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1. AutoZone Liberty Bowl To Honor Priscilla Presley -

The annual Distinguished Citizen Award given out by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will this year go to Priscilla Presley in ceremonies on Sunday, June 24.

Presley, who is an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as an actress, author and producer, also was a driving force behind opening Graceland to the public.

2. Council Moves Closer To De-Annexations -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 10, on the second of three readings ordinances for the de-annexation of part of Eads and an uninhabited area of the southwest Memphis flood plain.

3. Memphis Site of One of Golf’s Greatest Events -

The hugs, the handshakes, the slaps on the back, the big smiles and loud, lengthy applause. All things normally saved in the golf world for that moment when a 75-foot eagle putt settles in the bottom of the hole.

4. Council Moves Closer To De-Annexations -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 10, on the second of three readings ordinances for the de-annexation of part of Eads and an uninhabited area of the southwest Memphis flood plain.

5. City Council Grants Historic Overlay Status to Cooper-Young -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, April 10, to a historical overlay district for Cooper-Young – the first historic district status granted by the city in 20 years.

But the 7-3 vote on third and final reading likely isn’t the end of the discussion about how decisions will be made by the local Landmarks Commission enforcing terms of the overlay that govern what can and cannot be built there or who it can be changed.

6. AutoZone Liberty Bowl To Honor Priscilla Presley -

The annual Distinguished Citizen Award given out by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will this year go to Priscilla Presley in ceremonies on Sunday, June 24.

Presley, who is an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as an actress, author and producer, also was a driving force behind opening Graceland to the public.

7. Editorial: Universal Life a Blueprint For Building Black Wealth -

While many of us were thinking about and remembering the turbulent events of 1968, this week brought another significant nod to the past with a commitment to the future.

The Universal Life Insurance Co. building isn’t a Pyramid, though its architecture has an Egyptian theme. It’s not the tallest building in the city, but then again, the tallest building in the city is boarded up these days.

8. MLK50 Observances Come With Appeals, Memories -

The way National Civil Rights Museum president Terri Lee Freeman described it as the MLK50 commemorations began this week, the church bells would cascade when they rang Wednesday, April 4, starting at 6:01 p.m. – the moment Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot 50 years ago.

9. Last Word: MLK50s Big Day, Hotel Changes and Murica on Capitol Hill -

The peak of the MLK50 events came Wednesday with a chill but some sunshine and lots to consider. Understand -- this isn’t over. There are still a few more events to go through the weekend and even into next week. If nothing else, a lot more Memphians and visitors got a good look at most of South Main in the best way possible – on foot. And if the Beale Street District ever expands east to Danny Thomas, the intersection there makes a really good place for a party.

10. Universal Life Insurance Building Reopens With New Hope for Black Economic Growth -

There is still some build-out to be done on the Universal Life Insurance building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and other dignitaries cut the ribbon Tuesday, April 3, on the formal reopening on the 1920s Egyptian-themed landmark in black business enterprise.

11. Anniversary of King's Assassination Marked With Marches, Rallies -

Several thousand people marching under the banners of unions and civil rights organizations marched peacefully Wednesday, April 4, from the headquarters of the American Federal of State County and Municipal Employees at Beale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard to Mason Temple Church of God in Christ.

12. Last Word: Holder in Memphis for MLK 50, EDGE Sets a Date and South City Moves -

The week of MLK50 commemorations began Monday with a speech by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the arrival Monday afternoon of Rev. Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meanwhile, Monday's day of free admission to the museum, underwritten by FedEx drew a long line. It also drew some remote trepidation that tends to make the situation seem worse than it is once you actually go there for yourself.

13. Heritage Trail Loops Open Amidst MLK50 Preparations -

As city crews were moving the Mountaintop sculpture into place at the new MLK Reflection Park and the nearby I Am A Man Plaza was getting one last patch of cement Friday, March 30, a tour bus came through as preparations were being made for the city’s MLK50 observances.

14. Council to Discuss City Pre-K Funding Proposal -

Memphis City Council members have their first discussion Tuesday, March 20, on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland ’s proposal to provide $6 million in city funding to expand prekindergarten programs by 2020.

