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1. Haslam: Memphis Has Not Been Ignored During His Administration -

On the heels of gubernatorial candidates courting Memphis and calling for increased state involvement, Gov. Bill Haslam is defending his record, saying the Bluff City hasn’t been overlooked on his watch.

2. Haslam: Memphis Has Not Been Ignored During His Administration -

State

Haslam: Memphis Has Not Been Ignored During His Administration

Special to The Daily News

On the heels of gubernatorial candidates courting Memphis and calling for increased state involvement, Gov. Bill Haslam is defending his record, saying the Bluff City hasn’t been overlooked on his watch.

3. Construction on Concourse B At Memphis International Underway -

Memphis International Airport officials launched a $245 million modernization of Concourse B Wednesday, Sept. 12, by shoveling ceremonial dirt in a soon-to-be-demolished section between gates B1 and B2.

4. In a Name, Piggly Wiggly Retains ‘First’ Moniker -

Piggly Wiggly’s ceremonial grand opening was Sept. 6, 1916, but the real, construction-delayed opening did not happen until 102 years ago today, Sept. 11, for the nation’s first supermarket.

5. City Panel Debates Whether to Tweak or Toss EDGE -

A seven-member city group looking at the effectiveness of EDGE – the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine – has a decision to make.

Do they recommend tweaking the body that grants tax abatement incentives or do they take the city out of the EDGE and create a city Industrial Development Board?

6. Memphis in May Adds Four to Festival Board -

Memphis in May International Festival is adding four members to its board of directors for the 2019 festival.

They are Dow McVean, principal of McVean Trading and Investments; Al Gossett, president and CEO of Gossett Motor Cars; Ron Cohen, territory account manager for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Pat Kerr Tigrett, chairwoman, president and CEO of Pat Kerr Inc. and a past Memphis in May board member.

7. Hollywood Feed Acquires Atlanta Pet Store Chain -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed expanded to more than 80 stores in 11 states with the recent purchase of Rucker Pet’s four Atlanta-area stores.

The transaction gives Hollywood Feed 16 stores in greater Atlanta in less than two years, with eight new stores under development.

8. Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum Helping Local MWBEs Connect, Grow -

For local minority- and women-owned business owners like Will Graham, becoming a member of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBCC) has been a critical piece of her company’s growth. She joined the MMBCC to help connect her medical device special processing business with local medical device manufacturers, suppliers and other medical professionals.

9. Hollywood Feed Acquires Atlanta Pet Store Chain -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed expanded to more than 80 stores in 11 states with the recent purchase of Rucker Pet’s four Atlanta-area stores.

The transaction gives Hollywood Feed 16 stores in greater Atlanta in less than two years, with eight new stores under development.

10. Microsoft Executives Host ‘Fireside Chat’ on Tech Careers -

The local workforce readiness effort often has focused on manufacturing, logistics and maintenance jobs that require certification to operate equipment or two-year associate degrees that can lead directly to the workplace.

11. Memphis in May Adds Four to Festival Board -

Memphis in May International Festival is adding four members to its board of directors for the 2019 festival.

They are Dow McVean, principal of McVean Trading and Investments; Al Gossett, president and CEO of Gossett Motor Cars; Ron Cohen, territory account manager for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Pat Kerr Tigrett, chairwoman, president and CEO of Pat Kerr Inc. and a past Memphis in May board member.

12. Paying it Forward -

The idea started with a birthday party. Many years later, the Annie Ervin Willis Scholarship Fund is providing help to a graduating senior that lives or attends school in one of the ZIP codes where Willis attended school and church.

13. Last Word: Firestone Developments, Commission's Busy Day and Main and Beale -

The Firestone plant site in North Memphis is one of nine across the city the Greater Memphis Chamber is seeking grant funding for as the chamber starts to role out an economic development policy shift on its part. Here is what it means on several levels as well as the eight other sites in the Memphis area that are on the grant applications.

14. Chamber Seeks Site Improvement Grants for 9 Sites Including Firestone -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has applied for state improvement grants for nine economic development sites in Memphis as the first step in a “Sites and Buildings Plan.”

