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1. Harris’ Bill Faces Opposition From Memphis City Council Members -

Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.

2. Coming Up Roses -

Back in the 1970s, Scott McCormick was taking pictures of the Memphis Botanic Garden for the White Station High School yearbook.

3. Coca-Cola Awarded Incentives to Stay, Expand in Memphis -

Coca-Cola appears poised to grow its Memphis presence.

The city-county Economic Development Growth Engine awarded Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. a 15-year tax break Wednesday, Feb. 18 to consolidate distribution operations in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark., into one facility in Memphis.

4. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

5. Memphis Begins Eminent Domain Process on Raleigh Springs -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the city has initiated eminent domain legal proceedings on the Raleigh Springs Mall to possibly demolish parts of it.

6. Developer Says Now is Time for One Beale -

A favorable lending environment and strong demand for Downtown apartments, hotel rooms and meeting space are providing a window for developers to move forward with a skyline-altering hotel and apartment development overlooking the Mississippi River at the foot of Beale Street, a member of the development team told Downtown officials Tuesday.

7. Events -

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

8. Fogelman Company Launching Retail Center in East Memphis -

6544 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $3.2 million

Permit Application Date: February, 2015

9. $2.2M Permit Filed for Downtown Reuse Project -

An adaptive reuse project Downtown is moving forward.

Cendown Ltd. LP, which is redeveloping 85, 87 and 91 S. Second St. into 16 apartments and ground-floor restaurant space, has applied for a $2.2 million building permit for interior renovation work at 85 S. Second.

10. Skyline-Changing Tower Project Planned for Beale -

The resurrected One Beale project at Riverside Drive and Beale Street has returned to a two-tower plan that will include 280 apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail and meeting space, 20,000 square feet of office space and a 300-room hotel.

11. $2.2 Million Permit Filed for Downtown Reuse Project -

An adaptive reuse project Downtown is moving forward.

Cendown Ltd. LP, which is redeveloping 85, 87 and 91 S. Second St. into 16 apartments and ground-floor restaurant space, has applied for a $2.2 million building permit for interior renovation work at 85 S. Second.

12. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum -

No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

13. Taxing Question -

With gas prices in a historic plunge, the idea of hiking state and federal gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements is gaining traction.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress in recent weeks have signaled a willingness to approve an increase in the federal gas tax to help fund improvements to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Meanwhile, a new statewide coalition has launched to support an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees.

14. Commissioners Watching What’s Next for Fairgrounds Plan -

It’s not on the Monday, Jan. 26, agenda of the Shelby County Commission, but commissioners are watching the political dominoes that are lining up en route to some kind of move by the city of Memphis toward a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone.

15. Raymond James Tower Fetches $20 Million -

How much is a 21-story skyscraper overlooking the Mississippi River worth? About $1 million a floor.

New York-based investor Jacob Sofer will pay Parkway Properties around $20 million for the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. Downtown, according to several people with knowledge of the transaction. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal for the 340,000-square-foot building is $24 million.

16. EDGE Approves Ikea Incentives -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote. Larry Jackson voted against the measure.

17. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

18. Council Takes Up Beale’s Next Act -

Memphis City Council members are likely to have some questions Tuesday, Jan. 20, about the still tentative settlement of the last part of the court fight for control of Beale Street.

The tentative terms of the settlement between the city of Memphis and the Beale Street Development Corp. leaked last week and include a share of revenues from the operation of the entertainment district for the BSDC that would otherwise go to the city, which owns the property between Second and Fourth streets.

19. Tentative Deal Limits Role of Beale Street Development Corp. -

In the beginning of the redevelopment of Beale Street, city leaders of the late 1970s put in place the Beale Street Development Corp. in a role they saw as a cultural guardian of the district between Fourth and Second streets.

20. Morris: Public Transit Tops Downtown Goals -

A stronger and more vital public transportation presence in Downtown and a plan for development of land south of Central Station are two priorities of the Downtown Memphis Commission for the coming year.

21. Brewery Developer Calls for ‘Leap of Faith’ -

Crews could begin transforming the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery property Downtown later this year and the first residents could move in during the fall of 2016, a veteran developer told a Downtown development board Tuesday, Jan. 13.

22. New York Investor to Buy Raymond James Tower -

A New York-based investor is under contract to purchase the Raymond James tower on Front Street Downtown, one of the most recognizable office buildings in the city.

23. Events -

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

24. Events -

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

25. Concerns Raised About Ikea Incentives -

Some city of Memphis officials are concerned that offering tax incentives to Swedish furniture retailer Ikea could set a dangerous precedent, one that could open the door for other retailers, including large mall owners, to seek the tax breaks.

