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1. Airport Authority Approves Construction Contracts -

Construction contracts totaling nearly $50 million as part of Memphis International Airport’s $214 million concourse remodeling were approved Thursday, Aug. 17, by the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority.

2. Wonder Bread Garage Gets OK From Parking Authority -

The Downtown Parking Authority has given its approval to the 481-space parking garage connected to the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment, paving the way for developers PGK Properties to seek final approval from the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission.

3. County Mulls Garage For Long-Term Parking Fix -

Shelby County Jury Commission officials have points they always make with citizens on jury duty in Downtown Memphis. And it includes an apology for the parking situation around the Criminal Justice Center and the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse, where those called to be on juries will work for a week at a time.

4. Allegiant Gives Away Vacation Packages, Free Barbecue in Memphis -

Since Allegiant Air first arrived at the Memphis International Airport in 2015, it has ferried almost a half million passengers to and from the Bluff City.

In order to show its appreciation, the Las Vegas-based airline threw a celebration Monday, Aug. 14, at Central BBQ’s Downtown location where they doled out free lunches and five vacation packages, which included airfare and lodging for two at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

5. Charting a Course -

Daphne Large, founder, CEO and president of Data Facts Inc., didn’t have her company certified as a woman-owned business for 25 years. “I don’t want to be chosen because I’m a woman, but because I’m the best,” Large said, voicing a sentiment that many women business owners agree with.

6. Women-Owned Businesses Chart Progress of Diversity Contracting Efforts -

Daphne Large, founder, CEO and president of Data Facts Inc., didn’t get her company certified as a woman-owned business for 25 years.

7. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold for $27.9 million, marking a new chapter for a property that was built just last year.

8. Last Word: Megasite Prospect, Crosstown Opening Plans and New Chandler Numbers -

Tennessee is pursuing the new $1.6 billion assembly plant Toyota and Mazda announced just last week to turn out 300,000 vehicles a year and there is that regional megasite in nearby Haywood County that isn’t being used. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to add the joint facility to the state’s auto industry.

9. Grade-Changing, Misconduct Probe Continues -

Shelby County Schools board members will likely get a briefing this month from the three outside attorneys investigating allegations of misconduct by school officials that were made by a former high school principal.

10. $73M Mixed-Use Bakery Development Clears First Hurdle -

Development Services Group’s $73 million plan to breathe new life into a 10-acre swath of the Memphis Medical District has taken its first public step toward becoming a reality.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved the developer’s request for a 20-year tax incentive to help offset construction costs for the ambitious project.

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

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

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

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Waddell Bullish in Mid-Year State of the Union -

During David Waddell’s yearly “State of the Union” presentation to clients gathered earlier this year at Shelby Farms’ FedEx Event Center, “winning” and “economic growth” were the themes.

15. David Waddell Bullish in Mid-Year State of the Union -

RAIL: Waddell & Associates CEO and chief investment strategist David Waddell remains upbeat about the investment landscape through the first half of 2017.

16. David Waddell Bullish in Mid-Year State of the Union -

During David Waddell’s yearly “State of the Union” presentation to clients gathered earlier this year at Shelby Farms’ FedEx Event Center, “winning” and “economic growth” were the themes.

17. David Waddell Bullish in Mid-Year State of the Union -

During David Waddell’s yearly “State of the Union” presentation to clients gathered earlier this year at Shelby Farms’ FedEx Event Center, “winning” and “economic growth” were the themes.

18. MEM Hits 2 Million Enplanements in 2017 -

Memphis International Airport reached 2 million enplanements in fiscal year 2017, the first time it has reached that level since 2012.

Forrest Artz, CFO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, told the authority’s board Thursday, July 27, MEM totaled 2,035,413 enplanements in FY2017 compared to 1,968,861 in FY2016, a 3.3 percent increase. June 2017 enplanements (197,389) increased by more than 10,000 compared to June 2016, a 5.4 percent increase overall.

19. MEM Hits 2 Million Enplanements in 2017 -

Memphis International Airport reached 2 million enplanements in fiscal year 2017, the first time it has reached that level since 2012.

Forrest Artz, CFO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, told the authority’s board Thursday, July 27, MEM totaled 2,035,413 enplanements in FY2017 compared to 1,968,861 in FY2016, a 3.3 percent increase. June 2017 enplanements (197,389) increased by more than 10,000 compared to June 2016, a 5.4 percent increase overall.

