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1. RiverFit Brings Activity to Tom Lee Park -

Riverfront Development Corp. President Benny Lendermon, while advocating for the creation of Beale Street Landing, once referred to Tom Lee Park as one of the worst parks in the country.

2. Overton Park Compromise Takes Shape -

The Overton Park parking plan isn’t a compromise just yet. There are still details to be worked out and a big difference in the price estimate of a Memphis Zoo parking garage.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s plan is to have some kind of agreement in place by the time shuttle service between the park and the Overton Square parking garage begins its month-long trial June 7.

3. Wharton Memo: Overton Greensward Parking Could End In June -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is exploring two options for parking at the Memphis Zoo that would end overflow parking on the Overton Park Greensward by the first week in June.

A memo from Wharton dated Saturday, May 17, obtained by The Daily News says the city agrees that the overflow parking on the lawn “is not the highest and best use of the space”

4. Land Grab -

It’s been implied, but an agreement on the general idea of building a Memphis Zoo parking garage was put in writing this week by the Overton Park Conservancy as protests over paid zoo parking on the park’s greensward are likely to continue.

5. Police Budget Passes Early Council Test -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee approved the largest budget for any single city division Tuesday, May 7.

But the committee debate before the vote set the stage for what is expected to be more discussion about how much the Memphis Police Department needs to protect and serve.

6. 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.

7. Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding Tuesday, Jan. 8, for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

8. City Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And the architect working on that project as well as the overall Fairgrounds renovation for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told council members Tuesday, Jan. 8, plans for the Mid-South Coliseum are still to come.

9. A Fitting Place Keeps Women in Proper Form -

The realm of the professional bra fitter is a delicate one.

In this landscape of lace, silk, tiny hooks and feminine lingo, you could find yourself dancing around unintentional puns like landmines. During a professional conversation (or a business publication interview), phrases like “supportive work environment,” “boost in sales” and “uplifting outlook” become a little awkward.

10. Council Reconsiders Golf Course Closings -

Four city golf courses were scheduled to close for the winter season on Dec. 1, with one of the four – Whitehaven – to close permanently.

That was the decision the Memphis City Council made last spring as it set the city budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

11. Council Debates Golf Courses Fate -

Four golf courses owned and run by the city of Memphis are closed for the winter season as the Memphis City Council continues to debate the fate of the Whitehaven golf course, one of the four, which was to be closed permanently starting this month.

12. Events -

Cargo Business News and Memphis World Trade Club will host the third Southeast Freight Conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The 61st annual New Orleans Port Night will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. For registration and a schedule, visit memphisworldtradeclub.com.

13. City Council Mulls Future of Whitehaven Golf Course -

Memphis City Council members will take a second look at plans to close the Links of Whitehaven city golf course in November.

City Parks and Neighborhood director Janet Hooks told council members last month that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration wants to instead close the Davy Crockett city golf course in Frayser despite council approval this past spring to close the nine-hole Whitehaven golf course.

14. Non-Discrimination Up for Final Vote -

Memphis City Council members should have a full chamber Tuesday, Sept. 18, as the council takes a vote on third and final reading of a non-discrimination ordinance.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

15. Funding Approved for Felon Program -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration is retooling the city’s “Second Chance” program for felons just released from prison to become a joint city-county program with funding from the state.

16. B&B Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

17. B&B Development Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

18. Council to Delve Into Electrolux Incentives -

Memphis City Council members will talk Tuesday, Jan. 17, about getting more information from the mayor’s office about financial incentives used to bring companies to the city.

A resolution asking the administration to give the council a summary sheet of any executed contracts requiring a city investment of more than $250,000 is the topic of the first chairman’s meeting at 10 a.m.

19. Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

But the administration’s lobbyist in Nashville, TaJuan Stout Mitchell, is retiring and the position will change to be more of a contact person with the Memphis City Council instead of state legislators in Nashville.

20. Wharton To Consolidate Three City Divisions -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to roll out a 100-day plan for goals for his administration now that he has started a full four-year term of office.

After taking the oath of office Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Wharton told several hundred in attendance that his plan will “begin this new term with energy and urgency.”

