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1. Council Considers Car Lot By New Graceland Hotel -

The Memphis City Council takes up a special use permit Tuesday, Oct. 21, to allow a used car lot at 3510 Elvis Presley Blvd., south of Winchester Road, by Babak Makki.

2. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

3. Graceland Hotel Designed by Memphis Talent -

When designing a hotel that effectively expands the footprint of the most famous home in Memphis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the design team for the project is stacked with local talent.

Memphis-based architecture firm Hnedak Bobo Group worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises for years to study and research the hotel project, which entails building a 450-room resort-style hotel called the Guest House at Graceland north of Presley’ Graceland mansion in Whitehaven.

4. Graceland Manager Maps Global Outposts -

The recession and changes over the last nine years in the companies owning 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises played a role in delaying plans for the expansion of Graceland into a 120-acre campus in Whitehaven.

5. Graceland Expansion Ready to Rock -

After nine years of different ownership and talk of a $250 million expansion beyond Elvis Presley’s mansion, the revitalization of Graceland into a 120-acre campus gets underway Thursday, Aug. 14.

6. Graceland Campus Financing Relies on Tight Boundaries -

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

7. Council Approves Graceland Plan, Moves on Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Aug. 5, a tourism development zone application for the 120-acre Graceland campus and the master plan the zone would finance that includes a 450-room resort hotel and an archive exhibition space.

8. Graceland Area Could Have Its Own Industrial Development Board -

A proposed Graceland Tourism Development Zone would have its own industrial development board under a proposal the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will take Tuesday, Aug. 5, to the Memphis City Council for discussion.

9. Graceland Industrial Development Board Proposed -

A proposed Graceland Tourism Development Zone would have its own Industrial Development Board under a proposal the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will take Tuesday, Aug. 5, to the Memphis City Council for discussion.

10. Groundbreaking Set for Graceland Hotel -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Priscilla Presley is scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel at Graceland, the Memphis tourist attraction at the longtime home of her late ex-husband, rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley.

11. Priscilla Presley Tells Upset Fans to 'Calm Down' -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Priscilla Presley is asking fans of her late ex-husband Elvis Presley to "please calm down" after a report that two jets once owned by the singer could be removed from Graceland.

12. Graceland May Remove Presley’s Old Airplanes -

For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.

13. Graceland May Remove Presley's Old Airplanes -

For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.

14. Graceland May Remove Presley's Old Airplanes -

MEMPHIS (AP) — For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.

15. Council Moves Toward Pension Changes -

Two weeks after approving changes in health insurance plans for city employees and retirees, the Memphis City Council meets Tuesday, July 1, to talk over a companion set of changes to the city’s pension plan for employees.

16. Graceland Hotel Passes Crucial Hurdle -

A new hotel near Graceland has passed a key regulatory hurdle.

The Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved a proposal from Elvis Presley Enterprises to build a 450-room hotel on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the historic Graceland mansion, one of the city’s top tourism sites.

17. Moman in Memphis for Elvis Week -

Legendary music producer Chips Moman will be in Memphis for Elvis Week events at Graceland in August, marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 1977.

Elvis Presley Enterprises announced this week that Moman, who produced Presley’s Memphis sessions at Moman’s American Sound studios in North Memphis, will be part of the Elvis Insiders panel discussion Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at Graceland’s main stage in Graceland Plaza.

18. Moman on Bill for Elvis Week -

Legendary music producer Chips Moman will be in Memphis for Elvis Week events at Graceland in August, marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 1977.

Elvis Presley Enterprises announced this week that Moman, who produced Presley’s Memphis sessions at Moman’s American Sound studios in North Memphis, will be part of the Elvis Insiders panel discussion Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at Graceland’s main stage in Graceland Plaza.

19. Graceland to Auction Elvis Artifacts -

Graceland, the longtime home of Elvis Presley, plans to host an auction of authentic artifacts related to the rock and roll icon in Memphis.

