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VOL. 131 | NO. 222 | Monday, November 7, 2016

The Week Ahead: November 7-13

Daily News staff

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Good morning, Memphis! From Tigers and Grizzlies to a party that’ll make you howl, this week is all about the animals – oh, and did we mention there’s an election, too? Check out details on those and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

So as we said, Tuesday is Election Day. Democracy in action! Here’s your checklist:
1. Download your sample ballot here.
2. Get to your polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Not sure where to vote? Look up your precinct at shelbyvote.com.)
3. Join us @tdnpols for live coverage of the election returns… possibly late into the night. Politics never sleeps.

You may not have felt this election season has rocked in any meaningful way, but that’s OK, because the day after we all head to the polls you can also head to the University of Memphis bookstore for a “901 Rocks” rock-painting event.
We’ve written about this initiative before – it’s a feel-good project to paint creative and mostly Memphis- and 901-themed designs on rocks and then to leave them around the city to spread a pro-Bluff City vibe. The free event at the U of M bookstore on Wednesday runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or until they’ve run out of rocks to paint.

Sit! Stay! And Howl at the Moon to benefit Streetdog Foundation. Enjoy live music, silent and live auctions, and enough food and drink to make all tails wag Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Warehouse, 36 E. G.E. Patterson. Call 901-409-5938 or go to streetdogfoundation.com for more information.

The Greenway Soiree celebrates "Preserving the Wonder of the Wolf" with live and silent auctions, the Earnestine & Hazel's Band, dinner, and drinks to benefit the Wolf River Conservancy. The soiree is Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Opera Memphis, 6745 Wolf River Blvd. Call 901-452-6500 or visit wolfriver.org for details and tickets.

Remember the great deannexation controversy of 2016? It’s okay if you don’t. It was a drama that unfolded mostly in the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year, although it was all about Memphis and Shelby County at its heart.
A bill that would’ve allowed areas annexed as far back as 18 years ago to call for a referendum to separate themselves from the city was effectively killed when it was sent to a summer study committee. The legislation in some form is certain to be reintroduced when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
Meanwhile, there is a local deannexation group working here that includes folks on all sides of the issue, including some who favor the city possibly reducing its footprint on its own without a referendum. That group is holding the first in a set of public hearings Monday at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

It’s a jammed sports week with the University of Memphis men’s basketball team and first-year coach Tubby Smith getting things started at 6:30 p.m. Monday in an exhibition game vs. Christian Brothers University at FedExForum.
The Memphis Grizzlies wrap up a three-game homestand with a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday at FedExForum vs. the Denver Nuggets.
Then on Friday night at 7 p.m., the University of Memphis women’s basketball team holds their season-opener at Elma Roane Fieldhouse vs. Missouri State. Finally, on Saturday at 6 p.m., USF comes to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to play a conference game against the Tigers. 

With cyberattacks on the rise in the U.S. and across the world. two local groups are joining up to discuss how businesses can protect themselves.
The Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter and Mid-South Health Care Executives are hosting a cybersecurity panel discussion Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club to address cybersecurity and information technology security alignment with a company's or industry's regulations, business goals and organizational risk.
Panelists include Suzanne Miller, a recognized international expert in informational privacy and security assurance; Amy Lahey, senior director of planning & quality, and information security officer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC; and Jeff Greene, senior manager of information security for International Paper. Visit pmimemphis.org for details.

A slew of changes are coming to individual health care plans for 2017. EmergeMemphis, at 516 Tennessee St., is hosting an event Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help people make sense of it all.
Chuck Hudspeth from Hudspeth Benefits Group will be on hand to help walk through changes and answer questions. The event will address topics like which companies offer individual plans and how to select the best plan for yourself.

The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email associate editor Kate Simone at ksimone@memphisdailynews.com if you have items for consideration.

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