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1. Brookhaven Boom -

Downtown has the South Main Historic Arts District and the Main Street core. Midtown has Cooper-Young, Overton Square and the Broad Avenue Arts District, among others.

In East Memphis, defining a proper restaurant and entertainment district might seem to be more difficult, but in fact it’s existed all along on Brookhaven Circle. It’s just taken a few new restaurant openings to bring the neighborhood into full focus.

2. This week in Memphis history: August 21-27 -

1982: Tony Bennett plays the 5,000-seat Mud Island Amphitheater with a three-piece band in the river park’s inaugural concert season. The Beach Boys played the amphitheater a few days earlier while Chicago played it the previous month.

3. Editorial: Fairgrounds To-Do List Grounded in Reality -

Let’s cut to the chase with the Fairgrounds.

Whatever new activity comes next may be a catalyst, but it’s time to stop pretending the Mid-South Fairgrounds is a blank slate. It’s time to stop using 10-year-old prerecession marketing studies to steer the project away from what should happen and instead toward something Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration wants to happen.

4. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

5. University of Memphis Secures $24 Million for Athletic Facilities Upgrades -

At a Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference on its campus, the University of Memphis took the next step in its athletic capital campaign in announcing it had 60 percent of the needed funds for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities and that ground will be broken on each this fall.

6. Council Gives Final Approval To Forrest Statue Removal -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 18, to an ordinance setting the stage for removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park

7. Memphis Redbirds, Grizzlies Partner for ‘Grit & Grind Night’ -

The Memphis Redbirds and Memphis Grizzlies play in different sports and at different levels, but for years the people running the teams acted as though they were quasi-rivals.

Change has been in the works for a while – the annual Cardinals Caravan was at FedExForum this winter when AutoZone Park was getting a makeover – but now a growing partnership is in even greater evidence.

8. Memphis City Council to Revisit Benefits Changes -

Memphis City Council members continue Tuesday, Aug. 18, to revisit decisions they made on retiree and employee benefits in the last year.

At its Tuesday session, council members vote on the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow some city employees to “freeze” their decision to enter the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program.

9. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

10. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

11. Iberiabank Building New Memphis Branch -

Iberiabank is expanding its Memphis footprint with another full-service branch in the works along Poplar Avenue east of Overton Park.

The Louisiana-based bank filed a $750,000 building permit in April for 2504 Poplar Ave., where Iberiabank Tennessee market president Greg Smithers said a standalone branch is planned. Set to open in the fourth quarter, it will mark the bank’s eighth branch in the Memphis area, not counting 10 other offsite ATMs included in the bank’s Memphis footprint.

12. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

13. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

14. Bikesmith Ready to Roll Into First Brick-and-Mortar Store -

Memphis’ traveling bike repairman has finally found a home. A year and a half after enrolling in the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team initiative MEMMobile, Jim Steffen, known as The Bikesmith to cyclists needing an adjustment or a hail-Mary overhaul, has signed a lease on a brick-and-mortar extension of his mobile repair truck.

15. THDA Kicks Off Anti-Blight Loan Effort in Memphis -

The latest blight fight effort from city of Memphis leaders is a $6 million partnership with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and THDA executive director Ralph Perrey announced the partnership Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Fairlawn neighborhood in South Memphis near the Lamar Avenue interstate interchange.

16. THDA Kicks Off Anti-Blight Loan Effort in Memphis -

The latest blight fight effort from city of Memphis leaders is a $6 million partnership with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and THDA executive director Ralph Perrey announced the partnership Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Fairlawn neighborhood in South Memphis near the Lamar Avenue interstate interchange.

17. Council Delays Final CLERB Vote Until After Elections, Citing Officer's Death -

Memphis City Council members delayed a vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, on new rules for the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board until after the October city elections.

And there appeared to be a new difference of opinion within the administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. about the ordinance.

18. West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion -

4750 Pleasant Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

19. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

20. Warehouse At Perimeter Point Sells for $775,000 -

A Perimeter Point industrial building has been sold for $775,000.

Missouri-based Martabra Real Estate LLC acquired the flex warehouse building at 5055 Covington Way, just off Covington Pike south of Elmore Road, from CP Perimeter Point LLC, an affiliate of California-based Coastal Partners LLC.

21. ‘Play Together’ -

The Memphis Medical Center is a hotbed of nationally renowned research and health care, but after dark the area might as well be dead.

Despite a workforce of 16,000 and a student base of 8,000, there are limited residential facilities and only a handful of nearby restaurants. But that’s all poised to change thanks to a partnership with an outside consulting group.