Elvis Presley Enterprises said Wednesday the auction is scheduled for Aug. 14, during the annual celebration of Presley’s life, music and movies known as Elvis Week.

20. Graceland to Auction Elvis Artifacts -

Graceland, the longtime home of Elvis Presley, plans to host an auction of authentic artifacts related to the rock and roll icon in Memphis.

Elvis Presley Enterprises said Wednesday the auction is scheduled for Aug. 14, during the annual celebration of Presley's life, music and movies known as Elvis Week.

21. ‘Higher Level’ -

Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden described his job last week as conveying the excitement he feels about the coming of a 450-room hotel next door to Graceland, while tempering that with the reality that while he wants to get it done as quickly as possible, it might be done in phases.

22. Graceland Hotel First Sign of Expansion Plans -

It’s been several years since executives at Elvis Presley Enterprises took an expansion plan to homeowners in Whitehaven.

The last time was when the entertainment company CKx Inc. owned 85 percent of Graceland and rolled out a $250 million plan to expand the area around Graceland into a resort setting with more hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

23. Graceland Files Notice for 450-Room Whitehaven Hotel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed paperwork with the Land Use Control Board to move ahead with the first part of a long planned expansion of Graceland.

The filing with the LUCB Wednesday, April 30, is for construction of a 450-room hotel on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the mansion on a parcel of land EPE has owned since the mid 1990s.

24. This week in Memphis history: April 25-May 1 -

1984: The Memphis Showboats played the Pittsburgh Maulers at the Liberty Bowl in the inaugural and first of their two seasons in the United States Football League. The Showboats won 17-7 and at the end of the season had a 7-11 record, the best among expansion teams in the league, which started in 1983.

25. EPE Files Permit for Studio Near Graceland -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a $670,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new studio building on land north of Graceland.

The permit, which lists Flintco Inc. as the general contractor, comes about four months after New York-based Authentic Brands Group – the company that owns Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the rights to operate Graceland – announced plans for upgrades around the mansion.

26. Elvis Presley Enterprises Files Permit for Studio Near Graceland -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a $670,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new studio building on land north of Graceland.

The permit, which lists Flintco Inc. as the general contractor, comes about four months after New York-based Authentic Brands Group – the company that owns Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the rights to operate Graceland – announced plans for upgrades around the mansion.

27. New Elvis Owners Discussing Graceland Upgrades -

MEMPHIS (AP) – An executive with the company that purchased Elvis Presley's intellectual property says it is discussing ways to expand the late rock and roll icon's brand and upgrades to the Graceland tourist attraction.

28. Elvis’ Intellectual Property Rights Sold -

Authentic Brands Group, a New York City intellectual property corporation, has bought Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the right to operate Graceland from CORE Media Group, becoming the latest of four companies to own a majority share in the intellectual property assets of the late Memphis entertainer.

29. Sickle Cell Foundation Looking to Buy Hunt-Phelan House -

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee is trying to raise $2 million to buy the 175-year old Hunt-Phelan house, 533 Beale St., in what could be the latest change for the antebellum home that is the last mansion on a street once lined with them.

30. This week in Memphis history: September 20-26 -

1993: Elvis Presley Enterprises joined the ownership group for the proposed Memphis NFL franchise that city leaders were seeking. William B. Dunavant Jr., the leader of the effort, announced Graceland’s role in the ownership group during a reception at Graceland. Others in the ownership group included Fred Smith, Mike Starnes, J.R. “Pitt” Hyde and Paul Tudor Jones.

31. Mission of Love -

Beginning Sept. 5, Memphis will once again come together to Rock for Love.

The seventh annual, three-day fundraiser for the Church Health Center, providing health care for the working uninsured, will kick off that Thursday evening with a VIP barbecue at Ardent Studios.

32. Beyond Graceland -

Graceland – the Whitehaven mansion and the artifacts in it – is not for sale.

But 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporation that operates Graceland and owns the rights to the entertainer’s image, royalties and publishing on his music, is for sale as another Elvis Week reaches its end.

