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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. Kendrick Promoted At Memphis Int’l Raceway -

IRG Sports + Entertainment has promoted Pam Kendrick to president and general manager of Memphis International Raceway, the company announced this week.

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4. Kendrick Promoted At Memphis Int’l Raceway -

IRG Sports + Entertainment has promoted Pam Kendrick to president and general manager of Memphis International Raceway, the company announced this week.

5. Three-Day Wine Festival Comes to Memphis in 2017 -

Memphis is getting another food event.

Vintage901 is a three-day wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12 next year for wine lovers, foodies and music aficionados from around the region.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing -

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

10. 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.

11. The Week Ahead: June 27-July 3 -

It's been a long time coming, but Friday is the kickoff for wine sales in grocery stores. While you're getting your corkscrews ready, check out what else is going on this week – from a deadline in the greensward mediation process to a special superhero stop at St. Jude...

12. Arkansas Casino Campaign Announces Deal With Cherokee Nation -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A group hoping to put a casino legalization measure on the Arkansas ballot this fall says it has signed an agreement with Cherokee Nation Entertainment to operate one of the casinos.

13. Redbirds Home-Game Attendance Ahead of Last Season -

As this baseball season was dawning, new Memphis Redbirds majority owner Peter B. Freund was at AutoZone Park and being made to field questions about the team’s sliding attendance.

As recently as 2013, the Redbirds had drawn nearly 500,000 fans – averaging 7,223 tickets sold – to finish fifth in the 16-team Pacific Coast League attendance standings.

14. Millions Eligible for Free Tickets Through Ticketmaster -

If you bought a ticket through Ticketmaster between late 1999 and early 2013, you could be eligible for free tickets to a number of events.

An email sent to eligible Ticketmaster customers includes instructions on how to get vouchers for free tickets to selected events as well as discounts on Ticketmaster purchases. Those who bought a ticket through the company between October 21, 1999, and February 27, 2013, are eligible. The vouchers expire in four years.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Beale Manager Deadline Approaches -

With just days left to apply, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority’s search for a firm to manage the entertainment district is drawing more interest than it did in its first round.

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19. Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer -

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

The summer finds the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis basketball team – the city’s two dominant sports franchises – each rebuilding.

20. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Brush With Death Recalled, Part 2 -

In February 2002 – when I reconnected with my friend Cotton and reminisced about his indigestion-turned-heart-attack from 20 years earlier – I had nothing to connect that up with. Thus, the memory receded into my personal unconscious.

25. 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.

26. Laps for Lupus Walk/Run Fundraiser Slated June 24 -

The first Brown Butterflies Laps for Lupus 5K Run/Walk will be held on Tiger Lane by Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on June 24.

The 1-mile walk starts at 5:30 p.m. and the 5K run/walk begins at 7:30 p.m. Event activities start at 4 p.m.

27. Loflin Yard Serves Up Heap of Changes -

Loflin Yard, the Downtown bar, restaurant and entertainment space that opened two months ago, is adding to its offerings.

Fresh photos posted to local social media feeds of crowds in the yard, lounging on the deck or enjoying smoked meats, are evidence of its popularity.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. Beale Manager Application Deadline Approaches -

With two weeks to apply, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority’s search for a firm to manage the entertainment district is drawing more interest than it did in its first round.

Jeff Sanford, a consultant to the authority for the search, said 13 firms have expressed interest in the request for proposal in addition to the four companies who applied in the first round.

31. Agricenter Holding Fundraiser June 17 -

Feast on the Farm, Agricenter International’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at ShowPlace Arena, 105 S. Germantown Parkway.

32. 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.

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34. 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.

35. 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.

36. Beale Street Rolling Out Saturday Summer Cover Charge -

A $10 Saturday cover charge for the Beale Street Entertainment District returns this weekend as one of several measures to improve safety on the street.

The cash-only charge is in effect Saturdays after 10 p.m. through August and can be paid at one of five entrances into the district.

37. Agricenter Holding Fundraiser June 17 -

Feast on the Farm, Agricenter International’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at ShowPlace Arena, 105 S. Germantown Parkway.

38. Strickland Adds Forces to Combat Rising Crime in Memphis -

There is violent crime in Memphis and then there are the homicides – the murders.

Homicide is a violent crime.

But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland made a distinction between it and other violent crimes Monday, June 6, in what looked to be the start of a more visible anti-crime strategy that will include the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

39. Strickland Says THP and Sheriff's Office To Assist In Beefed-Up Police Presence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Monday, June 6, that the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be part of a heightened response to violent crime in Memphis.