The list of Memphis sites includes the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant site in North Memphis, which is one of eight applying via the chamber to be part of the Tennessee Site Evaluation Program.

15. Ernest Strickland Has Been on City’s Front Line -

Some people grow up waiting for the chance to get out of their hometown. Others, like Ernest Strickland, senior vice president of workforce development for the Greater Memphis Chamber, view staying put as an opportunity to make a difference.

16. Memphis Speculative Industrial Building Will Be First in a Decade -

An Atlanta-based real estate development and acquisition company next month plans to start building Memphis’ first speculative industrial space in more than decade, the company announced Wednesday.

17. Economic Development Experts Set Sights On Memphis -

Site selectors from across the country spent time in Memphis this week as local economic development teams touted the area’s available land, industrial and office space for potential companies.

18. Strickland Open to Talks About Idea of City-Only Industrial Development Board -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says he is open to discussing the idea of a city-only Industrial Development Board along with other ideas to be explored by a study group approved by the Memphis City Council last week.

19. ServiceMaster Lends Helping Hand with Annual We Care Day -

For ServiceMaster employee Betsy Vincent, there’s a special emotion associated with giving back to her local community. Vincent and nearly 700 other local ServiceMaster employees spent Friday assisting 22 local organizations with projects like neighborhood beautification efforts, delivering/preparing school supplies and food along with working with patients and disadvantaged children.

20. County Commission Considers Changes To EDGE Near Term's End -

With only one more regularly scheduled meeting left in their four-year term of office, Shelby County commissioners are considering some changes to the joint city-county Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE.

21. Last Word: Tunica Makes Book, The McCalla Ruling and Bush's Exit as Defender -

Monday may be the biggest day in Tunica since the dawn of riverfront casinos in the early 1990s. Sports betting opens Monday morning in Tunica with Mississippi officialdom on hand at Horseshoe Tunica along with NFL and Tigers football star DeAngelo Williams who will be among those making the ceremonial first bets at The Book at Horseshoe Tunica.

22. As Expected, Study Shows Memphis Lags Behind Peer Cities in Economic Development -

Greater Memphis Chamber leaders say they’re moving aggressively to improve economic development efforts after a new study confirmed what they already suspected: that Memphis and Shelby County are at a serious competitive disadvantage to a number of peer communities.

23. A Costly Ride -

Memphis is poised to adopt a transit plan that promises a big economic splash, but first supporters must sell the general public on a $30 million annual price tag before any transformation occurs.

“Everyone in Memphis has an interest in a good, effective transit system,” said Mayor Jim Strickland, already in promotion mode, “even if you never get on a bus.”

24. Harris Claims County Mayor, Democrats Sweep Other Countywide Offices -

State Sen. Lee Harris easily beat County Trustee David Lenoir to become the next Shelby County mayor in the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general election, leading a Democratic resurgence in county politics.

25. Harris Elected County Mayor, Bonner as Sheriff -

State Sen. Lee Harris easily beat County Trustee David Lenoir to become the next Shelby County mayor in the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general election, leading a Democratic resurgence in county politics.

26. Long, Winding Road -

Considered by many to be the main artery of Memphis’ robust logistical and distribution network, the Lamar Avenue Corridor has long been clogged by its own narrow lanes and outdated capacity. 

27. Two Whitehaven Small Businesses Approved for EDGE Loans -

Two small businesses in the Whitehaven area were awarded forgivable loans Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 1, by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to help mitigate renovation and expansions costs.

28. Last Word: Election Day, Inland Bails Early and Cannons Out -

The TV breaks are wall to wall with political ads. The campaign robo-calls have crowded out the hang-up clone calls to your landline phone. Your mailbox has no fewer than three mailers a day. And all of the parties set for Thursday night are “victory” parties at least until the polls close. Here comes election day.

29. McKinney Assumes New Role Joining Greater Memphis Chamber -

David McKinney later this month starts his new job as senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

The 36-year-old attorney succeeds Kelly Rayne, who left earlier this summer to become senior counsel for St. Jude ALSAC.