33. Events -

The Fayette County chapter of West Tennessee Home Builders Association will meet Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Somerville Bank & Trust, 16790 U.S. 64. U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will discuss proposed government-sponsored enterprises reform bill. The meeting is open to the public. Cost is $10. Email rterry@mahba.com.

34. Loeb Enjoying Strong Demand in East Memphis -

Pomp & Poise, a new gift store concept specializing in home and garden items, has signed a new lease at Park Place Center.

Pomp and Poise will occupy 1,400 square feet at the East Memphis retail center at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and Ridgeway Road.

35. Events Lined Up for Elvis Week in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) – An appearance by former Elvis Presley co-star Mother Dolores Hart and a listening party for a new box set featuring his performances at Stax Records are highlights of the annual celebration of the rock n' roll icon this August.

36. Oakhaven Warehouse Sells After Foreclosure -

4120 Air Trans Road, Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: May 7, 2013

37. Thai Executives Visit Memphis This Week -

The Mid-South Quality Productivity Center is playing host this week to one of its international partners, the Federal Thailand Productivity Institute.

The Federal Thailand Productivity Institute is visiting Memphis to help the center celebrate its 25th anniversary and to include Memphis as part of a “Global Best Practices” tour in the U.S.

38. Thai Executives Visit Memphis This Week -

The Mid-South Quality Productivity Center is playing host this week to one of its international partners, the Federal Thailand Productivity Institute.

The Federal Thailand Productivity Institute is visiting Memphis to help the center celebrate its 25th anniversary and to include Memphis as part of a “Global Best Practices” tour in the U.S.

39. Popular Elvis Exhibit Returning to Brazil -

A hugely popular exhibit of some of Elvis Presley’s most flashy personal items is returning to Brazil.

Elvis Presley Enterprises says “The Elvis Experience” will be exhibited in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from May 16 through July 2.

40. Vegas-Related Exhibit Opening at Graceland -

MEMPHIS (AP) – A new exhibit opening at Graceland showcases Elvis Presley's strong connection to Las Vegas, where he performed and vacationed.

The exhibit called "Elvis: Live from Las Vegas" officially opens Tuesday at the Graceland tourist attraction, which sits across from Presley's mansion in Memphis.

41. Elvis Presley Boulevard Work Big Moment for Neighborhood -

As early afternoon truck traffic on Brooks Road mixed with after-school traffic Friday, Nov. 16, on Elvis Presley Boulevard, a few tourists from the Graceland area mixed with several dozen local government and business leaders at the visitors center at the intersection.

42. International Exposure -

The Memphis hotel industry can thank at least 200,000 of its room nights last year to European visitors booked by tour operators.

European stays in Memphis averaged three nights, with each person spending more than $200 per day.

43. Bankruptcy Filings Drop 4 Percent -

Bankruptcies filed across all categories in Shelby County in the third quarter of 2012 dropped 4 percent from the third quarter of 2011, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

44. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

45. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

46. Beverly Hills Estate Owned by Elvis for Sale -

The former Beverly Hills home of the late Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is up for sale for a cool $12.9 million.

Real estate website operator Trulia says the home hit the market Wednesday.

47. Fit for a King -

Each August, thousands of Elvis Presley fans make their annual pilgrimage to Graceland to pay homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

But this year – being the 35th anniversary of Presley’s death and the 30th anniversary of Graceland being open to the public – will be one for the record books.

48. Destination King Merges With Chattanooga Firm -

Destination King has merged with Quiddity Entertainment of Chattanooga, Tenn., and subsequently formed LEO – an events management group based in Memphis with offices in Chattanooga and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

49. Destination King Merges With Chattanooga Firm -

Destination King has merged with Quiddity Entertainment of Chattanooga, Tenn., and the subsequent formation of LEO – an events management group based in Memphis with offices in Chattanooga and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

50. Indie Memphis Concert Series Returns to Shell -

Indie Memphis, which has brought back its free Concert Film Series to the Levitt Shell for the event’s sophomore year, clearly is trying to give movie and music fans what they want.

