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1. EPE Files Permit for Studio Near Graceland -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a $670,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new studio building on land north of Graceland.

The permit, which lists Flintco Inc. as the general contractor, comes about four months after New York-based Authentic Brands Group – the company that owns Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the rights to operate Graceland – announced plans for upgrades around the mansion.

2. Elvis Presley Enterprises Files Permit for Studio Near Graceland -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a $670,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new studio building on land north of Graceland.

The permit, which lists Flintco Inc. as the general contractor, comes about four months after New York-based Authentic Brands Group – the company that owns Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the rights to operate Graceland – announced plans for upgrades around the mansion.

3. New Elvis Owners Discussing Graceland Upgrades -

MEMPHIS (AP) – An executive with the company that purchased Elvis Presley's intellectual property says it is discussing ways to expand the late rock and roll icon's brand and upgrades to the Graceland tourist attraction.

4. Elvis’ Intellectual Property Rights Sold -

Authentic Brands Group, a New York City intellectual property corporation, has bought Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the right to operate Graceland from CORE Media Group, becoming the latest of four companies to own a majority share in the intellectual property assets of the late Memphis entertainer.

5. Sickle Cell Foundation Looking to Buy Hunt-Phelan House -

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee is trying to raise $2 million to buy the 175-year old Hunt-Phelan house, 533 Beale St., in what could be the latest change for the antebellum home that is the last mansion on a street once lined with them.

6. This week in Memphis history: September 20-26 -

1993: Elvis Presley Enterprises joined the ownership group for the proposed Memphis NFL franchise that city leaders were seeking. William B. Dunavant Jr., the leader of the effort, announced Graceland’s role in the ownership group during a reception at Graceland. Others in the ownership group included Fred Smith, Mike Starnes, J.R. “Pitt” Hyde and Paul Tudor Jones.

7. Mission of Love -

Beginning Sept. 5, Memphis will once again come together to Rock for Love.

The seventh annual, three-day fundraiser for the Church Health Center, providing health care for the working uninsured, will kick off that Thursday evening with a VIP barbecue at Ardent Studios.

8. Beyond Graceland -

Graceland – the Whitehaven mansion and the artifacts in it – is not for sale.

But 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporation that operates Graceland and owns the rights to the entertainer’s image, royalties and publishing on his music, is for sale as another Elvis Week reaches its end.

9. Events -

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

10. Loeb Enjoying Strong Demand in East Memphis -

Pomp & Poise, a new gift store concept specializing in home and garden items, has signed a new lease at Park Place Center.

Pomp and Poise will occupy 1,400 square feet at the East Memphis retail center at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and Ridgeway Road.

11. Events Lined Up for Elvis Week in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) – An appearance by former Elvis Presley co-star Mother Dolores Hart and a listening party for a new box set featuring his performances at Stax Records are highlights of the annual celebration of the rock n' roll icon this August.

12. Oakhaven Warehouse Sells After Foreclosure -

4120 Air Trans Road, Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: May 7, 2013

13. Thai Executives Visit Memphis This Week -

The Mid-South Quality Productivity Center is playing host this week to one of its international partners, the Federal Thailand Productivity Institute.

The Federal Thailand Productivity Institute is visiting Memphis to help the center celebrate its 25th anniversary and to include Memphis as part of a “Global Best Practices” tour in the U.S.

14. Thai Executives Visit Memphis This Week -

The Mid-South Quality Productivity Center is playing host this week to one of its international partners, the Federal Thailand Productivity Institute.

The Federal Thailand Productivity Institute is visiting Memphis to help the center celebrate its 25th anniversary and to include Memphis as part of a “Global Best Practices” tour in the U.S.

15. Popular Elvis Exhibit Returning to Brazil -

A hugely popular exhibit of some of Elvis Presley’s most flashy personal items is returning to Brazil.

Elvis Presley Enterprises says “The Elvis Experience” will be exhibited in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from May 16 through July 2.

16. Vegas-Related Exhibit Opening at Graceland -

MEMPHIS (AP) – A new exhibit opening at Graceland showcases Elvis Presley's strong connection to Las Vegas, where he performed and vacationed.

