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1. Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections -

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

The commission switches to a set of 13 single-member districts with the 2014 elections instead of the current structure of one single-member district and four districts each represented by three commissioners.

2. Events -

Literacy is Key: A Book and Author Affair, sponsored by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The program will feature W. Bruce Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson and Molly Crosby. Tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit First Book Mid-South. Visit memphiskkg.org.

3. ‘Flight’ Takes Center Stage at Chamber Luncheon -

Southwest Airlines provided everyone in the nearly 1,000-person crowd at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual chairman’s luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a voucher worth $100 to use on a flight.

“Taking flight” was a theme of the chamber’s confab this year, which the Southwest promotion helped underscore. The popular carrier’s presence also was timely, since it launched new flights in Memphis about a month ago.

4. Events -

Healthy Shelby will launch its Safe Sleep initiative Monday, Dec. 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saint Andrew AME Church community life center, 1472 Mississippi Blvd. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will speak. RSVP to rene.buttrey@healthmemphis.org.

5. Prescription for Success -

It’s been nearly a decade since the Memphis medical community and city leaders teamed up to create a master plan for what they called the Memphis Medical Center.

The district – which follows the main corridors of Union and Madison avenues and extends from Danny Thomas Boulevard to Cleveland Street and from Peabody Avenue to the Interstate 240 loop – already was home to more than 40 organizations that specialized in everything from clinical care to research. But the Memphis Medical Center organizers wanted to improve safety and promote overall economic development, including commercial, retail and residential real estate.

6. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

7. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host The 19th Hole Wine Tasting at the Garden, part of the Tuesdays on the Terrace wine-tasting series, Tuesday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers; reservations are required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

8. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and book-signing with “Cookin’ With Corky’s” authors Jimmy Stovall, Andy Woodman and Barry Pelts Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

9. Events -

The Daily News will host its Money and Markets: State of the Economy seminar and panel discussion Thursday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. Craig Dismuke, senior vice president and chief economic strategist at Vining Sparks IBG, will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

10. Events -

Families of Incarcerated Individuals Inc. will host a rebranding event Wednesday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The organization will unveil its revamped programs and services. Call 726-6191.

11. Harahan Bridge Project Plans Nearing Completion -

Design work on the “Main to Main Connector” project is at the halfway point. And the city team overseeing the project is due to complete plans by the end of May to trigger a $15 million appropriation of federal funding in June.

12. Bryce to Keep 318 Workers in Memphis -

A packaging maker for retail brands like Frito-Lay and General Mills is getting a tax incentive worth $3 million to keep 318 workers in Memphis and add 95 new employees as part of a $21 million expansion here.

13. CBU Names Sumner-Winter Director of Stewardship -

Wendy Sumner-Winter has been appointed director of stewardship and donor engagement at Christian Brothers University. In the newly created position, Sumner-Winter will oversee planning, strategy development and implementation of initiatives to increase communication and connections with the CBU community, including donors, alumni and friends.

14. Imagine Vegan Café Landlord Ends Lease -

Imagine Vegan Café in Cooper-Young said the restaurant is moving and is soliciting ideas for vacant buildings.

“Our landlord decided to not renew our lease so we are now intensely looking for a new spot,” read a Friday, Feb. 15, Facebook post. “We ask that everyone please bear with us as things might be a little scattered over the next month or so. Our last day here in this spot is March 31st. We would like to stay in the Midtown area or maybe move over to Crosstown. Overton Square and out East are just out of our budget. If you have any specific ideas as to vacant buildings, please let us know.”

15. Imagine Vegan Café Landlord Ends Lease -

Imagine Vegan Café in Cooper-Young said the restaurant is moving and is soliciting ideas for vacant buildings.

“Our landlord decided to not renew our lease so we are now intensely looking for a new spot,” read a Friday, Feb. 15, Facebook post. “We ask that everyone please bear with us as things might be a little scattered over the next month or so. Our last day here in this spot is March 31st. We would like to stay in the Midtown area or maybe move over to Crosstown. Overton Square and out East are just out of our budget. If you have any specific ideas as to vacant buildings, please let us know.”

16. Startup Conference Billed as ‘Must Attend’ -

Scott Case, the founding chief technology officer of Priceline.com and Startup America CEO, had some words of praise for Memphis and Tennessee while on a panel at November’s Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, Calif.

