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1. Palazola Produce Making Fresh Deliveries for Decades -

The Palazola name has been associated with produce in the Bluff City for more than a century.

In 1974, Mike Palazola founded M. Palazola Produce Co., a wholesaler and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables to restaurants and institutional food service establishments in the Greater Memphis area, but his grandfather before him had delivered produce around the city out of his truck.

2. Expanding Its Reach -

His was a story as tragic as it is familiar. E. Young had immediate family members in a gang. More than one gang tried to recruit him. His parents were in no way equipped to raise him.

When he moved in with an aunt, Phyllis Brown, he was by his own words “angry, depressed.”

3. Folk’s Folly’s Kauker Named Tenn. Restaurant Manager of Year -

Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House general manager Diane Kauker has won the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association’s 2017 Restaurant Manager of the Year Award, which honors a manager who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, service, and community and civic involvement. The judges noted Kauker’s outstanding performance beyond her normal job duties, including providing excellent service to Folk’s Folly guests and the greater community.

4. Last Word: Changes Behind Highland Row, Lee Harris Opens and Ron Olson Moves -

Shelby County Commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer says the commission, through its attorneys, is in ‘the final stages of launching litigation” against big pharma over the opioid problem locally. And in a written statement Thursday she said she believes the litigation “will result in significant recovery for hundreds of millions of dollars that Shelby County has spent trying to heal, save, nurse and otherwise deal with the opioid crisis.” Shafer specifically announced the hiring on a contingency basis of a national law firm.

5. Harris Cites Effects of ‘Trump Approach’ on County Races -

Three weeks into his run for Shelby County mayor on the 2018 ballot, state Sen. Lee Harris told a group of 30 supporters in Victorian Village Wednesday, Nov. 1, that he is running as a response to the “Trump approach.”

6. Campbell Clinic Invests $30M In Germantown -

Campbell Clinic is in the throes of $30 million expansion of its Germantown campus, comprised today of a 60,000-square-foot clinic and 12,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center on 15 acres near Wolf River Boulevard and Germantown Road.

7. Run Women Run -

In 2018, Shelby County voters will be presented with a long ballot as candidates compete for most county offices, many school board and suburban government positions and congressional and legislative seats.

8. Goodin Joins Hagwood Adelman As Memphis Managing Attorney -

Michael T. Goodin has joined Hagwood Adelman Tipton PC as managing attorney of the Memphis office. In that role, he provides legal services to HAT’s clients in matters such as medical malpractice and senior housing litigation for health care providers along the continuum of care, including skilled nursing, assisted living, behavioral health, home health and hospice litigation. In addition, he assists in supervising the attorney and paraprofessional teams.

9. Health: Our Local - and Global - Concern -

The United Nations Foundation’s theme this year is “Global Goals, Local Leaders” as it aims to engage our local elected officials in global health issues, especially health care.

Should Memphians be concerned about local health care? And, is there a way to create a conversation regarding health care that is non-partisan and, rather, more compassionate and humane? Now is the time our community must come together and respect each other regardless of race, gender, religion or political affiliation to make discussions about health care run smoothly.

10. Last Word: T.A. Talks Memphis, EDGE Debate and Politics, Lots of Politics -

Grizz season opener at the Forum Wednesday is a win over NOLA 103 – 91. And Tony Allen’s Grizz jersey is retired. The day before, Allen wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune on the Memphis experience and it is just about the best thing that will happen to you all day. He just walks right off the court and into the soul of this place.

11. Fincher ‘Very Close’ to Entering Race for Corker’s Senate Seat -

Former Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher said Tuesday, Oct. 17, he is probably going to run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is giving up.

“We’re very close to getting in. We’re not 100 percent. But we’re very close,” Fincher said after the last stop of a week-long statewide listening tour in East Memphis.

12. Fincher Says 'Very Close' To Senate Run -

Former Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher said Tuesday, Oct. 17, he is probably going to run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is giving up starting with the 2018 Republican primary.

