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1. Competition Calls -

Economic development and the quality of jobs coming to Shelby County are the dominant issues as county elected leaders begin a new four-year term of office this month.

And there are plenty of indications the local strategy is about to change, or at least shift, in response to the resurgence in manufacturing and distribution in North Mississippi.

2. Turning Five -

When she was first handed the reins of the I Love Memphis blog almost a year ago, Holly Whitfield said she planned to keep the blog’s brand intact and to keep reminding Memphians why the city is worth their affection.

3. Flying Saucer Celebrates 17 Years in Memphis -

The explosion of Memphis’ beer scene and the enthusiasm for unique craft beers is pretty hard to miss.

From events such as Zoo Brew to a growing number of retailers offering growlers on tap to expansions like that of Wiseacre Brewing Co. – which this week said it’s adding 20 employees to its brewery and taproom – it’s clear the local interest in beer is widespread.

4. New Partners Sign On to Tennessee Brewery Effort -

This weekend, volunteers will return to the Tennessee Brewery property to continue getting it ready for Tennessee Brewery Untapped, a six-week series of community events that will run April 24 through June 1.

5. Tenn. Brewery Announces New Partners, Beer Sales -

The Tennessee Brewery Untapped project’s organizers have been granted a license to sell beer during the event by the Memphis Alcohol Commission.

In keeping with the local nature of the event, locally made craft beer will be available during Untapped from participants including High Cotton Brewing Co., Ghost River Brewing, Wiseacre Brewing and Memphis Made Brewing.

6. Pouring It On -

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown had begun to show its age, its weather-beaten exterior presenting a less-than-inviting entrance and its dated and worn interior lacking the displays and amenities found in most modern grocery stores.

7. Memphis Made, Reverb Unite for Coffee Stout -

A partnership between a small production brewery in Memphis and a micro coffee roastery hints at new developments for each venture in 2014.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which launched in mid-October and is based in Cooper-Young, has teamed up with Reverb Coffee Co. to produce Reverberation, a Belgian-style coffee stout.

8. Memphis Made, Reverb Unite for Coffee Stout -

A partnership between a small production brewery in Memphis and a micro coffee roastery hints at new developments for each venture in 2014.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which launched in mid-October and is based in Cooper-Young, has teamed up with Reverb Coffee Co. to produce Reverberation, a Belgian-style coffee stout.

9. Here’s to Memphis Made -

THIS SEASON, RAISE A GLASS TO US. “Have a beer. When you can find something we can all agree on, something we can all be proud of, something unifying, you should drink to it. Seriously. Drink to it.”

10. This week in Memphis history: November 8-14 -

1963: Mass immunizations against polio using the new Sabin oral vaccine began in Memphis and Shelby County

1933: The Tennessee Brewing Co. reopened for the first time in 15 years with the first bottles of Goldcrest beer, brewed and bottled in Memphis, delivered to stores by the Memphis company. The final state necessary to ratify the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the amendment that repealed the 18th amendment and ended national prohibition, would not approve the amendment for another month. But a Tennessee Constitutional convention had ratified the amendment in August.

11. Start Co. Gearing up for Trio of Entrepreneurial Events -

Global Entrepreneurship Week is around the corner, and Memphis’ Start Co. organization – a hub of related local entrepreneurial initiatives – is gearing up to participate in its own way in the international week-long celebration and support of entrepreneurs.

12. Memphis Made Brewing to Debut This Weekend -

Memphis Made Brewing Co., the latest brewery in a growing Memphis-based beer scene, will make its official debut this weekend.

13. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

14. Job Training Spurs Unilever Growth -

The Unilever USA plant in Covington should be the largest ice cream manufacturing plant in the world by 2016, following an $108.7 million expansion announced last week in Covington.

But when the global company began making ice cream in Covington in 2011 at what used to be a SlimFast plant, it was not a promising beginning.

15. Haslam Cites Manufacturing Boom in Grants -

Armed with a $16.5 million fund approved by the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has lots of West Tennessee stops this week as he awards grants that will provide workforce training equipment to state schools certifying workers or training them for associate degrees.

16. This week in Memphis history: September 13-19 -

1973: Wayne W. Pyeatt assumed the duties of chief executive officer of National Bank of Commerce. He had been president and chief administrative officer. The decision by the bank’s board left Lewis R. McKee as board chairman.