30. Last Word: Back To School, Chamber Changes and The Race For Governor -

In many schools Monday, there were new faces and new places for familiar faces as well as the normal rituals of the start of another school year. And in many of those schools that was before the kids arrive next week. Why yes, teachers have back to school rituals and familiar totems they look for. The difference is they go back to school earlier and in this day and age often work through the summer in a city where there are lots of efforts to combat a summer slide – the ebb of summer eroding learning gains between school years.

31. Chamber Taps New Economic Development SVP -

With a new focus on proactive rather than reactive recruitment, the Greater Memphis Chamber has hired Eric Miller as its new senior vice president of economic development. 

With nearly two decades of local and regional economic development experience, Miller was chosen after an extensive national search conducted by the chamber. 

32. Eggxactly Breakfast & Deli to Open in Whitehaven -

Wendell and Adrena Jackson are seeking an Inner City Economic Development (ICED) loan from the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) of Memphis and Shelby County to convert a former beauty/barbershop into a restaurant.

33. Improved Facility Slated for Whitehaven Cheer Nonprofit -

A nonprofit that teaches gymnastics, dance and cheerleading to kids in the Whitehaven, Levi and Mitchell communities is seeking a forgivable loan to fix up its practice facility.

Regina Tappan, director of the Memphis Area Youth Association (MAYA), has applied for a three-year, $20,000 Inner City Economic Development (ICED) loan from the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) of Memphis and Shelby County.

34. MAAR CEO Stepping Down -

Memphis Area Association of Realtors CEO Melanie Blakeney has announced she is resigning from her post effective Oct. 8.

Blakeney has been with MAAR for the past 19 years, including a stint heading up the MAAR Commercial Council. She’s served as CEO since Dec. 1, 2011.

35. Chamber PAC Backs Both County Mayor Candidates -

The Jobs Political Action Committee of the Greater Memphis Chamber is backing both candidates in the race for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot and skipped the race for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Commission – arguably the most competitive of the 13 commission races.

36. Chamber PAC Backs Both County Mayor Candidates -

The Jobs Political Action Committee of the Greater Memphis Chamber is backing both candidates in the race for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot and skipped the race for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Commission – arguably the most competitive of the 13 commission races.

37. Last Word: T.O. Jones, One Beale's Launch and De-Annexation in Trouble -

You might call it the final act of the MLK 50 observances around our city this year. With very little fanfare at the start of Tuesday’s city council session, the council honored T.O. Jones, the leader of the union representing city sanitation workers and the leader of the 1968 strike by those workers. Jones was a pivotal figure in the strike who soon after lost his position with the local union in the internal politics of AFSCME as the local became a powerful political symbol.

38. Shelby County Commission, Mayor Still Waging Legal Battle -

Shelby County commissioners set the stage Monday, July 23, for a final showdown with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell over who represents what part of county government in legal matters.

39. Carlisle to Partner with Highwoods, Hyatt on One Beale -

For more than a decade the Carlisle family’s dream of their One Beale development becoming a reality always seemed just out of reach. 

But when a visibly emotional Chance Carlisle finally announced Tuesday, July 24, that the on-again, off-again project first envisioned by his late father would finally break ground in January, that dream seemed as close to reality as it ever has. 

40. County Commission, Mayor To End Terms at Odds Over Legal Representation -

Shelby County commissioners set the stage Monday, July 23, for a final showdown with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell over who represents what part of county government in legal matters.

41. MAAR CEO Stepping Down -

Memphis Area Association of Realtors CEO Melanie Blakeney has announced she is resigning from her post effective Oct. 8.

Blakeney has been with MAAR for the past 19 years, including a stint heading up the MAAR Commercial Council. She’s served as CEO since Dec. 1, 2011.

42. Arrive Hotel Breaks Ground on South Main Location -

“You can feel the momentum in Memphis,” Mayor Jim Strickland said during his opening remarks at the groundbreaking of Arrive Hotel’s newest location.

43. Arrive Hotel Breaks Ground on South Main Location -

“You can feel the momentum in Memphis,” mayor Jim Strickland said during his opening remarks at the groundbreaking of Arrive Hotel’s newest location.

