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1. Last Word: The Sound of Dominoes, Brexit Anxiety and Schilling Farms Backstory -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild makes it official – filing grievances against Gannett, the new owner of The Commercial Appeal, over the first significant changes in how the paper is put out. Those changes involve abolishing copy editing positions and making them part of the new job of digital producers.

2. Gannett Plans Restructure of Commercial Appeal Newsroom -

The union that covers newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal has begun the process of formally challenging a new series of cost-cutting and efficiency measures in the works at the paper, comparing the moves to “The Hunger Games.”

3. Grove Park Building Sells for $8.6 Million -

A Nashville-based investment group has made its first purchase in Memphis. Priam Capital has purchased the Grove Park Building at 4515 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis from GPCTN Investment Co. LLC for $8.6 million.

4. Q2 Data Show Solid Memphis Economic Picture -

Some clients of the wealth management and financial planning firm Kelman-Lazarov Inc. apparently got a little spooked by the recent decision of voters in Britain to leave the European Union.

5. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel -

Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring the possibility of rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.

6. Shea Moskovitz Adds Trial Attorney, Expands Practice Areas -

Shea Moskovitz & McGhee has added seasoned trial attorney John A. “Jack” Irvine Jr. to its team, allowing the Memphis law firm to expand its practice areas to include personal injury, commercial litigation and complex criminal defense. The firm, which was founded in 1989, historically has been dedicated exclusively to family law litigation, mediation and collaborative law services.

7. TAG Expects Truck Facility to be Operational by Mid-2017 -

TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.

8. Memphis Symposium Aims to Connect MWBEs With Opportunities -

In an effort to increase transparency in public spending, The city of Memphis will put department heads in conversation with minority- and women-owned businesses as part of the inaugural We Mean Business symposium.

9. Tennessee in Top 10 For Retail Development -

Tennessee has made the top 10 states for retail real estate development, according to a recent study by NAIOP Research Foundation.

Tennessee came in at No. 9, with commercial real estate development supporting nearly 60,000 related jobs and contributing $3.7 billion to the state’s economy.

10. Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant -

Congressman Steve Cohen has announced a $12.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go toward the modernization of the Memphis International’s Airport’s Concourse B as well as improvement of security and the access road.

11. Tennessee Joins Effort To Block Anthem-Cigna Deal -

The state of Tennessee is one of the 11 states that have joined with the U.S. Department of Justice to block the merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp.

12. ‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’ -

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

Yes, it’s of a piece with the rest of the groundswell of redevelopment and commercial activity that’s transformed Broad into a people-packed arts, retail and restaurant scene. One of those hotspots along the street is the combination coffee shop and retailer City & State, the owners of which have signed a lease at 2657 Broad for their next venture.

13. Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant -

Congressman Steve Cohen has announced a $12.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go toward the modernization of the Memphis International’s Airport’s Concourse B as well as improvement of security and the access road.

14. Tennessee Joins Effort To Block Anthem-Cigna Merger -

The state of Tennessee is one of the 11 states that have joined with the U.S. Department of Justice to block the merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp.

15. Survey: 13 Percent of Tennesseans Without Broadband Access -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A survey of state residents and businesses has found that about 13 percent of Tennesseans do not have broadband internet access.

The study was commissioned by the state Department of Economic and Community Development to determine the current state of broadband availability and to inform future options for improving access.

16. Last Word: Greg Davis Gets A New Trial, Overton Park Compromise Done and Tesla -

The one-time mayor of Southaven is getting a new trial on embezzlement charges.

A Mississippi Appeals court agreed Tuesday with attorneys for Greg Davis, who argued he could not get a fair trial in DeSoto County on the felony charges because of pre-trial publicity.

17. Threlkeld Says Metropolitan Bank Going Back In Time With New Advisory Service -

A conversation with Metropolitan Bank executives about a new business advisory platform the 9-year-old bank has just launched quickly turned into a talk about how much of a commodity business banking has become.

18. Advance Memphis Aims to Provide Workers Economic Sustainability -

“I’m always thinking about things through an economic lens,” said Steve Nash, executive director of Advance Memphis, at a recent tour of the nonprofit’s new location at 575 Suzette St.

19. Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting -

It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.

20. Strickland Reviews 6 Finalists for Police Director Position -

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is one of six finalists Mayor Jim Strickland is considering for appointment to the job on a permanent basis.

