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1. Overstreet to Receive University of Memphis Journalism Award -

The Daily News Publishing Co. executive editor James Overstreet will receive the Charles E. Thornton award from the University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club.

2. Colliers Tapped to Lease BankTennessee Building -

The BankTennessee building in Downtown Memphis has a new management and leasing company.

Colliers International has been tapped to market and lease the 30,000-square-foot building at 30 N. Second St. It currently houses BankTennessee’s Downtown branch as well as the Daniel Law Firm, Memphis Bar Association and other legal professionals.

3. 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.

4. University of Memphis Launches Effort to Recruit Nation’s Top Students -

The University of Memphis is targeting students nationally in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes in a new recruitment effort: “Talented 10 Percent.”

The admissions program is part of the university’s goal to increase degree completion rates and generate new scholarship and innovation.

5. James Newsom is New Shelby County Chancellor -

Memphis attorney James Newsom III is the newest Shelby County Chancery Court judge.

Newsom’s appointment by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was announced Thursday, Sept. 3.

He fills the vacancy from the April death of Chancellor Oscar C. “Bo” Carr III.

6. Zoo Welcomes Red Panda Cub With Naming Contest -

The Memphis Zoo has added a cute new face to Cat Country – a red panda baby – and it’s asking for help naming the cub.

The baby boy was born at the zoo June 3 to parents “Justin” and “Lucille” and is currently being mother-reared in the red panda night house.

7. Rhodes Ranked Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges -

Rhodes College has been ranked No. 2 for service participation, and No. 21 overall, in Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide.

The guide evaluates colleges and universities on civic engagement, research and social mobility.

8. Southern Growth Studio Adds Staff, Moves Office -

Southern Growth Studio is moving its offices from one Midtown Memphis neighborhood to another.

The growth strategy consultants are moving from 619 S. Cooper St. in Cooper-Young to 2508 Sam Cooper Blvd. in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

9. Med Communications Opens European HQ -

Memphis-based Med Communications International has opened its European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The company says it will continue to expand its services throughout Europe from that central location and that establishing a European presence reinforces Med Communications’ commitment to being the “best-in-class global provider of medical affairs services for the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries.”

10. MATA Bus Service Begins at Nonconnah Corporate Center -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority began bus service this week between Nonconnah Corporate Center and the transit authority’s Airways Transit Center.

The bus service was inaugurated after months of talks among owners of the center, tenants, city council member Harold Collins, who represents the area, and Mayor A C Wharton’s administration.

11. City of Memphis, EPIcenter Get $50,000 for Startups -

When Walter Perry, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee district office, joined other SBA staff in presenting Memphis officials Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a $50,000 Start Small Model prize, the ceremony was more than a perfunctory civic affair.

12. Council Approves Tax Hike, Binghampton Retail Center -

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Sept. 1, to a tax-hike ordinance that will help fund a $57 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The ordinance raises the hotel-motel bed tax from 1.7 percent to 3.5 percent.

13. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

14. Millstone Medical Bulks Up Olive Branch Warehouse -

An outsourcing company for the medical device industry is nearly doubling its Memphis-area presence with a warehouse expansion.

Millstone Medical Outsourcing is adding 120,000 square feet to its Olive Branch, Miss., facility, bringing its total footprint there to more than 270,000 square feet. The warehouse is located at 8836 Polk Lane in the Crossroads Distribution Center.

15. Pinnacle Closes on Magna Acquisition -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has closed on its merger with Magna Bank, right on schedule.

Pinnacle had said the deal, first announced at the end of April, was headed for a late third-quarter completion.

16. 100 North Main Sells for $5 Million -

After months of threats to turn off power to the tallest skyscraper in Memphis, the 37-story office building has sold.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based IMH Memphis LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the skyscraper for $5 million on Aug. 25.

17. Jernigan Shareholders to Get Cash Dividend -

Shareholders of Jernigan Capital Inc. are getting a reward of sorts for being early investors in the newly public company.

18. Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols -

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

19. Missing Comma Means Certain Records Are Off-Limits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the end, the Tennessee Attorney General says the argument all comes down to the lack of a comma.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued an Aug. 25 opinion that says a city council cannot request the results of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report because of a law that says such records should be released "only in compliance with a subpoena or an order of a court of record," The Tennessean reports.

20. ‘Graceland West’ to Cover 46 Acres -

With construction underway on its $90 million resort hotel north of Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has filed paperwork for its plan for the plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion itself.

21. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

22. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

23. Sports Shorts: September 4-10 -

901 Concert Series Returns to Tiger Lane... Live music will return to Tiger Lane this fall as the University of Memphis has announced the 901 Concert Series lineup for the 2015 season.