15. St. Jude Raises $108 Million Through Holiday Campaign -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital raised more than $108 million during the 14th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving holiday fundraising drive, the hospital reported Monday, March 12.

Throughout the holidays, shoppers donated at more than 70 corporate partners representing a cross-section of industries. New partners, including Joann, Peeks and HomeSense, joined returning campaign partners Best Buy, Kay Jewelers, Domino’s, Kmart, HomeGoods, Ann Inc., Chili’s Grill & Bar, AutoZone, New York and Co., Williams-Sonoma Inc. and others.

16. Dedication Of Plaza Among King Observances -

The city will formally dedicate a plaza in honor of the 1968 striking sanitation workers at an April 5 ceremony, one of numerous events surrounding the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

17. St. Jude Raises $108 Million Through Holiday Campaign -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital raised more than $108 million during the 14th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving holiday fundraising drive, the hospital reported Monday, March 12.

Throughout the holidays, shoppers donated at more than 70 corporate partners representing a cross-section of industries. New partners, including Joann, Peeks and HomeSense, joined returning campaign partners Best Buy, Kay Jewelers, Domino’s, Kmart, HomeGoods, Ann Inc., Chili’s Grill & Bar, AutoZone, New York and Co., Williams-Sonoma Inc. and others.

18. Council OKs Financing For Convention Center Work -

Memphis City Council members approved $175 million in general obligation bond financing Tuesday, March 6, for the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The dollar figure matches the total estimate of the renovation, which will include significant changes to the interior of the early 1970s facility and exterior changes that include a view of the Mississippi River.

19. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

20. Council OKs Financing For Convention Center Work -

Memphis City Council members approved $175 million in general obligation bond financing Tuesday, March 6, for the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The dollar figure matches the total estimate of the renovation, which will include significant changes to the interior of the early 1970s facility and exterior changes that include a view of the Mississippi River.

21. City Council Continues to Dabble In Art Issues -

Memphis City Council members were told Tuesday, March 6, that removing a mural from a private business front on Lamar Avenue will be difficult despite a council call to do so.

The zombie-like mural by the artist Dustin Spagnola has drawn most of the ire of council members for several months. Some have called it “satanic.” Others on the council argue the imagery isn’t respectful of the surrounding community.

22. Council to Discuss Murals and Food Deserts, Vote on Convention Center Funding -

Memphis City Council members talk about incentives to bring grocery stores to underserved areas of the city during Tuesday, March 6, committee sessions and review a resolution that would direct the city to again paint over “offensive and objectionable” murals.

23. Heir on the Side of Caution -

The closest and best parcel of land for a second convention center hotel in Downtown Memphis is the Mud Island parking garage. It’s a block away from the Memphis Cook Convention Center and is the first site that came up when a Denver developer approached the city last year about possibly building such a hotel.

24. LEO Events Preparing For New Headquarters -

LEO Events has filled a building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to begin work on its new Medical District headquarters.

The $1.7 million tenant buildout application lists Metro Construction as the general contractor.

25. Fire Station Shuffle Outlined for City Council -

Memphis City Council members heard plans in Tuesday, Feb. 20, committee sessions from Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat to close the city fire station on the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Front Street and build a new station on the northeast corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Adams Avenue.

26. CRE Owners Look To Reap Rewards Of New Tax Cuts -

The start of the year enjoyed a flurry of commercial real estate sales and building permits, on the heels of federal tax cuts passed late last year that are expected to benefit CRE owners and possibly impact the number of new projects and sales announced this year.

27. Fire Station Shuffle Outlined for City Council -

Memphis City Council members heard plans in Tuesday, Feb. 20, committee sessions from Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat to close the city fire station on the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Front Street and build a new station on the northeast corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Adams Avenue.

28. Election Methods and Murals Dominate Light Council Day -

Memphis City Council members doubled down Tuesday, Feb. 20, on calling for a cover-up of six murals near Lamar Avenue. And the council’s attorney said ranked-choice or instant-runoff voting isn’t needed in Memphis.