“We’re very close to getting in. We’re not 100 percent. But we’re very close,” Fincher said after the last stop of a week-long statewide listening tour in East Memphis.

13. County Commission Advances Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners advanced pay raises Monday, Oct. 16, for 19 elected offices including their own, but vote totals on the three separate pay ordinances varied.

Ranging from 32.4 percent for sheriff to a 10.3 percent hike for county commissioners, the pay raises would take effect with the winners of the August 2018 county general elections. That’s if each of the ordinances gets the required nine-vote, two-thirds majority on third and final reading.

14. Last Word: Athens Bound, The Amazon Campaign and All Things Grizz -

This may be the most covered meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission ever – the meeting Friday in Athens, Tennessee where Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will attempt to make the case for the commission granting him permission to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park. The chairman of the commission has already told Strickland in writing that the commission will not take up the matter – not even discuss it. Strickland hopes he will at least be heard. And he says the city should have a decision by mid-November and is adamant that this cannot be put off into the new year.

15. Financial Exploitation of Elderly a Crime of Increasing Opportunity -

America’s oldest citizens always have been at risk for financial exploitation and abuse. But as people live longer, the window of opportunity for such crimes widens.

From July 1, 2016, until June 30, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Health Services’ Adult Protective Services division hotline fielded about 20,000 calls from people reporting the abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of an older person. The number to report suspected abuse or exploitation is 1-APS-TENN (1-888-277-8366).

16. Last Word: A Centennial, Corker Controversy Goes Wider and Ranked Choice Votes -

One of the most influential political figures in the city and state in the last half of the 20th century turned 100 years old MondayLewis Donelson, cofounder and senior counsel at Baker Donelson. A direct descendant of Andrew Jackson, the president from Tennessee who made the mold of the modern Democratic Party, Donelson started out, of course, as a Democrat. But by the 1950s was shaping the modern local and state Republican parties.

17. ACA Sales Tax to Impact Businesses, Employees Starting In January 2018 -

With ongoing premium increases small and large businesses and their employees normally experience each year, the added cost of a new sales tax on health insurance premiums that goes into effect on Jan. 1 is expected to hit particularly hard.

18. Monica Wharton Starts New Role As Methodist’s Chief Legal Officer -

When Monica Wharton came to the Glankler Brown law firm, she specialized in employment law. She was good at it.

19. Moral Mondays Organized by Religious Leaders Who Talk of ‘Fragmentation’ -

A group of 25 local religious leaders plan three “Moral Mondays” gatherings over the next six months to discuss social justice issues before the April observances of the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

20. Events -

PizzaRev Taproom will host a “pay-what-you-want” fundraiser benefiting Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at PizzaRev’s new Wolfchase-area location, 2825 N. Germantown Parkway. Guests are invited to pay what they want for their first custom-built, personal-sized pizza, with all proceeds going to the humane society.

21. Graham-Cassidy Bill Withdrawn Amidst Local Protest -

Ahead of an increasingly tentative vote on the latest Republican health care proposal in the U.S. Senate, about 100 critics of the Graham-Cassidy bill rallied Downtown Monday, Sept. 25, to call for U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to vote against the proposal.

22. County Delays Convention Center Funds -

Shelby County commissioners again delayed passage Monday, Sept. 25, of a resolution that would allow the city of Memphis to use surplus hotel-motel tax revenue for Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations.

23. Last Word: Grit & Grind As A Mindset, Sewer Retaliation and MUS & Hutchison -

More than a few bread crumbs on the direction the Fairgrounds redevelopment proposal is … well, developing after the second of three very important public forums last week by City Hall. The signs indicate a water park or surf park is highly unlikely, the gym at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy would go to open up Central Avenue frontage and a new gym built behind Kroc Center, a hotel by the Children’s Museum and the high school football field and track oval move from Central to where Libertyland used to be. And the city says none of this is set in stone even if it does show up on a tentative site plan among the exhibits last week.