44. Democrats, Republicans Release Endorsement Ballots -

A group of Democrats including former U.S. representative Harold Ford Sr. is preparing to mail and distribute at the polls 60,000 endorsement ballots at no cost to the Democratic contenders on the ballot.

45. Teach For America Corps Members Adjust to New Careers and Community -

A New Jersey native who came to Memphis to be a part of an educational movement, Derek Brody struggled with getting to all the material planned for his elementary school students.

He didn’t flounder for long. Sitting in the back of his first classroom, a coach had an answer.

46. The Daily Memphian to Launch in Fall as Memphis' Definitive News Source -

A new seven-days-a-week news outlet called The Daily Memphian will make its debut this fall, with many of the biggest names in Memphis journalism and a unique not-for-profit funding model. The ambitious effort’s goal is to become the city’s definitive news source with reporting of, by and for Memphis.

47. The Week Ahead: July 16-22 -

Good morning, Memphis! The popular Roundhouse Revival at the Mid-South Coliseum returns this weekend, along with a retro skate night against the scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River at sunset. Check out those events and more happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

48. Memphis Chamber Fills New SVP of Growth Role -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has created and filled a new position to help grow membership and create more benefits for those members.

The new senior vice president of growth role has been filled by Robert Recker, former vice president of investor relations for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Alabama.

49. Events -

POTS@TheWorks presents the world premiere of “CRIB” Friday, July 13, through July 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

Omega Ministries/Omega Healthy Practices and the Healthcare Organizations of Greater Memphis Coalition host the Back to School Family Affair Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. Free and open to the public; free backpacks with supplies will be given to the first 500 people with a parent or guardian present.

50. Leslie Finch’s Desire to Unite People Leads to Sports Career -

Growing up playing sports didn’t necessarily mean Leslie Finch, Partnership Development Manager for the Memphis Hustle and Grizz Gaming, dreamed of a career in sports stadiums and arenas. The irony of it isn’t lost on her that she was rarely allowed to play video games as a child. Now, she connects brands to the Grizzlies eSports team as part of her day job.

51. Early Opening -

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day opens Friday, July 13, at five locations across Shelby County. On Tuesday, 22 additional sites will be open through July 28. Between the Shelby County Election Commission and Chancery Court there were three other sets of early-voting locations and hours in a three-week period before Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins signed off Tuesday afternoon on a fourth set.

52. Events -

POTS@TheWorks presents the world premiere of “CRIB” Friday, July 13, through July 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

53. Last Word: No Fifth, The Cordova Triangle and Cheese Festival in South Main -

I am not going to count this as a fifth early voting plan because whether Calvary Episcopal Church would be available for the last two Saturdays of early voting was still up in the air Tuesday. And Wednesday the word was final on Calvary which seems fitting in all things church. The result is what I will optimistically call the final version of early voting sites and their hours and days is a slate of 27 sites that is far from uniform in hours. Early voting begins Friday at five of the 27 sites.

54. Memphis Chamber Fills New SVP of Growth Role -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has created and filled a new position to help grow membership and create more benefits for those members.

The new senior vice president of growth role has been filled by Robert Recker, former vice president of investor relations for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Alabama.

55. Memphis Ophthalmologist’s Journey To Help Others Takes Her, Husband to Africa -

The positive habits we form during our lives are the foundation of self-control, will power and our life’s purpose. Having a vision of what you want to do is the easiest part. Having the perseverance and courage to bring that vision to life, and following it where it leads you, is the difficult part. Living your purpose is the reward.

56. Early-Voting Challenge Touches On Other Issues of Open Government -

The local Democratic Party’s political and legal challenge of early-voting sites and hours is also part of a larger challenge of how decisions are made in city and county government.

In one of the two Chancery Court lawsuits over early voting filed Friday, July 6, former city council member Myron Lowery and Shelby County Democratic Party chairman Corey Strong claim the election commission violated the state’s open-meetings law by meeting in secret to plan the addition of more sites for the July early-voting period.

