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1. Electrolux Cools Off 300 Memphis Residents -

As the dog days of summer wear on, Electrolux has provided some relief in the form of cool air to 300 local residents.

The donation of energy-efficient Frigidaire room air conditioners, worth a total of $72,000, is part of the Keeping Memphis Cool initiative.

2. Smartphones, Facebook are King in Memphis -

This year – for the first time in any of the Mid-South Digital Engagement Surveys conducted each year by Obsidian Public Relations in partnership with Research Dynamics Inc. – more respondents reported owning a smartphone than a computer.

3. Haslam’s Infrastructure Tour to Start in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will tour the state for six weeks to talk about infrastructure and transportation needs.

The tour, which comes as Haslam considers raising the state’s gas tax for the first time in 25 years, will kick off in Memphis Aug. 5 at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

4. Tobacco Corner Keeps Fire Going in East Memphis -

The Tobacco Corner Ltd. has been holding court at the corner of South Mendenhall Road at Poplar Avenue for more than 40 years.

“It’s a gathering place,” said Ken Robbins, general manager at the East Memphis store.

5. Inspection to Close Lane of Interstate 40 Near West Memphis -

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says a lane of Interstate 40 near West Memphis will be closed for a bridge inspection.

The AHTD says the bridge over the Mississippi River between Memphis and West Memphis is scheduled for routine inspection.

6. Five Memphis Tigers Claim Scholar-Athlete Awards -

Five University of Memphis student-athletes claimed Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards for their efforts on the field and in the classroom during the 2014-15 season, the American Athletic Conference has announced.

7. Electrolux Cools Off 300 Memphis Residents -

As the dog days of summer wear on, Electrolux has provided some relief in the form of cool air to 300 Memphis residents.

The donation of energy-efficient Frigidaire room air conditioners, worth a total of $72,000, is part of the Keeping Memphis Cool initiative. Priority was given to households with seniors, disabled residents and those who have lost their jobs or are on medical leave.

8. Haslam’s Infrastructure Tour To Start in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will tour the state for six weeks to talk about infrastructure and transportation needs.

The tour, which comes as Haslam considers raising the state’s gas tax for the first time in 25 years, will kick off in Memphis Aug. 5 at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

9. Smartphones, Facebook Are King in Memphis, Survey Says -

This year – for the first time in any of the Mid-South Digital Engagement Surveys conducted each year by Obsidian Public Relations in partnership with Research Dynamics Inc. – more respondents reported owning a smartphone than a computer.

10. Partial Roof Collapse Revives Concern For Downtown Memphis Eyesore -

A hard rain Thursday, July 23, has put a problem property on the Main Street Mall’s “demonstration block” back in the public eye and potentially back in court.

During the Thursday afternoon rain that flooded streets and briefly knocked out electricity across Downtown Memphis, the roof of the four-story building at 107 S. Main partially collapsed and a water pipe burst.

11. Speakers Set For Inaugural TEDxMemphis Event -

A few weeks from now, Memphians will have a chance to hear from Kimbal Musk, the brother of billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk, about his plans for the restaurant and garden concepts he’s bringing to Memphis.

12. Allegiant Adds New Nonstops from Memphis -

Just two months after landing at Memphis International Airport, Allegiant Air is expanding its service.

The Las Vegas-based, ultra-low cost carrier is adding twice-weekly flights to Austin, Texas, and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning Oct. 1, according to a press release from the airline.

13. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

14. Filing Deadline Shapes Field in Memphis Elections -

Now that they’ve made the filing deadline for the Oct. 8 Memphis elections, candidates have until Thursday, July 23, to withdraw if they wish before the ballot is set later that day in the 15 city races.

15. Rockabilly Festival Planned for Memphis -

Memphis is getting a rockabilly festival.

The first Memphis International Rockabilly Festival will take place Aug. 15-16 in the Edge District near Downtown, outside of Sun Studio at 106 Union Ave. The festival, announced by Universal Fairs and In The Wings Productions, will span two stages and two city blocks, in addition to featuring a variety of Sun Records rockabilly legends along with other artists. The lineup will be revealed Wednesday, July 15.

16. Creatives of Memphis -

Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.

17. Credit Unions See Fertile Ground in Memphis -

In one sense, the newly opened credit union branch across the street from East High School reflects a company adjusting its Memphis footprint.