26. Tennessee Brewery Redevelopment Plans Emerge -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown could be reborn as a largely residential project, according to new details about the pending redevelopment.

The development team behind the brewery project at 495 Tennessee St. is considering renovating the current building into residential units, the ground-up construction of a new residential building adjacent to the existing structure and a new parking garage with ground floor commercial space to be built directly across the street.

27. New Details Emerge About Tennessee Brewery Redevelopment -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown could be reborn as a largely residential project, according to new details about the pending redevelopment.

The development team behind the brewery project at 495 Tennessee St. is considering renovating the current building into residential units, the ground-up construction of a new residential building adjacent to the existing structure and a new parking garage with ground floor commercial space to be built directly across the street.

28. Elvis Presley Enterprises Applies for Hotel Building Permit -

3066 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $57 million

29. Collins, Harris Discuss Tax Incentive Concerns -

Memphis City Council members Harold Collins and Lee Harris agree for the most part on the value of the Graceland expansion plan the council approved two weeks ago.

30. Graceland Plan Highlights Blurred Lines in Financing -

There are private funds and public funds. And when a private project has the potential to up the tax revenue taken in by local and state governments, that money enters a middle ground between the two.

31. Council Embraces New Pension 'Concept' -

Memphis City Council members are still weighing their options on pension plan changes after another alternative emerged Tuesday, Dec. 2, and the “concept” got eight votes on the council.

32. EDGE Approves Graceland Taxing District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved Tuesday, Nov. 25, the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland, one of the city's most visited attractions and powerful economic engines.

33. City Council to Consider Police Funding -

Memphis City Council members will consider Tuesday, Nov. 18, taking $1 million from city reserves to fully fund an additional Memphis police recruit class in the current fiscal year.

The $1 million from reserves would go with $2 million the council approved at the start of the fiscal year for a new recruit class.

34. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

35. CCRFC Considers Bonds for Crosstown Conservation -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment project could get an infusion of funds for energy conservation efforts.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., the financial arm of the Downtown Memphis Commission, is considering issuing $14.5 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds on Tuesday, Nov.. 11, and the $180 million Crosstown project could claim some of those funds.

36. CCRFC Considers Bonds for Crosstown Conservation -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment project could get an infusion of funds for energy conservation efforts.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., the financial arm of the Downtown Memphis Commission, is considering issuing $14.5 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds on Tuesday, Nov.. 11, and the $180 million Crosstown project could claim some of those funds.

37. Commercial Sales Rise in Third Quarter -

Commercial sales were up in the third quarter when compared to the same period last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

38. CCRFC Considers Conservation Bonds for Crosstown -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment project could get an infusion of funds for energy conservation efforts.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., the financial arm of the Downtown Memphis Commission, is considering issuing $14.5 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds for the $180 million Crosstown project for energy conservation efforts.

39. Battle Rages On Between Regional Foes -

In October, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. opened the door, or 267 doors to be more precise, on its new $30 million service center in Memphis.

40. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.

41. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association presents the 2014 VESTA Home Show daily except Mondays through Oct. 26 at Shaw’s Creek Reserve, on Raleigh Lagrange Road east of Tenn. 196 in Piperton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youths 7 to 14. Visit vestashow.com.

42. TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants -

A New Orleans-based restaurant group has acquired three local TGI Fridays restaurants.

Southeast Restaurant Group bought the restaurants at 8325 U.S. 64, 7733 Winchester Road and 176 Goodman Road in Southaven, part of a broader 20-restaurant deal.

43. Probate Court Trio Returns for New Terms -

The two judges and clerk whose court is at the center of the practice of estate law in Shelby County were returned to their offices by Shelby County voters in the August county general elections.

Probate Court Judges Karen D. Webster and Kathleen N. Gomes as well as Probate Court Clerk Paul Boyd each faced challengers in the election that drew a 27 percent voter turnout overall.

44. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

45. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

46. Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks -

The head of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization says there is another side to the controversy over granting property tax abatements through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes that isn’t heard in the current civic discussion about the incentives.

47. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

48. 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.

49. Problem Property -

The city of Memphis and the Downtown Memphis Commission suffered a stinging setback this week in their quest to rid a key section of Main Street of a deteriorating eyesore, one that has survived multiple attempts to be sold and defied repeated orders to clean up.

50. Carlisle Corp. Buys Sharky’s Property -

6201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $2.9 million

Sale Date: July 29, 2014
Buyer: Wendelta Property Holdings LLC
Seller: Aaron Muschel
Details: An affiliate of Carlisle Corp. has paid $2.9 million for the recently closed Sharky’s Gulf Grill at 6201 Poplar Ave.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.”

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.”

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.