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1. County Commission Continues Prekindergarten Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners pick up Monday, July 21, where they left off earlier in the month about a way to fund prekindergarten programs.

The commission faces dueling resolutions, with one setting up further study on an expansion, and the other dedicating $3 million in surplus funds from the just-ended fiscal year and the first $3 million of any surplus from the current fiscal year to Shelby County Schools and the suburban school systems.

2. Roland Challenges Brooks’ Votes -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland began taking steps last week to make a formal challenge of commission matters that have included votes by Commissioner Henri Brooks.

3. Tunica Reels as Competition, Recession Hit Casinos -

TUNICA RESORTS, Miss. (AP) – It was 3:30 p.m. on a Monday in May at Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino in northwestern Mississippi.

Gamblers were few in number, and dealers stood ready at idle card tables.

4. County Budget Season Not Over Yet -

The Shelby County Commission defeated two competing versions of the county property tax rate for the new fiscal year on the second of three readings Monday, June 16.

But they both advance to third and final readings when the commission meets in July.

5. Nashville Mayor Maps Issues Similar to Memphis -

The Nashville mayor who was once Davidson County's public defender says schools in his city aren’t meeting his test for success in public education.

He is concerned with attracting talent to the city and touts diversity as a key component of that. And his city has a critical need for a “more robust” mass transit system, he said last week.

6. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Dr. Hafiz Elahi will present “Stroke From the Neurologist’s Perspective.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

7. Commission to Vote on Budget, Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take final votes Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion operating budget and a $75 million capital budget for Shelby County government, and the first of three votes on a new property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

8. Crews Center Finds Place in Startup Landscape -

At the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis, a feeder system for the rest of the city’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem is slowly coming together.

A new director has been in place for a few months. Programming is taking shape, and interest is beginning to build as the Crews Center hosts everything from speakers to supporting one-off creative endeavors like the group Memphis Makers and Creators, which recently got funding from the center to build a giant, functional Nintendo controller.

9. McCullough: Trucking Critical to Local Economy -

Jim McCullough could have ended up in a cubicle working in the accounting industry after he graduated from the Mississippi State University School of Business.

10. Open House -

The historic James Lee house in Victorian Village is days away from a grand opening celebration, the culmination of a restoration several years in the making that has turned the property once home to the Memphis College of Art into a bed-and-breakfast inn.

11. Events -

SRVS will host the Wesberry Golf Classic Monday, April 7, at Spring Creek Ranch, 140 Chinquapin Drive. The four-person scramble includes lunch, contests, awards and more. Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Visit srvs.org or call 312-6853.

12. Redbirds, AutoZone Park Sales Finalized -

The city of Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation have completed the ownership transactions of the Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

Per the agreement, the Cardinals have acquired the Redbirds (their Triple-A farm club), while the city of Memphis has acquired AutoZone Park. The city will lease the ballpark to the Redbirds through a long-term agreement. Included is a substantial, multiseason capital investment in the ballpark.

13. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

14. Redbirds, AutoZone Park Sales Finalized -

The city of Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation have completed the ownership transactions of the Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

Per the agreement, the Cardinals have acquired the Redbirds (their Triple-A farm club), while the city of Memphis has acquired AutoZone Park. The city will lease the ballpark to the Redbirds through a long-term agreement. Included is a substantial, multiseason capital investment in the ballpark.

15. Georgian Woods Apartments Sell for $3.9 Million -

118 St. Agnes Drive
Memphis, TN 38112

Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: March 14, 2014

Buyer: Georgian Woods Property Owner LLC

16. Greenbrier Files Loan on Cabinet Shop Lofts -

The owner of the recently completed Cabinet Shop lofts at 436 S. Front St. has filed a $2.9 million loan on the property.

17. Wharton Pitches ‘Bookend’ Convention Complex -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. calls it the “bookend approach.”

It’s a phrase his administration has used before to talk about linking The Pyramid end of the riverfront with the Beale Street end.

18. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

19. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

20. Competing Bidders Emerge for Ashlar Hall -

Two people that had once considered teaming up to acquire and renovate crumbling Ashlar Hall are going their separate ways.

Joe Thordarson, founder of the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, and Ty Cobb, founder of the nonprofit Have a Standard Foundation, said this week that they are now pursuing separate plans to gain control of the Midtown mansion.

