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1. City Hall List Controversy Deepens With Questions About Police Surveillance -

The controversy deepened Monday, Feb. 20, over a list of 81 people – many who have participated in recent protests for different causes in the last year – who require a police escort while anywhere in City Hall.

2. Sedgwick Announces $34M Expansion, Will Create 150 New Jobs -

Sedgwick Claims Management has announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Memphis, which will result in the creation of 150 local jobs.

The expansion will consolidate Sedgwick’s headquarters into a single campus in Shelby County and locate research and development functions to that site, according to Ted Townsend, chief operating officer for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

3. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

4. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

5. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

6. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

7. The Week Ahead: February 20-26 -

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

8. Grant Begins New North Memphis Rebuilding Effort -

North Memphis was once a place where heavy manufacturing was across the street from residential development and mom-and-pop retail was just down the street.

It was a thriving, blue-collar area of Memphis with block clubs, union halls, grassroots politics, lumber yards and nightclubs.

9. Local Students Get Chance To Attend Memphis Open -

In celebration of the Memphis Open and its importance to the community, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has officially proclaimed the tournament week, Feb. 11-19, as Tennis Week in Memphis.

10. TBI Did Not Influence Garrison Resignation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Area Transit Authority board knew MATA president Ron Garrison had been charged with patronizing a prostitute before Garrison’s resignation last month for “health reasons.”

11. 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.”

12. The Week Ahead: February 13-19 -

Music is a common theme this week, which is nice to know, isn’t it, Memphis? And the sounds of other balls – not the dribbling kind – will take the stage again as the Memphis Open gets into swing and the University of Memphis throws its first real pitch of the 2017 season. Check out this week's list of need-to-know happenings...

13. THDA Offers Down Payment Assistance in Targeted ZIPs -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is offering $15,000 in down payment assistance to Great Choice-eligible homebuyers who buy a home in neighborhoods that were hit hard by the Great Recession and have been slow to recover.

14. Events -

Elmwood Cemetery will host its Love on the Rocks walking tour Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. starting at Elmwood Cottage at the cemetery, 824 S. Dudley St. This adults-only walking tour of the “romantically challenged” includes tragic (and humorous) tales of love gone wrong. Tickets are $20. Register at elmwoodcemetery.org.

15. Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

16. Last Word: Little Chairs in Longview, Police Pay Raise and Tiger Football Schedule -

The toys are in their cubbyholes. No stray Legos yet. The little chairs tucked neatly under little tables. The tall trees with their bare branches are much in need of little eyes inspecting their twisted branches and the shadows they make on the winter ground.

17. Palazzolo Urges Slower Phase-Out of Hall Tax, More Revenue for Local Governments -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo wants Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to take his foot off the gas pedal when it comes to phasing out the Hall tax on dividend and investment income. And in a Wednesday, Feb. 8, letter to Haslam, Palazzolo makes a case for local governments getting a greater share of Hall tax revenues as the income tax is phased out.

18. Union Billboard, Impasse Changes Precede Police Contract Talks -

The union representing Memphis Police officers and the city administration are just about ready to start negotiating a new contract.

The contract talks come with a lot of scenery – notably a new billboard on Poplar Avenue that is the latest in a series from the Memphis Police Association in recent years. But along with the contract negotiations, a proposal to change the city’s impasse procedure is on the horizon as well.

19. Strickland Says Budget Will Include Police Pay Raise -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will propose a pay raise for Memphis Police officers in his upcoming budget proposal.

20. Palazzolo Urges Governor to Keep Hall Tax Phase-Out at 5 Years -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo wants Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to take his foot off the gas pedal when it comes to phasing out the Hall state tax on dividend and investment income. And in a letter Wednesday, Feb. 8, to Haslam, Palazzolo makes a case for local governments getting a greater share of Hall tax revenues as the income tax is phased out.

21. 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.

22. Akbari Pushes to Cut Expungement Fees -

NASHVILLE – With an eye toward helping convicted felons clear their records for a fresh start, state Rep. Raumesh Akbari is sponsoring legislation to cut expungement fees dramatically.

The Memphis Democrat filed a bill in the General Assembly this session to reduce the fee to $180 from $350, though the full price for expungement is $450.

23. Last Word: Council Day, Strickland on Immigration and Super Bowl Ad Review -

Just when the Shelby County Commission seems to settle into a rhythm of short, concise meetings, along comes a relatively smallish grant for a free condom distribution program locally. And the commission chambers are packed.

24. Akbari Pushes to Cut Expungement Fees -

NASHVILLE – With an eye toward helping convicted felons clear their records for a fresh start, state Rep. Raumesh Akbari is sponsoring legislation to cut expungement fees dramatically.