24. Commission Again Delays Convention Center Hotel-Motel Tax Flow To City -

Shelby County Commissioners again delayed passage Monday, Sept. 25, of a resolution that allows the city of Memphis to use surplus hotel-motel tax revenue to go toward Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations.

25. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold the 2017 Move It Memphis 4-Mile Race Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. starting and ending at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. New this year is a Memphis Spirit Contest, a costume contest where runners can show their Memphis spirit and be judged for their creativity. Cost is $30 in advance or $35 on race day. Visit memphischamber.com.

26. Dean: Economic Development More Difficult in Memphis -

It’s a story that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean tells just about every place in the state he goes in his campaign to be the state’s next governor.

27. Volunteers Needed For Project Homeless Connect -

Community Alliance for the Homeless Inc. is seeking volunteers across Memphis and Shelby County to help during Project Homeless Connect – Memphis, taking place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

28. Volunteers Needed For Project Homeless Connect -

Community Alliance for the Homeless Inc. is seeking volunteers across Memphis and Shelby County to help during Project Homeless Connect – Memphis, taking place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

29. Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to an $11 million, two-year contract with two one-year renewal options with Aetna.

30. County Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to Aetna in an $11 million two-year contract with two renewals of one year each.

31. A Different Body of Work Emerges For The Hereafter -

With the cost of traditional casket funerals rising to an average of $9,000 or more, many people are choosing less expensive options like cremation and donating their bodies to science. Numerous “green” options for cremated remains such as biodegradable urns or even using ashes for tree planting, use in rebuilding coral reefs, for stones for jewelry or for tattoos and portraits are gaining popularity.

32. Editorial: Memphis Still on Road To Becoming ‘Bike Community’ -

The Shelby County Board of Adjustment this week approved a proposed multifamily development in the Cooper-Young Historic District, a small project by many standards on a 0.4-acre tract near the neighborhood’s namesake, the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.

33. State Rejects 2nd Request from Baptist Memorial Health Care for Arlington ER -

A state agency has again turned down Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application to build a free-standing emergency room in Arlington.

34. City Council To Take Up Monument Removal Resolution -

Memphis City Council members will discuss and possibly vote Tuesday, Aug. 22, on a resolution that directs the city to act on the “immediate removal and/or sale of Nathan Bedford Forrest statue from Health Sciences Park and statue of Jefferson Davis and related artifacts from Memphis Park.”

35. Last Word: Night in the Park, Hattiloo Goes Bigger & Cohen on the Republican Soul -

A gathering in Health Science Park a little before 11:30 Monday evening by a group of protesters who Facebooked that their intent was to take down the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Memphis Police showed up quickly and the police supervisor told those around the statue that the park is a private park and that no one can be in the park after 8 p.m. No arrests but the police did ask for identification from those in the park.

36. Events -

The annual Elvis Presley candlelight vigil starts Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland. After an opening ceremony, fans may walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down, carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which usually stretches into the early hours of the next morning. Cost is free. Visit graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule for details and other Elvis Week events.

37. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Representatives from the University of Tennessee Extension’s Shelby County office will present “Shelby County Extension – Focusing on Families, Fitness, Food & Finances.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

38. Vandiver Growing Customer Relationships at Agritech Firm The Seam -

The Seam, a technology firm founded by agribusiness companies that specializes in commodity trading and management systems, has added Rex Vandiver in a customer development role. Vandiver helps with customer support and project management, and he’s also taking a greater role in involvement with the peanut industry to help The Seam better serve its customers’ needs.

39. Last Word: Primary Care, Weirich On Twitter and Tigers Offense -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has been responding by Twitter for the last two days to the New York Times Magazine article about the Noura Jackson case that went up online earlier this week. Using the hashtag “ProCrimeNYTimes,” Weirich @ShelbyCountyDA -- tweeted Wednesday that the long read is “a blatant effort to create sympathy for the defendant while demonizing prosecutors.”

40. UTHSC’s Dr. David Stern Focusing on a Healthier Tennessee in New Role -

Getting invited to make a presentation at the White House last fall as part of a meeting on drug addiction turned into an epiphany of sorts for Dr. David Stern.

