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1. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

2. Forum Connects Minority Businesses, Econ Opportunities -

This week’s Economic Development Forum is an opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses to connect to opportunities in the Memphis area.

In its eighth year, the forum is presented by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and runs Tuesday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 27. Some 6,000 to 7,000 attendees are expected over the three-day event held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, said Luke Yancy III, president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum.

3. Shelby County Budget Summit Call Begins With Different Priorities -

Shelby County government’s financial needs have changed in the nearly two months since the new fiscal year began.

And Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell called Monday, Aug. 24, for a “budget summit” with county commissioners and county trustee David Lenoir to explore the new budget realities.

4. Luttrell Calls For County Budget Summit In Economic Growth Climate -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell called Monday, Aug. 24, for a “budget summit” with county commissioners and county Trustee David Lenoir to look at new budget realities.

5. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.

The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”

6. Cohen Announces Grants For Porter-Leath, Memphis Health -

Porter-Leath and the Memphis Health Center are getting federal funding boosts.

Porter-Leath was awarded $1.1 million for its Early Head Start programs, which provide early, comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. The program offers home- and center-based services.

7. Proposal Prompts Closer Look at Tax Breaks -

In recent years, the tax incentives used to bring economic development and jobs to Memphis have been a lightning rod.

The debate’s volume grew as it became apparent that Memphis was emerging from the national recession at a slower pace than other major cities as well as some parts of rural west Tennessee and north Mississippi.

8. Collins Knocks 'Puller, Pusher and Picker' Jobs In Whitehaven Opening -

Memphis Mayoral contender Harold Collins opened his Whitehaven campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 15, by saying incumbent mayor A C Wharton Jr. has “rendered us a puller, pusher and picker city.”

9. Collins Knocks 'Puller, Pusher and Picker' Jobs In Whitehaven Opening -

Memphis Mayoral contender Harold Collins opened his Whitehaven campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 15, by saying incumbent mayor A C Wharton Jr. has “rendered us a puller, pusher and picker city.”

10. Germantown, Others Adopt Greenprint 2015/2040 Plan -

Germantown, Olive Branch and Walls, Miss., are the latest municipalities to adopt Greenprint 2015/2040 as the regional vision for green space and connectivity.

Greenprint 2015/2040 is a regional plan that recommends the establishment of 500 miles of greenway trails and 200 miles of bicycle lanes in the Memphis area by the year 2040. More than 4,000 local residents, organizations, businesses and agencies gave input on the plan, which was developed over a three-year period by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability and a consortium of more than 300 people representing more than 80 organizations and jurisdictions.

11. Masson Appointed Crime Commission Leader -

Former city of Memphis chief administrative officer Rick Masson is the new interim director of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, the independent organization that tracks city and county crime rates and oversees the Operation: Safe Community strategy for fighting crime.

12. Masson Named Interim Head of Memphis Shelby Crime Commission -

Former city of Memphis chief administrative officer Rick Masson is the new interim director of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, the independent organization that tracks city and county crime rates and oversees the Operation: Safe Community strategy for fighting crime.

13. Germantown, Others Adopt Greenprint 2015/2040 Plan -

Germantown, Olive Branch and Walls, Miss., are the latest municipalities to adopt Greenprint 2015/2040 as the regional vision for green space and connectivity.

Greenprint 2015/2040 is a regional plan that recommends the establishment of 500 miles of greenway trails and 200 miles of bicycle lanes in the Memphis area by the year 2040. More than 4,000 local residents, organizations, businesses and agencies gave input on the plan, which was developed over a three-year period by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability and a consortium of more than 300 people representing more than 80 organizations and jurisdictions.

14. Two New Historical Markers Unveiled During Elvis Week -

In what has become an Elvis Week tradition in recent years, the Shelby County Historical Commission will unveil two new markers Tuesday, Aug. 11, related to the life of Elvis Presley and the Memphis music industry.

15. Binghampton Retail Plan Goes to Land Use Board -

Neighborhood retail in Binghampton tops the Thursday, Aug. 13, agenda of the Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

Among the 25 items on the board’s agenda is Binghampton Development Corp.’s request for a planned development to accommodate a retail center with grocery store on 4.87 acres at Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street.

16. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

17. Binghampton Retail Plan Goes to Memphis Land Use Board -

Neighborhood retail in Binghampton tops the Thursday, Aug. 13, agenda of the Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

Among the 25 items on the board’s agenda is Binghampton Development Corp.'s request for a planned development to accommodate a retail center with grocery store on 4.87 acres at Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street.

18. Scott Sharpe Named CAO Of District Attorney General’s Office -

Scott Sharpe recently was named chief administrative officer of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office following the departure of longtime CAO Priscilla Campbell.

19. Wharton Opens Whitehaven Headquarters as Collins Intensifies Challenge -

On the broiling parking lot of his Whitehaven campaign headquarters this weekend, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. talked about “still water” after firing up a crowd of 150 supporters in a tent next to Elvis Presley Boulevard.

20. Council to Vote on One Beale, Redistricting and CLERB -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, on the $160 million One Beale planned development at Beale Street and Riverside Drive.

The council vote is the last major public sector hurdle for the project by the Carlisle Corp.

21. Frayser Flexibility -

Steve Lockwood could see the retail row across North Watkins Street from his office at the Frayser Community Development Corp. in the Georgian Hills Shopping Center.

22. Repair, Fence Ordered For Downtown Building -

The owner of a long-vacant Downtown building that suffered a partial roof collapse last week following heavy rain must erect “appropriate” fencing around the structure, according to Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.

23. Owner of Blighted Downtown Building Will Appear in Court -

The owner of a blighted Downtown building that partially collapsed last week following heavy rain will be in Shelby County Environmental Court Wednesday, July 29.

During the Thursday afternoon rain that flooded streets and briefly knocked out electricity across Downtown Memphis, the roof of the four-story building at 107 S. Main St. partially collapsed and a water pipe burst, allowing water to creep into adjoining buildings.

24. Commission Considers Statue Move, Bailey Honor -

Shelby County Commissioners consider Monday, July 27, whether to get involved in the city’s plan to move a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of the city park once named for the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard.

25. Going Up: Labor, Materials Drive Construction Costs -

Shelby County homebuilders have steadily raised prices for months now, partly due to supply and demand but mostly due to soaring material and labor costs.

While the demand for new homes remains steady, the supply of new homes remains relatively low and homebuilders are able to raise prices. But construction costs have been on the upswing for several months and are impacting every corner of the construction industry.

26. Memphis Sole -

The football field measurements are perhaps inevitable in describing just how big Nike’s Northridge distribution center in Frayser is after its $301 million expansion.

The 2.8 million-square-foot facility – the equivalent of 49 football fields – is Nike Inc.’s largest distribution center in the world.

27. Council Redistricting Discussion Yields to Talk of Council Changes -

A discussion among Memphis City Council members about redistricting Tuesday, July 21, turned into the idea of changing the structure of the council to single-member districts and discarding the multi-member super districts the council has had since 1995.

28. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

29. Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis -

Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.

30. One Beale Nabs 20-Year Tax Freeze -

The developers behind One Beale have earned key pieces of the public-private partnership they say is necessary to pursue the twin tower project overlooking the Mississippi River.

Memphis-based Carlisle Corp. on Tuesday, July 14, received a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive and a $10 million contribution toward a public parking garage from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

31. Historic Ashlar Hall in Limbo After ‘Renovation’ -

The owner of historic but troubled Ashlar Hall says he will move forward with plans to redevelop the property into a veterans center as questions continue to swirl around the state of the building, located at 1397 Central Ave.

32. Televised Memphis Mayoral Forum Set for September -

There could be a lot of candidates for Memphis Mayor in the Oct. 8 city elections. And much of the attention in the run up to active campaigning has focused on the field’s size.

But as campaigning begins the focus will shift to issues at play in the mayor’s race, from the city’s path to economic growth and the efficiency and fiscal health of city government to the perennial issues of crime and blight.

33. Council Approves Pinch Building Permit Moratorium -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch District as they also approved a planned development Downtown.