“Stop Making Sense,” the acclaimed Talking Heads concert film from filmmaker Jonathan Demme, was the most requested flick the last time Indie Memphis hosted the series, according to Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor. So this year, that was the first film that got teed up.

51. Changes Occurring Backstage At Elvis Presley Enterprises -

It was about a month ago when the company that produced a digital hologram of the late Tupac Shakur that showed up to startling effect on stage at the Coachella Music Festival announced it was working on a similar hologram of Elvis Presley.

52. Indie Memphis Concert Series Returns to Levitt Shell -

The Indie Memphis Concert Film Series will return this summer with the first event to be held July 21 at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

The series will open with two screenings hosted by Orion Federal Credit Union:

53. Graceland Marks 30th Year as Tourist Attraction -

MEMPHIS (AP) – When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.

54. Industry Leaders Gather at Aerotropolis Conference -

A year ago this month, Memphis hosted the annual World Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition.

But Tuesday, April 10, on the University of Memphis campus, airport, economic development and logistics leaders from the area will meet to talk about the same concept that has dominated the recent World Airport Cities Conferences that were held in Beijing in 2010 and will be held this year in Denver.

55. Elvis Fans Targeted for May Tour to Israel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises is sponsoring a tour of the Holy Land, which will take Elvis fans to Israel May 12-21.

According to a news release from the company, travelers will follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Additionally, the tour group will stop at the Elvis Inn Restaurant in Abu Ghosh — an Elvis-themed diner and souvenir shop. Joining the tour will be Elvis backup singers Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood and Bill Baize.

56. Elvis Fans Targeted for May Tour to Israel -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley Enterprises is sponsoring a tour of the Holy Land, which will take Elvis fans to Israel May 12-21.

According to a news release from the company, travelers will follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Additionally, the tour group will stop at the Elvis Inn Restaurant in Abu Ghosh – an Elvis-themed diner and souvenir shop. Joining the tour will be Elvis backup singers Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood and Bill Baize.

57. Hotel Upgrade -

Jay Michael and his business partners in Chicago were interested in a portfolio of apartment buildings in Chicago going up for auction in 2010 when they came across a hotel in Memphis in the grouping.

58. Celebration of Creativity -

The gold-plated columns and crystal chandeliers of The Cadre Building were right in line with the American Advertising Federation Memphis’ 2012 ADDY Awards ceremony, themed “Hustle + Workflow.”

All “pimps, players and winners” that produced the best in local advertising and all of the disciplines associated with it were recognized Saturday, Feb. 25, in the historic Downtown building at 149 Monroe Ave., with the tagline, “Damn, it feels good to be a winner.”

59. ADDY Awards Highlight Ad Industry's Top Work -

The gold-plated columns and crystal chandeliers of The Cadre Building were right in line with the American Advertising Federation Memphis’ 2012 ADDY Awards ceremony, themed “Hustle + Workflow.”

60. Elvis Presley Blvd. Center of Council Talks -

For decades what is now Elvis Presley Boulevard was the road to Memphis for those from Mississippi, whether they were coming to stay or coming to visit.

Much has changed since Elvis Presley moved into a home on a hill already named Graceland in the mid-1950s when Whitehaven was a country road not yet a part of the city of Memphis.

61. Council Approves Pink Palace Renovation and Elvis Presley Blvd Funding -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 21, the terms of a $20 million multi-year renovation of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum and advanced $16 million in funding over two fiscal years starting this June for improvements along Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven.

62. AP: Lisa Marie Presley Talks About New Exhibit -

MEMPHIS (AP) – There's a glass case in a room on Graceland's first floor that holds a small white fur coat, a photo album of Elvis Presley's family and a blue record player used by his daughter, Lisa Marie.

63. AP: Lisa Marie Presley Talks About New Exhibit -

MEMPHIS (AP) – There's a glass case in a room on Graceland's first floor that holds a small white fur coat, a photo album of Elvis Presley's family and a blue record player used by his daughter, Lisa Marie.