17. Beer Fest Taps Creativity of Local Brewers -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host its annual Art on Tap event for the 18th consecutive year on Friday, Sept. 6. The beer-tasting extravaganza will feature offerings from local breweries and eateries, as well as live music and other entertainment.

18. Gathering Targets Region’s Workforce Development -

When state officials gather at The University of Memphis University Center Wednesday, Sept. 4, to talk about workforce training, it won’t be with a check in hand to lead the effort.

State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who organized the 8:30 a.m. to noon session, wants state labor commissioner Burns Phillips and others from Nashville to listen to details of the training programs local business and higher education leaders have cobbled together over the last three years.

19. Wiseacre Set to Open City’s First Taproom -

The city’s newest craft brewery will be officially open for business at the end of the week.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 28, for its 13,000-square-foot brewery at 2783 Broad Ave., and the fledgling brewery will unveil its taproom and some of its craft beers to the public Friday, Aug. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

20. Wiseacre Brewery Cuts Ribbon Wednesday -

A ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Wednesday morning at Wiseacre Brewing Co. is about a business vision coming to fruition – but also something more.

Wiseacre, at 2783 Broad Ave., will be officially open for business at its taproom at the end of the week. Wiseacre is opening a 13,000-square-foot brewery with a taproom and patio, and it announced a few months ago it will package its two year-round beers, Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda India Pale Ale, in a can, making it the first craft brewery in Tennessee to can beer.

21. Conference to Bridge Gap Between Employers, Training Programs -

Out of the near-crisis in hiring workers after the city’s set of economic development plums in the last three years came a workforce training formula that has worked.

But many of the city’s companies aren’t aware of that formula or the existing programs that grew out of what amounted to an emergency response by local leaders. That’s according to a recent survey of manufacturing company leaders by the Greater Memphis Chamber.

22. Hardy Pushes Intermodal Sites for New Jobs -

Carolyn Hardy admits she pushed hard to get the intermodal container yard that opened this week in Hickory Hill completed faster than the two years many contractors told her it would take.

23. Industrial Readiness -

Laura Hine remembers her first week at the Workforce Investment Network office in Memphis.

She specifically recalls a table filled with job applications for Blues City Brewing and how few of those applying were ready for one of the first signs of new life in Memphis’ manufacturing sector.

24. All Aboard -

Central Station is poised to ride Downtown’s development momentum into its next phase of life.

Memphis Area Transit Authority officials are now reviewing requests for proposals for the next round of redevelopment at the iconic Downtown property.

25. ‘Made in Memphis’ Study Points to Hiring Challenges -

A new report on manufacturing jobs in the Memphis area shows rapid growth through 2016.

But the study by the Workforce Investment Network and the Greater Memphis Chamber, along with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, also points to the challenge that those manufacturing employers face in finding enough of the right workers for the rejuvenated sector that was once a dominant part of the Memphis economy.

26. New Study Forecasts 4,000 Local Manufacturing Jobs Through 2016 -

A new report on manufacturing jobs in the Memphis area by the Workforce Investment Network and the Greater Memphis Chamber as well as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell shows rapid growth through 2016.

27. May 31-June 6: This week in Memphis history -

2012: The Overton Bark dog park opens in Overton Park between Rainbow Lake and the park’s golf course. The 1.3-acre area whose construction was funded by Hollywood Feed is divided into two sections – one for smaller dogs and the other for large dogs.

28. Workforce Investment Network Director Looks to Broaden Program -

The new director of the local Workforce Investment Network program wants to take the employment-training program a step further by broadening its impact and continuing to work closely with employers.

29. Phipps Named Vice President, COO at American Esoteric Laboratories -

Dr. Amber R. Phipps has joined American Esoteric Laboratories, the Mid-South division of Sonic Healthcare USA, as vice president and chief operations officer. In her new role, Phipps will oversee all operations for AEL, which includes nine laboratories and more than 800 employees in six states. A captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Phipps most recently served as a medical operations officer stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

30. House Passes Home-Brewing Bill, Sends It to Bryant -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would legalize home brewing in Mississippi.

House members voted 70-36 Wednesday to approve Senate Bill 2183, which allows people 21 and older to brew up to 200 gallons of beer each year, as long as they live in a city or county where alcohol is legal.

31. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

32. Maximizing Madison -

The Downtown strip of Madison Avenue from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to Fielder Square Apartments in its prime was the city’s financial hub.

