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1. After 40 Years of Pro Tennis, Will Memphis See Another? -

You can’t tell the players – or the owners – without a scorecard.

That’s the recent history of what is presently called the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster.

It is, specifically speaking, an ATP World Tour 250 event.

2. Planetarium Rings in New Era at Pink Palace -

When the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium reopened to the public Saturday, Jan. 30, it was an important step in the transformation of the Pink Palace Family of Museums’ campus.

The museum, 3050 Central Ave., is undergoing a multi-year master plan that saw work begin in 2013. When complete in 2021, the property will be transformed with a completely renovated museum building and mansion to go along with other features.

3. 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…

4. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value -

In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.

There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.

5. Memphis Sports Leaders to Speak on Local Impact -

You will find Memphis sports fans everywhere – including in the Redbirds dugout at AutoZone Park.

“Our players like having the NBA here and FedExForum nearby,” said Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger.

6. In the Game -

Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

7. Saban Is Tops, Busch Upgrades, Grizz 100-1 -

I really don’t like the debates about the greatest player or coach. But it was unavoidable this past week after Alabama won its fourth national championship under Nick Saban (his fifth, having also won as coach at LSU).

8. Stubby and Bo Know First Big-League Hit Is Forever -

They will always remember the first one because in baseball, there is no charity.

June 22, 2001, the St. Louis Cardinals are losing 10-5 to the San Francisco Giants when Stubby Clapp, back-flipping hero to Memphis Redbirds fans, leads off the bottom of the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter.

9. 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...

10. Ballpark Digest Lauds AutoZone Park Renovations -

Extensive improvements before last baseball season earned AutoZone Park Ballpark Digest's Best Ballpark Renovation Award (over $6 million category) for 2015.

"AutoZone Park has always been one of the leading venues in Minor League Baseball, but there's no doubt it had become a dated facility," said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. "With the St. Louis Cardinals coming on board as owners, it was clearly important to Cards team leaders and the Redbirds front office that the fan experience be significantly enhanced."

11. SEC Still Overrated? Wrap Your Head Around SEC West, Says Bielema -

That an Arkansas team played its best football at season’s end, coming into Memphis and defeating Kansas State 45-23 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, hardly qualifies as a surprise.

But the Southeastern Conference’s eight bowl wins – the most by a conference in a season – did seem to shake up some folks.

12. Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact -

Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.

And it could turn out to be quite the edge for the Panthers in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.

13. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils -

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.

14. Ballpark Digest Lauds AutoZone Park Renovations -

Extensive improvements before last baseball season earned AutoZone Park Ballpark Digest's Best Ballpark Renovation Award (over $6 million category) for 2015.

"AutoZone Park has always been one of the leading venues in Minor League Baseball, but there's no doubt it had become a dated facility," said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. "With the St. Louis Cardinals coming on board as owners, it was clearly important to Cards team leaders and the Redbirds front office that the fan experience be significantly enhanced."

15. 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.

16. Liberty Bowl Sold Out, Parking Could Be an Issue -

The 57th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Arkansas vs. Kansas State, is sold out. The game, slated to begin at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, is the first sellout since the Razorbacks’ appearance in the game six years ago.

17. The Good and Bad of Memphis’ Fortune 500 -

During a breakfast meet-and-greet with young professionals earlier this fall at International Paper’s newly opened building on its Poplar Avenue campus, IP chairman and CEO Mark Sutton recalled attending an investor day event during his first month on the job.

18. 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.

19. Last Word: Drones, Haslam's Year and Bygone Sports Logos -

Drones. Yes, drones -- which seem to be an odd match for a column called Last Word since there will be many more words written about them and their technological impact.

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has funding for 11 research projects that will includes drones as well as robotics and autonomous vehicles.

20. Razorbacks Hope Roller-Coaster Season Ends On High Note -

They lost to Toledo. That in itself created a good-sized emotional earthquake among Arkansas Razorback fans.