64. 100 Days of Improvement -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. promised in his state of the city address Monday, Jan. 23, to push the traditional parameters of city government and address long-term problems like the number of Memphians living in poverty.

65. Year of Elvis -

When describing the upcoming 35th anniversary of the death of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Kevin Kern of Elvis Presley Enterprises said 2012 could bring more fans to town than ever before.

66. 3 New Exhibits Opening at Graceland -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley Enterprises says three new exhibits will open next year at Graceland in Memphis to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the entertainer's death.

The first exhibit looks at the 1972 documentary "Elvis on Tour," which chronicles a multi-city concert tour. The exhibit, which opens Jan. 5, will include jewelry and clothing worn by Elvis during the shows.

67. Tickets Go on Sale Tuesday for Elvis Celebration -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Tickets go on sale Tuesday for Elvis Presley's most dedicated fans for next year's 35th anniversary celebration of his death.

According to a news release from Elvis Presley Enterprises, tickets can be bought beginning Tuesday by members of Elvis Insiders, the official group for his fans.

68. EPE Sues in Germany Over Elvis Buyout Agreement -

Elvis Presley Enterprises is suing Elvis’ old record label, claiming Arista Music – formerly RCA Records – “unjustly exploited” Elvis during his lifetime.

It’s a multimillion-euro lawsuit filed in Germany and only applicable in Germany because of an amendment to German copyright law that extends the term of copyright protection. The suit is limited to amounts earned since March 2002 and through 2023.

69. His Latest Flame -

There is Elvis Presley Boulevard and there is Graceland.

The boulevard takes in much more than the considerable financial and cultural presence left by the entertainer who lived and died in rock ‘n’ roll’s house on the hill in Whitehaven.

70. EPE Parent Reports Increase in Net Income -

The global private equity company that owns the company that owns Elvis Presley Enterprises reported a 510 percent increase in its economic net income for the second quarter compared to a year ago.

71. Elvis-Themed Eateries Coming to Europe -

Diners throughout Europe will soon be chowing down in restaurants with décor inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has licensed the EAD International Group to open Elvis-themed restaurants throughout Eastern and Central Europe.

72. Elvis Eateries Coming to Europe -

Diners throughout Europe will soon be chowing down in restaurants with décor inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has licensed the EAD International Group to open Elvis-themed restaurants throughout Eastern and Central Europe.

73. $3 Million in Permits Filed For Hacks Cross Buildings -

3152 Hacks Cross Road and
3168 Hacks Cross Road

Permit Amounts: $1.4 million (3152 Hacks
Cross); $1.6 million (3168 Hacks Cross)

74. Apollo Starts Tender Offer for Media Company CKx -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apollo Global Management LLC on Tuesday launched a tender offer for the outstanding shares in CKx Inc., the owner of TV ratings juggernaut "American Idol" and other entertainment properties, including a partnership in Elvis Presley Enterprises.

75. Elvis Presley Enterprises Parent Acquired -

CKx Inc., the parent company of Elvis Presley Enterprises since 2005, will now be in the hands of a New York private equity firm.

76. Apollo Slated to Buy EPE Parent Co. -

The New York-based entertainment company that owns Elvis Presley Enterprises is being bought by Apollo Global Management, an asset management firm.

The planned merger of CKx Inc. into Apollo, also of New York, was announced Tuesday morning and is still awaiting the approval of CKx stockholders. The CKx board of directors has recommended approval.

77. Who’s Who of Soul to Perform for MED Foundation -

More than a dozen legendary soul artists plan to bring down the house – in this case The Peabody hotel – during a one-night-only, blowout concert benefiting The MED Foundation, the fundraising arm of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

78. 10 Years of Jabberblabber -

The Bluff City’s favorite giant, green, googly-eyed monster this month celebrates 10 years of fostering childhood creativity and encouraging fun, educational family interaction.