21. Tenn. in Foundation’s Top 10 For Retail Development -

Tennessee has made the top 10 states for retail real estate development, according to a recent study by NAIOP Research Foundation.

Tennessee came in at No. 9, with commercial real estate development supporting nearly 60,000 related jobs and contributing $3.7 billion to the state’s economy.

22. Conrad Named Top Industrial Broker -

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has named Memphis broker Kemp Conrad as one of the top performing real estate professionals in the country. The designation is given each year to the top 20 C&W/CA brokers based on their industrial real estate production.

23. How safe is our food? -

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

24. Metropolitan Bank Starts Capital Advisory Unit -

Metropolitan Bank has launched a new business advisory platform.

The 9-year-old bank is expanding on its traditional service offerings with a new unit, Metropolitan Capital Advisors. Longtime Memphis real estate finance professional Rob Threlkeld will head up the unit as senior managing director.

25. Crosstown Neighborhood Sees Major Improvement -

The Madison Heights subdivision surrounding the new Crosstown Concourse development in Midtown has seen home values increase 61 percent since 2013.

In 2013, the average sales price for the subdivision was $91,832 across 20 sales. In the first six months of this year there have been 11 sales averaging $147,536.

26. Last Word: Conley Makes It Official, No "Figure Heads" and Early Voting Opens -

Mike Conley signed on the dotted line about an hour before the press conference confirming that he and the Grizz front office have closed on the deal that makes him the highest paid player in NBA history… for now.

27. Metropolitan Bank Launches Metropolitan Capital Advisors -

Metropolitan Bank has launched a new business advisory platform.

The 9-year-old bank is expanding on its traditional service offerings with a new unit, Metropolitan Capital Advisors. Longtime Memphis real estate finance professional Rob Threlkeld will head up the unit as senior managing director.

28. Conrad Named Top Industrial Broker -

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has named Memphis broker Kemp Conrad as one of the top performing real estate professionals in the country. The designation is given each year to the top 20 C&W/CA brokers based on their industrial real estate production.

29. Darrius Stewart Family Sues City, Police For $17 Million -

The family of Darrius Stewart, killed a year ago this month by Memphis Police Officer Conner Schilling, has filed a $17 million lawsuit against the city of Memphis, former Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and Schilling.

30. Madison Hotel Sells to Chicago-Based Hotel Group -

79 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Date: June 21 

Buyer: 79 Madison Avenue LLC

31. Millington Groundbreaking Held for New Retail Center -

Millington leaders broke ground Tuesday, July 12, on the $36.8 million Shops at Millington Farms development at 8570 North U.S. Highway 51.

The 125,000 square feet of retail space south of Veterans Parkway is being developed by Ryan Commercial Properties LLC.

32. Police Director Lawsuit Moves to Discovery -

A Chancery Court lawsuit seeking to make public the list of applicants for Memphis Police director is moving toward a July 20 hearing before Chancellor Walter Evans.

33. Bartlett Nursery Landscaping Grows Family Tree at 22-Acre Site -

Family owned Bartlett Nursery Landscaping is enjoying its 20th year at its location on U.S. Highway 70/Summer Avenue, with more residential and commercial customers than ever looking to go green.

Much like the products it sells, the nursery has grown organically over the past two decades, expanding from a small landscaping company in West Memphis into its current lush 22-acre retail location in Bartlett.

34. Wildflowers, Natural Grasses to Benefit Kennedy Park, Greenway -

The Wolf River Conservancy is ready to award a contract to start work on the Wolf River Greenway section that includes Kennedy Park and Epping Forest on the other side of the river.

That could happen this month or in August for the northernmost section of the greenway that follows the Wolf River.

35. US Gives Tentative OK to Flights to Cuba From 10 US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War.

36. Gordon: ‘You’re Not Alone on Your Journey’ -

If you know anything about Kat Gordon at all, it’s likely the Technicolor version that’s clearest in press photos: There she is, gingham apron tied on, smile dazzling, holding a tempting plate of cupcakes or pie from her wildly popular bakery, Muddy’s Bake Shop, which now comprises two retail locations and a commercial kitchen and custom studio.

37. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

38. Tesla Crash Could Hurt Sentiment on Driverless Cars -

DETROIT (AP) – It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared.

The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a highly publicized crash could hurt those efforts.

39. Lawsuit: Disabled Woman Injured By Security at Airport -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A disabled St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient was injured, and then arrested, by security workers at a Memphis International Airport checkpoint, a lawsuit alleges.

