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1. New Bicycle Trails at Heart of Transit Changes -

The formal dedication of the Overton Park Bike Gate Saturday, April 19, begins a new season of bike and pedestrian trails, including an ambitious experiment with Riverside Drive once the monthlong Memphis in May International Festival comes to an end with the Sunset Symphony.

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. Memphis in May Seeking Volunteers -

The Memphis in May International Festival needs your help.

Memphis in May is seeking volunteers for the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the AutoZone Sunset Symphony and the International Salute honoring Panama.

4. I Choose Memphis: Micah Brafford -

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

Name: Micah Brafford

Job Title and Company: Vice President of Commercial Banking, Independent Bank

5. Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled -

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.

6. I Choose Memphis: Surayyah T. Hasan -

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

Name: Surayyah T. Hasan

7. Beale Street Music Festival Offers Diverse Lineup -

The lineup for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival features a new night of late-night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

8. Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Announced -

The bill for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music this year features a new night of late night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

9. This week in Memphis history: February 14-20 -

2013: On the front page of The Daily News, Shelby County Schools board members approved a budget proposal that included $145 million in new funding to be sent to the Shelby County Commission for funding. It followed a long debate about whether the commission would approve that much extra and what the reaction from parents and teachers would be to the cuts that followed if the commission didn’t. The commission rejected the budget proposal.

10. Childhood Inspiration Leads Jambor to Fulfilling Career -

Like many children of the 1970s, Erik Jambor’s interest in film began with scrolling words on the big screen: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … .”

For Jambor, it wasn’t so far away in Birmingham, Ala., where he nurtured a passion for film with a Super 8 video camera in his backyard.

11. Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO -

Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.

12. Neighborhood Vitality -

The history at the Four-Way Restaurant is as rich and soulful as the food.

The walls of the South Memphis institution are decorated with photographs of politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders and civil rights icons – including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who made the famous restaurant at Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue a “home away from home.”

13. Memphis in May to Honor Panama -

The annual Memphis in May International Festival will honor Panama during 2014. The 2014 festival is the 38th edition of the event, which annually honors and promotes business ties with a country. International business trade has been a goal of the festival from its beginnings in the mid 1970s. Panama is being honored as the expansion of the Panama Canal nears completion in 2015.

14. Memphis in May to Honor Panama -

The annual Memphis in May International Festival will honor Panama during 2014.

The 2014 festival is the 38th edition of the event, which annually honors and promotes business ties with a country. International business trade has been a goal of the festival from its beginnings in the mid 1970s.

15. Beale Club Reopening About Timing -

The negotiations to reopen one of Beale Street’s busiest and most profitable nightspots were about not missing one of the busiest Downtown weekends of the year and how to handle the allegation that some employees of Club 152 either sold drugs or were complicit in drug sales in the club.

16. Grizz Game to Air on Outdoor Screens -

The sold-out Grizzlies-Spurs playoff game Saturday, May 25, at FedExForum will be seen on several large outdoor LED screens in the Downtown area including Beale Street.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the plans for the outdoor public viewings Thursday afternoon.

17. Events -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host free tours of the St. Jude Dream Home Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 45 Dalton Cove in Eads. The house will be raffled June 23; tickets are $100. Visit dreamhome.org.

18. Grizz Watch Party Planned for Saturday in Handy Park -

The Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs basketball playoff game at FedExForum Saturday, May 25, is sold out.

But the game will be broadcast on big LED television screens a block away in Handy Park, in the Beale Street entertainment district.

19. Saturday Grizzlies Game to Air on Outdoor Screens -

The sold-out Grizzlies-Spurs playoff game Saturday, May 25, at FedExForum will be seen on several large outdoor LED screens in the Downtown area including Beale Street.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the plans for the outdoor public viewings Thursday afternoon.

20. Events -

David Lusk Gallery will host an opening reception for Pinkey Herbert’s Circuit exhibit Friday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 4540 Poplar Ave. The show runs through June 22. Visit davidluskgallery.com.

