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1. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

2. Bigger, Better, Louder -

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

3. Poll: Obama Health Law is a Tale of 2 Americas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.

States that fully embraced the law's coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to "Obamacare" are seeing much less change.

4. Local Projects Win State Grant Money -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam handed out five oversized grant checks Wednesday, July 23, on the University of Memphis campus for a total of $1.4 million in grants funding for various pedestrian, park and recreation projects across Shelby County.

5. ‘Significant Headwinds’ -

When Gov. Bill Haslam joined local economic development and civic officials at FedExForum in January to announce that Conduit Global would open a call center in Shelby County that would employ 1,000 people over the next three to five years, it provided a much-needed boost to the local office real estate sector.

6. CSC Sugar to Open Plant in Covington -

CSC Sugar LLC will open a sugar processing plant Monday, June 30, in the Rialto Industrial Park in Covington, Tenn., that will hire 50 people and prompt the hiring of more drivers at Larry Bowman Trucking in nearby Ripley.

7. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse will present the dark comedy “The Lyons” Friday, May 30, through June 22, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

8. 5 Arkansas Airports Win $2.9M in Grants -

Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state, including West Memphis Municipal Airport, will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

9. 5 Arkansas Airports Win $2.9 Million in Grants -

Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state, including West Memphis Municipal Airport, will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

10. Fairway Manor Development Opens -

City of Memphis and Memphis Land Bank officials formally opened Fairway Manor Thursday, May 15, in southwest Memphis.

11. City Council Approves Music Hall of Fame Funding -

Memphis City Council members have approved $250,000 in funding for a Memphis Music Hall of Fame at Hard Rock Cafe’s new location at Beale and Second streets.

The funding from the federal money turned over to the city when federal officials abandoned plans for Interstate 40 through Overton Park is the first of two funding requests organizers of the Hall of Fame plan to make of the city for the $1.2 million project, which will also include private funding.

12. Across the River -

The Arkansas land between the bridges across the Mississippi River at Memphis doesn’t have a name, at least not yet.

If graffiti is any indication, lots of people go there. And they cross numerous boundaries on dirt and gravel roads and paths that can end abruptly and are posted with “no trespassing” signs and other warnings as well as railroad video cameras.

13. US Attorney’s Office Names Civil Rights Head -

Brian K. Coleman, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, will lead the civil rights unit of the prosecutor’s office.

Coleman was named to the post Tuesday, April 29, by U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton, as unit chief Larry Laurenzi moved to the post of first assistant in the office.

14. This week in Memphis history: April 11-17 -

2005: Work was stopped on construction of the DeSoto West Middle School and Desoto Elementary Schools following the discovery of archaeological remains, including human remains that could have been a burial ground. Archaeologists from the University of Memphis dated some of the material to 500 years before Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto came into the area in the 16th century. Construction on the schools resumed later.

15. Fincher Announces Re-Election Bid -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, Tenn., was expected to formally announce his re-election bid at a Republican Party event Monday, March 31, in Jackson, Tenn.

Fincher is seeking a third two-year term representing the 8th Congressional District, which covers rural West Tennessee as well as part of East Memphis and east Shelby County.

16. Arkansas Among Few States With Majority Override -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political scientist says that while veto overrides are rare in Arkansas, they could become more common if the margin between Democrats and Republicans at the statehouse remains narrow.

17. Fincher Outlines ‘Complicated’ Farm Bill Details -

The only active row-crop farmer in Congress has been on the road the last month talking particulars of a very complex farm bill with farmers not only in his West Tennessee district, which includes part of Memphis, but in five other states and other parts of Tennessee.

18. AutoZone Grows Sales, Net Income in 2nd Quarter -

Whenever AutoZone Inc. chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes presents the company’s quarterly earnings to analysts, it’s never long before he starts talking about the weather.

19. MalmoMemphis Completes Three Law Firm Leases -

Three Memphis law firms represented by MalmoMemphis Real Estate Inc. have renewed their office leases or leased new spaces.

20. Agriculture Census Shows Boom in Farm Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey.

21. Tennessee Official: UAW no Deal Breaker for Memphis Site -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.

22. Cohen Against Haslam’s College Plan -

The legislator who pushed and finally won passage of the Tennessee Lottery a decade ago doesn’t like the plan by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to use most of the lottery reserve for an endowment to offer two years of community college free to every Tennessee high school graduate.