The exhibit called "Elvis: Live from Las Vegas" officially opens Tuesday at the Graceland tourist attraction, which sits across from Presley's mansion in Memphis.

17. Elvis Presley Boulevard Work Big Moment for Neighborhood -

As early afternoon truck traffic on Brooks Road mixed with after-school traffic Friday, Nov. 16, on Elvis Presley Boulevard, a few tourists from the Graceland area mixed with several dozen local government and business leaders at the visitors center at the intersection.

18. International Exposure -

The Memphis hotel industry can thank at least 200,000 of its room nights last year to European visitors booked by tour operators.

European stays in Memphis averaged three nights, with each person spending more than $200 per day.

19. Bankruptcy Filings Drop 4 Percent -

Bankruptcies filed across all categories in Shelby County in the third quarter of 2012 dropped 4 percent from the third quarter of 2011, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

20. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

21. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

22. Beverly Hills Estate Owned by Elvis for Sale -

The former Beverly Hills home of the late Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is up for sale for a cool $12.9 million.

Real estate website operator Trulia says the home hit the market Wednesday.

23. Fit for a King -

Each August, thousands of Elvis Presley fans make their annual pilgrimage to Graceland to pay homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

But this year – being the 35th anniversary of Presley’s death and the 30th anniversary of Graceland being open to the public – will be one for the record books.

24. Destination King Merges With Chattanooga Firm -

Destination King has merged with Quiddity Entertainment of Chattanooga, Tenn., and subsequently formed LEO – an events management group based in Memphis with offices in Chattanooga and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

25. Destination King Merges With Chattanooga Firm -

Destination King has merged with Quiddity Entertainment of Chattanooga, Tenn., and the subsequent formation of LEO – an events management group based in Memphis with offices in Chattanooga and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

26. Indie Memphis Concert Series Returns to Shell -

Indie Memphis, which has brought back its free Concert Film Series to the Levitt Shell for the event’s sophomore year, clearly is trying to give movie and music fans what they want.

“Stop Making Sense,” the acclaimed Talking Heads concert film from filmmaker Jonathan Demme, was the most requested flick the last time Indie Memphis hosted the series, according to Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor. So this year, that was the first film that got teed up.

27. Changes Occurring Backstage At Elvis Presley Enterprises -

It was about a month ago when the company that produced a digital hologram of the late Tupac Shakur that showed up to startling effect on stage at the Coachella Music Festival announced it was working on a similar hologram of Elvis Presley.

28. Indie Memphis Concert Series Returns to Levitt Shell -

The Indie Memphis Concert Film Series will return this summer with the first event to be held July 21 at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

The series will open with two screenings hosted by Orion Federal Credit Union:

29. Graceland Marks 30th Year as Tourist Attraction -

MEMPHIS (AP) – When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.

30. Industry Leaders Gather at Aerotropolis Conference -

A year ago this month, Memphis hosted the annual World Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition.

But Tuesday, April 10, on the University of Memphis campus, airport, economic development and logistics leaders from the area will meet to talk about the same concept that has dominated the recent World Airport Cities Conferences that were held in Beijing in 2010 and will be held this year in Denver.

31. Elvis Fans Targeted for May Tour to Israel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises is sponsoring a tour of the Holy Land, which will take Elvis fans to Israel May 12-21.

According to a news release from the company, travelers will follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Additionally, the tour group will stop at the Elvis Inn Restaurant in Abu Ghosh — an Elvis-themed diner and souvenir shop. Joining the tour will be Elvis backup singers Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood and Bill Baize.

32. Elvis Fans Targeted for May Tour to Israel -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley Enterprises is sponsoring a tour of the Holy Land, which will take Elvis fans to Israel May 12-21.

According to a news release from the company, travelers will follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Additionally, the tour group will stop at the Elvis Inn Restaurant in Abu Ghosh – an Elvis-themed diner and souvenir shop. Joining the tour will be Elvis backup singers Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood and Bill Baize.