It’s seen some successes in recent times – new businesses opening, building renovations and the removal of the makeshift wall at Main and Second streets that interrupted traffic for two years.

33. Brothers to Open Brewery on Broad -

A new craft brewery is coming to one of Memphis’ up-and-coming areas – the Broad Avenue Historic District.

Wiseacre Brewing Co., a concept from brothers Kellan Bartosch and Davin Bartosch, has leased 13,000 square feet at 2783 Broad Ave. and is planning to open by late 2013. They chose the old warehouse for its “big open space” and the Binghampton neighborhood for its community appeal.

34. Expanding Distribution -

Budweiser of Memphis is dedicated to expanding the craft beer segment in Memphis following its acquisition of Southwestern Distributing’s sizable craft beer portfolio last October, making Budweiser of Memphis the largest wholesaler of craft beer in the Memphis market.

35. Brewers Call for Freezing Tennessee Beer Taxes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The brewing industry wants Tennessee lawmakers to declare last call on the state's ballooning beer taxes.

Under a proposal unveiled Wednesday, the state wouldn't lose its ranking as the highest-taxed beer in the country, but it would halt future increases tied to rising costs and inflation.

36. Chism Hardy Moves Deeper Into Logistics -

The certified public accountant who bought the old Coors Belle brewery in Hickory Hill seven years ago and turned it into Hardy Bottling Co. has taken the supply chain lessons from the business into the logistics industry.

37. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

38. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

39. Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012 -

There were new restaurant openings, expansions and major milestones celebrated.

Alliances were formed, events were debuted and, of course, a few joints were shuttered.

In most respects, 2012 was a banner year for the Memphis food scene, and 2013 could be even more promising, said Patrick Reilly, owner of Majestic Grille and president of the Memphis Restaurant Association.

40. New Brewery on Tap for Cooper-Young -

A new brewery is headed to Cooper-Young. 

Memphis native and craft beer enthusiast Drew Barton plans to open Memphis Made Brewing Co. LLC at 768 S. Cooper St. near York Avenue along with two other silent partners by mid 2013. The 6,000-square-foot space is adjacent to Signworks and owned by Richard Sullivan.

41. New Brewery on Tap for Cooper-Young -

A new brewery is headed to Cooper-Young.

Memphis native and craft beer enthusiast Drew Barton plans to open Memphis Made Brewing Co. LLC at 768 S. Cooper St. near York Avenue along with two other silent partners by mid-2013. The 6,000-square-foot space is adjacent to Signworks and owned by Richard Sullivan.

42. Training Day -

The pursuit of economic development comes with code names, secrecy and mysterious visitors.

Without a doubt, the last two years have been eventful when it comes to the city’s civic leaders luring companies to town with the promise of jobs for Memphians. In that regard, the local debate about tax incentives and the competition with other cities, some nearby, was vigorous.

43. Boscos Teams With Cyclists To Battle Multiple Sclerosis -

Boscos Brewing Co. is preparing to launch a limited-edition ale whose sales will support the Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

44. City’s Past Filled with Blueprint of Success -

Go to any public meeting where plans for an area are being made, buzz words are flying, big sheets of paper are being written on and “stakeholders” are sitting in various clusters, and you will hear numerous people suggest that all the area needs are spaces for shops.

45. Shipyard, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Added to Local Brewing Scene -

Blues City Brewery is now producing two malt beverages for well-known national brand names – Shipyard and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

The brewery at 5151 E. Raines Road, owned by City Brewing Co. LLC, makes and bottles numerous brand name beverages – alcoholic and non-alcoholic – but doesn’t disclose those names.

46. Loeb Makes Progress on Square Plan -

The blue banner that hung until recently at the curved building at Cooper Street and Madison Avenue and read “Returning in 2012” will soon ring true for Overton Square and its developer, Loeb Properties Inc.

47. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

48. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

49. Bluff City Coffee Brewing Up Change -

Bluff City Coffee, the coffee and snack shop in Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District, has unveiled some upcoming changes.

In a recent post for the eatery’s Facebook followers, Bluff City wrote it’s leased a 3,000-square-foot kitchen Downtown, allowing Bluff City to offer things such as expanded pastry choices, multiple soups daily, more fresh-baked breads, an upgraded lunch menu, more doughnut offerings, the return of cream cheese sugar cookies and more.

50. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

51. Message of Hope -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

52. Chamber Luncheon Highlights City’s ‘Medical Miracles’ -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

53. Pulling the Strings -

Long before the first widgets roll off the assembly line, way back before the ribbon cutting and the first shovels break ground, and even before executives quietly slip in to scout out a prospective piece of land, someone like Mark Sweeney gets a phone call.

54. Successful Year -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual chairman’s luncheon next month is expected to draw more than 1,000 business leaders and elected officials to a celebration of the economic and cultural health of the city.

55. Region’s Best Beer on Tap at Festival -

The Cooper-Young Festival, annually attended by 100,000 Memphians, has already passed, but the eclectic Midtown neighborhood hasn’t finished partying yet.

The second annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. will cater to a more intimate crowd.

56. MIFA to Raise Funds, Feed Soul at Party -

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) is gearing up to rock the South Main Historic Arts District while raising money to support its programs during the nonprofit’s fourth annual Feed the Soul party Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Warehouse, 36 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.

57. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

58. 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.

59. US Auto Industry Uneasy After Weak July Sales -

DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales were expected to rise only slightly in July, adding to concerns in the industry that Americans are pulling back on car buying.

Analysts predicted a small increase in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks. A lack of discounts and lingering shortages of Japanese cars kept many buyers away. Americans also worried about the economy.

60. Mayoral Showdown Pits Wharton, Harvey -

They filed for the Oct. 6 city elections one day apart. They served together in Shelby County government. Their campaigns are using different versions of the same basic computer software for targeting voters.

61. Hardy’s Perseverance Runs in The Family -

Carolyn Chism Hardy initially thought owning her own business would be as a business consultant. She was a certified public accountant with a comfortable position and a specialty in cost efficiency at the Memphis Coors brewery in 2006 when Molson-Coors Brewing Co. put the Memphis plant up for sale.

62. Bloomberg Grant Highlights Big City Challenges -

When the nonprofit foundation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went looking for cities to award grants for innovation, foundation leaders didn’t just give out an address and wait for applications.

63. Beer Pairing Events Brewing in Memphis -

Local chefs and restaurateurs are hoping to show more people that beer pairs up just as well, and in many cases better, with fine food as wine has traditionally been known for in the past.

Steve Barzizza, sales manager at Southwestern Distributing Co., has helped to arrange many of the beer pairing nights at various restaurants around town.

64. Biggs Erases Stumbling Blocks for Companies -

Before Lodie Biggs ever stepped foot into law school, he was coached on business ethics from his Depression-era grandfather.

Growing up in Millington with a dad who worked long hours, Biggs would spend the majority of his Saturdays learning about capitalism, the stock market and entrepreneurship.

65. Events -

Methodist North Hospital will host a free seminar on congestive heart failure Thursday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to1 p.m. at the hospital, 3950 Covington Pike, suite 250. Dr. Claro Diaz, cardiologist with Sutherland Cardiology Clinic, will speak. The event is free and open to the public. To register, call 888-777-5959.

66. $800K Grant to Help Public Housing Residents -

Nearly $800,000 in federal funding is on its way to the city of Memphis to prepare public housing residents for life outside the vanishing developments.

And Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. hinted this week that much more in U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding is on the way shortly for other parts of the ongoing move in the city away from public housing.

67. Blues City Brewery Buys Hardy Bottling -

5151 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $10 million

Sale Date: May 2, 2011
Buyer: Blues City Brewery LLC
Seller: Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC

68. Hardy Bottling Plant Sells for $10 Million -

Blues City Brewery LLC, an affiliate of La Crosse, Wis.-based City Brewing Co., has bought the former Hardy Bottling plant, a 40-year-old Memphis beer brewery at 5151 E. Raines Road, from Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC for $10 million. It is part of a $30 million dollar deal between City Brewing and Chism Hardy Enterprises that will bring beer brewing back to the Memphis plant.

69. Plant Follows Blueprint for Project Success -

First come the months and years of deal-making and finger-crossing. After that, the big announcement.

Next up after all that hard work in the world of economic development is something now evident throughout Memphis: forward momentum on several big projects that promise to bring hundreds of jobs, a boost to the manufacturing base and a jolt to the local economy.

70. City Brewing Acquires Former Coors Brewery -

City Brewing Co. of La Crosse, Wis., has completed its $30 million acquisition of a former Coors brewery in Memphis.