23. Frigid Weather Pulls January Auto Sales Down 3 Percent -

DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales slid 3 percent in January as bouts of snow, ice and frigid temperatures in much of the country kept buyers snug in their homes instead of venturing out to car dealers.

24. Applications Open for Tennessee Supreme Court Vacancy -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments is now taking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Justice Bill Koch has announced he is retiring on July 15 to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Candidates from Middle or West Tennessee can apply through Feb. 21. Koch has served on the state's highest court since 2007.

25. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances -

Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.

26. Can ‘Cardinal Way’ Improve Park Attendance? -

To put it in the game’s terms, the Memphis Redbirds/AutoZone Park/St. Louis Cardinals defeated political skepticism and doubt by a score of 8-4 and saved baseball at Third and Union for many summers to come.

27. Flipping the Switch -

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., had become increasingly interested over the years in energy efficiency, sustainability and alternate energy sources when he saw homes in New Orleans being rebuilt with solar panels.

28. Banks Tweak Checking, Online Options -

As the two banks with the biggest customer deposit shares in Memphis, First Tennessee Bank and Regions Bank must stay closely in touch with their clients’ checking and online banking needs.

29. How American-US Airways Deal Impacts Competitors -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would let the merger of American Airlines and US Airways proceed after the two carriers agreed to give up landing and takeoff slots and gates at key airports, notably Washington's Reagan National and New York's LaGuardia. With the agreement, the government hopes to increase access to the nation's busiest airports for low-cost airlines and to maintain flights to smaller cities.

30. Builders Showcase -

The Vesta Home Show kicked off over the weekend, with large crowds turning out to explore six new homes in a gated Germantown community.

Don Glays, executive director of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, said attendance during the opening weekend of the show was strong.

31. Oldham Opens Sheriff Re-Election Bid -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham opened his re-election campaign Saturday, Nov. 2, with something he didn’t have four years ago: a record.

32. New in Rural Tennessee: Discovery Park of America -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it's not a villain's lair or superhero's headquarters.

33. Tire-Maker Hankook to Build Tennessee Plant -

South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world's seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

34. Mississippi River Mayors Meet on Mud Island -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and mayors from 13 other cities on the Mississippi River will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, on Mud Island to preview an economic impact report on the lower river and discuss their work with federal officials to build a container on barge shipping program.

35. Government: Most Heating Bills to Rise This Winter -

The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm.

Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90 percent of U.S. homes will incur higher heating expenses.

36. John P. Freeman Teacher Honored by State -

Melissa Collins, a second-grade teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School, has been honored by the Tennessee Department of Education as teacher of the year for the West Tennessee grand division.

37. Four West Tennessee Sites Declared Shovel-Ready -

Four industrial sites in West Tennessee have been certified by the state as shovel-ready “Select Tennessee Certified Sites.”

The designation by the state Department of Economic and Community Development means the sites have met standards that site consultants consider essential when advising companies looking for a new location.

38. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

39. $2.2 Million Grant Adds to Main to Main Funds -

A $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Memphis Area Transit Authority brings the federal funding for the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project to $17.2 million.

40. Feuer Powertrain Plans $140 Million Tunica Plant -

Feuer Powertrain Co. will make crankshafts at a $140 million plant in Tunica, Miss., starting in early 2015.

41. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect -

Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.

42. Saddle Creek to be Expanded, Renovated -

Trademark Property Co. of Fort Worth will demolish 20,000 square feet of existing space in its Saddle Creek South development in Germantown and add 40,000 square feet of retail space in the area between that and Saddle Creek West.

43. Job Training Spurs Unilever Growth -

The Unilever USA plant in Covington should be the largest ice cream manufacturing plant in the world by 2016, following an $108.7 million expansion announced last week in Covington.

But when the global company began making ice cream in Covington in 2011 at what used to be a SlimFast plant, it was not a promising beginning.

44. First Contract for Main to Main Connector Vetted -

The first contract in the $35 million Main to Main Connector project was approved Wednesday, Sept. 18, by a project coordinating committee.