But InTouch Credit Union’s relocation from 5100 Poplar Ave. to 3245 Poplar Ave. also brings some extra touches, like a drive-thru teller window and an ATM. And while it’s not an expansion, its opening comes at a time when local credit union officials say customer interest in their offerings is high, with membership rolls that keep getting longer.

18. Rockabilly Festival Planned for Memphis -

Memphis is getting a rockabilly festival.

The first Memphis International Rockabilly Festival will take place August 15-16 in the Edge District near Downtown, outside of Sun Studio at 106 Union Ave. The festival, announced by Universal Fairs and In The Wings Productions, will span two stages and two city blocks, in addition to featuring a variety of Sun Records rockabilly legends along with other artists. The lineup will be revealed Wednesday, July 15.

19. University of Memphis Athletics Communications Staff Honored -

The University of Memphis athletics communications staff received 12 national awards for its publications and posters for the 2014-15 academic year. That led the nation as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its final results for its annual publications contests.

20. New Hotel Planned for Downtown Memphis -

Two Ohio-based development firms plan to build a new hotel on a vacant site in Downtown Memphis.

The Orlean Co. of Beachwood, Ohio, and Ceres Development LLC of Westlake, Ohio, plan on building a Cambria Suites on a 3.3-acre lot on the south side of Union across from Fourth Street, just west of Danny Thomas Boulevard.

21. Austin Nichols Seeks Transfer, Memphis Reportedly Denies Request -

University of Memphis junior forward Austin Nichols is attempting to transfer, according to reports from 92.9 FM ESPN and cbssports.com Tuesday, July 7.

22. City of Memphis Election Activity Picks Up -

There could be a familiar name in the open race for Memphis City Court Clerk on the October ballot.

Just weeks after incumbent clerk Thomas Long announced he would not run for another term, his son, Thomas Long II, pulled a qualifying petition for the race.

23. University of Memphis Athletics Communications Staff Honored -

The University of Memphis athletics communications staff received 12 national awards for its publications and posters for the 2014-15 academic year. That led the nation as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its final results for its annual publications contests.

24. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

25. University of Memphis Hires Southeast Missouri Athletic Director -

The University of Memphis has named Mark Alnutt, athletic director at Southeast Missouri State, as its new deputy director of athletics.

Alnutt replaces Wren Baker, who left several weeks ago for a position in the athletics department at the University of Missouri.

26. University of Memphis to Relaunch GoTigersGo.com -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is relaunching its website, GoTigersGo.com, to provide a user-friendly experience across all platforms – including smartphones and tablets.

The updated site includes media walls on each sport page where previews, recaps and features can be found along with digital content such as photo galleries and video. A social wall encompasses both Instagram and Twitter, including content provided by fans.

27. Enviro-Master Franchise Opens Memphis Location -

Public restroom cleaning service Enviro-Master has expanded its presence to Memphis.

Operated by Thomas Whitley, the franchise will serve restaurants, businesses, schools and organizations throughout the Memphis area as far east as Jackson, Tenn., and stretching west to Jonesboro and Wynne, Ark., north to Ripley, Tenn. and south to Tunica and Senatobia, Miss.

28. University of Memphis To Relaunch GoTigersGo.com -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is relaunching its website, GoTigersGo.com, to provide a user-friendly experience across all platforms – including smartphones and tablets.

29. Marc Gasol of Memphis Is Already Right at Home -

He appreciates a fine wine, but at least symbolically does so with a dab of barbecue on his chin.

He attended Lausanne High School while his big brother was both amazing and frustrating Grizzlies fans. And now we hear from Zach Randolph, via Craig Brewer’s best film to date, “Marc Gasol of Memphis,” that he was listening to Three 6 Mafia all along.

30. Fino’s Taking a Bite Out of East Memphis -

The Brookhaven Circle area, an emerging restaurant row in the heart of East Memphis, is welcoming a new neighbor.

Jerry Wilson, owner of Fino’s from the Hill at 1853 Madison Ave. in Midtown, has acquired the property at 703 W. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis for $526,600.

31. Enviro-Master Franchise Opens Memphis Location -

Public restroom cleaning service Enviro-Master has expanded its presence to Memphis.

Operated by Thomas Whitley, the franchise will serve restaurants, businesses, schools and organizations throughout the Memphis area as far east as Jackson, Tenn., and stretching west to Jonesboro and Wynne, Ark., north to Ripley, Tenn. and south to Tunica and Senatobia, Miss.

