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1. Two ZeroTo510 Companies Win Pair of Honors -

Memphis’ emerging status as a hub of medical device activity is getting some major international recognition this month via honors flowing to two startups being incubated here.

Two of the four companies participating in this year’s ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program have, in different ways, scored honors from separate international innovation and entrepreneurial programs.

2. You Gave Me Shelter -

It was 1997 and Robert Oliver was addicted to crack cocaine, living a lonely life on the mean streets of Memphis.

3. Artist Set to Unveil Cooper-Young Festival Poster -

Memphis artist Gino Barzizza says the inspiration that guided his creation of this year’s Cooper-Young Festival poster – which will be unveiled at a party Aug. 6 at CoWork Memphis – is the long-running Midtown festival itself.

4. Setting the Standard: Social Entrepreneurs With Heart -

The greatness of a city does not lie in the size of its budget; rather, it is revealed by the size of the hearts of those who work to make it great for all citizens.

Entrepreneurship has long been a hallmark of that Memphis “can do” spirit. Every city on the move needs that to stimulate the economy, grow the marketplace and get to the next level. But there is more. Those with a heart for improving the quality of life for all citizens, a passion to make things better, to lift up others are the social entrepreneurs whose purpose in life contributes so much to making Memphis a great city.

5. Germantown Eyes Area South of Poplar for Elementary School -

Germantown leaders are looking for land south of Poplar Avenue in Germantown for a new elementary school for the Germantown Municipal School District.

“South of Poplar we want to have a community school, an elementary school,” Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said on the WKNO TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

6. Editorial: Creatives Prove Memphis’ Cool Factor is Heating Up -

“If you have the vision, and the gumption, you can create something original in Memphis.”

The Memphis News cover story this week features four distinct entrepreneurs who are living, working and creating in Memphis. The aforementioned quote comes from Ben Fant, principal at local marketing firm Farmhouse. He is just one member of the city’s creative class, one guy trying to make something lasting for himself, his employees and his city.

7. 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.

8. Obama Unveils Internet Help For Low-Income Homes -

Memphis is among the list of cities that will get first access to ConnectHome, a program to help low-income households get faster Internet access.

Calling the Internet a 21st century necessity, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the program, which brings faster Internet connections to low-income households, particularly to help students living in public and assisted housing stay ahead in school.

9. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

10. Portion of Farms at Bailey Station Sells -

Retirement Cos. of America LLC has taken a new step in its plan to bring a retirement development called The Farms at Bailey Station to South Houston Levee Road in Collierville.

11. Portion of Future Collierville Retirement Community Sells -

Retirement Cos. of America LLC has taken a new step in its plan to bring a retirement development called The Farms at Bailey Station to South Houston Levee Road in Collierville.

12. Senior Living Community in Frayser Files $6.5M Permit -

Wesley Highland Meadows senior housing community located at 3517 Andy Way in Frayser filed a $6.5 million building permit on June 24.

13. I Choose Memphis: Isaac Rodriguez -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Dr. Isaac Rodriguez

14. Dunavant-Owned Destin Resort On Track to Open Next Summer -

Work continues moving forward at a splashy new Destin resort owned by Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises Inc.

15. Senior Living Community in Frayser Files $6.5 Million Permit -

Wesley Highland Meadows senior housing community located at 3517 Andy Way in Frayser filed a $6.5 million building permit on June 24.

16. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

17. Senior Living Community In Hickory Hill Sells for $10 Million -

Legacy IL Property Co. LLC purchased two properties comprising the Residences at Lenox Park senior living community in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $10 million.

18. HopeWorks Workshop Aims to Help Memphis Employers Reduce Entry-Level Job Turnover -

Different experiences, different vocabularies, and a different perspective on what it means to go to work each day. The difference, really, between a “job” and a “career.”

Making sense of these differences for the benefit of entry-level employees and their employers is the mission of the free workshop “Finding Talent. Growing Profits.”

19. Senior Living Community in Hickory Hill Sells for $10M -

Legacy IL Property Co. LLC purchased two properties comprising the Residences at Lenox Park senior living community in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $10 million.

20. Michigan Investor Pays $7.5 Million for Hickory Hill Apartments -

5995 Waterstone Oak Way
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $7.5 million

Sale Date: June 11, 2015
Buyer: RoCo-Lakes LLC
Seller: RRE Waterstone Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: June 11, 2015
Maturity Date: June 11, 2017
Lender: Keybank NA
Details: RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

21. I Choose Memphis: Gray Fiser -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Gray Fiser

Job title and company: Senior Associate, CBRE Memphis

22. 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.