Over the past decade, the Jabberblabber has become synonymous with family life in Memphis. Even if you’re not a parent, chances are you’ve spotted the enormous costumed character (played by a very tall man named Jim Lord) and his trusty cowgirl sidekick, Quick Draw Drew, making the rounds at family-friendly festivals or child-focused events in the Memphis metropolitan area.

79. CKx Suffers $15M Q4 Loss -

CKx Inc., the entertainment company that owns a majority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises and owns the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis, has reported a fourth-quarter loss.

80. Elvis’ Reach Wide in Realm of Law -

Elvis Presley’s manager Col. Tom Parker never let too many lawyers around the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Which is ironic, considering the way the music legend’s career is fueling a robust practice of intellectual property law among attorneys around the country and has done so since Presley’s death in 1977.

81. Lawsuits in Fla., England Related to Elvis Music -

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises said it’s suing men in Florida and England on claims of copyright infringement and illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the singer’s performances.

82. Charities Turn Super Sunday into Day of Giving -

Several Memphis-based nonprofits are using Super Bowl Sunday as an opportunity to encourage citizens to give back to their community.

For the seventh year in a row, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to providing decent housing for all members of the community, is asking football fans to party with a purpose this Sunday for its annual Home Team Huddle.

83. Orgs Embrace Technology Via Mobile Device Integration -

When visitors entered Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition last summer, they were handed an iPod Touch outfitted with an audio-guided tour of the exhibit’s iconic images.

It was the Brooks’ first foray into the emerging world of mobile technology, and it changed the museum’s entire approach to interacting with its guests.

84. Red Cross, Elvis Encourage Blood Donations -

The American Red Cross in Nashville is getting help from Elvis Presley Enterprises to encourage blood donations.

All blood donors in Nashville on selected dates through Feb. 28 will receive an Elvis-themed rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt.

85. MED Foundation Unveils Elvis Souvenir Plate -

The MED Foundation received phone calls and e-mails from Elvis fans around the world in 2005 when it began offering the first authentic license plate bearing the image of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

86. Going Pink -

For 20 years, the massive, brightly-colored “CMOM” building block letters on the lawn of the Children’s Museum of Memphis on Central Avenue have stood testament to the private nonprofit’s mission to inspire a passion for learning in the city’s youngest citizens.

87. D. Canale Site Sells as Part of Hand Purchase -

45 E.H. Crump Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38106
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: Sept. 24, 2010
Buyer: The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC
Seller: D. Canale Beverages LLC
Loan Amount: $48.4 million
Loan Date: Sept. 27, 2010
Maturity Date: n/a
Lender: Branch Banking and Trust Co.

88. Elvis Presley Enterprises Buys 3716 Elvis Presley Blvd. -

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has bought a 3,500-square-foot building at 3716 Elvis Presley Blvd. from JBC Financial Group for $1.1 million. Built in 1976, the building sits on 0.56 acres on the east side of Elvis Presley Boulevard north of Dolan Street.

89. CKx Reports Plans In SEC Filing -

The most recent comments from CKx Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, show the big effect the economy is having on the company’s outlook regarding its previously announced intention to overhaul the Graceland area.

90. Gaining Speed -

For years the Whitehaven community has been fighting against urban decay, crime and economic decline, including the effects of the recent recession.

But with ambitious plans for Graceland in the offing, committed political leadership in place and cooperation from the major players in the area, Whitehaven seems poised to turn an important corner.

91. Elvis Week Hits Stride as Buyout Talks Heat Up -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley is in play.

CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of the American music icon's life and death.

92. Investor Emerges for Elvis, 'American Idol' Parent CKx -

NEW YORK (AP) — A potential new investor has emerged for CKx Inc., the owner of the "American Idol" reality TV show and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

93. Investor Emerges for Elvis, 'American Idol' Parent CKx -

NEW YORK (AP) — A potential new investor has emerged for CKx Inc., the owner of the "American Idol" reality TV show and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

94. Commission to Resolve Budget Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday on a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and take the first of three votes on a county property tax rate.