17. Business Leaders Needed for New Mentor Group -

Now that LaunchYourCity Inc. and its related programs like Seed Hatchery have gotten firmly off the ground and are wooing entrepreneurs and innovators who have ideas for high-growth startup companies to launch here, supporters now are turning to a new task.

18. Slam Dunk -

Historically, December isn’t the kindest month to Downtown Memphis’ economy. That’s compared to the summer months, when Beale Street and its surrounding areas are bustling with people visiting attractions, dining at restaurants and spending money on retail items.

19. Cooking Channel Show to Spotlight Main Street -

The television food scene has been kind to Memphis this year.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri recently visited six Memphis-area restaurants for his Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” all of which have opened within the past few years.

20. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its office 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Visit cannonwrightblount.com or email quickbooks@cannonwrightblount.com.

21. Events -

The Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m. at the board’s office, 114 N. Main St. in the Crump Building. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

22. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Chris Hawk of The ServiceMaster Co. will speak about social media networking for jobseekers. Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to Sharon Gardner at sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

23. Events -

The Society for Human Resource Management Memphis chapter ethics council will hold a Dutch treat breakfast Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Treetops Cafe at International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave., tower 3, room 100. The topic is “You’ve Got a Code … Now What? Training Your Employees.” Cost is $5. R.S.V.P. to cynthia@hrprosmemphis.com.

24. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will address the Germantown board of mayor and aldermen Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 1930 S. Germantown Road. The open forum will include an update on property tax revenue and economic trends affecting the community. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

25. Events -

Better Business Bureau will continue its 2012 breakfast series with “How to Remember Almost Anything – Even if You’re 100” Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at BBB, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free for BBB-accredited businesses and $15 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@bbbmidsouth.org or 757-8603.

26. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host Conversations With: Wattstax 40th anniversary panel discussion Monday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit staxmuseum.com.

27. Biz License Filings Rise in Q2 -

The number of business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office increased 2.7 percent to 1,397 in the second quarter of 2012 from 1,360 for the same period last year, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

28. Slice of the Pie -

Come mid-July, local restaurateur Aldo Dean will launch Aldo’s Pizza Pies, his group’s third concept in Memphis and second in Downtown’s Central Business District.

Dean is one of three partners behind the new 3,900-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor of Henry Turley Co.’s Barboro Flats at 100 S. Main St. Adam Slovis of Slovis & Associates LLC represented Dean and his group in its seven-year lease for Aldo’s Pizza Pies.

29. Global Connections -

Although the Memphis in May International Festival is widely known for its Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the festival’s focus on developing international economic trade and fostering Memphis companies’ global business relationships remains central to its mission.

30. Two-Wheeled Tours -

Tourists and other guests in Downtown Memphis can always leisurely stroll past landmarks like AutoZone Park and FedExForum as they take in the sights and sounds of the city.

But Segway Inc. has now made it possible for them to leave from The Peabody hotel and, well, to segue from one point to the next Downtown by riding as part of a guided tour.

31. Center City Board Grants Incentives -

A new loft-style apartment development, a retail renovation and a new clothing store all got a helping hand from a Downtown development board this week.

The Center City Development Corp. approved an $85,000 development loan for what will be a roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development Downtown called Printer’s Alley Lofts that will be anchored by loft-style apartments. It’s in the works for the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Avenue.

32. Downtown Board Grants Incentives -

A new loft-style apartment development, a retail renovation and a new clothing store all got a helping hand from a Downtown development board Wednesday.

The Center City Development Corp. approved an $85,000 development loan for what will be a roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development Downtown called Printer’s Alley Lofts that will be anchored by loft-style apartments. It’s in the works for the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Avenue.

33. Room Service -

The good news for the local hotel industry is that last year notched the most rooms ever sold on a daily basis with 4.8 million – 115,628 more than 2010 and 76,780 more than the previous high set in 2007.

34. Navy SEAL Shares Missions for Success -

David Rutherford had an epiphany in the laundromat during his fourth year of college. He had turned down the wrong path in life, partying too hard and studying too little. He was going astray, so he made a drastic change.