The moratorium proposed by councilman Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During that time, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with suggested guidelines for future development of the district bordering The Pyramid.

34. Strickland Files for Mayor One Week From Deadline -

A week before the filing deadline for candidates on Memphis’ October ballot, city councilman Jim Strickland filed his qualifying petition for mayor and said he has a campaign war chest of approximately $400,000.

35. New Hotel Planned for Downtown Memphis -

Two Ohio-based development firms plan to build a new hotel on a vacant site in Downtown Memphis.

The Orlean Co. of Beachwood, Ohio, and Ceres Development LLC of Westlake, Ohio, plan on building a Cambria Suites on a 3.3-acre lot on the south side of Union across from Fourth Street, just west of Danny Thomas Boulevard.

36. Council Approves Moratorium on Pinch Building Permits -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch District as they also approved a planned development Downtown.

The moratorium proposed by councilman Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During that time, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with suggested guidelines for future development of the district bordering The Pyramid.

37. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, July 9, at 4:30 p.m. at Blues City Cafe, 138 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

38. Council Approves Pinch Moratorium, Delays Vote On Civilian Police Review Board -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch district as they also approved a planned development in the Downtown district.

The moratorium proposed by council member Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During the fourth months, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with some suggested guidelines for future development of the district that borders the reactivated Pyramid.

39. Council Approves Pinch Moratorium, Delays Vote On Civilian Police Review Board -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch district as they also approved a planned development in the Downtown district.

The moratorium proposed by council member Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During the fourth months, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with some suggested guidelines for future development of the district that borders the reactivated Pyramid.

40. Council Approves Pinch Moratorium, Delays Vote On Civilian Police Review Board -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch district as they also approved a planned development in the Downtown district.

The moratorium proposed by council member Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During the fourth months, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with some suggested guidelines for future development of the district that borders the reactivated Pyramid.

41. Carlisle Corp. Alters One Beale Plan -

Carlisle Corp. has revised plans for its ambitious, $160 million One Beale development at the foot of Beale Street in Downtown Memphis.

The south tower, which will include a four-star hotel, will now stand 18 stories tall, down from 22 stories as previously planned.

42. Phillip Rogers Joins Wunderlich Wealth Management -

Phillip Rogers recently joined the Wunderlich Wealth Management office in Memphis as a managing director and financial adviser. Rogers’ financial services practice is focused on the needs of high net worth individuals, as well as endowments and foundations. He applies his background in and knowledge of the fixed income capital markets to extend an institutional level of expertise to individual investors.

43. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

44. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

45. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

46. County Unemployment Rate Zigzags in May -

The unemployment rate in Shelby County was 6.7 percent in May, which was higher than the previous month but lower than the year-ago month.

May’s Shelby County jobless rate was down from 7.5 in May 2014 but above April’s 6.1 percent rate, according to the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The statewide unemployment rate in May was 5.8 percent, and the U.S. rate was 5.5 percent.

47. Shelby Farms Greenline Gardens Gets Makeover -

The Greenline Gardens at Shelby Farms Park – the centerpiece of a handful of park programs including the Farm-to-Fork Fellowship and the Greenline Garden Club Workshop series – has been given a long-overdue makeover.

48. Mark Mosteller Joins Evolve Bank & Trust -

Mark E. Mosteller Sr. recently joined Evolve Bank & Trust as executive vice president, accounting and finance.
The new role includes a variety of responsibilities, including management of the accounting and finance department team, accounting internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, taxes and treasury management. Mosteller also works with senior and executive management and the board on accounting, finance and operational issues.

49. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

50. Shelby County Unemployment Rate Zigzags in May -

The unemployment rate in Shelby County was 6.7 percent in May, which was higher than the previous month but lower than the year-ago month.

May’s Shelby County jobless rate was down from 7.5 in May 2014 but above April’s 6.1 percent rate, according to the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The statewide unemployment rate in May was 5.8 percent, and the U.S. rate was 5.5 percent.

51. Business in Politics -

One of the first things Shea Flinn noticed when he left the Memphis City Council this year was that benches for audience members in the council chamber are less comfortable than council members’ seats.

