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1. Music City Christmas -

In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.

2. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood -

“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.

Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.

3. United States Cold Storage Expands in Covington -

A refrigerated warehouse logistics provider is expanding in Covington with a $48 million investment that will create 63 new jobs in Tipton County.

United States Cold Storage will add a new distribution and warehouse facility adjacent to the Unilever ice cream facility in Covington, one of the largest ice cream plants in the world.

4. Events -

The Mid-South Area Job Fair, presented by the Mississippi Governor’s Job Fair Network and DeSoto County WIN Job Center, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The fair opens to members of the military, veterans and spouses at 9 a.m. and to the general public at 9:30 a.m. Visit www.jobfairs.ms.gov.

5. Events -

Rhodes College will host political analyst Charlie Cook for “The 2014 Political Environment: What’s Next in Politics with Charlie Cook” Monday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. Barret Library room 051 on campus, 2000 North Parkway. His talk will be followed by a Q&A and dessert. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

6. Events -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital will hold an educational seminar on surgical weight loss options with Dr. George Woodman and staff Monday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 4250 Bethel Road. Call 516-0611.

7. Events -

Latino Memphis will host its 2014 leadership luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Keynote speaker George P. Bush will share his thoughts on the positive role Latinos play in the U.S. Tickets are $100. Visit latinomemphis.org.

8. Silicone Arts Laboratories Recruited for Dallas Accelerator -

A Memphis company founded in 2011 that makes innovative cosmetic products has been recruited to participate in the Dallas-based health care accelerator Health Wildcatters.

The company is Silicone Arts Laboratories, which manufacturers a topical filler called Dermaflage that uses silicone to simulate skin and instantly conceal recessed imperfections. The product is waterproof and conceals skin imperfections for up to 36 hours. Designed for ease of use among consumers, Dermaflage’s other strength is that it provides a cosmetic option for concealing recessed scars and skin defects on the face and body without having to resort automatically to surgery or injections.

9. Brogdon Joins Race for Germantown Mayor -

With about a week left to the filing deadline for candidates, Germantown has a race for mayor.

George Brogdon, the recently retired director of community services for the city of Germantown, filed his petition Monday, Aug. 11, in the Nov. 4 election to succeed Sharon Goldsworthy as mayor of Germantown.

10. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

11. Hagan Classic Honors Local Baseball Pioneer -

Recently, Andy Cook ran into a couple of his old Memphis Tigers teammates at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

12. New Nonprofit Charts Role in Blight Fight -

The bulldozer went straight for the leasing office of the former Spanish Oaks apartments on Cazassa Road near Memphis International Airport.

Meanwhile another bulldozer across the two-lane road was deep into demolishing a set of buildings in the old Winchester Park apartments.

13. Ni Hao, Y'all: US Hinterlands Woo Chinese Firms -

PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) – Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.

They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.

14. Heart of Park Advances as Shelby Farms Parkway Stalls -

Within the space of a few days this month, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy formally broke ground on the park’s $70 million Heart of the Park project and then its leaders watched as the Memphis City Council delayed the Shelby Farms Parkway project for a year.

15. Many Seek New Homes Near Cities But are Priced Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.

The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen counters made of Caesarstone quartz. His favorite coffee spot is three blocks away. When the Arizona Diamondbacks play on Friday nights, he can watch postgame fireworks from his deck.

16. This week in Memphis history: June 6-12 -

2013: The Memphis Grizzlies announced they would not renew the contract of Lionel Hollins as coach of the NBA team following the Grizzlies’ best year in franchise history. Some Grizzlies fans rallied in Tom Lee Park in support of a new contract for Hollins.

17. Compromise Allows Greensward Parking This Weekend -

The Overton Park greensward will be used for overflow parking at the Memphis Zoo for one more weekend under a compromise announced Friday, May 23, by the Overton Park Conservancy.