Local entertainment will take the stage ahead of Memphis’ first three home games. The free concerts on Tiger Lane will feature the Dantones (Missouri State game, Sept. 5), Kevin and Bethany Paige (Cincinnati game, Sept. 24) and The Super 5 (Ole Miss game, Oct. 17).

24. Events -

Literacy Mid-South will host the second annual Mid-South Book Festival Wednesday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 13, at Playhouse on the Square (66 S. Cooper St.) and Circuit Playhouse (51 S. Cooper). The literary event will feature more than 80 local and national authors, writing workshops, panel discussions, a street fair and more. Visit midsouthbookfest.org for a schedule.

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27. This Week in Memphis History: September 4-10 -

2014: A mob of teenagers attacks and injures three people in the parking lot outside the Kroger supermarket in Poplar Plaza. Eleven juveniles are arrested by police in the next week and charged with aggravated riot and other felonies. Most are released to their parents. The incident becomes a reference point for the community’s ongoing debate about crime, safety and the criminal justice system.

28. Food for Thought -

If you’re shopping at Kroger or Wal-Mart, you might see Chef Jenn. She won’t be hard to miss in her white chef’s jacket, and a blue scarf around her neck, smiling out at you from inside the freezer case on a package of her buffalo-style shrimp dip or on a shelf housing a box of her new cheese grits or “hushpuppies with a bark.”

29. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Tout Endorsements, Snipe at Rivals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen endorsed Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election bid last week on the doorstep of his Midtown home with the incumbent mayor by his side.

30. Metabolic CrossFit Owner Combines Physician Services With Exercise -

Dr. Jeremy Draper’s patient waiting room is a gym.

Draper is the co-owner of Metabolic CrossFit, the only CrossFit affiliate in the city to offer training and a physician practice under the same roof.

31. UTHSC Pulls $20 Million Permit to Build Simulation Center -

26 S. Dunlap St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $20 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015
Owner/Tenant: The University of Tennessee
Contractor: Flintco Inc.
Details: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is preparing for more construction as part of its campus overhaul.

32. Southern Heritage Classic Founder’s Vision: Go Big -

It’s a funny question to him now, 26 years down the line and the Southern Heritage Classic an unquestionable success.

So founder Fred Jones Jr. laughs when asked if he had to bankroll the first game with mostly his own money.

33. Learning in Action -

For the past three years, the Carpenter Art Garden has worked to unite and uplift a Binghampton neighborhood and keep kids engaged with the community

But with a new expansion into job training, the Binghampton Development Corp. and the leaders of the Carpenter Art Garden aim to send the kids on local apprenticeships to compete in a national job market.

34. Preparation Enhances Chances for Small-Business Success -

The term “small business” is the ultimate misnomer.

In 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 5.68 million employer firms in the United States. And firms with fewer than 500 workers accounted for 99.7 percent of those businesses. Businesses with fewer than 20 workers made up 89.8 percent.

35. Business Lending in Recovery Mode -

The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that small businesses provide more than half of all American jobs.

But since the Great Recession changed the economic landscape in 2008, how those small businesses go about gaining funding to operate or upgrade has changed. In fact, while the economic downturn hit big business, it also had a major hand in reshaping the nation’s small businesses.

36. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

37. Ed Wallin Spends Lifetime Helping Traumatized Vets -

Abraham Lincoln said, “Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.”

It’s the kind of commitment Ed Wallin has. He doesn’t count the days, months or years, the successes or failures, the efforts or rejections, but simply keeps going, to keep the promise.

38. 'Graceland West' to Cover 46 Acres, Include Museums and Restaurants -

With construction underway on its $90 million resort hotel north of Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has filed paperwork for its plan for the plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion itself.

39. Court Cuts Prison Sentence For Memphis 'Sovereign Citizen' -

An appeals court has reduced the prison sentence for a self-described sovereign citizen who was convicted of assaulting two police officers during a traffic stop.

Tabitha Gentry was convicted in April 2014 of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of evading arrest in an automobile.

40. Poag Redeveloping Retail Center Near Indianapolis -

Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers is part of an $11.1 million retail redevelopment in the Indianapolis area.

Memphis-based Poag, in conjunction with national architecture and engineering firm Woolpert, is redeveloping the 600,000-square-foot Metropolis Lifestyle Center in Plainfield, Ind.

41. Tigers to Give Away Replica Rings Saturday -

The first 3,500 Tigers fans through the gates for the Saturday, Sept. 5, season opener against Missouri State will receive a small replica ring in recognition of the University of Memphis football team’s championships in 2014 – a share of the American Athletic Conference title and winning the Miami Beach Bowl.