21. Fresh Start -

The city’s long-beleaguered animal services department will showcase its brand new $7.1 million facility at 2350 Appling City Cove Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. with a grand opening celebration that will include tours for the public and face painting and other activities for young visitors.

22. Problems Follow Memphis Animal Shelter to Cordova -

The new Memphis Animal Shelter in Cordova, which will have its formal opening next month, will come with many of the same concerns that plagued the old shelter near Memphis International Airport.

The problems go beyond the building used to house abandoned or stray dogs, cats and horses as well as other animals rounded up across the city.

23. Council Approves Robinson As City HR Director -

The Memphis City Council approved the appointment Tuesday of Quintin Robinson as the city’s new Human Resources Division director.

Robinson has worked in HR at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., as well as at The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

24. Fairgrounds Plan Has New Details -

Memphis City Council members took up a trio of high profile CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) Tuesday as they prepared for the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

The Fairgrounds

Council members got their first look at detailed plans for “Tiger Lane”, the greenspace to be created at The Fairgrounds from East Parkway to the west side of The Liberty Bowl stadium by mid September.

25. Council Committee to Consider HR Director Appointment -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes his choice for a new city Human Resources director to the City Council Tuesday in committee sessions.

Quintin Robinson will put in an appearance at the 8:15 a.m. personnel committee meeting. The full council will vote on his appointment at its May 25 session.

26. McFerren Pursues Social Change In Role at Hooks Institute -

With a diploma from Yale College, a degree from Harvard Law School and deep roots in the civil rights movement in Fayette County, Daphene McFerren is a mover and shaker.

While in Washington, McFerren practiced law as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and was counsel to former Attorney General Janet Reno.

27. MED MCS Funding Swap Proposal Emerges -

Some Memphis City Council members are working with Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford on a deal in which county government would become the single source of local funding for the Memphis school system. In exchange for that the city would contribute some amount of funding to the Regional Medical Center.

28. UPDATE: MED MCS Funding Swap Proposal Surfaces -

Some Memphis City Council members are working with Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford on a deal in which county government would become the single source of local funding for the Memphis school system. In exchange for that the city would contribute some amount of funding to the Regional Medical Center.

29. Wharton Ditches Three Division Directors, Retains Others -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. firmed up most of his division directors Tuesday.

He moved to reappoint seven division directors and notified three others they will not be reappointed in a possible realignment of their divisions.

30. Scrap Metal Rules Spit-Shined -

Once Memphis City Council members thought they had solved the problem of scrap metal looting, they faced another problem – ending a legal stalemate with scrap metal dealers who sued the city of Memphis two years ago over the ordinance.

31. More Evidence Surfaces in Shelter Crisis -

Disgusted with what in hindsight appears to have been widespread mistreatment of animals at the Memphis Animal Shelter, a shelter employee turned to an out-of-town specialist for help.

In September, the employee asked an expert from Florida who regularly is consulted in animal abuse cases to examine three dogs that had died at the shelter. That set in motion a chain of events leading to last week’s temporary closure of the facility, which was raided and battened down by sheriff’s deputies investigating the employee’s allegations of animal abuse and cruelty.

32. Shelter Crisis Tests Wharton’s Mettle Immediately -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s first full day on the job began with a major crisis before the sun came up.

It started with a 5:15 a.m. raid of the Memphis Animal Shelter by Shelby County sheriff’s deputies. By the end of the day, the facility was closed to the public. And some shelter employees had been put on leave with pay while an investigation into alleged animal abuse and cruelty continued.

33. Vergos Appointed To MATA Board, Hooks to Public Service -

A vocal critic of the Memphis Area Transit Authority has been appointed to the MATA board by Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment of former council member John Vergos at its Sept. 1 meeting.

34. Evidence at Heart of Matter For Cooley, The Innocence Project -

Craig Cooley compares the aftermath of a wrongful criminal conviction to the aftermath of a train crash.

35. MLGW to Hold Neighborhood Conference -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will host a conference for neighborhood leaders Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The conference is designed to help build stronger neighborhoods. It will address how communities can prepare for an aging population, create arts programs and enrichment centers for youth, collaborate and strengthen communities, finance energy-efficient home improvements and obtain reverse mortgages.

36. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly lunch meeting today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Jon Thompson, former director of “The Wonders Series,” will present “The Search for Amelia Earhart.” The cost is $12 and no reservations are required.

37. Spiegel to Begin Work Friday as CEO At Methodist University Hospital -

Kevin M. Spiegel Friday will begin work as chief executive officer and administrator of Methodist University Hospital.

Spiegel is board-certified in health care administration and is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio.

38. Hooper Takes Peete's Council Seat - At Least for Now -

The newest member of the Memphis City Council has had plenty of experience handling politicians. Henry Hooper is a retired Secret Service agent assigned to protect four U.S. presidents during his tenure.

39. Lamar Project Aims to Jump-Start Change -

The stretch of Lamar Avenue that runs near American Way is very much a neighborhood in transition. With the closing of the Mall of Memphis in December 2003, the area lost a major shopping venue, and in recent years, it has been overrun by crime and blight.

40. Archived Article: Homes (lead) - Meet city council Nov

Homes Could Replace Vacant Warehouse

Use of alley concerns residents in Midtown neighborhood

ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Residents of the Cooper-Young neighborhood welcome the demolition of a 74,000-square-foot va...

41. Archived Article: Velma (lead) - Infill development OKd, despite parking concerns

Infill development OKd, despite parking concerns

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Five new houses will rise out of a vacant lot in the Cooper-Young district following narrow approval of an in...

42. Archived Article: Trolley (lead) - Not in my back yard, Cooper-Young residents say

Not in my back yard, Cooper-Young residents say

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Memphis ongoing project to connect Downtown with the Memphis medical district via the trolley system has genera...

43. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Cheryl Procter-Rogers, a native Memphian and corporate affairs director for Home Box Offices North Central Region, is the noo

Memphis City Schools will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2003-2004 MCS budget at 5:30 p.m. today in the board of ...

44. Archived Article: Law Focus - Memphis voters get to see new redistricting plan

Memphis voters get to see new redistricting plan

By MARY DANDO

The Daily News

Memphis residents will be able to decide for themselves whether the redrawn districting plan for city council ...

45. Archived Article: Gray's Creek (lead) - Grays Creek sewer extension funds expected to get approval from city council City Council may give OK to Grays Creek sewer funds By MARY DANDO The Daily News A resolution appropriating more than $882,000 from the Capital Improvement Budget for the G...

46. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Memphis Light Gas and Water Division was one of several high-ranked utilities in Standard & Poors profile of 58 retail public power agencies, 36 wholesale public power agencies and 122 investor-owned utilities Memphis Light Gas and Water Divisio...

47. Archived Article: Garbage Chg - By CAMILLE H Mayor creates task force to study garbage pick-up City to hire firm to conduct phone survey of Memphis citizens By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Memphis Mayor W.W. Herenton announced Tuesday he will form a 24-member task force to det...

48. Archived Article: Co. Com - 1-29-97 Co. Com. notes.gs City, county to lobby legislators for rewrite of transportation act By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News On the heels of the County Commissions adoption of a resolution asking legislators to give urban centers a bigger sh...

49. Archived Article: Compact - 12-17 notes Community compact Commission seeks allies, funding for light rail system By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News As 1996 draws to a close and the state legislature reconvenes, the County Commission is taking a regional approach to plannin...

50. Archived Article: City Council - notes 11-12 city council.gs Council approves convention center planning, delays $49.5 million By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News A City Council budget committee approved on Tuesday the transfer of $500,000 to begin the planning process for a new...

51. Archived Article: Back - Depot redevelopment agency holds public hearing Depot redevelopment agency holds public hearing The Memphis Depot Redevelopment Agency (MDRA) is planning the first in a series of public meetings today at 6 p.m. in the Defense Depot cafeteria, 2163 A...

52. Archived Article: Env Briefs - Thousand Oaks Business Center received the Mayors Award of Excellence at the Beautiful Business Awards ceremony on Thursday Thousand Oaks Business Center received the Mayors Award of Excellence at the Beautiful Business Awards ceremony on Thursday. ...