21. Finding ‘Delicate Balance’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. leaned heavily on reality and the practical in a State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“We have the responsibility of balancing the expectations of our citizens versus the bottom line of our budget,” Wharton told an audience of several hundred, including city division directors and those in agencies working with the city. “We must strike the delicate balance of our affairs that is based in realism and pragmatism. This is important because ultimately the numbers that define our budget are real. The decisions that have the most positive impact are practical, and the work we have to do cannot wait.”

22. Commission Approves Ballpark Deal -

The deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise is on its way to a mid-February closing.

Shelby County Commission approval of the county’s part of the deal Monday, Jan. 27, came with a lot of reluctance and some of the same complaints Memphis City Council members had last month – primarily that they were being rushed.

23. Wharton Faces Challenges in State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. may face the most challenging year of his tenure as he delivers his State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The speech will be delivered at 10 a.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

24. Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal -

Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.

The item was added onto the commission’s agenda by chairman James Harvey who said he could because it was “time sensitive.”

25. Fairgrounds TDZ Should be Rejected -

The proposed Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) needs to be rejected. While most of the recent debate has been confined to the impact on education funding, there are several more serious issues with the TDZ.

26. Business Leaders Optimistic About Local Economy -

As they have for a few quarters now, Memphis-area business leaders continue to acknowledge an incremental sense of optimism about specific aspects of their companies and the economy, according to the results of the third Memphis Economic Indicator.

27. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances -

Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.

28. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

29. Events -

The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold a strategic planning public meeting and panel discussion Monday, Jan. 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stax Museum for American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The panel will discuss how the arts can impact economic development and educational success in Tennessee communities. Visit tn.com/arts for more information.

30. Council Approves Ballpark Deal, Changes Coming -

When AutoZone Park opens for another season of Redbirds baseball, you probably won’t notice anything different about the ballpark itself, though it will be owned by the city and the Redbirds will be owned by the St. Louis Cardinals.

31. Council Approves Ballpark Deal -

Memphis City Council members approved the city’s $19.5 million purchase of AutoZone Park Tuesday, Jan. 7, and another $4.5 million in improvements to the baseball park.

The deal includes the St. Louis Cardinals buying the Memphis Redbirds franchise and entering into a 17-year lease with the city of Memphis at $300,000 a year.

32. Ratings Agencies Weigh In on City’s Bonds -

Standard & Poor’s, one of the big three bond-rating agencies, has assigned a AA rating to the city’s general obligation bonds and the revenue bonds proposed for use in a city purchase of AutoZone Park, and has given the city’s financial health a “stable” outlook on both fronts.

33. FedEx Income Rises But Misses Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted net income of $500 million, or $1.57 per share, in its fiscal second quarter, which ended Nov. 30.

34. Hot-Button Issue -

When the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County was formed in 2011, president and CEO Reid Dulberger knew it would take the organization a little time to gain its footing.

At first, EDGE did not have its own staff or its own office, and it lacked financial and operational control of several key component parts, such as the Port of Memphis and Shelby County and the Depot Area Development Corp.

35. Bad Blood -

December was already going to be a busy month at City Hall for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

He would be bringing a plan to provide $15 million in city financing for the $180 million Crosstown revitalization project and rolling out its fix to address the Tennessee Comptroller’s vocal concerns about the city’s unfunded pension liability.

36. Moody's Gives Ballpark Bond "Aa3" Rating "Negative" Outlook -

On the eve of a critical vote by the Memphis City Council, a report from Moody’s Investors Service gives a “negative” outlook to its Aa3 rating of $23.6 million in revenue bonds the city plans to use to finance the purchase of AutoZone Park and improvements to it.

37. Ballpark Deal Back on Council’s Agenda -

After getting a rough reception last week, the deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds baseball team returns to the Memphis City Council Monday, Dec. 9, for a vote.

38. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

39. AutoZone Park Terms Move Into Focus -

The St. Louis Cardinals would pay the city of Memphis $300,000 a year for 17 years to use AutoZone Park, and the major league franchise’s front office would operate AutoZone Park for the city through a limited liability corporation owned by the St. Louis Cardinals during that time.

40. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

41. Sources: AutoZone Park Price ‘South of $24 Million’ -

The price tag for the city of Memphis to acquire AutoZone Park would be “south of $24 million,” according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

The city’s acquisition of AutoZone Park, which opened in 2000 and helped invigorate the resurgence of Downtown Memphis, will be on the City Council’s Dec. 3 agenda.

42. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play” Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Dec. 8 in the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Visit tnshakespeare.org.

43. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will host a debate between Shea Flinn and Kenneth Whalum Jr. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The topic is “Memphis Sales Tax Increase: Yea or Nay?” Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

44. Elkington, Harris Talk of Beale Street Nonprofit -

The next manager and developer of the Beale Street entertainment district should be a nonprofit entity similar to the Downtown Memphis Commission that focuses on improving the district and planning for its expansion, according to longtime Beale Street developer John Elkington and Memphis City Council member Lee Harris.

45. Cardinals Have Tentative Deal to Buy Redbirds -

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization has a tentative deal with the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation and the city of Memphis in which the Major League Baseball organization would buy the Memphis Redbirds team and city would buy AutoZone Park.

46. Cardinals Announce AutoZone Deal Before Council Vote -

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization has a tentative deal with the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation and the city of Memphis in which the Major League Baseball organization would buy the Memphis Redbirds team and city would buy AutoZone Park.

47. Olymbec Acquires 13-Building Bellbrook -

Olymbec USA LLC has snatched up two more key Memphis properties, including the 1.8 million-square-foot Bellbrook industrial park.

48. Neon Welcome Sign Could Shine Once Again -

The neon sign on the Lone Star Industries Inc. silos by The Pyramid arena that welcomed visitors to Memphis from the west may be making a comeback of sorts.

49. Crosstown Project Goes to Design Review Board -

The $180 million redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building goes to the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The review board will vote on design elements of the project as proposed by Crosstown LLC. A staff report recommends approval of the changes the group plans for the 14-story building and its detached parking garage.

50. Crosstown Project Goes to Design Review Board -

The $180 million redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building goes to the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The review board will vote on design elements of the project as proposed by Crosstown LLC. A staff report recommends approval of the changes the group plans for the 14-story building and its detached parking garage.

51. Early Voting Opens in Sales Tax Referendum -

Early voting opens Friday, Nov. 1, in the citywide referendum on a half percent sales tax hike and the Tennessee House District 91 general election.

Election day in the two special election contests is Nov. 21, the last election in a series of 11 in a three-month period.

52. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider. “I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

53. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider.

“I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

54. Whole Foods Eyes Germantown Site -

Whole Foods Market and local development firm Cypress Realty Holdings Co. are targeting the Poplar Avenue corridor in Germantown for the Memphis area’s second Whole Foods store.

55. City Council to Vote on Bonds, Review Land Swap -

Memphis City Council members this week take up $375 million in refunding bonds and general obligation bonds, and discuss a land swap with Church of the River for access to a boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.

56. County Leaders Blast Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone Financing Plan -

Shelby County government leaders say a city plan to use incremental sales tax revenue within a tourism development zone to revitalize the Fairgrounds will take the share of that revenue that goes to Shelby County Schools.

57. Crosstown Wins 20-Year Tax Break -

The $180 million project to revitalize the Sears Crosstown building won a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement Thursday, Oct. 10, from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

58. Crosstown Funding at Crossroads -

The $180 million plan to bring the former Sears Crosstown building back to life with a mix of residential, commercial and retail tenants faces a critical hurdle Thursday, Oct. 10, as the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. considers a 15- or 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement for the project.

59. Events -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host a Munch and Learn lecture titled “Voices of Yellow Fever” Wednesday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Cost is free with regular admission. Visit dixon.org.

60. Archived Article -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host a Munch and Learn lecture titled “Voices of Yellow Fever” Wednesday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Cost is free with regular admission. Visit dixon.org.

61. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Memphis chapter will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Shawn Karol Sandy, chief revenue officer for The Selling Agency, will discuss flawed growth strategies and how to build an actionable sales strategy. Tickets in advance are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers; tickets at the door are $35. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

62. Crosstown Developers Seek 20-Year PILOT -

Developers of the old Sears Crosstown building will seek a 20-year, $41.8 million tax break on the $180 million project from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

63. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Memphis chapter will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Shawn Karol Sandy, chief revenue officer for The Selling Agency, will discuss flawed growth strategies and how to build an actionable sales strategy. Tickets in advance are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers; tickets at the door are $35. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

64. Crosstown Developers Seek 20-Year PILOT -

Developers of the former Sears Crosstown building will seek a 20-year, $41.8 million tax break on the $180 million project from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

65. Mann Takes on Development Role at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy -

Cameron Mann has traded in an office of brick and glass for one of trees and meadow.

Perhaps not literally, but his new position as development manager for corporate and foundation support for Shelby Farms Park Conservancy promises to be more pastoral than musical, as his previous work with the Memphis Music Foundation proved to be.

66. City Explores Crucial Crosstown Funding -

City officials are exploring multiple options for financing $15 million in infrastructure improvements at the Sears Crosstown site, key funding that could make or break the ambitious $175 million project.

67. Saddle Creek Growth Sign of Future for City -

The Shops of Saddle Creek is in store for a multimillion-dollar makeover and expansion, a project that will likely be the first of several development dominoes to fall in Germantown.

Texas-based Trademark Property Co., which has operated the retail center since 2011, will expand the portion of the 148,000-square-foot lifestyle center on the southwest side of Poplar Avenue and West Street in Germantown.

68. Wharton Names Eight to Pre-K Trust Fund Board -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. nominated eight people Monday, Sept. 23, to serve on the board of a pre-kindergarten trust fund that would be established if city voters approve a half-cent sales tax hike in November.

69. County Commission to Vote on Head Start Push to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a resolution Monday, Sept. 23, that encourages the countywide school system to apply to take over the $23 million federal government grant county government now gets to operate a Head Start program.

70. Tax Zone Would Fund Fairgrounds Remake -

A 3-square-mile Tourism Development Zone would finance a $233 million renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds sought by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

The city sent its 88-page application Sept. 13 to Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry B. Martin. The application seeks state permission to use incremental sales tax revenue estimated at close to $12 million a year starting in 2016 to pay off the bonds to finance a project whose price tag is just below the $250 million FedExForum.

71. Wharton Scraps Handy Park Lease -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. scrapped a proposed lease of Handy Park in the Beale Street entertainment district Tuesday, Sept. 17, that would have settled the federal bankruptcy case involving control of the district.

72. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

73. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will screen the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary “Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador” Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

74. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

75. Webb Builds on Reputation of Integrity, Efficiency -

Long before the county and city would cleave their school systems, Shelby County Schools saw unprecedented growth as more and more residents filled the neighborhoods that seemed to appear overnight like springtime daffodils.

76. Sales Tax Hike Campaign Begins -

The Shelby County Election Commission hasn’t formally set the election date, but the campaign for passage of a half percent hike in the city sales tax is underway.

Proponents of the tax hike to fund pre-kindergarten programs in the city of Memphis rallied last week at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and by the end of the week they were on the road speaking to civic groups.

77. Influence1 Files $2.6 Million Loan for Former Bishop Byrne -

1475 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Maturity Date: Aug. 23, 2024
Borrower: The Influence1 Foundation
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Influence1 Foundation, the Memphis-based organization that bought the former Bishop Byrne High School in June, has filed a $2.6 million loan on the property, at 1475 E. Shelby Drive in Whitehaven.

78. South Junction Files $14.8 Million Loan -

Just a few days after its permits were filed, the development group building the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown has taken out a $14.8 million construction loan for the project.

South Junction Partners – through a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program via the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. – filed the deed of trust Aug. 27 with SunTrust Bank.

79. Fertile Ground -

In 1947, two parcels of land on the eastern boundaries of Memphis were purchased for $400,000 to be used as a new city park.

At the suggestion of political boss E.H. Crump, an avid bird enthusiast, the park was nearly named Bluebird, yet would come to be known as Audubon Park, home to a shooting range and golf course among other amenities.

80. Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction -

727 E. Mann Circle; 726. E. Mann Circle; 725 W. Mann Circle; 35 W. Georgia Ave.; 649 Florida St.; 18 W. Carolina Ave.; 9 E. Carolina Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Costs: $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.4 million

81. Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction -

A development group led by Henry Turley Co. has filed a series of building permits totaling $10.4 million for the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown.