25. THDA Offers Down Payment Assistance in Targeted ZIPs -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is offering $15,000 in down payment assistance to Great Choice-eligible homebuyers who buy a home in neighborhoods that were hit hard by the Great Recession and have been slow to recover.

26. 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.

27. City, THDA to Announce $60M Down Payment Assistance -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Tennessee Housing Development Agency director Ralph Perrey will announce a $60 million down payment assistance program Monday, Feb. 6, in Frayser.

28. Dean to Replace McGee As CEO of Nonprofit Alliance -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization, but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April.

29. 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.

30. Body Count -

A day at a time, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been writing the names of those who have been murdered in a notebook he keeps with him since he became mayor in January 2016.

When five people, two of them 15 years old, died violently the weekend that much of the world’s attention was on protest marches and the new administration in Washington, Strickland was getting updates on the latest surge in violence.

31. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas for Possible De-Annexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

32. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas For Possible Deannexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

33. McGee Retiring, Dean Named CEO of Nonprofit Alliance -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization, but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April.

34. Events -

2017 Mid-South Home Expressions Show, hosted by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, will be held Friday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. Visit with industry professionals, vendors and hands-on exhibitors showcasing the latest in home trends and products, plus meet Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters.” Hours are Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit midsouthhomeexpressions.com for ticket prices and details.

35. Strickland Says City Willing to Discuss De-Annexation of "Six to Seven" Areas -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his administration will recommend six to seven parts of the city that could possibly be de-annexed when a de-annexation task force meets Thursday, Feb. 2, at City Hall.

36. Nonprofit Alliance CEO Nancy McGee Retiring -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April of this year.

37. Nonprofit Alliance CEO Nancy McGee Retiring -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization but will remain with The Alliance as CEO emeritus through April of this year.

38. Powers Hill Selected For Design of Zoo Parking -

Powers Hill Design LLC will come up with plans for the expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park.

39. Dunbar Elementary Gets Reprieve, But Carnes Closing -

Dunbar Elementary School will remain open next August, while Carnes Elementary will close its doors forever at the end of the current school year.

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Jan. 31, to close Carnes after SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson withdrew his recommendation to close Dunbar.

40. Events -

IRIS Orchestra, in partnership with Memphis College of Art and Germantown Performing Arts Center, will present a student art show and sale Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road. The show will feature MCA students’ pieces inspired by IRIS’ February concert, “A River Runs Through It.” Dress is artistic; no RSVP required. Visit irisorchetra.org.

41. Hopson Says Violence Shows 'Desperation and a Lack of Hope' -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the school system to find a way to combat violence outside the borders of school campuses as well as within.

Hopson expressed concern Tuesday, Jan. 31, about violent crime in the city after a spike in January in which there were five homicides in one weekend across the city. Two of the five people who died were each 15-years old and both Shelby County Schools students.

42. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Janne Zaccagnino of Ralph Jones Home Plans will present “Landlords vs. Animals: What you need to know about current laws and renting to a service dog family.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

43. Local and State Reaction To Trump Immigration Executive Order -

Here is reaction from state and local leaders to federal court orders in four states over the weekend blocking an executive order signed by President Donald Trump Friday, Jan. 27, that restricts immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The original order applied to those with green cards and has since been changed to allow those with green cards.

44. Events -

The Blues Foundation’s 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. The annual international competition and showcase also features nightly jams, workshops, the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards ceremony and more. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule.

45. Garrison Exit From MATA Coincides With Push for More Public Funding -

When he first got to Memphis in the summer of 2014, Ron Garrison got asked the same question a lot – did he know how difficult the job leading the Memphis Area Transit Authority would be.

46. Former MATA CEO Garrison Charged in Human Trafficking Sting -

UPDATE: MATA released this second statement Friday afternoon:

On January 26, 2017, Ron Garrison formally notified MATA Board Chair Sean Healy that for health reasons he was resigning effective immediately.  His resignation was promptly accepted.  Earlier today the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that former MATA CEO Ron Garrison was arrested in conjunction with a Human Trafficking Sting operation here in Memphis.  While Mr. Garrison’s  criminal charges will be resolved by the courts, MATA does not condone Human Trafficking or any other violation of the law. 

47. Events -

The 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. The Blues Foundation’s annual international competition and showcase also features nightly jams, workshops, the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards ceremony and more. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule.

48. Garrison Resigns As Head of MATA -

Memphis Area Transit Authority president and general manager Ron Garrison has resigned the leadership of the city’s public transportation system, citing health reasons.