20. Milford Joins Chamber As Programming, Events Director -

Ericka Milford recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as director of events and programming, a job in which she’s responsible for planning and executing chamber events and programs and for increasing engagement opportunities for members and the community. Milford’s new role marks her return to the chamber, where she served as events coordinator from 2007 to 2012 before taking a job with HigherVisibility.

21. Enplanements Up in June at Memphis International -

Without the extra day and lacking one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, enplanements in June at Memphis International Airport are typically less than that of May. However, data presented at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s July 20 meeting showed this year was an exception.

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

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

23. Atlanta Retail Investor Makes $29M Purchase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, an 18-acre shopping center in the heart of Bartlett sells for $28.8 million, Ulta Beauty prepares to build out its space in Poplar Commons, and Dave & Buster’s continues work on its first Memphis location...

24. Last Word: The TNT Virus, Tax Compromise and The Race for Governor Gets Active -

FedEx filed a notice with the SEC Monday that indicates its TNT Express subsidiary is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack late last month. And FedEx has traced the Petya virus to its operation in the Ukraine and spreading from there to the whole system.

25. Last Word: Rachel Heck, Beale Street's Cover and The Old Peabody -

The “fifth wave” of judicial appointments by President Donald Trump, as The White House termed them, are already causing some political ripples here primarily from state Senator Mark Norris’s appointment to the federal bench.

26. Toxins in Water Under Memphis Power Plant Causing Alarm -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis residents are as proud of their sweet-tasting water as their barbecue and blues. The water – drawn from the Memphis Sand aquifer beneath this Tennessee city – is so revered that a city utility called it a "community treasure" in an online report on its cleanliness.

27. Summer in the City -

Saturday night on Beale Street is more than a catch phrase for businesses there.

It is chapters in old, out-of-print books like Lt. George W. Lee’s “Where The Blues Began” that you can only see in the Memphis-Shelby County Room of the Central Library. You can’t check the book out because of its rarity and age. But you can also find references to the lore of Saturday nights on Beale Street on plaques in the entertainment district that current patrons walk past without even noticing.

28. Last Word: Beale on Beale, The City Council and 1968 and Dr. David Stern on UTHSC -

The city’s Beale Street Task Force is going to have its next meeting on Beale Street and City Council chairman Berlin Boyd reminded council members Tuesday that if they join the task force on Beale to remember that it is Saturday night at 11 p.m. – not 11 a.m., a more normal hour for such proceedings.

29. Last Word: Marathon County Budget Session, New Chandler Numbers and Confluence -

As we post this edition of Last Word, there is still some confusion about the KC-130 Marine cargo plane that crashed near the Leflore-Sunflower County line in Mississippi Monday evening.

All 16 people on board were killed in the crash.

30. Patterson Resignation Comes as Council Examines DMC’s Role -

Terence Patterson exited the Downtown Memphis Commission last week as the Memphis City Council is about to discuss replacing or restructuring not only the DMC, but the Riverfront Development Corp.

31. MATA Eyes Greener Future, Prepares For Upcoming Service Changes -

Despite being hampered by a tight budget, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is making strides to be more green and environmentally sensitive, including participating in National Dump the Pump Day in June and offering reduced fares on “Ozone Days” throughout the year, as well as recently collaborating with the EPA to install air pollution-monitoring stations.

32. Airport Promotes Thomas To Marketing Director -

Glen Thomas has been promoted to director of strategic marketing & communications by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

33. Last Word: No Deal, Ivan Rabb and Intermodals in Overton Park -

And the winner is … not Fred’s. After months of speculation about the Memphis-based discount retail store’s transformation into a pharmacy-based enterprise with the purchase of hundreds of Rite Aid stores in a third-party divestment move, Fred’s was nowhere to be found when Walgreens announced a deal Thursday to buy the Rite Aid stores. The corporation told investors it will still pursue its strategy but acknowledged its trajectory is “stunted” – that as Fred’s got hammered on Wall Street.

34. ASD Grade Extensions May Prompt Legal Action -

The Shelby County Schools system is exploring possible legal action against the state-run Achievement School District, the state Department of Education, Memphis Scholars charter schools and Aspire Public Schools over the two charter organizations adding grades to Memphis schools they took over.