23. Senior Stature -

Sprawling across 37 acres of Collierville land, posh retirement community The Farms at Bailey Station will serve more than 500 senior residents when the final phase of construction is completed in 2016.

24. 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.

25. Stones’ Nashville Connections Go Way Back -

While Brad Paisley lives what he calls “a bucket list item” by singing while playing his guitar in typically showy fashion as the opening act for The Rolling Stones, the most important guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll history and a man idolized by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will be sitting in his house on Blueberry Hill in the hills of northern Davidson County.

26. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

27. Memphis Bridge Club Fundraising for Alzheimer’s -

The Memphis Bridge Club will join hundreds of bridge clubs across the country to raise money by playing in a day-long game of bridge and other games, allowing players to honor friends and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease while also keeping their own mental skills sharp.

28. Editorial: One Beale and the Change We Think We Want -

For many years, urban planners have talked about the need for more density in Memphis – more of us living and working closer together. With that kind of density comes change.

It makes a working, credible public transportation system more likely to have a sustainable future, and it activates surroundings that previously were foreboding and assumed to be dangerous in their relative isolation.

29. Memphis Bridge Club Raising Money for Alzheimer’s -

The Memphis Bridge Club will join hundreds of bridge clubs across the country to raise money by playing in a day-long game of bridge and other games, allowing players to honor friends and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease while also keeping their own mental skills sharp.

30. A Door of Their Own -

Maybe during the four-plus years that Jackie Hinton was living on the streets of Memphis, you drove past her as she was walking to a shelter for a meal or a bed and a shower.

31. Browne Named RISE Foundation Board Chair -

Terri Browne, chief people officer for Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., has been named board chair of the nonprofit RISE Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of low-income working Memphians through financial literacy.

32. Solana Senior Living Facility Sells for $65.5 Million -

8199 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $65.5 million

Sale Date: May 27, 2015

33. ULI Fairgrounds Panel Has Busy Schedule -

A team of eight out-of-town planning experts has a busy week ahead as it wades into the simmering local debate about plans to recast the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

And the first hard copy of something the Urban Land Institute-assembled group is likely to get are the comments from four town hall meetings held in different parts of Memphis over two evenings last week.

34. 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.

35. Lionel Hollins Helping Spread Hypertension Awareness in Memphis -

It would come as little surprise to learn that Lionel Hollins has hypertension now. He is, after all, a 61-year-old working in the high stress position of NBA head coach.

But Hollins, former coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and current coach of the Brooklyn Nets, learned he had high blood pressure when he was in his 20s and was an NBA player himself.

36. Germantown Rising -

In 2005, the city of Germantown approved its “Vision 2020” plan, which laid out the suburb’s goals for future development and growth. In 2007, Germantown adopted its Smart Growth development plan and zoning regulations.

37. 1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Runoff for Mississippi US House Seat -

NESBIT, Miss. (AP) – On a muggy evening in northern Mississippi, just a few miles from the Tennessee line, Republican congressional candidate Trent Kelly talked about his job as a district attorney for seven counties and his experience as a military veteran, with three deployments during 29 years in the National Guard – two of them in combat.

38. Lionel Hollins to Speak at Healthy Shelby Event -

Healthy Shelby Partnership is inviting the public to attend Men in Motion: Men’s Health Expo, a hypertension awareness event encouraging men to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

39. Germantown Leaders Exploring Elementary School Possibilities -

When Germantown Municipal School District leaders began talking openly last week about new school construction, they did so cautiously, keeping in mind similar recent discussions in Lakeland and Collierville.

40. Germantown Schools To Look At New Elementary School -

The Germantown Municipal School District is going to explore building a new elementary school and several options for adding onto an existing middle schools.

Germantown schools superintendent Jason Manuel talked publicly for the first time about the possibility Thursday, May 28, at a special meeting of the city’s school board.

41. Lionel Hollins to Speak at Healthy Shelby Event -

Healthy Shelby Partnership is inviting the public to attend Men in Motion: Men’s Health Expo, a hypertension awareness event encouraging men to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

42. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit restaurants, stores and galleries, enjoy live performances and more. Cost is free. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

43. Farewell to the King -

There is a real temptation to sum up the passing of B.B. King by writing that his death marks the end of an era in entertainment.

But that would marginalize, if not belittle, both his talent, his gift and his enormous influence. The world that brought B.B. King to Memphis in the 1940s can’t be found on the road King called home.

44. Budget Required for Money Management -

What is a budget? Does inflation impact my standard of living?

