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1. 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.

2. Greenline Half Marathon Registration is Open -

Registration for the “green” Shelby Farms Greenline Half Marathon is open.

The race, set for Oct. 11 at 8 a.m., features 13.1 miles of terrain at Shelby Farms Park and on the Greenline. The Council for Responsible Sport also has certified the half marathon as sustainable, meaning it ensures a reduction of the carbon footprint to Shelby Farms Park and the city of Memphis through the event.

3. A General Invitation, Revisited -

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013 and while we haven’t yet heard from the General, we’ve heard from just about everybody else. The invitation stands because – as it has been for some time – it’s past time.

4. 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.

5. Memphis Filing Deadline Features Last-Minute Shifts, Intrigue -

The decision Tuesday, July 14, by a sixth Memphis City Council member to pass up a place on the Oct. 8 ballot has added some intrigue on the way to the noon Thursday, July 16, filing deadline for the Memphis elections.

6. Whalum Chooses Council Super District Race -

New Olivet Baptist Church pastor and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. will run for Memphis City Council in the October 8 city elections.

Standing with family, friends and supporters Tuesday, July 14, in Church Park, Whalum settled weeks of speculation by announcing he will run for council Super District 9 Position 2, formerly held by Shea Flinn.

7. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

8. Forrest Birthday Observance Draws Large Crowd -

Confederate groups’ observance of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s birthday Sunday, July 12, drew a larger-than-usual crowd of several hundred people to the city park once named in honor of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.

9. Greenline Half Marathon Registration is Open -

Registration for the “green” Shelby Farms Greenline Half Marathon is officially open.

The race, set for Oct. 11 at 8 a.m., features 13.1 miles of terrain at Shelby Farms Park and on the Greenline. The Council for Responsible Sport also has certified the half marathon as sustainable, meaning it ensures a reduction of the carbon footprint to Shelby Farms Park and the city of Memphis through the event.

10. Belz Sells Office Building for $4 Million -

Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP were listed as the sellers in the transaction, which included two parcels.

11. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

12. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

13. Forrest Vote Signals Change in General’s Legacy -

When the city of Memphis voted to rename Forrest Park and two other Confederate-themed parks in Downtown Memphis two years ago, City Council member Bill Boyd criticized the move and extolled Nathan Bedford Forrest’s virtues.

14. Belz Sells Building for $4 Million -

Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP were listed as the sellers in the transaction, which included two parcels.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. New Fitness Zone to Open in Audubon Park -

The city of Memphis is getting a permanent outdoor adult fitness zone at Audubon Park.

The park is a result of a year-long partnership between the city and Meta, a Procter & Gamble product line led by Metamucil. The fitness area of the park is expected to be open for public use by mid to late summer.

18. 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.

19. New Forrest Front -

The political battle over an equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and the park that houses it has opened a new front.

20. New Fitness Zone to Open Tuesday at Audubon Park -

The city of Memphis is getting a permanent outdoor adult fitness zone at Audubon Park.

The park is a result of a year-long partnership between the city and Meta, a Procter & Gamble product line led by Metamucil. The fitness area of the park is expected to be open for public use by mid to late summer.

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

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

22. Senior Living Community In Hickory Hill Sells for $10 Million -

Legacy IL Property Co. LLC purchased two properties comprising the Residences at Lenox Park senior living community in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $10 million.

23. Yolanda Kight is Newest Judicial Commissioner -

Attorney Yolanda Kight is the newest Shelby County Judicial Commissioner.

The Shelby County Commission chose Kight Monday, June 21, on the 12th round of voting to fill the vacancy.

24. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

25. 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.

26. Yolanda Kight is Newest Judicial Commissioner -

Attorney Yolanda Kight is the newest Shelby County Judicial Commissioner.

The Shelby County Commission chose Kight Monday, June 21, on the 12th round of voting to fill the vacancy.

27. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

28. 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.

29. Senior Living Community in Hickory Hill Sells for $10M -

Legacy IL Property Co. LLC purchased two properties comprising the Residences at Lenox Park senior living community in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $10 million.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. MDH Buys Belz’s Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

34. 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.

35. Self-Tucker Designs Green Center at T.O. Fuller -

T.O. Fuller State Park in Southwest Memphis was the first state park opened for African Americans east of the Mississippi River and just the second park of its type across the country.