57. Beale Hotel, South Main Mixed-Use Top Busy Week In Development -

It’s a busy week for the city of Memphis when it comes to economic development. The Downtown Memphis Commission has two of its affiliate boards, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and the Design Review Board, in action this week, while the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County is holding a meeting for its Economic Development Finance Committee.

58. Events -

Community LIFT holds an Empowerment Fund grant information session Monday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. The microgrants are available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Grant applications are due July 27; those interested in applying should attend the information session. Visit communitylift.org for details.

59. The Week Ahead: July 9-15 -

Good morning, Memphis! This week delivers a blast with some entertainment straight out of the '80s, plus your chance to tour a midcentury property in the midst of a restoration. Plus, we share what you need to know about early voting, I-240 closures, and plenty of other local happenings in The Week Ahead...

60. Democratic State Sen. Reginald Tate Faces First Challenge in August Primary -

Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate opened his campaign headquarters in the Mendenhall Square shopping center in a storm.

61. Events -

Hands of Mothers hosts its annual benefit concert, featuring Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Sunday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the High Cotton Brewing Co. taproom, 598 Monroe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, beer, bloody marys and food, and their contribution ($35 in advance or $40 at the door) will be used to educate and empower mothers and daughters living with HIV in Rwanda. Visit handsofmothers.org/concert for details.

62. Events -

Dixon Gallery & Gardens hosts Food Truck Friday July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 4339 Park Ave. Pick up lunch from an on-site food truck or visit Dixon’s Park & Cherry Cafe. Admission to the gardens is free during the event. Visit dixon.org.

63. Paradigm Promotes Hand to Creative Director & Associate -

Becca Hand, Paradigm Marketing & Creative’s new creative director and associate, began working for the company five years ago, starting out as a graphic designer before being promoted to art director. Now, as she works her way toward a partnership at Paradigm, Hand is looking forward to contributing to the company vision in her new role.

64. Events -

Community LIFT will host three Empowerment Fund grant information sessions to discuss the microgrants available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Individuals and groups interested in apply must attend a session:

65. Hollywood Feed Extending Store Hours -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed will extend its Sunday store hours from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., effective July 1.

The extended Sunday hours will affect all 12 Hollywood Feed stores in the Memphis area, including those in Germantown, Cordova, Collierville, Bartlett, Oakland, Atoka, Southaven and Olive Branch. Currently the stores are open Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

66. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

67. Events -

Mud Island River Park’s Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular is Wednesday, July 4, on Mud Island, 125 N. Front St. Rides, games, live music by 5th Kind and family-friendly activities begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display launches at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free; food and beverages available for purchase. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.

68. Editorial: Multifamily Development About More Than Numbers -

Finding a place for multifamily development across Memphis and into the suburbs is essential not only to the growth of Memphis and Shelby County by population.

It is essential to how we manage and shape the growth of Memphis and Shelby County.

69. Events -

The traveling dinosaur-themed show Jurassic Quest visits Memphis Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. View more than 100 true-to-life-size dinosaur models, then check out dino crafts, science stations and other activities. VIP tickets give kids unlimited access to dino rides, fossil digs and more. Visit jurassicquest.com/memphis for hours and details.

70. Hollywood Feed Extending Store Hours -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed will extend its Sunday store hours from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., effective July 1.

The extended Sunday hours will affect all 12 Hollywood Feed stores in the Memphis area, including those in Germantown, Cordova, Collierville, Bartlett, Oakland, Atoka, Southaven and Olive Branch. Currently the stores are open Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

71. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

72. DMC to Discuss Possible New Tax Incentives -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will explore the possibility of a new tax-incentive program during a Center City Revenue Finance Corp. policy committee meeting Friday, June 29.

Since many developers inquire about additional assistance beyond a standard PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) abatement for infrastructure improvements, DMC staff is proposing the adoption of a site-specific tax increment financing arrangement.

73. ‘Kindred’ Exchange -

The old name, The Exchange Club Family Center, required some explanation. And not just because The Exchange Club Family Center was vague to those not familiar with the organization, but because as executive director Jennifer Balink put it, “Among people who already knew us, our name equaled confusion.

