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1. Discussion Remains in Schools Settlement -

The Memphis City Council still has a pretty strong case that its approval of a settlement between the city and Shelby County Schools over a six-year-old funding dispute will be necessary at some point.

2. Wharton and Schools Settle Six-Year Funding Dispute Without Council -

It appears Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Shelby County Schools board have settled the six-year dispute over city funding for schools without the Memphis City Council.

But the fast-moving compromise will likely require a council vote to fund it.

3. Beale Street Authority Takes Shape -

A new tourism development authority being proposed for the Beale Street entertainment district would not replace the Beale Street Development Corp.

4. Airport Hires Manager to Increase Air Service -

Memphis International Airport has hired a former American Airlines network planner to help increase service at the airport.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has tapped Will Livsey to serve as its new Senior Manager of Air Service Research and Development.

5. New Industrial Market Takes Hold in Marshall, Fayette Counties -

In November, Volvo began operations at its new parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center is the centerpiece of the company’s streamlined North American parts distribution network and helped solidify the Marshall County and Fayette County, Tenn., region as a major player in local industrial real estate.

6. Competition, Cooperation Part of Regionalism Mix -

When a group of mayors with common borders get together, it is usually a sympathetic gathering of chief executives where there is much comparing of notes.

The items range from sewer projects and common problems to relationships with legislative bodies from aldermen to council members.

7. Delta Cutting Routes to Three More Cities -

Delta Airlines is slashing more routes at Memphis International Airport, including its nonstop flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

In all, Delta will eliminate three more routes from Memphis and switch another flight from daily to weekly in the airline’s latest round of reductions.

8. Airport Hires Manager to Increase Air Service -

Memphis International Airport has hired a former American Airlines network planner to help increase service at the airport.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has tapped Will Livsey to serve as its new Senior Manager of Air Service Research and Development.

9. Greenline Part of Larger Changes to Shelby Farms -

The visitors center at Shelby Farms Park is about to come down, the latest sign of the transformation of the park.

10. Airport Remodel Reflects Diminished Reality -

Major demolition work is underway at Memphis International Airport as construction crews raze the south end of the A Concourse, an initial step in a $114 million, multi-year modernization plan that reflects the new reality at the airport.

11. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

12. Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights -

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

Delta has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that effective Jan. 5, 2015, the airline will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in April.

13. Southaven Rises on Memphis’ Tide -

While our country's economy seems to be making a turn in the right direction, cost of living remains one of the top reasons that individuals and families choose to live where they do.

Recently, data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and other resources, pulled from the first quarter in 2014, showed that the Mid-South ranked as the most affordable place to live, with Mississippi at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2.

14. Voters Approve Wine, Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

15. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

16. Downward Trend -

This week, Frontier Airlines began adding six flights a week between Memphis International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Around the same time, American Airlines, which offers the most routes between Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth, added a limited number of $99, one-way fares between Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth.

17. Alexander vs. Ball -

Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball were on the same campaign trail but different races at about this time 36 years ago.

18. Frontier Adds Flights to Memphis -

Frontier Airlines is adjusting its schedule at Memphis International Airport by adding six weekly flights between Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and seasonally suspending service to Washington-Dulles Airport.

19. Frontier Adds Six Flights to Dallas -

Frontier Airlines is adjusting its schedule at Memphis International Airport.

The Denver, Colo.-based airline is adding six weekly flights between Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and seasonally suspending service to Washington-Dulles Airport.

20. Turner, Chism Survey New County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners Van Turner and George Chism belong to different political parties. Turner is a Democrat and Chism is a Republican.

21. Commission Moves Past First Partisan Divide -

As quickly as it surfaced, the Shelby County Commission’s first partisan divide of their term of office appeared to subside Monday, Oct. 13.

With little discussion, commissioners approved chairman Justin Ford’s slate of committee assignments for the next year.

22. Commission Approves Committee Slate -

With very little discussion, Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Oct. 13, chairman Justin Ford’s slate of committee assignments for the next year.