22. City Council OKs East Memphis Storage Facility -

Memphis City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday, July 21, an indoor storage center planned development at 900 Reddoch Street along Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

23. Camy’s To Relocate In Midtown -

Camy’s, the Midtown delivery and carry-out institution, will relocate soon.

Camy Archer, founder and owner of Camy’s, will move the business from 3 S. Barksdale to 2886 Walnut Grove Road, which is near the Union Avenue viaduct and was most recently occupied by the Love Shack.

24. City Council OKs East Memphis Storage Facility -

Memphis City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday, July 21, an indoor storage center planned development at 900 Reddoch Street along Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

25. Council Redistricting Discussion Yields to Talk of Council Changes -

A discussion among Memphis City Council members about redistricting Tuesday, July 21, turned into the idea of changing the structure of the council to single-member districts and discarding the multi-member super districts the council has had since 1995.

26. 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.

27. Beware of Potential Buyers at Your Door -

It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.

But these little ghouls aren’t asking for candy. They’re looking for a big payday – as opposed to a Payday – and to take advantage of potential sellers in this robust market.

28. Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis -

Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.

29. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

30. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

31. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

32. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

33. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden and World Forum Nature will celebrate International Mud Day Monday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Make mud crafts, including a take-home planting, mud mask and mud paintings. Cost is $3 plus MBG admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

34. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. The 2015 Memphis Gavel Award will be presented to Quota International president Beverly Burroughs, and the guest speaker is Moore Tech president Skip Redmond. For more information, call Bob Gray at 901-494-8639.

35. Wharton Proposes to Move Forrest Statue and Grave -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing to remove the statue of Confederate General, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from the park formerly named in his honor.

36. 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.

37. Drug Trafficking Indictment Targets Gang Members -

One of the leaders of a street gang banned last year from the Legends Park area has violated the “no-gang zone” court order and is now charged with drug trafficking.

Steve Nelson, an alleged leader of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang, directed the gang’s drug dealing activities from the Shelby County Jail. When he wasn’t in jail, he was arrested twice in the Legends Park area for violating the court order that bans gang activity as well as gang members from congregating in the area.

38. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

39. Events -

The Metal Museum will exhibit “A Kind of Confession,” showcasing critical and contemporary metalwork from African-American artists, Saturday, June 20, through Sept. 11 at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Visit metalmuseum.org.

40. University of Memphis to Hold Elite Golf Camp -

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

41. Events -

Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival will be held Friday, June 19, through Sunday, June 21, in Robert R. Church Park, at Beale and South Fourth streets. The festival will feature live music, car show, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com for a schedule.

42. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

43. Hillwood Pays $17.7 Million for FedEx SupplyChain Facility -

5050 E. Holmes Road and 0 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $17.7 million

44. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

47. Whitehaven Motel Sells for $1.5 Million -

Springbrook Hospitality LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1360 Springbrook Avenue on June 2.

48. This week in Memphis history: June 12-18 -

1984: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Rep. U.A. Moore of Millington is optimistic about plans for riverboat tours between the Mud Island park – which had opened in the summer of 1982 – and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, even though his bill to fund a Memphis State University study of the idea is vetoed by Gov. Lamar Alexander. Alexander instead directs the state Conservation Department to study the idea.

49. Whitehaven Motel Sells for $1.5 Million -

Springbrook Hospitality LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1360 Springbrook Avenue on June 2.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

53. Splendid Steeds -

Six years ago, Todd W. Goings took apart the centenarian Grand Carousel at what had been the Libertyland amusement park and packed it into four semi-trailers, which were welded shut and taken to a nearby, undisclosed location.

54. 100 N. Main Listed on National Historic Register -

The city’s tallest building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that could allow tax credits and grants for the redevelopment of the building at 100 N. Main St.

55. Fogelman Management Group Adds 1,800 Units -

Memphis-based Fogelman Management Group has won approval for the management of seven new properties across the Southeast totaling more than 1,800 units.

The company announced Monday, May 25, that it was awarded management duties at the properties in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri.

56. Council Budget Committee Recommends $2.5 Million for Brewery Project -

With a majority of the 13-member Memphis City Council present, the council’s budget committee voted Tuesday, May 26, to recommend $2.5 million in city capital funding for the remake of the Tennessee Brewery as a residential development.

57. Fogelman Management Group Adds 1,800 Units to Portfolio -

Memphis-based Fogelman Management Group has won approval for the management of seven new properties across the Southeast totaling more than 1,800 units.

The company announced Monday, March 25, that it was awarded management duties at the properties in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri.

58. 100 N. Main Listed on National Historic Register -

The city’s tallest building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that could allow tax credits and grants for the redevelopment of the building at 100 N. Main St.

