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1. Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing -

Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

2. Shelby County Sees Dip In Unemployment Rate -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate dipped in December, making it one of 43 counties statewide to see a decline.

The county’s unemployment rate measured 6.1 percent for the month, down from 6.4 percent in November, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It’s also a significant drop from the 7.2 percent rate during the same period in 2014.

3. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

4. EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses -

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

5. Councilman Boyd Calls For PILOT Moratorium -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd is calling for a three-month moratorium on any new tax breaks through the Economic Development Growth Engine to come up with a local business participation program.

6. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

7. Tenn. Approves Incentives for TV Series Production in Memphis -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to support production of a TV series that will be shot in Memphis this spring.

The series will be an eight-episode, Memphis-themed scripted drama that Viacom’s CMT network is adapting from the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

8. Tentative Pinch Development Plan About to Emerge -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops have agreed on a tentative and general plan for future development of the Pinch District, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

9. Last Word: Post Caucus, Fincher's Exit, 1919 Handwriting and Your Rolodex -

That close (very little light between index finger and thumb) between Clinton and Sanders in Iowa Monday evening.
Both live to fight another day in another state—New Hampshire.
And because it is Iowa – they each get to declare victory as long as they don’t go into a lot of detail about the totals.
This is one of those cases where it is like horsehoes and hand grenades – close does count.

10. Shelby County Sees Dip In Unemployment Rate -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate dipped in December, making it one of 43 counties statewide to see a decline.

The county’s unemployment rate measured 6.1 percent for the month, down from 6.4 percent in November, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It’s also a significant drop from the 7.2 percent rate during the same period in 2014.

11. Save-A-Lot to Anchor New Sam Cooper Shopping Center -

Southeast Corner of Sam Cooper
Boulevard and Tillman Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Save-A-Lot

Size: 16,300 square feet

Tenant’s Agent: Frank Dyer, Loeb Realty Group

12. The Week Ahead: Feb. 1, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? The good news is you officially made it through January. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week, from a frigid swim to a FedExForum double-header…

13. Nashville Developer Submits Plans for Downtown Memphis Housing -

Two plans recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will turn empty lots into housing for disadvantaged Memphians.

Nashville developer Elmington Capital Group submitted plans for gated multifamily housing in Downtown's South End.

14. Mid-South Mayors to Host RegionSmart Summit -

More than 200 local leaders from the government, economic development, planning, architecture and engineering sectors will come together this April to collaborate on the challenges and opportunities confronting the Mid-South right now.

15. Save-A-Lot to Anchor Binghampton Retail Center -

Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

16. This week in Memphis history: January 29-February 4 -

1986: Plans are announced for the Southwind Tournament Players Club development on Winchester Road 10 miles east of Memphis International Airport. The centerpiece of the development is a 215-acre golf course to open in the fall of 1987 as the new site of the St. Jude Memphis Golf Classic, which will move from its longtime home at Colonial Country Club.

17. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

18. Mid-South Mayors to Host RegionSmart Summit -

More than 200 local leaders from the government, economic development, planning, architecture and engineering sectors will come together this April to collaborate on the challenges and opportunities confronting the Mid-South right now.

19. Last Word: A Turn Away From Mud Island, Capitol Hill Soap & Collierville Keeps FedEx -

Sometimes you get another story when you are pursuing a different story.

In this case, the quest was a simple one. Get a good basic idea of what the five companies interested in redeveloping Mud Island River Park are telling the Riverfront Development Corp. of their still-forming plans.
While going through the submissions, we had a talk with RDC president Benny Lendermon about the process and the interview moved pretty effortlessly into the Pyramid’s relationship to Mud Island.
It’s a natural follow-up given the history of past efforts to link up the two landmarks on different sides of the city harbor and the decidedly mixed results of those attempts. I might have been charitable there in describing the results as mixed.
That context led to a discussion about how the Pyramid is faring eight months into Bass Pro Shops' long-term lease in the reconfigured Pyramid.
When Lendermon said, “This probably isn’t a politically correct thing to say,” the interview turned topics and we followed it.
The result is, I think, at least something to consider and probably pretty provocative.
Judge for yourself.

20. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High -

Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.

The board approved a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 26, that also sets some parameters for the talks with the developers of Crosstown Concourse and Christian Brothers University about the collaboration.

21. County Commission Forms OPEB Committee -

Shelby County Commissioners have created an ad hoc committee to talk over the health insurance benefits liability of the former Memphis City Schools system and who is responsible for it.

Commission chairman Terry Roland announced Monday, Jan. 25, he had formed the committee, which includes leaders of the Shelby County Schools system and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration.