35. Pick of the Litter -

The Downtown Memphis Commission and its staff are bringing an interior designer’s eye for reusability and for the possibilities that abound in vacant spaces to two new Downtown sites.

Where someone might see only a vacant tract of land that’s little more than a hole bordered by a crumbling sidewalk, the DMC thought – aha! – a future dog park and food truck landing area. Where someone else might see underused buildings, the DMC foresaw an art gallery.

36. Message of Hope -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

37. Chamber Luncheon Highlights City’s ‘Medical Miracles’ -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

38. Two Clothing Stores to Open Downtown -

Two new apparel stores are coming Downtown.

The Center City Development Corp. will consider two retail forgivable loan applications at its meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14.

39. Orpheum Looks South For Expansion Plans -

The show must go on even if the stage isn’t big enough, but The Orpheum Theater hopes to change that very soon.

Executive director Pat Halloran has announced plans to buy a Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division parking lot adjacent to the historic theater as the site for its new Performing Arts and Leadership Academy.

40. Address Unknown -

For anyone in Memphis – and across Tennessee – who uses the U.S. Postal Service to send and receive bills, to get things like newspaper subscriptions by mail and DVDs from Netflix or just to write an old-fashioned letter on paper, things are about to change.

41. Ole Miss Honors Historian who Fought Racism -

Students of University of Mississippi history professor Jim Silver will gather on the Ole Miss campus Friday, Sept. 30, to honor the historian who left Mississippi in the turbulent 1960s after a prophetic warning about the growing level of violent resistance to racial integration in the state.

42. Bartlett Electrician Offers Electric Car-Charging Site -

Above and Beyond Electric Co., one of the first green electrical service companies in Memphis, is taking its green initiative a step further with the installation of a plug-in charging station for electric vehicles.

43. Street Signs -

More than a year after the city of Memphis reached an out-of-court settlement with Performa Entertainment that would put day-to-day control of the Beale Street entertainment district in the hands of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration, the federal bankruptcy case tied to that settlement remains unsettled.

44. Picnic Kicks Off Political ‘Offseason’ -

There is no campaign literature in Pleasantville. The family spread in Arlington of former state Rep. Bubba Pleasant drew several hundred people – most politicians or the politically minded – over the weekend for the annual “Pleasantville” picnic hosted by Pleasant and state Rep. Ron Lollar.

45. Charging Ahead -

A row of four electrical outlets with cords in the Peabody Place garage Downtown are a first for the city’s hospitality industry and retailers in general – charging stations for electric vehicles.

46. Belgian Ambassador Talks US Trade -

Belgium’s ambassador to the United States notes that there is more U.S. investment in Belgium than there is U.S. investment in China and India together.

“Can you believe that?” ambassador Jan Matthysen asked the Kiwanis Club of Memphis Wednesday after his arrival in the city for this week’s Memphis in May International Festival seminar and International Council Luncheon. Belgium is the honored country at this month’s festival.

47. Events -

The Mid-South Area Business Travelers Association will host a golf scramble Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quail Ridge Golf Course, 4055 Altruria Road. The golf scramble and a silent auction will benefit Toys for Tots. For more information or to register, visit www.msabta.org or call Graves Goforth at 848-6445.

48. Brown Takes Road Less Traveled to Successful Career -

Helen Brown has plenty in common with her fellow members of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, where she has worked in the firm’s corporate and securities practice area since September 2002.

49. 'On Fire' -

The day after her Feb. 16 concert in Memphis at Minglewood Hall, the frontwoman for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals let her Twitter followers know how much she enjoyed herself.

50. Events -

The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Lunch Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Appling Manor, 1755 Appling Road. The topic will be the passing of the gavel to the new BACC chairman of the board. For more information, visit www.bartlettchamber.org.

51. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Rose Jackson Flenorl, manager, social responsibility for FedEx, will speak about “Corporate Social Responsibility.” Cost is $20. For reservations, contact Demetria Sturgis at 448-5599 or memphis.iaap.treasurer@gmail.com.

52. ‘New Day’ at Downtown’s One Commerce -

Downtown Memphis got an early Christmas present in the form of ownership of One Commerce Square officially changing hands in the wake of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. signing a lease at the tower earlier this month.