33. Hotel Upgrade -

Jay Michael and his business partners in Chicago were interested in a portfolio of apartment buildings in Chicago going up for auction in 2010 when they came across a hotel in Memphis in the grouping.

34. Celebration of Creativity -

The gold-plated columns and crystal chandeliers of The Cadre Building were right in line with the American Advertising Federation Memphis’ 2012 ADDY Awards ceremony, themed “Hustle + Workflow.”

All “pimps, players and winners” that produced the best in local advertising and all of the disciplines associated with it were recognized Saturday, Feb. 25, in the historic Downtown building at 149 Monroe Ave., with the tagline, “Damn, it feels good to be a winner.”

35. ADDY Awards Highlight Ad Industry's Top Work -

The gold-plated columns and crystal chandeliers of The Cadre Building were right in line with the American Advertising Federation Memphis’ 2012 ADDY Awards ceremony, themed “Hustle + Workflow.”

36. Elvis Presley Blvd. Center of Council Talks -

For decades what is now Elvis Presley Boulevard was the road to Memphis for those from Mississippi, whether they were coming to stay or coming to visit.

Much has changed since Elvis Presley moved into a home on a hill already named Graceland in the mid-1950s when Whitehaven was a country road not yet a part of the city of Memphis.

37. Council Approves Pink Palace Renovation and Elvis Presley Blvd Funding -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 21, the terms of a $20 million multi-year renovation of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum and advanced $16 million in funding over two fiscal years starting this June for improvements along Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven.

38. AP: Lisa Marie Presley Talks About New Exhibit -

MEMPHIS (AP) – There's a glass case in a room on Graceland's first floor that holds a small white fur coat, a photo album of Elvis Presley's family and a blue record player used by his daughter, Lisa Marie.

39. AP: Lisa Marie Presley Talks About New Exhibit -

MEMPHIS (AP) – There's a glass case in a room on Graceland's first floor that holds a small white fur coat, a photo album of Elvis Presley's family and a blue record player used by his daughter, Lisa Marie.

40. 100 Days of Improvement -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. promised in his state of the city address Monday, Jan. 23, to push the traditional parameters of city government and address long-term problems like the number of Memphians living in poverty.

41. Year of Elvis -

When describing the upcoming 35th anniversary of the death of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Kevin Kern of Elvis Presley Enterprises said 2012 could bring more fans to town than ever before.

42. 3 New Exhibits Opening at Graceland -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley Enterprises says three new exhibits will open next year at Graceland in Memphis to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the entertainer's death.

The first exhibit looks at the 1972 documentary "Elvis on Tour," which chronicles a multi-city concert tour. The exhibit, which opens Jan. 5, will include jewelry and clothing worn by Elvis during the shows.

43. Tickets Go on Sale Tuesday for Elvis Celebration -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Tickets go on sale Tuesday for Elvis Presley's most dedicated fans for next year's 35th anniversary celebration of his death.

According to a news release from Elvis Presley Enterprises, tickets can be bought beginning Tuesday by members of Elvis Insiders, the official group for his fans.

44. EPE Sues in Germany Over Elvis Buyout Agreement -

Elvis Presley Enterprises is suing Elvis’ old record label, claiming Arista Music – formerly RCA Records – “unjustly exploited” Elvis during his lifetime.

It’s a multimillion-euro lawsuit filed in Germany and only applicable in Germany because of an amendment to German copyright law that extends the term of copyright protection. The suit is limited to amounts earned since March 2002 and through 2023.

45. His Latest Flame -

There is Elvis Presley Boulevard and there is Graceland.

The boulevard takes in much more than the considerable financial and cultural presence left by the entertainer who lived and died in rock ‘n’ roll’s house on the hill in Whitehaven.

46. EPE Parent Reports Increase in Net Income -

The global private equity company that owns the company that owns Elvis Presley Enterprises reported a 510 percent increase in its economic net income for the second quarter compared to a year ago.

47. Elvis-Themed Eateries Coming to Europe -

Diners throughout Europe will soon be chowing down in restaurants with décor inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has licensed the EAD International Group to open Elvis-themed restaurants throughout Eastern and Central Europe.

