the first loss of the season, the first loss in almost 400 days, Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch replayed what might have been.

Of course he did.

“I was definitely thinking about it all night and the next day, but I can’t go back and change the plays that I missed, and other guys made plays and missed plays as well, but as a team we didn’t do what we needed to do to win the game,” Lynch said of Navy beating the University of Memphis 45-20. “They just played better than us.”

98. Business-Nonprofit Partnerships Crucial to Transforming Communities -

Whether in Memphis, Nashville or metro Denver, there are success stories. Businesses and nonprofits coming together not just to create jobs, but to forge life-changing opportunities that turn out to be positive for everyone involved.

99. Toys Have Best Year in a Decade -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback.

The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.

100. Rarely Deployed Weapon: Tigers Punter Spencer Smith Good When He Gets a Chance -

The Tigers’ high-powered offense, driven by quarterback Paxton Lynch, is well-documented. Their 44.8 scoring average ranks sixth nationally.

Which doesn’t leave a lot of work for the University of Memphis punter, sophomore Spencer Smith. He’s averaging 46.8 yards per punt, which would rank fourth in the country if he met the minimum of 3.6 punts per game.