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1. Grizzlies Caravan Rolling Along, Hoping To Pick Up Fans Beyond Memphis -

Tony Allen will throw out the first pitch at AutoZone Park and mascot Grizz will toe the rubber before a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

2. Memphis' Bigger Brothers -

If spending begins with saving, then Brother Adrian Powers’ fingerprints are all over the $25 million improvement campaign at Christian Brothers High School that includes a $10 million athletic development center.

3. Memphis Mayoral Endorsements Split -

The first wave of endorsements in the 2015 Memphis elections finds no mayoral contender with a sweep, one of the four major contenders without an endorsement so far and two of the big three municipal unions backing different mayoral candidates.

4. Lighting Girls’ Lives -

The Pink Eagles are like a Girl Scouts troop created just for Memphis. For the past seven years, the nonprofit has helped area girls ages 5 to 19 build self-confidence, leadership skills and financial literacy. The weekly meetings and seasonal events are free for the participants thanks to the leadership of founder Loretta McNary.

5. Elvis Auction Bids Total $950,000 -

Collectors and Elvis Presley fans bought 160 lots of Elvis-related artifacts from private collectors last week during what was billed as the largest-ever Graceland auction.

The winning bids for the auction, which was part of Graceland’s Elvis Week events, totaled more than $950,000, according to Graceland Auctions.

6. ‘Black Wednesday’ Inspires Commission Run -

For a military man and dedicated physician, Richard Briggs has found time for a variety of pastimes and experiences with more adventure trips on the horizon.

7. The Remarkable Life of Dr. Richard Briggs -

Richard Briggs is recognized in East Tennessee as a respected heart and lung surgeon, a one-time county commissioner and most recently an elected state senator, the Republican who defeated Stacey Campfield in 2014, ending his rather colorful tenure in the General Assembly.

8. I Choose Memphis: Naomi Adams Bata -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Naomi Adams Bata

Job Title and Company: Senior vice president, chief public relations officer at Archer Malmo

9. Mayoral Debate Clash Focuses on City Finances -

Memphis city government’s financial problems and how those problems happened was the flashpoint for the latest meeting of the top mayoral contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot.

The Wednesday, Aug. 19, forum sponsored by The Commercial Appeal at the University of Memphis saw incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. clash with challengers and city council members Jim Strickland and Harold Collins. The fourth debate contender, Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams, argued for different city priorities and a slower move toward economic development goals.

10. Is It Too Late? -

Carole King famously sang, “[I]t’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,/ Though we really did try to make it.” Something in this song created a gluey intangible not-yet-named noun that affixed itself to my soul. When I hear the words “Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide/ And I just can’t fake it,” I feel a shudder throughout my being.

11. Memphis Redbirds, Grizzlies Partner for ‘Grit & Grind Night’ -

The Memphis Redbirds and Memphis Grizzlies play in different sports and at different levels, but for years the people running the teams acted as though they were quasi-rivals.

Change has been in the works for a while – the annual Cardinals Caravan was at FedExForum this winter when AutoZone Park was getting a makeover – but now a growing partnership is in even greater evidence.

12. Elvis Auction Bids Total $950,000 -

Collectors and Elvis Presley fans bought 160 lots of Elvis-related artifacts from private collectors last week during what was billed as the largest-ever Graceland auction.

The winning bids for the auction, which was part of Graceland’s Elvis Week events, totaled more than $950,000, according to Graceland Auctions.

13. Today’s Schools Need to Operate Like Independent Businesses -

“If you always do what you always did, then you always get what you always got.”

It is one of those truisms that seems to fit perfectly into the ongoing debate on the effectiveness of education in the United States. There is a multitude of critics who want schools to do what they did 50 years ago and get better results. The problem with that is that everything has changed.

14. Equity Firms Should Leverage Innovation -

On the strategy side of our business, we work with many private equity-backed companies. We get called in when the growth trajectory and investment thesis aren’t being realized as projected.

We complete a diagnosis, based on a holistic evaluation of the market, competition, culture, marketing and operations of the firm. Applying a variety of in-depth primary and secondary forms of research and analysis, we develop a roadmap of real, organic growth.

15. Hall of Fame Coach LeBeau ‘Another Genius in the Room’ for Titans -

If you want to know about the theory of relativity, who better to ask than Albert Einstein, if only he were still around.

