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1. Airport Authority Sets FY 2019 Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board has approved its budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1 and runs through next June.

In total, the $117.9 million operations and maintenance budget for fiscal 2019 will set the fees and charges that the airlines pay and establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not include construction project expenditures, however.

2. Memphis-Cancun Flights Return May 19 -

Vacation Express is launching its nonstop weekly service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport on Saturday, May 19.

The Memphis-Cancun service will continue until Aug. 4, with flights departing MEM on Saturday and returning Friday as part of six-night packages offered by Vacation Express.

3. Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights to San Antonio -

Frontier Airlines will be adding a new nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and San Antonio International Airport effective Aug. 13.

This new route will join Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Philadelphia as the fifth nonstop destination Frontier offers from Memphis International, and the fourth added since August 2017.

4. May 18-24, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

1993: On the front page of The Daily News, The Memphis-Shelby County Sports Authority is readying its public relations campaign for an NFL team in Memphis. Memphis is competing with St. Louis; Baltimore; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. All of the cities except Memphis would eventually get an NFL franchise and the bid would be the city’s last effort at landing an NFL team.

5. Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights to San Antonio -

Frontier Airlines will be adding a new nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and San Antonio International Airport effective Aug. 13.

This new route will join Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Philadelphia as the fifth nonstop destination Frontier offers from Memphis International, and the fourth added since August 2017.

6. Frontier Airlines Adds New Nonstop Flight Destination -

Frontier Airlines will be adding a new nonstop flight to between Memphis International Airport and San Antonio International Airport effective August 13.

This new route will join Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia as the fifth nonstop destination Frontier offers from the Memphis International Airport, and the fourth added since August 2017.

7. Memphis-Cancun Flights Return May 19 -

Vacation Express is launching its nonstop weekly service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport on Saturday, May 19.

The Memphis-Cancun service will continue until Aug. 4, with flights departing MEM on Saturday and returning Friday as part of six-night packages offered by Vacation Express. The weekly flight to Cancun will be operated by Volaris and will feature 180-seat Airbus 320 aircraft.

8. Commission Reappoints Bolton As Adviser, Questions His Role -

Shelby County commissioners reappointed former commissioner Julian Bolton as their legislative policy adviser Monday, May 14, sending his reappointment, effective to the end of September, to Mayor Mark Luttrell, who vetoed an earlier version of the appointment in April.

9. Commission Reappoints Bolton As Advisor Amid Questions About His Role -

Shelby County commissioners reappointed former commissioner Julian Bolton as their legislative policy advisor Monday, May 14, sending the reappointment to the end of September to county mayor Mark Luttrell who vetoed an earlier version in April.

10. Last Word: New Football League, Drone Testing and New Chandler Numbers -

The Alliance of American Football announces its presence in Memphis Thursday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl. And so begins another chapter in the city’s colorful history of start-up leagues. It is a long history dominated by football with a good stretch of the timeline taking in the city’s pursuit of an NFL franchise. Sometimes the rules are a bit different and the leagues have a history of not lasting very long. But they are fondly remembered.

11. Memphis To Be One of 10 Drone Test Sites -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is leading a Memphis group that is part of a national pilot program to integrate drones into air traffic.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Wednesday, May 9, in Washington, D.C., with airport authority president and CEO Scott Brockman and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis both in attendance.

12. Spinosa Takes Chamber Job, Resigns from City Council -

Philip Spinosa Jr. has resigned from the Memphis City Council and been named the new senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

Spinosa will replace Shea Flinn, who announced he would be vacating his position in March. Much like Spinosa, Flinn left his post on the City Council in 2015 to join the chamber.

13. Spinosa Takes Job With Chamber, Resigns from Council -

Philip Spinosa, Jr. has resigned from the Memphis City Council and was named the new senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

Spinosa will be taking over for Shea Flinn, who announced he would be vacating his position in March. Much like Spinosa, Flinn left his post on the council in 2015 to join the chamber.

14. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada has added a second nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The new flight, announced Tuesday, May 1, will depart at 6 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 a.m.

15. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada has added a second nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The new flight, announced Tuesday, May 1, will depart at 6 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 a.m.

16. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner -

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term.

17. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset -

The Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent county commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term on the 13-member body.

