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1. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

2. Ogle Appointed County Historian -

The Shelby County Commission has appointed Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, as the new county historian.

3. Ogle Appointed Shelby County Historian -

The Shelby County Commission has appointed Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, as the new county historian.

4. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

5. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

6. Beale Alterations Point to Possible Larger Changes -

As a brass band leading a lunch-hour parade on Beale Street last Friday passed Handy Park, a crew wearing the district’s new uniforms for maintenance workers were taking down the Performa Entertainment sign outlining the ground rules for the park area.

7. This week in Memphis history: November 29-December 5 -

2012: The Yorktown, a 257-foot cruise boat, left Memphis after a two-week stay on the Memphis riverfront because of Hurricane Sandy on the Atlantic Coast. Sandy caused the cruise ship to arrive in Memphis a week early. Meanwhile the Grand Caribe cruise ship was due the second week in December. The Queen of the Mississippi was in Memphis that Nov. 24 in advance of 24 scheduled stops in Memphis in 2013. The American Queen, the world’s largest steamboat, was due in its homeport of Memphis that Dec. 2.

8. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair says the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told Memphis City Council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made fifth-term plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

9. City Council to Vote on Bonds, Review Land Swap -

Memphis City Council members this week take up $375 million in refunding bonds and general obligation bonds, and discuss a land swap with Church of the River for access to a boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.

10. Beale Street Landing Fences Removed -

The grass-covered hill that forms the roof of Beale Street Landing was an immediate hit with riverfront visitors Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the first construction fences came down on the site.

“We’re finally far enough along in construction that we feel like it’s safe enough to take down the fencing in certain areas,” said Dorchelle Spence, vice president of the Riverfront Development Corp., which manages the landing and 11 other riverfront parks, including Mud Island, for the city of Memphis.

11. Beale Street Landing Fencing Comes Down -

The construction fencing separating the public from parts of Beale Street Landing started to come down Tuesday, Sept. 24, signaling some of the construction work is “largely complete,” according to Riverfront Development Corp. president Benny Lendermon.

12. Design Review Board Approves Downtown Guidelines -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board approved Wednesday, Aug. 7, new design guidelines for Downtown.

The full commission will vote on the plans later this month, and the DRB will revisit the guidelines in six months for any possible revisions.

13. Design Review Board Approves Downtown Guidelines -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board approved Wednesday, Aug. 7, new design guidelines for Downtown.

The full commission will vote on the plans later this month, and the DRB will revisit the guidelines in six months for any possible revisions.

14. Downtown Design Guidelines Close to Reality -

After nearly two years in the planning stage, new standards for guiding how development Downtown should occur are getting closer to becoming a reality.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board will vote Wednesday, Aug. 7, on the design guidelines, with the commission’s full board expected to vote Aug. 22.

15. Council Approves Tax Hike in $3.40 Property Tax Rate -

Memphis City Council members raised the city property tax rate Tuesday, June 26, by four cents above the recertified tax rate and put the rest of a turbulent budget season to rest.

The approval of the $3.40 property tax rate and city operating and capital budgets came in a council session that ended at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

16. Council Begins Action on Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

17. Council Begins Action On End Of Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

18. Multiple Reasons Forced Trail to Lose Funding -

Bureaucratic snafus, a lack of city funds and the transformation of The Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops store led the city to lose a $316,680 federal grant for a riverfront bike and pedestrian system.

19. Multiple Reasons Forced Trail to Lose Funding -

Bureaucratic snafus, a lack of city funds and the transformation of The Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops store led the city to lose a $316,680 federal grant for a riverfront bike and pedestrian system.

20. Self-Tucker Focused on Designs to Inspire -

Self-Tucker Architects wants to lift the aspirations of the community through great architecture and design.

The firm is currently involved with a variety of high-profile projects across the area, including the National Civil Rights Museum and the new ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport, and past work includes the Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy and the FedExForum.

21. State Pulls Riverfront Trail Funds -

The state of Tennessee has withdrawn $316,680 from the city for a riverfront bike and pedestrian system due to inactivity, according to state officials.

“Sorry for the bad news but this project is very old and there was no movement and I could not get any information out of any one on why there was such a delay in getting the project constructed that Federal Highway Administration said they were pulling the funding,” Lisa Dunn, transportation planner with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, wrote in an email to Jim Reeder, project development coordinator for the Riverfront Development Corp.

22. Self-Tucker Focused on Designs to Inspire -

Self-Tucker Architects wants to lift the aspirations of the community through great architecture and design.