23. Delta Airlines Makes More Memphis Flight Changes -

Delta Airlines is making more changes at Memphis International Airport.

Delta is adding a second flight between Memphis and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport beginning Feb. 13.

But the airline, which has dramatically reduced service in Memphis over the last several years, is seasonally suspending its nonstop flights between Memphis and Salt Lake City, Utah, from Nov. 2 until June 4.

24. Delta Makes More Changes at Memphis International -

Delta Airlines is making more changes at Memphis International Airport.

Delta is adding a second flight between Memphis and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport beginning Feb. 13.

But the airline, which has dramatically reduced service in Memphis over the last several years, is seasonally suspending its nonstop flights between Memphis and Salt Lake City from Nov. 2 until June 4.

25. Cops Talk Changes in Youth Crime Strategy -

Memphis Police brass plan to put uniform police officers on some Memphis Area Transit Authority buses.

The effort aimed at teenagers riding city buses before and after school is one of several indications Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration continues to search for answers to youth violence after two reported teenage mob attacks in three weeks.

26. County Commission Approves $120 Million in Bonds to Come -

Shelby County Commissioners began the process of issuing $120 million in construction bonds Monday, Sept. 22, approving the initial resolution for the general obligation bonds including ones for school construction.

27. Brockman: Memphis Airport in ‘Good Position’ -

Memphis International Airport is building its new identity at a steady pace one year to the month after Delta Air Lines enacted the cuts that came with its dehubbing of the airport.

And the president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority says the state of the airport is sound and good.

28. TSA Expands PreCheck at Memphis Airport -

Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a hospitality development and management company that owns and manages hotels in multiple states, is accustomed to flying and the hassles that sometimes accompany air travel.

29. Airport Authority Approves RedRover Contract -

Memphis International Airport should have a new team of storytellers on board.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board voted Thursday, Sept. 18, to engage Memphis-based RedRover Co. LLC to help craft a multi-platform communications and image campaign for Memphis International, which is transitioning from a Delta Airlines hub to an origin-and-destination airport.

30. Airport Officials Recommend RedRover for Branding Contract -

Memphis International Airport officials are recommending that RedRover Co. LLC be engaged to help develop an image and marketing campaign for the airport, which is reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination facility.

31. Sara Kyle Claims Democratic Senate Nomination -

Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Roy Herron came to Memphis Monday, Sept. 8, armed with 77 Bible verses on unity to use as Shelby County Democrats gathered to pick their nominee in a November special general election for state Senate District 30.

32. Kyle Gets Democratic State Senate Nod -

Shelby County Democratic Party leaders chose former Public Service Commissioner and Tennessee Regulatory Authority Commission Sara Kyle Monday, Sept. 8, as the Democratic nominee for State Senate District 30.

33. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

34. Flinn Gets Republican State Senate Nomination -

Fresh from running in the August U.S. Senate Republican primary, George Flinn is back on the Nov. 4 ballot as the Republican nominee in the special general election for state Senate District 30.

35. Storytellers Needed -

Memphis International Airport, in the midst of reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination airport, is looking for some help telling its story.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking a marketing and public relations firm to help get the word out about the transformation.

36. Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office -

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Along with the tier of management came verdicts about whether the school system’s central office was becoming more centralized or more decentralized depending on the education climate and trends of the day. The opinions about the effects on centralizing authority or dispersing it also varied greatly.

37. Southwest, Frontier Add Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are increasing service at Memphis International Airport, providing more service for local flyers and boosting the facility’s transition away from a high-priced hub airport.

38. Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts -

The court fight over the city’s backlog of untested rape kits has two legal fronts with the filing this week of a Circuit Court lawsuit by Meaghan Ybos, Madison Graves and Rachel Johnson, the three rape survivors who filed suit earlier this year in U.S. District Court against Memphis and Shelby County over the backlog.

39. Kyle Seeks Attorney General’s Opinion on Succession -

State Sen. Jim Kyle is asking the Tennessee Attorney General for a legal opinion on how the process will work for putting his Senate seat on the November ballot and how the Democratic and Republican nominees should be chosen.