18. Last Word: Trolleys Roll, Primary Election Day and The Rise of South City -

MATA CEO Gary Rosenfeld likes to joke that the new trolleys are quieter since the transit authority decided to change from using square wheels. Transit humor. They really are quieter. And that may be because MATA wasn’t doing much of anything in the way of maintenance on them four years ago and even less in the way of record keeping when a second trolley car burst into flames causing MATA to shut down everything it ran on rails. So the trolley that rolled out of the MATA barn on North Main Street Monday morning and into service was symbolic of more than getting a trolley or three ready for service. It was about building a new system around the operation of the trolleys.

19. EDGE PILOTs Outperform Minority Spending Requirements, Report Says -

The Economic Growth Development Engine for Memphis and Shelby County released a PILOT Recipient Spending report that details its certified local, minority and women-owned business spending.

EDGE president and CEO Reid Dulberger presented the report, which tracks PILOT spending from the organization’s first full calendar year in 2012 until the end of 2016, to the EDGE board Thursday, April 27.

20. EDGE PILOTs Outperform Minority Spending Requirements, Report Says -

The Economic Growth Development Engine for Memphis and Shelby County released a PILOT Recipient Spending report that details its certified local, minority and women-owned business spending.

EDGE president and CEO Reid Dulberger presented the report, which tracks PILOT spending from the organization’s first full calendar year in 2012 until the end of 2016, to the EDGE board Thursday, April 27.

21. Mayor Strickland Takes Third Budget Proposal to City Council -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland takes his third budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 24, opening City Hall’s budget season with what is expected to be a budget that keeps the city property tax rate stable.

22. Duran Case Moves To Federal Court In Louisiana -

Memphis Police director Michael Rallings says his department isn’t working with federal immigration agencies that are becoming more aggressive in how undocumented immigrants are dealt with.

But critics of the police department’s aggressive reaction to protests say police brass is cooperating.

23. MEM Still Ranked World’s 2nd Busiest Cargo Airport -

Memphis International Airport has cemented its status as the second busiest cargo airport in the world for another year, with more than 4.33 million metric tons of cargo passing through in 2017.

That volume of cargo marks a 0.3 increase over last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary 2017 world airport traffic rankings just released by Airports Council International.

24. MEM Still Ranked World’s Second Busiest Cargo Airport -

Memphis International Airport has cemented its status as the second busiest cargo airport in the world for another year, with more than 4.33 million metric tons of cargo passing through in 2017.

That volume of cargo marks a 0.3 increase over last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary 2017 world airport traffic rankings just released by Airports Council International.

25. Airport to Unveil Photos Of King’s Last Flights -

Memphis International Airport is set to unveil a photography exhibition Thursday, April 12, that commemorates the last trip taken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

26. Airport to Unveil Photos Of King’s Last Flights -

Memphis International Airport is set to unveil a photography exhibition Thursday, April 12, that commemorates the last trip taken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

27. Uber, Lyft Add Programs At Memphis International -

Ride-share companies Lyft and Uber have introduced a new “Rematch” program at Memphis International Airport designed to reduce wait times and provide drivers with more flexibility.

Rematch allows drivers to accept ride requests immediately after dropping off a customer. Previously, drivers were required to return to the airport’s cellphone lot after drop-off, and be placed in a queue for ride requests.

28. Council Gets First Look At MATA Route Changes -

A task force looking to overhaul the city’s bus system presents a draft report Tuesday, April 10, to Memphis City Council members.

The Memphis 3.0 transit plan goes to the council at a 1 p.m. committee session for discussion.

29. Airport Overhaul Hits Milestone With B Concourse Closure -

Roughly a year after Memphis International Airport first unveiled its $214 million modernization plan, the project is taking its next significant step.

On Wednesday, April 4, Memphis International officially closed the B Concourse and relocated all airline operations, restaurants and retail businesses to the A and C concourses until the project wraps up in 2021.

30. Perry Leading Fire Museum Forward as Executive Director -

Shannon Perry became executive director of the Fire Museum of Memphis earlier this year, a role that brings her back to the institution she helped launch in the 1990s, when she served as its first curator. As executive director, Perry is the Fire Museum’s only full-time employee, and she handles a range of functions – including its collection, exhibits and facilities, budgets, fundraising, public relations, special events, staff and volunteers – while also working directly with the museum’s board.

