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1. Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair -

“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley

2. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

3. April is Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Month -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is partnering with local power companies and five science museums across Tennessee, including the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, to offer TVA Energy Month in April.

4. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

5. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success -

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.

“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”

6. Council OKs Street Closures In Washington Bottoms -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 21, a set of six alley and street closures on parcels totaling 28 acres in the Poplar Avenue-Cleveland Street area. The area, once known as Washington Bottoms, was cleared of buildings in 2008 in anticipation of redevelopment by a Memphis division of WSG Development Co. of Miami Beach, Fla.

7. Council OKs Street Closures in Washington Bottoms -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 21, a set of six alley and street closures on parcels totaling 28 acres in the Poplar Avenue-Cleveland Street area. The area, once known as Washington Bottoms, was cleared of buildings in 2008 in anticipation of redevelopment by a Memphis division of WSG Development Co. of Miami Beach, Fla.

8. Council Gets Overview of Public Safety Spending -

Memphis City Council members got a first and at times conflicting look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the hard decisions they could make about city spending on public safety.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. walked the council through some ideas for cuts in city spending beyond larger changes in city retirement and health benefits. Those obligations are the “cornerstone” of the efforts to get the city’s financial house in order, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

9. MRG Sees Flurry of Activity at Marion Center -

In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC developed The Shops of Angelos Grove retail center in Marion, Ark.

10. Events -

Germantown Performing Arts Center will host a visual arts exhibition by Ron Olson and Saj Crone Tuesday, Dec. 3, to Jan. 3 in the GPAC lobby, 1801 Exeter Road. Cost is free. Visit gpacweb.com.

11. Events -

The WRVR Toy Truck will be at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave., from Monday, Dec. 2, to Friday, Dec. 6 to collect gifts for children served by Porter Leath. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visit porterleath.org.

12. Events -

Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at participating small businesses across Memphis. The nationwide event includes retailers, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and more. Visit shopsmall.com for a list of participating businesses.

13. Rhodes Lecture Gives Insight Into ‘Genius’ -

You don’t have to be a genius to appreciate Wednesday night’s lecture by author and historian Darrin McMahon at Rhodes College.

14. Boy Oh Boy -

SONS AND FATHERS. AND BOYS. His sister never went to the emergency room.

Gaines went to the emergency room so much, three different shifts knew his name. Before he was 4, he almost hung himself once, almost poisoned himself three times, had me in an ice bath to bring his temperature down, and had his mother give him mouth-to-mouth running to the car while I tried to find my keys and pants.

15. English Brings New Concept to Midtown -

Five years after opening one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Kelly English is preparing to open The Second Line, a more casual restaurant next door to his original eatery, Restaurant Iris.

16. Visible Music College Files $3.2 Million Loan -

200 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Loan Amount: $3.2 million

Loan Date: Aug. 30, 2013
Maturity Date:
Borrower: Visible Music College
Lender: Renasant Bank
Details: Visible Music College has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Downtown campus at 200 Madison Ave.

17. Visible Music College Files $3.2 Million Loan -

Visible Music College has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Downtown campus at 200 Madison Ave.

The music and worship arts school filed the Tennessee deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents and security agreement Aug. 30 through Renasant Bank. Ken Dale Steorts signed the trust deed as president of Visible Music College.

18. Building Permit Filed for Volvo of Memphis -

7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Cost: $2.3 million

Project Cost: $3.5 million
Permit Date: Applied August 2013
Completion: Summer 2014
Owner: Wenco Properties LLC
Tenant: Volvo of Memphis
Architect: Fleming Associates Architects PC
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: The ownership group of Volvo of Memphis has filed a $2.3 million building permit for the company’s new dealership at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

19. Printer’s Alley Owner Files Building Permit -

The developers bringing a $3.2 million loft-style apartment development called Printer’s Alley Lofts to 347 S. Front St. Downtown have filed a permit for the project.

20. Bass Pro Wins Signage Approval -

Bass Pro Shops won overwhelming approval Tuesday, July 30, for its latest signage plans for The Pyramid, clearing a potential obstacle to the public-private initiative to turn the shuttered arena into a destination attraction.

21. Design Review Board Approves Bass Pro Shops Pyramid Signage -

Bass Pro Shops won overwhelming approval Tuesday, July 30, for its latest signage plans for The Pyramid, clearing a potential obstacle to the public-private initiative to turn the shuttered arena into a destination attraction.