40. Local Soda Memfizz Sees Commercial Expansion -

Memfizz, a homemade probiotic soda, has hit the shelves of several Midtown and Downtown restaurants.

More than a year ago, Steve Cantor started brewing the soda through a fermentation process using water kefir grains. Otherlands coffee bar has sold the soda for months, and a recent expansion brings Memfizz to the Curb Market, Miss Cordelia’s Grocery and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, with nearly a dozen more venues on the way

41. First Tennessee Bank Announces Promotions -

First Tennessee Bank has promoted veteran Duncan Galbreath and Jake Adams to be manager of commercial banking in Memphis and business banking manager for the Mid-South region, respectively.

42. The Week Ahead: July 4-10 -

Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…

43. Shops of Millington Farms Construction to Begin Soon -

Construction on the Shops of Millington Farms gets underway next week.

Leaders from the city of Millington, along with the Millington Industrial Development Board and the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a groundbreaking Tuesday, July 12, at 9:30 a.m. for the upcoming retail development at 8570 N. U.S. 51.

44. Last Word: Highlander, Aretha's House and When The Old Daisy Was New -

There is Highland Row and Highland Strip and they do not meet, although they are just a short walk from one another near the University of Memphis.

That is going to be a handy point of reference because the area in general – called the University District – is coming along so well that you are going to be reading more about it.

45. First Tennessee Bank Announces Promotions -

First Tennessee Bank has promoted veteran Duncan Galbreath and Jake Adams to be manager of commercial banking in Memphis and business banking manager for the Mid-South region, respectively.

46. Jonesboro Fairgrounds Sold to Church -

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – A Jonesboro church has purchased the fairgrounds site just north of the city for $6.65 million, but the Northeast Arkansas District Fair will be held there as scheduled.

47. Mayor Strickland Defends Anonymity Of Memphis Police Director Applicants -

Releasing the names of everyone who has applied for the job of Memphis Police Director would have “a chilling effect” on good candidates for the critical public safety post and “hurt public safety,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

48. Loeb Looking to Build Homes Near University of Memphis -

Loeb Properties has a piece of University of Memphis-area land under contract for purchase and the eventual construction of single-family homes.

The vacant land faces Ellsworth Street between Midland and Central avenues and was intended for townhomes as part of the Highland Row project.

49. Memphis Lawsuit Over Police Applicants Could Hinge on Nashville Legal Opinion -

The city of Memphis isn’t entitled to a list of everyone who applied for the job of Memphis Police director and will only get a list of five to six finalists from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

50. Last Word: Democrats Settle, Scotty Moore and the Top Cop Search -

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Mary Mancini ordered the Shelby County Democratic Party to settle its differences with former local party chairman Bryan Carson Tuesday and accept his offer to repay the party $6,000 at $100 a month..

51. City Responds to Police Search Lawsuit -

The city of Memphis isn’t entitled to a list of everyone who applied for the job of Memphis Police Director and will only get a list of 5 to 6 finalist from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

52. Downtown Memphis Commission Creates Temporary Grant Program for Creatives -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is accepting applications for grants that will activate the street with creative meet-ups and art installations.

Up to $5,000 is available per grant for projects that bring about creative place-making and social and professional engagement.

53. Local Soda Memfizz Sees Commercial Expansion -

Memfizz, a homemade probiotic soda, has hit the shelves of several Midtown and Downtown restaurants.

More than a year ago, Steve Cantor started brewing the soda through a fermentation process using water kefir grains. Otherlands coffee bar has sold the soda for months, and a recent expansion brings Memfizz to the Curb Market, Miss Cordelia’s Grocery and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, with nearly a dozen more venues on the way

54. Board of Regents Hires Longtime Statehouse Reporter Locker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Board of Regents has hired longtime Statehouse reporter Richard Locker as the higher education system's spokesman.

Locker succeeds Monica Greppin-Watts, who is joining the communications team at the University of Alabama.

55. Pinnacle Adds Senior VP at Memphis Headquarters -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added another professional to its growing Memphis ranks.

Lee Rudd has joined Pinnacle as a senior vice president and financial adviser, based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters at 6525 N. Quail Hollow Road.

56. Women-Led Angel Investment Network Launches -

The husband-and-wife team behind the Broad Avenue retailer City & State – Lisa and Luis Toro – are preparing to open another business in the neighborhood, a diner-style restaurant at 2657 Broad.