And then came two more losses.

With a 1-3 start to the season – the lone victory over UTEP – the Razorbacks might have packed it in. But then they defeated Tennessee. Lost to Alabama the following week to fall to 2-4, but then reeled off four straight wins – including a four-overtime thriller over Auburn and upsets at No. 18 Ole Miss and at No. 9 LSU.

21. Last Word: Watching The River, The Clerk's Inner Circle and Universal Bankers -

The Mississippi River is on the rise here and elsewhere which means for many of us the New Year will include a look at the river and memories of 2011 when the river at Memphis was the highest it had been since the record 1937 flooding.

22. Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea -

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.
The beginning of the series of storms and tornadoes they spawned killed eight people in North Mississippi where recovery is still a fact of life in this last week of 2015.
This will be a week of funerals and damage assessments for federal disaster aid throughout our region.
And you will hear more stories of escapes and new beginnings after losing everything of any material value.
But even in our spared city, our thoughts will return instinctively to the young lives taken so suddenly and so close to the family gatherings in which our youngest give so much more in the way of hope than they will realize at this tender age.

23. 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?

24. Snapshot: Liberty Bowl Stadium, Field Ready for the Big Game -

Leslie Mimms paints the AutoZone logo on the 25 yard line in preparation for the upcoming Liberty Bowl. The Saturday, Jan. 2, game between Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas kicks off at 2:20 p.m.

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25. 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.

26. 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.

27. Downtown Agency Looks to Tighten Up Hotel Tax Breaks -

To keep tourists flowing to Downtown, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. grants tax breaks, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentives, for hotel developers. Such readily available incentives have helped create a market with 15 hotels and 3,000 rooms in Downtown Memphis.

28. Blues Foundation Announces Awards Nominations -

The Blues Foundation has announced the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the Memphis-based international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center May 5.

The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians and fans from all over the world.

29. Cardinals Caravan Returns To Memphis Jan. 15 -

The annual St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will roll into Memphis and AutoZone Park on Friday, Jan. 15. The night’s activities are slated to begin at 6:30.

In the days ahead, the Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds will announce list of current and former Cardinals/Redbirds scheduled to attend.

30. Cardinals Caravan Returns To Memphis Jan. 15 -

The annual St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will roll into Memphis and AutoZone Park on Friday, Jan. 15. The night’s activities are slated to begin at 6:30.

In the days ahead, the Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds will announce list of current and former Cardinals/Redbirds scheduled to attend.

31. Blues Foundation Announces Awards Nominations -

The Blues Foundation has announced the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the Memphis-based international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center May 5.

The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians and fans from all over the world.

32. 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...

33. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Brings Snyder, Bielema Back Together -

In their last game of the regular season, the Kansas State Wildcats were sitting on five wins and down 10 points at halftime. They rallied to defeat West Virginia 24-23.

And all it took was the usual 97-yard kick return for a touchdown, courtesy of senior Morgan Burns.

34. Slive to be Honored by AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Spirit of 1776 Award.

Slive will be honored at the Players & Coaches Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. The luncheon will begin at noon. Tickets can be purchased by calling the AutoZone Liberty Bowl offices at 901-795-7700.

35. AutoZone, SouthernSun, Loeb Donate to Artspace Lofts -

The Artspace South Main Artist Lofts development has three new supporters and made significant strides in its fundraising goal this week.

SouthernSun Asset Management and Loeb Properties Inc. each donated $10,000 to fund the affordable housing development, and AutoZone made a “major contribution” in line with donations made by The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Pyramid Peak Foundation, the city of Memphis, Downtown Memphis Commission, Ford Foundation and the Hyde Family Foundations.

36. Grizzlies’ Footprint Growing Across Region; Redbirds, RiverKings Try to Hit Their Niches -

Decades ago, the St. Louis Cardinals used their vast radio network to extend their brand across the middle of America. Even today, they have more than 130 affiliated stations in eight states.