The discussion about substance use disorders and addictions – and how multidisciplinary clinical care can go a long way in addressing those challenges – touched a nerve with Stern. He’s spent the last six years as the Robert J. Kaplan executive dean and vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where his work has included recruiting more than 30 nationally recognized chairs and directors.

41. Last Word: Kustoff at Rotary, Royal's Vibe and The Terms of MEMPOWER -

The investment group that renovated the Chisca resurfaced Tuesday evening with a plan for the Wonder Bread factory, vacant for the last four years. But don’t look for a return of the bread smell to the Edge area. And if you look at what has started to happen in that particular corridor since Wonder Bread shut down, the mixed-use plan has some precedent. Throw in the move to sell The Commercial Appeal property just a few blocks away and if the economy remains this good, the transformation in this area could be radical in another four years.

42. HealthChoice Promotes Henning To Director of Population Health -

Sarah Henning has been promoted to director of population health programs at HealthChoice. Henning previously served as manager of the department. In her new role, Henning is responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness initiatives and programs for the HealthChoice network.
She also collaborates with stakeholders to promote and support these programs and to ensure they meet the needs of the affected populations and adapt with the changing health care environment.

43. Last Word: More Intermodals, 20 Years After the Oilers In Memphis and New Path -

The "skinny" repeal of Obamacare comes up short in the U.S. Senate in an after midnight Friday vote in D.C. And it appears U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee voted for the repeal measure that came up short. Here are the basics early Friday morning from The New York Times.

44. Boyd Says Luttrell Endorsement is ‘Partnership’ -

Republican contender for Tennessee governor Randy Boyd says his endorsement this week by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is more like a partnership.

45. Last Word: No Assumptions, Riverfront Concepts and A Tale of Two Teams -

The “Midtown is Memphis” arch in Overton Square is no more. Vanished this week as the former Chiwawa is being converted to Indian Pass Raw Bar – for those of you new to Memphis, these are both restaurants – one former and the other future.

46. Dean Touts ‘Middle Of the Road’ Focus For Democrats -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is making exactly the same observation in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor that Republicans are making on their side of the 2018 race.

47. Events -

A NASA Contracting Outreach Forum will be held Tuesday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building, 675 Union Ave. Representatives from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Shared Service Center will share how local and regional business owners can become NASA suppliers, subcontractors or service providers. Cost is free; registration required. Register at tsbdc.org/swtcc or call 901-333-5085 for details.

48. Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members -

A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.

In the House, longtime Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, the affable Democrat from Ripley in West Tennessee, is preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial run, a move that would knock him out of his House seat, at least temporarily, and the position as Democratic Caucus leader.

49. County Commission Leans Back to $4.13 Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners took a step Wednesday, July 12, toward taking back a 3-cent cut in the county property tax rate.

And in the budget committee session, commissioners favoring the tax cut to a $4.10 tax rate said they would reopen this week’s contentious budget debate if the $4.13 tax rate appears to have traction when the full commission meets Monday, July 17.

50. Commission Goes Back to $4.13 County Property Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners took a step Wednesday, July 12, toward taking back a three-cent cut in the county property tax rate.

And in the budget committee session, commissioners favoring the tax cut to a $4.10 tax rate said they would reopen this week’s contentious budget debate if the $4.13 tax rate appears to have traction when the full commission meets Monday, July 17.

51. Stern Working to Expand UTHSC’s Community Reach -

When the University of Tennessee Health Science Center launched its Center for Addiction Science in the College of Medicine last year, it represented an ambitious bid by the school to help people beat a variety of addictions and to research the causes of substance abuse.

52. 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.

53. Last Word: Harold Ford Jr. on Change, Tourism Turns a Corner and Sim at UTHSC -

Very different outlooks along party lines still in our delegation to Washington over the Senate’s version of Trumpcare.