If you want to talk light bulbs, access to Thomas Edison would have been great.

16. Deciphering Google’s Algorithms No Easy Task -

Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.

17. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

18. Demo Day Brings Together Start Co., ZeroTo510 Entrepreneurs -

The entrepreneurial ecosystem was more abundant than ever at Demo Day 2015, where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 worked in conjunction for the first time to present graduates of their business accelerator programs to investors and community leaders.

19. CBU’s Dedication to Latino Students Is Creating Current, Future Success -

Last week’s Latino Student Success luncheon at Christian Brothers University marked a beautiful moment in the history of our program. After listening to John King of the U.S. Department of Education speak to and motivate Memphis students and stakeholders, I reflected upon countless individual meetings at Latino Memphis, well before the Latino Student Success Program, during which parents and students expressed discouragement with regard to continuing their education because few affordable opportunities existed.

20. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

21. Treated Like 'The King' -

Dr. Mark Castellaw’s clinic in Germantown not only treats its patients’ medical needs – it’s also home to a memorabilia-packed shrine in honor of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

22. China's Move to Devalue Currency Could Reverberate Globally -

BEIJING (AP) — China's surprise move Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about the world's second-largest economy, whose growth has reached a six-year low. It may also fan political tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier.

23. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

24. US Consumer Borrowing Hits Another Record in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer borrowing hit another record in June, good news for the American economy.

Americans piled on another $20.7 billion in debt in June, bringing total consumer borrowing to a record $3.42 trillion, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

25. Outbid on Your Dream House? Just Wait for Deal to Fall Through -

The real estate market remains frenzied with every passing week, with multiple-offer scenarios on numerous listings. As has been noted in this column, these spontaneous sales have often led to buyer’s remorse and, as a result, more terminated contracts than ever before.

26. Greatest Restaurants in Nashville? Too Many Choices -

Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.

But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?

27. Greatest Restaurants in Nashville? Too Many Choices -

Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.

But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?

28. Greatest Restaurants in Nashville? Too Many Choices -

Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.

But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?

29. Nashville Hospitality Stats Continue to Amaze -

With room rates higher than ever, an increased number of impressive venues competing for private party business and award-winning chefs earning awards and catching the attention of national publications, Nashville’s cache is hotter than its native hot chicken. Well, almost as hot.

30. In the Digital Race, There Is No Finish Line -

Recently, the American Marketing Association’s Memphis chapter conducted a member survey to find out the topics of greatest interest.

“Digital was the No. 1 topic people wanted to talk about,” chapter president Melissa Thomson said.

31. Start Co., ZeroTo510 Win $50,000 SBA Awards -

The Memphis-based startup accelerator Start Co. and Memphis medical device accelerator ZeroTo510 both won $50,000 awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund.

32. The Shops of Collierville Sells for $7.4 Million -

Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Ziff Properties Inc. has acquired The Shops of Collierville for $7.4 million, according to a special warranty deed filed Aug. 3.

33. Reverb Coffee Truck Coming in October -

Jeremy Harris is preparing to add a coffee truck to the ranks of Memphis’ food truck community this fall.

34. The Shops of Collierville Sells for $7.4 Million -

Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Ziff Properties Inc. has acquired The Shops of Collierville for $7.4 million, according to a special warranty deed filed Aug. 3.

35. Loving What You Do -

Last week, I had an experience that inspired me. I want to share it in hopes that it might inspire your day the way it has mine.

I attended a conference in Fort Worth, Texas, called the Podcast Movement. I went with relatively low expectations – to meet a few people, and to learn something to help me with the career podcast I host. What I would learn, and who I would meet, I wasn’t quite sure.

36. Redbirds-Turned-Cardinals Enjoy The Big Leagues While They Can -

June 26, 2015. Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo. Rookie Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia is pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the eighth inning of a game the team trails, 2-1, against the Chicago Cubs.

37. Reverb Coffee Truck Coming in October -

Jeremy Harris is preparing to add a coffee truck to the ranks of Memphis’ food truck community this fall.

38. Reverb Coffee Truck Coming in October -

Jeremy Harris is preparing to add a coffee truck to the ranks of Memphis’ food truck community this fall.

39. Ramsey Clear in Push to Politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

40. Suspect in Memphis Officer's Death Says He's No Coward -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The man accused of killing a Memphis police officer had a few words for the department's director when he turned himself in, ending a manhunt that dragged on for two days.