52. Shelby County Unemployment Zigzags in May -

The unemployment rate in Shelby County was 6.7 percent in May, which was higher than the previous month but lower than the year-ago month.

May's Shelby County jobless rate was down from 7.5 in May 2014 but above April’s 6.1 percent rate, according to the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The statewide unemployment rate in May was 5.8 percent, and the U.S. rate was 5.5 percent.

53. Dog Daycare Bringing New Life to East Memphis Retail Center -

A new doggy daycare and camp is coming to East Memphis.

Becky and Tim Simcoe have leased 8,875 square feet at the Balmoral Shopping Center at Quince Road and Ridgeway Road in East Memphis to open a Camp Bow Wow franchise.

54. Nike Formally Opens $301 Million Frayser Expansion -

Executives of Nike Inc. are in Memphis Friday, June 26, to formally open the $301 million expansion of the sports shoe and apparel giant’s Northridge distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Boulevard.

55. Simmons Joins Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors -

Mary Leesa Simmons has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as vice president – senior asset manager. In her new role, Simmons provides all aspects of property management duties for the firm’s clients.
This includes financial administration, budgeting, reporting, lease administration, contract administration, tenant, client and vendor administration, capital improvements and property inspections.

56. Michigan Investor Pays $7.5 Million for Hickory Hill Apartments -

5995 Waterstone Oak Way
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $7.5 million

Sale Date: June 11, 2015
Buyer: RoCo-Lakes LLC
Seller: RRE Waterstone Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: June 11, 2015
Maturity Date: June 11, 2017
Lender: Keybank NA
Details: RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

57. Greening the Region -

A result of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and two years of planning, the pre-implementation phase of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan is gaining momentum.

58. Drug Trafficking Indictment Targets Gang Members -

One of the leaders of a street gang banned last year from the Legends Park area has violated the “no-gang zone” court order and is now charged with drug trafficking.

Steve Nelson, an alleged leader of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang, directed the gang’s drug dealing activities from the Shelby County Jail. When he wasn’t in jail, he was arrested twice in the Legends Park area for violating the court order that bans gang activity as well as gang members from congregating in the area.

59. Nike Vendor Files Two Permits Totaling $8.5M -

Elk Grove, Ill.-based Wynright Corp. applied for two building permits – one for $7.2 million and another for $1.3 million – through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on Nike’s $301 million expansion at 3100 New Frayser Blvd. The permit description said the scope of work included “engineering material and installation.”

60. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

61. Dayco Wins Tax Break For Distribution Operations -

Michigan-based manufacturer Dayco Products Ltd. will consolidate its distribution operations in the Memphis area, but exactly where remains undecided.

“Due to the continued growth in demand for our products and increased product complexity over the past several years, we have committed to this significant capital investment in order to deliver increased value to our customers,” said Ed Rammel, president of the North American and Australian Aftermarket for Dayco, in a company statement.

62. Dayco Awarded Tax Incentive for Memphis Warehouse -

A Michigan-based manufacturer of belts and other items for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket sectors has been awarded a tax break to open a national distribution center in Memphis.

The city-county Economic Development Growth Engine awarded Dayco Products Ltd. a five-year tax incentive for the distribution center, which will employ 174 workers. The average annual pay for employees would be $26,753, plus benefits.

63. Nike Vendor Files Two Permits Totaling $8.5 Million -

Elk Grove, Ill.-based Wynright Corp. applied for two building permits – one for $7.2 million and another for $1.3 million – for work on Nike’s $301 million expansion at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

64. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

65. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

66. Urban Land Institute Panel Recommends $184 Million Memphis Fairgrounds Plan -

The Urban Land Institute panel that’s been in Memphis this week studying the future of the Mid-South Fairgrounds has recommended a $184 million plan that would overhaul the area.

The eight out-of-town urban planners released the results of their study Friday morning at a conference attended by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and most of his administration.

67. Beale Authority Wants to Talk New Ownership Deal -

The newly appointed Beale Street Tourism Development Authority wants to talk to Memphis City Council members about a new arrangement for how it would govern the Beale Street Entertainment District for the city.