35. SCS Board Explores Legal Options in Grades Added to ASD Schools -

The Shelby County Schools system is exploring possible legal action against the state-run Achievement School District, the state Department of Education, Memphis Scholars charter schools and Aspire Public Schools over the two charter organizations adding grades to Memphis schools they took over.

36. Authority Promotes Thomas To Strategic Marketing Director -

Glen Thomas has been promoted to director of strategic marketing & communications by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

37. The Week Ahead: June 26-July 2 -

Hello, Memphis! The start of the fiscal year comes this week for local governments, but the county commission still has some work to do. A few other important government meetings are slated this week, as is some fun – Boston is in concert Saturday night at Live at the Garden.

38. Attorneys in SCS Investigation Define Structure of Probe, Seek Information -

The attorneys investigating allegations of grade changing, corruption, intimidation and other misconduct within the Shelby County Schools system have set up a hotline and email account for information on the allegations.

39. Attorneys Set Structure of Outside Probe of SCS Allegations -

The attorneys investigating allegations of grade changing, corruption, intimidation and other misconduct within the Shelby County Schools system have set up a hotline and email account for information on the allegations.

40. Strickland Pushes Economic Breakthrough Outside City's Current Hot Spots -

The city of Memphis has to grow economically outside of the Poplar Avenue corridor of East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown if the city is to prosper, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that economic breakthrough can start in Whitehaven.

41. Last Word: Bar-Kays & ConFunkShun, Suburban Politics and Tom Bowen's 5 Years -

The Bar-Kays and ConFunkShun -- there’s a double shot of the deepest funk from the 1970s and 1980s. And they are together again Friday at the Cannon Center for the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. It is also Larry Dodson’s last hometown show fronting The Bar-Kays.

42. Last Word: Disaster Paperwork, The Whitehaven Plan and Juvenile Justice -

On its way to Washington is the paperwork for a federal disaster declaration sent Wednesday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. It includes Shelby County and 11 other Tennessee counties. This is essentially federal funding that will reimburse local government for money they spend up front for these kinds of disasters. The state’s request also includes a call for individual assistance to Shelby County homeowners and business owners whose property was damaged in the Memorial Day weekend storms.

43. Events -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will participate in National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15, by offering free rides in Memphis, Shelby County and West Memphis on its paratransit vehicles, fixed-route buses and rubber-tired trolley buses. For details and route maps, visit matatransit.com.

44. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Food Truck Garden Party: Beach Party on Wednesday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy live music, cash bar, fun in the Play Zone and food trucks. Adult admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers (includes one drink); children’s admission is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Buy tickets at memphisbotanicgarden.com/foodtruck or at the gate.

45. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Jobs & Career Fair will be held Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew AME Church, 867 South Parkway E. Human resources directors and executives from more than 25 Memphis and Mid-South companies will be on hand to discuss opportunities; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. For more information, contact Telisa Franklin at memphisjuneteenth@gmail.com or 901-281-6337.

46. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Jobs & Career Fair will be held Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew AME Church, 867 South Parkway E. Human resources directors and executives from more than 25 Memphis and Mid-South companies will be on hand to discuss opportunities; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. For more information, contact Telisa Franklin at memphisjuneteenth@gmail.com or 901-281-6337.

47. The Week Ahead: June 12-18 -

Get ready to groove, Memphis, because this week we're welcoming the inimitable Ruthie Foster to town, along with the return of both the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival and the Soulsville Record Swap. Plus, we've got details on the state House District 95 election, free MATA rides and what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

48. TVA’s New Allen Plant 75 Percent Complete -

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Allen Combined Cycle Plant in southwest Memphis is 75 percent complete as of the end of May, according to TVA.

The $1 billion power plant is slated for completion in June 2018, and the 75 percent milestone at the end of May means it is on schedule so far.

49. Events -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will participate in the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15, by offering free rides in Memphis, Shelby County and West Memphis on its paratransit vehicles, fixed-route buses and rubber-tired trolley buses. For details and route maps, visit matatransit.com.

50. Jerry’s Sno Cones Files Permit for Cordova Shop -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, one of the most iconic dessert spots in Memphis gets ready to expand, Crosstown Concourse is getting ready for its official grand opening and FedEx Ground upgrades its diesel facility...