On the day the Congressional Budget Office estimated the proposal would end health insurance coverage for 22 million Americans, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s reaction:

54. Last Word: Cooper-Young Complications, The Mackin Investigation and Tuition Hike -

Landmarks status for Cooper-Young is on hold because part of the process for the status isn’t an official part of the application process. That would be the part that requires a certain number of signatures to get the status. And it has put on hold a similar process in Vollintine-Evergreen.

55. Last Word: Health Care Plan React, Treasury Footprint and Tom Bowen - Take Two -

It’s like they aren’t even looking at the same legislation. That’s one explanation of the very different reviews the Senate health care bill got Thursday as it was unveiled in Washington. Illustrating the contrast, the reactions of Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis.

56. Last Word: Cyber Attacks, Second Farmers Market Downtown and The Council Way -

It’s on. Shelby County commissioners coming out Wednesday in committee against the idea of ending Justice Department oversight of Juvenile Court. And the discussion was, as always, an interesting one including not only critics like commissioner Van Turner but commissioner Terry Roland and County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

57. Ole Miss Buys Baptist Hospital in $22 Million Deal -

2301 S. Lamar Blvd.
Oxford, MS 38655

Sale Amount: $22 million

Sale Date: June 15, 2017

58. Former St. Francis CEO Now Teaching at CBU -

Dave Archer has never followed a prearranged plan for his career. The former CEO of St. Francis Hospital has always taken the next step, whatever that next step is, on faith.

59. Former St. Francis CEO Joins CBU MBA Faculty -

Former St. Francis Hospital CEO Dave Archer has joined the Health Care MBA program at Christian Brothers University as a full-time professor and recruiter.

60. Last Word: The Mackin Letter, A County Property Tax Cut and UrbanArts Responds -

The Overton Gateway multi-family development on the eastern side of Overton Park looks to be the next development controversy heading for City Hall. The Land Use Control Board voted down the amended MRG plans Thursday that have drawn neighborhood opposition in both versions. The LUCB rejection doesn’t stop the project. It goes to the Memphis City Council at a date to be determined with a negative recommendation that certainly doesn’t do the project any favors.

61. View From the Hill: GOP Points True North on State’s Moral Compass -

It was billed as the start of the 2018 governor’s race, but the GOP’s Reagan Day Dinner in Murfreesboro last week often sounded more like a tent revival.

Vote for one of these candidates and you’re guaranteed a place in heaven, ran the subtext of the evening, because, after all, everyone knows only Republicans know the road to salvation.

62. The Week Ahead: May 29-June 4 -

Hello, Memphis! Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and there’s no shortage of activities to get you outside to celebrate. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids or already need a break to chill with other adults, we’ve got you covered in The Week Ahead…

63. Last Word: Minority Business Mic Drop, Truckers & Taxes and Confederate Statues -

Quite the buzz around the minority business discussion on “Behind The Headlines” – notably the progress report from Greater Memphis Chamber board chair Carolyn Hardy about what’s working and, more to the point, what is not working. In Hardy’s view that would be general minority business goals that she said amount to black-owned businesses being left out some three years into the renewed push for minority business growth – in government contracts and private business-to-business contracts.

64. Events -

Common Table Health Alliance will hold its inaugural annual meeting and Community Improvement Gala Tuesday, May 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. A panel of four local experts will address the theme “The Community Impact of Social Determinants on Women’s Health in Memphis, TN,” followed by a call to action by actress Lynn Whitfield. General admission starts at $100. Visit commontablehealth.org for details.

65. Events -

Germantown Community Library will hold an Estate Planning Basics workshop Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at 1925 Exeter Road. Explore the fundamentals of successful estate planning from Lansky Law Firm. Pre-registration required; call 901-757-7323.

66. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the four-legged-friendly Dog Day at the Garden Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enter contests, keep cool in the Hot Diggity Dog Kiddie Pool and visit the Doggie Expo for resources on raising a happy, healthy pup. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers at the gate. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

67. EDGE Approves Trio of Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has granted tax incentives for a pair of Presidents Island manufacturing operations and a South Memphis health care company that together will result in the creation of 126 jobs and capital investments topping $140 million.