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43. Events -

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church will host an opening reception for Jill Samuels’ “From Here to There” Friday, Sept. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. An artist’s talk with Samuels begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit shadygrovepres.org.

44. Single-Family Home Rentals Strong in Memphis -

When New York-based Cerberus Capital Management closed Aug. 31 on its $440 million acquisition of 4,200 rental homes in five states – including 1,032 in Shelby County – it demonstrated a trend in local real estate.

45. Family Force -

Pugh’s Flowers came first. Landscaping as Pugh’s Earthworks and then Lickety Split Couriers followed. And now the latest venture – Rosie’s Pest Control – has become its own entity.

46. US Muslims Hope New Billboards Reclaim Islam's Message -

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad.

47. Judge Could Ruling This Week on Tennessee School Funding Lawsuit -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Davidson County judge says she plans to rule this week on whether to grant class-action certification on a lawsuit filed by several school boards alleging Tennessee's education funding shortchanges them and students.

48. Grizzlies’ First-Round Draft Pick Breaks Foot -

Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin likely will miss the start of the NBA season after fracturing his left foot and requiring surgery. Martin suffered the injury when he collided with another player during a workout.

49. Tony Allen: Memphis Pitchman in More Ways Than One -

He can turn up just about anywhere, do just about anything.

The NBA knows this because everyone has seen Tony Allen inside Klay Thompson’s jersey and Kevin Durant’s head.

50. Opera Memphis Brings Back ‘30 Days’ Series -

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty takes an expansive view toward where his arts organization sits in a local entertainment landscape that presents abundant options for the public.

It’s not that he just sees Opera Memphis in competition for the same set of patrons who flock to The Orpheum Theatre or Theatre Memphis and the like. Rather, he’ll happily talk at length about how his organization is in competition with everyone and anything – every moment spent doing something like watching TV, in other words, is a moment not spent at Opera Memphis.

51. Tennessee Brewery, One Beale Plans Win Approval -

Billy Orgel joked this week that his Tennessee Brewery redevelopment is “kind of like a convenience store compared to One Beale.”

But both projects, albeit one much larger than the other, sailed through the Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission this week with unanimous approval.

52. Always Coming Home -

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. When I first shared these observations a few years ago, I was doing pretty much what I’m doing right now – keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. Like that activity, I think the observations are worth repeating.

53. Design Review Board Approves Tennessee Brewery and One Beale Plans -

The Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission approved Wednesday, Sept. 2, plans for the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale, large Downtown blufftop projects south of Beale Street.

The plans were approved with unanimous voice votes by the panel with no new amendments to them.

54. Tennessee Revenue Department to Offer Free Tax Workshops -

The Tennessee Department of Revenue will host a series of free tax workshops for new Tennessee businesses.

The workshops – to be held in Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville – will take place from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16.

55. Memphis Releases 2015-16 Basketball Schedule -

The University of Memphis basketball team faces 11 opponents that played in the 2015 postseason and will play Ole Miss for the first time since meeting in the 2010 NIT and 2006 regular season.

The Rebels come to FedExForum Dec. 18; it is one of seven home December games. The Tigers play 11 of the first 12 games at home, with a Nov. 27 neutral site game vs. Ohio State.

56. Levy Restaurants Holding Job Fair at FedExForum -

Levy Restaurants, the official concessions provider of the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum, is set to host a two-day job fair at FedExForum on Friday, Sept. 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

57. 901 Concert Series Returns to Tiger Lane -

Live music will return to Tiger Lane this fall as the University of Memphis has announced the 901 Concert Series lineup for the 2015 season.

Local entertainment will take the stage ahead of Memphis’ first three home games. The free concerts on Tiger Lane will feature the Dantones (Missouri State game, Sept. 5), Kevin and Bethany Paige (Cincinnati game, Sept. 24) and The Super 5 (Ole Miss game, Oct. 17).

58. Cohen to Meet With Cancer Survivors -

In his Memphis office on Thursday, Sept. 3, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, plans to meet with Lorene Kuhuski, a cancer survivor from Cordova, and other representatives from the American Cancer Society to discuss federal research initiatives.

59. Events -

Rock for Love, the Church Health Center’s annual concert benefit, will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6. Visit rockforlove.org for details on locations, times and entertainment lineup.

60. Council Approves Tax Hike, Binghampton Retail Center -

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Sept. 1, to a tax-hike ordinance that will help fund a $57 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The ordinance raises the hotel-motel bed tax from 1.7 percent to 3.5 percent.

61. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

62. Transit Passes Benefit Employers, Workers -

Commuting on public transit just got easier for a few thousand Memphians, thanks to a new bus route between Nonconnah Corporate Center and Airways Transit Center.