Ready? Take a deep breath. Light a vanilla-scented (or your favorite) candle. Relax, and keep reading.

A budget is a financial guide that you use to spend and to save. It’s a tool to help you anticipate when money comes in and goes out. It helps you quantify how much money you have and how much you need.

45. I Choose Memphis: Kristin M. Walker -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Kristin M. Walker

46. Cutting-Edge Creations -

Over a selection of beverages and light hors d’oeuvres at a recent gathering, a group of entrepreneurs and startup teams held court at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation for a networking session, introduced themselves to the community and got a general welcome to Memphis.

47. Corker Talks Crossing the Aisle and ‘Generational Theft’ -

The problem with Congress isn’t a lack of civility, says U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

“There’s always been civility,” the second-term Republican senator from Chattanooga told a Greater Memphis Chamber luncheon last week. “It’s never been a situation of friction. It’s just been an atmosphere of people not having the willingness, the courage or whatever to step across the aisle and actually shake hands and do something that’s not exactly in their interest.”

48. Still Finding Joy After 75 Years -

He does not claim to be courageous, yet lives by the strength within, confronting fear, uncertainty and intimidation. He does not see himself as humble, yet deflects every question about him with a story about the inspirational deeds of others. He does not admit to being a visionary, yet continues to see things as they should be and works to make them a reality. He is a man for all seasons, and a Christian Brother for life.

49. Trucking Industry Sees Record Revenues -

The U.S. trucking industry generated $700.4 billion in 2014, topping $700 billion for the first time ever, according to industry figures.

The trucking industry’s good fortunes should be a boon to the local economy, which leans heavily on transportation, distribution and logistics. The record revenue means a high volume of goods is being shipped across the country, with a lot of it winding its way through Memphis warehouses and eventually onto trucks.

50. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

51. Creative Works Conference to Return in October -

As a result of last year’s quick sellout, a three-day conference for Memphis’ creative community is returning later this year, this time in a larger space.

The second Creative Works design conference will take place Oct. 1-3, and this year it’s moving from Downtown’s Visible Music School to Central Station. It’s the brainchild of Josh Horton, principal and founder at Memphis-based creative firm Hieroglyph, and tickets go on sale June 1.

52. I Choose Memphis: Matt Harrell -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Matt Harrell

Job title and company: International Treasury Manager, AutoZone Inc.

53. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

54. 90 Years On -

Somewhere in the University of Memphis Libraries’ Special Collections section is a cassette – a relic itself – that holds the voice of Harry Wiersema recalling his time living by the Mississippi River in Memphis.

55. LaVeist to Keynote Common Table Health Alliance Fundraiser -

There have been other projects – going back many years – that explored the impact of health disparities in the United States.

But as Common Table Health Alliance CEO Renee S. Frazier notes, the disparities still exist. So there is reason for a new project such as the documentary “The Skin You’re In.” It’s the work of Thomas LaVeist, who is director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

56. Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber -

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.

57. ULI Gathering Puts Numbers to Poverty Challenge -

The way Steve Guinn sees it, there are two ways for Memphis to reduce its poverty rate by 10 percentage points.

58. Breathing New ‘Lyfe’ Into Existing Space -

Construction is underway on Carlisle Corp.’s LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis and the restaurant should be dishing out its “fast, natural, chef-inspired” meals later this summer.

59. Students Raise Funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief -

Bishwas Shrestha, a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, got a call from a friend late last Saturday night bearing bad news.

The friend, a fellow citizen of Nepal, was calling to tell the third-year Ph.D. student in the UTHSC Deptartment of Pediatrics about the earthquake that struck the South Asia country – a magnitude-7.8 quake that included more than 60 intense aftershocks and has killed and injured thousands.

60. Browser Security Critical to Business -

I recently received an information technology support request from an office of real estate folks, many of whom also hunt for hobby and client entertainment.

While trying to search online for terms related to hunting gear at work, they were faced with a warning page to contact the network administrator because their firewalls’ content filter wouldn’t allow such sites to be displayed.

61. Breathing New ‘Lyfe’ Into Existing Space -

Construction is underway on Carlisle Corp.’s LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis and the restaurant should be dishing out its “fast, natural, chef-inspired” meals later this summer.

62. Mayoral Contenders Define Campaign Differences -

The first campaign forum in the city election season for the still-forming field of mayoral contenders showed a theme that looks set in stone at this early stage: very different views of Memphis’ present and how that influences its future.