22. Save-A-Lot to Anchor Binghampton Retail Center -

Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

23. Events -

The Mutual Fund Store will host a free event titled “The 5 Biggest Risks to Your Retirement” Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Germantown Great Hall, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Call 901-751-7222 or visit mutualfundstore.com to reserve a seat.

24. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

25. Events -

32nd annual International Blues Challenge is Tuesday, Jan. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 30, with most events being held at clubs along Beale Street. More than 250 bands are expected for this annual international competition and showcase, which also features nightly jams, workshops and more. Visit blues.org/international-blues-challenge for details and a daily schedule.

26. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

27. Blight Authority of Memphis Convenes to Tackle Problem Properties -

“This is historic,” attorney Steve Barlow said at the inaugural meeting of the Blight Authority of Memphis, held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s office.

28. HUD Funds Mid-South Greenprint With $60 Million Grant -

One of the largest federal grants ever awarded to Shelby County government will fund efforts to avoid some of the flooding the Memphis area saw in 2011.

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced Thursday, Jan. 21, the $60 million grant to fund the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

29. ‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis -

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

The 46 N. Third St. structure, which was built in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its art deco and Renaissance-styled architecture. Real estate and bail bonding firms have occupied the lower levels, but the 10-story building has sat completely vacant for a few years and substantially vacant for well over 10 years.

30. Olymbec Compiling Airport-Area Office Park -

Olymbec USA LLC is gaining critical mass near Memphis International Airport with the planned purchase of a 133,600-square-foot office building at 2600 Nonconnah Blvd.

31. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. This year’s theme is “Speaking Truth to Power,” and activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

32. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 -

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

33. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds -

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

34. Annual Homeless Survey Planned for Jan. 27 -

Community Alliance for the Homeless is set to lead the annual Point-in-Time Count for Memphis and Shelby County on Jan. 27, starting at 4 a.m.

This annual count of unsheltered homeless persons on a single January night is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and it’s a way the alliance measures efforts to reduce homelessness. The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave. will serve as the command center for this year’s event.

35. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

36. Events -

SCORE Memphis will host a business essentials workshop titled “Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?” Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road. Cost is free; pre-registration required. Visit scorememphis.org.

37. First Building Permit Pulled For Crosstown Concourse Build-Out -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $15.6 million

Application Date: January 2016

38. Annual Homeless Survey Planned for Jan. 27 -

Community Alliance for the Homeless is set to lead the annual Point-in-Time Count for Memphis and Shelby County on Jan. 27, starting at 4 a.m.

This annual count of unsheltered homeless persons on a single January night is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and it’s a way the alliance measures efforts to reduce homelessness. The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave. will serve as the command center for this year’s event.

39. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

40. RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan -

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

41. Crime-Ridden, Neglected Apartments Come Under Fire -

Several Memphis apartment complexes with long records of neglect and crime issues are the targets of a renewed political and bureaucratic push to improve conditions.

The efforts are a new front in the recent city movement to tackle Memphis’ blight problem. And it’s a front that invites skepticism.

42. Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton -

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

43. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

44. Last Word: Legislature's Return, Uber Pilot, Minivan Comeback and Bowie's Exit -

The gavel falls in Nashville.
The Tennessee legislature is back in session Tuesday. This is an election year session for the legislature. So it will be short – likely an early April adjournment. But that doesn’t mean the session is without expectations from outside Nashville.

45. Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17 Million -

601 Wolf River Blvd.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $17 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015

46. Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future -

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

47. Shelby County Tax Property Sale Features Two Firsts -

When the Shelby County Trustee’s office puts a set of tax delinquent properties up for auction Jan. 19-21, it will be a first in several ways.

The auction will be the first such sale in Tennessee online and it will be the first tax sale with shorter redemption periods for some of the property, depending on how far behind the original owner is on their property taxes.

48. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...

49. Strickland Wades Into River Concerns -

The local agencies that respond to natural disasters learned a lot four years ago when the Mississippi River was rising in Downtown Memphis.

And many of those lessons are being used as the river approaches a crest on Friday, Jan. 8, estimated to be 40.5 feet on the river gauge.

50. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

51. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

52. McKinney Appointed as Shelby County Lobbyist -

Assistant County Attorney David E. McKinney is Shelby County government’s new director of legislative affairs.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced McKinney’s appointment Tuesday, Dec. 29, to take effect Jan. 1.

53. Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company -

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

Johnson Development Associates, Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties, LLC, has unloaded the Mall of Memphis land in a Dec. 29 warranty deed.

54. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

55. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

56. McKinney Appointed as New County Government Lobbyist -

Assistant County Attorney David E. McKinney is Shelby County government’s new director of legislative affairs.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced McKinney’s appointment Tuesday, Dec. 29, to take effect Jan. 1.

57. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

58. Family Safety Center Awarded Grant for Shelter Services -

For women escaping domestic violence, overcrowded shelters only aggravate a fragile transition. To ensure safety, the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County is adding temporary hotel and apartment housing to its list of domestic violence services.

59. The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015 -

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

60. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

61. Shipping Containers to Become Shelters for LGBTQ Youth -

Memphis’ homeless shelters aren’t safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth, says Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center executive director Will Batts. He’s seen too many kids kicked out of their homes only to be assaulted in shelters or turn to drastic measures.

62. Memphis Business Community Shows Giving is 365 Days a Year -

Parties, family gatherings, checking off lists, decorations – it’s no wonder the holidays add a whole extra layer of stress during December.

But in Memphis, where there are so many needs that are only magnified during the holidays, it’s a time that the business community steps out to help the city’s vast nonprofit community provide a little extra Christmas spirit.

63. Last Word: Santa's Bag, Google at Hemlock and the 20 Percent Threshold -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

64. Developers Buy Land For Downtown Cambria Hotel -

The two Ohio-based development firms planning to build a Cambria Hotel & Suites in Downtown Memphis have purchased the property for the proposed 166-unit hotel.

C&O Memphis LLC, an entity affiliated with Ceres Enterprises LLC and The Orlean Co., purchased the 3.2-acre vacant property on the south side of Union from CCL Label for $3.5 million, according to a Dec. 17 warranty deed.

65. To Combat Lot Shortage, Developers Take on Small Subdivisions -

With landlocked urban areas and a dwindling supply of vacant lots, developers are looking to increase Memphis’ density one house at a time with single-family residential infill projects.

“The problem in Memphis is that the cost of lots with a house on it, in the most desirable areas of Memphis are extremely high,” said Keith Allen, principal of Keith Allen Homes and president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

66. Last Word: More Medical Expansions, Norris & Harris and Christmas In Hell's Kitchen -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

67. Young Named City HCD Director By Strickland -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland has named Paul Young as the director of the city’s division of Housing and Community Development.

68. Editorial: New Faces, Familiar Questions at City Hall -

The new Memphis City Council will face some old issues and questions at the outset of their four-year term.

But as new councilwoman Patrice Robinson pointed out in our cover story, the challenge will be to move beyond treading water in the deep end of the political pool.

69. Council's New Crop -

They ran in the considerable shadow of the most competitive Memphis mayoral race in a generation. The new Memphis City Council that takes office with Mayor-elect Jim Strickland in January isn’t necessarily a generational shift. It doesn’t signify a wholesale ousting by the electorate, either.

70. Last Word: The Force Reawakens, Methodist Expands and Setting Up 2016 -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

71. Board Denies Plans for Used-Car Lot in South City -

Plans for a used-car lot on Vance Avenue have been shot down by the Shelby County Board of Adjustment.

The half-acre lot at 704 Vance was the center of controversy at the board’s Wednesday, Dec. 16, meeting, drawing opposition from residents, stakeholders, developers and the Memphis Housing Authority.

72. CFGM Grants $220K To Group of 17 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has announced its latest round of grants, some $220,000 in “capacity building” funds for area nonprofits.

“These grants are for mature nonprofits,” said Ashley Harper, director of grants and initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “This is not startup funding. We feel like with our limited budget, this is a good niche for us.”

73. EDGE Approves $40M Graceland Bond Sale -

At its Dec. 16 board meeting, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved selling $40 million worth of taxable bonds to help finance the 120-acre Graceland Revitalization Plan.

74. Proposed Used Car Lot In South City Draws Ire -

An applicant seeking to operate a used car lot at 704 Vance Ave. will go before the Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 16, in what seemingly would be a cut-and-dry affair with the BOA staff recommending conditional approval.

75. The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...

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

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

77. Interstate Numbers Fuel Mississippi Economic Development -

Highway, routes and interstates can be a numbers game when they show up on maps.

And it is common for the same stretch of road to have several numbers and designations.

But in October, the part of U.S. 78 between New Albany, Miss., and the Alabama state line became Interstate 22.

78. Vanderbilt Study Compares ASD, I-Zone Achievement -

Add a new study from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College to the local debate about the two school sets aimed specifically at turning around Tennessee’s failing educational institutions.

The study, released Tuesday, Dec. 8, looks at student achievement over the first three years of the state-run Achievement School District and the locally run Innovation Zone Schools. It finds I-Zone gains are greater than ASD gains, but there are some important caveats within the Vanderbilt researchers’ conclusions.

79. Wharton Touts Memphis’ Emergence in Exit Interview -

He didn’t win re-election, but A C Wharton says he did change the city’s politics in his six years as mayor.