Nonconnah’s management requested the bus service, which it sees as an important tool to attract and retain tenants. This public-private experiment in transit will help support new jobs, employee satisfaction, and environmental responsibility.

63. Memphis to Soon Host 13th Annual Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

Memphis is gearing up to host what will be the 13th annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference, an annual confab where surgeons, venture capitalists, angel investors, industry leaders and others gather to talk shop, and more.

64. Retirees Could Shore Up Memphis Police Ranks -

Memphis City Council members are exploring the idea of encouraging retired police officers to get back in uniform on a regular basis as reserve officers to keep the force from slipping to less than 2,000 officers.

65. City Defends 2010 Police Response to First Lipscomb Allegation -

The Memphis Police Department took seriously a 2010 complaint of sexual abuse against the city’s director of Housing and Community Development, city chief administrative officer Jack Sammons said Wednesday, Sept. 2, after reviewing five-year-old emails.

66. What’s Next for Memphis College of Art's Downtown Space? -

If the Memphis College of Art proceeds with consolidating its graduate school operations on its Overton Park campus, the South Main Historic Arts District would be left with a 48,000-square-foot opportunity in ready-to-lease space.

67. Firehouse's Red-Hot Potential on Display During Beer Garden -

When the pop-up beer garden event Station 3: The Memphis Fire Haus makes its debut at the corner of Third Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in October, it will be a showcase for a property that has sat vacant since its arena neighbor opened in 2004.

68. Council Explores Retirees Return To Police Ranks -

Memphis City Council members are exploring the idea of encouraging already-retired police officers to get back in uniform as reserve officers to keep the police force from slipping to less than 2,000 officers.

69. MHA Board Suspends Lipscomb, Sammons Defends Police 2010 Response -

UPDATE: The Memphis Housing Authority board suspended Robert Lipscomb Wednesday, Sept. 2, as executive director of the agency.

MHA named the city’s deputy chief administrative officer, Maura Black Sullivan, as the interim director.

70. Arkansas Airports Get $8.5M in FAA Grants -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have announced $8.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants to improve airports throughout the state.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, and U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman said in a statement Monday that 13 airports will receive the grants.

71. Tennessee Dems Introduce Bill to Allow Gun Ban at Sports, Music Venues -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Democrats are introducing legislation to allow all firearms to be banned at major sports and music venues.

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville say their bill would create an exemption to the new state law that bans local governments from prohibiting people with handgun carry permits to be armed in parks.

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73. Former TV Judge Joe Brown Released From Jail -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former television judge Joe Brown has been released from jail after serving a five-day jail sentence for contempt of court.

74. Memphis Football Players Suspended for BYU Brawl -

When last we saw the University of Memphis football team in action, they were winning the Miami Beach Bowl and then fighting on the field afterward with Brigham Young University players.

It was an ugly scene, with plenty of blame to go around, though BYU apparently isn’t going to hand out any real punishment until after playing at Nebraska in the first game of the season.

75. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

76. Med Communications Opens European HQ -

Memphis-based Med Communications International has opened its European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The company says it will continue to expand its services throughout Europe from that central location and that establishing a European presence reinforces Med Communications’ commitment to being the “best-in-class global provider of medical affairs services for the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries.”

77. MATA Bus Service Begins At Nonconnah Corporate Center -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority began bus service this week between Nonconnah Corporate Center and the transit authority’s Airways Transit Center.

The bus service was inaugurated after months of talks among owners of the center, tenants, city council member Harold Collins, who represents the area, and Mayor A C Wharton’s administration.

78. Millstone Medical Bulks Up Olive Branch Warehouse -

An outsourcing company for the medical device industry is nearly doubling its Memphis-area presence with a warehouse expansion.

Millstone Medical Outsourcing is adding 120,000 square feet to its Olive Branch, Miss., facility, bringing its total footprint there to more than 270,000 square feet. The warehouse is located at 8836 Polk Lane in the Crossroads Distribution Center.

79. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

80. Loss of Confidence or Loss Of Overconfidence? -

As you already know, markets have gyrated wildly over the last eight trading days. While suspicions of crisis have developed, the market has behaved as if crisis were already upon us.

Broad measures of volatility recorded record gains last week, market mechanics fractured at Monday, Aug. 24’s open and ETF prices became dramatically disconnected from underlying value.

81. Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton -

Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.

82. Music & Heritage Festival Brings Region’s Culture to Life -

Spend any amount of time with Judy Peiser at the Center for Southern Folklore and it’s easy to see she loves talking to people.

