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1. Sewer Cut-Off Aligns With Developing Densely -

When the city decided in August to end all new connections to the sewer system by developments outside of the Memphis city limits effective immediately, it was about much more than the sewer system.

2. Events -

The 45th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13-15, in Audubon Park, at the corner of Perkins Road Extended and Southern Avenue. The largest juried arts and crafts show in the Mid-South features shopping, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and older, and $3 for children younger than 12. Advance discount tickets are available at the Pink Palace box office. Visit memphismuseums.org. 

3. Events -

The Construction Specifications Institute-Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, Oct. 12, at 11:3 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Tim Michael of designshop will discuss the Grand Carousel addition at the Children's Museum of Memphis. Reservations need to be made by contacting Jeffrey Parnell at jparnell@hbg.design on or before Monday, Oct. 9.

4. Events -

Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host its “Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength” national conference Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. The conference, held in partnership with the Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium and the Common Table Health Alliance, will convene national experts, survivors and caregivers for a weekend of information, yoga and support. Limited walk-up registrations available. Visit lbbc.org for details.

5. Events -

Rhodes College will host “The Book Thief” author Markus Zusak for an interactive conversation about the book and the larger questions it raises Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. in McNeill Concert Hall on Rhodes’ West Campus, 613 University St. Zusak’s presentation is part of the 2017 Memphis Reads program. Free and open to the public. Visit rhodes.edu for details.

6. Council to Weigh Statues, Funding Projects -

Memphis City Council members have a busy agenda Tuesday, Sept. 5: continued discussion regarding bypassing a Tennessee Historical Commission waiver process to remove Confederate monuments and a recently enacted ban on sewer connections to properties outside the city limits.

7. Latino & Local -

Mauricio Calvo has heard the saying “all politics is local” in the course of making and maintaining connections through the Latino Memphis organization he leads. But prior to this year, political connections for the organization were more about getting needed services and building long-term relationships over time.

8. Artist Cat Peña Named Director Of CBU’s Ross Gallery -

Cat Peña, a Memphis-based artist, arts administrator and independent public art consultant, has been named director of the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. As an artist, Peña’s work in recent years has centered on public art installations, including “There’s More To Be Proud Of,” a canopy of metallic streamers on display in the Edge District through next February. In addition, she is the founder of Collabortory, a creative platform that expands public art practices through collaborative and social practices.

9. Events -

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will host its kickoff breakfast Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7:15 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Find outhow to join the walk and what impact the organization is making, and receive tips for raising funds and awareness. Learn more about the walk at makingstrideswalk.org/memphistn; RSVP for the breakfast to memphistnstrides@cancer.org or 901-278-2091 by Monday, Aug. 14.

10. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “9 to 5” Friday, Aug. 11, through Sept. 3 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

11. Last Word: Bakery Questions, Komen Name Change and the Price of A Run For Gov. -

City Hall opens a set of four public meetings on the Fairgrounds Thursday evening at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to start the movement again toward another master plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment. And it’s hard to tell at the outset what this will look like because there are so many possibilities. There are also so many fault lines in these discussions.

12. Tax Breaks Broaden For Residential, Retail Deals -

Some changes are coming in the rules surrounding incentives that the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County – or EDGE – can use for different kinds of development and for broader use of tax increment financing – or TIF – zones to sustain redevelopment.

13. First Alliance Bank Inks 10-Year Lease to Move to Clark Tower -

Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building.


5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

14. Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

15. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, the Memphis Bar Association and the Access to Justice Committee will host a free legal advice and counsel clinic Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance on a first-come, first-served basis the second Saturday of each month. Visit malsi.org.

16. 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

17. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Victory Blues,” a winner of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 7, through July 30 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

18. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Whet Thursday: Young Professionals on Thursday, July 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Enjoy the museum and grounds for free while networking with other young professionals and enjoying food trucks and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

19. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

20. Tennessee, Left Coast a World Apart on Immigration -

San Francisco resident Terry Karlsson relishes her hometown’s reputation for embracing “multi-cultural diversity.”

The wife of a Swedish immigrant, Karlsson says she believes San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city, one in which it refuses to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law, reflects a nation born of people who moved here, a land of immigrants from many countries.