The $1.9 million contract with Ferrell Paving Inc. of Memphis is the connection of South Main Street to the Harahan Bridge and a pedestrian and bicycle walkway on the bridge that is another phase of the project. The work will better light and improve and install sidewalks as well as add street markings to Carolina Avenue.

45. Haslam Cites Manufacturing Boom in Grants -

Armed with a $16.5 million fund approved by the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has lots of West Tennessee stops this week as he awards grants that will provide workforce training equipment to state schools certifying workers or training them for associate degrees.

46. Wealthy Business Executives Eye Political Races -

CHICAGO (AP) – He has never been elected to anything, not even "student council in high school," as he boasts. He has little patience for schmoozing. In dealing with people, he admits to being "pretty blunt" - more suited to running a large private equity firm, which Bruce Rauner did successfully for 30 years, than seeking votes for governor, which he intends to do in Illinois next year.

47. Obama Economic Adviser Leaving, Successor Picked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will replace Gene Sperling, his chief economic adviser and West Wing workaholic, with Jeffrey Zients, a top aide who has filled in as acting budget director and who led a White House effort to streamline government.

48. Tennessee Lawmakers Drafting Hemp Bill -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Two state lawmakers in Tennessee are pointing to Kentucky's recent approval of hemp farming as they push for a similar measure.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Republican Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains is drafting a bill with Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden, and they plan to introduce the measure in next year's legislative session.

49. Shelby County to Play Key Role in 2014 State Election -

As prospective candidates weigh special election races in the next three months for a state House seat and suburban school boards, there are also signs of life in Shelby County in the statewide races on the 2014 election ballot.

50. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will host a conversation with Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and author of “Making the Impossible, Possible,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Strickland’s topic is “The Art of Leadership & The Business of Social Change.” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com or call 543-3571.

51. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

52. Events -

The Fayette County chapter of West Tennessee Home Builders Association will meet Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Somerville Bank & Trust, 16790 U.S. 64. U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will discuss proposed government-sponsored enterprises reform bill. The meeting is open to the public. Cost is $10. Email rterry@mahba.com.

53. US Transportation Secretary Tours Main Street Downtown -

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx got a look at Main Street Memphis from Uptown to South Main Wednesday, Aug. 7, as the city prepares to use $15 million in federal grant funds to renovate it and add a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk across the Mississippi River.

54. Senate Set to Finish Work on Student Loan Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Borrowing for tuition, housing and books would be less expensive for college students and their parents this fall but the costs would start climbing almost immediately under a deal the Senate was poised to pass Wednesday.

55. State Delays Office Lease Announcement -

Groups hoping to garner the state’s real estate needs Downtown will have to wait a little longer to find out if they placed the winning bid.

The state had originally planned to issue a notice of awarding the lease for its office space needs Tuesday, July 23, but that date has been changed to Aug. 19, when the executive subcommittee of the State Building Commission meets.

56. Downtown Offices Gain Attention -

The Downtown Memphis Commission focuses on living, working and playing Downtown.

Downtown has experienced tremendous success in the living and playing areas over the years, but the “work” part of the equation still needed a boost. So Downtown officials have launched several efforts to bring more workers to the area and promote and capitalize on existing commercial real estate successes.

57. Five Groups Bid for State Office Space -

Five groups have submitted bids to become the new home to roughly 900 state workers.

JP-Memphis, Memphis Commerce Square Partners, Peabody Tower GP, Peabody Place Gold GP and Hertz Memphis all submitted bids for the state’s real estate needs.

58. Deadline Arrives for State’s Office Space Needs -

The future of the state’s role as a major employer and user of office space Downtown could become much clearer next month.

Proposals are due Tuesday, July 2, for 100,000 square feet of office space that will become vacant when the state abandons the Donnelly J. Hill State Office Building Downtown.

59. Council Begins Action On End Of Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

60. Commission Pushes Back Seismic Standards Date -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, June 17, a set of three ordinances on third and final reading Monday that push back the effective date for new seismic measures for new home construction and renovations of existing buildings until the end of 2013.

61. Southern GOP Leaders Meet in Alabama -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Republican leaders from 10 Southern states have been meeting in Alabama to plan strategies for making new GOP inroads across the region.

Alabama Republican Chairman Bill Armistead says the two-day meeting of state party chairs and executive directors concluded Tuesday in Birmingham.

