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1. The Week Ahead: July 25-31 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! We’re wrapping up July with an eclectic mix of local happenings, from political campaigning to a celebration of all things Harry Potter. Plus, what you need to know about Tennessee sales tax holiday and much more…

2. Editorial: Compromise, Potential And Parkland Changes -

Maybe a certain amount of distrust will always be present in the affairs of the park that stopped an interstate.

There certainly is a good amount of “trust but verify” sentiment now that the Memphis City Council has approved the Overton Park compromise that evaded one mediation deadline and stretched right up to a second deadline before its details were set in stone.

3. Egwuekwe: ‘Expand Your Networks’ -

As a kid growing up in Memphis, Meka Egwuekwe remembers his first computer clearly: It was from Texas Instruments, the kind Bill Cosby was selling on TV. He played games for six months, then, bored, he pulled out the instruction book and began learning to program in a language called BASIC. 

4. Oklahoma City Districts Worth A Visit -

Sitting under an umbrella at a little pizza joint in the Paseo Arts District it’s hard to imagine I’m in Oklahoma City.

With a locally brewed F5 Ale in hand, the ultra-hoppy beer feels more Pacific Northwest than American Heartland. But the scorching heat and hints of Southwest architecture places me in Oklahoma.

5. Morrison Orchestrates Overton Park Compromise -

Before the Tuesday, July 19, Memphis City Council vote approving the Overton Park compromise, council member Worth Morgan commended fellow council member Bill Morrison for taking up the torch of trying to find a consensus between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

6. City Council Approves Overton Park Compromise -

Memphis City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday, July 19, the plan to create 415 new parking places for the Memphis Zoo at its front entrance and end zoo overflow parking on the Overton Park Greensward by January 2019.

7. New Center to Capitalize on Strong Retail Demand -

The shopping center at 6450 Poplar Ave. is fully constructed with tenants opening as soon as next month.

8. Last Word: The Greensward Deal, Pulpit to Protest Call and Leader Federal's HQ -

There is nothing quite like a deadline to produce results.

I’m not talking about this job, although it is more than a coincidence that the closer a deadline gets the more you start to figure out how to write something.

9. Zoo and OPC Reach Compromise in Greensward Controversy -

The Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy reached agreement Monday, July 18, on a compromise to end the zoo’s overflow parking on the Greensward that fills in some of the blanks left in Mayor Jim Strickland’s proposal and changes some of the terms.

10. State Says No to Tram Running Through Overton Park’s Old Forest -

The Tennessee commissioner of Environment and Conservation said Monday, July 18, that a tram proposed by the Memphis Zoo through the Old Forest area of Overton Park would not be allowed by the state.

11. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days -

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.

12. Zoo Steps Up Campaign For Old Forest Trams -

The Memphis Zoo is pushing for “eco-friendly new trams” to run through Overton Park’s Old Forest in an email appeal to zoo members sent Thursday, July 14.

The appeal, which includes a video that zoo members are encouraged to send to others, comes in advance of a Tuesday, July 19, Memphis City Council meeting where a final vote is scheduled on setting in stone a plan to remedy overflow parking by the zoo on the park greensward.

13. 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.

14. Zoo Steps Up Campaign For Old Forest Trams -

The Memphis Zoo is pushing for “eco-friendly new trams” to run through Overton Park’s Old Forest in an email appeal to zoo members sent Thursday, July 14.

The appeal, which includes a video zoo members are encouraged to send to others, comes in advance of a Tuesday, July 19, Memphis City Council meeting where a final vote is scheduled on setting in stone a plan to remedy overflow parking by the zoo on the park Greensward.

15. June Home Sales Slip, Prices Still Rising -

Shelby County home sales are moving slower through the mid-point of 2016 with prices higher than last year.

The number of home sales recorded for June came in at 1,688, down 5 percent compared to 1,784 sales recorded in June 2015, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

16. Overton Park Shuttle Terms Continue To Be Negotiated -

The mediation effort to resolve the Overton Park Greensward controversy is over.

But all of those involved are still talking privately.

Those talks are centered around a park plan proposed July 1 by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who acted when the mediation failed to produce a comprehensive settlement by the end of June – Strickland’s deadline for mediation.

17. Tuition at TBR Schools To Rise Average of 2.6 Percent -

Tuition at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions will rise an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-2017 school year, the lowest average increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.

TBR currently oversees six universities, including the University of Memphis; 13 community colleges; and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. The tuition increases were approved at TBR’s quarterly meeting.