Leaders of the conservancy, the city of Memphis, the zoo and Citizens to Preserve Overton Park met Friday morning, one day before a trial free park shuttle begins a five-week run between the park and the Overton Square parking garage.

18. City Pension Change Outlined for 2015 -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made its formal proposal of a “long-term solution” and change in the city’s pension plan to a 401(k) style plan this week with specific terms Wharton has long said would be included.

19. Book Blitz -

Literacy Mid-South is spending part of this month literally surrounded by books.

The nonprofit, which is promoting the national Read Across America initiative in March, is in the process of collecting some 3,000 books (valued at $48,000) to give away. And in the meantime, those books will need to be somehow stored in the organization’s 1,300-square-foot office.

20. U of M Finalists Include Three Provosts -

The group of four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis includes three provosts including the university’s current provost and one former university president.

The four finalists were named last week by a search committee to the Tennessee Board of Regents, which should make its decision in the spring with the goal being to name a new president for the city’s largest institution of higher education in time for whoever is selected to begin their duties in July.

21. Another Broken Egg to Open in E. Memphis -

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open later this year in East Memphis.

Franchise owners Chris Gouras and George Gouras of Gouras Restaurant Group have signed a 3,232-square-foot lease at Park Place Centre, at 6063 Park Ave. in East Memphis

22. Another Broken Egg to Open in East Memphis -

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open later this year in East Memphis.

Franchise owners Chris Gouras and George Gouras of Gouras Restaurant Group have signed a 3,232-square-foot lease at Park Place Centre, at 6063 Park Ave. in East Memphis

23. Literacy Mid-South Gears Up for Busy March -

Literacy Mid-South is gearing up for a whirlwind of activity next month.

The national Read Across America event happens in March, and Literacy Mid-South will have special events, book giveaways, author visits and more throughout the month. The literacy organization also will be hosting a month-long “virtual book club” on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

24. Events -

AARP Cordova Chapter will meet Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova Branch Library, 8457 Trinity Road. The chapter will review and discuss its operations. Email fmyers912@yahoo.com.

25. City Council to Revisit Water, Waste Fee Hikes -

Memphis City Council members will at least talk at their last meeting of the year about undoing two votes they’ve taken recently.

The Tueday, Dec. 17, council agenda includes revisiting its Nov. 19 approval of a 2.13 percent increase in Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division water rates.

26. Ex-Senate Staffer Appears in Court on Porn Charges -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The fired chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander made his first court appearance Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Ryan Loskarn answered softly, "Yes, sir," when U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola asked Loskarn whether he understood that he was charged with serious offenses.

27. 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.

28. Council Approves Crosstown Funding, Delays Redbirds Decision -

Memphis City Council members approved $15 million in city funding that is a combination of federal grants, bonds and stormwater funding Tuesday, Dec. 3, as the last piece of financing for the Crosstown revitalization project.

29. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and the Delta Sigma Theta Memphis Alumnae Chapter will hold “Home for the Holidays: A Housing and Economic Empowerment Collaborative” Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The event will include a small-business resource center, legal clinic, Homebuyer’s Corner, H.O.M.E. financial literacy and budgeting workshop, and more. Visit memphisalumnaedst.org.

30. Events -

The 2013 Memphis International Jazz Festival will be held through Sunday, Nov. 24, in Downtown Memphis and the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit memphisinternationaljazzfestival.com for a lineup.

31. 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.

32. Olymbec Acquires Bellbrook Industrial Park -

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

33. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

34. Events -

Memphis Crisis Center will kick off Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week with community leaders on Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Health Sciences Park pavilion, 799 Madison Ave. The week aims to raise awareness, funds and volunteers for the center’s 24-hour hotline. Visit memphiscrisiscenter.org.

35. Visible Music College Files $3.2 Million Loan -

200 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Loan Amount: $3.2 million

Loan Date: Aug. 30, 2013
Maturity Date:
Borrower: Visible Music College
Lender: Renasant Bank
Details: Visible Music College has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Downtown campus at 200 Madison Ave.

