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1. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

2. VIA Productions Acquires Beale Street Studios -

Memphis-based VIA Productions is moving forward with a plan to increase its presence in the Mid-South via the acquisition of Beale Street Studios, a full-service production studio that’s also giving VIA its new headquarters.

3. Events -

Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and signing with Ed Tarkington, author of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

4. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill positions for all shifts at various accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants must bring two forms of ID and be able to pass drug screening and background checks. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385, ext. 400.

5. 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.

6. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present 2014 Tony Award winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” Tuesday, Feb. 9, through Feb. 14 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

7. Beale Street Blue -

A new sketch journalism feature by Memphis artist Martha Kelly will appear in The Daily News monthly. In its first installment, Kelly captures a scene on Beale Street.

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8. The Week Ahead: Feb. 8, 2016 -

Guys, there’s an important holiday coming up that forgetting about would mean immense trouble for you. Luckily, City & State is coming to the rescue. Head over to the Broad Avenue retailer on Friday, two days before Valentine’s Day, for “BYOB” (Bring your own Bailey’s).
Bring something like Bailey’s, Irish cream, whisky, whatever, and City & State will add it to any item you order over on the coffee side of the shop. Meanwhile, the shop has also invited the makers behind Paper & Clay and Question the Answer to be on hand with their wares to take some of the pressure off trying to decide what to buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day.

9. Events -

University of Memphis Hooks Institute will host “Stokely: A Life” author Peniel E. Joseph for a lecture, lunch and book signing Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. in the University Center River Room, 499 University St. Joseph’s biography of Stokely Carmichael won the 2014 Benjamin L. Hooks Institute National Book Award. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details.

10. This week in Memphis history: February 5-11 -

1996: Rod Stewart at The Pyramid performing in the round.

1976: The USSR gymnastics team is in Memphis for an exhibition at the Mid-South Coliseum, part of the first U.S. tour by the Soviet team. The team is honored at a reception at the home of Beale Street USA president Ronald P. Barassi in East Memphis that features paintings of Beale. The street itself is fenced off and boarded up.

11. Editorial | Help Wanted: Top Cop With View Beyond the Ranks -

Finding the city’s next top cop is the most important police director selection in a generation.

And we believe the next Memphis Police Department director must be more than a leader of the ranks.

12. 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.

13. Alexandria Smith Learning the ‘Undercurrents’ of Politics on the Job -

It would have made a good story, how another stone-hearted stockbroker that thrives on the “action” had been honing all the necessary skills since age 10.

How the future Wall Street wolf used to listen in on her grandfather’s speakerphone calls with his stockbroker and then ask questions, how the grandfather bought her shares in McDonald’s and Disney and Yahoo.

14. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Mike Fleming, president of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum, will speak. Lunch fee is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

15. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

16. Last Word: Groundhog Day's Long Shadow, Minority Percentage & The Value of Sports -

After the January into February weekend we had with its outbreak of spring fever, you might wonder if groundhogs are allowed to change their minds or if shadows that are the result of television lights count as a prediction on the winter’s length.
Or maybe it would be appropriate to have a weather map that includes the Groundhog Day immunity zones – areas where the long shadow of the groundhog does not venture.
Note to television meteorologists: This would in no way interfere with your right to declare large parts of your viewing areas as places of "potentially severe weather" far into the future. But you will need a different color for the Groundhog Immunity Zones.

17. Events -

Greater Memphis IT Council will host a Tech Tuesday event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. Mark Stephens of First Horizon Corp. will present “Dashboards & Data Analytics.” Register at memphisitcouncil.com.

18. 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.

19. Int'l Blues Challenge Underway in Memphis -

Musicians from around the world flocked to Memphis this week for The Blues Foundation’s 32nd International Blues Challenge.

The event – which runs through Saturday, Jan. 30 – is the world’s largest gathering of blues acts, according to the Memphis-based foundation, and represents an international search by the foundation and its affiliated organizations for solo/duo acts and blues bands ready to take the international stage.

20. Events -

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

21. 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.

22. International Blues Challenge Underway in Memphis -

Musicians from around the world are flocking to Memphis this week for The Blues Foundation’s 32nd International Blues Challenge.

The event – which runs Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 26-30 – is the world’s largest gathering of blues acts, according to the Memphis-based foundation, and represents an international search by the foundation and its affiliated organizations for solo/duo acts and blues bands ready to take the international stage.

23. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present a workshop titled “Free Tools That Can Help You Grow” Thursday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Learn about the free services and discounts available for TSBDC clients. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

24. The 5 Applicants for Mud Island Redevelopment -

Each company that applied to redevelop Mud Island River Park has a month to submit its detailed proposal, including specific plans and how they would be financed, to the Riverfront Development Corp.

25. Five Mud Island Proposals Go Public -

A Memphis resort hotel group headed by mortgage banker and hotel manager Paul Westphal is proposing a 500-room resort hotel and spa in Mud Island River Park that would incorporate the island’s River Walk in its lobby.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. Events -

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center will host Time for Three, dubbed “the world’s first classically trained garage band,” in concert Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

29. Editorial: Government Jobs, Contracts Are Public Business -

The search for a new Memphis Police director and a new Shelby County elections administrator. Requests for proposals to run the Beale Street Entertainment District as well as Mud Island River Park.

30. 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.

31. ‘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.

32. Bass Pro Shops Eyes Mud Island -

Mud Island’s neighbor to the east is interested in redeveloping the river park.

Bass Pro Shops is among the five companies that have submitted proposals to the Riverfront Development Corp. to oversee Mud Island River Park. And all five have advanced to a second round of the process without the RDC releasing details of the material they submitted.

33. Events -

World Series of Poker returns to Horseshoe Tunica, 1021 Casino Center Drive, from Thursday, Jan. 21, to Feb. 1. The schedule features 12 official WSOP Circuit events. The winner of the main event (Jan. 29-30) will earn a free entry into the 2016 WSOP National Championship. Visit wsop.com for details and entry fees.

34. Last Word: No Bern, Say No More and The Daily Mail Comes For A Visit -

Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t make it the city after all following the weekend’s debate among the Democratic presidential contenders.

35. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. First Tennessee Invests in Tri-State Bank -

As of Dec. 31, Tri-State Bank of Memphis has secured almost $5 million in new capital, an investment fueled in part by an “unprecedented transaction” between it and First Tennessee Bank.

39. 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.

40. 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. 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.

41. Last Word: Secrets In A Small Town, Bullard Bounce and Beale & Mud Island -

Munford! A winning Powerball ticket for the largest jackpot ever was sold in Munford and that warrants a rare exclamation mark.
Possibly two when you consider that small towns are supposed to be places where it is nearly impossible to keep a secret – at least from the other folks in the town.
The fact that it was sold at Naifeh’s, a long-standing Tipton County business institution adds to the story.
The person who bought the ticket in Munford holds one of three winning tickets which comes out to about $582 million for that ticket.
That is roughly the size of the city of Memphis operating budget.
There was a similar mystery underway Thursday in Dyersburg where someone bought a Powerball ticket worth a paltry $2 million. Probably worth an exclamation mark if I wasn’t over the limit and already feeling the unspoken disdain of my reporting brethren who are judging me harshly as you read this.

42. 4 Applicants Up for Beale Street Gig -

A Fortune 500 corporation, the Memphis-based company behind the Delta Fair, a Memphis real estate management firm with office experience, and a newly formed group of Memphians with experience in real estate, entertainment and restaurants as well as commercial development and financing. Those are the four companies that have applied to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

43. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

44. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Jan. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

45. Tourism Goes Beyond Graceland, Beale Street -

This week, hundreds of investors, community builders and federal leaders gathered at the third annual Rural Opportunity Investment Conference, which ended with a discussion of spurring economic development through tourism.

46. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “The Guest Room” author Chris Bohjalian for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

47. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Jan. 17 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

50. This week in Memphis history: January 8-14 -

1973: The Harlem Globetrotters make their first appearance on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with a game from the Mid-South Coliseum, with Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford hosting the telecast.

51. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

52. Last Word: Council Round-Up, One Beale's Third Tower and the Battle Over the ASD -

On a clear day, the song goes, you can see forever.
In Memphis though, it seems that no two politicians will see exactly the same thing or have precisely the same opinion.
On a somewhat sunny but not necessarily clear Tuesday in our fair city there was a lot to see.

53. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

54. Events -

Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free tax workshop for new businesses Thursday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Center’s Memphis Training Room, 555 Beale St. Tax specialists from local and state agencies will provide information and answer questions on complying with registration and tax requirements. Registration required. Visit tn.gov/revenue/article/tax-workshops or call 800-342-1003.

55. Carlisle: One Beale Exploring Office Tower -

Carlisle Corp. is exploring a third high-rise building to go with the luxury hotel and apartment towers in its $215 million One Beale project.