21. Events -

The Peabody Rooftop Party will be held Thursday, May 23, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Gary Escoe’s Atomic Dance Machine will perform. Tickets are $10. Visit peabodymemphis.com or call 529-4000.

22. Talks Underway for Club 152 Reopening -

The owners of Club 152 on Beale Street and prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office have been talking since the club was shut down a week ago as a public nuisance.

Both sides are due back before General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter Thursday, May 21.

23. Club 152 Hearing Delayed to Tuesday -

A first hearing on the nuisance court order that closed Club 152 on Beale Street last week was postponed Monday, May 20, to Tuesday before General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.

24. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division, will speak. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

25. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division, will speak. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

26. May 10-16: This week in Memphis history -

2011: The Mississippi River at Memphis crested at 48 feet, the highest level since the all- time record 1937 flooding on the river at Memphis of 48.7 feet. Large crowds of Memphians came to the riverfront the weekend before the crest to snap photos and see for themselves the river at the highest level many had ever seen in their lives. Greenbelt Park on Mud Island, which normally floods during the spring, was closed by the city as the muddy water rose to the paved walkway on the west side of Island Road. The river waters invaded the Riverwalk model on Mud Island as well. And the Memphis in May International Barbecue Cooking Contest was moved from the park to Tiger Lane at the Fairgrounds.

27. Editorial: Memphis in May Events Still Deliver -

Watching the evolution of the Memphis in May International Festival, it is easy to lose sight of who is in the crowds by the river with us.

It turns out a lot of them aren’t from Memphis, strictly speaking. The irony is for all of our more high-profile efforts to bring in visitors from the larger region, we have built quite the model for nearly 40 years while we were having what many of us regarded as our annual big party for ourselves by the river.

28. International Interaction -

Memphians and out-of-towners are gathering Downtown throughout this month to hear the stirring sounds of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, savor the product of competitive barbecue cooking and watch major touring acts rock the stages at Tom Lee Park.

29. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Nate Silver’s book “The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t” Friday, May 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at lnlsignalnoise-rss.eventbrite.com.

30. Beale Street Landing Eatery Search Resumes -

There were some signs early on that finding a restaurant operator for Beale Street Landing might be difficult.

The date for the restaurant to open kept getting pushed back and the contract remained unsigned long after it was announced that Beale & Second Inc. had tentatively agreed to operate the restaurant.

31. Beale Street Landing Restaurant Stalls -

The Riverfront Development Corporation is looking for a new contractor to operate a restaurant in Beale Street Landing.

32. Memphis in May Founder Receives Beale Street Note -

The founder of the Memphis in May International Festival will get a brass note in the Beale Street Entertainment District just before the opening weekend of this year’s festival.

Lyman Aldrich started the festival in 1976 as a way to promote business ties between the city and other countries. The 1976 festival honored Japan as the city was courting the Japanese company Sharp Manufacturing to open a Memphis plant.

33. Events -

ArtsMemphis will present the Stax to the Max music festival Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore St. Admission to the festival is free; discounted museum tickets are $2 between noon and 5 p.m. Visit staxmuseum.com.

34. Memphis in May Founder Receives Beale Street Note -

The founder of the Memphis in May International Festival will get a brass note in the Beale Street Entertainment District just before the opening weekend of this year’s festival.

Lyman Aldrich started the festival in 1976 as a way to promote business ties between the city and other countries. The 1976 festival honored Japan as the city was courting the Japanese company Sharp Manufacturing to open in the city.

35. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, April 10, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. First Horizon Corp. president and CEO Bryan Jordan will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

36. Shakin’ Up Beale -

The newest addition to Beale Street is a Memphis music legend. Jerry Lee Lewis, the last living member of the Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” is lending his name and personal items to a nightspot at 310 Beale St.

37. Events -

National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis chapter will meet Tuesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway Ave. A panel of businesswomen will discuss “How to Get the Job Done as a Woman CEO.” Cost is $35 at the door. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

38. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Tammie Vogel of International Paper will present “Where Do I Fit? Admins in a Team Environment.” Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

39. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” Friday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at in-synksellhuman.eventbrite.com.