71. Batter Up -

Opening Day is right around the corner for the Memphis Redbirds, who will open the 2011 campaign with improvements to both its ballpark and its financial outlook.

The Redbirds, the minor league Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, on Thursday begin their 14th season in Memphis and 12th at AutoZone Park following the move from Tim McCarver Stadium in 2000.

72. Brewery Traveled Long, Winding Road -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made it clear this week that his latest economic development announcement wasn’t like the others he’s made in the last four months.

The move of City Brewing Co. into the Hardy Bottling Co. in Hickory Hill starting this summer isn’t a company starting from the ground up in Memphis or an existing company expanding in Memphis.

73. Road to Blues City Brewery Rough -

The plan by City Brewing Co. of La Crosse, Wis., to buy the 40-year-old Memphis beer brewery that is now Hardy Bottling Co. didn’t begin this year.

74. IDB Approves Blues City Brewery PILOT -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board on Wednesday approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program for City Brewing Co. LLC, the La Crosse, Wis., brewer that will buy the Hardy Bottling Co. plant in Hickory Hill.

75. Buyer Set To Acquire Hardy Bottling Plant -

City Brewing Co. LLC, which has production facilities in La Crosse, Wis., and Latrobe, Pa., is planning to buy the assets of Hardy Bottling Co. in Memphis for $30 million and to invest additional money in the facility over the next five years.

76. Buyer Poised to Acquire Plant From Hardy Bottling -

City Brewing Co. LLC, which has production facilities in La Crosse, Wis., and Latrobe, Pa., is planning to buy the assets of Hardy Bottling Co. in Memphis for $30 million and to invest additional money in the facility over the next five years.

77. YING-Cha-Ching -

Finally, beer worthy of the water.

Whatever you may be feeling in the aftermath of the election, whether you were throwing the mud or covered in it, for the charter or against it, lied to or preached to, there is one thing every voter can do today … black or white, left or right … that will help the whole community.

78. Ignite Night to Highlight Memphis’ Creative Side -

A self-described “geek” event that’s already swept cities from Helsinki to New York to Sydney makes its Memphis debut at 7 Tuesday evening at Playhouse on the Square.

IgniteMemphis invites pre-registered speakers to sell their idea to a hometown crowd in exactly five minutes. Each speaker is given 20 slides, each shown for just 15 seconds.

79. Pinnacle Deal Provides Blueprint for Memphis -

News that Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is heading Downtown – and not Olive Branch – is a welcome sign that change is brewing in Memphis.

80. Powerful Possibilities -

Oct. 29 turned into a day for window staring when the news came.

The top executives of GTx Inc. looked at the bleak gray of an overcast sky from the seventh floor of the Toyota Center, their minds gone blank.

81. McFerren Pursues Social Change In Role at Hooks Institute -

With a diploma from Yale College, a degree from Harvard Law School and deep roots in the civil rights movement in Fayette County, Daphene McFerren is a mover and shaker.

While in Washington, McFerren practiced law as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and was counsel to former Attorney General Janet Reno.

82. Negative Absorption Dings Market -

The strength of Memphis’ commercial real estate market is its industrial sector, but the city’s bread and butter suffered a rare misstep in 2009, the most recent data show.

Memphis saw negative absorption of 352,797 square feet during the fourth quarter and negative absorption of 913,871 during 2009, according to a year-end report from CB Richard Ellis.

83. Two New Beer Fests On Tap for Aficionados -

Anyone looking to try a good ale, stout, lager or porter should raise their pint glasses to a pair of inaugural beer-tasting festivals being introduced in Memphis this spring.

The River City Brewer’s Festival will be held March 13 at Handy Park on Beale Street and the Memphis Brewfest will be held April 24 at AutoZone Park. Both events are fundraisers for charities and will feature hundreds of brews from dozens of brewers.

84. 2009 Foreclosure Activity Drops 11 Percent -

On a comparative basis, Shelby County’s residential foreclosure numbers for 2009 make it seem like the housing bust is solidly in the rearview mirror.

The number of homes banks and lenders snatched away from borrowers and the number of foreclosed homes sold to new owners this year were both down from 2008’s totals. But that’s only the visible tip of the iceberg, and it belies the hulking mass below the surface that could slice open the hull of Shelby County’s real estate vessel if the danger is ignored.