29. Last Word: Patio Test, St. Jude's Edge and Bredesen Runs For the Center -

All across the city Monday afternoon into the evening, the city was tested just about a month away from spring by the calendar. And I am happy to report that the dry run for the patio season proved Memphis is vigilant and prepared. The test, in extreme temperatures that reached 77 degrees – breaking the record of 76 degrees set in 1986, prompted some of you to break out the running gear and give it a spin just before the early sunset. Others among you were spotted on patios pondering what ever became of Mr. Mister and Glass Tiger.

30. St. Jude to Build $412M Research Center -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is breaking ground this spring on a $412 million, 625,000-square-foot advanced research center, a major piece of the hospital’s ongoing $1 billion capital expansion at its Downtown campus.

31. St. Jude Announces $412 Million Advanced Research Center -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is breaking ground this spring at its Downtown campus on a $412 million, 625,000 square foot advanced research center, a major piece of the hospital’s ongoing $1 billion capital expansion.

32. Homeless Work Program Increases Scope, Pay -

Work Local, a Downtown-centric program providing work opportunities for homeless Memphians is expanding its scope using additional funding from the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

33. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

34. Work Program for Homeless Increases Scope, Worker Pay -

Work Local, a Downtown-centric program providing work opportunities for homeless Memphians is expanding its scope using additional funding from the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

35. Downtown Office Tower Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette's to Expand -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

36. Downtown Office Tower Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette's to Expand -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

37. 100 North Main Building Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette’s Expanding -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

38. Lender Reclaims City’s Tallest Building, Lafayette’s Expanding -

100 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103 - THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC effectively bought the 100 North Main Building, a 37-story office tower, at a foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps after the property failed to receive any bids. A substitute trustee’s deed for the $1 million transaction was recorded with the Register’s Office Thursday, Jan. 11.

39. TVESCO Building Sells for $800,000 -

The former TVESCO building, a 40,000-square-foot office/warehouse building located at 296 Adams Ave., has sold for $800,000.

40. Last Word: Second Snow Day, The Post-King Generation and Cohen's Cadillac -

A second snow day awaits Wednesday on this short week for many but not all of us. And there is some grumbling about the approach to treating roads off the main thoroughfares that may, in this city where a cut-through detour is a real thing and the reason for speed humps, still see a lot of traffic.

41. TVESCO Building Sells for $800,000 -

The former TVESCO building, a 40,000-square-foot office/warehouse located at 296 Adams Ave., has sold for $800,000.

42. Heritage Trail Historic Effort Get $45K Federal Grant -

The National Park Service has approved a $45,000 federal grant to the city of Memphis for the continued development of the Memphis Heritage Trail area.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced the grant Thursday, Dec. 28.

43. We’re Original. Act Like It -

IF YOU’RE COPYING, IT’S NOT YOURS. My church has an impressive mosaic of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” over the altar – the one a friend says should be called, “Everybody get on the same side of the table so I can take this picture.” True to the original in every detail, the mosaic is even more impressive when you realize it involves more than 40,000 individual pieces. It’s beautiful.

44. November 24-30, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays rules the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County have to stop their movement toward suburban school districts, voiding the moves they already had made, including school board elections. The six suburbs will soon restart the efforts with the formal work toward building the school systems from the ground up starting in January 2014 toward an opening of all six of the districts eight months later.

45. Last Word: Pinnacle's Drive-Through, Back to Work On Beale and Tea Time -

The Grizz lose 103-94 in Dallas Wednesday to the Mavericks. The Mavericks are here Thursday. And Thursday is also the day the two minority owners of the Grizz can begin a process to possibly buy the team from Robert Pera. ESPN outlines an unusual process that if it comes into play could take a while to sort out.

46. Arlington Alderman and School Board Early Vote Opens Friday -

Early voting opens Friday, Sept. 1, in the only scheduled election of 2017 in Shelby County – Arlington municipal elections.

Four of the six seats on the city’s board of aldermen and three seats on the five-member Arlington school board are on the ballot.

47. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee -

Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.

48. South City Redevelopment Activity Heating Up -

The up-and-coming South City neighborhood is enjoying a resurgence of redevelopment activity lately, with the restoration of several historic properties, new multifamily construction and talk of bringing in a grocery store. The city and the Downtown Memphis Commission have been instrumental in the renewed interest, with noteworthy projects including the Clayborn Temple, the Universal Life Building and the demolition of Foote Homes.

49. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, 266 Lofts in Downtown Memphis begins its second phase, Peak Capital closes on a massive Cordova apartment complex, and a Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym purchases land in East Memphis.

50. St. Jude Files $2.3M Building Permit -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has filed a $2.3 million building permit application with construction enforcement officials for interior renovations at 595 Danny Thomas Place.

51. South City Redevelopment Heats Up With Renovations, New Construction -

The up-and-coming South City neighborhood is enjoying a resurgence of redevelopment activity lately, with the restoration of several historic properties, new multifamily construction and talk of bringing in a grocery store. The city and the Downtown Memphis Commission have been instrumental in the renewed interest, with noteworthy projects including the Clayborn Temple, the Universal Life Building and the demolition of Foote Homes.

52. St. Jude Files $2.3M Building Permit -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has filed a $2.3 million building permit application with construction enforcement officials for interior renovations at 595 Danny Thomas Place.

53. City Council Approves Beale Hotel, Parking -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 8, plans for a five-story, 101-room hotel and a five-level 103-space parking deck in the block of Beale Street between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard. Original plans called for a six-story hotel building, but that was later changed.

54. City Council Approves Beale Hotel, Parking -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 8, plans for a five-story, 101-room hotel and a five-level 103-space parking deck in the block of Beale Street between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard. Original plans called for a six-story hotel building, but that was later changed.

55. Council Approves 5-Year Pact with University for Liberty Bowl Lease -

Just in time for an Aug. 31 football season opener, the University of Memphis has a new five year contract with the city of Memphis for the use of the Liberty Bowl and surrounding Fairgrounds area.

56. St. Jude Continuing With Expansion Plans -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has filed for a $2.6 million building permit application for interior renovations on its 545 Danny Thomas Blvd. facility.

57. St. Jude Continuing With Expansion Plans -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has filed for a $2.6 million building permit application for interior renovations on its 545 Danny Thomas Blvd. facility.

58. Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant -

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

A group of investors spearheaded by Chisca Hotel Developers – Development Services Group – has submitted a $73 million plan to create 286 upscale multifamily units, a 480-space parking garage and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space.

59. UrbanArt Commission Will See Tighter City Guidelines -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd put his move to abolish the UrbanArt Commission on hold Tuesday, July 25, in favor of tighter oversight of the UAC’s public art program, which totals 1 percent of city expenditures on capital projects.

60. UrbanArt Commission to See Tighter City Guidelines -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd put his move to abolish the UrbanArt Commission on hold Tuesday, July 25, in favor of tighter oversight of the UAC’s public art program, which totals 1 percent of city expenditures on capital projects.

61. Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse -

198 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Memphis, TN 38103

Tenant: Memphis Music Initiative

62. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

63. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

64. Last Word: Closing the Door, Midtown Rents and Red West's Many Roles -

It didn’t take the Shelby County Commission very long Wednesday to close the door on its budget season – about 20 minutes in the day’s special meeting to approve a county property tax rate of $4.11 on third and final reading. That’s not a quick up or down vote. And it took just a bit longer because there is still some discussion about whether this was a reduction in the tax rate or a tax cut in the sense that a homeowner in Shelby County would understand the term.

65. Council Delays Discussion About Future of DMC, RDC -

Memphis City Council members put off a discussion Tuesday, July 11, on a call to look at restructuring or abolishing the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Riverfront Development Corp.

66. Council Delays Discussion About Future of DMC, RDC -

Memphis City Council members put off a discussion Tuesday, July 11, on a call to look at restructuring or abolishing the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Riverfront Development Corp.

67. Bowl Names Tim McCarver Distinguished Citizen -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl honored former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver on Sunday, June 26, with its Distinguished Citizen Award at a dinner that benefitted St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

68. Tim McCarver Receives Distinguished Citizen Award -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl honored former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver on Sunday, June 26, with its Distinguished Citizen Award in a dinner at the Hilton Memphis hotel. All proceeds from the dinner benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

69. Pardue, Benjamin Claim Seats at Arlington Filing Deadline -

One of the four races for alderman in Arlington this September was decided at the Thursday, June 15, noon deadline for candidates to file, as was one of the three school board races.