22. Fresh Market Eyes Midtown Property for New Store -

The Fresh Market, the upscale specialty grocery store, has had its sights on Midtown Memphis for some time and may have found the right address.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based grocer and retailer is eyeing the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, according to several sources, who said the property is under contract to be purchased.

23. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

24. Club 152 Makes Appearance in Environmental Court -

The owners of Club 152 in the Beale Street entertainment district are due in Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court Monday, May 20, for the first hearing on the injunction that closed the popular nightspot Thursday afternoon as a public nuisance.

25. Fairgrounds Events Grow as Klan Protest Nears -

As Memphis Police have been planning in preparation for the Saturday, March 30, Ku Klux Klan demonstration at the Shelby County Courthouse, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a busy place for organizers of several alternatives to the Klan protest including a “Heart of Memphis” gathering there.

26. Downtown Investment -

Downtown’s housing market is seeing more sales, less time on the market, lower price points and inventory shortages.

There were 51 home sales year to date through February for Downtown’s 38103 ZIP code, a 104 percent increase from the 25 sales through the first two months of 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

27. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

28. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

29. 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.

30. Granddad, Hambone and the KKK -

IF THE KLAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK. An Exalted Cyclops of the KKK – must be just one hole in his hood – recently told Channel 5, also quoted in The Huffington Post, “Y’all are going to see the largest rally Memphis, Tennessee, has ever seen. It’s not going to be twenty or thirty – it’s going to be thousands of Klansmen from the whole United States.”

31. Green Line Marketing Doubles Office -

Green Line Marketing Group has outgrown its East Memphis office space due to its expanded staff and client roster.

The boutique agency has signed a 2,000-square-foot lease in Racquet Club Plaza, where it will relocate from its three 350-square-foot executive suites in Clark Tower by the end of the month.

32. Arena Transformation -

As the city of Memphis is nearing completion of its preparation of The Pyramid for Bass Pro Shops, the Springfield, Mo.-based retailer is slated to start its part of the project in March.

The city and Bass Pro Shops in January filed two building permits with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for $21.5 million and $7 million for renovations to 32-story The Pyramid arena at 1 A.W. Willis Ave.

33. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

34. CREW Memphis Hosts National Leadership Summit -

The 2013 Commercial Real Estate Women Network National Winter Leadership Summit and Council Meeting will take place this week at The Peabody hotel, as women in the industry network, learn more about Memphis and help the local chapter build its brand within the Memphis-area market.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012 -

There were new restaurant openings, expansions and major milestones celebrated.

Alliances were formed, events were debuted and, of course, a few joints were shuttered.

In most respects, 2012 was a banner year for the Memphis food scene, and 2013 could be even more promising, said Patrick Reilly, owner of Majestic Grille and president of the Memphis Restaurant Association.

39. Smalley Leads American Esoteric Laboratories During Growth Initiative -

American Esoteric Laboratories, the largest independent provider of esoteric and clinical laboratory services in the region, is poised for strategic growth as Dr. David L. Smalley takes the helm as the new president at its Memphis headquarters.

40. Tennessee Valley Authority Increases Executive Pay in Fiscal 2012 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority paid many of its top executives substantially more in fiscal 2012 than in the year before.

TVA’s fiscal year ended Sept. 30 and year-end figures were released Friday by the government utility.

41. Downtown Memphis Commission Celebrates Progress -

There was bicycle-powered smoothie preparation, an aerial circus-style art show, Beale Street Flippers, live music outside, a disc jockey inside, and food and drinks from Downtown restaurants and suppliers.

42. ‘Go-To Hangout Spot’ -

Court Square has made impressive strides from the quality of life issues that plagued it just a few years ago.

Thanks to landscape and surrounding commercial property enhancements, more police placed patrolling the area on bikes and a more aggressive approach to panhandling, the Downtown Memphis public park is now seen by many as more of an amenity than a spot to avoid.

43. Developers Buy Warehouse for Printer’s Alley Lofts -

A team of local developers planning a $3.2 million loft-style apartment development Downtown have closed on the property at 347 S. Front St.

44. Hickory Hill Warehouse Sells for $1.3 Million -

5837 Distribution Drive
Memphis, TN 38141

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 11, 2012

45. Barboro Flats Financed for $9.6 Million -

Barboro Flats, a mixed-use building at 100 S. Main St., has been financed for $9.6 million.