40. Speck Suggests Riverfront Remedies -

Urban planner and designer Jeff Speck has told city government leaders that the recently renamed Jefferson Davis Park is the “obvious next opportunity” for riverfront development plans and represents a “big bang in an important place.”

41. Soul Celebration -

John Fry, the venerable founder of the Memphis-based Ardent record label and accompanying studio facility, still remembers wandering into the Satellite Record Shop, the music store that once operated in front of Stax Records.

42. Koury’s Success Defined by Partnerships, Programming -

Heather Baugus Koury has been executive director of the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter for more than a decade, and although she was just named to the distinguished status of Honorary AIA, she’s never considered becoming a practitioner.

43. Memphis in May Seeks Local Swedes for Festival -

The 37th annual Memphis in May International Festival is a salute to Sweden, a country whose climate differs greatly from the host town but perhaps has some parallels in its rich history.

“The joke about Sweden is that nobody’s really from Sweden except for the Vikings and they’re long gone,” said Diane Hampton, executive vice president of Memphis in May. “But they all came there from other places. It’s kind of a melting pot of cultures as well – and a cold melting pot.”

44. South Main Growth Should Be Celebrated -

If those planning the emerging renaissance in the South Main district find the formula for preserving the “vibe” that makes the area unique and growing the district in the process, they should apply for a patent.

45. Memphis in May Touts 68-Act Music Fest Lineup -

The 37th edition of the Memphis In May International Festival’s Beale Street Music Festival features a 68-act lineup from Alice in Chains to ZZ Top.

The lineup of musical performers playing over three days from May 3 to May 5 was formally announced Thursday, Feb. 28, although much of the lineup had already been confirmed.

46. Future Talk -

Years off the campaign trail haven’t diminished the typical features of an Al Gore speech.

When the former vice president’s book tour swung through The Booksellers at Laurelwood Monday, Feb. 18, there were the requisite shout-outs to familiar faces in the crowd, with Gore acknowledging by name people like Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Roy Herron, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

47. Gore to Promote Book in Memphis Appearance -

Al Gore is coming to Memphis next month to promote his new book, “The Future.”

He’ll be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood Feb. 18 at noon to discuss and sign the book, which he wrote to present what he believes are the macro factors that are the major drivers of global change.

48. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

49. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

50. Musical Heritage -

There was a moment at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the large crowd at The Peabody hotel got a sense for how much depth the city’s musical heritage has and what a complex story it can be.

51. Montoya Speech Highlights Biotech Trade Opportunities -

With an emerging economy and expanding middle class, the Philippines – the honored nation of this year’s Memphis in May International Festival – is experiencing a growing demand for biotechnology products. That demand is creating business opportunities for Mid-South life science companies seeking a market presence in the Southeast Asian country known as the “Pearl of the Orient.”

52. Philippine Spotlight -

Tourism is big business, but there are concerns about infrastructure.

New education reforms are going from the drawing board to the classroom.

Government corruption is recognized as a deterrent to economic development efforts.

53. MIM Turns Focus To International Business Ties -

With the Beale Street Music Festival over, the Memphis in May International Festival moves to a smaller scope this week that goes to the roots of the festival – promoting international business ties.

54. Memphis in May Symbolizes City -

Japan was the first country honored by the Memphis in May International Festival.

The reason was simple. The Sharp Manufacturing plant had just opened in the then-remote Hickory Hill area of Shelby County, making televisions and microwave ovens.

55. Global Connections -

Although the Memphis in May International Festival is widely known for its Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the festival’s focus on developing international economic trade and fostering Memphis companies’ global business relationships remains central to its mission.

56. Gather at the River -

About a year ago Memphians were drawn to one spot in particular on the city’s riverfront.

At the foot of Beale Street, the Mississippi River had risen last May to a level where the muddy water covered the intersection of Riverside Drive and Beale, offering a view of an uninterrupted river stretching three miles from the intersection to the levees in West Memphis.

57. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host its 58th annual Professional Development Seminar, Friday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $125. Contact Sharon Gardner at 752-6213 or sharon.gardner@asentinel.com.