36. Events -

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

37. Events -

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

38. Council Gives Early Approval to Solid Waste Fee -

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to fund.

39. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

40. Trash Talk Headlines Council Meeting -

Memphis City Council members talk trash – specifically, the proposed changes to decades of established policies for garbage collection in the city – during their Tuesday, Sept. 3, executive session.

41. Aerotropolis Manager Bowman Completes Delta Leadership Program -

Chad Bowman, aerotropolis project manager for the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, has graduated from the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a yearlong Delta Regional Authority program designed to foster collaborative initiatives across the Delta region.

42. Wharton Calls for 'Revenue Director' -

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

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

43. Events -

The Rebel on Beale summer country music concert series will kick off with Emerson Drive Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in W.C. Handy Park at Beale and South Third streets. Cost is free. Visit rebel953.com.

44. Events -

The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel, RedRover Sales & Marketing and Angela Copeland will hold Memphis to Moore, a fundraiser for rebuilding efforts in Moore, Okla., Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Westin, 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. Funds will go to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit memphistomoore.org.

45. Events -

The Daily News will present Literatini, benefiting Literacy Mid-South, Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will include martinis and food, an auction, live music and a wine pull. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

46. Hopping to It -

Its tagline is Hop On, Tune In and Rock Out. That’s a bite-sized description of what the new Memphis Hop bus service that launched earlier this month, with the goal of whisking Memphians and tourists to several local cultural attractions, is all about.

47. Inman Keeps Construction Business Running Strong -

Page Inman had no intention of joining the family construction business, but 20 years and a couple $40 million construction jobs later, he has no regrets.

Cyclical economic changes and the need for competitive diversification are par for the course in an industry that depends on the availability of capital to survive.

48. Events -

ArtsMemphis will present the Stax to the Max music festival Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore St. Admission to the festival is free; discounted museum tickets are $2 between noon and 5 p.m. Visit staxmuseum.com.

49. Events -

The 14th annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest will be held Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. Films will be screened Friday through Sunday at Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave., and the Music Showcase will take place Saturday and Sunday at Purple Haze Nightclub, 140 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. Visit onlocationmemphis.org for a schedule.

50. The New Beale -

Over the last four years, the next chapter in the development of Beale Street has been a stop-and-go affair. First would come announcements followed by silence from official channels.

Along with that silence, though, was quiet activity on the side, a movement that culminated with the March announcement of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s strategic planning committee’s report, “A Framework for Beale Street.”

51. Lessons Learned -

What happened 15 years ago outside the Shelby County Courthouse between the seated figures of justice and wisdom informed much of what happened Saturday, March 30, when a different Ku Klux Klan group, the American Knights, came to Memphis and rallied at the other southern entrance to the courthouse – between the seated figures of authority and liberty.

52. Berclair Dollar General Sells for Almost $1 Million -

3443 Jackson Ave., Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $971,000
Sale Date: March 14, 2013
Buyer: VM Property Investments LLC
Seller: Ware Properties LLC
Loan Amount: $679,700
Loan Date: March 14, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: US Bank NA
Details: The 9,160-square-foot Dollar General store at 3433 Jackson Ave. in Berclair has sold for $971,000.

53. Cordova Warehouse Sells for $1.1 Million -

The 31,500-square-foot warehouse at 1211 Midas Cove in unincorporated Shelby County near Cordova has sold for $1.1 million.

An entity called EG Partners LLC bought the industrial property March 15 from Midas Cove Partners, which had acquired it in a 2001 quitclaim deed from Su Tsu Fon Lee and Peter Lee.

54. Now Showing: Memphis Rocks -

Last week we discussed the importance of crafting a legacy statement to help steer your life and priorities, while affording future generations something to cherish. This week, let us re-focus on our civic pride campaign, “Memphis Rocks,” which is now featured on thousands of T-shirts being worn around the Mid-South and in various cities around the globe.