100 South Main Partners filed a 35-year trust deed through Love Funding Corp. for the five-story building’s 92-unit apartment section and 7,000-square-foot ground-floor retail space. The building’s garage was not included in the financing, according to loan documents filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

46. ‘Unique Setting’ -

Bass Pro Shops executives and city leaders marked the beginning of Bass Pro Shops construction inside The Pyramid Thursday, June 21, with a fish fry in the iconic Downtown landmark before the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World begins to take shape.

47. Events -

Visible Music College will present a Visible Live concert Monday, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cooper-Young gazebo at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Darien Clea will perform. Cost is free.

48. Downtown Apts. Finally Under Way -

After two years and some inevitable development hurdles, Greenbrier Partners LLC’s mixed-use development at 436 S. Front St. is quickly taking shape.

49. Building Owner’s Lawyer Disputes Delay Claims -

The attorney for the owners of the building at 118 Madison Ave. facing demolition said Wednesday, May 9, his client is waiting on a city plan for the demolition and is not intentionally trying to delay a resolution that would bring down the barricades blocking a sidewalk and part of the street.

50. Public Shelters Vs. Rebates for Private Ones -

Tennessee is building more community tornado shelters while other states are using federal funds to help homeowners build their own.

WZTV-TV in Nashville reported the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spent $46 million over the last 10 years to build public shelters.

51. Homes Part of North Memphis Revitalization -

Usually Self + Tucker Architects do the design work and planning for someone else who is the developer.

But in an open lot on the north side of Chelsea Avenue at Leath Street, seven single- family homes to come in the next year will be the architecture firm’s first steps into developing.

52. Loaded Garage Has Grizzlies Revved Up -

Just how deep are the Memphis Grizzlies? So deep that Zach Randolph’s second car is a Rolls-Royce.

No kidding. Another driver hit Randolph’s Dodge Challenger on Bill Morris Parkway the other day, so Z-Bo had to go to the automotive bench and drive the Rolls to his office (alias, FedExForum).

53. Center City Board Grants Incentives -

A new loft-style apartment development, a retail renovation and a new clothing store all got a helping hand from a Downtown development board this week.

The Center City Development Corp. approved an $85,000 development loan for what will be a roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development Downtown called Printer’s Alley Lofts that will be anchored by loft-style apartments. It’s in the works for the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Avenue.

54. Downtown Board Grants Incentives -

A new loft-style apartment development, a retail renovation and a new clothing store all got a helping hand from a Downtown development board Wednesday.

The Center City Development Corp. approved an $85,000 development loan for what will be a roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development Downtown called Printer’s Alley Lofts that will be anchored by loft-style apartments. It’s in the works for the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Avenue.

55. Brass Door Looks to Bring True Irish to St. Paddy’s Day -

Downtown Irish pub The Brass Door is gearing up to celebrate its first St. Patrick’s Day with live music, food and drink specials, and plenty of craic – an Irish term for having a great time.

56. Bynum, Bryant Help Lakers Beat Grizzlies in 2 OTs -

MEMPHIS (AP) – It took two overtime periods, but the Los Angeles Lakers eventually made sure the Memphis Grizzlies stayed behind them in the Western Conference standings.

Andrew Bynum had a season-high 37 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 34 points after halftime, and the Lakers beat Memphis 116-111 in double overtime on Tuesday night.

57. Tigers Step Closer to Title With Win -

For the University of Memphis to lose to UTEP at home on Feb. 18, the Tigers had to blow a nine-point halftime lead. Which was exactly what they did en route to a still-amazing 60-58 loss.

So with the score tied 24-24 with a little more than two minutes to play in the first half of Thursday night’s quarterfinal game with UTEP in the Conference USA Tournament, there was reason to be uneasy. And then point guard Joe Jackson made one of his five steals and raced down the court and finished with a reverse one-hand slam dunk that brought the FedExForum faithful to their feet.

58. Benz Repair Shop to Open On Cooper St. -

A high-end automobile maintenance and repair shop soon will be added to Cooper-Young’s booming portfolio of local businesses.

Shane Herbers, founder of Midtown Motor Werks, has leased 5,000 square feet at 795 S. Cooper St. from Richard Sullivan.

