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1. UTHSC Pursuing Hotel-Conference Center in Medical District -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is looking for a developer to build a hotel and conference center at the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and South Pauline Street.

2. Tennessee Teacher Survey Shows Concerns With Test Prep -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With new tests on the way in math and English for students in grades three through 11, a survey released Wednesday shows Tennessee teachers worried that they're spending too much time on testing and test preparation.

3. Affordable Homes in an Unaffordable Market -

The gold rush of residential development throughout Middle Tennessee conceals what some in the region say is a growing crisis in affordable housing.

New homes and condos come on to the market every day, and even more are under construction or still in the planning stage, but those homes are often on the higher end of the price scale.

4. Vols Nearly Set on Offense as Season Approaches -

With Tennessee’s football team three weeks into fall camp, the offensive depth charts are set at some positions, while others remain open.

UT coach Butch Jones enters the 2015 season with no questions at quarterback or running back. His has plenty of receivers and all should get their share of playing time.

5. Lucas Named CIO at Regional One -

Jackie Lucas has joined Regional One Health as senior vice president and chief information officer. In her new role, Lucas is responsible for information technology and telecommunications for the organization.

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

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

7. Improving Access -

With Hispanics expected to make up 31 percent of the nation’s population by 2060, Christian Brothers University is investing in its growing community by pledging $12.5 million to go toward scholarships for immigrant students whose legal residency status may be in question.

8. Editorial: Medical Center Needs United Development Plan -

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

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

9. ‘Franklin the Plagiarist’ Revisited -

It’s been said that the Web is a Mecca for writers who are not good to start with and don’t know how to rewrite, revise and edit.

An apt quote on this concept may be found in the current I Swear Cross-plug – uh, Crossword. It is the ultimate memory enhancer, though, the net.

10. ‘Play Together’ -

The Memphis Medical Center is a hotbed of nationally renowned research and health care, but after dark the area might as well be dead.

Despite a workforce of 16,000 and a student base of 8,000, there are limited residential facilities and only a handful of nearby restaurants. But that’s all poised to change thanks to a partnership with an outside consulting group.

11. Titans Wide Receiver Hunter Granted Bond by Virginia Judge -

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was granted bond by a Virginia judge on Tuesday, July 21, a day after turning himself in to authorities in his hometown on a charge of malicious wounding.

12. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns -

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

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

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

14. Muslims Blast Handling of Tennessee Mosque Attack Plan Case -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Muslim groups say a judge's decision to release from federal custody a Tennessee man accused in court records of planning an attack on a mosque in New York state represents a double standard and should be revisited.

15. Cycling Ahead -

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

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

16. Stephen & LeBron: Destined to Cross Paths? -

When NBA MVP Stephen (pronounced Steff’n) Curry was in high school, he attended a basketball camp sponsored by LeBron James. The first time LeBron saw Steph, though, was in March 2008. James’s Cleveland Cavaliers were playing the Detroit Pistons, a night game. That afternoon LeBron showed up at Ford Field, with 53,000 others.

17. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. The 2015 Memphis Gavel Award will be presented to Quota International president Beverly Burroughs, and the guest speaker is Moore Tech president Skip Redmond. For more information, call Bob Gray at 901-494-8639.

18. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, June 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Overton Room at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Eric Spiegel and Chris Glenn of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP will discuss cybersecurity. Register at midsouthafp.org.

19. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will hold a roundtable discussion with Jeff Schultz, senior vice president of sales with APG Office Furnishings, Thursday, June 25, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. The topic is “The Customer Buying Process.” Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

20. Simmons Joins Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors -

Mary Leesa Simmons has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as vice president – senior asset manager. In her new role, Simmons provides all aspects of property management duties for the firm’s clients.
This includes financial administration, budgeting, reporting, lease administration, contract administration, tenant, client and vendor administration, capital improvements and property inspections.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

24. Tigers’ Tubbs Receives All-America Recognition -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball team. Tubbs is a Third Team All-America selection, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

25. Clarksville Star Can’t Wait to Be Part of Lady Vols -

Haley Bearden will watch every pitch this weekend as the University of Tennessee softball team pursues its ultimate goal in the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

The 2015 Clarksville High School graduate and UT softball recruit has been a fan since she was young, hardly ever missing a televised game, and dreamed of playing for the Lady Vols one day.