74. Events -

HDR and the Greater Memphis Chamber host a ribbon cutting and open house Thursday, June 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at HDR’s new Memphis office, 6745 Lenox Center Court, suite 117. HDR, which offers engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services, operates 200 locations around the world. The company has two other Tennessee offices in Chattanooga and Nashville. Visit hdrinc.com.

75. Special City Council Race Field Set at Seven -

A field of seven candidates has qualified for the special race on the Aug. 2 ballot for the Super District 9 Memphis City Council seat.

Candidates had to file their qualifying petitions by June 21, then had until June 25 at noon to withdraw from the ballot, but none chose to do so.

76. Special City Council Race Field Set at Seven -

A field of seven candidates has qualified for the special race on the Aug. 2 ballot for the Super District 9 Memphis City Council seat.

The deadline for any of the contenders to withdraw from the ballot passed Monday, June 25, at noon with none of the seven getting out of the race after filing their petitions by the June 21 deadline.

77. Lake District Selects Homebuilding Team -

After months of vetting, the developers of the Lake District have announced the massive mixed-use project’s residential development team, which consists of exclusive builder Keith Allen of The Walker-Collinsworth Co., broker Billy Rodgers of Crye-Leike Real Estate Brokerage, and lead architect Looney Ricks Kiss.

78. Lake District Selects Homebuilding Team -

After months of vetting, the developers of the Lake District have announced the massive mixed-use project’s residential development team, which consists of exclusive builder Keith Allen of The Walker-Collinsworth Co., broker Billy Rodgers of Crye-Leike Real Estate Brokerage, and lead architect Looney Ricks Kiss.

79. Special Council Race Filing Deadline is Thursday -

Ahead of a noon Thursday, June 21, filing deadline for the special City Council election on the Aug. 2 ballot, 11 possible contenders had pulled qualifying petitions and six had filed those petitions for a place on the ballot.

80. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Health Care in Tennessee? -

According to Think Tennessee’s State of Our State dashboard, the state ranks near the bottom in the number of adults with heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also ranks near the bottom of all states for the health of senior citizens, infant mortality, number of adults who smoke, and at the absolute bottom in childhood obesity. Tennesseans are, on the whole, not healthy. What can and should our next political leaders do about it?

81. Midstate Transit Future is Paved With Tired Ideas -

If you ask state Rep. William Lamberth, Davidson County voters gave a resounding answer on the future of mass transit in this region. Based on their overwhelming defeat of an early May referendum, they don’t want to raise taxes for mass transit, preferring to be more like Atlanta and Los Angeles and less like New York.

82. August Council Race, November Suburban Races Remain In Flux -

With just about a week to the filing deadline, four candidates have filed for the Memphis City Council Super District seat on the Aug. 2 ballot.

They include interim council member Joseph Ford Canale, appointed to fill Philip Spinosa’s vacant seat last month by the council until the results of the special August election are certified.

83. Last Word: The Politics of Summer, Perpetual Motion and Nigerian Email Scams -

Just about the time it is summer by the calendar next week as well as by the ongoing weather, you will start to see a set of one-on-one debates between the Democratic and Republican contenders for Shelby County Mayor – Lee Harris and David Lenoir, respectively.

84. The Push for Place -

By the end of July, the group that works to connect the dots among the city’s community development corporations plans to have a report that looks at how other cities are connecting the dots in a much broader way.

85. Doing It All: FESJC volunteers leave no stone unturned -

In 2009, Brian Gay won the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He got the big check, more ranking points and all the acclaim that goes with winning a PGA Tour event. And no doubt, any FESJC volunteer that crossed his path that year did right by him. Picked him up and got him to TPC Southwind on time, delivered cold water on the golf course and on and on.

86. $71.2M Federal Grant Awarded for Long-Sought Lamar Avenue Upgrade -

A $71.2 million federal transportation grant announced Tuesday, June 5, in Washington, D.C., will fund long-planned and awaited infrastructure updates to the city’s major freight corridor.

Funding under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation goes for repairs and upgrades to Lamar Avenue from Getwell Avenue to the Mississippi state line.

