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1. 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.

2. Sugar Services Begins Downtown Expansion -

Sugar Services has applied for a $1.3 million building permit for new construction at its 7 G.E. Patterson Ave. facility. Sugar Services’ expansion came with a bit of opposition from the surrounding South End neighborhood. The bulk sugar processor is one of the last remaining industrial tenants in an area dense with high-end apartments and condos.

3. Business Formed to Finish Germantown’s Enclave -

Builder-developers John Duke, Mike Murphy, Chip Tayloe and Frank Uhlhorn, along with developer Dan Turley, formed a joint venture business to finish out The Enclave, a luxury estate home infill project they saved in Germantown after it had stalled during the Great Recession.

4. Sugar Services Begins Downtown Expansion -

Sugar Services has applied for a $1.3 million building permit for new construction at its 7 G.E. Patterson Ave. facility. Sugar Services’ expansion came with a bit of opposition from the surrounding South End neighborhood. The bulk sugar processor is one of the last remaining industrial tenants in an area dense with high-end apartments and condos.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. PILOT Moves Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. New Incentives Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

12. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

13. Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis -

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.

This time the datelines are Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

14. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

15. Greensward Partisans Turn Out Two Weeks Ahead of Council Votes on Settlement -

The Overton Park Greensward wasn’t on the Memphis City Council’s agenda Tuesday, July 5. But there were plenty of partisan from the controversy in council chambers in what was a rehearsal for a council vote in two weeks on a settlement of the park’s parking problem.

16. Apple Urges Organ Donation via New iPhone Software -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every smartphone the company makes.

17. Goal of Owning Home Still Strong, and 8 Other Housing Trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans still want to own homes – if they can afford to. That's the finding of a report being released Wednesday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies.

18. Designers Transform Old Sears Tower, Maintain Its Character -

When it opens in January 2017, the Crosstown Concourse building will place users in the medical, educational and arts professions side-by-side in a 1.5-million-square-foot building.

The developers’ vision for the project is that through cohabitation, different sectors will inspire collaboration and creativity across seemingly disparate operations. That vision translates into the building’s design, which emphasizes community spaces with tenants sharing entrances and even rented space.

19. 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.

20. 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.”

21. 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.

22. McDonald's to Move to Chicago and Take Over Oprah's Old Digs -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is moving back to Chicago and taking over the old home of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that it signed a lease to move its corporate headquarters in 2018 from the leafy suburbs of Oak Brook, Illinois, to downtown Chicago. McDonald's was previously based in the city from 1955 to 1971.

23. Dignity, Honor, Respect: A Fundraising Success Story -

Do not underestimate the vision, power and tenacity of grassroots community organizations. We have seen firsthand how a well-defined vision can transform a community and the lives of its residents.

24. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

25. Your Phone May Soon Sense Everything Around You -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – the room's size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info?

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5M -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

29. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5 Million -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

30. 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.

31. Available Class-A Office Space Scarce in Memphis -

ServiceMaster is looking to relocate its headquarters into a Class A office building, and Memphis just doesn’t have room.

“For the past two years, we’ve been using those phrases,” said Ron Kastner, senior vice president with CBRE.

32. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

33. US Builders Increase Home Construction in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Builders ramped up construction of new homes in April, suggesting that the market remains solid despite sluggish economic growth at the beginning of the year.

Housing starts climbed 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The increase makes up for much of March's 9.4 percent drop in starts, a decline that partially reflected the volatile swings in residential construction on a monthly basis.

34. Delay On Larger Pinch Plan Grows Uneasy -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland met last week with representatives of Bass Pro Shops and city council member Berlin Boyd – the council member whose district includes the Pyramid, Mud Island, the Pinch District and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there was a lot of turf to discuss.

35. Samsung Gear Expands Virtual-Reality Arsenal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Smartphone maker Samsung and virtual reality specialist Oculus are trying to dazzle consumers by adding more entertainment and educational options to their Gear headset in hopes of transforming the technological curiosity into a cultural phenomenon.

36. Last Word: Behind Grit N Grind, Brooks at 100 and Massacre -

This is a 12-month-a-year basketball town. There’s the season, possibly a post season, which by NBA standards is a second season. (Yep, they are still playing.) And then there is the rest of the year when whatever has been about to boil over behind the façade of sports clichés finally begins to spill out into the open.

37. Retail, Amenities Embellish Highland Row Development -

Highland Row, a mixed-use development sprawling across an entire block in the University of Memphis area, will see its first residents this summer.