58. Tom Lee Park Closes for MIM Prep -

Tom Lee Park closed to the public Monday, April 23, with limited access to recreational users of the park as the Memphis in May International Festival began setting up for a month of events there.

59. Parallels for City Found in Spring -

It seems as if we were walking between bare trees with our collars up just the other day. And now all is green and growing in our corner of the world.

That’s the way the seasons can change in Memphis. It’s also a good metaphor for how the civic movements and issues that are the backdrop for most of our lives rise up suddenly and are gone just as quickly only to return later when the skies again grow tentative.

60. River View -

A river view alone isn’t enough for a restaurant to make a go of it on the Memphis riverfront.

And there are many examples to prove the point.

The old Harbor Landing restaurant on Mud Island has a beautiful view of the Memphis harbor and a slightly more distant view of the Mississippi River. There was once an old towboat on the cobblestones that offered the pleasures of dining on its decks. And One Beale Street also came with a view.

61. PRSA Names Halloran Communicator of the Year -

The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America named Pat Halloran, president and CEO of the Memphis Development Foundation, its 2011 Communicator of The Year. Memphis Development Foundation operates The Orpheum Theatre.

62. Land South of Shelby Forest Sells for $2.3 Million -

Vacant Land
Near Shelby Forest Park
Sale Amount: $2.3 million

Sale Date: Nov. 17, 2011
Buyer: Warren Nickolas Nunn
Seller: Estate of William S. Howard Sr.
Loan Amount: $2.5 million
Loan Date: Nov. 18, 2011
Maturity Date: n/a
Lender: Patriot Bank
Details: Warren Nickolas Nunn has bought several large parcels of vacant land from the estate of William S. Howard Sr. for $2.3 million, financing it with a $2.5 million loan through Patriot Bank.

63. Memphis in May Buys 56 S. Front for HQ -

Memphis in May International Festival Inc. has bought a 14,600-square-foot building at 56 S. Front St. for $250,000, with plans to move its headquarters to the site. It’s the third planned use for the site, which formerly was slated to be converted into a hotel and, later, into apartments.

64. Academy Org. Presents $10K Grant to Indie Memphis -

Indie Memphis, which held the most successful film festival in its history earlier this month, has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that holds the Academy Awards.

65. Chief Justice Roberts Invokes Guitarist Hendrix -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invoked composer Aaron Copland. The chief justice countered with guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

The high court's generational divide was on display Wednesday as the justices heard arguments about whether Congress acted properly in extending U.S. copyright protection to millions of works by foreign artists and authors that had been in the public domain – meaning they could be performed and used in other ways without paying royalties.

66. Celebrate MIM with Strong Belgian Ales -

The Memphis in May International Festival honors Belgium this year, and while the small country possesses cultural and historical traditions that belie its size, it does not have a winemaking heritage of appreciable importance or interest. But beer – oh, yes, Belgium is a Mecca, a Holy Grail, a Paradise of the brewers’ craft.

67. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Manoj Jain will speak about health care costs. Cost is $18 per person. Advanced reservations are required. For reservations, email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

68. Events -

Healthy Memphis Common Table will meet Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Dr. Bonnie L. Zell will speak on the topic “How Collaboration Can Improve the Health and Health Care of Memphis and Shelby County.” For more information, contact Simi Atolagbe at 273-2693 or simi.atolagbe@healthymemphis.org.

69. Belgian Professor Discusses Biotech Ties to Memphis -

The Bluff City and the city of Liége in Belgium, this year’s Memphis in May International Festival-honored country, are both growing hubs of biotech research and incubation.

And as part of the business exchange activities between Memphis and Belgium, representatives from Memphis’ business, government and scientific community Thursday gathered at the Memphis Bioworks Conference Center, 20 Dudley St., to hear professor Joseph A. Martial of the University of Liége speak during a luncheon event.

70. Business of Barbecue -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is moving its celebration of a fine plate of pork from its established home in Tom Lee Park to Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds this year.

