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1. Earlier Conversions Leave Lessons for Foote Homes Project -

The coming redevelopment of Foote Homes will be different from previous public housing conversions, incorporating lessons learned from relocating residents.

The last phase of neighboring Cleaborn Homes’ conversion to a mixed-use, mixed-income development is under construction on the other side of Lauderdale Street. It will create 67 multifamily units and should be completed by the end of the year.

2. Urban Barn Market Debuts October Event -

Debi Heying Vincent and Carrie Walters Floyd have traveled across the South, noticing the abundance of antique and vintage markets everywhere except Memphis.

3. New Life -

A development 10 years in the making, the abandoned 33,000-square-foot Universal Life Insurance Co. building is within sight of its new lease on life through the support of public and private partnerships.

4. South Front Antiques Expands Via Web, Social Media -

South Front Antiques has been a landmark in Downtown Memphis for decades, but the second generation of the Nielsen family is launching the past into the future with an expanded web presence and social media platform to make their one-of-a-kind pieces available far and wide.

5. Tennessee Housing Agency Adopts Green-Building Standards -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency wants to build healthy communities from the ground up.

Under new guidelines to be incorporated later this year, affordable housing developers seeking Low-Income Housing Tax Credits will have to qualify for full certification from Enterprise Green Communities. The certification was first introduced nationally in 2004, and the THDA board recently approved incorporation of the revamped 2015 criteria.

6. Events -

ArtBash on Flicker Street will be held Friday, Sept. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Flicker Street Studio, 74 Flicker St., will display “The Work Room Exhibition,” while David Lusk Gallery-Temp, 64 Flicker, will present “200 Miles Away” and a book release and signing for Audrey Taylor Gonzalez’s “South of Everything.” Visit flickerstreetstudio.com and davidluskgallery.com.

7. First Annual Latino Memphis Conference Underway -

CONGRESO, the first Latino Memphis conference, is taking place Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 13-16.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, it will bring together three nationally recognized Latino leaders for networking, workshops and leadership development. The featured speakers include author J.R. Martinez, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute president Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. and NPR and PBS Emmy award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa.

8. I Choose Memphis: J. Eustis Corrigan Jr. -

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

Name: J. Eustis Corrigan Jr.

Job title and company: Senior managing director at CBIZ MHM LLC

9. Beale Authority Moves Toward Management Firm -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority plans to hire a day-to-day real estate management firm by the end of the year.

The authority voted Thursday, Sept. 10, to move toward the hire. The next step is a request for proposal that the board is expected to vote on at its Oct. 15 meeting.

10. Events -

Literacy Mid-South will host the second annual Mid-South Book Festival Wednesday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 13, at Playhouse on the Square (66 S. Cooper St.) and Circuit Playhouse (51 S. Cooper). The literary event will feature more than 80 local and national authors, writing workshops, panel discussions, a street fair and more. Visit midsouthbookfest.org for a schedule.

11. Southern Heritage Classic Founder’s Vision: Go Big -

It’s a funny question to him now, 26 years down the line and the Southern Heritage Classic an unquestionable success.

So founder Fred Jones Jr. laughs when asked if he had to bankroll the first game with mostly his own money.

12. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

13. Music & Heritage Festival Brings Region’s Culture to Life -

Spend any amount of time with Judy Peiser at the Center for Southern Folklore and it’s easy to see she loves talking to people.

It’s not just making small talk; she enjoys getting to know everyone who comes through the center’s cafe at 119 S. Main St. And she never misses an opportunity to talk up the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, which will be Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, along Main Street in front of the center.

14. Confederate Parks Renaming Court Ruling Charts Path of Controversy -

The Tennessee Court of Appeals concluded last week that the city of Memphis was involved in the placement of a concrete marker in what used to be Forrest Park that set off an ongoing chain of events.

15. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

16. Musical Space -

It took a while – four years, in fact – for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame to finally get a space of its own. But it’s preparing to celebrate that physical space at 126 Beale St., adjacent to the Hard Rock Café, with a grand opening ceremony Friday, Aug. 21.

17. Problem Properties -

Memphis has a crippling issue with blight, and one nonprofit is front and center with changing the culture that led to the city’s inundation of abandoned properties and lots.

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. was founded in 2012 as a court-appointed receiver of properties taken away from neglectful owners. Over the years, it has evolved to become a robust advocate for stronger legislation and development tools to deal with problem properties.

18. Cooking Companies -

One indication of the pervasiveness of an area’s startup culture is arguably the presence of incubators and accelerators focused on a variety of narrow purposes.