40. Kyle Senate Replacement Process Slows -

Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson has slowed down the process of picking a Democratic nominee for the state Senate seat Jim Kyle is giving up effective Sept. 1 to become a Chancery Court judge.

41. Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul -

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.

42. Marshall County in Running for Cummins Jobs -

Add the burgeoning industrial area in Marshall County, Miss., to the list of communities competing for a significant chunk of the Cummins Inc. jobs that are currently in Memphis.

43. August 15-21: This week in Memphis history -

2013: Norah Jones was a surprise guest at a Levitt Shell concert by Cory Chisel and the Wild Rovers Tour.

1984: The Center City Commission reported $450 million in construction Downtown since 1976, counting public as well as private financing. The construction boom included the Memphis Plaza Hotel, Morgan Keegan Tower and the Scimitar Building.

44. New Delta Cuts Reflect Changes at Memphis Airport -

Delta Airlines is once again cutting service at Memphis International Airport, eliminating flights from Memphis to Denver and Austin, Texas, in September.

The airline, which formerly operated a fortress hub at Memphis International, will also temporarily suspend service to Las Vegas this winter. Denver is still served by both United Airlines and Frontier Airlines.

45. Delta Airlines Cutting More Memphis Flights -

Delta Airlines is once again slashing service at Memphis International Airport, eliminating flights from Memphis to Denver and Austin, Texas, in September.

The airline, which formerly operated a fortress hub at Memphis International, will also temporarily suspend service to Las Vegas this winter.

46. Airport Authority Seeking More Affordable Air Service -

Officials with the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority are hitting the road in the hopes of attracting more affordable air service.

As part of its “relentless pursuit to add frequent and affordable air service,” Airport Authority officials will be attending meetings at the upcoming World Routes 2014 forum being held Sept. 20-23.

47. Airport Authority Seeking More Affordable Air Service -

Officials with the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority are hitting the road in the hopes of attracting more affordable air service.

As part of its “relentless pursuit to add frequent and affordable air service,” Airport Authority officials will be attending meetings at the upcoming World Routes 2014 forum being held Sept. 20-23.

48. More Than Delta -

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or 50 about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day.

49. City: Rideshare Services Need Permits for Airport Use -

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

“We know (Uber and Lyft) are doing business in Memphis without the required permit,” said Memphis spokeswoman Dewanna Smith. “We will send them a cease-and-desist notice along with an application and links to our ordinances. That letter has only recently been approved by counsel and will be going out soon.”

50. City to Issue Cease-and-Desist Notices to Rideshare Services -

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

“We know (Uber and Lyft) are doing business in Memphis without the required permit,” said Memphis spokeswoman Dewanna Smith. “We will send them a cease-and-desist notice along with an application and links to our ordinances. That letter has only recently been approved by counsel and will be going out soon.”

51. Airport Authority Looking at Rideshare Policy -

The battle that has raged between ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber at airports across the country has finally landed at Memphis International Airport.

For now, Lyft and Uber are prohibited from picking up passengers at Memphis International Airport, but that could change as airport and city officials develop policies for dealing with the emerging services.

52. Brooks Residency Issue Grows More Political -

Shelby County Commissioners seemed to settle one question Monday, July 7, about the residency challenge of Commissioner Henri Brooks.

They voted to make a determination of their own on whether she violated the residency clause of the county charter by moving out of the Midtown house she listed as her home address for years and continuing to use the address.

53. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 8, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Diane Knight, medical center director for the Memphis VA hospital, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

54. Armstrong Rules Commission Can Weigh Brooks' Residency -

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ruled Thursday, July 3, that the Shelby County Commission can take up the question Monday, July 7, of whether Commissioner Henri Brooks lives in the district she represents.

55. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services -

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.

56. Armstrong Questions Finding in Brooks Residency Case -

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong wants to know who made a specific finding that county commissioner Henri Brooks doesn’t live in the district she represents.