32. How Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical Translates to Memphis -

On Thursday, June 18, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, “Laudato si” (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home). For some time now, Catholics, environmentalists and other Vatican watchers were aware that Francis was going to focus on the environment, especially the problem of global climate change.

33. Gay Marriage Marks First Day in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Memphis taking a tour of the Nike plant expansion in Frayser when the highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was released Friday, June 26, in Washington, D.C.

34. Builders Start, Sell Fewer Memphis-Area Homes in May -

Hampered by a severe lot shortage, homebuilding activity in Memphis and Shelby County slowed considerably in May, with builders starting and selling fewer new homes than last year.

Builders filed 67 permits in May, down 17.3 percent from 81 permits filed in May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports. Builders sold 58 new homes in May, down 23.6 percent from 76 new homes sold last year.

35. Chef Shuttle Adds Restaurants To Memphis Delivery Network -

A restaurant take-out delivery company has added 22 Memphis-area restaurants to its roster, including Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar, Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, El Toro Loco and Exlines.

36. Dog Daycare Bringing New Life to East Memphis Retail Center -

A new doggy daycare and camp is coming to East Memphis.

Becky and Tim Simcoe have leased 8,875 square feet at the Balmoral Shopping Center at Quince Road and Ridgeway Road in East Memphis to open a Camp Bow Wow franchise.

37. Chef Shuttle Adds Restaurants To Memphis Delivery Network -

A restaurant take-out delivery company has added 22 Memphis-area restaurants to its roster, including Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar, Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, El Toro Loco and Exlines.

38. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

39. Pinnacle Financial Partners Adds to Memphis Team -

The team launching Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners’ expansion into the Memphis market is getting bigger.

The bank has added another three in Memphis, bringing the total so far to 11. The new additions – Rick Neal, Richard Harris and Nicole Pickens – come from Trustmark Bank, Paragon Bank and First Tennessee, respectively.

40. Former Memphis Soccer Player Honored by NCAA -

Kylie Davis, who completed her playing career at the University of Memphis last fall, is a candidate for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

41. Former Memphis Tigers Plan Alumni Basketball Game -

Look back to look ahead. That’s what former University of Memphis basketball players Jeremy Hunt and Willie Kemp are trying to do with the first alumni game, scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, 495 Zach Curlin St.

42. Speltz’s Design Flair Transforms Downtown Memphis -

Christopher Speltz’s work as an architectural designer for Renaissance Group hinges on transformation. As an illustrator for multifamily spaces 266 Memphis Lofts, Printer's Alley and the Annex Lofts, he's bringing much-needed flair to a stretch of South Front Street.

43. University of Memphis to Hold Elite Golf Camp -

The University of Memphis and head coach Blake Smart will host an Elite Player Camp at The Frank L. Flautt Golf Center on the university’s Park Avenue Campus Sunday, June 28.

44. Lyft Approved to Operate Ride-Sharing Service at Memphis Airport -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an agreement with ride-sharing service Lyft that allows the company to immediately begin operations at Memphis International Airport.

The deal was set after the passage of Tennessee legislation that established requirements for transportation network companies such as Lyft.

45. Dayco Awarded Tax Incentive for Memphis Warehouse -

A Michigan-based manufacturer of belts and other items for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket sectors has been awarded a tax break to open a national distribution center in Memphis.

The city-county Economic Development Growth Engine awarded Dayco Products Ltd. a five-year tax incentive for the distribution center, which will employ 174 workers. The average annual pay for employees would be $26,753, plus benefits.

46. Canoes, Kayaks Line Up for Outdoors Inc.'s Memphis Race -

Mike Herbert, a Pan American Games gold medalist in kayak racing, will be the first to say that you just don’t know who you might meet on the water. All kinds of people step into a canoe or a kayak and get hooked.

47. Dayco Seeks Tax Break for Memphis Distribution Center -

A Michigan-based manufacturer of belts and hoses is seeking local tax incentives for a Memphis distribution center.

Dayco Products Ltd., which has filed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application with the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, says the center would employ 174 workers.

48. Mickelson Rallies, But Fabian Gomez Wins Memphis Golf Tournament -

Billy Horschel wore FedEx colors – purple and orange – on Sunday for the last round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It seemed to work for him as he shot a 5-under 65 to finish at 7 under and in tie for 8th place.

49. Machinery Parts Maker Seeks Tax Incentives for Memphis Distribution Center -

A Michigan-based manufacturer of belts and hoses is seeking local tax incentives for a Memphis distribution center.