59. Mixed-Use Development Planned for Downtown -

A roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development anchored by loft-style apartments – Printer’s Alley Lofts – in the works for Downtown at the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Ave.

60. Mixed-Use Development Planned for Downtown -

A roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development anchored by loft-style apartments – Printer’s Alley Lofts – in the works for Downtown at the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Ave.

61. Gasol’s Path Leads Him To NBA All-Star Game -

People smiled and shook their heads. In high school gyms all across Shelby County, the curious came out to see the novelty act that was Pau Gasol’s younger brother and they dismissed the kid. If he looked soft playing for Lausanne Collegiate School against players a foot shorter and 100 pounds lighter – and he did – then he didn’t exactly project as an NBA player.

62. Will Barton Leads Memphis Past Tulane 82-64 -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Memphis guard Will Barton noticed the excitement building in Tulane's cozy Fogelman Arena when the Green Wave took a second-half lead, and he decided it was time to make up for his slow start on the offensive end.

63. Airline Estate Riesling Exudes Essence of The Yakima Valley -

Airline Estate Winery in Washington state’s Yakima Valley is owned by the Miller family: father Mike, who has been growing grapes since 1968; son Marcus, the winemaker; and daughter Lori, marketing director. I tasted a few of their wines recently and really come out in favor of the Airfield Estate Riesling 2010, Yakima Valley.

64. This One’s For Bob -

FOUND, NOT LOST. “There’s a hole up here,” she said, and then held up a mirror so I could see a perfectly round, barren wasteland about two inches wide in what used to be an uninterrupted forest of dark brown hair. But, then, it used be all dark brown too. “What should I do about it?” I asked. “Stay away from people taller than you,” she said.

65. Council Cautious About City Finances -

Memphis City Council members set the tone for the beginning of a new four-year term of office at their next to last meeting of 2011.

And the message is the council intends to be an equal partner with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. in setting the city’s fiscal priorities, not waiting and then voting his proposals up or down.

66. Knowing Where You Stand -

Edward Irvine “Ed” Koch, three-term mayor of New York City, liked to ride or walk around the city and ask everyone, “How am I doing?” It was his trademark question. He didn’t seem to be trying to elicit praise from his constituents; he seemed to genuinely want ideas on how he could do his job better. It strikes me that this is a great question to constantly address in the workplace; only unlike Ed, employees of your business should not have to ask the question. They should get ongoing feedback without asking.

67. Something to Chew On: 10 Controversial Policies -

If you’re like me, you deep-six tons of email without reading, but I always at least glance at messages from restaurant trade bureaus or advocacy groups because they can be good sources of information and ideas for stories for this column.

68. Tigers Ace First Test, Take Talents to Maui -

Every season has a first game. But this was not a perfunctory tip to an ordinary season. This one felt different, felt like the first act of a play that could have the ultimate, dramatic, ending.

Months from now, no one will remember all the particulars from the University of Memphis’ 97-81 victory over Belmont on Tuesday, Nov. 15. People will forget that Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon and Joe Jackson all went for at least 20 points, that the game started at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday (to accommodate ESPN) and that outside FedExForum it was a gray, rainy day.

69. New Chair On Agenda For Council -

Memphis City Council members prepare Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the start of a new four-year term of office in January with the election of a new chairman for the coming year.

Council practice is to elect the vice chairman for the year ending as the new chairman.

70. Obama, GOP Trumpet Jobs Plans in Silicon Valley -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – The debate over how to create jobs has moved to Silicon Valley, where the president and Republican leaders were each taking to the Internet to trumpet their agendas and win over young voters.

71. Bioworks Foundation to Build Specialized Lab on S. Dudley -

45 S. Dudley St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $15.2 million

Project Cost: $15.2 million

72. Visible Music College Finances 200 Madison -

Visible School – Music and Worship Arts College has filed a $1.4 million loan through First Tennessee Bank for its property at 200 Madison Ave. The school earlier this year changed its name to Visible Music College, but the loan was filed under the school’s former name.

73. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold a power lunch titled “Doing Business with the Memphis Latino Community” Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Sally Baker Brenner at 748-8889.

74. Downtown Restaurants Looking for New Life -

Two popular Downtown Memphis hotspots – Escape Alley - Sundry and Bon Ton Café – are both undergoing major transformations while also working to preserve the area’s history.