56. Last Word: Farewell For Now Midtown Kroger, Weather Hype and Tri-State Bank Clues -

A moment of silence for Midtown Kroger if you will, now that you’ve been through the New Year’s mountain of emails etc.
Where to shop with the Midtown supermarket landmark now closed was the water-cooler question of the day for those who have had a love-hate relationship with the store.
If you are a creature of habit and your habit is that store, you’ve known it by many names – Seesel’s, Seesel’s by Albertson, Schnucks and Kroger.
And as many bad names as you called its original parking lot, you came up with some new ones for the God-forsaken parking lot and its marked pedestrian walkway to hell built on the elegant ghost of the old Trousseau shop.
The store's interior wasn’t quite “Double Indemnity” tiny – think Barbara Stanwyck in cat sunglasses talking furtively over doll-like shelves to Fred MacMurray before “My Three Sons.”
But the “super” in its version of a supermarket was the 1950s black-and-white television Superman.
When Pau Gasol – the original Gasol -- was still playing for the Grizzlies, I ran across him on a late-night grocery excursion able to shop two aisles at once peering over his own aisle to the one I was on, suddenly having that feeling that someone was watching me.
An informal and decidedly unscientific sampling Monday found the alternative sites were the Kroger at Poplar and Cleveland, Cash Saver on Madison, West Memphis WalMart (a go to destination for left of Midtowners, otherwise known as Downtowners) and “I’m still waiting for Trader Joe's."
The old Midtown Kroger has closed as the new and bigger Kroger is starting to take shape behind chain link fences with tarps and other construction barriers just west of the original store but still within earshot of the Idlewild Presbyterian Church carillon.

57. Council’s First Meeting of 2016 Includes 2015 Leftovers -

Memphis City Council members begin their first council day of the year Tuesday, Jan. 5, with a slate of a dozen appointments by Mayor Jim Strickland.

58. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host a brown bag lunch titled “Seed Starting for the Edible Garden” Tuesday, Jan. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Senior manager of gardens Chris Cosby will lead this crash course on starting seeds. Free with garden admission; no registration needed. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

59. Tri-State Bank HQ Sale Heightens Speculation -

The northeast corner of Main and Beale streets is more than prime real estate; it’s historic ground with a direct connection to ongoing racial and economic issues.

Tri-State Bank, the city’s 70-year old black-owned bank, and Belz Investco announced Thursday, Dec. 31, that the bank was selling its headquarters, 180 S. Main St., to Belz Investco GP in a $3 million deal.

60. 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.

61. Tri-State Bank Sells Downtown Memphis Headquarters -

A prime piece of Downtown real estate linking Beale Street and the South Main district has been sold.

Tri-State Bank of Memphis is selling its headquarters at 180 S. Main St., on the northeast corner of Main and Beale Street, to Belz Investco GP in a $3 million deal announced New Year’s Eve.

62. The Week Ahead: Jan. 4, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? 2016 has kicked off with a full calendar – from an Elvis birthday celebration to a haunted pub crawl. So whether you’re still making your New Year’s resolutions or already have broken a few, here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about...

63. 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.

64. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Monday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to the garden. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

65. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Monday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to the garden. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

66. Strickland Takes Office Promising Change -

Things move quickly once it is decided the incumbent mayor will not be returning to City Hall.

The political spotlight shifts quickly to the new mayor who has about two months and two weeks to make some important decisions about his inner circle, set some priorities and figure out what needs to wait for more deliberation.

67. Tax Workshop Planned for New Businesses -

To get a leg up on efficient accounting practices, new businesses are invited to attend a free tax workshop held by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

At the workshop, tax specialists from local and state agencies will walk first-time business owners through the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. Business tax, tax enforcement procedures, sales and use tax will be covered.

68. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Monday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to the garden. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

69. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy outdoor entertainment, specials at Overton Square restaurants and businesses, and more leading up to a midnight surprise. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details.

70. Entrepreneurs Offer Ideas for 2016 -

New Year’s resolutions tend to run from the mundane – like exercise and eating better – to more profound life goals, professional ambitions and the like. The same is true when it comes to a city like Memphis, which stands on the precipice of what looks to be a new year of consequence on a number of fronts: political, civic, entrepreneurial and more.

71. Tax Workshop Planned For New Businesses -

To get a leg up on efficient accounting practices, new businesses are invited to attend a free tax workshop held by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

At the workshop, tax specialists from local and state agencies will walk first-time business owners through the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. Business tax, tax enforcement procedures, sales and use tax will be covered.

72. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Overton Square businesses. Check out the inside scene at Lafayette’s Music Room (details below), and enjoy outside entertainment, beer vendors and more leading up to a special surprise at midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details and specials.

73. 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.

74. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

75. 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.

76. 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?

77. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

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Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

79. This Week in Memphis History: December 25-31 -

2010: One Commerce Square officially changes hands to local ownership in the biggest Downtown office deal in a decade. The owners buy the tower from U.S. Bank for $7.6 million and pour another $20 million into renovations. The sale comes less than two weeks after Pinnacle Airlines signs a 13-year lease for up to 13 of the tower’s 29 floors.

80. Events -

Lafayette’s Music Room will host a Christmas party Friday, Dec. 25, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 2119 Madison Ave. End Christmas night with food, drinks and music by Loveland Duren (6:30 p.m.) and the Ghost Town Blues Band (10 p.m.). Visit lafayettes.com/memphis for details.

81. Events -

Lafayette’s Music Room will host a Christmas party Friday, Dec. 25, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 2119 Madison Ave. End Christmas night with food, drinks and music by Loveland Duren (6:30 p.m.) and the Ghost Town Blues Band (10 p.m.). Visit lafayettes.com/memphis for details.

82. Events -

Wolfchase Galleria will hold its Ugly Christmas Sweater contest and holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the mall’s center court, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; judging runs from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, contestants must donate a new or gently used coat or toy for The Salvation Army. Visit wolfchasegalleria.com.

83. Last Word: The Short Work Week, New Council and Alexander On Voters -

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.

84. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host “Mandalas of MBG” on Monday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Discover patterns and designs in nature, then gather materials and make nature mandalas. Cost is $2 plus garden admission; no reservation necessary. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

85. 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.

86. Hard Rock to Mark 2016 With Annual Guitar Drop -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis is tuning up for its New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop on Beale Street.

For the eighth year, Hard Rock will mark the new year as a 10-foot guitar “drops” from 100 feet over Beale at midnight.

87. Events -

Wolfchase Galleria will hold its Ugly Christmas Sweater contest and holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the mall’s center court, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; judging runs from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, contestants must donate a new or gently used coat or toy for The Salvation Army. Visit wolfchasegalleria.com.

88. Hiring of New Beale Street Manager Nears -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will soon know what it has to work with in selecting a firm to run the entertainment district on a day-to-day basis.

The deadline for real estate management companies to apply to the authority’s request for proposal or RFP was Friday, Dec. 18.

89. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Tony Bennett and special guest Antonia Bennett in concert Friday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

90. Last Word: Tennessee Brewery Changes, Taylor Berger Emerges and Food Hall Mania -

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.

91. Events -

AARP Cordova Chapter #5449 will meet for a holiday luncheon Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Cheddar’s Restaurant, 2147 N. Germantown Parkway.

92. New Beale Street Lease Gets Last-Minute Council Amendment -

One last amendment was filed before the city’s new Beale Street lease was a done deal Tuesday, Dec. 15. But as the Memphis City Council approved the agreement with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, the widow of the Beale Street Development Corp.’s former director pushed her claim that the city still hasn’t settled the old 52-year lease with the BSDC that the new authority replaces.

93. City Council Ends Year With Busy Agenda -

The last Memphis City Council meeting of 2015 came with few speeches from departing council members and a crowded agenda as well as a few leftovers the new council will have to deal with. It was a mix of a new Beale Street lease, seat backs for some Liberty Bowl bleachers, parking meters and the next phase of Graceland's expansion.

94. Hard Rock to Mark 2016 With Annual Guitar Drop -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis is tuning up for its New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop on Beale Street.

For the eighth year, Hard Rock will mark the new year as a 10-foot guitar “drops” from 100 feet over Beale at midnight.

95. 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...

96. Beale Board Approves Lease With City -

This was all supposed to be settled legally in 2014. But the stickiest legal dispute of many involving the Beale Street entertainment district may be coming back to life.

As the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority approved a 25-year lease with the city of Memphis last week, which includes five renewal options of 15 years each, it learned the city has suspended payments to the Beale Street Development Corp.

97. Beale Board Approves Lease With City -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has approved a 25-year lease agreement with the city with five renewal options of 15 years each beyond that. But there are signs of discord between the city and an old Beale Street entity that was supposed to stand down in the transition.

98. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Dec. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

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

100 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $2.1 million

Application Date: December 2015

100. 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.