26. Shelby County Schools Hires Lawyer in State Funding Dispute -

The Shelby County Schools system moved a step closer Tuesday, May 26, to joining a school funding lawsuit against the state of Tennessee.

The school board voted Tuesday, without discussion, to direct superintendent Dorsey Hopson to hire an attorney to weigh and consider all options for forcing the state to fully fund the Basic Education Program, the state’s formula for how it funds the public school districts.

27. Deloitte Promotes Vince DeGutis -

Vince DeGutis, a partner in Deloitte Tax LLP, has been named Deloitte’s Memphis managing partner.
In his new role, DeGutis is responsible for overseeing the Memphis office, enhancing Deloitte’s brand and reputation in the business and civic community, and facilitating revenue growth by advancing targeting and growth activities. He is also responsible for the development and implementation strategies to attract and retain the next generation of leaders within Deloitte.

28. Stanton Nominated to Memphis Federal Court -

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III to be a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

29. Ed Stanton Nominated to Federal Court Bench -

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III to be a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

The nomination of Stanton, who has been the chief federal prosecutor for West Tennessee for five years, was announced Thursday, May 21, by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis, who recommended Stanton to the White House after convening a screening committee of local attorneys.

30. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

31. Tigers’ Tubbs Makes Capital One Academic Squad -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America have announced.

The Tigers leading power hitter, Tubbs has a .328 batting average with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. Earlier this season, the Collierville High School product hit a home run in six consecutive games; that’s just two games shy of the NCAA record. He was named one of six Louisville Slugger national players of the week after the streak of consecutive games with a home run.

32. Square Roots -

Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.

They chose Babalu, the site where the entertainment district began in 1970 with the opening of the former TGI Friday’s, just months after Memphis voters approved “liquor by the drink.”

33. East Tennessee’s Endangered 8 -

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered heritage sites for the region:

1. The Stonecipher-Kelly House in Morgan County was built around 1814 by the first permanent white settlers in that area, as part of a Revolutionary War land-grant.

34. Nashville Emerging ‘As a Regional Tech Leader’ -

Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.

When Franklin-based Cybera began with three employees in 2001, it set up voice and data networks for small to medium-sized companies, using leased space on traditional telecom companies’ high-speed digital subscriber lines.

35. US Court Halts Contentious Law on Contact Lens Price-Fixing -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A federal appeals court has halted a new Utah law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that could have wide-ranging implications for the industry amid a fight between manufacturers and discount retailers.

36. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

37. Successful Ideation: Mindset and Methods -

Define what ideation means to your organization. Many companies practice some form of brainstorming or ideation. While it can be freeing to withhold restraints such as costs and technical matters and enter into the unchartered frontiers of “What If,” a lack of focus and too few creative restraints make it a fun but fruitless experience.
This is what we call idling instead of ideating. Thrilling, but a waste of time and money – incapable of generating the volume and range of ideas that make a difference.

38. Tigers’ Tucker Tubbs Makes Capital One Academic Squad -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America have announced.

The Tigers leading power hitter, Tubbs has a .328 batting average with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. Earlier this season, the Collierville High School product hit a home run in six consecutive games; that’s just two games shy of the NCAA record. He was named one of six Louisville Slugger national players of the week after the streak of consecutive games with a home run.

39. Changing Hometown, Careers Pays Off for Hyams -

Jimmy Hyams moved to Knoxville from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the summer of 1985 looking for a fresh start to his journalism career and found a job as a sportswriter for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

40. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

41. Donelson Honored With Carnival’s Highest Award -

Nearly 500 law industry leaders filled the Hilton Memphis ballroom for Carnival Memphis’ annual Business & Industry Salute luncheon as part of its 84th anniversary celebration.

King of Carnival John Bobango, chief manager of Farris Bobango PLC, gave honors to four individuals, five locally headquartered law firms, the largest corporate law department in Tennessee and two nonprofit organizations that are vital to the legal industry.

42. Carnival Memphis Set to Honor Legal Heavyweights at Salute Luncheon -

Carnival Memphis will bring together leaders in the Mid-South legal industry for its Business and Industry Salute on May 5.

The event, which is part of the celebration of the nonprofit’s 84th anniversary, will honor eight organizations vital to the law industry in the Mid-South and four individuals for their contributions to the community.