63. Shelby County Gets Two Summer Jobs Programs -

Shelby County Commissioners have created their own two-month summer jobs program for 65 teenagers and college-aged adults and voted Monday, April 27, to fund it over two summers with $169,127 from the commission’s contingency fund.

64. Five Mayoral Contenders Draw Contrasts in First Forum of Season -

Five contenders in the mayor’s race offered contrasting views of the city’s direction Monday, April 27, in a forum at the Tennessee Brewery sponsored by The Commercial Appeal.

Incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr., city council members Harold Collins and Jim Strickland, Shelby County Commission chairman Justin Ford and Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams drew a crowd of about 150 with supporters of each candidate making up a good portion of the crowd.

65. Hamlet Apologizes for Apartment Conditions -

The owner of Goodwill Village and several other inner city apartment complexes that have drawn the attention of city code enforcement inspectors apologized Friday, April 24, for their long-standing conditions and vowed to correct them.

66. Going Green -

On a recent Friday afternoon, Hnedak Bobo Group team members were huddled in the company’s basement at 104 S. Front St.

67. 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.

68. I Choose Memphis: Rodney J. Rowan -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Rodney J. Rowan

Job title and company: Principal, Cherokee Elementary School, SCS I-Zone School

69. Farming Quality -

Starting in August, a new crop of would-be farmers will settle in for a few months of classroom instruction led by the Roots Memphis Farm Academy, a sustainable farming incubator working to train and launch new farmers in the Memphis area.

70. Goldcrest Makes a Comeback -

The comeback of Goldcrest 51 beer, the beer made in Memphis for almost 50 years at the Tennessee Brewery, began as a book.

Kenn Flemmons wrote “The Finest Beer You Ever Tasted” in 2003 and in writing the book talked to anyone he could find who had worked at the brewery.

71. Scarboro Takes Reins at Regional Fed -

Douglas Scarboro has been named regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, Scarboro is responsible for working with business leaders and local communities in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas to inform the setting of monetary policies.

72. A Range of His Own -

Derrick Kindred’s longtime activity in law enforcement and self-defense stems from a key belief.

“You’re responsible for your own safety,” he said. “If you have basic skills and basic knowledge, you can get away to a safe situation.”

73. $30 Million Apartment Community to Rise Near Lakeland -

A $30 million multifamily community is beginning to take shape on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64 in Memphis.

Developed by WessCorp Communities, the Charleston Place apartments will house 284 units and is the first new multifamily project in that area in a decade. The Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank has arranged the $30 million construction financing of Charleston Place.

74. Taking Action -

The windows on the old Executive Inn on Airways Boulevard where Brooks Road dead ends had been busted out for several years, leaving the curtains in its long-empty rooms fluttering in the wind.

But in January, demolition crews began ripping away at the blighted property at 3222 Airways, providing relief to residents and business owners whose own property values suffered because of the neglected property in that corner of Whitehaven.

75. Polishing the Diamond -

Paul Brehm is a baseball fan and the co-owner of a trucking company. On any given night, he personally represents one click through the AutoZone Park turnstile, if you want to think in those terms, but he has the capacity to increase that number several times over.

76. Trustee Hosts Financial Literacy Events in April -

With April being Financial Literacy Month, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir is set to host a series of events across the city including financial education workshops and movie screenings about predatory lending to increase awareness and education.

77. Gamers Delight -

As the crowd of attendees at a preview party Monday night for Broad Avenue’s newest enterprise relaxed on couches, ordered drinks at the bar, and played video games like Super Smash Bros. – several of which were projected on a 120-foot-wide wall for collective viewing – one thing was readily apparent.

78. Embassy Suites Memphis Begins $7 Million Renovation -

The 220-suite Embassy Suites hotel in Memphis has begun a $7 million renovation, expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2015 with a new lobby, atrium, guest rooms and boardroom. Frank Grisanti’s Restaurant, located on the property, also will undergo a major upgrade.

79. Ford Talks Then And Now Of Politics -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. still talks about his early political schedule as a first-time candidate in 1996 speaking to Memphis kindergarten students.

Now he is 45 and has been out of elected office for nearly nine years. Ford is at a point where he can talk about “kids” in the public policy class he teaches at the University of Michigan.

80. Embassy Suites Memphis Begins $7 Million Renovation -

The 220-suite Embassy Suites hotel in Memphis has begun a $7 million renovation, expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2015 with a new lobby, atrium, guest rooms and boardroom. Frank Grisanti’s Restaurant, located on the property, also will undergo a major upgrade.