31. Last Word: Graceland's New Lawsuit, Memphis March For Our Lives and Trolley Test -

Remember the comment from last week’s EDGE meeting by EDGE board member Tom Dyer who said the economic development body was likely to be sued no matter what it did on Graceland’s application for tax breaks on its “convention center” plan in Whitehaven? At week’s end, Graceland followed through with a lawsuit in Chancery Court against EDGE for delaying a decision on the matter. The lawsuit contends EDGE has no intention of making a decision on incentives and that Graceland is entitled to those incentives.

32. Harris, Chism Say PILOTs Not Effective Economic Development -

The two Democratic contenders for Shelby County mayor say they don’t think tax abatement incentives, primarily payments in lieu of taxes – or PILOTs – are working as an economic development tool in Shelby County.

33. CSE’s Martin Helping Students Find Their Voice -

Katie Martin’s required coursework in her dual degree master’s program at the University of Texas in Austin had the Texas native walking the length of a specific dichotomy every day.

34. Last Word: SCS Plans For $15, IRIS Matinees and The Hard Hit Fund -

“From a financial standpoint, we need our fans back and we need them back now.” University of Memphis president David Rudd breaking the university’s silence on the basketball coaching change that was made formal Tuesday with the announcement that Penny Hardaway is indeed the new coach. And Hardaway had a lot to say that Tigers fans and Memphians wanted to hear.

35. Southwest Adds Nonstop MEM Service to Denver -

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will begin a new nonstop route from Memphis International Airport to Denver International Airport effective Oct. 3.

The daily flights to and from Denver will operate out of a 143-seat Boeing 737 aircraft.

36. Florida’s Epiphany On Guns Means Little in Tennessee -

Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.

“It’s my mission to fight these guns whatever way I can,” says Moore, who founded the organization Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives in an effort to steer youth away from violence.

37. Southwest Adds Nonstop MEM Service to Denver -

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will begin a new nonstop route from Memphis International Airport to Denver International Airport effective Oct. 3.

The daily flights to and from Denver will operate out of a 143-seat Boeing 737 aircraft.

38. Allegiant Adds Nonstop Service to California -

Allegiant will be adding new nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Oakland International Airport (OAK) beginning May 30.

The seasonal biweekly flight will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and end in mid-August. However, much like Allegiant’s Memphis to Los Angeles route, strong demand could open the door for year-round service.

39. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

40. Last Word: On The EDGE, Tubby Smith and Timing and TVA Keeps Its Wells Off -

Remember when the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission got together a week ago at Beale Street Landing? Here’s a refresher. Among those watching the discussion was Richard Smith, the chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, who responded to the criticism of the local approach to economic development this week with an email to members of both bodies that could prompt some changes to the approach and specifically to EDGE.

41. Allegiant Adds New Nonstop Flight to California -

Allegiant will be adding a new nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Oakland International Airport beginning May 30.

The seasonal biweekly flight will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and end in mid-August.

42. Last Word: Corporate Moves, Hardaway on Strickland and Corker Is Out Again -

It’s that time when corporate leaders go to their conference rooms – the ones with the Simon-looking conference call orb, with the colored lights taken out, in the center of the table. The attorneys sit next to the CEO to make sure he or she reads the prepared remarks carefully vetted by them and grow concerned as the time for questions nears. The figurative waters of the safe harbor are placid with all statements and forecasts of possible future action having their news hooks filed off by the legalese disclaimer.

43. Airport Adds Online Process For Business Contracts -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has launched a new online certification process for businesses to apply for and renew Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification.

The new electronic system is more convenient and effective, the airport says, for completing such applications by both new applicants and those renewing their certification. The automated system will also send renewal reminders 90 days before the due date.

44. Airport Adds Online Process For Business Contracts -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has launched a new online certification process for businesses to apply for and renew Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification.

The new electronic system is more convenient and effective, the airport says, for completing such applications by both new applicants and those renewing their certification. The automated system will also send renewal reminders 90 days before the due date.

45. Nonstop Flights to Cancun Returning in May -

On May 19, Vacation Express’ weekly flights between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport will return.

As part of a six-night vacation package, the nonstop flights will run between May 19 and Aug. 4, with flights departing from Memphis on Saturday and returning from Cancun on Friday.

46. Comptroller: City Obeyed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

47. Airport Designates New Area for Uber, Lyft Services -

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective March 1.