48. Elvis Eateries Coming to Europe -

Diners throughout Europe will soon be chowing down in restaurants with décor inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has licensed the EAD International Group to open Elvis-themed restaurants throughout Eastern and Central Europe.

49. $3 Million in Permits Filed For Hacks Cross Buildings -

3152 Hacks Cross Road and
3168 Hacks Cross Road

Permit Amounts: $1.4 million (3152 Hacks
Cross); $1.6 million (3168 Hacks Cross)

50. Apollo Starts Tender Offer for Media Company CKx -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apollo Global Management LLC on Tuesday launched a tender offer for the outstanding shares in CKx Inc., the owner of TV ratings juggernaut "American Idol" and other entertainment properties, including a partnership in Elvis Presley Enterprises.

51. Elvis Presley Enterprises Parent Acquired -

CKx Inc., the parent company of Elvis Presley Enterprises since 2005, will now be in the hands of a New York private equity firm.

52. Apollo Slated to Buy EPE Parent Co. -

The New York-based entertainment company that owns Elvis Presley Enterprises is being bought by Apollo Global Management, an asset management firm.

The planned merger of CKx Inc. into Apollo, also of New York, was announced Tuesday morning and is still awaiting the approval of CKx stockholders. The CKx board of directors has recommended approval.

53. Who’s Who of Soul to Perform for MED Foundation -

More than a dozen legendary soul artists plan to bring down the house – in this case The Peabody hotel – during a one-night-only, blowout concert benefiting The MED Foundation, the fundraising arm of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

54. 10 Years of Jabberblabber -

The Bluff City’s favorite giant, green, googly-eyed monster this month celebrates 10 years of fostering childhood creativity and encouraging fun, educational family interaction.

Over the past decade, the Jabberblabber has become synonymous with family life in Memphis. Even if you’re not a parent, chances are you’ve spotted the enormous costumed character (played by a very tall man named Jim Lord) and his trusty cowgirl sidekick, Quick Draw Drew, making the rounds at family-friendly festivals or child-focused events in the Memphis metropolitan area.

55. CKx Suffers $15M Q4 Loss -

CKx Inc., the entertainment company that owns a majority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises and owns the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis, has reported a fourth-quarter loss.

56. Elvis’ Reach Wide in Realm of Law -

Elvis Presley’s manager Col. Tom Parker never let too many lawyers around the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Which is ironic, considering the way the music legend’s career is fueling a robust practice of intellectual property law among attorneys around the country and has done so since Presley’s death in 1977.

57. Lawsuits in Fla., England Related to Elvis Music -

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises said it’s suing men in Florida and England on claims of copyright infringement and illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the singer’s performances.

58. Charities Turn Super Sunday into Day of Giving -

Several Memphis-based nonprofits are using Super Bowl Sunday as an opportunity to encourage citizens to give back to their community.

For the seventh year in a row, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to providing decent housing for all members of the community, is asking football fans to party with a purpose this Sunday for its annual Home Team Huddle.

59. Orgs Embrace Technology Via Mobile Device Integration -

When visitors entered Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition last summer, they were handed an iPod Touch outfitted with an audio-guided tour of the exhibit’s iconic images.

It was the Brooks’ first foray into the emerging world of mobile technology, and it changed the museum’s entire approach to interacting with its guests.

60. Red Cross, Elvis Encourage Blood Donations -

The American Red Cross in Nashville is getting help from Elvis Presley Enterprises to encourage blood donations.

All blood donors in Nashville on selected dates through Feb. 28 will receive an Elvis-themed rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt.

61. MED Foundation Unveils Elvis Souvenir Plate -

The MED Foundation received phone calls and e-mails from Elvis fans around the world in 2005 when it began offering the first authentic license plate bearing the image of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

62. Going Pink -

For 20 years, the massive, brightly-colored “CMOM” building block letters on the lawn of the Children’s Museum of Memphis on Central Avenue have stood testament to the private nonprofit’s mission to inspire a passion for learning in the city’s youngest citizens.