Construction began in February on the three-building project located along Highland Street between Midland and Eastland avenues.

38. Frayser Truck Stop, Hotel Developers Change Plans -

Developers of a truck stop with a hotel on Hollywood at Interstate 40 in Frayser have dropped plans for the truck stop.

Representatives of the developers, Hospitality Builders of America, announced the change Tuesday, May 3, as the city council delayed a vote on the planned development on the site of the old Treasury department store.

39. EdR Reports Net Income Of $16.7M in First Quarter -

Memphis-based EdR earned $16.7 million in net income, or 26 cents per diluted share, in the first quarter, the company announced Monday, May 2.

That compares with net income of $6.9 million, or 14 cents per diluted share, during first quarter 2015.

40. Downtown Condo Connection Added Management Service to Survive Recession -

When Karen Barrows and her husband decided to move back to Memphis from Florida to be closer to their daughter and young granddaughter, they had their eyes set on living in the heart of the city.

They previously had lived in Arlington and knew this time around they were interested in Midtown. Their daughter connected them to Kendall Haney, a Memphis Realtor who operates Downtown Condo Connection.

41. Frayser Truck Stop, Hotel Developers Change Plans -

Developers of a truck stop with a hotel on Hollywood at Interstate 40 in Frayser have dropped plans for the truck stop.

Representatives of the developers, Hospitality Builders of America, announced the change Tuesday, May 3, as the city council delayed a vote on the planned development on the site of the old Treasury department store.

42. South Front Hits its Stride as Standalone Corridor -

South Front Street, which stretches Downtown from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Central Station, is emerging as its own standalone residential and commercial corridor. What was once a heavy industrial area and warehousing district for South Main’s department stores is undergoing a transformation into Downtown’s most residentially dense neighborhood.

43. Council Approves Overton Boundary Ordinance on First Reading -

Memphis City Council members approved an ordinance Tuesday, May 3, on the first of three readings to set boundaries in Overton Park including the use of the park Greensward.

But some council members who supported a March 1 resolution that gave the Memphis Zoo control of the greensward were much more hesitant about the ordinance two months later.

44. Move Over Drones, Driverless Cars – Unmanned Ship Up Next -

SAN DIEGO (AP) – It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday – ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews.

The Pentagon on Monday showed off the world's largest unmanned surface vessel, a self-driving 132-foot ship able to travel up to 10,000 nautical miles on its own to hunt for stealthy submarines and underwater mines.

45. EdR Reports Q1 Net Income of $16.7M -

Memphis-based EdR earned $16.7 million in net income, or 26 cents per diluted share, in the first quarter, the company announced Monday, May 2. That compares with net income of $6.9 million, or 14 cents per diluted share, during first quarter 2015.

46. Last Word: Prince, Violent Crime Numbers, and a Parkside Post Script -

Prince. It’s hard to think of a musician with a more complete knowledge of music as a social and cultural force and the ability to let that force inhabit his music and what he wanted to accomplish.
It is that knowledge and its use from obscurity to the pinnacle of fame and acclaim to his own journey for personal fulfillment that, to me, defines what has been lost.
Music mattered to Prince unlike it had ever mattered before. All of the influences analyzed and synthesized by someone born in rock and roll’s first wave pushed forward in a sound that combined rock and roll and rhythm and blues and funk with purpose and confidence.
It wasn’t a denial or downplaying of any of those music categories – all were present sonically and culturally. No juggling or quick changes.
That was his talent and it’s hard to think of anyone who has been as knowledgeable, intentional and successful -- commercially and artistically – in that combination.
Prince is remembered here for not only playing the city’s largest arenas but for his legendary after shows on Beale Street that brought an entertainment insider cachet the district has rarely seen since its early 1980s reopening.
His was an intensity and sense of purpose rarely seen and possessed in such a way in the 60 years since rock and roll started in this very city, kicked off by both Rocket 88 and That’s Alright Mama.
So why couldn’t the city’s rock radio stations do more than talk about Prince into commercial breaks after another Nickelback rock block and actually play some of his music to acknowledge such a huge genre crossing artist?
Not cool.

47. Editorial: Unlocking the Real Benefits of Regionalism -

It’s easy to say regionalism should be a goal – that the leadership of all of our communities should work together for the common good of the region.

And it’s been said so often that general appeals for regionalism have become meaningless.