18. Scramble in the 8th District -

You might call it the calm before the storm. The Aug. 4 election, for which early voting starts July 15, is calmer than usual for the election cycle before a November presidential general election – the only election that more than half of Shelby County voters regularly show up for.

19. 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.

20. 3-Story Hotel Set to Rise In Southeast Shelby County -

7967 Lowrance Road
Shelby County, TN 38125

Permit Amount: $2.6 million

Issued Date: July 2016

21. Greensward Plan Awaits Shuttle Details -

The Overton Park Greensward controversy is still moving although it is much closer to a resolution with last week’s proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, said City Council chairman Kemp Conrad and councilman Worth Morgan, whose district includes the park.

22. 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.

23. Tuition at TBR Schools to Rise 2.6 Percent on Average -

Tuition at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions will rise an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-2017 school year, the lowest average increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.

TBR currently oversees six universities, including the University of Memphis; 13 community colleges; and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. The tuition increases were approved at TBR’s quarterly meeting.

24. 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.

25. Dixon Hughes Lets Students ‘Explore Memphis’ -

Members of Memphis’ corporate community like accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP see the recruitment of the next generation of talent to their firms as more than selling the firms themselves, office perks and the like.

26. Last Word: Two Paths, Council Day, Conley Writes and WIGS Debut -

Two ways to look at the Fourth of July in Memphis. It was either soggy or the fireworks began early.

For probably less than a minute, the mother accused to killing four of her children last week in southeast Shelby County will make her first court appearance Tuesday morning either in person at 201 Poplar Ave. or by video link from Jail East.

27. Domestic Violence Charges Dropped Against Lawler, Fiancee -

Court records show domestic violence charges have been dropped against wrestler Jerry Lawler and his fiancee in Tennessee.

28. Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.

29. South End Gets a $15 Million Apartment Complex -

250 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126

Permit Amount: $14.6 million

Owner: Elmington Capital Group

30. Loeb Properties to Reposition YoLo, Kwik Shop Grill -

YoLo Frozen Yogurt in Overton Square and the Kwik Shop Grill at Central Avenue and East Parkway are both on their way out.

Property owner Loeb Properties will soon undertake significant remodels at the locally-owned Midtown restaurants to attract other restaurant tenants.

31. 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.

32. Events -

Rochelle Stevens, Olympic gold medalist and author of “Travel the World by Foot,” will visit two Memphis library branches this week. Adult library customers can meet Stevens on Monday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hollywood library, 1530 N. Hollywood St. Children can meet her Tuesday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the East Shelby library, 7200 E. Shelby Drive. Visit memphislibrary.org.

33. Seasoned Trial Attorney Bill Walk Joins Pietrangelo Cook -

As a trial lawyer, Bill Walk has had a lot of success. A $12.3 million verdict in a 2009 medical malpractice case being but one example.

34. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Beyond the Basics and the Golden Greek -

The future of the Pinch District looks to be Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first venture beyond being “brilliant at the basics.”

35. Events -

Rochelle Stevens, Olympic gold medalist and author of “Travel the World by Foot,” will visit two Memphis library branches this week. Adult library customers can meet Stevens on Monday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hollywood library, 1530 N. Hollywood St. Children can meet her Tuesday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the East Shelby library, 7200 E. Shelby Drive. Visit memphislibrary.org.

36. Commission OKs Raleigh Land For Wolf River Trail -

Five acres of land in Raleigh has been donated by Shelby County government to the city of Memphis for use as a trailhead on the Wolf River Greenway.

Shelby County commissioners on Monday, June 20, approved the donation of the two tax-delinquent parcels south of Raleigh Lagrange Road and east of Old Austin Peay Highway.

37. Memphis Housing Market Ranked Among Healthiest -

For the third consecutive quarter, Memphis has made the top ten in a national list of the healthiest housing markets.

In the second-quarter 2016 Health of Housing Markets report published by Nationwide, the Memphis metropolitan statistical area came in at No. 4 in a ranking of 400 housing markets, and is projected to be one of the most sustainable markets over the next year.

38. Lettuce Eat Rebrands as Wild Beet Salad Co. -

Local salad and wrap restaurant Lettuce Eat has rebranded in advance of opening its second location.

Now known as Wild Beet Salad Co., the restaurant will open an East Memphis restaurant in late summer.

39. Ikea Appoints Manager for Future Memphis Store -

A seasoned Ikea employee has been appointed manager of the Memphis store, which is set to open late this fall.

Trisha Bevering is moving to Memphis from her most recent assignment as the interior design manager of Ikea East Palo Alto in California’s San Francisco Bay area.

