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1. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

2. Blockbuster Shuttering All Memphis Stores -

Some Hollywood films are so predictable, viewers can see the ending coming long before the credits roll.

In hindsight, consumers may decide the story of Blockbuster Inc. – the giant video rental chain that in a matter of days will no longer have a brick-and-mortar presence in Memphis – falls in that category.

3. Architectural Stories -

The houses on this year’s Central Gardens Home and Garden Tour chronicle a century of architectural styling.

They begin with traditional designs that borrow from past times and end with a 1967 residence built for the modern age. The 34th annual tour, which features six homes, will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

4. Blockbuster, Franchisee Suit Moves to Mediation -

A Hollywood ending may be in store for a nearly two-year-old federal lawsuit filed in Memphis that deals with issues surrounding the growth of Blockbuster’s video rental empire.

The breach of contract lawsuit filed against Blockbuster Inc. by Southern Stores Video Inc. – the franchise ownership group for Blockbuster stores in Shelby County – is headed toward mediation, according to the court docket in the case. The suit was filed in September 2006 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

5. Local Franchise Group Sues Blockbuster for Breach of Contract -

When video rental giant Blockbuster Inc. acquired the movie-downloading service Movielink LLC in August, the purchase was aimed at kicking the rental company's performance up a notch.

That acquisition someday will allow Blockbuster customers to download movies straight to their PCs or televisions instead of getting in their cars to drive to the nearest retail store. But where customers may one day see convenience and the company a revenue boost, the franchise group that runs Blockbuster's Memphis-area stores already sees a glaring breach of contract.

6. Blockbusted! Local franchisee sues Blockbuster Inc., alleges Dallas company 'undercut' its business -

Fred Montesi III, a member of the well-known Memphis grocery family, was one of the first Blockbuster franchise holders in the United States.

He opened the video rental company's first store in Memphis in the late 1980s, later growing his Blockbuster franchise operation into one of the largest in the country.

7. City Buys FormerMontesi's for $1.9 Million - The city of Memphis has purchased a former Montesi's Grocery location at 3545 Austin Peay Highway near Yale Road from Liberty Properties Ltd. for $1.9 million. The 87,886-square-foot building, constructed in 1976, is located on 8.68 acres zoned Plann

8. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan

Calendar of events July 1-July 8

July 1

The Union Planters IMAX new feature film Space Station documents the construction and assembly of the International Space Station currently in Earths orbit. The film runs throug...