59. Oak Park Apartments Demolition Latest in Blight Campaign -

The group of Memphis leaders and Glenview-area homeowners standing in a parking lot last week surrounded by the shells of two two-story apartment buildings and the charred foundation of a third paused for a moment.

60. AutoZone Park Ranked No. 2 in Minor Leagues -

When AutoZone Park opened in 2000, with an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals, it was the undisputed best ballpark below the major leagues. Before the first pitch was ever thrown, everyone from then-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to then-beloved slugger Mark McGwire raved about the gorgeous new ballpark at Third Street and Union Avenue.

61. Columbus Statue Discovers New East Memphis Home -

The statue of Christopher Columbus that had been at the southwest corner of Third Street and Adams Avenue has now been restored and recently made its debut in Marquette Park in East Memphis.

The statue was moved for restoration in November 2013; UNICO paid all costs for the move and the restoration.

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62. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will discuss jobs and economic growth for the city of Memphis. Register at midsouthafp.org.

63. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Bill Piper with Sandler Training will present “The Buyer Seller Dance.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

64. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

65. AutoZone Park Ranked No. 2 Among Minor League Parks -

When AutoZone Park opened in 2000, with an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals, it was the undisputed best ballpark below the major leagues. Before the first pitch was ever thrown, everyone from then-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to then-beloved slugger Mark McGwire raved about the gorgeous new ballpark at Third Street and Union Avenue.

66. Events -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host Art After Dark: Movie Night Thursday, May 21, at Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs for live music at 6 p.m. and a screening of “The Big Lebowski” at 8 p.m. Free popcorn; wine, beer and soda available for purchase. Admission is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Visit dixon.org.

67. Nashville's Next Mayor Must Solve Traffic, Education Woes -

“Traffic is getting worse by the day.” I must have heard that complaint six times last week. Those exact words.

Perhaps some road construction coupled with Vanderbilt’s graduation complicated the situation, but that seems to be the feeling here.

68. Creative Class Boosting Downtown Memphis Office Market -

With the clock on its Downtown office sublease running, officials at Sullivan Branding began looking for a new home.

The Memphis-based marketing, advertising and public relations firm needed a dynamic environment, one that would appeal not just to clients but to existing and prospective employees.

69. Events -

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will host the 57th annual Greek Festival Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 573 N. Highland St. The event will feature Greek food (on site and drive-thru), marketplace, sanctuary tours and live entertainment. Tickets are $3; get $1 off admission for each canned good brought for Mid-South Food Bank. Visit memphisgreekfestival.com.

70. Events -

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a “Party in the Park” Wednesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Court Square, at Main Street and Court Avenue. The event will include food trucks, booths, entertainment, giveaways and more. Visit ilovememphisblog.com.

71. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College will host a town hall meeting titled “Workforce Solutions: ‘A Community Imperative’” Wednesday, May 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Macon Cove Farris Auditorium, 5983 Macon Cove. The meeting will discuss how the U.S. Labor Department’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training prepares participants for high-wage, high-skill jobs. Cost is free. Email lmudd@southwest.tn.edu for details.

72. Events -

AIA Memphis will host Polish architect Piotr Lewicki, presenting the Memphis in May/AIA Memphis Distinguished Architects of the World Series lecture, Tuesday, May 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Fogelman Center, 330 Innovation Drive. Cost is $20, which includes buffet lunch. RSVP to info@aiamemphis.org or 901-525-3818 by Monday, May 4.

73. Central Animal Hospital Grows With Midtown -

Entering its 10th year of business under the care of wife-husband team Dr. Jennifer Karnes and Steve Karnes, Central Animal Hospital has a new building, new branding and a strengthened presence as Midtown’s animal hospital.

74. Events -

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a “Party in the Park” Wednesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Court Square, at Main Street and Court Avenue. The event will include food trucks, booths, entertainment, giveaways and more. Visit ilovememphisblog.com.

75. Oak Hall Will Hold Run for St. Jude May 3 -

Oak Hall is holding its 28th annual Run for St. Jude this weekend.

The May 3 event starts at 3 p.m., with the 3-mile course starting and ending at the retailer’s front doors in Regalia Shopping Center. Participants will circle around Briarcrest Avenue, the Ridgeway Loop and Ridgelake Boulevard office park.

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

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

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

77. Mobile Merchants Gets Retailers, Chefs Rolling -

Barry Lichterman and Blake Lichterman own a small fleet of retail and food trucks, but you won’t see their name on any of the vehicles.

78. Wharton on State ‘Blueprint’ Funding, Mud Island Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to bring state funding to the table when he takes his “Blueprint for Prosperity” to the Memphis City Council and others.