87. Boyd Says He Favors State Funding for Shelby County Pre-K Push -

Republican contender for Tennessee Governor Randy Boyd says he supports the move to expand prekindergarten in Shelby County including the possibility of state funding.

88. Memphis News, Daily News Win 9 Green Eyeshade Awards -

The Daily News and the Memphis News placed in nine categories in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Green Eyeshade Awards, including five first-place finishes. The regional awards cover an 11-state area.

89. First Horizon’s Flippin: $4B Initiative ‘Laser-Focused on Helping People’ -

Since joining First Horizon National Corp. as executive vice president and chief communications officer in January, Candace Steele Flippin has met with community leaders and organizations to identify areas that are prime candidates for the bank’s recently announced Community Benefit Plan. This $4 billion, five-year initiative earmarks funds for small-business loans, home loans, and community development in low- to moderate-income areas within the bank’s footprint.

90. EMS Ready To Double Footprint In Bartlett -

After holding on to an adjacent parcel of land for more than a decade next to its facility in Bartlett, medical device manufacturer Engineered Medical Systems LLC is gearing up for a major expansion of its facility. The company is investing $10.5 million in a move that will create 40 new jobs.

91. Minority Business Growth Aim of 'The 800 Initiative' -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is proposing $500,000 in city funding each of the next three fiscal years to help fund a new initiative to bolster the city’s 800 minority-owned businesses that have paid employees.

92. MIFA Marks 50 Years of Interfaith Activism -

When a group of Memphis religious leaders marched from St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral to City Hall the day after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, they were in the middle of a pivotal year for an ecumenical movement whose impact is still being felt.

93. Blockchain Tech ‘is the Shiny New Penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

94. International Paper Hopes for Talks In Deal to Acquire Smurfit Kappa -

After recently being given a June 6 deadline by the Irish Takeover Panel to make a final binding offer to acquire Europe’s largest cardboard box producer, Smurfit Kappa Group, Memphis-based International Paper Co. decided against a hostile takeover attempt and is instead hoping to open a dialogue with the company to determine a mutually beneficial path forward.

95. Canale is Newest City Council Member -

The newest Memphis City Council member is Joseph Ford Canale. The Christian Brothers High School golf coach and funeral director got the seven votes required to fill the vacant Super District 9 seat on the first and only ballot by the 12 council members.

96. Last Word: A New Council Member, Law Without Signature and Corker Down Under -

The Memphis City Council should be back up to full strength by the time Tuesday becomes Wednesday. Filling the Super District 9 seat left vacant by the resignation earlier this month of Philip Spinosa to join the leadership of the Greater Memphis Chamber is on the council’s agenda Tuesday afternoon – the last item on the agenda. But the council usually skips around.

97. Memphis City Council To Fill Vacancy Tuesday -

Memphis City Council members fill a vacancy on the 13-member body Tuesday, May 22.

The Super District 9 seat was vacated earlier this month by the resignation of first-term council member Philip Spinosa, who resigned to become senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

98. Local Links Chapter Celebrates 25th Anniversary -

Friendship and service to the community and each other were celebrated Saturday, May 19, as the River City (TN) Chapter of The Links Inc. marked its 25th anniversary with a special event at the National Civil Rights Museum.

99. Leaders of Local Pre-K Expansion Say Opposition More About State Funding -

Since three of the four major Republican contenders for Tennessee governor said at a Memphis forum in April that they oppose universal prekindergarten, the forces behind such a plan for Shelby County have been talking with them about their position.

100. Last Word: Pete & Sam's and Barbecue, Neutral Turf and Ralph Wiley on Penny -

Pete & Sam’s, one of the city’s long running restaurants in a vibrant culinary scene, reopens Monday afternoon on Park Avenue following an extensive renovation following a major fire this past December. There should be lots of curiosity about what change looks like in a restaurant devoted to sticking with the past so much so that at times Pete & Sam’s and its reputation have been debated vocally among foodies. Kind of like the debate that occasionally surfaces over the Rendezvous and its place in our local world of barbecue.