40. Lifeblood Issues Appeal for Blood Donations -

Lifeblood has issued an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially Rh negative types – A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative.

The organization, which provides blood to Memphis-area hospitals, said blood donations have plummeted since Memorial Day, with its reserves currently at less than a one-day supply.

41. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” author Samantha Crespo for a discussion and signing, along with the kickoff of Booksellers’ 100 Things in the 901 Contest, on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for details.

42. Trial Attorney Bill Walk Joins Pietrangelo Cook -

As a trial lawyer, Bill Walk has had a lot of success. A $12.3 million verdict in a 2009 medical malpractice case being but one example. To be a trial lawyer, of course, is to be a competitor. And competitors – the good ones, the fierce ones – always have trouble forgetting the losses they felt should have been victories.

43. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

44. Medical, Edge Districts Eye Bike Share Connectivity -

Efforts to install a new bike share program in Memphis by next year are gaining traction, and organizers are envisioning a much more connected Memphis in the years to come.

Nonprofit upstart Explore Bike Share expects to launch its bike share system in Memphis in 2017, with approximately 600 bikes at 60 stations planned within the Interstate 240 loop.

45. 8th District Republican Contenders Highlight Differences -

Most of the 13 contenders in the August Republican primary in the 8th Congressional District agree on a lot. They think the country is going in the wrong direction. They believe the policies of a Democratic president are a factor in that, and they support Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

46. Ikea Appoints Manager for Future Memphis Store -

A seasoned Ikea employee has been appointed manager of the Memphis store, which is set to open late this fall.

Trisha Bevering is moving to Memphis from her most recent assignment as the interior design manager of Ikea East Palo Alto in California’s San Francisco Bay area.

47. Lifeblood Issues Appeal for Blood Donations -

Lifeblood has issued an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially Rh negative types – A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative.

The organization, which provides blood to Memphis-area hospitals, said blood donations have plummeted since Memorial Day, with its reserves currently at less than a one-day supply. Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process each donation before it can be released for a patient, blood is being transfused as fast as Lifeblood can provide it to hospitals.

48. 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.

49. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

50. Commission OKs Donating Land for Wolf River Trailhead -

Five acres of land in Raleigh has been donated by Shelby County government to the city of Memphis for use as a trailhead on the Wolf River Greenway.

Shelby County commissioners on Monday, June 20, approved the donation of the two tax-delinquent parcels south of Raleigh Lagrange Road and east of Old Austin Peay Highway.

51. Memphis Housing Market Ranked Among Healthiest -

For the third consecutive quarter, Memphis has made the top 10 in a national list of the healthiest housing markets.

In the second-quarter 2016 Health of Housing Markets report published by Nationwide, the Memphis metropolitan statistical area came in at No. 4 in a ranking of 400 housing markets, and is projected to be one of the most sustainable markets over the next year. The Q2 report weighed employment, demographics, home prices and the mortgage market using data from the first quarter.

52. Greenprint Summit Gauges Community Support -

It’s not easy being green. That is, until people begin to see projects like the Shelby Farms Greenline and Wolf River Greenway taking shape.

53. Airport Didn’t Help, But Didn’t Derail ServiceMaster -

When ServiceMaster began its search for a new corporate headquarters nearly two years ago, it focused on Southern hub cities that could support a growing tech-focused company. In ranking Memphis alongside other cities, Memphis International Airport came up short.

54. Lettuce Eat Rebrands as Wild Beet Salad Co. -

Local salad and wrap restaurant Lettuce Eat has rebranded in advance of opening its second location. Now known as Wild Beet Salad Co., the restaurant will open an East Memphis restaurant in late summer.

55. 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.

56. Fairgrounds Revitalization Efforts Start Slow and Anew -

The Fairgrounds and the Mid-South Coliseum aren’t a priority of the new administration at City Hall.

And that’s fine with groups trying to chart a future for both.

“The building is in good shape. It’s not in a condition that can’t be mothballed for awhile,” said Chooch Pickard of the Coliseum Coalition. “We can take our time in planning for the Coliseum and the Fairgrounds and do it right. There’s no need to rush. We can take our time, find out what everyone really wants to do with it and raise the money.”

57. WWE Suspends Lawler After Arrest -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – World Wrestling Entertainment said it has suspended Jerry "The King" Lawler after he and his girlfriend were arrested Thursday night on charges of domestic violence.

58. Law Firm Relocates to Oak Court Office Building -

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

59. Memphis Design Firm Tapped to Convert NASA Station Into Science Resort -

Memphis-based Haizlip Studio has been hired to help reimagine a former NASA satellite tracking station and Cold War outpost in western North Carolina into a full-service, $40 million science resort complete with an independent research facility and lodging.