43. Rieger Begins Work at Memphis Chamber -

Tom Rieger recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as senior vice president of member development, a role in which he will oversee major fundraising activities, conduct membership drive campaigns and implement revenue enhancement opportunities.

44. Shelby County Gets Two Summer Jobs Programs -

Shelby County Commissioners have created their own two-month summer jobs program for 65 teenagers and college-aged adults and voted Monday, April 27, to fund it over two summers with $169,127 from the commission’s contingency fund.

45. Wendell Smith’s: Charlotte Avenue's Safe Zone for Sinners, Saints -

Other than the fact the roads outside – 53rd and Charlotte – are paved, not much has changed at Wendell Smith’s Corner, a monument to a short life well lived.

46. Salinger Lawsuit Reflects Larger Issues of Literature -

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher in the Rye.”

47. 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.

48. Germantown Mayor Hosts Inaugural CEO Roundtable -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo recently hosted a meeting of area CEOs as part of the city’s new CEO Roundtable.

Palazzolo said he recognizes “the need for the top level executives within the city of Germantown to meet peer-to-peer and discuss matters of mutual concern regarding the challenges and opportunities that face our organizations and the greater community.”

49. Events -

The Peabody will kick off its 2015 rooftop party season Thursday, April 16, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the hotel, 149 Union Ave. The event will feature performances by Hollywood and special guest Shaggy, themed buffet and drink specials. Admission is $15. Parties continue Thursdays through Aug. 13. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

50. Events -

Whitehaven Healthy Community Day will be held Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at Methodist South Hospital, 1300 Wesley Drive. The event will include a 5K timed run at 8 a.m., two-mile health walk at 8:30 a.m., and health fair from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit methodisthealth.org/healthwalk or call 901-516-3580.

51. Legislators Not Moved by Hymns, Reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

52. Germantown Mayor Hosts Inaugural CEO Roundtable -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo recently hosted a meeting of area CEOs as part of the city’s newly formed CEO Roundtable.

Palazzolo said he recognizes “the need for the top level executives within the city of Germantown to meet peer-to-peer and discuss matters of mutual concern regarding the challenges and opportunities that face our organizations and the greater community.”

53. Taking Action -

The windows on the old Executive Inn on Airways Boulevard where Brooks Road dead ends had been busted out for several years, leaving the curtains in its long-empty rooms fluttering in the wind.

But in January, demolition crews began ripping away at the blighted property at 3222 Airways, providing relief to residents and business owners whose own property values suffered because of the neglected property in that corner of Whitehaven.

54. Five of the Nation’s Finest -

Each year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small business to the national economy with the Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards. Five from Knoxville’s business community – The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – have been chosen for inclusion in the annual program.

55. Because I Say So -

“Ipsy dipsy!” shouts Ann Marie, Marlo Thomas’ character in “That Girl.” Trying to impress a judge in court, she mispronounces “ipse dixit.” Meaning “he, himself, said it,” this Latin phrase connotes a dogmatic, unsupported assertion.

56. Legislators Find Reasons to Deny In-State Tuition -

La Vergne High School graduate Cesar Bautista, who has lived in Tennessee since he was 8 years old, is among a group of students who’ve been here most of their lives but are still forced to pay out-of-state college tuition because they don’t have legal status.

57. Orgel, Shular Honored With Dunavant Awards -

Shelby County Schools board member Billy Orgel and Shelby County government public affairs officer Steve Shular receive the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards Wednesday, March 25, from the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

58. U of M to Honor Distinguished Alumni -

Hilliard Crews, Wink Martindale and Diane Vescovo are among the individuals receiving 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Memphis Alumni Association.

59. Editorial: Leaders Should Talk Less, Act More to Move Memphis Forward -

Leadership is a balance and in many cases the balance means taking a risk by acting and creating something with the knowledge that most citizens will know what they want when they see it.

That also means they will know what they don’t want when they see it.

60. Events -

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District will offer free tours of the largest diesel towboat on the Mississippi River, the Motor Vessel Mississippi, Thursday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive. For more information, visit www.mvd.usace.army.mil.

61. Manning Lecture Moving -

In the summer of 1966 I met Archie Manning in his hometown of Drew, Miss. In a game of touch football, I caught a pass or two from the future All-Pro quarterback. A few months later he spent a Friday night at my house in Greenville, after a dance to which he took a Greenville girl he was dating.