Dayco Products Ltd., which has filed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application with the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, says the center would employ 174 workers.

50. LeMoyne-Owen Change Latest for Memphis Higher Ed -

Andrea Miller is the latest of three new higher education leaders in Memphis in just more than a year.

51. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

52. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

53. Jobs Event Set for CoWork Memphis Next Week -

Nita Black, founder of the jobs-focused nonprofit Jobs Hatchery, will share advice and tips for small business founders during a presentation next week at CoWork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper.

54. University of Memphis Pitcher Blackwood Named to All-American Team -

Memphis sophomore closer Nolan Blackwood has been named to the NCBWA NCAA Division I All-American baseball team. Blackwood is a Second Team All-America selection, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced.

55. Jobs Event Set for CoWork Memphis Next Week -

Nita Black, founder of the jobs-focused nonprofit Jobs Hatchery, will share advice and tips for small business founders during a presentation next week at CoWork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper.

56. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

57. YMCA of Memphis Buys Downtown YMCA for $2.9M -

The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South has purchased the Fogelman Downtown YMCA for $2.9 million, according to public records.

YMCA acquired the building at 245 Madison Ave. from Forum 245 Madison LLC, according to a May 27 warranty deed. In conjunction with the purchase, the organization filed a $2.1 million loan with Regions Bank, according to a May 26 deed of trust. Keith Johnson, president and chief executive of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, signed the deed of trust.

58. LYFE Kitchen Pays $3M For East Memphis Spot -

LYFE Kitchen has purchased its East Memphis location from a division of Memphis-based Carlisle Corp.

LYFE bought the restaurant at 6201 Poplar Ave. from Wendelta Property Holdings LLC for $3 million, according to a May 29 warranty deed.

59. Editorial: A New Fairgrounds is Already Taking Shape in Memphis -

As an Urban Land Institute panel spends a quick week in Memphis June 8-12 to offer recommendations on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, we hope they will color outside the lines City Hall has set so far for its revitalization.

60. Development Proposals Surface in Memphis' Pinch District -

A month after Bass Pro Shops opened at The Pyramid, development plans are surfacing in the Pinch District, including one for a new Front Street hotel.

Front Street Group LLC has applied for a special use permit for a 108-room, extended-stay hotel. It would be located directly across Front from The Pyramid’s east side on what is now a surface parking lot. It would include a 160-space parking structure on the rear of the property next to an existing alley.

61. YMCA of Memphis Buys Downtown Facility for $2.9 Million -

The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South has purchased the Fogelman Downtown YMCA for $2.9 million, according to public records.

YMCA acquired the building at 245 Madison Ave. from Forum 245 Madison LLC, according to a May 27 warranty deed. In conjunction with the purchase, the organization filed a $2.1 million loan with Regions Bank, according to a May 26 deed of trust. Keith Johnson, president and chief executive of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, signed the deed of trust.

62. Global Ministries Appeals Failing HUD Scores at Memphis Properties -

A month after 40 units at the Goodwill Village and Warren Apartments were declared unfit by federal housing officials, the units have been repaired and the residents moved back in.

63. Audit Finds Memphis Hotels Owe $333K in ‘Bed Taxes’ -

A three-year audit by the city of Memphis has found that 22 percent of hotels and motels are behind a total of more than $333,000 in occupancy taxes.

Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau President Kevin Kane said the city is probably missing out on between $750,000 and $1 million a year in “bed taxes.”

64. Conn’s Acquires Site for Third Memphis-Area Location -

A Texas-based retailer has acquired a fully leased shopping center in Southaven and will build a new store on an outparcel of the existing retail center.

Conn’s Appliances Inc. acquired the Stateline Square Shopping Center at 550 Stateline Road in Southaven for $5 million from Brixmor Commercial Real Estate, which was doing business as NPK Southaven LLC.

65. Audit Finds Memphis Hotels Owe $333,000 in 'Bed Taxes' -

A three-year audit by the city of Memphis has found that 22 percent of hotels and motels are behind a total of more than $333,000 in occupancy taxes.

Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau President Kevin Kane said the city is probably missing out on between $750,000 and $1 million a year in “bed taxes.”

66. Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis Officials Honored -

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis’ CEO and its career placement director picked up awards during the recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 109th National Conference in Chicago.

67. University of Memphis Gets 'Green' Nod From Princeton Review -

The University of Memphis’ green initiatives, including its bike share program and single-stream recycling effort, have earned the school a nod from The Princeton Review.