It’s why the Memphis area is home to plenty of such organizations focused on tech startups, social startups, medical device startups and startups led by women. And it’s why a kitchen incubator in West Memphis that launched in recent weeks is focused on startups in the food industry.

19. Merger Creates Opportunities for Nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. -

If a small business is seeking a loan, nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. will sell the fuel along with a free diagnostic checkup.

20. Nineteenth Century Club Owner Files Building Permit -

The owner of the Nineteenth Century Club is prepared to launch a renovation of the historic building on Union Avenue.

Union Group LLC has applied for a $2.17 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to proceed with renovations to turn the home at 1433 Union Ave. into a restaurant. Archer Custom Builders is listed as the contractor on the permit.

21. Memphis Finalist for Choice Neighborhoods Grant -

Memphis is among the finalists for a federal grant worth up to $30 million that would fund the demolition and redevelopment of Foote Homes, the city’s last large public housing development.

The city got word Tuesday, July 14, from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen that it is one of nine cities competing for the Choice Neighborhoods grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

22. Owner Files Building Permit For Nineteenth Century Club -

The owner of the Nineteenth Century Club is prepared to launch a renovation of the historic building on Union Avenue.

Union Group LLC has applied for a $2.17 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to proceed with renovations to turn the home at 1433 Union Ave. into a restaurant. Archer Custom Builders is listed as the contractor on the permit.

23. Memphis Finalist for Federal Choice Neighborhoods Grant -

The city of Memphis is among the finalists for a federal grant worth up to $30 million that would fund the demolition and redevelopment of Foote Homes, the city’s last large public housing development.

24. 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.

25. Sweet Family Recipe Propels Makeda’s Cookies Expansion -

In its past 16 years of business, Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies has learned to add a pinch of grit to the classic butter, sugar and flour recipe.

Husband-and-wife team Maurice and Pamela Hill, along with a host of other family members, bake nearly 20 kinds of cookies and cookie-crust pies in the longstanding store at 2370 Airways Blvd.

26. New Forrest Front -

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

27. 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.

28. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator Is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

29. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

30. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

31. Editorial: Music Comes First at Ardent -

Few industries can match the music business for uncertainty, volatility and instability.

It helps if a city has a music industry infrastructure ruled by music corporations and recording studios, both independent and controlled by the corporate giants.

32. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

33. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

34. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

35. Buster's Boom: Popular Liquor and Wine Store Expanding -

Buster’s Liquors & Wines is expanding its footprint. The popular wine and liquor store near the University of Memphis is taking over the space occupied by La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in the University Center retail development at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

36. Editorial: A New Fairgrounds is Already Taking Shape in Memphis -

As an Urban Land Institute panel spends a quick week in Memphis June 8-12 to offer recommendations on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, we hope they will color outside the lines City Hall has set so far for its revitalization.

37. Events -

Wolf River Conservancy will host a discussion and Q&A on the future of Wolf River Greenway Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Sara’s Place at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Chuck Flink of Alta Planning & Design will discuss the greenway’s impact, design and immediate plans for the next seven phases. Free for WRC and MBG members; $4 for nonmembers. RSVP to education@wolfriver.org.

38. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit restaurants, stores and galleries, enjoy live performances and more. Cost is free. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

39. Farm Feast -

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

40. Memphis Heritage to Host Architectural Auction -

Memphis Heritage’s 2015 Architectural Auction will be held May 30 in the historic Edge District at 320 Monroe Ave.

41. Oxn Retail Shop Prepares to Open in South Main -

As part of his preparations for the new men’s clothing and lifestyle store he will soon open Downtown, Zac Woolfolk was captivated by the idea of auxin, a growth hormone in plants.

It was a straight line from there to his interest in doing something that helps Memphis itself to grow. The word is pronounced like the animal oxen, but Woolfolk – an Internet marketing strategist with Rocketfuel – decided to drop the ‘E.’ The result: a more search-friendly name for his shop Oxn and the completion of one of many steps on the road to opening behind Central BBQ in the South Main neighborhood, possibly by the end of this month.

42. THE PRESENT: Overton Square Development Going Strong -

As Overton Square prepares to blow out 45 candles as part of a milestone anniversary celebration May 23, development activity at the Midtown landmark is still going strong.

Bob Loeb, president of square developer Loeb Properties, says “another performing arts existing provider in town” wants to relocate to the square, something addressed as part of a local Urban Land Institute technical advisory panel convened earlier this month to look at that prospect, among other issues.

