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1. Riverboat Enthusiasts Try to Save Delta Queen -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A group of riverboat enthusiasts is trying to get the 1920s era paddlewheeler Delta Queen back on the Mississippi River.

Former Delta Queen Steamboat Co. executive Cornel Martin was in St. Louis this week seeking support and investment for his company, DQSC LLC, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

2. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

3. The Sweet Spot -

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

4. 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.

5. American Queen Buys Boat for Northwest Cruises -

Memphis-based American Queen Steamboat Co. announced on Tuesday, May 21, that it has bought a second cruise boat from the U.S. Maritime Administration.

6. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

7. American Queen Buys Boat for Northwest Cruises -

Memphis-based American Queen Steamboat Co. announced on Tuesday, May 21, that it has bought a second cruise boat from the U.S. Maritime Administration.

8. Bearing Down -

The old adage “loaded for bear” is fitting for a new full-service branding agency that’s emerged on the Memphis advertising landscape.

“We came up with Loaded for Bear after stepping back and looking at the Memphis creative landscape and what our goals were, which are to prove that great creative can happen in a ‘creative wilderness’ such as Memphis, but also to help our clients be prepared for anything,” said managing director Joel Halpern. “That is where the term came from, an old hiker’s saying that means going off in the prepared for the worst case scenario, or a bear.”

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Watching the River -

Dredge work on the entrance to McKellar Lake off the Mississippi River begins Friday, Sept. 7, as the river level at Memphis rises a bit in the worst drought since the summer of 1988.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has two dredges working the river in the Memphis region in what is a different experience from the record-setting drought of 1988 when the river fell to -10.7 feet on the Memphis gauge.

12. 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.

13. Queen of the Mississippi to Launch Service -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A comeback for old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat travel on the Mississippi River continues this weekend with the departure from New Orleans of the Queen of the Mississippi, a brand new, quintuple-decked vessel mixing 19th century trappings meant to evoke the Mark Twain era with modern amenities including Internet access, satellite television, an exercise area and a putting green.

14. Events -

Attorneys from AutoZone Inc., Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and Memphis Area Legal Services will hold the fourth annual free legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The pro bono clinic offers seniors essential legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely of MALS at 523-8822.

15. Events -

TnAchieves will hold a reception for prospective mentors for the 2012-2013 school year Monday, July 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Leadership Memphis, 365 S. Main St. Current mentors and tnAchieves staff will talk about opportunities to mentor high school seniors planning to attend community college. Visit tnachieves.org or email Kaci Murley at kaci@tnachieves.org.

16. Events -

The Memphis Farmers Market will be open Saturday, July 7, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Station Pavilion, 545 G.E. Patterson Ave. at South Front Street. Visit www.memphisfarmersmarket.org.

17. River Watching: Mississippi Levels Dropping -

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Drought conditions are contributing to Mississippi River levels that may not be the lowest they've ever been but are still cause for concern.

"We've had barges running aground, shoaling in a few places. We've had some groundings but none have resulted in a major incident yet. There have been no injuries," Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour told The Clarion-Ledger.

18. American Queen Docks Thursday At Greenbelt -

The American Queen steamboat will dock Thursday, June 28, at Greenbelt Park on Mud Island because of the low level of the Mississippi River at Memphis.

The river was expected to be at -4.4 feet on the Memphis gauge Thursday.

19. GASC Changes Name to Align With Steamboat -

The Great American Steamboat Co. is changing its name effective July 1 to align its brand more readily with the world’s largest steamboat.

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

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

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. American Queen Makes Historic Comeback -

When the American Queen pulls into its Memphis home port Thursday morning, April 26, it will be the second time the world’s largest steamboat has stopped in the city.

The first time was 17 years and several lifetimes ago in the domestic overnight river cruise business.

27. American Queen Runs Test Cruises -

The refurbished American Queen made its first test cruise Thursday, March 29, on the lower Mississippi River at New Orleans.

Called builder’s trials, the process includes a series of test runs for new and renovated boats.

28. 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.

29. Great American Steamboat to Hire More Than 300 -

Memphis-based Great American Steamboat Co. will hire more than 300 employees to work on The American Queen steamboat scheduled to call Memphis its home port starting in April.

30. Great American Steamboat Co. Hiring More than 300 -

Great American Steamboat Co., the enterprise that’s newly headquartered Downtown in One Commerce Square and which is bringing riverboating back to the Mississippi River, is planning to hire more than 300 new employees for “the grandest, most opulent riverboat in the world.”

31. Take a New Look at City’s Positives -

NEW YEAR INDEED. As 2012 dawns, we’ll be able to see a number of things in a positive, new light – if only we’ll allow ourselves to look at it that way.

A Downtown icon that almost became a parking lot is now writing a new song, and praise will be offered in brand-new ways for architect Francis Gassner’s seminal and long-neglected C&I Bank Building. Positive change is being heard in the Visible Music College.

32. Heart of Memphis -

The day before Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the keynote speaker this summer at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s 2011 Annual Luncheon, he went for a jog in Nashville wearing his “Believe Memphis” Grizzlies T-shirt.

33. American Queen to Compete in Great Steamboat Race -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The American Queen steamboat, whose home port is Beale Street Landing, will take part in the 50th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Steamboat Race next year, along with the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. Second Mississippi River Steamboat to Dock in Memphis -

The Memphis riverfront will have two queens next summer.

A second Mississippi River steamboat, this one still under construction, will be stopping in Memphis next year on overnight river cruises.

38. Second Steamboat to Dock in Memphis -

The Memphis riverfront will have two queens next summer.

A second Mississippi River steamboat, this one still under construction, will be stopping in Memphis next year on overnight river cruises.

39. 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.

40. Natchez Woman to Oversee Cuisine on Memphis-Docked American Queen -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – As a steamboat company prepares to return the American Queen riverboat to work on the Mississippi River, a Natchez woman is preparing to serve as its chef.

Regina Charboneau says she hopes the Queen makes 25 to 30 stops a year in her home town, bringing more than 460 passengers and a full crew to Natchez.

41. $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.

42. Chamber Fires Up 2011 Membership Drive -

The Greater Memphis Chamber could not exist without the support of its members. That is why every year the nonprofit economic development organization holds a membership campaign with the aid of its current investors to encourage new membership and spark growth.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. City Council To Consider Ware’s Replacement -

Memphis City Council members will discuss who should be the 13th council member during their Tuesday, July 5, executive session.

The executive session at 1:30 p.m. comes before the 3:30 p.m. full session of the council at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

46. 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.

47. City Fronts CIP Money for Overton Square Garage -

The key public infrastructure piece of the Overton Square revitalization stayed on track to a June 30 deadline this week with Memphis City Council approval of $4 million in capital improvement program funding for the $6 million project.

48. 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.

49. 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.