51. Shelby County Schools Board Seeks Role in Grade-Tampering Investigations -

Shelby County Schools board members will meet in special session Thursday to talk about allegations of grade tampering renewed June 1 when Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin resigned from the school system.

52. SCS Board Members Huddle With Attorneys On Grade Tampering Allegations -

Shelby County Schools board members meet in special session Thursday to talk about allegations of grade tampering renewed June 1 when Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin resigned from the school system.

53. School Dance Team Treasurer Indicted for Theft of Funds -

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found that Charlene Wheeler, the former treasurer of the Arlington Middle School Dance Team Booster Club, allegedly took at least $11,059 from the booster club for personal use.

54. TVA’s New Allen Plant 75 Percent Complete -

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Allen Combined Cycle Plant in southwest Memphis is 75 percent complete as of the end of May, according to TVA.

The $1 billion power plant is slated for completion in June 2018, and the 75 percent milestone at the end of May means it is on schedule so far.

55. Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will receive a $5.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

56. Winds of Change -

Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind since the first Egyptians began to use sails to move their boats along the Nile. More than 7,000 years later, wind power capacity in the U.S. alone has surpassed 82 gigawatts, or enough energy to power 20 million homes, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the country.

57. Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will receive a $5.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

58. Shelby County Schools Debates Funding Strategy for Budget -

Shelby County Schools board members approved a two-year contract extension through the 2019-2020 school year for superintendent Dorsey Hopson Tuesday, May 30, with no debate or discussion and sent a combined $1.3 billion operating and capital budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission for approval.

59. Rhea Joins SWTCC As First Mental Health Counselor -

Julia Rhea has joined Southwest Tennessee Community College as the institution’s first mental health counselor. The newly created position is part of Southwest’s new Social and Emotional Support Process, one of numerous changes developed over the past six months under the guidance of the Maryland-based education reform group Achieving the Dream, all geared toward redesigning and improving the student experience.

60. Airport Authority Passes MEM Operating Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has approved a Memphis International Airport budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.

The $120.4 million operations and maintenance budget sets the fees and charges that airlines pay the airport authority, and also establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not, however, include construction project expenditures.

61. ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ -

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

62. 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.

63. Airport Authority Passes MEM Operating Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has approved a Memphis International Airport budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.

The $120.4 million operations and maintenance budget sets the fees and charges that airlines pay the airport authority, and also establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not, however, include construction project expenditures.

64. Hardy: EDGE’s MWBE Program Not Working -

The chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber board said first indications are that minority business requirements in tax breaks awarded by the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – aren’t working.

65. Winning and Losing Legislation in Tennessee in 2017 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Here is a look and some of the winning and losing bills of the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly:

WINNERS

ABORTION BAN-20 WEEKS: Enforces a 20-week abortion ban if the fetus is deemed viable. HB1189

66. Airport Authority Names Government Affairs Chief -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced Michael Fulton will assume the role of government affairs director, where he will be responsible for managing the governmental affairs functions for the airport, maintaining relationships with government officials or their key staff and providing oversight of local, state and federal initiatives.

67. Memphis Airport Names Air Research Manager -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced that David “Chip” Gentry will be its new Air Service Research and Development Manager effective May 30.

In this position, Gentry will work to develop new initiatives and strategies with the intention of increasing domestic and international passenger activity and cargo air service at Memphis International Airport. According to the MSCAA, he will achieve this by working with airlines to maintain existing service and add more routes. He will also act as a liaison between passengers and the airlines by meeting with regional corporate, leisure and convention travel executives to help locate new destinations.

68. Soaring Costs -

With more than 800 million passengers zipping through U.S. airports in 2016 and air cargo accounting for more than one-third of the world’s trade by value, the nation has become increasingly dependent on air travel to stay competitive. But what sometimes get lost is the amount of upkeep needed to maintain the infrastructure of these self-contained cities.

69. Memphis Airport Names New Air Service Research Manager -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced that David “Chip” Gentry will be its new air service research and development manager effective May 30.

In this position, Gentry will work to develop new initiatives and strategies with the intention of increasing domestic and international passenger activity and cargo air service at Memphis International Airport. According to the MSCAA, he will achieve this by working with airlines to maintain existing service and add more routes. He will also act as a liaison between passengers and the airlines by meeting with regional corporate, leisure and convention travel executives to help locate new destinations.