“The Cardinals did a great job through their radio outreach,” said John Pugliese, Memphis Grizzlies vice president of marketing, communications and broadcast.

37. AutoZone, SouthernSun, Loeb Donate to Artspace Lofts -

The Artspace South Main Artist Lofts development has three new supporters and made significant strides in its fundraising goal this week.

SouthernSun Asset Management and Loeb Properties Inc. each donated $10,000 to fund the affordable housing development, and AutoZone made a “major contribution” in line with donations made by The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Pyramid Peak Foundation, the city of Memphis, Downtown Memphis Commission, Ford Foundation and the Hyde Family Foundations.

38. Events -

Central Defense Security will host a job fair Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Ave. CDS is seeking armed and unarmed guards for Memphis-area clients. For more information, visit centdef.com.

39. A Bowl Game, By Any Name, Is a Chance for Another Victory -

Once upon a time, all you needed was a tuft of Cotton, a taste of Orange, a simple Rose and a cup of Sugar. That was your college football bowl season.

But the 2015-16 bowl season is full of often long, usually corporate, and frequently wacky college bowl names given to games with sometimes questionable purpose.

40. AutoZone Profit, Sales Up in Latest Quarter -

Ahead of its annual meeting in Memphis next week, AutoZone’s fiscal first-quarter results for the period ended Nov. 21 showed the car parts retailer working to deliver on its 2016 operating mantra: “Yes, we’ve got it.”

41. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Disney’s “Newsies” Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Dec. 13 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

42. Memphis in May Announces New Event -

After announcing earlier this year that it would retire the annual Sunset Symphony, Memphis in May International Festival has revealed a new event to its monthlong lineup.

The Great American River Run will be held Saturday, May 28. It will include a half-marathon and 5K run with a course showcasing the Mississippi River and Downtown Memphis.

43. Slive to be Honored by AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Spirit of 1776 Award.

Slive will be honored at the Players & Coaches Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. The luncheon will begin at noon. Tickets can be purchased by calling the AutoZone Liberty Bowl offices at 901-795-7700.

44. 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 ...

45. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis, will host its AutoZone Liberty Bowl Night on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Head coaches from the SEC and Big 12 teams playing the Liberty Bowl will speak. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

46. AutoZone Park to Be Site Of Triple-A National Championship -

In conjunction with the Pacific Coast League and International League, AutoZone Park will serve as the host site of the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game.

Minor League Baseball's premier event – set for Sept. 20 – will be televised live to a national audience on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. and will pit the PCL champions against the winner of the International League's Governors' Cup in a one-game, winner-take-all championship.

47. 22 Sports Blessings Worth Giving Thanks For -

Counting the blessings and giving sporting thanks for:

• John Calipari not hiring Keelon Lawson.

• Women who don’t like football but still let their men watch football on Thanksgiving. Y’all get it.

48. AutoZone Park to Be Site Of Triple-A National Championship -

In conjunction with the Pacific Coast League and International League, AutoZone Park will serve as the host site of the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game.

Minor League Baseball's premier event – set for Sept. 20 – will be televised live to a national audience on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. and will pit the PCL champions against the winner of the International League's Governors' Cup in a one-game, winner-take-all championship.

49. AutoZone Taps New Senior Vice President -

AutoZone is promoting Rick Smith, its vice president for store operations, to senior vice president of human resources and customer satisfaction in January.

50. SRVS Program Helps People With Disabilities and Employers Who Hire Them -

Mike Harris is production manager at American Stairways Inc. on Lamar Avenue. He has a warehouse full of employees and, just saying it like it is, some are happier to be there than others.

51. AutoZone Taps New Senior Vice President -

AutoZone is promoting Rick Smith, its vice president for store operations, to senior vice president of human resources and customer satisfaction in January.