41. Start Co. Wins $50,000 SBA Award -

The Memphis-based startup accelerator Start Co. has won a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund.

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

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

43. US Auto Sales Strong in July on SUV, Luxury Demand -

DETROIT (AP) – American drivers want to get noticed again.

SUVs and luxury vehicles are selling fast, defying recession-era predictions that Americans would downsize and stop flaunting their wealth. Luxury sales were up 10 percent in the first six months of this year; in the same time period, mass-market vehicle sales rose just 3 percent, according to car shopping site TrueCar.com.

44. Wharton Opens Whitehaven Headquarters as Collins Intensifies Challenge -

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

45. Wolf River Greenway Targets Raleigh Riverbend -

At the northernmost bend of the Wolf River in Shelby County, the Wolf River Conservancy has plans for a boat ramp onto the Wolf and a nature center that together promise to change the surrounding area of Raleigh where the river turns.

46. Wharton Opens In Whitehaven -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. opened his Whitehaven campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 1, saying his job as the city’s chief executive is “not yet finished.”

“Have you ever heard me speak a divisive word? Have you ever heard me pit one part of the city against another part of the city?” Wharton asked a group of 150 supporters under a tent outside his campaign headquarters at First Memphis Plaza on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven. “No -- haven’t heard it and you won’t hear it.”

47. Wharton Opens In Whitehaven -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. opened his Whitehaven campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 1, saying his job as the city’s chief executive is “not yet finished.”

“Have you ever heard me speak a divisive word? Have you ever heard me pit one part of the city against another part of the city?” Wharton asked a group of 150 supporters under a tent outside his campaign headquarters at First Memphis Plaza on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven. “No -- haven’t heard it and you won’t hear it.”

48. Unlikely Path -

It all started on whim. Cassius Cash was on his way to band practice at the University of Arkansas when he decided to practice his interview skills instead.

“Someone informed me the (U.S.) Forest Service was doing recruitment, but I had no intention of going in there and landing the internship,” says Cash of that interview for a wildlife biologist internship. “I thought the interview was about as far as I was going to go to chase my dreams.”

49. Editorial: Medical Center Needs United Development Plan -

Memphis Medical Center institutions have been talking for more than a year about a common strategy for developing the historic area.

Over the past century, the district has seen its share of institutions come and go, expand and shrink and build over what was once there. The landscape changes reflect the dynamic nexus of medicine, technology and health care.

50. Five Memphis Tigers Claim Scholar-Athlete Awards -

Five University of Memphis student-athletes claimed Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards for their efforts on the field and in the classroom during the 2014-15 season, the American Athletic Conference has announced.

51. Haunted History, A Story Retold -

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS. Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes.

At the time of this story – one I shared first in a 2013 column – it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee High Security Facility, now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

52. Open Records Trial Underway in Sumner County, Tenn. -

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A trial is underway to decide whether the Sumner County Board of Education violated the Tennessee Public Records Act by not responding to a Joelton man's email request.

53. Spending Every Dime – Is It Feasible? -

Ray’s Take In the good old days, when you retired you got a gold watch and a pension and didn’t worry about much else.

Investment management was somebody else’s problem. You watched the sunset, not CNBC. This gave way to more recent retirement planning where you worked 30 or 40 years, saving along the way and when you got to 67 (or older) you quit, and lived on your Social Security and 401(k) savings and sometimes some part-time work. If you did it “right” you withdrew a set percentage of the funds and lived comfortably until age 85, as long as you didn’t hit some kind of devastatingly expensive health event.

54. US Pending Home Sales Slip in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of signed contracts to buy homes fell in June, as limited supplies of homes on the market are holding back possible sales growth.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index declined 1.8 percent to 110.3 last month. Still, strong demand from would-be buyers has pushed the index up 8.2 percent during the past 12 months.

55. The Evolution Of Consultative Sales Process -

Consultative selling is a discovery-based approach that puts the sales professional in the enviable role of partner or adviser versus the stereotypical pushy rep looking to close a deal at any cost.

56. Ford Surprises in 2Q With Record North American Profit -

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.

57. Black Lodge Video Looking for New Home -

Black Lodge Video’s story has been one of improbable survival, as one by one over the years the independent movie rental shop saw its competitors fall and close their doors.