55. State Delays Auto Inspection Takeover -

The state of Tennessee has told the city of Memphis it will probably take two years for it to take over auto inspection duties in Shelby County.

But city funding for the auto inspection stations and employees runs out when the current fiscal year does, at the end of June.

56. Olymbec USA LLC Buys Again in Memphis -

Olymbec USA LLC has acquired 40,000 square feet of land and three small shed buildings totaling 12,000 square feet at 373 W. Brooks Road through a January auction from the Estate of George E. Smith for $50,600.

57. Olymbec USA LLC Buys Again in Memphis -

Olymbec USA LLC has acquired 40,000 square feet of land and three small shed buildings totaling 12,000 square feet at 373 W. Brooks Road through a January auction from the Estate of George E. Smith for $50,600.

58. Give Up These 40 Things for Lent -

40 THINGS TO DO WITHOUT. Lent has begun – a season of reflection and sacrifice for believers seeking spiritual strength, a season bridging the gray gloom of winter and the green promise of spring for those seeking renewal, a season of waffles and chicken hash for those seeking comfort in the caloric basement of Calvary Church – 40 days of all of that for me.

59. Council Preps for Late Summer Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

A referendum on a half percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.

60. Musical Heritage -

There was a moment at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the large crowd at The Peabody hotel got a sense for how much depth the city’s musical heritage has and what a complex story it can be.

61. Taking Stage -

The latest production from Tennessee Shakespeare Co. is a stage version of one of the silver screen’s most beloved morality tales – the one about an angel on a mission, the magic of Christmas and the futility of worrying over what might have been.

62. Events -

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is accepting nominations for its 2013 Legends Award through Monday, Dec. 10. The awards honor women whose visionary and innovative work is paramount in their area of outreach. Visit wfgm.org for details and a nomination form.

63. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will unveil Memphis’ first marker on the Highway 61 Blues Trail Friday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at Third Street and Gayoso Avenue. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

64. Reardon Speaks Out Against City’s Approach to Housing -

The University of Memphis professor leading the resistance to a still-forming plan to demolish the city’s last large public housing project says the city’s approach to transforming public housing since the late 1990s hasn’t worked.

65. Training Day -

The pursuit of economic development comes with code names, secrecy and mysterious visitors.

Without a doubt, the last two years have been eventful when it comes to the city’s civic leaders luring companies to town with the promise of jobs for Memphians. In that regard, the local debate about tax incentives and the competition with other cities, some nearby, was vigorous.

66. Jones Back in Familiar Post at Millington City Hall -

After four years away from City Hall, Terry Jones returns to the Millington mayor’s office in January.

67. Development Accelerator -

The city of Millington didn’t have a city engineer until 2008 when it had to have one in order to have local control over the Veterans Parkway road construction project.

“I thought it was kind of my cross to bear since I was hired in 2008,” Millington City Engineer Darek Baskin said this week of the road.

68. Great Outdoors University Hits Milestone, Eyes Expansion -

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoors University program is fulfilling its goal to connect inner-city children with nature in meaningful, life-changing ways.

The youth conservation education and outdoor experience program recently surpassed the 12,000 meaningful experiences milestone and now prepares for expansion into North Carolina and Missouri, as well as growing in Tennessee.

69. Memphis Rocks in Film Festival -

Last week we discussed Crosstown Arts, which is a local nonprofit working to cultivate the arts and revitalize the Sears Crosstown Building. This week let us refocus on “Memphis Rocks,” which recently was the subject of a reader-response series featuring your perspectives on what makes Memphis so unique and special. As a quick refresher, “Memphis Rocks” is a civic pride campaign that promotes our city and is designed as a give back, supporting the Memphis Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial. Now for the exciting news: Memphis Rocks will be a category at the 14th Annual Memphis International Film & Music Festival.

70. Events -

The Healthy Memphis Common Table and the Shelby County Health Department will host the Let’s CHANGE Summit Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, 5959 Park Ave. Let’s CHANGE is a partnership of nearly 40 businesses, government and community organizations dedicated to fighting childhood and family obesity.