63. D. Canale Site Sells as Part of Hand Purchase -

45 E.H. Crump Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38106
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: Sept. 24, 2010
Buyer: The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC
Seller: D. Canale Beverages LLC
Loan Amount: $48.4 million
Loan Date: Sept. 27, 2010
Maturity Date: n/a
Lender: Branch Banking and Trust Co.

64. Elvis Presley Enterprises Buys 3716 Elvis Presley Blvd. -

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has bought a 3,500-square-foot building at 3716 Elvis Presley Blvd. from JBC Financial Group for $1.1 million. Built in 1976, the building sits on 0.56 acres on the east side of Elvis Presley Boulevard north of Dolan Street.

65. CKx Reports Plans In SEC Filing -

The most recent comments from CKx Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, show the big effect the economy is having on the company’s outlook regarding its previously announced intention to overhaul the Graceland area.

66. Gaining Speed -

For years the Whitehaven community has been fighting against urban decay, crime and economic decline, including the effects of the recent recession.

But with ambitious plans for Graceland in the offing, committed political leadership in place and cooperation from the major players in the area, Whitehaven seems poised to turn an important corner.

67. Elvis Week Hits Stride as Buyout Talks Heat Up -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley is in play.

CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of the American music icon's life and death.

68. Investor Emerges for Elvis, 'American Idol' Parent CKx -

NEW YORK (AP) — A potential new investor has emerged for CKx Inc., the owner of the "American Idol" reality TV show and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

69. Investor Emerges for Elvis, 'American Idol' Parent CKx -

NEW YORK (AP) — A potential new investor has emerged for CKx Inc., the owner of the "American Idol" reality TV show and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

70. Commission to Resolve Budget Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday on a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and take the first of three votes on a county property tax rate.

The vote is certain to come after a continuation of a lengthy budget debate that began last Wednesday in committee sessions.

71. American Idol Creators Makes Bid For CKx -

Simon Fuller, the co-creator of the American Idol television series, is leading a group of investors who have made to a bid to buy CKx, Inc. the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE).

72. Sillerman Resigns as CEO of CKX -

Robert Sillerman has resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of CKX Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

73. Looking for Lift -

The Memphis Airport Area Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving corridors and neighborhoods around the airport, has taken an important step toward fulfilling its mission.

74. Sillerman Leaves CKX -

Robert Sillerman has resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of CKX Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Sillerman's resignation from the two positions and from the company's board of directors is effective immediately. It was announced in a filing by the company Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sillerman said in a press release that came with the SEC filing that he quit to pursue other interests including a possible acquisition of CKX. Sillerman had hoped another affiliated company, 19x, would acquire CKX. But the acquistiion stalled and was called off because of national economic conditions.

As recently as last month, he emphasized CKX remained committed to the Graceland overhaul involving an entertainment district with hotels and nightclubs around the mansion where Elvis Presley lived.

City leaders have already begun planning for public improvements in the area.

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The first indication of changes to come along Elvis Presley Boulevard between Brooks Road and Shelby Drive will be surveyors working in the area as it begins the annual tourism buildup to August, when Elvis fans commemorate the icon’s death.

The planning that is just beginning will eventually complement a new plan for an overhaul of Graceland by CKX, the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

CKX CEO Bob Sillerman has proposed leaving Graceland as it is, but relocating the plaza where visitors board buses from the west side of the street to the same side as Graceland. The current plaza area would be developed as an entertainment district with restaurants, hotels and other attractions.

Sillerman proposed a general outline of his plans for Graceland in 2007. But CKX has indicated since then in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that those plans could change at least in their timing because of the economy.

Sillerman has met with city officials and insisted he remains committed to transforming the area. Based on that, the Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration has come up with $250,000 to begin planning for the improvements to Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Wharton wants to have city commitments ready by July 1.

“We’re trying to get a running start on this,” city engineer Wain Gaskins told a crowd of more than 200 people last month at the Whitehaven Community Center. “We are not very far into the process.”

The surveyors will take the city’s planning a step further. Gaskins said consultants will begin this month talking with business owners along the corridor about possibly moving utilities. Underground power lines are one possibility to eliminate power lines and poles.