62. Events -

Society of Female Transportation Professionals Mid-South will host the second annual Blue Pump Gala Wednesday, March 18, at 5:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Tickets are $50. Visit memphis.edu/setwc for details.

63. Salinger Legal Case Surfaces in Memphis Federal Court -

A Memphis company that last summer published three short stories by J.D. Salinger in the U.S. is suing the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust over its plans to publish the trio as “Three Early Stories” in foreign markets.

64. University of Memphis to Honor Distinguished Alumni -

Hilliard Crews, Wink Martindale and Diane Vescovo are among the individuals receiving 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Memphis Alumni Association.

65. Community Foundation Scholarship Deadline Set -

There is still time for students to apply for college scholarships from Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

In 2014, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis made 93 scholarship awards from 26 different scholarship funds, totaling $124,205 to 89 students. Awards supported young people ranging from community volunteers to string musicians.

66. Drive! Consortium Pushes Regional Auto Industry -

Tennessee’s bustling automotive-industry sector is going to get a whole lot busier in the coming months, at least if a large group of businesses, agencies and related parties behind the Drive! for the Future Consortium (Drive!) have anything to say about it.

67. Eliminating Hall Income Tax Raises New Problems -

Republican lawmakers are lining up legislation to reduce or phase out Tennessee’s Hall income tax on investments, even though Gov. Bill Haslam is concerned about losing revenue amid the state’s economic ups and downs.

68. Community Foundation Scholarship Deadline Set -

There is still time for students to apply for college scholarships from Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

In 2014, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis made 93 scholarship awards from 26 different scholarship funds, totaling $124,205 to 89 students. Awards supported young people ranging from community volunteers to string musicians.

69. Co-Branded Hilton to Rise in Germantown -

The first major mixed-use development in Germantown’s western gateway zone is moving forward and will include the first co-branded hotel in the Memphis area.

Developer Ray Gill of Gill Properties is moving forward with plans to build a development that includes office, retail and hotel space on the 10-acre site in Germantown that formerly housed the Nelson-Kirby Farm House.

70. 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.

71. Brooks Plea Coda to Political Whirlwind -

It could have gone either way for Henri Brooks at just about this time a year ago. The Shelby County Commissioner had plans to continue a nearly 20-year political arc beyond a political track record that included seven terms in the state House and the two-term limit on the Shelby County Commission.

72. Justin Ford: ‘We’re On The Cusp Of Change’ -

Shelby County commission chairman Justin Ford is running for Memphis Mayor in 2015.

Ford announced his intention to challenge Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Monday, Feb. 9, joining former county commissioner James Harvey, city council member Jim Strickland, and former University of Memphis basketball player Detric Golden in the growing field.

73. Loeb Properties Bullish on Center City Development -

When Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the warehouse at 2542 Broad Ave. in 1995, Aaron Petree, the company’s current vice president of brokerage, was just starting high school.

74. Size of Mayoral Field Shadows Race -

Nobody running for election on the Oct. 8 ballot can even pull a qualifying petition to get on the ballot until April, yet February is shaping up as the month when it is determined what kind of challenge and how many challengers incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will face.

75. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Gala and Silent Auction Friday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment while bidding on 100 original, anonymous works of art by Mid-South artists. Art and ticket sales benefit MBG’s outreach and education programs. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4131.

76. Different From? -

I’m fortunate to count Lee Martin, assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center, as a weekly reader. Most recently, he writes about my having written, in a recent column, “No different than watching reruns on regular TV, right?

77. Ford Jr. to Headline Dunavant Award Event -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the March 25 Dunavant Public Servants Awards luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

The awards, now in their 12th year, honor one elected official and one non-elected public official within Shelby County who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of longtime Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

78. Center of Attention -

The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and commercial centers, will receive some much-needed tender loving care in advance of Bass Pro Shops opening its massive store at The Pyramid May 1.

79. Bank of Bartlett Buys Germantown Property -

1870 Kirby Parkway
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $4.1 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2014
Buyer: Bank of Bartlett
Seller: Spence Ray
Details: Bank of Bartlett has bought back a site on Kirby Parkway in Germantown for $4.1 million.

80. Loeb Buys Former Peddler Bike Shop -

In addition to its recent purchase of the former Newby’s bar and restaurant space, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired another key Highland Strip property for $500,000.