52. AutoZone Announces Four Promotions -

AutoZone has made a handful of promotions among the ranks of its senior leadership team.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer has promoted four to the title of senior vice president, overseeing different aspects of the business:

53. AutoZone Announces Four Promotions -

AutoZone has made a handful of promotions among the ranks of its senior leadership team.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer has promoted four to the title of senior vice president, overseeing different aspects of the business:

54. AutoZone announces four promotions -

AutoZone has made a handful of promotions among the ranks of its senior leadership team.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer has promoted four to the title of senior vice president, overseeing different aspects of the business:

55. Analysis: AutoZone Firing on All Cylinders, But Still Room for a Tune-Up in Places -

AutoZone finds itself in a position at the moment that any retailer would surely envy.

One of Memphis’ most successful, industry-leading homegrown companies, it’s also one of the largest auto parts retailers in the country and something of a Wall Street darling with a stock price that’s tended to consistently move up and to the right.

56. St. Jude Prepares to Launch Fundraising Campaign -

St. Jude’s annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign is a few weeks away from launch.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million, funds that support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop.

57. St. Jude Prepares to Launch Latest Fundraising Campaign -

St. Jude’s annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign is a few weeks away from launch.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million, funds that support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop.

58. AutoZone Board Authorizes $750 Million Share Buyback -

AutoZone is adding another $750 million to its ongoing share buyback program, the Memphis-based car parts retailer announced after market close on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The company said that including the new amount authorized by its board, AutoZone has since 1998 authorized share buybacks worth $16.4 billion.

59. AutoZone Board Authorizes $750M Share Buyback -

AutoZone is adding another $750 million to its ongoing share buyback program, the Memphis-based car parts retailer announced after market close on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The company said that including the new amount authorized by its board, AutoZone has since 1998 authorized share buybacks worth $16.4 billion.

60. AutoZone Increases Share Buyback, Announces Executive Changes -

AutoZone is adding another $750 million to its ongoing share buyback program, the Memphis-based car parts retailer announced after market close on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The company said that including the new amount authorized by its board, AutoZone has since 1998 authorized share buybacks worth $16.4 billion.

61. Symphony Highlights Bass Pro’s ‘Flocktoberfest Fireworks’ -

Though the Sunset Symphony’s 39-year run is over, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is carrying on the tradition with a free blockbuster event this month.

Flocktoberfest Fireworks will take place at dusk on Friday, Oct. 23, directly outside The

62. Komen Race for the Cure Finalizes Downtown Course -

The Memphis-MidSouth Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, slated for Oct. 31, has finalized the route for its first Downtown 5K race, certified by the Road Running Technical Council.

Starting and finishing at AutoZone Park, the route will lead more than 15,000 participants to Front Street, passing the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Raymond James tower. It then will continue to Riverside Drive and up Beale Street, passing Beale Street Landing, The Orpheum Theatre, the new Hard Rock Cafe and BB King’s Blues Club.

63. Symphony Highlights Bass Pro’s ‘Flocktoberfest Fireworks’ -

Though the Sunset Symphony’s 39-year run is over, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is carrying on the tradition with a free blockbuster event this month.

Flocktoberfest Fireworks will take place at dusk on Friday, Oct. 23, directly outside The

64. Komen Race for the Cure Finalizes Downtown Course -

The Memphis-MidSouth Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, slated for Oct. 31, has finalized the route for its first Downtown 5K race, certified by the Road Running Technical Council.

Starting and finishing at AutoZone Park, the route will lead more than 15,000 participants to Front Street, passing the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Raymond James tower. It then will continue to Riverside Drive and up Beale Street, passing Beale Street Landing, The Orpheum Theatre, the new Hard Rock Cafe and BB King’s Blues Club.

65. Creating Community for Everyone -

Many of us may take for granted the relative ease in which we live, work and play in our communities. For thousands of Memphians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it’s not always a simple matter.

66. AutoZone Profit Up 7.4 Percent in Fiscal Fourth Quarter -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. has been scoring double-digit earnings-per-share growth every quarter for nine years running, a trend that predates Apple’s introduction of the first iPhone in 2007.