The vote is certain to come after a continuation of a lengthy budget debate that began last Wednesday in committee sessions.

95. American Idol Creators Makes Bid For CKx -

Simon Fuller, the co-creator of the American Idol television series, is leading a group of investors who have made to a bid to buy CKx, Inc. the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE).

96. Sillerman Resigns as CEO of CKX -

Robert Sillerman has resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of CKX Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

97. Looking for Lift -

The Memphis Airport Area Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving corridors and neighborhoods around the airport, has taken an important step toward fulfilling its mission.

98. Sillerman Leaves CKX -

Robert Sillerman has resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of CKX Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Sillerman's resignation from the two positions and from the company's board of directors is effective immediately. It was announced in a filing by the company Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sillerman said in a press release that came with the SEC filing that he quit to pursue other interests including a possible acquisition of CKX. Sillerman had hoped another affiliated company, 19x, would acquire CKX. But the acquistiion stalled and was called off because of national economic conditions.

As recently as last month, he emphasized CKX remained committed to the Graceland overhaul involving an entertainment district with hotels and nightclubs around the mansion where Elvis Presley lived.

City leaders have already begun planning for public improvements in the area.

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The first indication of changes to come along Elvis Presley Boulevard between Brooks Road and Shelby Drive will be surveyors working in the area as it begins the annual tourism buildup to August, when Elvis fans commemorate the icon’s death.

The planning that is just beginning will eventually complement a new plan for an overhaul of Graceland by CKX, the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

CKX CEO Bob Sillerman has proposed leaving Graceland as it is, but relocating the plaza where visitors board buses from the west side of the street to the same side as Graceland. The current plaza area would be developed as an entertainment district with restaurants, hotels and other attractions.

Sillerman proposed a general outline of his plans for Graceland in 2007. But CKX has indicated since then in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that those plans could change at least in their timing because of the economy.

Sillerman has met with city officials and insisted he remains committed to transforming the area. Based on that, the Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration has come up with $250,000 to begin planning for the improvements to Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Wharton wants to have city commitments ready by July 1.

“We’re trying to get a running start on this,” city engineer Wain Gaskins told a crowd of more than 200 people last month at the Whitehaven Community Center. “We are not very far into the process.”

The surveyors will take the city’s planning a step further. Gaskins said consultants will begin this month talking with business owners along the corridor about possibly moving utilities. Underground power lines are one possibility to eliminate power lines and poles.

The Rev. Lester Baskin of Middle Baptist Church was among those listening intently in the community center gymnasium and looking over renderings that Gaskins said are just ideas and not necessarily what the final plan will look like.

Baskin said he favors coordinated commercial development along the boulevard.

“I have been in this area for about 40 years and I would like to see it become more and more,” he told The Daily News. “I know that whoever comes to Memphis, you have to come to Whitehaven because the airport is in Whitehaven. FedEx is Whitehaven. UPS is Whitehaven. There are so many other places.”

Elvis Presley Boulevard is also part of a highway with state and federal designations. Because of that, the city hopes to draw $2 million in state and federal funding toward the public project. No city funding is available for construction because there is no plan.

The first phase would be the boulevard’s southern end from Shelby Drive to Kraft Road. Phase two is from Craft to Winchester Road. And the third phase is from Winchester to Brooks Road.

Gaskins said the Interstate 55 interchange, north of Brooks, needs an overhaul but is a “separate project” the city will tackle at some later date. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is doing an interchange modification study, he added.

“It’s too much to handle in one bite,” Gaskins said of including the interchange in the boulevard project.

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99. Elvis Parent in Sale Talks -

The ownership of CKX Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises and is pursuing a $250 million revamp of Graceland and the surrounding area, may be getting all shook up.

100. Company Pursuing $250M Graceland Revamp in Sale Talks -

The ownership of CKx Inc., the company that owns 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises and which is pursuing a $250 million revamp of Graceland and the surrounding area, may be getting all shook up.