81. Loeb Pays $450,000 for Newby’s Property -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties paid $450,000 to acquire the Newby’s property on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis.

Highland University District LLC, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties, acquired 535 and 539 S. Highland St. from Paragon Bank, according to a Dec. 29 deed of trust.

82. Harris Goes to Nashville -

At his last Memphis City Council session, Lee Harris reflected this week on his three years on the council and the group of politicians he joined.

83. Loeb Buys Former Peddler Bike Shop -

In addition to its recent purchase of the former Newby’s bar and restaurant space, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired another key Highland Strip property for $500,000.

84. Dunavant Award Nominations Open -

With Memphis elections on the horizon in another election year, Rotarians are about to begin the process of selecting new winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

The 12th annual awards that go to one local elected official and one local non-elected public official are a way of not only honoring the late Shelby County Probate Court clerk but also fostering a broader discussion about the nature of public service and specifically local public service.

85. Loeb Pays $450,000 for Newby’s Property -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties paid $450,000 to acquire the Newby’s property on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis.

Highland University District LLC, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties, acquired 535 and 539 S. Highland St. from Paragon Bank, according to a Dec. 29 deed of trust.

86. Loeb Acquires Newby’s Restaurant Space -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired one of the most venerable locations on the Highland strip.

Loeb purchased the long-time home of club and restaurant Newby’s at 535 and 539 Highland St. from Paragon Bank. A purchase price was not disclosed Friday, Jan. 2.

87. Square Moves -

This year saw the continuation of Overton Square’s comeback, with another flurry of openings and moves to the square as the site of crowds and the sound of music continues to increasingly fill the restaurant and entertainment district.

88. School Transitions -

In the uniquely timed world of education, a year can be defined several ways, and while one of those years is underway, planning for the next one has already begun.

By the calendar year, 2014 has been a dizzying array of historic moments and transitions.

89. I Choose Memphis: Jessica Ball -

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

Name: Jessica Ball

90. St. Louis Fed Memphis Executive Stepping Down -

After getting her master’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Martha Perine Beard joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as a management trainee in 1971.

91. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

92. Stars Flock to Music City’s Ernest Tubb Record Shop -

When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.

93. Four Memphis Charter Schools To Close In Summer -

Four charter schools operating in Memphis will close at the end of the current school year under terms of a recently enacted Tennessee law.

The law requires the closure of any charter school that is ranked in the bottom five percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement as measured by state test scores. The closing comes without any decision by the local school board that originally authorized the charter schools.

94. Celebrating the Holiday Season in East Tennessee -

Even ole Ebenezer Scrooge could find something in Knoxville to get him in the holiday spirit.

Area residents have a wide selection of holiday activities including a Clarence Brown Theatre rendition of Scrooge’s Christmas Eve’s nocturnal visitors. Many of the activities are free, but others range in price. Visit the websites for more detailed information, including time, ticket price and availability.

95. Undoing a Do That’s a Don’t -

I get a laugh now and again for telling what the crossword clues are for the term “comb over.” In light of a recent story from the sports page, I can’t resist writing about the topic. For your edification, of course.

96. TIF Incentives Could Become More Common in Memphis -

Used widely in other Tennessee cities, Tax Increment Financing has been a popular way to spur development.

Memphis officials are seeking approval for just the third TIF district in the city for the redevelopment of the Graceland area but could increasingly rely on the incentive.

97. Former Tigers Assistant Coach Joins Grizz Operations -

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Glynn Cyprien as a basketball operations assistant and scout. Cyprien returns to the city of Memphis, where he helped guide the University of Memphis to 49 victories and consecutive postseason tournament appearances in two seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner. The Tigers went 25-10 during the 2010-11 season, winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

98. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “If Scrooge Was a Brother” Friday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 21 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.

99. Events -

SRVS will hold free dance and movement classes for adults with disabilities Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the SRVS Learning Center, 3971 Knight Arnold Road. Email lindsay.weaver@srvs.org to register, or visit srvs.org.

100. Fairley High Names Gym for Former Coach -

The gymnasium at Fairley High School has been named in honor of former Fairley High basketball coach Sylvester Ford Sr.

The reception Friday, Nov. 21, for current and former players on Fairley’s basketball team was followed by the team’s first home game of the season. It also marked the home court debut of its new coach, Ford’s son and former University of Memphis basketball star Sylvester Ford Jr.