The firm is currently involved with a variety of high-profile projects across the area, including the National Civil Rights Museum and the new ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport, and past work includes the Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy and the FedExForum.

23. Changing Current -

The Uptown waterfront along the Wolf River Harbor – the area of the rejuvenated Uptown neighborhood that has for the most part been left out of the revitalization – could soon become a bustling waterfront village, according to a recently released master plan for the area.

24. This week in Memphis history: May 17-23 -

2012: Construction began on Greenbrier Apartments at South Front Street and East Nettleton Avenue, a $2.5 million, three-story development with 25 apartment units and underground parking.

1993: Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter signed legislation creating TennCare as Tennessee’s version of Medicaid.

25. Council Tackles Budget, Tax Rate -

Memphis City Council members take their first steps Tuesday, May 7, toward approving a city operating budget and property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

26. 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.

27. Beale Street Landing Restaurant Stalls -

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

28. Lendermon Discusses Riverfront Access -

Riverside Drive could work well if it lost a lane of automobile traffic in each direction, says the president of the Riverfront Development Corp.

29. Riverfront Report Highlights Quick Fixes -

With a set of 20 Memphis riverfront plans and reports spanning several decades, urban planner and designer Jeff Speck’s mission wasn’t to add to the stack of documents, maps and renderings.

30. 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.”

31. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

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

32. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

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

33. Spence Named Vice President at Riverfront Development -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president at Riverfront Development Corp. Spence, who formerly served as director of communications, will assume broader organizational responsibilities to focus on providing strategic direction in addition to marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, programming and government relations.

34. Going With the Flow -

When the world’s largest steamboat returns to Beale Street Landing on March 9, it will have a different look than it did almost a year ago when it came up the river from New Orleans to dock at its Memphis home port for the first time.

35. Riverfront Development Corp. Promotes Spence -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president of the Riverfront Development Corp., the nonprofit with jurisdiction over the Memphis riverfront public spaces and amenities.

36. Riverfront Development Corp. Promotes Spence to Vice President -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president of the Riverfront Development Corp., the nonprofit with jurisdiction over the Memphis riverfront public spaces and amenities.

37. Lyons Named Interim CEO Of Memphis Symphony -

Al Lyons has been tapped to serve as the interim CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

He’ll serve in the position until a CEO search that’s now in progress is completed.

In addition to formerly working with the Bodine Co. as chief financial officer and president, Lyons has been involved as leader in arts organizations including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, where he served as interim director from 2007 to 2008 and was president of the board of trustees in 2010 and 2011.

38. Lyons Named Interim CEO of Memphis Symphony Orchestra -

Al Lyons has been tapped to serve as the interim CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

He’ll serve in the position until a CEO search that’s now in progress is completed.

In addition to formerly working with the Bodine Co. as chief financial officer and president, Lyons has been involved as leader in arts organizations including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, where he served as interim director from 2007 to 2008 and was president of the board of trustees in 2010 and 2011.

39. River Business -

From Thanksgiving through the first full week in December, four overnight cruise boats will have docked at the Memphis riverfront.

And the Riverfront Development Corp., which manages the riverfront for the city including Beale Street Landing, has been talking with one cruise company about more of the boats coming to Memphis.

40. Voices of the Past -

A new crop of historical markers and monuments is sprouting across the city in a move by several groups to broaden the span of the city’s recognized history.

Last week the UrbanArt Commission formally dedicated a statue by artist Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park that is the image of a Native American woman. Her sculpted cloak bears images from some of the history that followed the Native Americans who built the ceremonial mounds in the park around 1500 A.D.

41. River Walk Rehab -

What is 2,000 feet long, 30 years old, has 20 cities and can carry a leaf from Cairo, Ill., to the Gulf of Mexico in 40 minutes?

The Mud Island River Walk, a scale model of the Mississippi River, has seen a lot of changes since it opened as the dominant feature of the river park in 1982.

42. Downtown Memphis Commission Celebrates Progress -

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

43. Civil War Cannons Go to Memphis Park -

Four reproduction Civil War cannons will be installed in Memphis’ Confederate Park, replacing real Civil War cannons that were sacrificed during World War II as part of a scrap-metal drive.

The park later displayed World War II cannons. Those were removed in 2009 to be renovated and placed in Overton Park’s Veterans Plaza.