62. Commission OKs Land Sale for ‘Penny’ Hardaway Courts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, June 3, the transfer of nearly 10 acres of land in Cordova on the west side of Herbert Road at Fischer Steel Road to Gameday Health Kids Foundation as the location of “Penny’s Fast Break Courts Sports Facility” – the children’s basketball site named for NBA and University of Memphis basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

63. More Charges May Come in Case Involving Haslams -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sudden guilty pleas by a pair of mid-level executives show the investigation into the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Tennessee's governor and the Cleveland Browns' owner is picking up steam, with prosecutors likely setting their sights on higher-ups at the company, experts say.

64. Beale Club Reopening About Timing -

The negotiations to reopen one of Beale Street’s busiest and most profitable nightspots were about not missing one of the busiest Downtown weekends of the year and how to handle the allegation that some employees of Club 152 either sold drugs or were complicit in drug sales in the club.

65. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, May 22, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Bill West, founder of The West Clinic, will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

66. Club 152 Hearing Delayed to Tuesday -

A first hearing on the nuisance court order that closed Club 152 on Beale Street last week was postponed Monday, May 20, to Tuesday before General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.

67. Main to Main’s Carpenter Moves to Plough Foundation -

Mike Carpenter, the project manager for the city’s Main Street to Main Street project, will become the executive director of the nonprofit Plough Foundation next month.

68. ZeroTo510 Accelerator Launches New Season -

Dr. Steve Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, is clear-eyed and unequivocal about what success looks like for the startup accelerator program his foundation operates and which launched its new season this week.

69. State Zeros in on Downtown Office Space -

The future of the state’s role as a major employer and user of office space Downtown could become much clearer this week.

Proposals are due Thursday, May 16, for 100,000 square feet of office space that will become vacant when the state abandons the Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building Downtown. A recent request for proposals from the agency that handles state real estate appears to put the state’s focus entirely on Downtown.

70. Council Approves Apartments, Golf Driving Range -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 7, a golf driving range on Summer Avenue north of Sycamore View Road, a 240-unit apartment complex on 19.3 acres at Lenow and Dexter roads and a 69-unit apartment complex on the northern side of Shelby Farms Park to the west of Germantown Parkway.

71. Parks Controversy Back to City Council -

The committee recommendations are in for new names for three Confederate-themed city parks. And the long-running controversy about the parks is now back to the Memphis City Council.

The ad hoc committee of nine, which included several historians and two City Council members, held its final meeting Monday, April 29, and voted with little discussion on several ideas for what used to be known as Confederate, Forrest and Jefferson Davis parks.

72. Metropolitan Bank Still Growing 5 Years In -

Metropolitan Bank has come a long way in five short years. Since being founded amid the worst financial crisis in the U.S. in generations, the bank – which in March celebrated its fifth birthday – has grown its assets from $243 million at the end of 2008 to $722 million at the end of 2012.

73. Basketball Boon -

Before the Grizzlies began their first-round playoff series with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Dennis Flanagan looked ahead to Game 3, which was to be played on Thursday night, April 25, in Memphis.

74. Dickerson Learns Unintentional Consequences -

As a freshman lawmaker, state Sen. Steven Dickerson, R-Nashville, said he spent his first legislative session “pretty-tightly circumscribed.”

75. Failed Education Bills on Radar for Next Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – In the last few years, Tennessee hasn't shied away from contentious education initiatives as it seeks to remain at the forefront of education reform in the nation.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has even characterized the state's efforts as "courageous leadership."

76. Senate OKs Tennessee Animal Abuse Reporting Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would require anyone recording images of animal abuse to submit unedited footage or photos to law enforcement within 48 hours has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville was approved 22-9 on Tuesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the House floor.

77. House Barely Approves Animal Abuse Reporting Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to require anyone recording or taking photos of livestock abuse to turn images over to law enforcement within 48 hours was approved in the House on Wednesday with the bare vote minimum needed.

78. Arkansas House Passes Registration for Canvassers -

The Arkansas House has passed a bill that requires people paid to gather signatures for ballot proposals to register with the state and undergo training.

The House on Wednesday passed the bill 78-9, a vote that followed the Senate’s approval last month. The bill goes to the governor for his signature.