21. RedRover Adds Will Cook As Design Architect -

RedRover Sales & Marketing has added three new employees in recent months, including design architect Will Cook, who has more than 10 years of graphic design experience and comes to RedRover from The Commercial Appeal and Savant Learning Systems. In his new role, Cook primarily designs print and web collateral for RedRover’s clients while also assisting the sales and marketing teams in other ways, including participating in sales meetings and calls.

22. Seay Leading Raleigh UPP In Parental Coaching Efforts -

The ACE Awareness Foundation’s fourth Universal Parenting Place recently opened at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh, with Tara Seay serving as site director/parenting coach. Seay is a licensed professional counselor–mental health service provider.
In her new role at the Raleigh UPP, she’ll provide parents and caregivers with individual therapy and give clinical insight in group therapy programs. In addition, she will develop new programs over time to cater to the needs of the population that we serve in the Raleigh area.

23. The Buying And Selling Of Memphis -

Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.

24. Last Word: Deeper on Beale, End of Session and Johnny Mathis -

Beale Street keeps its cover charge on Saturday nights during its Memphis In May peak. But the district has some complex questions to resolve about its future and who controls that future. If that wasn’t evident before, it became apparent at City Hall Tuesday. It wasn’t the council action on the Beale Street Bucks program that was significant as much as it was the council’s discussion.

25. Events -

IRIS Orchestra will present a screening of “Born in Chicago” Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at Malco’s Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. Live music from the Memphis Blues Society starts in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.; a Q&A and meet-and-greet with Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will follow the screening. Admission is $15. Call 901-751-7669 to order tickets.

26. Raleigh Springs Town Center ‘On Track and On Budget’ -

It’s the end of an era with the final demolition of Raleigh Springs Mall underway, and city and community leaders hope it’s the beginning of a brighter future with the much-anticipated Raleigh Springs Town Center set to rise in its place.

27. Railgarten Addresses ‘Confusion’ About Use of Shipping Containers -

If Railgarten’s intention was to be a transformative force in the section of Midtown between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, then its first week of business has been a resounding success.

However, following what the venue called “confusion” regarding its use of shipping containers as a design element, Railgarten issued a statement outlining where they currently stand with the Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.

28. Events -

The Super Chevy Show auto show kicks of its 2017 national tour Friday through Sunday, April 7-9, at Memphis International Raceway, 5500 Victory Lane in Millington. The show will feature drag racing, a professionally judged car show, a nonjudged “Show ‘n’ Shine,” an automotive swap meet, a pro show with jet cars and wheelstanders, and more. Visit superchevy.com/show for hours and tickets.

29. Norris’ Broadband Bill Clears State Senate Hurdle -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris’ broadband internet access bill is rolling through the General Assembly.

30. Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts -

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 
Griffin comes to Memphis in May with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising.

31. Veteran Attorney Bartlett Joins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee -

Attorney Gray Bartlett has joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee, where his practice areas include criminal defense, asset forfeiture and federal criminal law. Prior to joining the firm, Bartlett practiced for 17 years with Ballin, Ballin & Fishman PC.

32. Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President -

Tommie Criswell has begun her yearlong tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors. Criswell has actively volunteered with MAAR for more than 20 years. At Crye-Leike East Memphis, where she serves as broker/manager, she focuses on residential real estate along with some commercial real estate sales. 

33. 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.

34. Governor Proposes Rural Broadband Expansion for Tennessee -

NASHVILLE – State government will provide private companies with millions of dollars in grants and tax credits to extend broadband internet access while allowing electric co-ops to enter the retail broadband business under legislation Sen. Mark Norris is set to sponsor.

35. Graves Named Director Of Downtown YMCA -

Angelic Graves has joined YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South as executive director of the Louis T. Fogelman Downtown YMCA. Graves, a Chicago native, comes to Memphis from the YMCA of Metro Chicago, where she most recently served as executive director of the South Side YMCA.

36. 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.

37. Events -

Memphis 3.0 kickoff rallies continue through Saturday, Dec. 10, at locations around Memphis. The kickoff rallies will include a short overview of Memphis 3.0 followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Upcoming rallies include (start time is 5:30 unless otherwise noted): Tuesday, Dec. 6, at East High School; Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds; Thursday, Dec. 8, at McFarland Community Center; Friday, Dec. 9, at Bert Ferguson Community Center; and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Cossitt Library and 2 p.m. at the McWherter Senior Center. Visit memphis3point0.com for details.

38. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

39. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will host the 2016 Downtown Memphis annual meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Enjoy a cocktail reception and entertainment the first hour; at 5:30 p.m., the DMC will unveil its strategic priorities and public space considerations for the Main Street Mall area and will present the Downtown Vision Awards. Tickets are $20; preregistration required. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com to register.

40. Events -

Youth Ballet Memphis will present its fall mixed repertory show, “Escapades,” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13, at the Ballet Memphis studios, 7950 Trinity Road. The performance will feature six new works created by Ballet Memphis company members, Youth Ballet Memphis director Janet Parke, and members of the youth ballet company. Tickets are $10 and $15 at balletmemphis.org, by phone at 901-737-7322 and at the door (if available).

41. Events -

Zoo Boo 2016 will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 27-31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Enjoy trick-or-treat stations, a not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, Dracula’s Disco and more at this all-ages event. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers; day-of-event tickets are $2 more. Visit memphiszoo.org for details and tickets.

42. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood and Crosstown Arts story booth will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler for a discussion and signing of “Perfume River” Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at the story booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit crosstownarts.org.

43. The Week Ahead: October 10-16 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get ready for an eclectic mix of fairs, food and festivals to keep you entertained this week. Check out details on those and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

44. Snapshot: Legally Fashionable -

The Memphis Bar Association held its sixth annual Seersucker Flash Mob at The Peabody hotel Wednesday, Aug. 31. It’s a growing tradition and a fundraiser for Memphis Area Legal Services and A Step Ahead Foundation.

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45. The Week Ahead: August 29-September 4 -

Are you ready for some football, Memphis? The Tiger Blue faithful will welcome new coach Mike Norvell and new starting quarterback Riley Ferguson Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. Several other late-summer events precede the big gridiron season opener, including a concert fundraiser that starts Friday and a big 5K race on Labor Day. OK, that’s next Monday – so it’s a long week – better get those seersucker suits ready.      

46. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host Arts and Craft Beers on Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Grab a power tool and create take-home DIY art projects, sample local craft beers and challenge friends to a lawn game at this 21-and-older event. Tickets are $15 for MBG members and $18 for nonmembers and are available at memphisbotanicgarden.com or 901-636-4131.

47. Last Word: The Elvis Bubble, Global Entry At MEM and ARC at the Rec Room -

Elvis Week is with us. If you are on Elvis Presley Boulevard every day you know that the Elvis Week landscape is very different this year with the Guest House at Graceland hotel going up and well underway at this point – 90 percent complete toward a late October opening we were told during a media tour on Wednesday.

48. Events -

Playhouse on the Square opens its 2016-17 season with the regional premiere of “Mamma Mia!” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sept. 4 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

49. Last Word: SEC and GMF, Wiseacre's Growth and Apartment Action -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been investigating Global Ministries Foundation since mid-July. The revelation turned up Wednesday in a Memphis Federal Court filing by the receiver appointed to oversee and sell the Tulane and Warren apartments.

50. Events -

Playhouse on the Square opens its 2016-17 season with the regional premiere of “Mamma Mia!” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sept. 4 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

51. Roen Takes Helm of MALS Pro Bono Services -

Leah Roen is in her first week as the new director of pro bono services for Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), and she’s already forging new partnerships that will bring legal advice and support to those who need it most.

52. Purifoy Named County Judicial Commissioner -

The Shelby County Commission appointed attorney Shayla Purifoy as the newest Shelby County judicial commissioner at the body’s Monday, Aug. 1, meeting.

Judicial commissioners work with the General Sessions Court to conduct probable-cause hearings and determine if those arrested can be released from custody and, if so, under what conditions.

53. MacAulay Brings Family Law Litigation Talents to Memphis DHG -

Cindy MacAulay is making the move from Charleston, S.C., to join the Memphis office of Dixon Hughes Goodman this month, bringing her expertise in income analysis, forensic accounting, tax consulting, and business valuations.

54. Tenn. Attorneys Donate $76K To Legal Aid Organizations -

Tennessee attorneys registering to maintain their law licenses for another year have donated more than $75,000 to legal aid organizations through a fund created by the state Access to Justice Commission.

55. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

56. Purifoy Named County Judicial Commissioner -

The Shelby County Commission appointed attorney Shayla Purifoy as the newest Shelby County judicial commissioner at the body’s Monday, Aug. 1, meeting.

Judicial commissioners work with the General Sessions Court to conduct probable-cause hearings and determine if those arrested can be released from custody and, if so, under what conditions.

57. County Commission Pursues Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

58. County Commission Pursues Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

59. Former Mayor A C Wharton Joins Board at Trezevant -

Trezevant recently announced that it has named A C Wharton, Jr. to its board of directors. Wharton is the former mayor of both the city of Memphis and Shelby County. An attorney by trade, he has also served in a number of leadership roles, including as director of Memphis Area Legal Services, chief public defender for Shelby County and chairman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

60. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the premiere of “Moonvine,” a winner of the 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 8, through July 31 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

61. Events -

Attorney J. Anthony Bradley will present free seminar on VA Aid & Attendance Benefits on Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at Berclair Church of Christ, 4536 Summer Ave. The seminar is geared toward World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans as well as their spouses, surviving spouses and caregivers. RSVP to the church at 901-406-0310, or call the Bradley Law Firm at 901-937-2800.

62. Greensward Plan Awaits Shuttle Details -

The Overton Park Greensward controversy is still moving although it is much closer to a resolution with last week’s proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, said City Council chairman Kemp Conrad and councilman Worth Morgan, whose district includes the park.

63. Events -

Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free tax workshop for new businesses Thursday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Center’s Memphis Training Room, 555 Beale St. Tax specialists from local and state agencies will provide information and answer questions on complying with registration and tax requirements. Registration required. Visit tn.gov/revenue/article/tax-workshops or call 800-342-1003.

64. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Ghosts of War” author Brad Taylor and special guest Mark Greaney for a discussion and signing Tuesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

65. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

66. Events -

Memphis College of Art will present “Best in Class 2015/2016,” an exhibition of the most creative undergraduate artwork from the academic year, on Monday, May 16, through July 8 in the Rust Hall main gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave. The exhibit features work from 45 artists across a range of disciplines. Visit mca.edu.

67. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

68. Events -

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center closes its 19th season with acoustic guitar legend Leo Kottke on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

69. Events -

‘Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ten Cooper-Young restaurants will offer canine-themed drinks for the evening and will donate 10 percent of sales from Pup Crawlers. Participants should first stop at the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue for a free wristband to ensure their sales are counted. Visit memphishumane.org.

70. Low-Income Memphians Can Get Free Legal Advice -

A free legal advice clinic will be held Thursday, April 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The D’Army Bailey Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave., in Memphis.

71. Greensward Talks Getting Complex -

A week ago, the board of the Overton Park Conservancy had a visitor at its meeting – Richard Smith, the Memphis Zoo’s representative in the ongoing private mediation talks between the conservancy and the zoo.

72. Events -

Urban Earth Garden Center will host an educational seminar on container gardening Saturday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. at 1 p.m. at Urban Earth, 80 Flicker St. The hour-long class on growing flowering plants in containers is geared toward both beginning and veteran gardeners. Cost is free. Call 901-323-0031.

73. Lawsuit Seeks to Void City Decision on Greensward -

A lawsuit filed in Shelby County Chancery Court Tuesday, April 5, seeks to void the March 1 Memphis City Council vote that gave the Memphis Zoo undisputed control of most of the Overton Park Greensward.

74. Lawsuit Seeks to Void City Decision on Greensward -

A lawsuit filed in Shelby County Chancery Court Tuesday, April 5, seeks to void the March 1 Memphis City Council vote that gave the Memphis Zoo undisputed control of most of the Overton Park Greensward.

75. Cleaning House -

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

76. De-Annexation Bill Still Alive, Now In Two Versions -

At week’s end in Nashville, a bill to allow de-annexation by referendum was still on the tracks to passage. But there were significant differences in the Senate and House versions as the Tennessee Legislature heads for adjournment for the year in early April.

77. De-Annexation Bill Amended But Still on Path to Passage -

A state Senate committee considering amendments to the de-annexation bill pending in the Tennessee Legislature has amended it to allow for de-annexation by referendum anywhere in the state.

The committee got through two of 13 proposed amendments Wednesday, March 23, and will resume work on the amendments next week.

78. Editorial: We Don’t Need Forgiveness For Past Annexations -

The normal bait and switch and head fake that is par for the course in Nashville is underway again.