“It would be the epitome of naivete to say that there are not some folks who still try to thrive politically on dividing us. I guess that will always be,” Mayor Wharton said in a Tuesday, Dec. 8, exit interview with The Daily News. “But by and large, I am convinced that most people are set on saying, ‘Let’s get along.’ It’s tough enough out there with us working together. Imagine what it will look like if we don’t. … I believe we are on our way.”

80. County Commission Ends Year With Nonprofit Grants -

Shelby County Commissioners met for the last time in 2015 Monday, Dec. 7, in an hour-long session void of any arguments about money or attorneys. They focused on a set of grants for local nonprofits instead.

81. Bass Berry & Sims Plans $2.1 Million Renovation -

100 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $2.1 million

Application Date: December 2015

82. The Week Ahead: Dec. 7, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from gift shopping at the Memphis Indie Holiday Market to the latest Beale Street developments ...

83. Central Station Lease Approved, Clearing Path to Redevelopment -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 99-year lease of Central Station by private developers from the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The group plans to develop the property – including the train station – into a mixed-use project to include a movie theater, expanded market place, apartments and a hotel.

84. Coca-Cola Opens $5M Memphis Hub -

Wednesday, Dec. 2, marked the grand opening of Coca-Cola Refreshments’ $5 million regional warehouse and distribution center.

The 270,000-square-foot facility is at 3014 Alaska Street in the Southpoint Business Park.

85. Central Station Lease Approved, Clearing Path to Redevelopment -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 99-year lease of Central Station by private developers from the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The group plans to develop the property – including the train station – into a mixed-use project to include a movie theater, expanded market place, apartments and a hotel.

86. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal' -

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

87. Memphis, North Mississippi Competition Raises Questions -

When leaders of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine didn’t grant developers a $24 million tax abatement to build an industrial park on the site of the former Mall of Memphis, some saw it as more kindling for competition between the industrial markets of North Mississippi and Southeast Shelby County.

88. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

89. Central Station Lease Approved, Clearing Path to Redevelopment -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 99-year lease of Central Station by private developers from the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The group plans to develop the property – including the train station – into a mixed-use project to include a movie theater, expanded market place, apartments and a hotel.

90. Feast On: Looking Back at Busy 2015 for Memphis Restaurants -

Belly Acres co-owner Ben McLean can hardly believe it’s been a year since his farm-to-table burger restaurant in Overton Square first opened its doors.

91. Makowsky Ringel Greenberg Buys 8 Acres Near Broad Avenue -

The bids have been opened. Memphis-based multifamily housing manager and developer Makowsky Ringel Greenberg won the eight acres of vacant Sam Cooper right-of-way announced for sale early last month.

92. Coca-Cola Opens $5M Memphis Hub -

Wednesday, Dec. 2, marks the grand opening of Coca-Cola Refreshments’ $5 million regional warehouse and distribution center.

The 270,000-square-foot facility is at 3014 Alaska Street in the Southpoint Business Park.

93. Bids Are In For Sam Cooper Real Estate -

Bids came due Monday, Nov. 30, for eight acres adjacent to Sam Cooper Boulevard and owned by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

94. Ikea Memphis to Break Ground Next Week -

Ikea will break ground on its new Memphis-area store next week.

The Thursday, Dec. 10, event will take place at 11 a.m. at the site of the future Ikea store in Cordova off Germantown Parkway.

95. St. Jude Files $10 Million Construction Permit -

650 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $10 million

Application Date: Nov. 24, 2015

Owner: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tenant: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

96. LEDIC Signs Lease For New Memphis HQ -

LEDIC’s new headquarters is official.

The Memphis-based manager, owner and developer of multifamily properties around the country has signed a long-term lease at 555 Perkins Extended, according to a Tuesday, Nov. 24, announcement from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

97. Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date -

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Linkous Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for Ikea’s Memphis project, which is set for a groundbreaking next month and a fall 2016 opening.

98. The Week Ahead: Nov. 30, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from snow and sledding at the Levitt Shell to orientation for members of the new Memphis City Council...

99. LEDIC Plans Drone Flight School, Security Program -

LEDIC president and CEO Pierce Ledbetter is making a big bet on drones.

The Memphis-based company’s new $10.2 million headquarters will house the area’s only drone flight school intended to certify operators in the newly forming commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle marketplace. It also will include a drone manufacturing facility.

100. LEDIC Signs Lease For New Memphis HQ -

LEDIC’s new headquarters is official.

The Memphis-based manager, owner and developer of multifamily properties around the country has signed a long-term lease at 555 Perkins Extended, according to a Tuesday, Nov. 24, announcement from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.