53. "New Day" at Downtown's One Commerce Square -

Downtown Memphis got an early Christmas present in the form of ownership of One Commerce Square officially changing hands in the wake of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. signing a lease at the tower earlier this month.

54. Taking Care of Business -

A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.

55. Events -

Leadership Memphis will launch the 100 Things in 100 Days campaign with a special event Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Buckman Hall Spain Auditorium on the Christian Brothers University campus, 650 East Parkway. Josh Pastner, University of Memphis men’s basketball coach, will speak. For reservations or more information, call 278-0016 or e-mail rsvp@leadershipmemphis.org.

56. Carlisle Corp. Continues Work on New Headquarters -

263 Wagner Place
Memphis, TN 38103
Loan Amount: $2.1 million

Loan Date: June 15, 2010
Maturity Date: June 15, 2014
Borrower: Carlisle Landing LLC
Lender: Regions Bank

57. Renaissance Avenue -

When Larry Schmitt bought a two-story building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street in 1993, he knew the place needed some TLC.

58. One Of A Kind -

Really unique is really not. Memphis is.

Nothing is really unique. Unique is unique. If there is more than one of it, it isn’t.

Memphis is et up with unique.

The Peabody is unique. Two hammered duck hunters dump their live decoys in the lobby fountain. One is actually the hotel manager, and instead of getting him fired, that drunken prank makes the place world-famous. Almost 80 years later, ducks are still in that fountain by day, live in an air-conditioned penthouse by night, march back and forth twice a day to a packed crowd, and are on TV as much as Daffy and Donald. Unique.

59. Center City to Consider Heap of Incentives -

At Wednesday’s Center City Development Corp. meeting, the Downtown agency will consider awarding almost $160,000 in incentives to bring four real estate projects to fruition.

60. Governor Candidates Place Focus on Economic Development -

Contenders for Tennessee governor differ on plans for the state’s next wave of economic development.

As most of the them are airing a new bank of television ads talking about job growth, Democratic nominee Mike McWherter and one of the three Republican contenders, Chattanooga Congressman Zach Wamp, have taken slightly different positions.

61. Jeff Barry Joins Commercial Advisors As Senior V.P. -

Hometown: Memphis
Education: Memphis University School; Vanderbilt, B.S. in Economics; Vanderbilt, M.B.A.
Work experience: Belz Enterprises 1988-1990; Barry Properties LLC 1990-present; Commercial Advisors, present
Family: Wife, Amy; daughters, Kate and Ellie; son, Hall
Last book read: “Lonesome Dove”
Music: Bluegrass, Classical
Movies: “Braveheart,” “Sound of Music,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Sports team: Tigers Basketball
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Time with family, camping, hunting
What talent do you wish you had? Singing
Who has had the greatest influence on you? Mom, dad and Alice.
Why did you pursue a career in real estate? I think I received my dad’s “love of the land.” I also love working with people. The creative side of land development as well as the “deal” side of helping buyers and sellers on transactions is a good fit for me.
What have been your most rewarding professional accomplishments? Being able to work in a wide variety of land deals, ranging from subdivision development to buying and selling of farm and hunting land. Along with that, helping people realize their goals in those areas.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Being outside with people (i.e. NOT in the office).

62. Businesses to Learn Social Media Voice at Approaching Conference -

One could argue that the number of followers defines a successful Twitter account and that the number of friends defines a successful Facebook account.

But the true measure of success for any social media format – especially in the business world – is the quality, not the quantity, of relationships created.

63. Carlisle Corp. Files Building Permit For Downtown Corporate Headquarters -

263 Wagner Place
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $1.5 Million

Project Cost: $2.7 million
Permit Date: Applied April 2010
Completion: TBA
Owner: Carlisle Corp.
Tenant: Carlisle Corp.
Contractor: N/A
Architect: N/A

64. Carlisle Corp. Files $1.5M Building Permit -

Carlisle Corp. has filed a $1.5 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate the former One Beale sales center at 263 Wagner Place in Downtown into the company’s new headquarters.

65. CCRFC OKs Tax Freezes For Two Downtown Projects -

Gene Carlisle appears set to move his company’s corporate office from 100 Peabody Place to a new 16,000-square-foot Class A office space his company is developing out of what was the old One Beale sales center.