70. Memphis Airport Authority Names Government Affairs Director -

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced Michael Fulton will assume the role of government affairs director, where he will be responsible for managing the governmental affairs functions for the airport, maintaining relationships with government officials or their key staff and providing oversight of local, state and federal initiatives.

71. Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights From MEM to Vegas -

Memphis International Airport has announced Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop flights between Memphis and Las Vegas on Aug. 14.

“We at MEM are excited to add another option to a destination as popular as Las Vegas,” said Pace Cooper, chairman of the board of commissioners for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “We understand that our passengers want to see more options to destinations in the West, and we applaud Frontier for responding to customer demand.”

72. Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights from Memphis to Vegas -

Memphis International Airport has announced Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop flights between Memphis and Las Vegas beginning Aug. 14.

“We at MEM are excited to add another option to a destination as popular as Las Vegas,” Pace Cooper, chairman of the board for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority said. “We understand that our passengers want to see more options to destinations in the West, and we applaud Frontier for responding to customer demand.”

73. Average Airfare at MEM Continues to go Down -

Average airfares at Memphis International Airport have fallen for the 17th consecutive quarter, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The average airfare at MEM during fourth quarter 2016 was $374.42, a $19 decrease from the same period in 2015 when adjusted for inflation.

74. Last Word: End of The Season, Honoring Forrest and MATA's Coming Campaign -

It’s over. No Game 7 for the Grizz and the off-season begins. Spurs advance after beating the Grizz at the Forum Thursday 103 – 96. But in the process, the Grizz created a chapter in Memphis basketball lore where it is about more than winning on the court.

75. Questions About Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Postpone It for the Year -

NASHVILLE – Questions about student testing within a proposed pilot voucher bill affecting Shelby County Schools forced the bill’s sponsor to postpone it until next year.

Rep. Harry Brooks, R-Knoxville, sent the bill to the first calendar of the 2018 House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee Wednesday, April 26, telling lawmakers he needs more time to work out details in the legislation. One of those questions dealt with the effective date of the voucher program and the other with an amendment enabling private schools that would accept public students to opt out of state-required testing, the TNReady.

76. MATA Prepares Case for $30M Increase To Fund Bus System Improvements -

Probably by the end of the summer, a group pushing for $30 million in additional funds for the Memphis Area Transit Authority will be making the case to the public to raise that dedicated source of funding.

77. Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Postponed for the Year -

Questions about student testing within a proposed pilot voucher bill affecting Shelby County Schools forced the bill’s sponsor to postpone it until next year.

Rep. Harry Brooks, R-Knoxville, sent the bill to the first calendar of the 2018 House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee Wednesday, April 26, telling lawmakers he needs more time to work out details in the legislation. One of those questions dealt with the effective date of the voucher program and the other with an amendment enabling private schools that would accept public students to opt out of state-required testing, the TNReady.

78. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

79. Average Airfare at MEM Continues Downward Trend -

Average airfares at Memphis International Airport have fallen for the 17th consecutive quarter, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The average airfare at MEM during fourth quarter 2016 was $374.42, a $19 decrease from the same period in 2015 when adjusted for inflation.

80. Former MATA CEO Placed on Diversion in Prostitution Case -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The former CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority has been placed on six months' diversion after entering a plea to charges of patronizing prostitution.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich's office said in a news release Friday that 60-year-old Ronald Garrison entered an Alford plea, which is a guilty plea that does not admit wrongdoing but concedes there is enough evidence to prove charges in court.

81. FedEx Files $3.2M Permit for Renovation -

FedEx has filed a $3.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for building renovations at 3140 Tchulahoma Road.

82. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

83. Often-Arrested Lee Sisters Get Civil Rights Due on Capitol Hill -

During the civil rights era, the Lee sisters wouldn’t have been welcomed at the State Capitol. Half a century later, legislators honored the Memphis family on the House floor, recognizing their efforts in the 1960s when they participated in protests across the city and Southeast as high school and college students.

84. FedEx Files $3.2M Permit for Renovation -

FedEx has filed a $3.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for building renovations at 3140 Tchulahoma Road.

85. Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan -

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

86. Mayors Say Region Needs New Mindset, More Density -

When Hernando West first surfaced in 2007, it was going to be a different kind of development south of the state line. But the recession that followed put the plans for the city’s first mixed-use development on hold – until recently.