48. City Council Approves Parkside Development -

The Memphis City Council has approved the concept of Parkside at Shelby Farms Park, a $200 million mixed-use development on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park.

49. Last Word: When To Heal, Budget Day at City Hall and Cheese Steak Pondering -

After Sunday’s thrashing of the Grizzlies by the Spurs in their 2016 NBA playoff debut, there is a school of thought among Grizz watchers that the sooner this is over the better.
But there are others who would have a more content off season if the Grizz could win just one game in the series as they go down and then proceed back to the cave for some summer healing.
Either way, Game 2 is Tuesday in San Antonio and then FedExForum Friday for Game 3.

50. Elkington Green Takes Infill Approach in Local Housing Market -

Two young developers are filling a niche by renovating, redoing, building and selling homes in the core of the city.

Griffin Elkington and Brian Green, principals of Elkington Green, are focusing on established areas of Memphis such as Crestview, Midtown, High Point and the University of Memphis area where residential properties have maintained a similar feel for generations.

51. Facebook Shows New Ways to Chat, Stream Video -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, shop for shoes and talk with a variety of businesses by sending them direct text messages.

52. Last Word: The Zoo's Proposal, Health and Ed In Limbo and Annexation's Effect -

A busy weekend on several fronts not the least of which was Overton Park and the Greensward controversy.
The Greensward itself was pretty subdued on a chilly Saturday.
The action was to be found in an email the zoo sent out Saturday making some proposals and offering some thoughts on the traffic and parking study the Overton Park Conservancy released last week.
Here is our summary
of what the zoo is offering in what may be a new effort in the public discussion.
Of course, the private discussion which is the mediation effort continues. But it sounds like some of the mediation discussions may be finding their way into the public discussion.
The public discussion has been sporadically active but very muted so far. For instance there has been talk before of zoo parking on the eastern side of the park in what until recently was a city maintenance yard.
The proposal by the zoo was shot down pretty quickly because it included running a tram through the Old Forest.
But there are some scenarios that wouldn’t take such a tram through the Old Forest.
The zoo email from Saturday isn’t specific on how the folks who would park at the maintenance yard would get from there to the zoo.
Presumably that is grounds for some type of discussion.

53. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

54. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

55. Microsoft Pitches 'Intelligent' Conversations With Computers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft wants people to have more intelligent conversations with their computers.

The giant software company is promoting new tools for software developers to build intelligent "bots" or commercial programs that will work with Cortana, its voice-activated digital assistant, to perform tasks like booking a hotel room, ordering a meal or arranging a delivery.

56. This Week in Memphis History: March 25-31 -

2015: NBA legend Magic Johnson visits Memphis to announce his foundation will award $30,000 in college scholarships to students at Booker T. Washington High School.

2015: Developers Archie Willis and Henry Turley unveil their concept plan for the redevelopment of Central Station, including a boutique hotel by Kemmons Wilson Enterprises in the station building, a Malco movie theater and possibly a grocery store – totaling a $52 million private investment.

57. Cleaning House -

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

58. Sugar Services, an Elephant in South End Room, Plans to Stay -

In operation since 1969, Sugar Services is one of the last vestiges of the South End’s legacy as a heavy industrial area. While the factory has continued to process bulk sugar into liquid sugar from its site at 15 W. G.E. Patterson, at the southeast corner of Tennessee Street, developers attracted to the South Main Arts District have built condos and apartments on either side.

59. Blight Fight Touts New Pathway, Partnerships -

The local effort to fight blight has been in recent years a machete-like action to cut through bureaucratic red tape and get possession of the most blighted properties.

So there have been a lot of press conferences where bulldozers are featured prominently to demolish the targeted property.

60. Google Provides Early Peek at Next Android Operating System -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is previewing the next version of its Android operating system two months ahead of schedule in an effort to get the upgraded software on more mobile devices.

61. Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification -

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

62. Council Rejects Hotel At Jackson and Front -

Memphis City Council members rejected a hotel with retail Tuesday, March 1, on the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and Front Street, across from The Pyramid in the Pinch District, that was first proposed last year.

63. Old Motel Moratorium Could Go -

For more than two decades it’s been a ritual of the Memphis City Council. A developer proposes a new motel or there is an ownership change at an existing motel. Either way the proposal makes its way to the council because the city requires a special use permit.