79. Push Education Bills in Final Days of Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – As the 108th Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close, state lawmakers are hoping to push through education proposals that include creating a state panel to authorize charter schools for five counties and a measure that would clear the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems.

80. U of M President Raines Announces Retirement -

Shirley C. Raines is retiring at the end of June after 12 years as president of the University of Memphis.

Raines announced her retirement Monday, April 15. John Morgan, the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, will name an interim president for the university possibly as early as this week for the transition.

81. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

82. Mumford Jr. Pleads in Teacher Cheating Scandal -

The son of the former Memphis City Schools assistant principal at the center of a teacher testing cheating scandal became the 12th person in the federal case to plead guilty last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

83. Croom Appointed New Bankruptcy Judge -

James Croom, assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, has been appointed by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to be West Tennessee’s new bankruptcy judge.

84. Bradley, Burch Porter Recognized for Pro Bono Work in Community -

Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and probate attorney Beth Bradley have been honored for giving back to the community.

85. Highway Patrol Assigns Helicopter to West Tennessee -

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is assigning a helicopter and pilot to support law enforcement efforts in West Tennessee.

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and THP Col. Tracy Trott said Friday that the helicopter will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents in the western areas of the state.

86. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

87. McGriff Retires From Drug Task Force -

David N. McGriff, the director of the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force as well as chief investigator for the Criminal Investigative Division of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office is retiring.

88. City Council Approves Hickory Hill Intermodal Yard -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, a 30-acre intermodal container yard in Hickory Hill for the storage of the containers by The Marino Group/Container Maintenance Corp., which is working with Chism-Hardy Enterprises LLC on the new facility that will employ 94 people.

89. Outdoor Retail Executive Picked for Interior -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated outdoor business executive Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department.

90. Henry Focuses on Better State Credit Ratings -

State Sen. Douglas Henry, D-Nashville, the longest-serving member of the General Assembly that recently convened, looks ahead with a simple, focused determination.

91. Congress Sends Obama Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress passed must-do legislation Thursday to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as early as mid-February.

92. Despite Wide Legislative Power, Harwell Has Plenty of Work Ahead -

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell today sits at the pinnacle of legislative power, overseeing a House Republican majority of better than 2-1.

93. Bellevue Dairy Building Demolition Begins -

Demolition contractors began work on the old dairy building at 1039 S. Bellevue Blvd., Thursday, Jan. 24, for the South Memphis Alliance Inc.

94. Council Preps for Late Summer Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

A referendum on a half percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.

95. Health Care Alignment Trend Accelerates -

The trend for alignment between hospital systems and private physicians hit the Mid-South in mid-2010 and has gained momentum since.

The area’s three major hospital systems – Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Saint Francis Healthcare – are padding their physician rosters with primary care doctors and specialists by acquiring practices in strategic locations throughout the Memphis market.

96. Council Delays Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance -

At their first meeting of 2013, Memphis City Council members delayed until Feb. 5 a vote on third and final reading of a “wage theft” ordinance.

Council member Myron Lowery called for the delay at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting saying he wanted to wait until the Shelby County Commission takes its final vote later this month on the same ordinance.

97. Council Accepts Funding for Main to Main -

The Memphis City Council has accepted $311,704 in funding from the Center City Revenue Development Corp. for the Main Street to Main Street Multimodal Connector project that links Main Street Memphis to Broadway Street in West Memphis. It includes a Harahan Bridge boardwalk for bicyclists and pedestrians.

98. Council Approves City Tax Collections By Trustee -

The Shelby County Trustee’s office will collect property taxes for the city of Memphis under an interlocal agreement approved Tuesday, Dec. 18, by the Memphis City Council.

The agreement negotiated between Trustee David Lenoir and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. comes after several decades of attempts on both sides of the city-county governments divide at such an arrangement.

99. Brentwood Funeral Services Buys Clarksdale Cemetery -

Brentwood Funeral Services LLC has acquired Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Clarksdale, Miss., the second acquisition by Brentwood this year in North Mississippi.

100. Donato Named Catholic Schools Superintendent -

Memphis Catholic Bishop J. Terry Steib has named Janet Donato as the new superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Memphis.

Donato had been serving as interim superintendent after Mary McDonald left to form an education consulting firm and write more about education reform.