67. Memphis Zoo Preps for Largest Annual Fundraiser -

It’s a busy week at the Memphis Zoo as the destination prepares for Zoo Rendezvous, its largest annual fundraiser.

The Saturday, Sept. 12, event – dubbed Viva la Zoo! this year – will be held at the zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Memphis Zoo will close to the public at 3 p.m. Saturday with last admission at 2 p.m.

68. Southern Heritage Classic Founder’s Vision: Go Big -

It’s a funny question to him now, 26 years down the line and the Southern Heritage Classic an unquestionable success.

So founder Fred Jones Jr. laughs when asked if he had to bankroll the first game with mostly his own money.

69. Tony Allen: Memphis Pitchman in More Ways Than One -

He can turn up just about anywhere, do just about anything.

The NBA knows this because everyone has seen Tony Allen inside Klay Thompson’s jersey and Kevin Durant’s head.

70. Redbirds Players Try For One Last Impression on Cardinals -

In a Triple-A baseball clubhouse, Aug. 31 doesn’t just fade into Sept. 1 and a meaningless flip of the calendar. The first of September marks the expansion of big-league rosters, so if you’re a Memphis Redbird on the parent St. Louis Cardinals’ 40-man roster, you’re hopeful of getting called up.

71. Memphis Redbirds Paint AutoZone Park in Beale Street Blue -

Wearing his signature No. 9, Tony Allen threw out the first pitch at the Memphis Redbirds’ Grit & Grind Night at AutoZone Park. Allen also signed autographs for fans.

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72. Final Memphis Redbirds Homestand Starts Monday -

The Memphis Redbirds are celebrating the city of Memphis during the final four home games of the season.

The team is partnering with the Memphis Grizzlies, Choose901 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others.

73. Grizzlies Caravan Rolling Along, Hoping To Pick Up Fans Beyond Memphis -

Tony Allen will throw out the first pitch at AutoZone Park and mascot Grizz will toe the rubber before a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

74. Forum Connects Minority Businesses, Econ Opportunities -

This week’s Economic Development Forum is an opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses to connect to opportunities in the Memphis area.

In its eighth year, the forum is presented by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and runs Tuesday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 27. Some 6,000 to 7,000 attendees are expected over the three-day event held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, said Luke Yancy III, president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum.

75. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

76. Raymond James Hosting Dunk-for-the-Cure Fundraiser -

Raymond James will host a Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth fundraiser in Downtown Memphis Friday, Aug. 21.

The public Dunk-for-the-Cure event will offer participants a chance to bid on dunk-tank attempts. Special guests on tap for the tank include Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris, Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace and St. Jude AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart.

77. Memphis Redbirds, Grizzlies Partner for ‘Grit & Grind Night’ -

The Memphis Redbirds and Memphis Grizzlies play in different sports and at different levels, but for years the people running the teams acted as though they were quasi-rivals.

Change has been in the works for a while – the annual Cardinals Caravan was at FedExForum this winter when AutoZone Park was getting a makeover – but now a growing partnership is in even greater evidence.

78. Jernigan Sees Big Market for Company He's Moving to Memphis -

Dean Jernigan spent the better part of a roughly 40-minute earnings presentation to analysts early Wednesday, Aug. 12, detailing not just the latest quarterly results for his newly public company, Jernigan Capital, but also why it exists in the first place.

79. Jernigan Capital Moving HQ to Memphis -

Dean Jernigan, the founder of Storage USA and a businessman with deep ties to Memphis, is preparing to move the headquarters of his newly public company, Jernigan Capital, to Memphis.

80. MIFA’s Feed the Soul Fundraiser Is ‘Memphis At Its Finest' -

Each year after MIFA’s Feed the Soul event, Sally Jones Heinz has the same thought.

“You come to this party and it really is Memphis at its finest,” said Heinz, executive director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association. “It’s such a diverse group of people having a really good time. Every year after the party’s over, I think this is how it needs to be – Memphis all together.”

81. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

82. $9.5 Million Permit Filed for New Downtown Hotel -

GCG Hospitality Inc. has pulled a $9.5 million building permit for a one-acre site at 310 Union Ave. it purchased in January.

83. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For New Downtown Hotel -

GCG Hospitality Inc. has pulled a $9.5 million building permit for a one-acre site at 310 Union Ave. it purchased in January.

84. $9.5 Million Permit Filed for New Downtown Hotel -

GCG Hospitality Inc. has pulled a $9.5 million building permit for the one-acre site at 310 Union Ave. it purchased in January.

85. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

86. Memphis Touchdown Club Scores With 2015 Speaker Lineup -

Often, the lineup of speakers for the Touchdown Club of Memphis includes one or more coaches on the hot seat. But this season, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente, Tennessee coach Butch Jones, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen all are coming off strong seasons.

87. Build Out -

Boyle Investment Co. is building a 52,000-square-foot office building at its Schilling Farms community in Collierville in which Helena Chemical Co.’s Southern Business Unit will lease half of the space.

88. SRVS, AutoZone Honored For Disability Job Efforts -

Memphis-based disability services provider SRVS and auto parts retailer AutoZone have garnered recognition from the Association of People Supporting Employment First for their contributions supporting integrated community employment for people with disabilities.

89. LRK Launches Expansion in Downtown Memphis -

Looney Ricks Kiss is embarking on an expansion of its Downtown Memphis headquarters.

The Memphis-based architecture, planning and design firm is expanding its office footprint by about 60 percent as part of a long-term lease extension at the Toyota Center building adjacent to AutoZone Park, 175 Toyota Plaza.

90. SRVS, AutoZone Honored for Disability Employment Efforts -

Memphis-based disability services provider SRVS and auto parts retailer AutoZone have garnered recognition from the Association of People Supporting Employment First for their contributions supporting integrated community employment for people with disabilities.

91. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

92. A Baseball Guy -

Bottom of the first inning at AutoZone Park, and Redbirds first baseman Dan Johnson is in the batter’s box. Oklahoma City’s pitcher winds and delivers and Johnson, a left-handed hitter, swings and makes contact. Loud contact.

93. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

94. This week in Memphis history: July 3-9 -

2014: Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says 308 police officers have called in sick during the Fourth of July holiday week in what he acknowledges is probably a “work action” by cops upset over cuts to health benefits.
The sick-out causes the department to use contingency plans, which include sending officers in units such as the Organized Crime Unit back to uniform patrol and using Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies in the Beale Street Entertainment District.

95. Memphis Redbirds' Winning Record Doesn't Extend to Attendance -

The Memphis Redbirds are running last in the 16-team Pacific Coast League’s attendance race; the St. Louis Cardinals own the best record in the 30-team on-field competition run by Major League Baseball.

96. CBU's 'New Vision’ -

As Kenrick Hall on the campus of Christian Brothers University has been prepped for demolition, leaders of the university have been preparing for what follows when the 1940s-era classroom building is gone.

97. Dick Vitale Receives Distinguished Citizen Award -

Well-known ESPN commentator Dick Vitale received the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award on Sunday, June 21.

Vitale, who previously was a college basketball coach, was the guest of honor at the kickoff event of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

98. Redbirds Begin 11-Game Homestand Tuesday -

The Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park on Tuesday, June 23, to open an 11-game homestand.

A variety of special incentives and activities are planned for fans during that stretch.

Hot dogs are just $1 at AutoZone Park for every Tuesday home game, courtesy of King Cotton. Thursdays are college nights and bluff tickets are just $5 with a valid college ID. On Fridays, the block party features $2 domestic drafts.

99. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

100. Memphis Economic Indicator Taking Third-Quarter Responses -

Investors in some of Memphis’ largest publicly traded companies are likely to feel somewhat encouraged about the current state of the economy – at least, when looking at their portfolios.