49. RDC’s Role Changes With New Riverfront Task Force -

The role of the Riverfront Development Corp., a nonprofit group raising private money and receiving a static amount of city funding that was a precursor to the county park conservancies of the last decade, changed this week.

50. Last Word: Connecting Downtown, Tranquil Treasure and Gas Tax Complexities -

Temple over the Tigers Wednesday in Philadelphia 77-66. East Carolina at the Forum is coming up Saturday. Grizz and Raptors at the Forum Wednesday evening and the Grizz win 101 – 99. The Grizz are on the road starting Friday against the Trail Blazers.

51. Snapshot: Breaking the Seal on Hotel Napoleon -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland cuts the ribbon at the formal opening of Hotel Napoleon at 179 Madison Ave. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The boutique hotel, which officially opened last fall, has 58 rooms and a variety of upscale amenities.

52. Memphis Mayor Creates Riverfront Task Force to Build Cohesion -

The city’s latest push for riverfront development is putting an emphasis on linking up recent changes on the riverfront like Beale Street Landing to Downtown’s core and filling in gaps between those attractions.

53. Last Word: The TVA Well Controversy, Fred Smith Redux and Norris On The Gas Tax -

The new Trader Joe’s in Germantown won’t be alone by the plans the supermarket chain got approved Tuesday night by the Germantown Design Review Commission. The conversion of the old Kroger store on Exeter includes seven other bays as Trader Joe’s goes for a smaller footprint than the size of the original building.

54. Strickland To Announce Riverfront Task Force -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will announce a mayoral task force Wednesday, Jan. 24, to “examine and develop a vision for the future of the Memphis riverfront,” according to Tuesday City Hall media advisory.

55. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

56. Last Word: The Grizz Farm Club Moves, Changing the NAACP and $15 An Hour -

How many of you knew the Iowa Energy was what amounts to a minor league team connected to the Grizz? How many of you knew that before Wade Baldwin and Troy Williams got sent there last month?

57. Strickland Reacts To Weekend Homicides -

A rash of fatal shootings over the weekend prompted Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to call out those involved in the violence.

58. Deannexation Group Gets Dollar Figures on Leaving Memphis -

If South Cordova, Windyke and Southwind leave Memphis, the city should get to keep sales tax and property tax revenue generated by commercial properties in those three recently annexed areas.

That, says Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, is the deal to be had in ongoing deannexation discussions.

59. City Begins Forums On Youth Violence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration begin a set of four meetings Saturday, Jan. 21, to address the problem of young violence.

The sessions, which will include elected and religious leaders, are billed as a “citywide peace forum” by the city’s Office of Youth Services.

60. Events -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services will hold the first event in the “Hear Me Out” Youth Forum Series Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Greater New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 250 E. Raines Road. The series allows youths ages 14-21 the opportunity to share concerns and offer solutions to issues they’ve faced or observed to a panel of city leaders. Others forums will be held Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at different locations. Registration required; visit cityofmemphisyouth.org.

61. Sports Bind City -

Maybe it is your spouse’s Christmas party. Or a local business conference and no one else from your company is attending. When you give the room the once-over, it’s full of unfamiliar faces.

62. City Begins Forums On Youth Violence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration begin a set of four meetings Saturday, Jan. 21, to address the problem of young violence.

63. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Rock of Ages” Friday, Jan. 20, through Feb. 12 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services will hold the first event in the “Hear Me Out” Youth Forum Series Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Greater New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 250 E. Raines Road. The series allows youths ages 14-21 the opportunity to share concerns and offer solutions to issues they’ve faced or observed to a panel of city leaders. Others forums will be held Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at different locations. Registration required; visit cityofmemphisyouth.org.

64. Last Word: Haslam's Call, Redbirds Change Branding and Economists on Trump -

Wizards over Grizz in pre inaugural D.C. Wednesday evening 104-101. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Cong. Steve Cohen in a number of Facebook and Twitter posts at the game. The Grizz return home Friday to play the Kings. Meanwhile, the Tigers in Houston Thursday to play the Cougars.

65. St. Jude Expansion Looks East of Campus -

The city’s plan for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital isn’t the only reason the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district.

66. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

67. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

68. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

69. Memphis Awards $55K In Crime-Fighting Grants -

Most of the 23 neighborhood groups getting city grants totaling $55,000 want them for some form of surveillance cameras in their neighborhoods.

The grants announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings Monday, Jan. 9, are administered by Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch and funded by the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund. The fund was created from revenues generated by the city’s red light cameras.

70. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

71. Strickland: Core Services Strategy Sustaining Momentum -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his core services or “brilliant at the basics” strategy is working a year into his four-year term of office. But he told the Memphis Kiwanis Club Wednesday, Jan. 11, that the strategy will take some time and patience toward what he termed a “renaissance.”

72. Memphis Awards $55K In Crime-Fighting Grants -

Most of the 23 neighborhood groups getting city grants totaling $55,000 want them for some form of surveillance cameras in their neighborhoods.

The grants announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings Monday, Jan. 9, are administered by Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch and funded by the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund. The fund was created from revenues generated by the city’s red light cameras.

73. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

74. More Than One Convention Center Hotel Proposal -

There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

75. Convention Center Hotel Plan Hinges on Financing -

For years the Memphis convention and tourism industry has known which comes first in the chicken-and-egg argument about drawing more convention business. More hotel rooms with meeting space take top priority in an environment where there is just enough political will for a $60 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center but not enough to build and finance a new convention center.

76. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

77. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

78. Overton Parking Committee To Meet Thursday -

The committee working out the exact design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park meets Thursday, Jan. 5, at City Hall.

The meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room is the first of the year for the group formed in 2016 as part of the compromise between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

79. Crime Issue Shows Complexity After Record Homicide Tally -

When the subject is crime in Memphis, it never stays in one place for very long. Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s conclusion that the city’s problem with violent crime is a black problem drew criticism Tuesday, Jan. 3, from Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove.

80. Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives -

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the DMC’s marketing strategy; driving activities to enhance the image of Downtown and public awareness of its growth and value to the region; and lead initiatives to position Downtown as a center for culture, tourism, business and entertainment. 

81. Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot -

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

82. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

83. Strickland, Herenton Seek Larger, More Focused Volunteerism Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton pointed to a better coordinated form of volunteerism in 2017 at Strickland’s first annual New Year’s Prayer Breakfast.

84. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

85. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

86. Memphis Bridge Protest Underscores 2016 National Narrative on Race, Police -

It was a year to the month since Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill. Stewart’s death in July 2015 and a subsequent decision by a Shelby County grand jury that Schilling would face no state criminal charges was still an issue in Memphis. This past July, it became the local face of a resumed national narrative.

87. Arrests, Metal Barriers, Lawsuits All Played Role in Greensward Parking Compromise -

Spring at City Hall is budget season and it can be stormy for a new mayor, not to mention a city council with six new members. But that wasn’t the case in 2016.

The real spring political storm was the Overton Park Greensward – specifically overflow parking from the Memphis Zoo on the greenspace south of the zoo.

88. Awards Recognize Highest Ideals of Public Service -

Public service is a worthy legacy, and one that the Rotary Club of Memphis East wants to recognize and encourage in the next generation.

The annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards recognize one elected official and one non-elected public employee who have exemplified the virtues of former Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant, for whom the award is named.

89. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Memories, Talk About Violence and The Year In Ed & Med -

Grizz fall to the Celtics in Boston Tuesday 113-103. With Mike Conley and five other starters out. Away from triple digits, it is SMU over the Tigers at the Forum Tuesday 58-54.

90. Kelsey Proposes $50M Sales Tax Shift to Memphis -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Memphis is proposing a shift in state sales tax revenue that could mean at least $50 million in additional sales tax revenue for the city of Memphis.

91. Memphis Adopts Version of Ceasefire -

A gun and gang violence program pioneered in Boston 20 years ago is coming to Memphis in the wake of a record year for homicides.

What is known nationally as Operation Ceasefire will be called the “Group Violence Initiative” in Memphis, said Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

92. Last Word: Pro-Memphis On Different Terms, Trump's Pledge and Phil Gagliano -

Be honest. How many of you are even at work Friday? And if you are, how many of you know there are cookies or egg nog in the break room? "He sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake."

93. Memphis Shelter’s New Vet Comes From Front Lines -

The new veterinary medical director of Memphis Animal Services has taken in a lot of abused animals, working on some of the worst cases of animal abuse in recent years.

Dr. Mary Manspeaker, who came to the shelter about two months ago, admits the post is different.

94. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

95. Kelsey Proposes $50M Sales Tax Shift to Memphis -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Memphis is proposing a shift in state sales tax revenue that could mean at least $50 million in additional sales tax revenue for the city of Memphis.

96. City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns -

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

97. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

98. City’s Momentum Charts Different Course, Method -

Nike community relations director Willie Gregory came to The Peabody hotel Wednesday, Dec. 7, to roll out the new MemphisWorks app for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, which he chairs.

99. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ashton Lee, author of “Queen of the Cookbooks,” for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

100. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.