The Rev. Lester Baskin of Middle Baptist Church was among those listening intently in the community center gymnasium and looking over renderings that Gaskins said are just ideas and not necessarily what the final plan will look like.

Baskin said he favors coordinated commercial development along the boulevard.

“I have been in this area for about 40 years and I would like to see it become more and more,” he told The Daily News. “I know that whoever comes to Memphis, you have to come to Whitehaven because the airport is in Whitehaven. FedEx is Whitehaven. UPS is Whitehaven. There are so many other places.”

Elvis Presley Boulevard is also part of a highway with state and federal designations. Because of that, the city hopes to draw $2 million in state and federal funding toward the public project. No city funding is available for construction because there is no plan.

The first phase would be the boulevard’s southern end from Shelby Drive to Kraft Road. Phase two is from Craft to Winchester Road. And the third phase is from Winchester to Brooks Road.

Gaskins said the Interstate 55 interchange, north of Brooks, needs an overhaul but is a “separate project” the city will tackle at some later date. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is doing an interchange modification study, he added.

“It’s too much to handle in one bite,” Gaskins said of including the interchange in the boulevard project.

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75. Elvis Parent in Sale Talks -

The ownership of CKX Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises and is pursuing a $250 million revamp of Graceland and the surrounding area, may be getting all shook up.

76. Company Pursuing $250M Graceland Revamp in Sale Talks -

The ownership of CKx Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises and which is pursuing a $250 million revamp of Graceland and the surrounding area, may be getting all shook up.

77. Graceland-Area Improvements on Track -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said his administration hopes to complete all of the paperwork necessary to begin some public improvements along Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven by July 1.

The improvements would be the beginning of an ambitious remake of Graceland by CKX, the Robert Sillerman-run company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

78. Graceland Redevelopment Remains A Priority -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to roll out his first budget proposal next week to the Memphis City Council.

When he does, the mayor will draw on themes he has emphasized since taking office in October.

79. Local CRE Market Falters in February -

All the talk about commercial real estate’s doldrums is bolstered by Shelby County’s latest numbers, which underscore how much the sector is still hurting.

Because of tightened lending guidelines and companies’ hesitance to make real estate moves, the numbers continue to shrink with each month of the recession.

80. ADDY Awards Grapple With Bad Economy -

A fight between the emcee and a performer interrupted the 2009-2010 Addy Awards ceremony Saturday night, and the fight itself was then interrupted when a man drove a motorcycle through the crowd of Memphis’ creative elite.

81. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Donna Pope, business consultant and certified professional career coach at Your Resume Suite LLC, will speak. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

82. Events -

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a birthday celebration Monday at 10 a.m. at its Midtown headquarters, 910 Vance Ave. The event is free and open to the public and will include music, a keynote address by Bartholomew Orr, senior pastor at Brown Missionary Baptist Church, cake and volunteers will participate in a special holiday meals delivery. For more information, call 529-4544.

83. 2010 -

Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.

Accurately reading the indicators will not be easy. Some will predict the recession is about to end, just as new indicators point to continuing economic agony for thousands of Memphians.

84. Elvis Birthday Salute Kicks Off Jan. 7 -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The city of Tupelo will celebrate Elvis Presley's 75th birthday in January with special exhibits, art displays and concerts.

Presley was born in Tupelo and moved to Memphis when he was 13. Presley died at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, and is buried in a small garden on the grounds. His 75th birthday is Jan. 8.

85. Expert: Social Media Here to Stay -

For businesses, the first secret to leveraging Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other networks is not to be afraid of social media.

After all, as social media consultant Glen Gilmore has noted, social media is where a business will most likely find its customers as well as its competition. Social media is simply a fundamental shift in the way businesses communicate, he told about 102 people at a social media conference late last week.

86. Next ‘Conversation’ Tackles Leveraging Social Media -

Plenty of businesses and nonprofit organizations have signed up for Twitter and Facebook, but are they using these social media outlets to their fullest potential?

Amy Howell, owner of Howell Marketing Strategies Inc., wants to make sure Memphis companies are getting the most out of their tweets and their profile postings when she hosts “Leveraging the Conversation,” the third in a series of social media discussions.