71. Get Spooky for Overton Park -

Last week we shared a heartwarming story that featured a number of everyday heroes from various organizations and companies, like ServiceMaster and SeniorBsafe, who helped an elderly couple out of a dire situation. This week let us spotlight the Overton Park Conservancy and share a fun way we can support their efforts by attending a Halloween party.

72. Farm Subsidies, FBI, Air Controllers Face Big Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Come January, be prepared for fewer air traffic controllers, FBI agents, border patrol officers and park rangers, as well as lower farm and winter heating subsidies. Less meat might get inspected. Furloughs will likely sweep across the government. Even the weather service could be affected.

73. Hinte Expands Role At Second to Nunn -

Lowell Hinte has been promoted to account manager and designer at website- and branding-design company Second to Nunn Design. Hinte has served as a designer at S2N since 2009. In his expanded role, Hinte will ensure clients’ expectations are met on key projects regarding strategy, vision, quality and schedule.

74. Shipyard, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Added to Local Brewing Scene -

Blues City Brewery is now producing two malt beverages for well-known national brand names – Shipyard and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

The brewery at 5151 E. Raines Road, owned by City Brewing Co. LLC, makes and bottles numerous brand name beverages – alcoholic and non-alcoholic – but doesn’t disclose those names.

75. Council Tests Auto Inspection Rules -

Memphis City Council members have approved a financial hardship waiver that allows Memphis motorists who flunk the emissions part of their auto inspection to claim the repairs will cost them too much and get a one-year one-time-only waiver on the inspection.

76. Alternative Sound -

When the Flaming Lips perform in Handy Park Wednesday, June 27, it will be a different sound for the street where the blues were born but showmanship of all kinds is a tradition.

The alternative rock band is kicking off an eight-stop, 24-hour tour to New Orleans in the Beale Street outdoor venue. It is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most performances in multiple cities in a 24-hour period.

77. Overton Bark to Hold Grand Opening Event Saturday -

The grand opening of Overton Bark, Overton Park’s new dog park, is slated for Saturday, June 2, south of the Rainbow Lake playground and pavilion at Overton Park in Midtown.

The dog park covers 1.3 acres and was created after an Overton Park Conservancy community survey found that park users desired a fenced dog park.

78. Thorpe Products Inks New Deal On Democrat -

Thorpe Products Co. is relocating its Memphis branch location to a site with higher ceiling heights and better proximity to its clients.

79. Obama: New Jobs Report a Sign Economy on Rebound -

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday praised another month of added jobs as a sign the economy is building strength in this election year. But with millions still looking for work, Obama warned of the challenges ahead and urged Congress to rally behind his agenda to boost American manufacturing.

80. It’s Alex Grisanti’s Turn to Be the Boss -

Ronnie Grisanti. Judd Grisanti. Alex Grisanti.

81. Overton Park Conservancy Seeks Executive Director -

With its nonprofit status official and pledged grants beginning to come in, the Overton Park Conservancy is seeking a permanent executive director.

The conservancy that operates and maintains the park under contract with the city of Memphis is forming a search committee to fill the leadership position.

82. Hyde Foundations Put $500K Toward Overton Park Effort -

A $500,000 grant to the Overton Park Conservancy from the Hyde Family Foundations is the latest contribution to the nonprofit group that manages and maintains the Midtown park for the city of Memphis.

83. Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

But the administration’s lobbyist in Nashville, TaJuan Stout Mitchell, is retiring and the position will change to be more of a contact person with the Memphis City Council instead of state legislators in Nashville.

84. Wharton To Consolidate Three City Divisions -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to roll out a 100-day plan for goals for his administration now that he has started a full four-year term of office.

After taking the oath of office Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Wharton told several hundred in attendance that his plan will “begin this new term with energy and urgency.”

85. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

86. Council Passes Amended City Bonus, Rejects Water Rate Hike -

Memphis City Council members approved a $750 flat bonus for all full time city employees Tuesday, Dec. 6, and a flat bonus of $200 for part time city employees.

Just as the Shelby County Commission did Monday for county employees, the council departed from the mayoral administration’s plan for a bonus as a percentage of pay.

87. Marathon Weekend Boon For Hospital, Economy -

The number of people participating in the annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon continues to climb.

So does the amount of money raised through the event for researching and treating childhood cancers.

88. Arlington Pet Hospital Files $1.2M Permit For Expansion -

Construction plans for a new stand-alone space for a growing Arlington veterinary clinic are under way near its current shopping center space.

Samuel Garrett Davis, founder of Arlington Pet Hospital PLLC, has filed a $1.2 million building permit application with the city-county Department of Construction Code Enforcement for a 5,200-square-foot facility, complete with hospital boarding and grooming capabilities.

89. New Chair On Agenda For Council -

Memphis City Council members prepare Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the start of a new four-year term of office in January with the election of a new chairman for the coming year.

Council practice is to elect the vice chairman for the year ending as the new chairman.

90. Franklin Sports Extends Lease in ProLogis Park -

Franklin Sports Inc. has signed a four-year lease extension for its 300,000-square-foot industrial distribution warehouse in ProLogis Park Stateline, 5510 Getwell Road.

91. AP-GfK Poll: 37 Percent of Public Back Protests -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protests, and even more – 58 percent – say they are furious about America's politics.

The number of angry people is growing as deep reservoirs of resentment grip the country, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.

92. Overton Park Conservancy Delivers Tentative Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and City Attorney Herman Morris are examining a tentative management agreement for an Overton Park Conservancy to run the Midtown landmark that would remain under city of Memphis ownership.

93. Overton Park Conservancy Delivers Tentative Plan -

The private group seeking to establish an Overton Park conservancy similar to the organizations that oversee Shelby Farms Park and the Memphis Zoo has sent a tentative management agreement to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

94. Overton Park Conservancy Delivers Tentative Plan -

The private group seeking to establish an Overton Park conservancy similar to the organizations that oversee Shelby Farms Park and the Memphis Zoo has sent a tentative management agreement to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

95. TSC Brews Up Magical New Season -

By the pricking of Dan McCleary’s thumbs, something wicked this way comes. The artistic director of Tennessee Shakespeare Co. announced that the upcoming 2011-2012 season will feature two Shakespearian blockbusters themed on the magic.

96. TSC, Shelby Farms Form Partnership -

Shelby Farms Park offers space for running, kayaking, dog-walking, hiking and now, live theater.

A new partnership with the Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will finally give the outdoors-friendly company a long-awaited amphitheater site.

97. Natural Selection -

Overton Park may be the next city-owned park to fall under nonprofit management.

That’s because a group of Midtowners on a mission see an Overton Park conservancy as the next step to follow a recent citizen survey.

98. Concert Film Series Keeps Shine On Levitt Shell -

A free outdoor film series will kick off this weekend at the Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis’ Overton Park.

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Radiohead, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, U2 and the Rolling Stones are just some of the artists that will be featured in the series, which is presented by Indie Memphis and the Levitt Shell.

99. Old Forest Goes New -

A group of 15 citizens forming an Overton Park conservancy hopes to take a plan to the Memphis City Council by Labor Day.

The group holds the second of two public comment sessions Tuesday, June 28, at 5 p.m. at the Memphis College of Art, in Overton Park.

100. Events -

St. George’s Independent School will host the second session in its early-learning speakers series titled “The Amazing Adventure: Making the Most of the Parenting Experience” Monday at 6:30 p.m. at St. George’s Germantown campus, 8250 Poplar Ave. The session will feature St. George’s Director of Early Childhood Dr. Stewart Burgess and Dr. William Fesmire, board-certified pediatrician. The series is free and open to the public for parents and educators. For more information, call 261-2390 or visit www.sgis.org.