68. This week in Memphis history: June 12-18 -

1984: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Rep. U.A. Moore of Millington is optimistic about plans for riverboat tours between the Mud Island park – which had opened in the summer of 1982 – and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, even though his bill to fund a Memphis State University study of the idea is vetoed by Gov. Lamar Alexander. Alexander instead directs the state Conservation Department to study the idea.

69. Carlisle Corp. Gets Tentative OK on One Beale Plan -

Developers got a tentative green light to move forward with the ambitious One Beale project, convincing regulators that the twin skyscraper development would be a game-changer for the Memphis skyline.

70. Memphis' Tallest Building Faces June 24 Utility Cutoff -

The owner of the skyscraper at 100 N. Main St., the city’s tallest office building, has two weeks to pay the delinquent balance on the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division bill before utilities will be disconnected, a move that would catch a popular Downtown restaurant in the crossfire, according to a an executive at the publicly owned utility.

71. MAA Outgrowing Its East Memphis Headquarters -

MAA has tapped Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to explore its long-term corporate office needs.

The apartment-focused real estate investment trust says internal growth and the 2013 acquisition of Colonial Properties Trust means space at its East Memphis headquarters is getting tight.

72. Frayser Community Fair Scheduled for Saturday -

NeighborWorks America’s national NeighborWorks Week puts redevelopment, empowerment and civic pride at center stage with a variety of events, including a Frayser community fair this Saturday.

“We wanted to have a fair that connected neighbors and neighborhoods to resources,” said Amy Schaftlein, director of development at United Housing Inc.

73. Municipal Schools Leaders Assess First Year -

Not so fast with those state achievement test quick scores that went out with some students’ last report cards. Tennessee Department of Education officials said earlier this month that the figures are in most cases rosier than expected.

74. County Commission Refuses Payday Loan Exception -

Shelby County Commissioners decided Monday, June 1, to take no vote on an application that would have allowed a payday loan business to remain open in the Cordova shopping center where it has been for a year and a half.

75. Memphis Unemployment Drops Below 6 Percent -

The unemployment rate for the metropolitan Memphis area dipped below 6 percent in April.

The April rate for the metro Memphis area was 5.9 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and just below the state’s April rate of 6 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

76. Beale Authority Wants to Talk New Ownership Arrangement -

The newly appointed Beale Street Tourism Development Authority wants to talk to Memphis City Council members about a new arrangement for how it would govern the Beale Street Entertainment District for the city.

77. Beale Authority Wants to Talk Fee Simple Ownership Of District -

The newly appointed Beale Street Tourism Development Authority wants to talk to Memphis City Council members about a fee simple arrangement for how it would govern the entertainment district for the city.

78. Love of Learning -

Porter-Leath’s recent donation of a few thousand books to its preschool students serves as one of the latest examples of how the nonprofit is exposing infants and toddlers to the written word in a larger push to prepare children for long-term learning success.

79. 100 N. Main Owner Still Owes MLGW -

The owner of the city’s tallest office building still has not paid the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division bill on the property, and an official with the publicly owned utility said the two sides remain engaged in talks.

80. County Commission Refuses Payday Loan Exception -

Shelby County Commissioners decided Monday, June 1, to take no vote on an application that would have allowed a payday loan business to remain open in the Cordova shopping center where it has been for a year and a half.

81. Memphis-Area Unemployment Drops Below 6 Percent -

The unemployment rate for the metropolitan Memphis area dipped below 6 percent in April.

The April rate for the metro Memphis area was 5.9 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and just below the state’s April rate of 6 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

82. Commission Begins to Wind Down Budget Season -

Shelby County Commissioners take the first of three votes Monday, June 1, on a county property tax rate for the new fiscal year, and the discussion could begin to tie up the loose ends remaining in the county’s budget season.

83. Memphis Area Sees Drop in Unemployment Rate -

The unemployment rate for the metropolitan Memphis area dipped below 6 percent in April.

The April rate for the metro Memphis area was 5.9 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and just below the state’s April rate of 6 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

84. Memphis-Area Unemployment Rate Drops Below 6 Percent -

The unemployment rate for the metropolitan Memphis area dipped below 6 percent in April, according to the latest state figures.