68. Last Word: Food Changes, Tax Breaks and 'The Big Bang' -

Late hours in Washington for another night Wednesday with word of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here is all of the reaction we had as of late Wednesday from our folks in D.C.

69. Inner City Health Care Company Earns PILOT for Expansion -

A health care company serving lower-income areas of South Memphis with a limited range of services has been granted a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive by the Economic Development Growth Engine board to provide more expansive service.

70. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

71. Last Word: "A Downward Spiral", Outdoors Pop-Up and Haslam in Raleigh -

At the end of another day of alarming news and denials from the White House, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee used a new phrase that has significance in a cycle of action and reaction and more action in which many of us gauge reaction by whether the person speaking has an R or a D after their name. The lines are that clearly drawn.

72. Kustoff Talks Comey Missteps, Health Care -

The FBI investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign will continue without fired FBI director James Comey, says U.S. Rep. David Kustoff.

73. Last Word: BSMF, Budget Books and Milli Vanilli -

Three days of sun and mild temperatures for the Beale Street Music Festival. Not to be all “Dawn Lazarus” about the weather. Of course, it wasn’t just that way over Tom Lee Park. And many of us continue to find there is life outside after you have determined your festival days may be behind you. We were all over the place this weekend including Tom Lee Park and Shelby Farms Park and backyards and trails and on a rising river. Can you still claim you were at BSMF if you were within earshot of it?

74. Beyond Tax Bottom Line, County Budget Goes Deep -

On a sunny and clear opening weekend for the Memphis In May International Festival, Shelby County commissioners were in a conference room with a lake view at Shelby Farms Park crunching budget numbers.

75. Last Word: DNA Unit Trouble, 100 Years After Ell Persons and Gas Tax Hike Redux -

The suspension of Ouita Knowlton, the Memphis Police detective overseeing the MPD's DNA Unit, appears to involve more than alleged violations of police policies. The unit oversees testing and processing of all current rape kits and those left unprocessed for decades that the city is currently working its way through five years after the admission. The District Attorney General’s office is part of the investigation of Knowlton, the office confirmed Monday. There are no specifics about what is involved here. But the police investigation will go to District Attorney General Amy Weirich who will then determine if criminal laws were violated and if there is a case to be made.

76. Last Word: Election Day, Game 6 and School Vouchers Get Rolled -

Intermission in the NBA playoffs as tipoff of Game 6 approaches Thursday evening at the Forum. Look at all of the clouds as the lights dimming and letting you know it’s time to take your seats for the show that is reigniting the local passion for basketball.

77. Unfinished Business Fuels Boyd’s Gubernatorial Bid -

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

78. Dunavant Winners Have Passion for Public Service -

As he presented the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Award Tuesday, April 18, to Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker recalled fondly his time as the mayor of Chattanooga.

“The best job in America as a public official is being a mayor,” Corker said after giving the keynote address at the awards luncheon at the Hilton Memphis that drew more than 500 people.

79. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

80. Last Word: Gasol on Gasol, Detroit's Riverfront and Governor's Race Shifts -

Gasol on Gasol in San Antonio this Easter weekend where the Spurs ran away with game one Saturday of the first round playoff matchup 111 – 82. Game 2 and vengeance is Monday in San Antonio with a Thursday evening game on Beale.

81. Royston Joins Planned Parenthood To Lead Volunteer Training Efforts -

Nikeisha Royston recently joined Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region as community manager, a role in which she identifies individuals interested in supporting women’s rights, then trains them to advocate for themselves and others and to be involved in the legislative process.
Royston says volunteers throughout Memphis and the Mid-South use skills learned through the training process to share vital, accurate information about the services provided by Planned Parenthood.

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

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

83. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School -

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

84. Last Word: Tri-State Inks Move to Midtown, Main and Gayoso and 'Wise Trek' -

The open land across Union Avenue from AutoZone Park remains just that as some of it has changed hands again. Vision Hospitality buying the land that had been the location of the Greyhound bus station at Union and Hernando. Vision Memphis LLC sold to Vision Hospitality of Knoxville for $4 million, according to a warrant deed we reviewed Monday.