85. A River Runs Through Us: Memphis’ once and future connection with the Wolf -

A cottonmouth slithers through the marsh. A wolf spider clings to a cypress tree. A white heron soars above the bottomland forest.

Paddle a canoe down the Ghost River section of the Wolf River in Fayette County and you’ll travel through multiple, distinct ecosystems teeming with wildlife. But while animal sightings convey the true spirit of the Wolf, only one creature – the elusive “river rat” – can verbalize why this river and its wetland corridor are so important.

86. Ruling Expected In Police Association Injunction Request -

The Herenton administration and the Memphis Police Association already are in court and contract negotiations between the two are just getting started.

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays soon could issue a ruling on a request by the union for an injunction permitting its president, Lt. Gene Hulley, to take part in the bargaining. Mays heard Thursday from both sides in the federal lawsuit.

87. Naked Lion Owner Hopes to Go National -

When Molson Coors Brewing Co. decided to close its Memphis facility in 2006, some employees were left to make life-altering decisions.

For former Coors international brewmaster Tony Vieira, the decision was whether to pick up his family and move to another city or remain in Memphis.

88. Would-Be Brewery Developers Hit Eject Yet Again -

The Tennessee Brewery is one of the most prominent "big empties" in Downtown Memphis, and it's going to stay that way for at least the near future.

Following another unsuccessful attempt by an anonymous group to buy and refurbish the long-vacant landmark, the broker who's been negotiating to sell the property said it's now going to be taken off the market indefinitely.

89. New Festival To Replace, Build On Arts in the Park -

Mid-Southerners next week will have the opportunity to take part in the first RiverArtsFest, an event put together by some of the former organizers of the now-defunct Arts in the Park annual event.

90. Tennessee Brewery Deal Could be Close -

The acquisition of one of Downtown Memphis' most iconic structures, the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery, tentatively is scheduled to close on Oct. 15.

As The Daily News first reported in August, James Rasberry has been at the negotiating table for several weeks with a new group that wants to buy and refurbish the landmark, at 495 Tennessee St. Rasberry, who represents the owner of the brewery property, said the group already has put a significant amount of money into the deal.

91. Coors Brewing Disputes Tax Assessments -

Commenting on the sale of Coors Brewing Co.'s Memphis plant to an employee-led group of investors in 2006, company president and CEO Leo Kiely reportedly called the transaction the most important milestone in a companywide cost-savings effort.

92. Events -

The Center City Development board of directors meets Thursday at noon in the CCC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Call 575-0540 for details.

The Peabody Hotel hosts a Christmas Day Brunch Monday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, 149 Union Ave. Admission is $39.95 for adults and $15.95 for children. Call 529-3668 for reservations.

93. Events -

The Memphis office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center hosts "Business Start-Up" Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The free seminar will outline the first steps in starting a business. For information, call Yolanda Handy at 333-5085.

94. Coors Caps Deal With Hardy Bottling -

5151 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $6 million

Sale Date: Aug. 31, 2006

Buyer: Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC

95. Coors SuitorsNot Giving Up Yet -      With the deadline of the expected closure of the Coors-Memphis Brewery looming, Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC is working to close a deal to buy the plant.
     "It's still not finalized yet,"

96. Florida, New York Transplant Thrives With Downtown Dry Cleaning Business -

Five years ago, Deborah J. Smith stood in line at a dry cleaner in her then-hometown of Sanford, Fla., and watched the steady cash flow from customer to cashier.

She quickly grew envious at the sight of all that green.

97. Chism Hardy Seeks PILOT for Coors Plant -      The group of investors who in June first expressed interest in buying the local Molson Coors Brewing Co. plant plans to appear before the Shelby County Industrial Development Board today to request a payment-in-lieu-of-t

98. It's Not Over Yet:Coors Finds Another Potential Buyer -     Coors-Memphis has signed a letter of intent with Memphis investment group Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC for the purchase of the Coors equipment and plant at 5151 E. Raines Road.
    Molson Coors announce

99. Walking the (Assembly) Line -

Shelby County's reliance on manufacturing jobs to employ its citizens has decreased over the past few years, but this is just part of a larger trend happening in West Tennessee and across the country.

100. Get a Grip on DowntownGrowth at CCC Meeting - Interested in learning more about the growth and opportunities brewing for new retail businesses Downtown?
The Center City Commission is hosting a "brokers envisioning session" for Memphis-area commercial real estate brokers today at 5 p.m. at t