66. CCRFC Approves Two Tax Freezes for Downtown Projects -

Gene Carlisle appears set to move his company’s corporate office from 100 Peabody Place to a new 16,000-square-foot Class A office space his company is developing out of what was the old One Beale sales center.

67. UPDATE: Alexander Reacts To Stevens Retirement -

Retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the justice whose circuit includes Memphis.

His retirement, announced Friday after Stevens had increasingly talked of leaving the court, will mean a change that will probably be most noticed in the handling of last minute appeals in death penalty cases

68. Architect Honored for Remarkable Achievements -

Before St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital became the sprawling complex of medical buildings in Uptown Memphis, the original facility was more modest, but no less important to the city’s landscape.

69. Social Media Guru to Headline Peabody Event -

With more than 120,000 followers on Twitter, social media consultant Chris Brogan delivers digital messages to a huge audience.

Brogan will share his expertise on the rapidly growing – and ever changing – world of social networking and emerging technologies with a much smaller crowd May 6 when he headlines a social media seminar and book signing event in Memphis.

70. Restaurants Embrace New Normal -

“For 2010, I’d like to see a 20 percent increase in revenue,” said Jeff Dunham, owner and chef at the popular Grove Grill in East Memphis.

71. What You See Not Necessarily What You Get With Wine Prices -

So, you’re dining at Chez Philippe, the opulent flagship restaurant in The Peabody, and in a celebratory mood – you weren’t indicted after all! – you order a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Non-Vintage Brut Champagne, one of the most familiar and highly marketed French Champagnes in the world.

72. Events -

The Shelby County Commission will hold committee meetings today at 8:30 a.m. in the fourth floor committee room of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

73. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education seminar today from noon to 1 p.m. at 200 Jefferson Ave., sixth floor. Judges David Kennedy, Jennie Latta, George Emerson and Paulette Delk will speak about reaffirmation agreements. To register, visit www.memphisbar.org/cle.

74. Conference to Showcase Transportation Info -

For the third year in a row, Memphis will take center stage among the logistics, distribution and transportation industries when the city hosts the Memphis Multi Modal Conference May 11-12.

The event, titled “Global Logistics and the Global Economy,” will be held at The Peabody hotel and draw a national and international attendance. It once again is sponsored by the Memphis World Trade Club, which began hosting the event in 2007 as a way to showcase the city’s advantages for moving freight.

75. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the Society of Information Management will present its annual Strategy Series for Executives today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Esplanade Conference Complex, 901 Cordova Station. The theme of the series is “Charting a Course Through Challenging Times.” For more information or to register, visit www.hmgstrategy.com/events.

76. Events -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will hold committee meetings today at 8:30 a.m. in the fourth floor committee room of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

77. Church Health Center Sees Growing Demand -

More patients from more diverse backgrounds are calling on the Church Health Center as people lose insurance because of the economic downturn.

The nonprofit organization, which provides medical services to working people without health insurance, has experienced a 70 percent increase in new patient orientations from a year ago, said Marvin Stockwell, public relations manager for the CHC.

78. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet today at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St. The meeting will include consideration of preliminary approval of financing for a parking garage to be at 100 S. Main St. and consideration of the request of Willie and Hattie Nelson for approval of a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement in connection with the property at Third Street and Vance Avenue. For more information, call Andy Kitsinger at 575-0540.

79. Stewart Bros. Hardware Offers Nostalgia With Service -

Stewart Bros. Hardware deals in more than nails, nuts and bolts or hinges.

It’s the kind of place where one still can get a pair of overalls and buy candy cane by the stick. It might seem more like going back in time here, but it won’t be trudging through in slow motion.

80. FedEx Continues Weathering Economic Storm -

It is arguably the most successful business story to emerge from Memphis, and it is a company whose performance is widely regarded as a ground-level indicator of the country’s economic health.

So it’s probably no surprise last week’s wild stock market swings did not spare

81. Muvico, Peabody Place Wrestle Over Contract Claims -

Muvico Entertainment LLC, which closed its Downtown Memphis theater this summer, is locked in a federal lawsuit with Peabody Place Centre GP over contractual issues related to the theater’s closure.