The April rate for the metro Memphis area was 5.9 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and just below the state’s April rate of 6 percent, preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.

85. Hopson, Barbic Look Ahead to New School Year -

Dorsey Hopson and Chris Barbic are comparing notes on the new school year that begins in August, the first in three years in which the structure of public education in Shelby County essentially will remain the same.

86. Oak Park Apartments Demolition Latest in Blight Campaign -

The group of Memphis leaders and Glenview-area homeowners standing in a parking lot last week surrounded by the shells of two two-story apartment buildings and the charred foundation of a third paused for a moment.

87. Memphis Gets Greenlight to Relocate Police -

Now it’s all about closing the deal.

With no debate or discussion, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, May 19, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposal to buy the 13-story Donnelley J. Hill state office building at 170 N. Main St., just a stone’s throw from City Hall.

88. Memphis City Council Appointment Reflects Political Urgency -

Attorney Alan Crone is the newest member of the Memphis City Council.

The former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party – who said he’s traded politics for nonprofits over the last decade – was the choice of city council members Tuesday, May 19.

89. Council Approves Brewery Parking Garage Loan -

Memphis City Council members gave the green light Tuesday, May 19, to a $5.1 million loan for the Downtown Parking Authority to build a 339-space parking garage on Tennessee Street across from the Tennessee Brewery.

90. Crone Joins Council, City Buys State Office Building -

Attorney Alan Crone is the newest member of the Memphis City Council.

The former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party who has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last decade was the choice of city council members Tuesday, May 19, to fill the vacancy.

91. Cummins Will Stay, Expand in Memphis -

Ending months of speculation, Cummins Inc. will remain – and expand – in Memphis, according to state and company officials.

Cummins and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said the company would invest $6.7 million to expand its current parts and distribution center in Memphis, creating 70 new jobs in the process.

92. Council to Fill Vacancy, Consider Buying State Office Building -

Memphis City Council members appoint a new council member Tuesday, May 18, and consider spending more than $8 million to purchase, renovate and relocate workers to the Donnelley J. Hill state office building that stands near City Hall in Civic Center Plaza.

93. Events -

Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. The event will feature nearly 250 barbecue cooking teams, Ms. Piggie Idol Contest, live music and more. Tickets are $10 at the gate or ticketmaster.com. Visit memphisinmay.org.

94. Foxx Hears Lamar Corridor as Priority in White House's Infrastructure Bill -

A group of 23 local leaders told U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Tuesday, May 12, that improving the Lamar Avenue freight corridor is their first priority for federal infrastructure funding.

95. Events -

The Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. Ashley Calvert will present “The Future of Software Quality Management.” Visit pmimemphis.org for details and registration.

96. Developers: Tennessee Brewery Work is Tough Job -

The team behind the proposed redevelopment of the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery received a 20-year tax freeze and a long-term loan for a new parking garage to help usher the Downtown development along, but officials say much work remains before the $28.1 million project becomes a reality.

97. Shelby County Commission Questions Grays Creek Payday Loan Error -

Shelby County Commissioners want to know how a payday loan business got a certificate of occupancy from the county’s Office of Construction Code Enforcement and opened in the Cordova Ridge Shops development even though such a business violates the Unified Development Code.

98. Incumbent’s Advantage Faces Test in Mayor’s Race -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. rolls out a new plan for emergency medical services Tuesday, May 10, that is expected to involve some private, nongovernment involvement.

No further details of the announcement were forthcoming from his administration, but it returns the still-forming 2015 race for mayor to an issue that is basic to virtually every mayoral election: public safety.

99. Events -

Luna Nova Music will present a preview concert for the ninth Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean Ave. The concert will preview some of the works for the June 17-20 festival. Admission is free. Visit lunanova.org.

100. County Budget Season Reflects Priorities, Angst -

It’s that time of year in Downtown’s Civic Center Plaza.

In late April, May and into June, the budget committee sessions of the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission become the stage for the priorities – political and financial – of both bodies.