Today, Memphis-based Black Lodge is still standing. At the moment, though, it’s just that it’s looking for a new home – a bigger home, says co-owner Matt Martin – where it can resume doing so.

58. Can US Housing Industry's Comeback Endure? The Outlook Dims -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in its seventh year.

Or will it?

59. I Choose Memphis: Kenneth Burnett -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Kenneth Burnett

60. Collector Asks Judge to Declare Him Owner of Elvis' Guitar -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A collector claiming to be the rightful owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley and later donated by a blues guitarist to a South Dakota museum has asked a federal judge to rule in his favor.

61. University of Tennessee Has Its Best Fundraising Year -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is coming off its best fundraising year ever, collecting nearly $235 million in donations for the Knoxville campus.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Kpk9ZI ) reports UT had more than 39,000 donors in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The nearly $235 million in donations easily beat the previous year's total of $131 million.

62. The Online Trap -

I’ll admit it; I’m an online junkie.

I’ve been on the Internet practically every day since its invention. I studied computers in college and had a long career as an online marketer.

63. Granddad, Hambone And The KKK -

IF THE KLAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK.

Before their last sheety little show here a couple of years ago, an Exalted Cyclops of the KKK – must be just one hole in his hood – was quoted on Channel 5 and in The Huffington Post, “Y’all are going to see the largest rally Memphis, Tennessee, has ever seen. It’s not going to be 20 or 30 – it’s going to be thousands of Klansmen from the whole United States.”

64. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

65. US Home Sales Surged in June to Fastest Pace in 8-Plus Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.

66. You Gave Me Shelter -

It was 1997 and Robert Oliver was addicted to crack cocaine, living a lonely life on the mean streets of Memphis.

67. Stewart, Goode Deaths Test Memphis, Southaven Police -

Darrius Stewart and Troy Goode died a day apart on different sides of the state line while both were in police custody.

68. Amazon Says 'Prime Day' Will Be Annual Event -

Amazon says its "Prime Day" sale led to a sales surge and "hundreds of thousands" of new signups for its $99 annual Prime loyalty program. The company said it plans to make the sale an annual event.

69. City Council Again Redraws District Lines in Election Year -

Four years ago, Memphis City Council member redrew their own district lines just before elections that saw the largest return of incumbents in the 47-year history of the mayor-council form of government in Memphis.

70. Digital Diaspora -

The ubiquitous connectivity that permeates today's workplace is having a profound effect on company cultures, most notably in the digitally-fueled diaspora unfolding in which employees can work from just about anywhere.

71. Beware of Potential Buyers at Your Door -

It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.

But these little ghouls aren’t asking for candy. They’re looking for a big payday – as opposed to a Payday – and to take advantage of potential sellers in this robust market.

72. Success Spurs Attendance for Nashville Predators -

Declining attendance was an issue for the Nashville Predators several years ago, but the NHL franchise is no longer skating on thin ice. In fact, they are an excellent example of how an ownership change and recommitment to its core values can turn things around.

73. Colleges, Pro Franchises Seek Strategies to Keep Millennials Interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

74. Editorial: Creatives Prove Memphis’ Cool Factor is Heating Up -

“If you have the vision, and the gumption, you can create something original in Memphis.”

The Memphis News cover story this week features four distinct entrepreneurs who are living, working and creating in Memphis. The aforementioned quote comes from Ben Fant, principal at local marketing firm Farmhouse. He is just one member of the city’s creative class, one guy trying to make something lasting for himself, his employees and his city.

75. Creatives of Memphis -

Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.

76. Wal-Mart Sees Shopping Surge for Rival Sale to Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart says its counter-offensive against Amazon's big sale called Prime Day seemed to pay off.

The world's largest retailer, which discounted about 2,000 items on Wednesday, said that the last three days have been some of its best ever for online orders, but did not give specifics.

77. SEC is Better With Steve Spurrier in It -

HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”

He started his record-setting 23rd appearance as a coach at the 2015 SEC Media Days by zinging the Vols for their 7-6 season, saying they were “celebrating big” while casting South Carolina’s 7-6 season as a disaster averted.

78. Is the SEC Still the Best? -

HOOVER, Ala. – The first College Football Playoff was not supposed to be won by a Big Ten team. Nor was a player who began the season as a third-string quarterback supposed to lead the first College Football Playoff champion to victory.