The education services company has named the U of M as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada. It reviewed 2,000 colleges and their green initiatives before developing The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

68. University of Memphis Gets 'Green' Nod From Princeton Review -

The University of Memphis’ green initiatives, including its bike share program and single-stream recycling effort, have earned the school a nod from The Princeton Review.

The education services company has named the U of M as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada. It reviewed 2,000 colleges and their green initiatives before developing The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

69. GoPro Film Festival Launching in Memphis -

With the unique vantage point they offer, GoPro cameras are responsible for some of the more compelling viral videos that make their way around the Web. Mounted on skydivers, birds, pets and more, they let viewers see the world often in a way they never have before.

70. Four Memphis Baseball Players Get AAC Nods -

University of Memphis first baseman Tucker Tubbs and closer Nolan Blackwood were named to the American Athletic All-Conference First Team, while outfielders Kane Barrow and Darien Tubbs earned second-team honors, the league announced on Monday, May 18.

71. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis Officials Honored -

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis’ CEO and its career placement director picked up awards during the recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 109th National Conference in Chicago.

72. Nonprofit to Introduce 1,500 Memphis Children to Tennis -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

73. IBM Team on Non-Emergency 911 Calls Sounds Familiar Theme in Memphis -

A team of outside experts will come to Memphis for a short period of time to analyze a specific problem and make recommendations to City Hall.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sought the same solution in February to his administration’s stalled plan for a Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

74. Harold Ford Sr. Returns to Memphis Funeral Business With New Concept -

In his years as a political force in Memphis, Harold Ford Sr. was known for his attention to detail.

The former Congressman would brush past campaign workers and climb a ladder to level a campaign banner or change the layout of “the Ford ballot,” sought by everyone from presidential candidates to court clerks.

75. US Transportation Secretary Foxx to Speak in Memphis -

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is in Memphis Tuesday, May 12, to meet with leaders of the Greater Memphis Chamber as well as members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

76. Larger Aircraft, More Flights for Memphis -

More Memphis International Airport passengers can travel to Miami, Denver, Chicago and Houston starting this month, thanks to larger aircraft and an expected increase in flight frequency.

While the larger aircraft won’t bring new destinations, they will increase the number of seats available on flights to those destinations. The larger planes, coupled with some expected added frequencies to those destinations, will add an average of about four flights, or 407 seats a day, for Memphis passengers once the changes are complete.

77. Conduit to Lay Off Nearly 600 of 700 in Memphis Workforce -

Conduit Global, which opened a Cordova call center in June with $2 million in state incentives, is laying off nearly 600 of its 700 Memphis employees.

The company acknowledged the layoffs Wednesday, May 6, saying the loss of a contract triggered the decision.

78. Junior League of Memphis Hosts 6th Annual 5K for Kids -

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for a morning of family fun on Saturday, May 9.

Registration remains open for the 6th Annual Junior League of Memphis 5K for Kids – Taking Steps to End Childhood Obesity.

79. Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis -

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

The Kitchen, which focuses on serving healthy, locally sourced meals, will operate restaurants at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis and Crosstown Concourse in Midtown.

80. Riverfront Restaurant Will Open for Memphis In May -

Riverfront Bar & Grill at Beale Street Landing will remain open during the Memphis In May International Festival activities in Tom Lee Park.

81. Jewell Joins Staff of Memphis Development Foundation -

Ron Jewell is joining the staff of the Memphis Development Foundation, which operates the Orpheum Theatre, as vice president of operations at the forthcoming Centre for Performing Arts Education.

82. Riverfront Bar & Grill Remains Open During Memphis in May -

Riverfront Bar & Grill at Beale Street Landing will remain open during the Memphis In May International Festival activities in Tom Lee Park.

83. Stringfellow Taking Memphis Back to the Basics -

Alex Stringfellow believes it’s time for Memphis to get back to basics.

As chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders division, he’s noticed at lecture events that questions from the audience always return to the same core subjects. This need for information, coupled with a perceived negative attitude among Memphians about the city’s issues, drove him to organize ULI Memphis’ May 4 event, “Getting Back to Basics: The Real Deal of Schools, Crime & Taxes.”

84. Pinnacle Financial of Nashville Acquires Magna Bank of Memphis -

When it comes to their newly announced entry into Memphis via an acquisition of Magna Bank, the Nashville leadership of Pinnacle Financial Partners is already thinking big – on everything from workforce to services offered to the bank’s eventual size here.