82. Events -

The Memphis Advertising Federation will hold a luncheon today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey will give a presentation titled “Creativity: It’s a Laughing Matter.” Cost is $25 for guests and free for members. Register online at www.memphisadfed.org.

83. Belz Confirms Muvico Closing -

Belz Enterprises confirmed Wednesday that the Muvico theater inside Peabody Place Retail & Entertainment Center will close its doors after Sunday, as The Daily News was the first to report Tuesday.

84. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will host “Telling Your Story: Communications for Nonprofits” today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., 515 Erin Drive. For registration and cost information, visit www.npexcellence.org, call 684-6605 or e-mail adeberry@npexcellence.org.

85. UrbanArt Commission Looks to Color Downtown -

Passersby stroll past the intersection of Main Street and Peabody Place in Downtown and a pulsating beam of green light appears under their feet. Caught off guard but amused, the pedestrians hold out their arms and move a little to see what the beam of light will do.

86. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber will hold its Breakfast Forum today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. To R.S.V.P., contact Ericka Milford at emilford@memphischamber.com or 543-3518.

87. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education seminar, "Family Law Seminar," today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the MBA conference room, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 200. For more information, call the MBA at 527-3573.

88. New Resembles Old -

Old Germantown soon will have a new office product when The Salvaggio Group LLC completes its $3.5 million, three-building development at 7656 and 7658 Poplar Pike, in the heart of town.

The company - whose partners are former Germantown Mayor Charles Salvaggio and his sons, Tony and Jerome - has sold the three lots that comprise the 1.4-acre property and will begin construction within the next few weeks with completion set for Oct. 1.

89. New Playground Could Become Cooper-Young Rallying Point -

Peabody Elementary School and the Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) began 2008 united in what school administrators and neighborhood leaders hope will become a positive partnership through the simple act of play.

90. Herenton : Will 'Hit Hard' On Consolidation -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he is open to several possible ways of consolidating city and county governments. But he wants one vote by Shelby Countians on any proposal that might make it onto a ballot.

91. Events -

The DeSoto County Economic Development Council Annual Membership Luncheon will be held today at 11:45 a.m. at the DeSoto Civic Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. Diane Hawks, former White House deputy director for management and a former DeSoto County resident, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $25 per person and reservations can be made by calling 662-429-4414.

92. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber will continue the Leadership Luncheon series today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. John Faraci, CEO of International Paper, is the featured guest. The event is $25 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. Call 543-3571 to register.

93. Events -

Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and FM 100 will host the ninth annual Radiothon at Le Bonheur today. The Radiothon will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 866-350-9355 during the Radiothon to donate. For more information, call 287-6030.

94. Events -

The Mid-South Area Business Travel Association (MSA-BTA) will hold its monthly luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tower Room, 5100 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20 for MSA-BTA members and $30 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.msabta.com or call LaShawn Hampton at 218-6056.

95. Banner Requests Topic At Design Review Meeting -      The Design Review Board will discuss public signage today at 5 p.m. at the Center City Commission's office, 114 N. Main St.
     Board members will hear requests for temporary banners for Gra

96. Events -

The National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee presents its annual Chocolate Fantasy event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oak Court Mall. Tickets are $16 in advance and can be purchased at Chick-fil-A, TCBY and Dinstuhl's. Tickets are $18 on the day of the event. Call 683-6185 for more information.

97. The British Are Coming ... And Going -

Kevin Bourke, a British journalist who covers film, music and theater for the Manchester Evening News, began a story he wrote in 2005 for the paper with the following question: Is Memphis the most significant music city in the world?

98. New Publication Showcases Younger, Hipper Content -     On Sunday, Minority Media USA LLC published the first copy of The Memphian, its free newspaper focusing on Memphis' black community.
    A tabloid , The Memphian will be published every Sunday and will

99. Majestic Grill Helps Animate Main Street -

Memphis' Main Street has a lot going for it. The Pinch District on North Main has history. The South Main Arts District is hosting the Vesta Home Show. And the block of Main from Union and Gayoso avenues, often referred to as the New Main area, also is seeing a flurry of development.

100. A Quiet Impact -

"Out of countless memories, invention selects a few that become the story of my life." - Aphorist Mason Cooley

Ask a few people who knew Dan W. Davis, and you'll receive memories that make up the story of his life.