71. Flooding Forces Firm To Redesign BBQ Locale -

Following last Monday’s announcement that the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is moving from Tom Lee Park to the Mid-South Fairgrounds, planners had less than 48 hours to turn around the new design at Tiger Lane.

72. Coast Guard Closes Stretch of Mississippi -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Coast Guard closed a section of the swollen Mississippi to barge traffic to protect a Missouri town from floodwaters Friday as police in Memphis went door to door urging residents to leave nearly 1,000 homes that could be swamped by the mighty river.

73. Belgium Reps Bring Unique Tax Perspective -

Belgium will send leaders from 200 businesses this June on a tour of New York City, Washington and other major American cities to tout investment in a country with a tradition of more than 100 years of friendly trade relations with the U.S.

74. Dodging the Deluge -

The last time the Memphis river gauge was this high, Memphis was a much different place. In 1937 when the Mississippi River at Memphis topped 48.7 feet, Mud Island was really an island with no levee connecting it to the city and the Wolf River flowing between it and the city proper. Parts of the city were still rural as was the county outside Memphis. Today’s suburban development was a long way off, and Millington was still a few years away from getting the Naval Air Station.

75. Belgian Ambassador Talks US Trade -

Belgium’s ambassador to the United States notes that there is more U.S. investment in Belgium than there is U.S. investment in China and India together.

“Can you believe that?” ambassador Jan Matthysen asked the Kiwanis Club of Memphis Wednesday after his arrival in the city for this week’s Memphis in May International Festival seminar and International Council Luncheon. Belgium is the honored country at this month’s festival.

76. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will gain a working knowledge of grant management policies and procedures. Cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

77. World of Opportunities -

Belgium’s ambassador to the U.S. is in the city Wednesday to begin several days of business conferences that are at the heart of the origins of the Memphis in May International Festival.

The festival was founded in the mid-1970s as a way to promote business ties between the city and the honored countries. Belgium is this year’s honored country.

78. River Rising -

The workweek began at many Memphis companies with a review of flood contingency plans.

The week ahead promises to be a challenging one.

By Monday evening, the National Weather Service had changed its forecast to keep the May 10 crest date for the Mississippi River at Memphis. But they upped the river level from 45 feet to 48 feet.

79. ‘Door Opener’ -

Friday night the first notes of Memphis In May’s weekend-long Beale Street Music Festival will sound in Tom Lee Park, but businesses near and far also hope to strike a chord.

80. All Eyes Turn to Mississippi River -

The Mississippi River at Memphis officially went above flood stage Wednesday morning with a reading of 35.36 feet at 9 a.m.

That compared to a 33.7 foot reading 24 hours earlier. In between the two readings, the river reached 34 feet – the level that is considered flood stage in Memphis.

81. Memphis Ranks 7th in World as Best for Young Artists -

The Bluff City has been ranked by Flavorwire as one of the Best Cities for Young Artists.

Flavorwire.com is the culture blog of Flavorpill.com, an online cultural network and city guide covering art, books, events, music, pop culture and world news.

82. Event Planners Brace for Rising River, Outdoors Inc. Race Permanently Canceled -

It’s not the rain here. It’s the rain going into the Mississippi River north of Memphis that is the cause for concern as the Memphis In May International Festival prepares to kick off this weekend.

83. Event Planners Brace for Rising River, Outdoors Inc. Race Permanently Canceled -

It’s not the rain. It’s the rain going into the Mississippi River north of Memphis that is the cause for concern as the Memphis In May International Festival prepares to kick off this weekend.

84. Belgium Biz Opportunities Explored at MIM Luncheon -

A May 5 seminar and luncheon at the Memphis Marriott East will promote foreign investment in Belgium, the honored country at this year’s Memphis in May International Festival.

The event at the Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., continues the festival’s tradition of promoting business ties with the honored country.

85. Peabody Soul Gala Nets $250K for MED -

Heavy soul and deep grooves were in the air at The Peabody hotel’s Grand Ballroom Friday night as 14 soul legends took the stage to raise money for The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and to celebrate two-time Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson’s 60th birthday.