57. Residency Dispute Bigger Than Brooks Decision -

What surfaced rapidly in June as a Shelby County Commissioner with a residency problem added to other political problems is a complex legal question – and not just for Commissioner Henri Brooks.

58. Brooks' Attorneys Claim Different Address -

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks still lives in her district but at a different address than the one she listed on numerous records, including her recent arrest report, according to her attorneys.

59. Gibson Joins Airport Authority Board -

Local businessman and former Shelby County Commissioner J.W. Gibson was appointed Wednesday, June 18, to the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority board.

Gibson, CEO of the Gibson Cos., was nominated to the post by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Two board vacancies were created by departures of John W. Stokes and Ruby Wharton, an attorney and Wharton’s wife.

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60. Gibson Joins Airport Authority Board -

Local businessman and former Shelby County Commissioner J.W. Gibson was appointed Wednesday, June 18, to the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority board.

Gibson, CEO of the Gibson Cos., was nominated to the post by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Two board vacancies were created by departures of John W. Stokes and Ruby Wharton, an attorney and Wharton’s wife.

61. Long Council Day Comes With Change, Emotions -

It was apparent early in the long council day Tuesday, June 17, at City Hall that there wouldn’t be many amendments to the $600 million operating budget and $84 million capital budget the council would approve later that evening.

62. EDGE Mulls Tax Break for Plastics Recycling Co. -

A company that recycles and manufactures post-industrial plastics is considering relocating from Arkansas to Memphis.

RE-CY, or RE-CY Plastics, is considering acquiring a facility on Winchester Road to recycle and manufacture plastics, which are then used for automotive parts, decking and IKEA furniture.

63. Bailey Continues Call for Shelby Farms Development -

Walter Bailey is the only serving Shelby County Commissioner who was part of the 1970s debate on the commission about what to do with the farmland that was the old Shelby County Penal Farm.

64. Commission Approves Budgets and Dueling Tax Rates Without PreK Amendment -

Shelby County Commissioners signed off Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion consolidated operating budget for all of Shelby County government as well as a $75 million capital budget, both for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

65. Council to Discuss Retirement Plan Changes -

Memphis City Council members begin moving Tuesday, June 3, toward the first of three votes on a quartet of ordinances that would fundamentally change health care and pension benefits for city employees.

66. MATA President Calls for Expanded Service -

The interim leader of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants the city’s bus line to get more involved in “transportation management associations.”

MATA’s interim president and general manager, Tom Fox, describes the associations as “groups of employers banding together to provide some kind of services to supplement what MATA can provide.”

67. Commission Prepares Final Budget Moves -

When Shelby County Commissioners make the last adjustments to the county budget in committee sessions Wednesday, May 28, they will likely increase the 2.5 percent pay raise county Mayor Mark Luttrell proposed for county employees to 3 percent.

68. Selling Memphis -

Not too long ago, Dudley Boyd, president and CEO of National Bankers Trust, entered a conference room at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s office at the Falls Building Downtown.

69. Airport Artists -

Several years ago Richard White, vice president of properties and business development at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, noticed what he thought was a troubling trend.

70. Southwest Adds Flight to Houston -

Memphis International Airport is gaining another nonstop daily flight.

Southwest Airlines announced Monday, May 19, that it is adding another flight between Memphis International Airport and Houston Hobby Airport beginning Nov. 2.

71. May 16-May 22: This week in Memphis history -

1993: The Memphis-Shelby County Sports Authority was readying its public relations campaign for an NFL team in Memphis. Memphis was competing with St. Louis, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., for expansion slots in the NFL.

72. Airport Budget Includes Terminal Rental Fee Hike -

One impact of Delta Airlines ending hub operations at Memphis International Airport is a rise in the terminal rental rates airlines have to pay.