85. University of Memphis Foundation Applies for $1 Million Building Permit -

1115 E. Getwell Loop
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $1 million

Applicant: The University of Memphis Foundation
Project Cost: $40 million
Permit Application Date: April, 2015
Architect: Fleming Architects
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.
Details: The University of Memphis Foundation has applied for a $1 million building permit for a new facility at the university’s Park Avenue campus.

86. IHeartMedia Sells Four Memphis Radio Towers -

IHeartMedia + Entertainment Inc. has sold four of its Memphis radio towers for $6.3 million as part of a national deal topping $300 million.

87. Tumult of 1968 Leaves Indelible Mark on Memphis’ Legal, Political Figures -

When attorney David Caywood thinks about the pivotal events of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, there is usually a big “what if” moment.

88. Trial Begins for Memphis Mansion Squatter -

The trial has begun for a woman accused of squatting in a vacant $3 million dollar mansion.

Tabitha Gentry is being charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $60,000. Authorities say she illegally moved into the Memphis-area mansion in March 2013. The property was for sale after being foreclosed on by a bank.

89. University of Memphis Foundation Seeks $1 Million Building Permit -

The University of Memphis Foundation has applied for a $1 million building permit for a new facility at the university’s Park Avenue campus.

The University of Memphis Foundation applied for the $1 million permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. The permit is for a project at 1115 E. Getwell Loop, the same address as the planned indoor practice facility for the U of M’s football team. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed on the application as the contractor. Fleming Architects is listed as the architect. GTG and Fleming also were each listed on a previous building permit application for the indoor practice facility.

90. IHeartMedia Sells Four Memphis Radio Towers -

IHeartMedia + Entertainment Inc. has sold four of its Memphis radio towers for $6.3 million as part of a national deal topping $300 million.

91. Addressing the Needs of Memphis’ Aging Population -

It is certain, absolutely everyone is doing it. Everyone is aging. The uniqueness of the individual process has created the new tipping point for the separation of the way it was, and the way it will be.

92. Editorial: Meetings and Marches Won’t Fix Memphis Violence -

Lanetta King never had a chance. She walked out the doors of Hillcrest High School near the end of the school year just as a gunfire erupted between two groups of rival gang members.

Her name might sound familiar to you. Or perhaps you’ve never heard of her before.

93. University of Memphis to Invest Rudd as President -

The University of Memphis will invest its 12th president this week.

M. David Rudd, who took office as U of M president in May 2014, will be invested Friday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.

94. Rental Company Buys 7 Homes Near University of Memphis -

A Germantown-based rental-home company has purchased seven houses near the University of Memphis for $617,000.

Blue & White Properties bought the homes at 572, 582 and 588 Watson St., 590 Loeb St., 737 Shotwell St., 705 S. Graham St. and 3739 Spottswood Ave. from Collegiate Properties LLC, according to a March 31 warranty deed.

95. Hall Booth Smith Law Firm Opens Memphis Office -

Hall Booth Smith PC – a law firm with 11 offices across the South – is opening a Memphis office.

The Memphis office will be led by partners Jennifer Harrison and Charles Moody and include associate Lauren Callins.

96. Southwest Launches First Memphis-Dallas Nonstops -

Passengers traveled on the first nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Dallas Love Field on Wednesday, April 8, when a Southwest Airlines flight departed from Memphis at 7:15 a.m.

97. Free Legal Clinic Saturday at Memphis Library -

The Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services are hosting a free legal clinic Saturday, April 11.

Attorneys will be present to offer legal advice in various areas. The public is invited but those wanting advice will be required to fill out an application.

98. Collins Plots Different Course for Memphis Mayoral Bid -

Backers of Memphis mayoral contender Harold Collins are referring to his campaign as a crusade in which incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Collins’ City Council colleague Jim Strickland may have claimed most of the contributions and support of business leaders.

99. University of Memphis Baseball Team Defeats Mississippi State -

Memphis jumped out to an early lead and starter Alex Gunn pitched a season-high seven innings to lead the University of Memphis to a 7-1 win over Mississippi State on Tuesday, April 7, in the Tigers’ final game this season at AutoZone Park.

100. Southwest Launches First Memphis, Dallas Nonstops -

Passengers traveled on the first nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Dallas Love Field on Wednesday, April 8, when a Southwest Airlines flight departed from Memphis at 7:15 a.m.