48. Memphis Airport Designates Area for Uber, Lyft Services -

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective March 1.

49. Memphis International Airport Adding New Pick Up Areas for Ride Sharing Services -

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside each of the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective Mar. 1.

50. Comptroller: City Obeyed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

51. Comptroller: City of Memphis Followed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

52. Nonstop Memphis to Cancun Flights Returning in May -

On May 19, Vacation Express’ weekly flights between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport will return.

As part of a six-night vacation package, the nonstop flights will run May 19 to Aug. 4, departing from Memphis on Saturday and returning from Cancun on Friday.

53. Nonstop Memphis to Cancun flights Returning in May -

On May 19, Vacation Express’ weekly flights between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport will return.

As part of a six-night vacation package, the nonstop flights will run between May 19 and Aug. 4, with flights departing from Memphis on Saturday and returning from Cancun on Friday.

54. Last Word: Higher Ed Pushback, 50 Years Later and Attack Ads in the Race for Gov. -

The idea that higher education is primarily about getting people into jobs as soon as possible is getting some push back. And it comes several years into an emphasis at the state level on associate degrees and trade certifications. Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass said several times during our talk on “Behind The Headlines” that she isn’t downplaying the importance of trade skills and the education necessary for those skills.

55. Filing, Fundraising Pace Quickens in County Elections -

Two of the five major contenders for Shelby County mayor in the May 1 primaries have six-figure campaign war chests and a third is just a few thousand dollars away.

That’s according to campaign finance statements filed last week with the Shelby County Election Commission for the period July 1, 2017, to the end of 2017.

56. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

57. SCS Looking To Move Out of Central Offices Near Fairgrounds -

Shelby County Schools is in the due diligence phase of a relocation out of its long-time central office near the Mid-South Fairgrounds. And it comes as the city is pursuing a redevelopment of the fairgrounds and areas around it.

58. Average Airfare at MEM Continues to Drop -

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport fell to $379 for the third quarter of 2017.

The airfare decline marks a $16 drop year over year and a $26 drop from second quarter 2017, according to data released by the federal Department of Transportation.

59. MEGA HYPE -

In physics the larger an atom is, the more polarizing it can become. The same can be said of real estate development. So it’s not surprising that something referred to as a megasite can incite a range of opinions that are as vast as the site itself.

60. Council Talks With Head of TVA, Votes on Two More Ballot Questions -

Memphis City Council members talk with Tennessee Valley Authority president Bill Johnson Tuesday, Jan. 23, meet Mayor Jim Strickland’s nominee to replace retiring Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division president Jerry Collins and may renew discussions of electric and gas rate hikes proposed by MLGW that it voted down two weeks ago.

61. Average Airfare at MEM Continues to Drop -

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport fell to $379 for the third quarter of 2017, marking a $16 drop year over year and a $26 drop from second quarter 2017, according to data released by the Department of Transportation.

62. Average Airfare at MEM Continues to Drop -

The average airfare at the Memphis International Airport for the third quarter of 2017 fell to $379, which marks a $16 drop year-over-year and a $26 drop from the second quarter of 2017, according to data released by the Department of Transportation.

63. Chamber to Host Free MWBE Certification Fair on Jan. 23 -

In an effort to generate more certified minority and women-owned businesses in Shelby County, the Greater Memphis Chamber will host its first joint certification fair with the county on Jan. 23.

At the event, which will be held at the 6200 Poplar Ave. Regions Bank branch from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., minority and women business owners will be able to take advantage of a free and streamlined certification process.

64. Memphis Hilton Sale, New FedEx Hub Building Highlight Busy Week -

939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $31 million

Sale Date: Jan. 3, 2018

Buyer: Linchris Hotel Corp.

Seller: Davidson Hotels and Resorts

65. Gibson Guitar Factory Property Fetches $14.4M, New Midtown Tiki Bar Opening Soon -

145 Lt. George W Lee Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 27, 2017

Buyer: Somera Road Inc., Tricera Capital

66. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada is adding a second daily flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The new flights begin May 1, the one-year anniversary of the airline’s return to Memphis.

67. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada is adding a second daily flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The new flights begin May 1, the one-year anniversary of the airline’s return to Memphis.