That’s why we will dispense with the cautionary statements from the state Senate expressing doubts about the deannexation bill on its way to the upper chamber at press time.

79. Sparks Fly In Nashville Over Deannexation -

The Tennessee Legislature’s debate about a proposed deannexation law isn’t a case of Memphis against the rest of the state.

It’s a debate within the Shelby County legislative delegation and with a few exceptions, most of the critics of the measure that would allow referendums to undo annexations that are in some cases 18 years old are Memphis legislators.

80. Bill Would Open Door for Utilities to Expand Broadband -

Legislation to expand broadband access across Tennessee is evolving – by necessity.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks’ bill HB1303 to allow public utilities to provide Internet service outside their footprint is alive, he says, but it is being “argued vehemently.”

81. Last Word: 901Fest, First Tennessee Sues Pinnacle and EDGE Responds -

U of M Tigers 73 – UCF Knights 56 at FedExForum and on ESPN Wednesday evening.

As that was underway, Vice President Joe Biden was on his way out of the Memphis area after a visit to the Norfolk Southern intermodal facility in Rossville.
Here’s the basic web story account from Wednesday evening of Biden’s visit which comes on the seventh anniversary of the enactment of the federal stimulus act.
More on the larger themes in the visit and three-city tour by Biden in the print version that hits online Thursday afternoon.

82. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

83. Zoo Goes To Court Over Greensward -

The Memphis Zoo has gone to Chancery Court seeking undisputed legal control of the northern section of the Overton Park greensward.

Attorneys for the zoo filed the suit Thursday, Jan. 21, seeking a declaratory judgment in the dispute with the Overton Park Conservancy.

84. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds -

Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

85. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

86. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

87. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

88. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Dec. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

89. Strickland Names 6 Chiefs to Report Directly To Mayor -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland rounded out his team of top advisers and division directors with six appointees who will report directly to him – a structural change to how previous mayoral administrations have worked.

90. Events -

Eyewear Gallery will hold a food drive for Mid-South Food Bank throughout November at its office, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Anyone who donates two cans of food can suggest someone to receive a free vision screening on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. Visit eyeweargallery.com or call 901-763-2020.

91. Events -

MasterIT will host a cybersecurity event titled “The Checklist Every CEO Needs to Protect Their Clients, Employees and Business” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, 2670 Union Ave., first floor conference room. Register at master-IT.com.

92. Events -

AlliedBarton Security Services will host a free seminar titled “Workplace Violence: Layoffs, Terminations and Active Shooter Situations” on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Christian Brothers High School auditorium, 5900 Walnut Grove Road. Event is open to the public; RSVPs required to nancyt@vorticom.com.

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AlliedBarton Security Services will host a free seminar titled “Workplace Violence: Layoffs, Terminations and Active Shooter Situations” on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Christian Brothers High School auditorium, 5900 Walnut Grove Road. Event is open to the public; RSVPs required to nancyt@vorticom.com.

94. Attorney Rob Ratton Joins Fisher & Phillips -

Robert W. Ratton has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Memphis office as of counsel, a role in which he represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters and supports clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Ratton most recently served as a staff attorney at TruGreen LP.

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43rd annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, in Audubon Park. Shop for artisan crafts and enjoy live music, artists demonstrations, family activities and more. Visit memphismuseums.org for hours and ticket prices.

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Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. David Stolze with Got You Covered Roofing will present “What to Look for in Hiring a Quality Roofer.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

97. Medical-Legal Partnership Announced at Le Bonheur -

Memphis Area Legal Services, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital have launched what they’re calling the “first medical-legal partnership of its kind in the region.”

98. Medical-Legal Partnership Announced at Le Bonheur -

Memphis Area Legal Services, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital have launched what they’re calling the “first medical-legal partnership of its kind in the region.”

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New Ballet Ensemble & School will present “FreeFall” Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St. The performance showcases eclectic dance pieces, collaboratively performed by students and the ensemble. All performances are pay-what-you-can. Visit newballet.org for tickets.

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The Daily News will host the 2015 Small Business Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Museum auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. Chef Jenn owner Jennifer McCullough will deliver the keynote. The seminar will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the panelists. Tickets are $25. Visit bit.ly/MEMbiz15.