87. Airport Releases New Strategic Overview -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority released a new Strategic Overview for the next five years, which serves as a comprehensive plan to implement improvements in all airport operations.

The Strategic Overview, which was last updated in 2015, is broken down into nine categories: physical/terminal, environment, properties/cargo, airfield, communications and reputation, air service, business model/finance, human capital management, and general aviation – each with its own one-, three- and five-year goals.

88. City Council Abolishes Beale Street Authority -

The year-old Beale Street Tourism Development Authority quietly went out of business this week without a single objection to be heard at City Hall.

The authority was abolished Tuesday, April 11, by the Memphis City Council.

89. Last Word: Tubby Support, Pot Bill Withers and Changing Indigent Counsel Rules -

Just in time for spring, the near unraveling of the Overton Park-Zoo parking compromise. The Memphis City Council again put together a compromise Tuesday to keep the move to a new expanded parking lot on track and the funding in place by the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy.

90. Last Word: Busy Council Day, County Property Tax Cut Call and Gas Tax Vote Nears -

The Lawsons – K.J. and Dedric – are on their way to Kansas after leaving University of Memphis basketball they announced Monday. And Markell Crawford confirmed Monday that he will be transferring too. Crawford is the sixth Tiger player to head for the door since the season’s end. What will Tigers basketball look like by the next season?

91. Airport Releases New Strategic Overview -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority released a new Strategic Overview for the next five years, which serves as a comprehensive plan to implement improvements in all airport operations.

The Strategic Overview, which was last updated in 2015, is broken down into nine categories: physical/terminal, environment, properties/cargo, airfield, communications and reputation, air service, business model/finance, human capital management, and general aviation – each with its own one-, three- and five-year goals.

92. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! For those so inclined, get out your John Calipari hate towels because he will be featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary this week. It’s also time for some Memphians to vote again and the Grizzlies wrap up the regular season on the way to a first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, a rival that will not be getting a key to the city.  

93. Germantown School Board Approves New School Site -

The Germantown school board has approved a contract to buy 38 acres of land at Forest Hill-Irene Road and Poplar Pike for a new elementary school for 750 children.

The board, which voted on the contract Wednesday, April 5, also set terms for further negotiations to possibly buy Germantown Elementary and/or Middle schools from Shelby County Schools.

94. Events -

A Memphis International Airport job fair will be held Wednesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the airport’s Project Center, 4225 Airways Blvd. Attendees can learn about job openings and complete applications for a variety of positions with at least 15 airport employers; some may also conduct on-site interviews. Visit flymemphis.com. 

95. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual April 4 Commemoration, a community-focused observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, Tuesday, April 4. The event will feature the changing of the wreath on the balcony of Room 306, where King was slain, and a moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., the time the shot was fired. Other events are scheduled throughout the day. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details.

96. MATA Route Changes, Additions Start Sunday -

A total of 28 changes in Memphis Area Transit Authority routes and service levels, including three new routes, take effect Sunday, April 2.

The transit authority approved the changes and additions earlier this year. They represent an estimated $500,000 worth of added service, according to MATA’s figures.

97. Events -

The second series of Memphis 3.0 public meetings continues this week at these locations:
• Monday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.: Craigmont Middle School, 3455 Covington Pike
• Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.: Charles Powell Community Center, 810 Middle Park
The comprehensive planning team will share research that has been conducted since the first set of rallies, which generated more than 10,000 comments, and seek input on specific topics to help shape priorities and goals. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule of upcoming meetings.

98. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual April 4 Commemoration, a community-focused observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, Tuesday, April 4. The event will feature the changing of the wreath on the balcony of Room 306, where King was slain, and a moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., the time the shot was fired. Other events are scheduled throughout the day. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details.

99. MATA Route Changes, Additions Start Sunday -

A total of 28 changes in Memphis Area Transit Authority routes and service levels, including three new routes, take effect Sunday, April 2.

The transit authority approved the changes and additions earlier this year. They represent an estimated $500,000 worth of added service, according to MATA’s figures.

100. Senate Douses Memphis and Nashville Pot Ordinances -

State senators are intent on striking down Memphis and Nashville marijuana laws giving police discretion to hand out citations for possessing small amounts of pot.

Despite opposition from Shelby County and Davidson County legislators, the Senate voted 26-5 Monday to clarify that state law overrides local government regulations involving drugs and similar substances.