79. Change – Ready or Not -

Recently I wrote a song titled “Some Change.” Literally, the song is about a guy whose gal has not come home: “Thirty minutes past midnight. Where could you be?” Apparently, something like this has happened before: “On one of your road trips, from sea to shining sea?”

80. 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.

81. Last Flight for US Airways Expected in October -

DALLAS (AP) – The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.

The farewell flight for US Airways will be a red-eye – Flight 434 is scheduled to leave San Francisco around 10 p.m. and land in Philadelphia after 6 a.m. on Oct. 17. The US Airways website will be turned off. Airport kiosks and signs will change to American Airlines.

82. US Postal Service Previews ‘Elvis Forever’ Stamp, Album -

The U.S. Postal Service is giving Elvis fans a preview of what they can look – and listen – for when the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Forever stamp comes out next month.

The Postal Service on Thursday, July 2, previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp and also announced a CD titled “Elvis Forever” that will be available starting Aug. 12.

83. ‘Honda Girl’ Ashley Blair Finds Career Outside Car Ads -

Ten-year-old actress Ashley Blair takes her job seriously. She’s like many other actors in the region working to improve her craft and looking for the next project. The Knoxville area has a thriving community of actors, writers, directors, and producers, all trying to showcase their best work, both locally and nationally.

84. Cardwell a Link to Metro’s Past, Present -

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

85. Former Mayor Purcell Traces Nashville Transformation to 1978 Election -

Former Mayor Bill Purcell lived through the transition from the good old boys who ran Nashville to the “new Nashville,” in which a displaced Yankee became mayor in 1991 and began the type of forward-thinking, executive-style leadership that has propelled Nashville to skyline-shattering status on the national stage.

86. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference -

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

87. Council Approves Forrest Move -

Memphis City Council members approved unanimously Tuesday, July 7, a resolution that begins the process of moving the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, Mary Ann, in the base of the monument.

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

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

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

89. Cycling Ahead -

Unless you've seen the ubiquitous stations in cities like Knoxville and Nashville, it's difficult to imagine how bike sharing could connect Memphis.

Tourists and citizens can check out a bike on a per-ride or membership basis and return it to a separate station when they've reached their destination.

90. US Postal Service Previews ‘Elvis Forever’ Stamp, Album -

The U.S. Postal Service is giving Elvis fans a preview of what they can look – and listen – for when the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Forever stamp comes out next month.

The Postal Service on Thursday, July 2, previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp and also announced a CD titled “Elvis Forever” that will be available starting Aug. 12.

91. Building Boom Strains Labor Pool, Supply Chain -

Middle Tennessee’s red-hot construction boom is becoming a victim of its own success. Architects, contractors and everyone in between, including Metro Codes, are up to their necks in work.

It’s a happy time of an industry that also can see long, slow periods of stagnation.

92. Editorial: Ballet Memphis a Perfect Partner for Overton Square -

When news surfaced of Ballet Memphis’ impending move to Overton Square, it was met with mixed emotions.

Some groans, for sure. Midtown certainly could use a hotel, especially in the newly bustling district. And an independent, boutique hotel – which was the previous possibility for the primo real estate at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street – would have been a nice addition to the nightlife hotspot.

93. Memphis Symphony Eyes Move to Midtown -

Memphis Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Roland Valliere is not shy when it comes to talking about the future of the organization.

After all, it wasn't that long ago that the symphony made the painful acknowledgement that its finances were in dire straits, that it needed support from patrons and the public more than ever and that its future was far from guaranteed.

94. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

95. Building Ballet -

Ask Ballet Memphis CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh about her dance company's newly announced move to Midtown, and the conversation doesn't immediately turn to obvious things like the when and the why.

96. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

97. Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Develops Tighter Focus -

In good times and bad, change is a constant. During the recession, nonprofits were stretched financially and emotionally as demands for services increased and funding declined.

A recalibration was in order, and that was something that the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence preached.

98. Capitol Commission to Review Which Historical Figures Should Be Honored -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.

99. Martin, Wilson Travel Parallel Paths to Success -

Pitmaster Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Chef Tandy Wilson of City House didn’t know one another in early 2007. Yet they’d soon have more than a few things in common.

100. Test Score Results Show Gains in All High School Subjects -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State education officials say they're taking steps to address reading test scores that have remained relatively flat in early grade levels over the past five years.