68. UTHSC’s New Police HQ To Serve Entire Medical District -

With multiple multimillion-dollar projects sprouting up not only on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus but throughout the Memphis Medical District as a whole, one project hopes to tie them all together – UTHSC’s $20 million security investment.

69. Downtown Hotel Revival; Two Companies Look to Expand in Southwest Memphis -

5050 E. Holmes Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Project Cost: $720,000

Application Date: Dec. 20, 2017

70. Possible Trader Joe’s Update, New $35M Airport Facility -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a new development in the saga of Germantown’s Trader Joe’s, Memphis International Airport begins work on a new $35 million facility, and Central BBQ announces a new a location...

71. MATA Rolls Out Set of Service Changes -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority began a series of seven service changes Sunday, Dec. 10.

The changes include suspending the Shelby Farms Park service until the spring and changing the 40 Wolfchase route to weekdays, with some adjustment of arrival times for outbound trips.

72. Explore Bike Share Seeks Input for Station Locations -

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit that is implementing a 600-bicycle bike-share system in Memphis next spring, has launched an interactive, crowdsourced bike-share station siting map.

The site gives Memphians the opportunity to digitally pin and share spots where they would like to see one or more of the 60 initial bike-share stations that will be installed in early spring.

73. Election Commission Goes To Court In RCV Controversy -

The Shelby County Election Commission is going to court to settle a conflict over ranked-choice voting. The five-member commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 12, to file suit against the state election coordinator and the city of Memphis in Davidson County Chancery Court.

74. Grade Floors Revealed With Grade Tampering -

As Shelby County Schools officials were just beginning to investigate allegations of grade tampering at Trezevant High School in September 2016, they were also looking into reports that Trezevant teachers were told in writing by the vice principal that the school had a “grade floor” – no nine-week grades lower than a 60.

75. Election Commission Goes to Court in RCV Controversy -

Shelby County Election Commissioners are going to court to settle a conflict over ranked-choice voting.

The five-member commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 12, to file suit against the state election coordinator and the city of Memphis in Davidson County Chancery Court.

76. MATA Rolls Out Set of Service Changes -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority began a series of seven service changes Sunday, Dec. 10.

The changes include suspending the Shelby Farms Park service until the spring and changing the 40 Wolfchase route to weekdays, with some adjustment of arrival times for outbound trips.

77. Memphis Airport Pulls $35M Permit for New Maintenance Facility -

The Memphis International Airport has filed a $35 million building permit application to con-struct a 121,700-square-foot airfield maintenance facility at 4150 Louis Carruthers Drive.

78. Editorial: The Fine Print And Timing Of Letting The People Decide -

As candidates start to fill in slots on the first of three elections in Shelby County next year, political decisions are being made about what else will appear on the ballot for the county general election in November.

79. City Council to Discuss Memphis Pre-K Funding -

Memphis City Council members discuss Tuesday, Dec. 5, a still-forming proposal to fund an expansion of prekindergarten services in Memphis.

The discussion during the 2:15 p.m. executive session comes with a resolution that councilman Kemp Conrad, one of the resolution’s sponsors, said last week makes the case for some degree of city funding for pre-K.

80. Coalition Taps Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

81. Last Word: Grizz Ownership Moves, Confederate Deadline and Medical Family Tree -

As many of us were focused on Tigers football and the journey to Orlando last week, there was word that either both or one of the two minority owners of the Grizz had exercised a buy-sell provision in the NBA team’s unique ownership agreement. And what could be a fight for control of the team’s ownership is underway. The sports website The Athletic broke the story last Thursday. Here it is. It also talks about the timing of this coming with the controversial sacking of David Fizdale, an interim coach at the helm of a changing team and lead owner Robert Pera’s lack of visibility in all things Grizz around the city.

82. United Adds Larger Aircraft For Flights to New York -

United Airlines will be using a larger aircraft to carry more passengers on its Memphis to New York/Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) flight.

United will now use a 128-seat Airbus 319 aircraft on its Sunday through Friday 5:11 p.m. flight from Memphis to Newark that will offer 30 percent more seats, according to Memphis International Airport (MEM).

83. Coalition Signs on With Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

84. Last Word: Veto Override, Vince Carter on Fizdale and Corker on Tax Reform -

Signs of life at the old Kroger store on Exeter in Germantown. The new developers for a project that was supposed to be a Trader Joe’s have pulled a $90,000 building permit to remove the façade of the building. But no word on who the new tenant may be and some interesting remarks about recruiting tenants in general who won’t have as many trucks making deliveries in a retail center that borders a residential area.