64. Council Rejects Hotel at Jackson and Front -

Memphis City Council members rejected a hotel with retail Tuesday, March 1, on the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and Front Street, across from The Pyramid in the Pinch District, that was first proposed last year.

65. RVC, Mansion to Give More Specifics on Mud Island Plans -

The CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis says his company is “ready to invest $10 million of our own capital that is currently available and ready to deploy.”

Andy Cates made the assurance in the company’s proposal to the Riverfront Development Corp. that was one of the two finalists picked Monday, Feb. 29, by an RDC committee.

66. Council Approves Zoo Control of Overton Greensward Section -

Memphis City Council members voted 11-1 Tuesday, March 1, to grant the Memphis Zoo control of the northern part of the Overton Park Greensward.

The control comes in a resolution that surfaced earlier in the day Tuesday after a weekend of rumors about such a move by some on the council.

67. City Council Considers Frayser Truck Stop -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, March 1, on a 20.8-acre convenience store, hotel, restaurant and truck wash at the Hollywood Street and Interstate 40.

The development by Hospitality Builders of America Inc. is on the site of the old Treasury department store.

68. Mud Island Management Search Narrows to Two -

A committee reviewing proposals to manage the Mud Island River Park has narrowed the field of four contenders down to two.

The Riverfront Development Corp. working committee has narrowed the field to RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis and Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC.

69. EdR Reports 34 Pct. Drop In Fourth-Quarter Earnings -

EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in funds from operations but a sharp drop in net income.

The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2015, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.

70. Retail Projects in Memphis Suburbs, Oxford Staple of Trezevant Realty Corp. -

Germantown-based Trezevant Realty Corp. has deep roots in the Mid-South commercial real estate market, and the uptick in the economy has more projects moving full-steam ahead.

71. EdR Reports 34 Percent Drop in Q4 Earnings -

EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in revenue but a sharp drop in net income.

The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2014, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.

72. Medical Area Ready For Residential Development -

Every week day, 16,000 people go to work in the two-and-a-half square mile area that is the Memphis Medical Center District.

Add the 8,000 students to the workers at the eight major institutions in the district and you have more than a sell-out crowd for an event at FedExForum in that area every working day.

73. Tentative Agreement Emerges for Pinch Hotel -

After six months of negotiations and delays in votes by the Memphis City Council, there is an agreement for the construction of a hotel with retail space across Front Street from The Pyramid.

The council delayed a vote on the development Tuesday, Feb. 16, until the March 1 council meeting.

74. Pinch District Hotel Close to Reality -

After six months of negotiations and delays in votes by the Memphis City Council, there is an agreement for the construction of a hotel with retail space across Front Street from The Pyramid.

The council delayed a vote on the development Tuesday, Feb. 16, until the March 1 council meeting.

75. Last Word: Tiger Turmoil, Choosing Hotels and Grasshopper In The Committee Room -

When there is turmoil in the world of University of Memphis sports, it is almost impossible to hide and the turmoil inevitably surfaces toward a much faster end game than the city’s mercurial and lively politics. And then there is the period of mourning and regret -- unless the coach's name is John Calipari.
So consider these events all in the space of an overcast Tuesday afternoon.
University of Memphis cheerleaders in Overton Square and on Highland Avenue, near the campus, waving pompoms and signs urging Memphians on the drive home to support Tigers basketball.
Just before the rush hour, the university’s athletic department put out a statement that may have been intended to quell speculation about the future of Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner but which was so enigmatic that it probably did just the opposite.
You be the judge:
“We continue to receive inquiries concerning the future of Tiger basketball.
Tom Bowen
, UofM Athletic Director, the athletic senior leadership team and the Office of the President will conduct a post-season review of the men’s basketball program, as is customary with all UofM sports teams.
We urge Tiger Nation to support this team through the end of the basketball season with special attention given to the final three home games at FedExForum.”
And late Tuesday evening, the Memphis Rebounders sent an email appeal urging a strong turnout for the Wednesday UCF game at FedExForum which is also on ESPN.
“If business or family obligations prevent you from attending, please give the tickets to family, friends or me,” wrote Harold Byrd of the Rebounders, “as we have multiple requests from many who can’t afford season tickets.”

76. Council Debates, Forms Minority Business Committee -

Memphis City Council members debated at length Tuesday, Feb. 16, whether or not to form a committee to explore the lack of minority business growth locally.

The council ultimately voted to form an ad hoc committee tasked with coming up within three months a set of recommendations to improve city government’s contract spending with minority businesses.