Wharton was to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Friday, April 24, in Nashville to secure the state’s commitment to the effort, he said after taping the WKNO-TV program "Behind The Headlines" earlier that day.

79. Riverside Drives Closed for Entire Month of May -

Riverside Drive will be completely closed to traffic through the end of May, the Memphis in May International Festival announced.

The street closed Thursday and plans are to reopen it May 25.

80. U of M Foundation Seeks $1 Million Building Permit -

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

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

81. Where to Park for Nashville Sounds Games -

The parking and transportation map is available at nashvillesounds.com/parking.

Additional parking and transportation options include the following:

82. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

83. Riverside Drives Closed for Entire Month of May -

Riverside Drive will be completely closed to traffic through the end of May, the Memphis in May International Festival announced.

The street closed Thursday and plans are to reopen it May 25.

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

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

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

85. Office, Industrial Real Estate Rebounds in First Quarter -

In a sure sign that the local economy is in rebound mode, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market is heating up with the industrial and office sectors producing strong gains.

Fueled by strong demand and tightening of available space, rental rates for Class A space in East Memphis, the city’s primary business district, are approaching pre-recession levels, according to a new report.

86. ‘Pioneering is a Bitch’ -

Christy Shuff was robbed on the night she moved some equipment into her soon-to-open new business, Rumours Gallery, on 12South Avenue.

That was 12 years ago, and Shuff, now 40, and her then-husband Will Shuff were aspiring urban pioneers, ready to take a chance on the downtrodden, but affordable 12South area, then home to a few businesses and mostly older houses.

87. Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan Resurfaces -

A long-delayed city plan to remake a large swath of Downtown’s southern end appears to be making a comeback.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday that the city expects to receive good news on the Heritage Trail development plan sometime this year.

88. Universal Life Building Developers Seek PILOT -

Developers of the Universal Life Building are seeking a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. to renovate the building for office use.

89. Universal Life Building Developers Seek PILOT -

Developers of the Universal Life Building are seeking a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. to renovate the building for office use.

90. Universal Life Building Developers Seek PILOT -

Developers of the Universal Life Building are seeking a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. to renovate the building for office use.

91. Shepherding Literacy Effort Aims to Tutor Without Burden -

The image of volunteer literacy efforts in many schools is parents and others coming to read aloud to children.

And the reading can help.

But Shelby County Schools will try a new church-based effort in 20 schools next school year. The more focused program is meant to align itself with the specific approach of improving literacy up to the third grade.

92. This Week in Memphis History: April 3-9 -

2014: The National Civil Rights Museum reopens following a $27 million renovation and expansion. The ceremony featured a wide swath of veterans from the civil rights movement, ranging from Bernard Lafayette to Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale.

93. Events -

Voices of the South will present Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” Friday, April 3, through April 19 at TheatreSouth at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. except for Easter. Buy tickets at voicesofthesouth.org.

94. Lowery, Boyd Urge Wharton to Change Riverside Drive -

Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery and council member Berlin Boyd are urging Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to “compromise” on the current layout of Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue.

95. Park Avenue Massage Parlor Closed As Public Nuisance -

A Park Avenue business with a stripper pole in its waiting room has been closed since Friday, March 20, as a public nuisance.

The District Attorney General’s office sought a court order to shutter Lilly’s Spa. The owners of Lilly’s face prostitution charges from a connected investigation by the Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit.

96. New Tigers Indoor Football Facility Nears Kick-Off -

1115 E. Getwell Loop
Memphis, TN 38152
Permit Amount: $15 million

Permit Application Date: March 2015
Architect: Fleming Architects
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.
Details: The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

97. Memphis Tigers Football Facility Nears Kick-Off -

The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

The U of M has applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $15 million building permit for the long-planned indoor facility at 1115 E. Getwell Loop. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the general contractor. Fleming Architects designed the facility.

98. Editorial: Leaders Should Talk Less, Act More to Move Memphis Forward -

Leadership is a balance and in many cases the balance means taking a risk by acting and creating something with the knowledge that most citizens will know what they want when they see it.

That also means they will know what they don’t want when they see it.

99. New Memphis Tigers Football Facility Nears Kick-Off -

The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

The U of M has applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $15 million building permit for the long-planned indoor facility at 1115 E. Getwell Loop. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the general contractor. Fleming Architects designed the facility.

100. New Tigers Football Facility Nears Kick-Off -

The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

The U of M has applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $15 million building permit for the long-planned indoor facility at 1115 E. Getwell Loop. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the general contractor. Fleming Architects designed the facility.