44. Funding Brings More Changes to Riverfront -

The world’s largest steamboat will have some company at Beale Street Landing. Water taxis would travel from the landing at the foot of Beale to the south end of Mud Island River Park and back as part of a still developing plan that last week secured $800,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

45. Making Way -

The $191 million transformation of The Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops superstore by August 2013 will have an effect not only on local tourism but also on surrounding commercial real estate.

The 21,000-square-foot office building at 400 N. Front St. is a prime example. The 100-year-old space has been owned and occupied by Greg Ericson of Ericson Group Inc. for the last 14 years.

46. Landing Sign Approved Following Design Debate -

The sign for Beale Street Landing turned out not to be a big deal for the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

It’s larger than the planning standards and guidelines for that part of Downtown. But most on the board argued an exception was warranted and the sign could go bigger because of the scale of the project it is attached to. The sign was approved.

47. Events -

The Daily News’ offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Offices reopen at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5, and will remain open during normal business hours.

48. 150 Years Later: City’s Role Remembered -

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War arrived in Memphis this week with plans to return cannons to Confederate Park and lots of contemporary views about the battle of Memphis in which no cannons were fired from land.

49. Cordova’s Appling Lakes Sells for $26 Million -

1385 Appling Road
Cordova, TN 38016
Sale Total: $26.4 million (27 TIC sellers)

50. RDC Files $9.8M Application for Beale St. Landing -

Riverfront Development Corp. is preparing for the next phase of Beale Street Landing: development of a riverfront park. The organization has filed a $9.8 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the park.

51. Riverfront Rehab -

As the American Queen steamboat docked Tuesday, May 15, at Beale Street Landing and left the same day for a trip to New Orleans, plans were under way for the restoration of another part of the riverfront just to the north – the cobblestones as well as a plaza and fountain at the foot of Union Avenue.

52. DRB Approves Cobblestone Work -

The Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission has approved the cobblestone river landing project tentatively set to start work sometime this fall.

The review board is one of the final stops for the long-planned project to stabilize the cobblestones by the river as well as create a plaza at the foot of Union Avenue and allow public access to the river’s edge.

53. Cobblestone Plan Gets DMC Design Board Approval -

The Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission has approved the cobblestone river landing project tentatively set to start work sometime this fall.

The review board is one of the final stops for the long planned project to stabilize the cobblestones by the river as well as create a plaza at the foot of Union Avenue and allow public access to the river’s edge.

54. Our River Reflects City’s Past, Future -

For decades, redevelopment of the city’s riverfront has been an elusive goal. Look at it over the years and you can see moves toward a goal of a riverfront that is once again busy – but busy for reasons different than those when the cobblestones represented the gateway to a 19th century logistics hub.

55. 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.

56. Cook Named Director At Memphis Farmers Mkt. -

Allison Cook has been named market director at Memphis Farmers Market. Cook brings her marketing and business management experience to the position, and also has volunteered at the market and its Harvest Celebration fundraisers for three years.

57. Events -

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force will host a meeting Tuesday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 160 Union Ave. Federal and state officials will discuss strategies to address water quality in the river basin and gulf. For details, contact Reginald Jackson at 501-352-7761 or reginald.jackson@ar.usda.gov, or Jeannine May at 601-260-0298 or jeannine.may@ms.usda.gov.

58. Showcasing the River -

Leading up to Mud Island River Park’s 30th anniversary celebration, changes have been made everywhere from its logo to its concert series and even upgrades in areas that were damaged during last May’s Mississippi River flood.

59. 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.

60. Planned Riverfront Grille Would Open in July -

The Riverfront Development Corp. is in the final stages of negotiations with Beale and Second Inc. to operate the restaurant at the Beale Street Landing project.

61. Marty Regan Blends Civic, Community Duties -

When Marty Regan looks out from his penthouse view at One Commerce Square, he sees an array of public and private partnerships that wouldn’t have been possible without real estate attorneys.

62. Farris Bobango Targets Expansion -

The law firm of Farris Bobango PLC has a proverbial “help wanted” sign outside its office doors in Memphis and Nashville.

Firm partner John Bobango said the firm, which was founded in the 1950s, is looking to expand its offices in both cities in specific practice areas.

63. Memphians Observe World AIDS Day -

A procession of red rice paper sky lanterns delicately floated into an orange sky over Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis Thursday, Dec. 1, as the sun descended on the Mississippi River.

64. Events -

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Memphis will host “Lunch with an Entrepreneur” Monday, Nov. 21, at noon at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Blvd. Jason Gillum, president and founder of Millennium Search, will speak. For more information or to register, visit lunchwithanentrepreneur1121.eventbrite.com.