57. Pinch District to Move in a New Direction: Up -

The Pinch District is getting a sky-high development treatment. For decades, the north Downtown neighborhood has been known as a sea of parking lots punctuated by a handful of small businesses.

With St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announcing $1 billion in new construction, the Pinch's largest tenant is opening up its campus with new buildings, some as tall as 12 stories, in the greater Pinch neighborhood. A neighborhood-level presence is a sea change for the institution, which has grown to 2.5 million square feet behind a gated campus.

58. Pinnacle Adds Senior VP at Memphis Headquarters -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added another professional to its growing Memphis ranks.

Lee Rudd has joined Pinnacle as a senior vice president and financial adviser, based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters at 6525 N. Quail Hollow Road.

59. Overton Square Atrium Has New Operator -

On a Friday morning, the Atrium in Overton Square may host a corporate meeting, with a wedding planned for that same night.

As the event venue’s new operator, CFY Catering will manage event bookings, planning, preparation and of course, the food.

60. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

61. White House Clears Small, Commercial Drones for Takeoff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.

62. Judge Orders Wrestler Jerry Lawler, Fiancee to Stay Apart -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee judge on Monday ordered famed wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler and his fiancee to stay away from one another following their arrest on domestic violence charges.

63. Online Tax Sale Begins Wednesday -

Shelby County government’s third online sale of tax-delinquent properties begins Wednesday, June 22, at 8 a.m. and runs through Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m.

The sale is one of four each year conducted by the Chancery Court clerk and master and the Shelby County Trustee’s office.

64. NexAir to Move to Crosstown Concourse -

Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

65. NexAir to Move to Crosstown Concourse -

Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

NexAir will leave its headquarters on Corporate Avenue to become the largest for-profit tenant at the Crosstown Concourse building. Construction on nexAir’s tenant space is already underway, and the company plans to move its 65 corporate employees into the new headquarters in spring 2017. NexAir’s fill plants, distribution centers and retail stores will not be affected by the move.

66. George Lapides: One of a Kind -

Almost every George Lapides story, at least for those of us working in Memphis sports media, begins with those first impressions after arriving in town.

His town.

Seeing George take over an interview or a press conference and putting on his own full-court press when the subject was trying to skate by with lame, say-nothing answers.

67. Pinnacle Adds Professionals in Memphis, North Miss. -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has expanded its Memphis-area team again.

The bank has hired a trust adviser assistant and financial adviser assistant, both in the Quail Hollow office in Memphis. The bank also added a mortgage advisor assistant in its North Mississippi mortgage office.

68. Law Firm Relocates to Oak Court Office Building -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC is relocating from Downtown to the Oak Court Office Building.

69. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

70. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

71. Young Brings Data Focus to City Planning -

Want to gaze into the future? Hop into Paul Young’s Infiniti and ride around Downtown for an hour. “These three blocks will be something of a spine for the neighborhood,” he says, as a light rain falls on the windshield. “We envision five- or six-story buildings with restaurants and retail at street level, commercial and residential up top.”

72. EDGE Grants Incentives for TAG Truck Center, Turner Dairy -

Two longtime Memphis-area companies secured tax incentives at the June meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes will support TAG Truck Enterprises LLC’s plans for the former Mall of Memphis site as well as an expansion of Turner Dairy in the heart of Midtown.

73. ServiceMaster Lands EDGE Incentive Package -

The final piece of ServiceMaster’s local incentive package fell into place Wednesday, June 15, at a Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board meeting.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, received a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

74. AT&T Invests Nearly $200M in Memphis in Past 3 Years -

AT&T invested nearly $200 million in its Memphis-area wireless and wired networks between 2013 and 2015, the company announced this week.

The investments enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and businesses, and also enhance services that support public safety and first responders.

75. The Horse Race That (Thankfully) Never Happened -

There I was, cranking out another story, minding my own business, of course, when the phone rang.

“Newsroom, Sam Stockard,” I said. It was sometime in 1987, long before newsrooms became information centers.

76. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

77. Law Firm Relocates to Oak Court Office Building -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC is relocating from Downtown to the Oak Court Office Building.

The law firm will move from 6,883 square feet at 88 Union Ave. to 7,704 square feet at the East Memphis office building, 530 Oak Court Drive.

78. Pinnacle Adds Professionals in Memphis, North Mississippi -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has expanded its Memphis-area team again.

The bank has hired three new professionals – a trust advisor assistant and a financial advisor assistant, both in the company’s Quail Hollow office in Memphis. The bank also has added a mortgage advisor assistant in its North Mississippi mortgage office.

79. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

80. EDGE to Consider Incentives for ServiceMaster, Others -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings is one of three local companies with tax-incentive applications before the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board on Wednesday, June 15.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

81. US Airlines to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba -

HAVANA (AP) – Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, another milestone in President Barack Obama's campaign to normalize relations between Cold War foes.

82. Real Estate Road Show Returns June 16 -

A primer on Shelby County property tax sales is June 16 at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation auditorium, 20 S. Dudley St., from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

83. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

84. Show Time -

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

85. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

86. MCA Students Design Overton Square Art Map -

Loeb Properties has kicked Overton Square’s status as an entertainment destination up a notch with a newly released art map that highlights public art alongside restaurants and retail.

Loeb Properties commissioned Memphis College of Art students to design the map as part of a semester-long Design Lab course where students learned how to fulfill a project for a client.

87. Terminix Helping Reduce Mosquitoes at FESJC -

Amid growing concerns about the Zika virus, Memphis-based Terminix is using an eco-friendly solution to keep mosquitoes at bay during the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week.

Technicians from the pest-control company have spent the past few weeks spraying the solution on high-traffic areas, including holes 16-18, the clubhouse, practice facilities and the volunteer tent.

88. Real Estate Road Show Returns June 16 -

A primer on Shelby County property tax sales is June 16 at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation auditorium, 20 S. Dudley St., from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., starting with a 2 p.m. sign-in.

89. First Tennessee Eyes More Regional Business With Executive Promotions -

First Tennessee Bank has made a few changes to its Memphis-area leadership team that give new and expanded responsibilities to a pair of longtime bank executives.

90. Wal-Mart Testing Drones in Warehouses to Manage Inventory -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing drones that it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and which it said Thursday could be rolled out in the next six to nine months across its distribution centers.

91. Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction -

4572 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017

92. DMC Wants to Connect Successful South End to South City -

For the past 15 years, the Downtown Memphis Commission has concentrated its development efforts in the South Main area. The fruits of that labor, which turned an abandoned stretch of Main Street into a blossoming haven for retail and restaurants, is spilling over onto South Front Street.

93. Clark Tower Undergoing $1.2M Lobby Renovation -

Clark Tower’s lobby is getting a facelift.

Dan Walker Associates Inc. recently filed a $1.2 million building permit for “existing first floor lobby renovation” at the East Memphis tower.

94. MAA Still Entertaining Headquarters Options -

Memphis-based MAA is a year into its search for a new headquarters, and the company is moving closer to plans for a newly constructed building.

The real estate investment trust, which focuses on multifamily properties, first announced the move last summer. MAA is currently housed in nearly 43,000 square feet at 6584 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis. It is looking for an 80,000-square-foot space, with room to grow, to house its 200 local employees.

95. Pinnacle Financial Partners Makes Memphis Hires -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added some new talent in Memphis.

Leigh Brown joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist for the firm’s Cordova office. She brings a seven-year career from Wells Fargo Bank, where roles included serving as lead teller, customer sales and service representative, service manager and personal banker.

96. Downtown Memphis Commission Taking Safety Actions -

At its May 26 board meeting, discussions at the Downtown Memphis Commission dove into the death of a teenager who was shot at the corner of Second Street and Peabody Place.

“I feel this personally,” said Terence Patterson, president of the Downtown Memphis Commission. “We’re really focusing on it and making sure we’re doing everything we can, but we have to have collaboration with MPD (Memphis Police Department). But we know that we’ve got to do more.”

97. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

98. Start Co. Expands Downtown Footprint -

The venture development organization Start Co. is expanding its footprint.

The organization will now encompass the sixth floor of 88 Union Ave., increasing its current footprint by 50 percent to more than 13,000 square feet. The additional 4,500 square feet on the sixth floor will house Start Co. operations and offices for staff as well as startups, allotting the Start Lab significantly more space on the second floor for growing accelerator operations.

99. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

100. Editorial: Innovation Must Link Memphis’ Needs, Promise -

The innovation efforts starting to bear fruit in Memphis’ medical community didn’t just appear miraculously.

Leaders of this effort started to plow rock-hard ground years ago.

While business innovation is difficult, health and medical innovation aimed at commercial applications is much more brutal. The reward for a breakthrough at this level is greater, but so is the risk, with investors’ capital burned through quickly whether or not an idea is brought to fruition.