The 1,138-acre park, originally built to house African Americans during the Great Depression, was designated Shelby County Negro Park in 1938. The name was changed to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a prominent African American educator who spent most of his life empowering and educating black Americans during the era of racial segregation by law.

36. Hickory Hill Retirement Home Sells for $1.2 Million -

FLH Assisted Living Residences LP, a Tennessee limited partnership based in Collierville, purchased the Franklin Park retirement home located at 3393 Kirby Road in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $1.2 million.

37. MDH Partners Buys Belz's Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

38. Hillwood Pays $17.7 Million for FedEx SupplyChain Facility -

5050 E. Holmes Road and 0 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $17.7 million

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Whitehaven Motel Sells for $1.5 Million -

Springbrook Hospitality LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1360 Springbrook Avenue on June 2.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. Ready to Ride -

Memphis kids have been embracing the art of horseback riding this month at Shelby Farms Park Equestrian Summer Camp. 
The summer offering is a popular one for children in second through seventh grade: All four sessions of the equestrian camp, which runs through June 19, are full.

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46. Events -

Literacy Mid-South will host the fourth annual Literatini benefit Friday, June 12, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will feature martini tastings, a Q&A with Harper Lee memoirist Marja Mills and more. Tickets are $50 a person or $75 a couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

47. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill specific warehouse positions in Memphis and North Mississippi. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385.

48. Whitehaven Motel Sells for $1.5 Million -

Springbrook Hospitality LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1360 Springbrook Avenue on June 2.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. Wolf River Greenway Planning Pushes Route Further North -

Now that you know the Greenline, here comes the Greenway.

After almost a year of behind-the-scenes planning, coordination and fundraising, the Wolf River Conservancy is about to go public with plans to add another 18 miles to the existing 2.6 miles of the Wolf River Greenway in Shelby County.

52. 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.

53. 100 N. Main Could Lose Utilities -

The owner of the city’s tallest office building has until the end of the month to pay at least the past-due portion of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division bill on the property before potentially facing cutoff.

54. 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.

55. Oak Park Apartments to Be Demolished -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and other city leaders will announce Friday, May 22, the demolition of the long-vacant Oak Park Apartments at 1221 S. Willett St.

56. Stein World Finds New Home -

Stein World has found a new home. The furniture distributor, which played a pivotal role in Cummins Inc.’s decision to expand locally, has inked a lease for 330,870 square feet at 5321 Shelby Drive.

57. Memphis Financial Startup Secures Seed Funding -

Consumers are increasingly turning to technology and the convenience of smartphones to pay for goods and services or perform banking-related tasks.

That explains everything from the launch of Apple’s new ApplePay service to the formation of Memphis startup SynapsePay, a self-described early-stage financial network that has just completed a seed funding round.

58. Oak Park Apartments to Be Demolished -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and other city leaders will announce Friday, May 22, the demolition of the long-vacant Oak Park Apartments at 1221 S. Willett St.

59. Farm Feast -

The first elementary school students came to Agricenter International for some hands-on education more than a decade ago. About 80 students went on a literal field trip, walking through the cotton, soybean and cornfields.

60. State Education Commissioner Visits Memphis-Area Schools -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen visited several local schools Monday, May 18, and talked with leaders of the various school systems in Shelby County.

61. Got A Dream? Launch It With Help From Crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. Events -

NAWBO Memphis, the local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, will meet Tuesday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Denise Hodges, co-founder of the Business BreakThrough Institute, will discuss how to build your business by speaking. Cost is $40 at the door. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

66. 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.

67. Beale Street Board to Tackle District Plans, Future -

Jeff Sanford has spent much of the past five years consulting on redevelopment projects in other cities.

But Sanford – who stepped down from his post as president of the Center City Commission, now the Downtown Memphis Commission, in 2010 – hasn’t found another entertainment district comparable to Memphis’ most famous street.

68. Events -

Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, will be held Thursday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Twelve Cooper-Young restaurants and bars will offer canine-themed drinks and donate 10 percent of sales from Pup Crawlers. Visit memphishumane.org.