87. Caputo Joins Baker Donelson’s Construction Law Practice -

Chris Caputo has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. Caputo concentrates his practice in construction law and has experience in representing public and private owners, contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, insurers, financial institutions and design professionals.

88. New Elvis Credit Card To Help Foundation -

There’s now an Elvis Presley credit card.

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and CardPartner Inc. have jointly launched the Elvis Presley Visa Platinum Rewards credit card.

89. Justin's Empire: Timberlake drives business interests where it all began -

Justin Timberlake might be best known for hit records, dance moves and sold-out concerts, but the 28-year-old entertainer extraordinaire is much more than a singer/dancer/performer. The award-winning, chart-topping Timberlake – or, simply, JT – has become an institution, a brand name that transcends his showbiz persona and carries as much cachet as any living celebrity.

90. Lots of Work Awaits New Airport Area Leader -

The Memphis Airport Area Development Corp. has a new pilot at the helm.

Fred Jackson, a Memphis native and retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer, recently took over as executive director of the organization. And though Jackson is three months into his new post, he has spent that time getting his feet wet with the priorities and objectives of MAADC, www.maadc.com, a private nonprofit group dedicated to improving neighborhoods surrounding the airport.

91. Elvis Parent Company Calls Off Plans To Go Private -

The publicly traded company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises has completely called off its attempt to go private.

92. Sunrise Buick Buys Collierville’s Bill Heard Dealership -

4605 S. Houston Levee Road
Collierville, TN 38017
Sale Amount: $10 million

Sale Date: Dec. 2, 2008
Buyer: Sunrise Buick Pontiac GMC at Collierville LLC
Seller: Eagle Land Co. LLC
Loan Amount: $10 million
Loan Date: Dec. 2, 2008
Maturity Date: Jan. 1, 2014
Lender: GMAC Bank

93. Soden Says Graceland Expansion Plans Still Afoot -

Graceland turns on the most famous Christmas lights in rock ‘n’ roll this evening in Whitehaven, and country music star Martina McBride will be in Graceland Plaza to throw the switch on the rows of blue lights.

94. Events -

The Seventh Annual Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon will be held today at 11:45 a.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. James Carville and Mary Matalin will speak about today’s political climate. Tickets are $100. To purchase tickets, call 516-0500.

95. Graceland Empire Grows with Gift Shop Buy -

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has bought a property that sits next to Graceland and houses a souvenir shop whose owners sued EPE last year for conspiracy to eliminate competitors.

EPE paid $465,000 for 3706 Elvis Presley Blvd. from the Jefan Trust of Boca Raton, Fla., with Susan Sandelman as trustee.

96. Whitehaven Makeover Closer to Reality -

Demolition on a Whitehaven apartment complex owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises could begin by the end of this year, said Memphis City Council member Harold Collins.

And the pastor of the Whitehaven church where Collins held a standing-room-only town hall meeting this week indicated land speculators are preparing for the pending $250 million makeover of Graceland into a tourism development zone.

97. Sillerman Addresses Plans for Graceland -

The president and chief executive officer of the company that owns Elvis Presley Enterprises told several hundred Elvis fans Thursday that the pace of Graceland’s transformation into a Whitehaven tourism zone depends on local and state officials.

98. Tattered Cushion -

Industrial real estate in Shelby County borrowed a chapter from the residential market’s tale of woe by turning in a lackluster 12-month period.

Like what’s happening with home sales, myriad factors ranging from tightened credit to frightened buyers have blended during the past year to drag down the industrial numbers, which long have been the county’s bread and butter.

99. CKX Would-Be Buyer Lowers Buyout Offer -

Media licenser CKX Inc., which holds the rights to the name and likeness of figures such as Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali as well as “American Idol,” said Monday its prospective buyer has lowered its offer, citing the falling value of media companies.

100. BRIDGES Event Should Be Big Draw -

Today junior and senior high school students - some on spring break - will converge on Uptown Memphis to learn about education and job opportunities that may be available to them in the near future.