82. City Council Approves Civil Service Referendum -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 20, a 2014 city referendum on a charter change that would change the city’s civil service board system.

Part of the proposal by council member Kemp Conrad is aimed at better staffing the review board, which decides employee appeals, to hear a current backlog of cases and resolve them more quickly. Under another change in the proposal, employees could be cited for – and appeal – performance issues, in addition to violations of policies.

83. City Council Approves Civil Service Referendum -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 20, a 2014 city referendum on a charter change that would change the city’s civil service board system.

Part of the proposal by council member Kemp Conrad is aimed at better staffing the review board, which decides employee appeals, to hear a current backlog of cases and resolve them more quickly. Under another change in the proposal, employees could be cited for – and appeal – performance issues, in addition to violations of policies.

84. Council Approves Smart Meters, Delays Vote on Solid Waste Fee and Plan -

Memphis City Council members approved a $10.1 million contract Tuesday, Aug. 20, for Memphis Light Gas and Water Division to buy 60,000 Smart Meters.

And the council delayed a final vote on setting a solid waste fee that is the starting point for changes over several years to the way the city collects garbage. The two-week delay in setting the fee also delays acting on a plan to provide sanitation workers with a retirement supplement of up to $1,000 a month funded with the savings from the changes in the services.

85. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

86. Events -

Graceland will present “Salute to Memphis Music,” an Elvis Week concert featuring Memphis Jones and Brad Birkedahl, Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. on the Elvis Week main stage at Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Tickets are $20. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information.

87. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, July 31, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Frank Gianotti of Tetra Tech will discuss extending the Shelby Farms Greenline. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

88. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

89. Issues of County Budget Season Remain -

The Shelby County property tax rate of $4.38 is ready for the tax bills that are to go out starting later this month.

But with the county budget season now over, some of the major themes of the Shelby County Commission’s debate over taxes are likely to remain in play.

90. Change of Scenery -

After spending years or decades in their current form, longtime staples of the local real estate scene are about to disappear or undergo major changes that will forever alter the city’s built landscape.

91. Council Eyes September Special Election -

Memphis City Council members continue a shift away from budget season Tuesday, July 16, with an agenda that includes allocating some money from the last fiscal year and other money for the new fiscal year.

92. Commission Votes Down $4.38 Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a $4.38 county property tax rate Monday, July 8, in a decision that could reopen the county’s operating budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

At the least, the commission vote means it will be mid August at the earliest before the commission sets a tax rate. But if the commission lowers the tax rate from $4.38, it would force reconsideration of a county operating budget that is based on that higher tax rate.

93. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Monica Everrett, human resources training coordinator at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will present “Dressing Smart.” Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to nicole.huss@ipaper.com or 419-4818.

94. Commission to Vote on $4.38 Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take a final vote Monday, July 8, on a new county property tax rate of $4.38.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

95. Room Race -

To illustrate the stiff competition Memphis faces in landing conferences and conventions because of hotel room capacity available in the city, Memphis-based hotel consultant Chuck Pinkowski points to a formidable foe just three hours away.

96. Events -

The Daily News’ offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Offices will reopen Friday, July 5, at 8:30 a.m. and remain open during normal business hours.

97. Wharton Calls for 'Revenue Director' -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to hire a city “revenue officer” as a next step in efforts to change financial practices at City Hall.

Wharton also set a schedule of monthly goals through the end of 2013 to discuss with the council such major financial issues as pension plan obligations and employee benefits.

98. Cox: Airport Could See More Competition -

Airports that once served as major hubs won’t likely regain their previous level of flight service, and if they do, it could take decades, Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority told members of the board and airport officials.

99. James Lee House Owner Files Construction Loan -

690 Adams Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
Loan Amount: $1 million

Loan Date: June 4, 2013

Maturity Date: June 4, 2019

100. City Council Again Tackles Budget, Tax Rate -

Some Memphis City Council members say they are prepared for a long day Tuesday, June 18, at City Hall as they continue down the arduous path to a tax rate and budget for the coming fiscal year.

“Let’s just be ready to spend the night,” said council member Harold Collins last week. He commented as council-mediated discussions between the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and municipal union leaders on possible cuts in employee benefits got nowhere quickly and ended after less than an hour.