85. Holder, Branch to Keynote April Observances of King Anniversary -

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and author and historian Taylor Branch will be the featured speakers at two days of panel discussions and keynote speeches in April as the National Civil Rights Museum marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

86. Airport Board Approves Trio of Resolutions -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority approved a trio of resolutions at its Thursday, Nov. 16, meeting.

The first resolution was a purchase agreement with Epoke North America Inc. to buy an Epoke S3800 Sirius AST material spreader for $101,131 to assist with future deicing operations.

87. Airport Business Diversity Development Report Issued -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has released its first annual Business Diversity Development report. According to the report, disadvantaged, minority and women business enterprises were awarded 27 percent of the $46 million spent in the areas of construction, professional services, and goods and services contracts.

88. Council Moves Toward Alcohol on Main Street -

Memphis City Council members delayed a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis in city parks, but moved forward on a proposal to allow open alcohol containers and consumption on Main Street.

89. County Primary Filing Opens With Paperwork Flurry -

A total of 37 prospective candidates in the May 2018 county primaries pulled qualifying petitions last week on the first day of the filing period Friday, Nov. 17.

And the first contenders through the doors at the Shelby County Election Commission in a period that extends to a February deadline confirms a few trends.

90. Airport Board Approves Trio of Resolutions -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority approved a trio of resolutions at its Thursday, Nov. 16, meeting.

The first resolution was a purchase agreement with Epoke North America Inc. to buy an Epoke S3800 Sirius AST material spreader for $101,131 to assist with future deicing operations.

91. Airport Issues First Business Diversity Development Report -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has released its first annual Business Diversity Development report. According to the report, disadvantaged, minority and women business en-terprises were awarded 27 percent of the $46 million spent in the areas of construction, profes-sional services, and goods and services contracts. Of the 27 percent spent with D/M/WBEs, 95 percent was awarded to local businesses.

92. Bus Planning Process Goes Deeper Into ‘Hard Choices’ -

On the road to recommending changes by May, a consultant is exploring options for a city bus system with a $45 million increase in funding. The options include “hard choices” that could either increase coverage and drop the frequency of bus trips, or increase the frequency of bus trips for quicker journeys but eliminate coverage in some sparsely populated areas of Memphis.

93. 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.”

94. Luttrell Says Administration Will Intervene in Commission's Opioid Litigation -

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle left no doubt in his ruling Tuesday, Nov. 14, about who was correct between county mayor Mark Luttrell and the county commission over opioid abuse litigation in Circuit Court.

95. State Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible -

The Tennessee elections coordinator has told Shelby County election officials that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting in an election because there are no state guidelines and procedures in place for counting second- and third-preference votes.

96. Opioid Lawsuit Filed as County Dispute on Legal Action Goes to Court -

UPDATE: Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the Shelby County Commission overstepped its role and powers within county government when the commission hired a law firm and had its own attorney file a lawsuit in Circuit Court against pharmaceutical companies over opioid abuse.

97. Tennessee Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible -

The Tennessee elections coordinator told Shelby County’s administrator of elections in September that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting anywhere in the state because there are no state guidelines and procedures for counting the second and third preferences of voters to avoid a runoff election.

98. Last Word: Mega-Site, New Chandler Real Estate Numbers and Grizz Second Unit -

When the state’s new commissioner of Economic and Community Development met several months ago with local leaders in Arlington, Bob Rolfe said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had made it clear that Rolfe’s primary task between then and when Haslam leaves office at the end of 2018 is to find a tenant for the west Tennessee megasite in Haywood County. Toyota-Mazda executives told the state this week that their $1.6 billion electric car plant to be built in the U.S. and create 4,000 jobs will not be considering the megasite and another un-named prospect has also walked away, according to the state.

99. County Commission Ratifies Opioid Lawsuit Decision -

Shelby County Commissioners ratified Wednesday, Nov. 8, the decision of commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire a law firm for a possible county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s opioid addiction problem.

100. County Commission Ratifies Opioid Lawsuit Decision -

Shelby County Commissioners ratified Wednesday, Nov. 8, the decision of commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire a law firm for a possible county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s opioid addiction problem.