The two sets of races in Arlington are the only regularly scheduled elections of an otherwise off-election year in Shelby County that has come to include two special elections elsewhere in the county.

70. Pardue, Benjamin Claim Seats at Arlington Filing Deadline -

One of the four races for alderman in Arlington this September was decided at the Thursday, June 15, noon deadline for candidates to file, as was one of the three school board races.

The two sets of races in Arlington are the only regularly scheduled elections of an otherwise off-election year in Shelby County that has come to include two special elections elsewhere in the county.

71. For St. Jude and Golf Fans, FedEx St. Jude Classic is Thriving -

Perspective can be too easy of a word. It can get thrown around casually, especially in big-time sports settings. But at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, “perspective” isn’t just a clichéd line for a moment in time.

72. Tubby Smith, Barrett Jones, Former MLB All-Stars Joined FESJC Pro-Am June 5 -

The 60th FedEx St. Jude Classic teed off on Monday, June 5, with the Danny Thomas Pro-Am at TPC Southwind.

It is the continuation of a tradition. Back in 1960, the Memphis Open Golf Tournament presented Thomas with a check for $600. It was seed money that went toward the opening of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

73. June 2-8, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: Memphis Police officer Verdell Smith is killed in the line of duty when the suspect in three Downtown shootings runs over him at Beale Street and B.B. King Boulevard. The incident begins when Justin Welch allegedly shoots two people sitting at a picnic table outside Westy’s near The Pyramid, then walks across the street and shoots a Bass Pro Shops employee in the Pyramid parking lot.
Police scramble to apprehend Welch and find him driving a stolen car the wrong way on B.B. King toward Beale. As Smith and other officers try to clear pedestrians from the intersection, Welch hits the 18-year Memphis Police veteran with the car. Two of the three people shot are critically injured; Welch is treated for minor injuries.

74. Long-Awaited Demolition at Foote Homes Begins -

Foote Homes, the last large public housing project in Memphis, began coming down Tuesday, May 30, with a formal ceremony marking the start of demolition toward the broader South City redevelopment.

75. Medical District Apartments Sell for $5.2 Million -

A medical district apartment switches hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, a Downtown developer plans an apartment complex near FedExForum, and a California investor buys a local industrial portfolio. Details in this week’s Real Estate Recap...

76. Council Sets Stage for City Employee Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.

77. Council Sets Stage for Raise, Keeps Railgarten and Cuts Beale Cover -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across the board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.

78. Downtown Apartment Developer Seeks $18M in Permits -

Elmington Capital Group is ready to continue its spree of Downtown multifamily development.

The Nashville-based company, doing business as ECG Forum GP LLC, is seeking four building permits totaling $18.2 million to construct apartments southeast of FedExForum.

79. Shadyac Earns Prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor -

Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, received the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on Saturday, May 13, at New York’s Ellis Island.

80. ALSAC's Shadyac Earns Ellis Island Medal of Honor -

Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, received the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on Saturday, May 13, at New York’s Ellis Island.

81. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

82. Editorial: Beyond the Experience Of Memphis in May -

At about the 40-year mark, the Memphis in May International Festival has seen some changes. And there should be more to come.

You could argue the first Memphis in May was a few years earlier with the 1974 opening of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

83. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

84. Council Hears Railgarten Dispute in 2 Weeks, Appoints Impasse Panels -

Memphis City Council members will hold an evidentiary hearing in two weeks to sort out a Midtown restaurant-bar that ran afoul of the approvals needed to open with annexes including intermodal containers and an outdoor area.

85. This Week in Memphis History: May 5-11 -

1990: Milli Vanilli at the Mid-South Coliseum. Months before the Memphis show, the duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus had won a Grammy Award as the Best New Artist, and in a Time magazine interview, Pilatus had referred to himself as “the new Elvis.”
The previous December one of the three actual singers on the hit record had said publicly that neither Morvan nor Pilatus sang a note. By November, Milli Vanilli’s producer admitted the duo didn’t sing on the record; their Grammy was taken back by the National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences four days later.