86. For Real Estate, a Giant Spring Clearance Sale -

In suburban Chicago, it's paradise to be a homebuyer.

At the Millbrook Pointe development in quaint and pristine Wheeling, a $269,000, brick-and-stone townhouse comes with $25,000 in free upgrades, including wood-burning fireplaces, all-stainless steel kitchens and marbled bathrooms tricked out with double-bowl vanities and whirlpool soaker tubs.

87. Greener Pastures -

Back in 1972, Diane Meucci attended an Earth Day festival. It introduced her to the idea of organic, eco-friendly gardening and landscaping.

“I became a true believer,” said Meucci, who currently owns and operates Gardens Oy Vey, a nursery and landscaping business in Arlington that opened in 1988. “I definitely drank the Kool-Aid.”

88. Oseman Takes Good Care of Clients’ Insurance Needs -

As the Oseman Insurance Agency celebrates its 25th anniversary, its president Stephen Oseman has a lot to celebrate.

Started in 1985, the agency has evolved into one of the region’s premier agencies, with 16 employees and $40 million in premium value today. During that time, the agency has written almost a billion dollars worth of insurance (premium value).

89. Speak Creative’s Products Tailor-Made for Nonprofits -

Speak Creative is an award-winning creative agency that handles website design and development, branding , marketing and graphic design for such local nonprofits as the St. Jude Classic golf tournament, the Memphis Zoo, Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Memphis in May International Festival Inc.

90. Fair Game -

During the same week the Mid-South Fairgrounds saw the page turn on its history as home to midways and exhibits when Tiger Lane, the new tailgating feature outside Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium opened, the story of fairs continues in other parts of the community.

91. Festival Highlights Memphis-India Connections -

When Memphians talk about India, two subjects almost always come up – overseas call centers and the film “Slumdog Millionaire.”

But organizers of this year’s annual IndiaFest said the nation’s cultural and business influence in Memphis is growing rapidly.

92. Tunisian Diplomat Works Toward Cooperation -

Tunisia is the honored country at this year’s Memphis in May International Festival.

Abderraouf Basti is the republic’s minister of culture and heritage preservation, a job whose duties include the preservation of Kairouan, the first Islamic capital in the region, the Zitouna mosque and the site of ancient Carthage.

93. Tradition is Great, But MIM Needs Newer Approach -

It may be time to rethink the Memphis in May International Festival.

The month of activities has continually evolved over the decades, but we’re talking about more than an evolution or adjustment.

94. Memphis in May -

In 1977, Lyman Aldrich had job creation in mind when he invited Japanese businessmen to serve on the board of Memphis in May.

Two years later, Sharp Electronics, a Japanese manufacturer, announced its intention to build its first U.S. plant in Memphis.

95. Conserve and Protect -

Iconic nautical images abound on the modern-day Mississippi River, this country’s largest and most storied river system.

Stroll along the banks of the “Mighty Mississippi” and it’s possible to see a tugboat pushing a barge against the current, a steamboat churning through the muddy waters, a Coast Guard cutter darting across the choppy surface.

96. Guitarist Starts Tattoo-Inspired Clothing Line -

The idea came about as Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett, a Memphis native and Rhodes College graduate, sipped whiskey with a buddy from Memphis on the band’s tour bus.

97. 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.

98. Memphis In May Founder Continues Building International Ties -

When Lyman Aldrich founded the Memphis In May International Festival 33 years ago, he and others thought it was important to honor a different country every year. The tradition continues to promote cultural as well as business ties to each honored country.

99. Society of Entrepreneurs Names Crye Master Entrepreneur -

Harold Crye, co-founder and chief executive officer of Crye-Leike Realtors, has been honored as the 2009 Master Entrepreneur by the Society of Entrepreneurs in partnership with Junior Achievement of Memphis.

100. Ambassador: Embrace Better Methods Now to Benefit Future Generations -

Jose Goni is Chile’s ambassador to the United States. He was in Memphis this month as part of a Chilean delegation to the Memphis In May International Festival. Chile is this year’s honored country.