85. Last Word: 'Ono Poke and the Ghost of The Luau, Council Day and $3 Concerts -

The ghost of the Luau lives on. Loeb has a new tenant for the Shops of Chickasaw Gardens called ‘Ono Poke that features Hawaiian cuisine. And the restaurant will be just about on the other side of Poplar Avenue from where the Luau used to stand with its large concrete Easter Island head, Polynesian dishes and Hawaii Five-O era architecture – not the remake, the real Five-O and the real McGarrett.

86. Last Word: Calipari Madness, Wolfchase 20 Years On and The Path Beyond Chemo -

John Calipari returns to Memphis at week’s end after Kentucky advanced Sunday to the NCAA South semifinals at FedExForum Friday. But based on the way his team played Sunday after a close game with Northwestern Saturday he might not be here long.

87. Last Word: Lakeland Date Set, Silos in South Main and Trespassing in Apartments -

Here comes the Governor’s race with Randy Boyd doing the honors here in Memphis Wednesday at the top of the second day of his fly-around. Boyd’s opening sounds very much like he is running as the heir apparent to Gov. Bill Haslam – although there are no heirs in politics, at least not without an election. He talked a lot about hitting workforce development and job goals of the Haslam administration if he is elected Governor in 2018.

88. U of M Will Host Early Childhood Conference -

The University of Memphis will host the Building Strong Brains Conference March 24-25 at the Fogelman Executive Center.

Early childhood educators, program administrators, social workers, psychologists, infant mental health professionals, child and family advocates, students and researchers will be able to explore the latest research around ACEs (adverse childhood experiences).

89. Tapping Young Donors -

Amelia Thompson is everything a nonprofit is looking for now and in the future. A 30-year-old Memphian who graduated White Station High School, she has worked with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and been a buyer for Macy’s in New York.

90. University of Memphis to Host Early Childhood Conference -

The University of Memphis will host the Building Strong Brains Conference March 24-25 at the Fogelman Executive Center.

Early childhood educators, program administrators, social workers, psychologists, infant mental health professionals, child and family advocates, students and researchers will be able to explore the latest research around ACEs (adverse childhood experiences).

91. Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit -

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

92. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

93. UTHSC Professor Named First African-American to Lead APA -

Dr. Altha Stewart of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis says being named president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association is a tremendous and humbling honor and that she is looking forward to leading the organization.

94. State Democrats Introduce Bill of Rights, Looking For Every Win They Can Get -

NASHVILLE – House Democrats introduced a People’s Bill of Rights in the State Capitol Monday, Feb. 27, a comprehensive legislative package to ensure rights of Tennesseans affecting everything from jobs to criminal justice to education.

95. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

96. Last Word: The Governor's Race, Beale Street Complications and Southern Avenue -

A close one for the Tigers Sunday at the Forum but Houston still wins 72-71. One more home game Thursday against Tulane and a road game Saturday against SMU before March Madness begins. As that was happening here, better results in Denver Sunday where the Grizz beat the Nuggets 105-98.

97. Last Word: 'Sun Records,' Ole Miss's Lack of Control and Haslam in 2018 -

I am not going to be one of those people who at this late date in the history of television dramas based on real people points out every departure from reality. The first episode of the CMT television series “Sun Records” Thursday was a scene-setter and introduction of sorts to an ensemble cast with plenty of opportunities to name that place in Memphis. That usually means a pretty complex story line to come and there are more than enough memorable characters in the story of Sun.

98. Last Word: How Do You Get On The List, Sedgwick & Thornwood and Musicals -

Monday was Presidents Day and thus a holiday at City Hall. But for the occupant on City Hall’s top floor it was anything but a holiday. The list Memphis Police made for who has to have a uniformed police officer next to them to go anywhere in City Hall is turning into a controversy over possible surveillance of citizens participating in the last year or so of protests around the city.

99. 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.

100. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.