86. Forum to Riverfront Corridor Debuts In June -

The area between FedExForum and the Mississippi River is getting a network of protected bike lanes and pedestrian plazas next month as part of a year-long pilot project.

The Great Streets Pilot Project has a one-year trial period for the commissioned art, painted crosswalks, barriers and planters as well as the lane changes.

87. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

88. Plans for Beale Street Boutique Hotel Emerge -

A new boutique-style hotel may be coming to Beale Street in the near future.

Amit Patel and Kamlesh Patel with KNM Development want to turn three vacant parcels of land between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard into a Vib by Best Western, according to a special permit application recently filed with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

89. Plans for Beale Street Boutique Hotel Emerge -

A new boutique-style hotel may be coming to Beale Street in the near future.

Amit Patel and Kamlesh Patel with KNM Development want to turn three vacant parcels of land between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard into a Vib by Best Western, according to a special permit application recently filed with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

90. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

91. Plans Emerge for New Beale Street Hotel -

A new boutique-style hotel may be coming to Beale Street in the near future.

Amit Patel and Kamlesh Patel with KNM Development want to turn three vacant parcels of land between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard into a Vib by Best Western, according to a special permit application recently filed with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

92. St. Jude Dedicates Research Tower After Pioneer Dr. Donald Pinkel -

In honor of his groundbreaking work to fight and cure childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held a dedication ceremony on Friday, March 17, to rename its principal research tower for Dr. Donald Pinkel, the hospital’s first director and chief executive officer.

93. Last Word: Voucher Movement, The Battle of Pontotoc and Ch-Chandler Numbers -

Republican state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown had a very good week in the state capitol this week. His school voucher bill got unanimous votes in House and Senate committee this week despite a tide of opposition from local elected officials and leaders including fellow legislators in the Shelby County delegation and all seven public school districts in Shelby County including the six suburban school systems.

94. Land Use Control Board Nixes Downtown Street Closure -

A developer’s plan to close a Downtown street was shot down by the Land Use Control Board on Thursday, March 9.

The applicant, ECG Acquisitions, wanted to close and vacate a portion of Pontotoc Avenue between Turley Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard to create a cohesive multifamily development that spans five parcels north and south of Pontotoc.

95. Secrets to Passionate Leadership -

Some leaders have charisma, that ability to engage others. They reach out and touch your heart and soul. Others are quiet with a passion that reveals itself more slowly but is equally compelling. These leaders know what they are talking about, and they know how to connect with people.

96. Last Word: Bell at the Grammys, Old Dominick's Return and Luttrell & Strickland -

Memphis at the Grammys: William Bell was performer, presenter and winner at the Grammys Sunday evening. Gary Clark Jr. joined Bell to perform Bell’s calling card, “Born Under A Bad Sign” and the duo then presented a Grammy to Beyonce. In the non-televised Grammy awards, Bell won for Best Americana album for his Stax effort “This Is Where I Live.”

97. Midtown Market Developers Scale Back Plans -

The proposed Midtown Market mixed-use development at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard has changed as its developers continue to seek financing and adjust more than a year after they unveiled the ambitious but tentative plan.

98. Strickland Studies Options in Face of Immigration Travel Ban Order -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been getting a crash course in immigration policies – federal and local – in the last week.

99. Brooks' and Yearwood's Memphis Stand Highlights Changes -

Garth Brooks keeps score. Be it house records at places he’s played in his long career, to who has the high point on his current tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

So when their current tour came through Memphis last week for four shows over three days at FedExForum, Brooks was quick to note that the first show only had advance sales that filled about half of the 20,000 seat arena.

100. Last Word: De-Annexation Theories, Clash on School Vouchers and Garth & Trisha -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration come up with some surprises in de-annexation recommendations to the city task force on the issue. The three most recently annexed areas of Memphis were considered likely to be in the recommendations. Although the indication last year was that this would take a lot of discussion before someone actually wrote that on a Power Point presentation at City Hall. Not only did Strickland do that – he also included four other areas.