60. 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.

61. Haizlip Studio Lands U of M Bridge Project -

Memphis-based Haizlip Studio has been chosen as the architect of record for the University of Memphis’ $33 million land bridge and parking garage at Southern Avenue and Echles Street.

“We will be the primary architects on everything from planning and construction to administration and close out,” said Mary Haizlip, AIA, principal in charge of management at Haizlip Studio.

62. 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.

63. Banc3 Touts Niche, Inks Its First Acquisition -

The way longtime Memphis banking executive Frank Cianciola thinks a community bank ought to organize itself and how it should be run in today’s bank climate is right there in his new company’s name.

64. Parking Was Key in ServiceMaster Deal -

Parking concerns for ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ move to Downtown Memphis have been resolved.

On June 14, the Downtown Parking Authority granted ServiceMaster access to the parking garage at 250 Peabody Place.

65. 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.

66. ServiceMaster Tax Incentive Package Approved -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved a tax incentive package Tuesday, June 14, to support ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ conversion of Peabody Place mall into a multimillion-dollar headquarters.

67. 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.

68. Crosstown High Organizers Prepare Charter Application as One Option -

The organizers of a Crosstown High School expect to take their application for a charter school to the Shelby County Schools board at the end of June.

Christian Brothers University president John Smarrelli said the still evolving purpose and structure of the school is as a “contract school” in the Shelby County Schools system.

69. Last Word: Orlando, Rain Delay At Southwind and Church Health Center's Move -

Many of us were watching the streets of our own city closely this weekend – the places where people gather for good times when the weather is warm and the sky is clear. Lately some of those places have been the settings for vivid and sudden reminders that all is not well in our city.

70. Land Use Board Turns Away Downtown Surfacing Parking Lot Proposal -

City leaders adhering to the mission of density in urban development made their point at a June 9 board meeting of the Land Use Control Board.

The applicant sought approval to construct a block-wide surface parking lot along Pontotoc Avenue between South Front and Wagner streets. The parking lot would be built on vacant land where a warehouse used by Machine Works once stood.

71. Carver High Closing Likely Not Last -

Over the last 30 years, there have been proposals to close Carver High School. The nearly 60-year-old South Memphis high school survived them all until last week when Shelby County Schools board members voted to close it effective immediately.

72. June 10-16: This week in Memphis history -

2015: Andrea Miller is named the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College, making her the first woman to lead the city’s only historically black college. Miller is selected by the college’s board of trustees in a meeting on campus that lasts several hours as students, alumni and other supporters wait on the lawn outside Brownlee Hall for the announcement.

73. 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.

74. Carver High School Closes Permanently -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Thursday, June 9, to close Carver High School effective the school year that ended last month.

Meeting in special session Thursday, the board acted on the final item on a list of closings and changes that included closing three charter schools as well as creating a Whitehaven Empowerment Zone linking five elementary and middle schools to Whitehaven High School in a more coordinated curriculum and structure for running all of the schools together.

75. Carver High School Closes Permanently -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Thursday, June 9, to close Carver High School effective the school year that ended last month.

Meeting in special session Thursday, the board acted on the final item on a list of closings and changes that included closing three charter schools as well as creating a Whitehaven Empowerment Zone linking five elementary and middle schools to Whitehaven High School in a more coordinated curriculum and structure for running all of the schools together.

76. Carver High School Closes Permanently -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Thursday, June 9, to close Carver High School effective the school year that ended last month.

Meeting in special session Thursday, the board acted on the final item on a list of closings and changes that included closing three charter schools as well as creating a Whitehaven Empowerment Zone linking five elementary and middle schools to Whitehaven High School in a more coordinated curriculum and structure for running all of the schools together.

77. It’ll Leave A Mark -

THE MARKS WE’RE LEAVING. People were hooking up, shooting up and throwing up in the woods, on benches and in cars and right in front of children on the greensward. Like the weeds, pretty much everywhere. Like the privet, pretty much out of control. Like the shell and the rose garden and the lake and the forest and the picnic grounds and the pride of a city, pretty much left for dead.

78. Haslam Signs Law That Overhauls Higher Education Boards -

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.