Russell Wild and Jo Boone-Wild, owners of Escape Alley, are seeking a partner, investor or buyer for their property at 655 Marshall Ave. Russell, an architect, and Jo, a former personal chef, simply don’t have the manpower or the capital to continue operating the eclectic, “down home” entertainment venue and restaurant.

75. Beer Pairing Events Brewing in Memphis -

Local chefs and restaurateurs are hoping to show more people that beer pairs up just as well, and in many cases better, with fine food as wine has traditionally been known for in the past.

Steve Barzizza, sales manager at Southwestern Distributing Co., has helped to arrange many of the beer pairing nights at various restaurants around town.

76. Journey of 1,000 Meals Begins With One Bite -

Food and I go way back. Restaurants and I, on the other hand, had only a distant acquaintance during my childhood, in Rochester, N.Y., where I spend my first 10 years, and in Memphis, the city we adopted in 1955. The history of my involvement with restaurants, therefore, and with writing about restaurants and reviewing them, was not inculcated during my formative years. Going out to eat, for my family, was a ritual rarely indulged, an occasion of magical importance.

77. TBI Reports Hate Crimes, Officer Assaults Down -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Both the number of reported hate crimes and the number of assaults on law enforcement officers are down in new figures released for Tennessee.

Statistics released Thursday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation show there were 191 reported hate crimes in 2010, down 20 percent from the previous year and 55 percent since 2008.

78. Offbeat Sounds -

Already there is a German-American Day, a National Trivia Day, and the ever-popular Submarine Day.

But on Saturday, organizers of Record Store Day – a day to celebrate independent music stores and indie artists – hope to show the difference one day can make in a rapidly changing industry.

79. Fred Sanders to Receive Beale Street Brass Note -

Music legend Fred Sanders spent most of his days playing guitar in Memphis’ Handy Park.

As the house guitarist at the old Club Paradise, Sanders played alongside other Memphis music legends, including B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Albert King. Sanders also played his music at Blues Alley on Front Street, leaving tourists in awe and was a particular favorite of traveling blues aficionados.

80. Gone A-Courtin’ -

“Dear Judge Vic: So, I see in your column of a few weeks ago that you dwelled at some length on what a versatile concept law is, giving all kinds of examples and such. I’ll go you one better! Ponder the versatility of the word ‘court’ if you dare! / Name withheld.”

81. One One O'Six Lofts Face Foreclosure Sale -

Nine condominiums and commercial space in One One O’Six Loft Condominiums, 92-96 S. Main St., are facing a foreclosure sale after their owner defaulted on a loan through Community Bank, North Mississippi, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in today’s Daily News.

82. IRIS, TSC Put New Twist on Old ‘Dream’ -

Arts organizations will collaborate to produce a joint production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a format never before seen in the Mid-South.

No, not the world premiere of Michael Ching’s opera venture with Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square and the a capella orchestra made up of Delta Capella and RIVA members.

83. Spreading the Gospel -

Live From Memphis celebrates 10 years of promoting, supporting and showcasing Memphis music, film, art and culture with a Friday open house and free party at its studio at 1 S. Main St.

84. Local Groups Provide Feel-Good Gift, Card Options -

‘Tis the season for giving, and despite an uncertain economy – or perhaps because of it – many Mid-Southerners are making charitable donations to honor others this holiday.

“I think maybe the recession has caused everyone to realize how close to needing help we all are,” said Marvin Stockwell, public relations manager for the Church Health Center, which provides affordable health care for working people without insurance, and a wellness ministry for the entire community.

85. Bold as Brass -

The proprietor of the newest addition to Downtown’s thriving business community is an Irishman with a raconteur’s charm and a traveler’s adventurous streak.

Some of those qualities were even on display when Seamus Loftus, who’s transforming the space at 152 Madison Ave. into an Irish pub called The Brass Door, described himself in an application for development incentives to the Center City Development Corp.

86. Shoppes at Misty Meadows Sells to Hariom Enterprise -

3810 Hacks Cross Road
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $1.9 Million

Sale Date:Sept. 22, 2010
Buyer:Hariom Enterprise Inc.
Seller:The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. NA, as trustee for Morgan Stanley Capital I Inc. commercial mortgage pass-through certificates, series 2007-IQ14
Loan Amounts:$950,000; $760,000
Loan Dates:Oct. 8, 2010
Maturity Dates:Oct. 8, 2020; April 8, 2011
Lender:Landmark Community Bank

87. BJN Finances Units in One One O’Six Lofts -

BJN LLC has financed nine units and commercial space in One One O’Six Lofts Condominiums at 92-96 S. Main St. Downtown with a $1.4 million loan through Community Bank, North Mississippi. The loan matures Oct. 15, 2011.