81. I Choose Memphis: Hannah Zachary -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Hannah Zachary

Job & company: Manager, Community Relations, AutoZone

82. Webb’s Decorated Tennis Program Taking Its Lumps -

It’s a mid-March afternoon, and the Webb School of Knoxville boys’ tennis team is fresh off an 8-1 loss to Bristol’s Tennessee High School.

Webb coach Jimmy Pitkanen sees it as a learning experience – just like every other match, win or lose.

83. Memphis Street Newspaper Marks Second Anniversary -

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

84. Break It Down Towing 100 Percent Orange Mound -

His company is Break It Down Towing, but Antonio Anderson’s home team is, and has always been, Orange Mound.

85. Bill to Expand Coverage for Children With Autism Fails -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would have expanded health coverage for children with autism has failed this session.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Sarah Kyle of Memphis failed in the Republican-majority Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Tuesday for lack of a motion.

86. March 6-12: This week in Memphis history -

2014: The Germantown Municipal Schools board voted 3-0 to rescind its tuition requirement for open enrollment of students living outside Germantown. The decision affected high school-aged students in Collierville who had attended Houston High School in Germantown under the old Shelby County Schools system that had included all of Shelby County outside Memphis.

87. I Choose Memphis: Gabriel Fotsing -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Gabriel Fotsing

Job & company: Founder and CEO, The College Initiative

88. Council OKs Beale Street Tourism Authority -

The Memphis City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday, March 3, an ordinance to create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development in the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day manager of the district between Second and Fourth Streets.

89. Southbrook Project Resurfaces Again -

The owners of Southbrook Mall got $1.5 million in improvements from City Hall this week. But it wasn’t the $1.5 million the owners of the Whitehaven mall wanted in 2012, when the city contemplated giving them that sum to fix the roof and make repairs to the mall’s heating and air conditioning system.

90. Council OKs Beale Authority, Votes Down Cemetery -

The Memphis City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday, March 3, an ordinance to create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development in the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day manager of the district between Second and Fourth Streets.

91. Lone Reader Heard From -

I am blessed to have as a regular reader one Kathy Young. Kathy keeps the books at Palmer Brothers, a commercial real estate firm in Memphis that turns 103 years old this year. Evidently, she gets a break for a few minutes each week, picks up The Memphis News, and finds herself reading “I Swear.” And it seems that a recent bit of my prose struck a chord with her:

92. Rhodes Results -

Capital campaigns are usually about buildings. And the just-completed capital campaign at Rhodes College includes a new science building that will break ground in the summer and complete the quadrangle of the private liberal arts college’s scenic campus.

93. Path to Crosstown Difficult, Unexpected -

When Staley Cates bought the Sears Crosstown building in 2007 and the development team behind what is now Crosstown Concourse was taking shape to redevelop the property, another developer dropped by Cates’ office.

94. This week in Memphis history: February 27-March 5 -

1985: The Center City Commission declared 1984 a “record year” for Downtown, with seven residential projects totaling 500 units underway, bringing the total number of Downtown apartments and condominiums to 1,113 with almost 2,000 people living Downtown. In office development, 13 projects were underway in 1984, adding 1.3 million square feet of office space. The projects included the renovations of Brinkley Plaza and the Falls Building as well as construction of Morgan Keegan Tower and One Memphis Place.

95. Nashville Mayor’s Race Exposes Unpleasant Problems -

In six weeks or so, the Greater Nashville area will learn what a snowmegeddon can do to area home sales.

With a quarter of the month frozen, it was hard for buyers to let it go and embark upon a house hunt. March closings, reflecting February sales, will be released in early April and might slow the freight train that the residential real estate has been riding for almost three years.

96. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

97. ‘Lion King’ Actor Gives Back to Memphis -

You’re trying to raise money. You know who could provide funding. You set personal appointments, talk with people in person. You know you have a good project that will make an impact. Yet all you hear is “no.” When do you give up? Russell Joel Brown heard “no” 75 times before he got to “yes.”

98. Dream Realized -

Around 2010, Francis Ssebikindu saw people exploring the Sears Crosstown property, kicking the tires of the long-vacant retail and distribution building.

“Five years ago I saw a bunch of guys looking around in my area and I said, ‘what are they doing here?’” said Ssebikindu, pastor of Living Water Community Church near the Sears Crosstown building

99. Cohen Announces Funding for HIV Treatment -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County is receiving more than $5.6 million in federal funds to help care for people living with HIV.

100. Cohen Announces Funding for HIV Treatment -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County is receiving more than $5.6 million in federal funds to help care for people living with HIV.