69. Events -

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will host the 57th annual Greek Festival Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 573 N. Highland St. The event will feature Greek food (on site and drive-thru), marketplace, sanctuary tours and live entertainment. Tickets are $3; get $1 off admission for each canned good brought for Mid-South Food Bank. Visit memphisgreekfestival.com.

70. Universal Appeal -

Paige Marcantel, a licensed clinical social worker, served as a grief counselor for Baptist Memorial Hospital for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mom two years ago.

But when the opportunity to help local families dealing with child rearing issues and trauma arose – everything from disrespectful behavior to more serious issues like divorce, addiction and domestic violence – Marcantel couldn’t turn it down.

71. Events -

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a “Party in the Park” Wednesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Court Square, at Main Street and Court Avenue. The event will include food trucks, booths, entertainment, giveaways and more. Visit ilovememphisblog.com.

72. Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis -

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

The Kitchen, which focuses on serving healthy, locally sourced meals, will operate restaurants at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis and Crosstown Concourse in Midtown.

73. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College will host a town hall meeting titled “Workforce Solutions: ‘A Community Imperative’” Wednesday, May 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Macon Cove Farris Auditorium, 5983 Macon Cove. The meeting will discuss how the U.S. Labor Department’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training prepares participants for high-wage, high-skill jobs. Cost is free. Email lmudd@southwest.tn.edu for details.

74. Shelby Farms Mixes Spring and Construction -

The invitation advised guests to “dress for dirt.”

But when the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy broke ground Thursday, April 30, on the park’s new visitors and events centers, most attendees were wearing suits and dresses.

75. University of Memphis Foundation Applies for $1 Million Building Permit -

1115 E. Getwell Loop
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $1 million

Applicant: The University of Memphis Foundation
Project Cost: $40 million
Permit Application Date: April, 2015
Architect: Fleming Architects
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.
Details: The University of Memphis Foundation has applied for a $1 million building permit for a new facility at the university’s Park Avenue campus.

76. Small Change -

When ioby, a crowd-funding platform for stimulating community change, partnered with Livable Memphis to launch its “discover ioby” initiative in February, it expected to provide $50,000 in matching funds to about 20 solid projects.

77. Events -

Who’s Hiring Memphis Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Memphis-area employers in a variety of sectors will be conducting on-site interviews. Admission is free; attendees should dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. Visit whoshiringmemphis.com.

78. Events -

The American Legion will host a town hall meeting to discuss the quality and timeliness of Veterans Affairs health care with local veterans Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 53, 400 Legion Road. The Legion will also set up a Veterans Benefits Center Tuesday through Thursday, April 21-23, at the Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland Drive. Visit legion.org.

79. This Week in Memphis History: April 17-23 -

2014: The formal dedication of the Overton Park Bike Gate on the western edge of the Midtown landmark draws a crowd of several hundred people, dozens of whom come with their bicycles for a ride from the gate on East Parkway to Shelby Farms Park. The nearby Hampline connecting the park to the western end of the Greenline was still under construction at the time.

80. Wharton's Way -

City elections in Memphis begin unadorned.

Yard signs don’t bloom until mid- to late summer, when the strategic use of television ads and the much higher cycle of radio advertising kick in.

81. The J-Hey Kid Starts Fresh With St. Louis Cardinals -

Jason Heyward homered in his first big-league at-bat, which did not announce his arrival so much as confirmed it.

Before the Atlanta Braves used the 14th overall pick in the 2007 June Draft on Heyward – then just 17 years old – his star virtually shone above Turner Field. Heyward was a stud for East Cobb in metro Atlanta, one of the country’s elite amateur baseball programs.

82. Shepherding Literacy Effort Aims to Tutor Without Burden -

The image of volunteer literacy efforts in many schools is parents and others coming to read aloud to children.

And the reading can help.

But Shelby County Schools will try a new church-based effort in 20 schools next school year. The more focused program is meant to align itself with the specific approach of improving literacy up to the third grade.

83. Healing Waters -

He’s better. Army Special Forces veteran Paul Holcomb is sure of that much.

He doesn’t disappear for days at a time anymore, unsure how he came to be lying in the bushes with a rifle in his hand.

84. Shelby Farms Readies for Busy Earth Day Events -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy’s $52 million Heart of the Park fundraising campaign should be complete by fall 2016, with all new facilities open and amenities available for public use.