88. Wal-Mart CEO Says he Expects ‘Positive' 4Q Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is focusing on smaller-format stores, bringing back "Action Alley" – wide aisles filled with palettes of discounted merchandise – and offering same-day pickup for online purchases in some areas in an effort to jump start sluggish U.S. sales.

89. Honoring Heritage -

Judy Peiser has a good idea of how Memphians define Memphis, but the catch is that her definition lasts only one year at best.

This weekend, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, hosted by the Center for Southern Folklore, gives Memphians a chance to live Memphis’ identity and cultural legacy on the streets of Downtown.

90. Music & Heritage Festival Set for the Weekend -

The 23rd annual Memphis Music & Heritage Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Barboro Alley.

This year’s festival will honor Memphis musician Jim Dickinson and feature performances by Bobby Rush, Kate Campbell, Al Kapone, Joyce Cobb, Hill Country Revue, Eddie Bond, The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, a special tribute to Dickinson featuring Sid Selvidge, Jimmy Crosthwait, Cody Dickinson and Steve Selvidge, and more.

91. Bardog Bash Set for Sunday -

The second annual Bardog Tavern birthday party on Sunday will be a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The events include a 5K run and a meatball-eating contest.

The party will take place in the Center Lane Alley between Front Street and Main Street next to the bar.

92. Plant Expansion Brings Jobs to Water Valley, Miss. -

BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems, a global power train supplier, has announced it is expanding its Water Valley operations. The expansion will create about 120 new jobs by the end of 2012.

The facility now employs 300 workers, but some of the new positions will be filled by current employees as the plant phases out some of its older product lines.

93. Lamar Crossing Slated for Auction Block -

More than three years after developers broke ground on Lamar Crossing, the end is finally in sight for the beleaguered apartment complex.

Arvest Bank of Oklahoma, the bank that reclaimed the property when it ran into financial problems, has commissioned Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services to hold an online auction for the 120-unit property.

94. nexAir’s Next Step -

Local gas distributor nexAir hopes a $1.5 million capital investment in a new hydrogen plant will significantly reduce its production costs, while also repositioning the company to emerge from a bad economy.

95. Pyramid to Become ‘Cypress Swamp’ -

Memphis City Council members seem ready to put Bass Pro Shops in The Pyramid, as the council will vote on a lease between the company and the city next month.

The council this week got its first detailed look at the lease as well as some new drawings for what The Pyramid would look like with the outdoor retailer calling it home.

96. Cohen, Herenton Supporters Kick Off Early Voting -

There was a lot of noise, sign waving and a few big buses with the opening of early voting.

And it was all for 1,432 early voters.

The two-day total for Friday and Saturday, the first two days of early voting, compares to 905 early voters in the first two days of the early voting period before the May county primaries.

97. Herenton Taunts Cohen At Early Voting -

Congressman Steve Cohen and former Mayor Willie Herenton, Cohen’s challenger in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, each personally brought busloads of dozens of early voters to the Election Commission Saturday at the same time.

98. Bangkok Alley Opens in Brookhaven Circle -

Thai restaurant Bangkok Alley has opened a new location at 715 Brookhaven Circle West in a redesigned 2,200-square-foot space that seats 85 people and was formerly occupied by The Kitchen.

99. Imperial Lanes Set for Retail Makeover -

A deal appears to be in the works to transform the old Imperial Lanes bowling alley at 4700 Summer Ave. into a new retail property.

100. Committees Not Needed For Creativity -

Creativity goes to committee meetings to die.

“In all the towns and all the cities there are no statues to committees.”

Unknown, probably someone shot down by a committee.

“So,” he said to the committee, “I’ll buy a bunch of jets, fill them with cardboard envelopes, and guarantee overnight delivery … and all I need to get started is, oh, about a zillion dollars.” The committee would have absolutely, positively said no to Fred Smith. They would have told Clarence Saunders that schlepping your own groceries would never work. They would have told Kemmons Wilson where to park his motel idea. They would have told Charlie Vergos that nobody is going to get fired up about ribs from a basement off an alley next to a dumpster.