79. Collierville Sees Year’s Largest Multifamily Sale -

160 Madison Farms Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $34.3 million

Buyer: Spyglass-Collierville LLC

80. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

81. June 3-9: This week in Memphis history -

2011: Bike lanes are planned for two miles of Madison Avenue from just east of Cleveland Street to North Cooper Street. But some business owners on the stretch of Madison are opposed to them and have organized, prompting Mayor A C Wharton to put off a final decision on the bike lanes. “It’s not that we are against bicycles or bicycle lanes,” business owner Mike Cooper says in The Memphis News cover story. “We need the traffic. We don’t need any impediments.”

82. Accounting Firm Marks Centennial With 100 Days of Giving -

Accounting firm Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck is turning 100 years old. Knowing it owes that longevity to support from local organizations, it is giving back to local charities for 100 consecutive days.

83. Overton Park Merrymaking Blends With Zoo Poll, Protests -

The Overton Park Conservancy’s annual Day of Merrymaking Saturday, June 4, will share the park greensward with the overflow parking area for the Memphis Zoo.

The merrymaking’s hot air balloon ride and beer garden join a spring-to-summer political mix that includes some recent polling by the zoo as well as the regular Saturday presence of protestors who oppose zoo parking on the greensward.

84. 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

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. Last Word: Downtown Crime Discussions, Greensward Arrests and Lead Pipes -

An after-midnight stampede on Beale Street a week after one person was killed and two other people were wounded in a random shooting a block north of the entertainment district.

Summer is here by tradition if not by the calendar just yet. And Downtown there is already a debate behind the frequent declaration that Downtown is the safest area of the city.

88. MSO, University of Memphis Partnership Will Open New Doors -

A new partnership between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis may become a model for sustainability of fine arts organizations in a new economic landscape.

Earlier this month, the symphony and U of M announced a three-year, renewable partnership to bring the MSO into residence at the university. The partnership will reduce the annual operating budget for the financially strapped MSO by 40 percent and offer synergy for the two entities to build further revenue around programming and music education innovations.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. Baker Family Keeps Owen Brennan’s Going -

If you show up on a Sunday for Owen Brennan’s famous brunch, owner Jim Baker will be there to greet you, to say your name and smile at the thought of another round of mimosas being ordered.

92. Last Word: Before the Rain on Beale, No More Laser Quest and School's End -

Just before the rain moved in and local TV just got all silly about it, David Fizdale was taking a look around Beale Street. And he got recognized and even posed for a few selfies.

If that’s not enough for you, here’s the Associated Press confirmation and a bit about the mechanics of how this all came about. Fizdale met with majority owner Robert Pera Wednesday in California and then came to town Thursday for more meetings.

93. Laser Quest Closing In Poplar Plaza -

Laser Quest, a longtime tenant in the Poplar Plaza shopping center, is set to close on Sunday, May 29.

“We have been a proud part of the Memphis community for the last 20 years and as a company continue to grow,” said Phillips Aldis, director of sales and marketing for the laser-tag chain headquartered in Canada.

94. Hertz, Duncan-Williams Promote Red Nose Day -

Employees in the Forum office complex in East Memphis are sporting red noses for a good cause.

The Hertz Investment Group and Duncan-Williams Inc. launched an initiative spanning the East Memphis campus, encouraging workers to participate in Red Nose Day, a nationwide fundraiser on Thursday, May 26, to help disadvantaged children at home and abroad.

95. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

96. May 20-26: This Week in Memphis History -

2006: Shelby County’s reliance on manufacturing jobs is dropping, according to state labor figures, which show that 14 manufacturing companies have closed or cut back their workforces in Shelby County since January 2003. The closings and cutbacks account for the loss of 1,240 jobs.
The losses include 98 jobs at Coors Brewing Co., 5151 East Raines Road; 112 workers at Memphis Hardwood Flooring Co., 1551 Thomas St.; and 327 employees at Great Dane LP at 1095 Harbor Ave.

97. One Family -

An unprecedented private investment aims to restore a commercial heart to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, where a pair of sprawling buildings take up nearly a full block across from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It isn’t an eyesore, but inactivity within those walls has been a drag on the community.

98. Bakery, Cafe Planned For Chiwawa Space -

Daniel Flanagan is moving forward with a new concept at 2059 Madison Ave., the Overton Square space where his restaurant Chiwawa closed almost a year ago and where he apparently has plans for a bakery and cafe.

99. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

100. Hertz, Duncan-Williams Promote Red Nose Day -

Employees in the Forum office complex in East Memphis are sporting red noses for a good cause.

The Hertz Investment Group and Duncan-Williams Inc. launched an initiative spanning the East Memphis campus, encouraging workers to participate in Red Nose Day, a nationwide fundraiser on Thursday, May 26, to help disadvantaged children at home and abroad.