43. Editorial: STEM Holds Promise, Power -

STEM and STEAM education models have garnered criticism that their approach locks students into a specific career or job track too early. After all, those of us of a certain age grew up with the idea that a well-rounded education was the best way to prepare for our future.

44. Project Focuses on Music, History, Culture of South -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – State and community leaders in six cities are planning to participate in the launch of a project to help preserve the musical heritage and culture of the South.

Tourism officials also will be part of the official launch of the Americana Music Triangle next week.

45. Students Raise Funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief -

Bishwas Shrestha, a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, got a call from a friend late last Saturday night bearing bad news.

The friend, a fellow citizen of Nepal, was calling to tell the third-year Ph.D. student in the UTHSC Deptartment of Pediatrics about the earthquake that struck the South Asia country – a magnitude-7.8 quake that included more than 60 intense aftershocks and has killed and injured thousands.

46. Foote Homes Effort Gets Rebrand, New Details -

With Bass Pro Shops formally opening this week, the next big project on City Hall’s drawing board is a remake of Foote Homes.

The ambitious plan to demolish and rebuild the city’s last large public housing project, using it as a catalyst for redevelopment of the much larger south Downtown into South Memphis area, has been on the books longer than The Pyramid. That’s if you start the timeline with the demolition of the first large housing project, LeMoyne Gardens, in the late 1990s.

47. Loeb Sees Activity at Executive Square -

Loeb Properties has picked up a new lease and a lease renewal inside the Executive Square development in East Memphis.

BoCo Health Services signed a new lease for 1,007 square feet in Suite 103 at 5575 Poplar Ave. In addition, Sunshine Corp. renewed its 1,075-square foot lease in Suite 420.

48. Heavy Lifting -

When it comes to industrial work, it doesn’t get much heavier than Atlantic Track and Turnout Co. deep in southwest Memphis.

49. Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan Resurfaces -

A long-delayed city plan to remake a large swath of Downtown’s southern end appears to be making a comeback.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday that the city expects to receive good news on the Heritage Trail development plan sometime this year.

50. Density Key to Central Station Timing -

The redevelopment plan for Downtown’s Central Station is the expansion of the South Bluffs development of the 1990s. Or it is a bridge connecting the transformation of the old Cleaborn Homes public housing development to the east and maybe Foote Homes to come.

51. Scarboro Takes Reins at Regional Fed -

Douglas Scarboro has been named regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, Scarboro is responsible for working with business leaders and local communities in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas to inform the setting of monetary policies.

52. Editorial: Museum Offers Mountaintop Experience on Its Balcony -

What brings people to the balcony of the former Lorraine Motel and what they leave with are as unique to each person as a fingerprint.

Every April since 1969, the motel courtyard has been the place where the issues and causes of the times have been reflected and judged in terms of their relevance and connection to the life that ended on the balcony.

53. Live Nation Beale Alliance Touted As Concert Comeback -

On the sidewalk in front of the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street are two brass music notes, side by side. One honors the late Mid-South Concerts promoter Bob Kelley and the other honors Mike Glenn, the New Daisy’s long-time operator.

54. City & State Brings ‘General Store’ Feel to New Broad Shop -

Lisa and Luis Toro have finally opened the doors and welcomed the first customers at City & State, a new general merchandise store on Broad Avenue stocked with “future vintage” goods.

55. Restless Winter -

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

56. Rhodes Results -

Capital campaigns are usually about buildings. And the just-completed capital campaign at Rhodes College includes a new science building that will break ground in the summer and complete the quadrangle of the private liberal arts college’s scenic campus.

57. ABB Creating 200 Jobs in Memphis -

ABB, which bought Memphis-based electrical components maker Thomas & Betts in 2012 for $3.9 billion, is expanding its Memphis-area footprint.

The company said Tuesday, March 3, it plans to spend $30 million to build a new manufacturing site and expand its customer experience center for its low voltage products division here. Plans call for creating more than 200 jobs as a result of that investment, with another 100 jobs expected over the next five years.

58. City Council to Get Update Halfway Into Fiscal Year -

Memphis City Council members return to the matter of city finances Tuesday, March 3, with a financial review in a 9:30 a.m. committee session that marks the halfway point in the city’s fiscal year.

59. Farm & Gin -

Jacob Waters isn’t old enough to drive a car yet. But, by his own account, he has driven a tractor a few times.

60. Events -

Leadership Memphis will host its 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awardees Pat Halloran, Brian Stephens and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be honored for empowering the community and making a positive impact in the Mid-South. Tickets are $50. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.

61. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

62. Visitors’ Center in Tunica Offers Intro to Blues Heritage -

Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage.

Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica.