85. High Water -

The city’s 3.3 miles of floodwalls and five miles of levees held in the 2011 near record rise of the Mississippi River at Memphis.

But in the four years since, the walls have continued to settle by as much as 18 inches in some places.

86. Well-Known Names Host Strickland Fundraiser -

At $1,500 per person or couple, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 24, for the mayoral campaign of Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is an indication the campaign to the October city ballot is picking up in intensity.

87. Park Avenue Massage Parlor Closed As Public Nuisance -

A Park Avenue business with a stripper pole in its waiting room has been closed since Friday, March 20, as a public nuisance.

The District Attorney General’s office sought a court order to shutter Lilly’s Spa. The owners of Lilly’s face prostitution charges from a connected investigation by the Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit.

88. New Tigers Indoor Football Facility Nears Kick-Off -

1115 E. Getwell Loop
Memphis, TN 38152
Permit Amount: $15 million

Permit Application Date: March 2015
Architect: Fleming Architects
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.
Details: The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

89. Grizzlies Go Green With Environmental Events -

The Seventh Annual NBA Green Week is March 22-29 and Memphis Grizzlies players, staff and volunteers will play their part in the league-wide initiative to shed light on a brighter, greener future for the Memphis community.

90. Grizzlies Go Green With Slate of Environmental Events -

The Seventh Annual NBA Green Week is March 22-29 and Memphis Grizzlies players, staff and volunteers will play their part in the league-wide initiative to shed light on a brighter, greener future for the Memphis community.

91. Shelby Farms Park Raises $70 Million in Capital Campaign -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has closed the books on a capital campaign that raised $70 million. Most of the money – $60 million – was raised from 387 private-donor gifts, led by a $20 million gift from the Hyde Family Foundations.

92. Shelby Farms Conservancy Completes Capital Campaign -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has closed the books on a capital campaign that raised $70 million. Most of the money – $60 million – was raised from 387 private-donor gifts, led by a $20 million gift from the Hyde Family Foundations.

93. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 11, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. Cost is $17. RSVP to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

94. Restless Winter -

For most of its 103-year life as city property, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a place where Memphians remember why they came there in the past, as local leaders have periodically pushed to remake its landscape and in turn create more memories going forward.

95. Mike Shildt: From College Walk-On To Memphis Redbirds Manager -

Any professional baseball player can tell you about the stigmas he has to fight. For one guy, it might be that he doesn’t hit with enough power. And for another it might be that he doesn’t make consistent enough contact.

96. Events -

City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools AmeriCorps VISTA programs and Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership will host the Tennessee Community Solutions Summit Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave. The summit will focus on mentoring as a solution to challenges faces faced by Memphis youth. Email maria.furhmann@memphistn.gov.

97. Wharton: Tourism Is Serious Business -

Sometimes in tourism, it is the little things that count. But “little” is relative. Consider the digital LED display screen on the west wall of the Memphis Cook Convention Center – big enough to be seen by eastbound traffic on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge – which local leaders debuted this month after three years of planning.

98. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

99. Seven Memphis-Area RadioShacks to Close -

Seven RadioShack stores in the Memphis area are among the 1,784 retail sites the company plans to close, according to court documents related to its bankruptcy filing in early February.

The Shelby County stores to close between Feb. 17 and March 31, according to the list, are in Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway; Trinity Commons, 714 Germantown Parkway; the Collierville store, 694 W. Poplar Ave.; Whitehaven Plaza, 4082 Elvis Presley Blvd.; Bartlett Towne Center, 6045 Stage Road; and Polo Shops, 7464 Winchester Road. The store in Holiday Plaza Mall in West Memphis is also slated to close.

100. Seven Memphis-Area RadioShacks to Close -

Seven RadioShack stores in the Memphis area are among the 1,784 retail sites the company plans to close, according to court documents related to its bankruptcy filing last week.

The Shelby County stores to close between Feb. 17 and March 31, according to the list, are in Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway; Trinity Commons, 714 Germantown Parkway; the Collierville store, 694 W. Poplar Ave.; Whitehaven Plaza, 4082 Elvis Presley Blvd.; Bartlett Towne Center, 6045 Stage Road; and Polo Shops, 7464 Winchester Road. The store in Holiday Plaza Mall in West Memphis is also slated to close.