65. Fate of Ramesses Statue Still Hangs in Balance -

The fate of the Ramesses statue outside The Pyramid was delayed for another two weeks at City Hall as a Memphis City Council member again derailed the effort to move the monolith to the University of Memphis campus.

66. GASC Looks to Promising Future as Bookings Begin -

There are a lot of bare walls in the offices of the newest tenant at One Commerce Square. But the offices of the Great American Steamboat Co. have a river view and the lobby houses a scale model of the company’s chief asset – the largest steamboat ever built.

67. Rollin’ on the River -

With the announcement that two grand steamboats will soon begin trolling the Mighty Mississippi past Memphis – one of which will make the city its home port – the last few weeks have brought news for the city’s riverfront that’s definitely made some waves.

68. Riverboat News Points to Upswing Along River -

With last week’s approval of up to $215 million in bonds for the city’s expanded Pyramid plus plans, the project Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration describes as the other anchor for riverfront development has been moving in quieter waters.

69. County Commission Reviews City Buyout of Convention Center -

Shelby County Commissioners reviewed Wednesday, Aug. 17, the city of Memphis’ plan to buy out the county’s share of the Memphis Cook Convention Center for $75 million.

The 6-1 vote in committee is a recommendation of the resolution that goes to the full commission Monday, Aug. 22, for a vote.

70. Bass Pro, Pyramid Project Grows -

The adaptive reuse of The Pyramid by Bass Pro Shops got about $105 million larger in scope this week.

The project now includes a $75 million city buyout of the county’s interest in the Memphis Cook Convention Center, $5 million more for what had been a $10 million city purchase of the Lone Star concrete facility by The Pyramid and a $25 million seismic retrofit of The Pyramid and the land bordering the Wolf River Harbor.

71. Council Approves Expansion of Pyramid Project -

Memphis City Council members approved a bond resolution that expands the scope of The Pyramid renovation by Bass Pro Shops.

The project now includes a $75 million city buyout of the county’s interest in the Memphis Cook Convention Center, $5 million more for what had been a $10 million city purchase of the Lone Star concrete facility near The Pyramid and a $25 million seismic retrofit of The Pyramid and the land bordering the Wolf River Harbor.

72. Council Gets Details Of Pyramid Construction -

When Memphis City Council members hear Tuesday, Aug. 16, that the Bass Pro Shops conversion of The Pyramid is again ready to move, they also will be asked to approve a pair of resolutions to finance a city buyout of county government’s interest in the Memphis Cook Convention Center as well as the development of the nearby Pinch District.

73. $10M Permit Filed for Beale Street Landing -

Just days after the purchase of the American Queen riverboat by the Great American Steamboat Co. was announced, the Riverfront Development Corp. filed a building permit for the next phase of the Beale Street Landing project.

74. American Queen Steamboat Will Call Memphis Home -

The city of Memphis now owns a $9 million interest in The American Queen steamboat, the only overnight cruise boat working the Mississippi River when it leaves its Memphis port in April.

When the U.S. Maritime Administration signed off on the sale of the massive steamboat to HMS Global Maritime and its Great American Steamboat Co. subsidiary this week, it was a milestone in a complex, fast-moving deal.

75. American Queen Seals GASC Move to Memphis -

The sale of the American Queen to the Great American Steamboat Co. for $15.5 million has cleared federal maritime regulators and the CEO of the company said today the first cruise from the Memphis homeport will be in April.

76. Events -

FRED’S, Frito-Lay and Bumpus Harley-Davidson are joining to raise funds to assist Staff Sgt. Russell Logan, a member of the Air National Guard, at a cookout Sunday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bumpus Harley-Davidson, 325 S. Byhalia Road in Collierville. Logan lost his left foot while on patrol in Afghanistan. To make a contribution or for more information, call Bumpus at 316-1121.

77. Events -

The Madison Hotel will continue its Sunset Atop the Madison series Thursday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the hotel, 79 Madison Ave. Preston Shannon will perform, and the evening will include drinks and a special menu. Admission is $7. For more information, call 333-1200.

78. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle” Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hyatt Place, 9161 Winchester Road. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

79. Mayor Wharton Shares Minority Biz Plans -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told a minority business forum his administration will begin questioning those who want to do business with the city about their use of minority and locally owned businesses in general.