63. Alternative Ending -

The city of Memphis secured $6.7 million in federal funding last week to improve and rehab public housing.

Meanwhile, the city’s application for a much larger federal grant to demolish the city’s last large public housing development was making the rounds at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

64. Planned Downtown Hotel Features Urban Design -

A new rendering of a proposed LaQuinta Inn & Suites hotel at Union Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard Downtown shows a more urban design than a previous stock rendering sent to city and county planners.

65. Skyline-Changing Tower Project Planned for Beale -

The resurrected One Beale project at Riverside Drive and Beale Street has returned to a two-tower plan that will include 280 apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail and meeting space, 20,000 square feet of office space and a 300-room hotel.

66. Council Gives Third Look at Beale Street Authority -

For a third consecutive session, Memphis City Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, Feb. 3, on establishing a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

The resolution establishing the authority to oversee and further develop the entertainment district was delayed two weeks ago as some council members, led by Harold Collins and Wanda Halbert, talked about the council approving actions of the development authority.

67. Bass Pro Job Fair Lures Hundreds -

Hundreds of applicants showed up Monday, Feb. 2, for the first day of Bass Pro Shops' job fair to fill 600 full- and part-time positions at its Pyramid attraction.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, set to open this spring, will feature a vast assortment of outdoor gear, the Big Cypress Lodge hotel, the interactive National Waterfowling Heritage Center in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, two restaurants and an observation deck. 

68. Lasting Legacies -

A FedEx commercial that never made it past the storyboard stage portrayed company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith as a child filling out an order form in the back of a comic book for a batch of Sea-Monkeys, sending it off and waiting for the delivery.

69. Wharton Defends, Touts Record at State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. defended and touted Thursday, Jan. 29, his administration’s pursuit of the economic development projects that his challengers in the October city elections will likely use to make their case.

70. Tentative Deal Limits Role of Beale Street Development Corp. -

In the beginning of the redevelopment of Beale Street, city leaders of the late 1970s put in place the Beale Street Development Corp. in a role they saw as a cultural guardian of the district between Fourth and Second streets.

71. Commercial Success -

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

72. New Record Label Launches in Memphis -

The team behind a new record label that’s launched in Memphis has big ambitions for what it describes as the “musical venture capital” the label wants to share with musicians.

Blue Barrel Records had a quiet launch of sorts in 2014, but it’s making moves this year to establish itself and plant its flag on the scene. Funding for the label comes from founder John Buford, who’s leading its A&R efforts alongside Memphis musician John Kilzer as well as Archer Records collaborators Ward Archer and Brian Dixon.

73. Bass Pro Shops Preparing to Build Bowling Alley -

1 A.W. Willis Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $600,000

Application Date: November 2014
Completion: May 2015
Owner: Bass Pro Shops
Tenant: Bass Pro Shops
Architect: OT Marshall Architects
Details: Bass Pro Shops is preparing to install a bowling alley inside The Pyramid.

74. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

75. New Daisy Changes Hands at Critical Time for Beale -

Three decades is a long enough time on Beale Street for any institution to create its own remarkable life.

But when that 30 years is part of a longer life of nearly 80 years and it’s on a street with an even longer history and heritage, there can be a tendency to forget how much time has passed in the latest life.

76. Hook, Line & Sinker -

In May, when the first guests at Big Cypress Lodge inside The Pyramid open the French doors in their rooms, they’ll be able to walk onto a patio overlooking the sprawling interior of the Bass Pro Shops store and attraction, including a re-creation of Delta cypress swamp and 600,000 gallons of water features.

77. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will present “You Be the Judge,” a mock trial that explores what would have happened if James Earl Ray had stood trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

78. Editorial: Film Revolution Finding its Own Way in Memphis -

Memphis has always had more homegrown culture than industry built around that culture and heritage.

Such is the case when it comes to the city’s film community, which includes those who present movies as well as those who make them.

79. Events -

The Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk will be held Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Broad Avenue Arts District. The event will include more than 100 artists exhibiting along Broad Avenue, live music and dance at the Water Tower Pavilion, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Visit broadavearts.com.

80. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn from the Experts” Thursday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in its boardroom, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Register at cannonwrightblount.com/resources or call 685-7500.

81. Restoration of Midtown Landmark Days Away -

Renovation of the historic Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue in Midtown will begin in a matter of days, according to a local preservation group.

Crews from Archer Custom Builders will soon begin restoring the historic mansion to its previous glory, according to Memphis Heritage. LRK Inc. is the architect.