77. Council Debates, Forms Minority Business Committee -

Memphis City Council members debated at length Tuesday, Feb. 16, whether or not to form a committee to explore the lack of minority business growth locally.

The council ultimately voted to form an ad hoc committee tasked with coming up within three months a set of recommendations to improve city government’s contract spending with minority businesses.

78. Downtown Hotel Pipeline May Deter Larger Developer -

The proliferation of limited-size Downtown hotels could make the area less attractive for the 500-room, full-service hotel Downtown desperately needs.

That was board member Rob Norcross’ warning at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Land Use Control Board. And the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau agrees that small hotels pose a risk.

79. Birth of a Product Company, Part 1 -

Editor’s note: Part one of a four-part series. A friend of mine is a stylist to the stars. If there is a movie or TV show shooting in the region, she’s on the set, making hair magic. She gets flown around the world at times. She’s in demand.

80. Artspace Pushes Back Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts are in the final stretch of fundraising with $80,000 left to close the gap on the $12.9 million project.

At a town hall meeting held earlier this month, the Artspace developers presented adjusted timelines for the affordable housing development. If Artspace meets its goal, construction could start in early May with move-in by May 2017. Previous timelines put groundbreaking at early February.

81. New Numbers: Memphis Industrial Market Breaks Records -

The Memphis industrial sector had a banner year in 2015. According to year-end data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, last year’s absorption level came in at 8.4 million square feet, 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels and a record for the market.

82. City of Rocky Top Settles Suit With Song Copyright Holders -

ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Rocky Top has settled a lawsuit with the copyright holders of the bluegrass song their town is named after.

House of Bryant Publications sued what was then the town of Lake City in 2013 in an effort to prevent the name change.

83. Artspace Pushes Back Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts are in the final stretch of fundraising with $80,000 left to close the gap on the $12.9 million project.

At a town hall meeting held earlier this month, the Artspace developers presented adjusted timelines for the affordable housing development. If Artspace meets its goal, construction could start in early May with move-in by May 2017. Previous timelines put groundbreaking at early February.

84. Council Delays MLGW Agenda, Used Car Lot -

The council also delayed for two weeks the entire Memphis Light Gas and Water Division consent agenda after councilman Reid Hedgepeth complained that the utility had done nothing about streetlights that have been out on a street in his district for a month.

85. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

86. Council Delays MLGW Agenda, Used Car Lot -

The council also delayed for two weeks the entire Memphis Light Gas and Water Division consent agenda after councilman Reid Hedgepeth complained that the utility had done nothing about streetlights that have been out on a street in his district for a month.

87. Tentative Pinch Development Plan About to Emerge -

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

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

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

89. 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.

90. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High -

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

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

91. RDC Leader: Pyramid Isn’t Translating to Tourism Elsewhere -

Toward the back of its proposal for Mud Island River Park, executives with The Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC included a few caveats for those judging the five redevelopment applications.

92. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

93. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

94. January 22-28: This week in Memphis history -

1966: Gary Pepper, president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club, makes the case to the City Commission for renaming the Mid-South Coliseum the Elvis Presley Coliseum.
It is an idea that will resurface over the years, along with other proposals to rename Memphis International Airport and the section of Bellevue Boulevard/U.S. 51 in Whitehaven that runs by Graceland. In the early 1970s the street is renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.

95. EdR Selling 5.5M Shares In Public Offering -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust EdR plans to sell 5.5 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering, the company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

EdR, which is one of the nation’s largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing, priced the stock at $35.50 per share to the public, with the offering expected to close on or about Jan. 15. The company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 825,000 additional shares of common stock.

96. Outside the Box -

Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.

97. EdR Selling 5.5M Shares In Public Offering -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust EdR plans to sell 5.5 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering, the company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

EdR, which is one of the nation’s largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing, priced the stock at $35.50 per share to the public, with the offering expected to close on or about Jan. 15. The company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 825,000 additional shares of common stock.

98. Homewood Suites Proposed For Vance Area of South Main -

A six-story Homewood Suites hotel is the latest new development proposed in the South Main Historic District.

The application to the Land Use Control Board for the hotel at 139 Vance Ave., between Mulberry and Second streets, is from NPH Investments on a lot owned by Henry and Cheri Rudner. The proposed site sits two blocks north of the National Civil Rights Museum and three blocks south of FedExForum.

99. 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.

100. 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.