It’s not just making small talk; she enjoys getting to know everyone who comes through the center’s cafe at 119 S. Main St. And she never misses an opportunity to talk up the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, which will be Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, along Main Street in front of the center.

83. Redbirds Players Try For One Last Impression on Cardinals -

In a Triple-A baseball clubhouse, Aug. 31 doesn’t just fade into Sept. 1 and a meaningless flip of the calendar. The first of September marks the expansion of big-league rosters, so if you’re a Memphis Redbird on the parent St. Louis Cardinals’ 40-man roster, you’re hopeful of getting called up.

84. Memphis Redbirds Paint AutoZone Park in Beale Street Blue -

Wearing his signature No. 9, Tony Allen threw out the first pitch at the Memphis Redbirds’ Grit & Grind Night at AutoZone Park. Allen also signed autographs for fans.

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85. Eating Well -

Hannah and Amy Pickle’s Raw Girls food business is booming, with multiple projects in the works and a surge in demand for their Midtown food truck. But aside from a business boost, the healthy food-loving pair also happily finds themselves now confronted with a groundswell of community support.

86. Memphis Mayoral Debate Participants Announced -

The field is set for an upcoming televised Memphis mayoral debate scheduled for the eve of early voting.

The four mayoral contenders who will participate in the Sept. 17 debate, sponsored by The Daily News and Urban Land Institute Memphis, are incumbent Mayor A C Wharton, city council members Harold Collins and Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams.

87. More Lipscomb Accusers Begin to Come Forward -

Shortly after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton ended a City Hall press conference Monday, Aug. 31, about a single allegation of sexual misconduct against Robert Lipscomb, Wharton and Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong began fielding calls from others who claimed sexual abuse by the ousted Housing and Community Development director.

88. More Lipscomb Accusers Begin to Come Forward -

Shortly after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton ended a City Hall press conference Monday, Aug. 31, about a single allegation of sexual misconduct against Robert Lipscomb, Wharton and Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong began fielding calls from others who claimed sexual abuse by the ousted Housing and Community Development director.

89. Pinnacle Closes on Magna Bank Acquisition -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has closed on its merger with Magna Bank, right on schedule.

Pinnacle had said the deal, first announced at the end of April, was headed for a late third quarter completion.

90. Pinnacle Closes on Magna Bank Acquisition -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has closed on its merger with Magna Bank, right on schedule.

Pinnacle had said the deal, first announced at the end of April, was headed for a late third quarter completion.

91. Lipscomb Resigns As HCD Director Following More Allegations -

Less than 24 hours after word of his suspension following an allegation of sexual misconduct, city of Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb resigned the post Monday, Aug. 31.

92. Rhodes Ranked Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges -

Rhodes College has been ranked No. 2 for service participation, and No. 21 overall, in Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide.

The guide evaluates colleges and universities on civic engagement, research and social mobility.

93. Southern Growth Studio Adds Staff, Moves Office -

Southern Growth Studio is moving its offices from one Midtown Memphis neighborhood to another.

The growth strategy consultants are moving from 619 S. Cooper St. in Cooper-Young to 2508 Sam Cooper Blvd. in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

94. U of M to Host Fan Fest For Basketball Teams Oct. 24 -

The University of Memphis will hold a fan appreciation day Oct. 24 at FedExForum to introduce this season’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The fan appreciation day essentially replaces “Memphis Madness,” which often had an entertainer, such as a rap artist, as a headliner. The time and other details for the event will be announced at a later date.

95. Events -

The Peabody will host its 146th anniversary celebration and the induction of Pat Kerr Tigrett into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the hotel, 149 Union Ave. The party will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, cake and entertainment by Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

96. Hotel Developer Moves On Scimitar Building Conversion -

179 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $5.2 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

97. Council Continues Talks on Deferred Retirement Freeze -

Two months into the city of Memphis’ new fiscal year and after a year of decisions on changes to pension and health insurance benefits for city employees and retirees, the Memphis City Council is still making adjustments.

98. City of Memphis, EPIcenter Get $50,000 for Startup Efforts -

When Walter Perry, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee district office, joins other SBA staff in presenting Memphis officials Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a $50,000 Start Small Model prize, the ceremony will be more than a perfunctory civic affair.

99. Photographers Create Broad Avenue Studio Partnership -

Creative individuals often do their best work in isolation.

But sometimes collaboration can go a long way in furthering a mission, particularly when it’s a group of creative small-business owners looking to take their respective entities to another level.

100. College Football Notebook: No More Dress Rehearsals for Memphis Tigers -

Last week, the University of Memphis football team finished training camp with simulated end-of-week preparation, culminating with a video test Friday night and a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.