82. Marine Hospital, I-55 Roundabout Draw Interest -

The public’s first opportunity to get a look at the old U.S. Marine Hospital by Chickasaw Heritage Park earlier this year included a chance to walk around the old set of buildings and the grounds overlooking the Mississippi River.

83. Exploring Possibilities -

Just a few weeks before construction is scheduled to begin on the Big River Crossing boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, bicycle riders will gather in West Memphis for a 100-kilometer bike ride designed to showcase what’s on the other side of the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River.

84. Pocket Park Takes Shape on Madison -

For several years, Scott Crosby, an attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and co-owner of The Brass Door restaurant on Madison Avenue Downtown, had considered what, if anything, could be done with the shuttered Burger King restaurant across the street, a decaying eyesore in an otherwise vibrant strip of the street.

85. Singing Mechanic’s Life Much Like the Songs He Sings -

The Singing Mechanic – “I’ve got that name. Nobody else can use it,” says Billy Devereaux – sits by his worn, 1,200-square-foot, two-room cottage and looks down at Boots, his Dutch Shepherd.

“He’s a possum killer and he runs security,” says Billy, 55, gazing across the swath of remote land separated by a long gravel trail from Smith Springs Road in Antioch.

86. Latino Political Profile Continues Rise -

When Latino Memphis held its first annual Leadership Luncheon last week in East Memphis, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis included political and business leaders among the group of 800 people.

87. Events -

Christian Brothers High School will dedicate McEniry Hall, its new science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) building, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. on its campus, 5900 Walnut Grove Road. The new building houses a CBHS-Christian Brothers University dual-enrollment program that offers college classes and credits to CBHS students. Call 261-4942 .

88. Events -

Latino Memphis will host its 2014 leadership luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Keynote speaker George P. Bush will share his thoughts on the positive role Latinos play in the U.S. Tickets are $100. Visit latinomemphis.org.

89. The Best Education Comes When Traveling -

Proponents of formal classroom education, the following message might not be for you.

In my opinion, the best education comes on the road, even if it means taking the kids out of school for a few days.

90. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

91. Coalition Works to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With development squeezing Nashville's famous Music Row, some in the music industry say time is running out to preserve the district's character and the studios where the Music City's iconic sounds were born.

92. Meet Hong Kong -

I just realized that while I have now lived in Hong Kong for nearly a month I have failed to properly introduce you. Allow me to give you the tour.

Between 1842 and 1997, the British controlled the 425-square-mile territory of Hong Kong, which includes Kowloon, the New Territories and over 200 smaller islands. Its proximity to China and its naturally deep water ports make Hong Kong an ideal trade destination. When China reopened in the 1980s, manufacturing boomed in nearby Shenzhen, and Hong Kong became the natural financial and logistics center ... in a way, China’s front office.

93. Hit Factory -

The massive trees and the shade they make are the only thing left on the northwest corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue from the days when American Studios turned out 120 hit records from 1965 to 1972.

94. Graceland Campus Financing Relies on Tight Boundaries -

When Elvis Presley Enterprises breaks ground next week on the $75 million, 450-room hotel-resort it will build north of Graceland mansion, it will be the beginning of crossing something off the company’s wish list since Elvis Presley’s mansion opened for tours in the early 1980s.

95. Difference Maker -

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

96. Heritage Trail Project Receive Arts Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $150,000 grant to the city’s Heritage Trail project for planning, design and public art.

Heritage Trail is the city’s ambitious project to redevelop a large area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis. It includes the proposed demolition of Foote Homes, the last of the city’s large public housing developments.

97. Heritage Trail Project Receives Arts Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $150,000 grant to the city’s Heritage Trail project for planning, design and public art.

Heritage Trail is the city’s ambitious project to redevelop a large area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis. It includes the proposed demolition of Foote Homes, the last of the city’s large public housing developments.

98. French Fort Plan Calls for $150 Million Development -

What would begin as 67 apartments in the former U.S. Marine Hospital and nurses’ quarters on the northern edge of the French Fort neighborhood would grow in phases to a $150 million development south of E.H. Crump Boulevard, according to a plan unveiled over the weekend.

99. Rehab on the River -

The next front in the “previtalization” of Memphis is a three-story, neoclassical brick building from the Depression era that was once a hospital for those who worked on the Mississippi River.

100. Still Rock ‘n’ Roll -

When Jeff Nolan, the Hard Rock Café’s music and memorabilia historian, got to Memphis Sunday, June 29, to prepare for the next day’s preview tours of the new Hard Rock location at Beale and Second streets, he grabbed a bite to eat at nearby Rum Boogie Café.