80. ArtsMemphis' Schadt Wins Michael Newton Award -

The 2011 Michael Newton Award was presented to Susan Schadt, president and CEO of ArtsMemphis, by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The award has been given annually since 1991 and recognizes exemplary leadership skills and extraordinary dedication to supporting the arts through a united arts fund. Schadt, who took her position at ArtsMemphis in 2002, received her award at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego.

81. Steamboats To Call Miss. River Home Once Again -

The overnight riverboat cruise business has certainly had its share of false starts in recent years. The trouble began in 2001, six years after The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. had the largest steamboat in the world built. The company went bankrupt and The American Queen went out of service.

82. Overnight River Cruises to Finance Beale Street Landing -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Tuesday outlined a plan to Memphis City Council members to bring overnight and multi-night riverboat cruises back to Memphis as headquarters for the Great American Steamboat Co. The deal would also provide the funding to complete the stalled Beale Street Landing project.

83. 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.

84. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Mud Island River Park Closed Indefinitely

Mud Island River Park closed Friday for safety reasons as the waters of the real Mississippi River flooded the park’s scale model of the Mississippi River.

85. Mud Island River Park Closed Starting Friday -

Mud Island River Park closed Friday for safety reasons as the waters of the real Mississippi River flooded the park’s scale model of the Mississippi River.

Leaders of the Riverfront Development Corp., which runs the park for the city, cited the inability of emergency responders to get past flooded parts of service roads on the island in their decision to close indefinitely.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. Conference Pits MEM At Center of Aviation World -

For five years Memphis International Airport executives and other civic leaders have worked on developing the city’s aerotropolis – the concept of an airport serving as a region’s economic engine.

The idea will be as public as ever – at least here – Tuesday, the second day of the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition at The Peabody hotel. That’s when FedEx Corp. founder Frederick W. Smith and Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson share the stage with University of North Carolina professor John Kasarda, the originator of the aerotropolis concept.

90. Harahan Boardwalk Backers Plan Return to Omaha -

The Memphis group working with Union Pacific Corp. to build a bike and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River will be at the railroad’s Omaha, Neb., headquarters next month.

91. An Overdue Thank You to Memphis -

I’m thankful for home.

I’m in a serious relationship with this city. Unlike our casual visitors who have their one-night stands on Beale Street, love us and leave us during Memphis in May, lust after our barbecue from afar and sing our songs around the world, I wake up every day with Memphis.

92. Bass Pro Pyramid Creates Downtown ‘Gateway’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has referred to The Pyramid plans as “The Gateway,” the new city name for a project that ties together other recent residential and commercial breakthroughs that stretch from the riverfront to the medical center.

93. SunTrust Files Permit for Uptown “St. Jude” Branch -

600 A.W. Willis Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $720,000

Project Cost: TBA
Permit Date: Applied June 2010
Completion: First Quarter 2011
Owner: SunTrust Banks Inc.
Tenant: SunTrust Banks Inc.
Contractor: TBA

94. Webb Files $10M Permit For Beale Street Landing Project -

Webb Building Corp. has filed a $10.4 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on the Riverfront Development Corp.’s Beale Street Landing project.

95. Bass Pro and Beyond -

"Adaptive reuse” is the term for what city leaders hope will happen at The Pyramid.

Throw in the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Beale Street Landing projects, though, and “adaptive reuse” seems inadequate to define what is happening among the three concepts.

96. Funding Questions Haunt Beale Street Landing Project -

The president of the Riverfront Development Corp. said earlier this week the organization may have been too aggressive in pursuing the Beale Street Landing project, even when federal stimulus funding dried up.

97. Charter Commission Begins Work On Metro Financial Structure -

Metro Charter Commissioners haven't divided the services of a consolidated local government into urban and general services districts yet.

But Thursday the group approved a set of recommendations that give some shape to metro government finances.

98. Work Begins Installing Court Avenue Bridge -

A new 200-foot long elevated pedestrian bridge spanning Court Avenue was delivered Downtown, where workers began installing it Thursday.

The bridge installation is part of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law/Confederate Park Public Access project led by the Riverfront Development Corp.

99. Lease Agreement Appears Close For Bass Pro -

Lease negotiations for The Pyramid are going so well, an e-mail may seal the deal, said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

City leaders and Bass Pro Shops executives are scheduled to meet Thursday in Springfield, Mo., at the headquarters of the outdoor retailer.

100. Much Care, Work Goes Into Law School Transformation -

As the new University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has come to fruition this winter, it has been difficult not to feel the presence of the building’s former lives.

But none of those lives has remained completely intact in a series of renovations since its 1884 debut as the U.S. Customs House.