The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority’s $124.4 million operations and maintenance budget, which sets the fees and charges that the airlines pay to the Airport Authority, includes a 68 percent increase in the terminal rental rate, from $86.32 per square foot last year to $144.78 per square foot. The budget also include an 11 percent decrease in landing fees, from $1.45 for every 1,000 pounds to $1.29.

73. Frontier Airlines Adding Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday, May 13, that it is adding four weekly flights between Memphis International Airport and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.

The new flights will run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday beginning Sept. 8 and are a result of strong passenger response to Frontier’s initial flights between Memphis and Denver, which began in March.

74. Airport Authority, U of M Establish Scholarship -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and University of Memphis have established an endowed scholarship at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics as a tribute to Larry Cox, former president and CEO of the Airport Authority.

75. Airport Authority, University of Memphis Establish Scholarship -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and University of Memphis have established an endowed scholarship at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics as a tribute to Larry Cox, former president and CEO of the Airport Authority.

76. August’s ‘Big Ballot’ Awaits County’s Voters -

With the unofficial results in the Shelby County primary elections in, get ready for the “big ballot.”

The candidates who won the Democratic and Republican primaries in Tuesday’s elections advance to the August ballot where they will join a much larger group of candidates and races that once every eight years produce the largest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

77. Brown’s Complex Contempt Case Moves Forward -

Former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown’s actions in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court in March will live on in court past the May county primaries and into the campaign season as Brown prepares to challenge incumbent District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the August general election.

78. Brown Contempt Hearing Scheduled for Friday -

Former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown’s March contempt citation in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is set to be heard by a special Criminal Court judge Friday, May 2.

79. Brown Contempt Hearing Scheduled for Friday -

Former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown’s March contempt citation in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is set to be heard by a special Criminal Court judge Friday, May 2.

80. Memphis Seeking Sustainability Designation -

Thirteen communities in the Southeast, including Memphis/Shelby County, are hoping to be designated as sustainable communities by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA designated 13 locations as Valley Sustainable Communities last year and says 13 more are about to begin the review process. TVA executive John Bradley says the idea is to help communities be prepared when companies look for a site for their business.

81. Fares Falling at Memphis Airport -

After being labeled as one of most expensive cities for air service for years, prices at Memphis International Airport are falling.

Memphis, which ranked among the nation’s highest airfares while it served as a fortress hub for Delta, dropped to 14th on the list of the top 100 airports in the country, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

82. Fares Falling at Memphis International Airport -

After being labeled as one of most expensive cities for air service for years, prices at Memphis International Airport are falling.

Memphis, which ranked among the nation’s highest airfares while it served as a fortress hub for Delta, dropped to 14th on the list of the top 100 airports in the country, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

83. Memphis Seeking Sustainability Designation -

Thirteen communities in the Southeast, including Memphis/Shelby County, are hoping to be designated as sustainable communities by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA designated 13 locations as Valley Sustainable Communities last year and says 13 more are about to begin the review process. TVA executive John Bradley says the idea is to help communities be prepared when companies look for a site for their business.

84. Bank On Memphis Continues to Grow -

More than 6,400 Bank On Memphis accounts have been created since 2010, when the Memphis and Shelby County governments joined business and nonprofit groups to launch the initiative.

Most of those were checking accounts, with the rest being savings accounts. Most accounts were opened by residents in the 38109 ZIP code of Whitehaven, followed by Midtown’s 38106 ZIP code and Orange Mound’s 38114 ZIP code.

85. Smoother Take-Off -

Andrew Taylor flies out of Memphis International Airport frequently for business and leisure.

He registered at another airport in a Transportation Security Administration PreCheck program that allows for expedited screening, but Taylor and his wife were never able to get their schedules on the same page so she could register for the program at Atlanta’s airport.

86. Bank On Memphis Continues to Grow -

More than 6,400 Bank On Memphis accounts have been created since 2010, when the Memphis and Shelby County governments joined business and nonprofit groups to launch the initiative.

Most of those were checking accounts, with the rest being savings accounts. Most accounts were opened by residents in the 38109 ZIP code of Whitehaven, followed by Midtown’s 38106 ZIP code and Orange Mound’s 38114 ZIP code.

87. Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials -

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

88. Second Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog -

Three women allegedly raped by Anthony Alliano during a string of rapes in the Cordova area covering a decade have filed suit in Memphis Federal Court over the delay in testing their rape kits.

It is the second federal lawsuit filed against the city of Memphis since December over the backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits police acknowledged in November after initially putting the backlog of rape kits at 2,000 in August.

89. Brown Contempt Jailing Maps Political Challenge -

The arrest of the Democratic nominee for Shelby County district attorney general Monday, March 24, is the best indication yet of the tumult within the local Democratic Party as it attempts to win countywide offices four years after losing every race to Republicans.

90. DA Candidate Brown Jailed For Contempt in Juvenile Court -

Former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown, who is the Democratic nominee for District Attorney General in the August county general elections, was arrested and jailed Monday, March 24, for being in contempt of court.

91. Airport Authority to Raze Vacant Hotel -

The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority has awarded a contract to raze a vacant hotel.

The Airport Authority chose DeNovo Constructors of Chicago to raze the vacant Regency Inn & Suites adjacent to Memphis International Airport’s cell phone lot. DeNovo’s $791,350 offer was slightly lower than Chris Woods Construction Co.’s bid of $842,000.

92. Airport Authority To Hire Research Manager -

The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking to enhance its air service development program by hiring a Senior Manager of Air Service Research and Development.

“We are in the process of reinventing the Memphis International Airport,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the airport authority. “Our primary focus is the relentless pursuit of frequent and affordable air service, and this management-level position will ensure that we maintain that focus.”

93. CB Richard Ellis Brokers Four Multifamily Sales -

The multifamily group at CB Richard Ellis Memphis has closed on the sale of four properties in the Memphis market over the last several weeks.

Briar Club Apartments, a 272-unit apartment community constructed in 1985, sold for $8.7 million, or $32,093 per unit. Cinnamon Trails Apartments, a 208-unit apartment community constructed in 1989, sold for $8.6 million, or $41,461 per unit. respectively. CBRE Memphis represented the sellers, Briar Apartments LLC and Cinnamon Apartments LLC in the sale to New York based Briar Club LLC and Cinnamon Trail LLC.

94. Airport Authority to Hire Air Service Research Manager -

The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking to enhance its air service development program by hiring a Senior Manager of Air Service Research and Development.

“We are in the process of reinventing the Memphis International Airport,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the airport authority. “Our primary focus is the relentless pursuit of frequent and affordable air service, and this management-level position will ensure that we maintain that focus.”

95. Abatements Return As Budget Season Issue -

With the arrival of spring this week, city and county government leaders prepare for the coming of another season about which there is rarely as much excitement.

It soon will be budget season. And while county government’s budget season is without the dramatic decisions city government leaders are facing, the county budget season will include the annual raising of perennial issues, including payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives.

96. Interpreting Health -

Probably, you’ve seen this scene on a television show or in a movie. Some English-speaking authority figure – say, a doctor – can’t communicate with a middle-aged or older person from Mexico.

97. Crosstown Funding Comes With Questions -

The Memphis City Council’s approval of $15 million in city funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project last December was supposed to be the last piece of a $180 million funding puzzle for the mammoth undertaking.

98. County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.

The 11-1 vote came after it appeared twice that commissioners, including those supporting the funding, were ready to delay the decision for two weeks.

99. Frontier Airlines Lands Memphis Return -

Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.

The Frontier jet from Denver – with “Hector” the otter emblazoned on its tail – arrived at Gate C7 at Memphis International Airport just before 1:30 p.m., and passengers were greeted with a celebratory atmosphere, including light jazz music and balloons.

100. New Frontiers -

When the first Frontier Airlines jet kicking off regular service at Memphis International Airport arrives Friday, March 7, from Denver at gate C7, it will symbolize just how much the airport has changed. It is also an indication of how the airport continues to evolve.