40. Strickland Says THP and Sheriff's Office To Assist In Beefed-Up Police Presence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Monday, June 6, that the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be part of a heightened response to violent crime in Memphis.

41. Streetcars En Vogue, But Study Urges Use Beyond Tourists -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – As Oklahoma City prepares to break ground on its first streetcar line in seven decades, and as other cities adjust to having them again, authors of a federally backed study suggest their routes move people with a purpose – not just target the tourist trade.

42. Reaction Grows to Death of Memphis Police Officer In Downtown Crime Spree -

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

43. Officials Seeking Solutions To Beale Street Stampedes -

Beale Street leaders can’t agree on a method to control overcrowding and violence among visitors.

Paul Morris, former manager of Beale for the Downtown Memphis Commission, tells local media that two back-to-back incidents occurred Sunday, the latest in a string of at least 18 stampedes since 2013.

44. Wal-Mart's CEO Urges Employees to Reimagine Company's Future -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart's CEO urged employees on Friday to reimagine its future in a fast-shifting retail landscape.

The company is at a crossroads, as its long-held dominance in pricing has been chipped away at by Amazon and dollar stores. But it's fighting back on multiple fronts, growing more aggressive with prices and going after Amazon, both online and on the doorstep, by expanding delivery services.

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46. Caesars Donates 50 TVs To Harrah’s Hope Lodge -

Caesars Entertainment employee volunteers from Horseshoe Tunica and Tunica Roadhouse casinos installed 50 donated television sets at the American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge on June 1.

47. Civil Rights Museum Highlights Lorraine Hotel’s Storied History -

The balcony is usually the part of the National Civil Rights Museum’s exterior that is the center of attention.

Visitors know the mid-20th century wrought iron railing and other features of the post-World War II Lorraine Motel’s motor court. It’s usually from pictures and videos of the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a second-story balcony outside room 306.

48. Overton Park Readying For June 4 ‘Day of Merrymaking’ -

For the fourth year in a row, the Overton Park Conservancy is kicking off the summer break with “A Day of Merrymaking,” a family festival June 4 on the park’s greensward.

In addition to kid-friendly activities at Rainbow Lake Playground and dog-friendly activities at Overton Bark, this year’s event will feature a beer garden custom-built by the park’s landscaping team at Echo Systems, with beer provided by Memphis Made Brewing Co. All proceeds from beer sales will benefit the conservancy.

49. San Antonio By Bike Share -

One of my newest travel interests is renting a bicycle. For years, I’ve enjoyed getting out and running. It’s a great way to exercise while seeing a city. But as bike lanes and dedicated trails grow in popularity, renting a bicycle for the day or even an hour has become an intriguing option for combining the need for exercise with the opportunity to explore a city.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. Two Original Casino Execs Return to Tunica Market -

Matt Earnheart and Andre Jackson, two casino executives who started their careers in the Tunica market, have returned to Tunica in senior executive capacities at Caesars Entertainment properties Horseshoe Tunica and Tunica Roadhouse.

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54. Two Original Casino Execs Return to Tunica Market -

Matt Earnheart and Andre Jackson, two casino executives who started their careers in the Tunica market, have returned to Tunica in senior executive capacities at Caesars Entertainment properties Horseshoe Tunica and Tunica Roadhouse.

55. Family Planning – Beyond the Diaper Fund -

Ray’s Take: So, you’re planning to start your family. Have you considered the finances involved beyond painting a room and knowing it’s going to take a lot of diapers? Three can certainly live as cheaply as two – as long as one of them doesn’t eat or wear clothes.

56. Mud Island Search Becomes Dilemma -

The Riverfront Development Corp.’s time before the Memphis City Council’s budget committee this week was short.

57. 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.

58. Outlook Dims for Mall Stores as Online Shopping Intensifies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall –from Macy's to The Gap and J.C. Penney – face an increasingly uncertain future.

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60. RVC Outdoors Seeks Strickland’s Commitment -

Andy Cates, CEO of Memphis-based RVC Outdoor Destinations, said his redevelopment plan for Mud Island won’t require significant public dollars, but he’s looking for a commitment from the city to move forward.

61. 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.

62. AP Explains: Bias Complaints On Facebook's 'Trending' Tool -

NEW YORK (AP) – What's behind the accusations that Facebook is manipulating its "trending topics" feature to promote or suppress certain political perspectives?

According to the technology blog Gizmodo , which is owned by Gawker Media, a former Facebook contractor with self-described conservative leanings said Facebook downplayed news that conservatives are interested in and artificially promoted liberal issues such as the "BlackLivesMatter" hashtag. Gizmodo did not name this person.

63. Mayor Opposes City Funds for Mud Island -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says the city may be willing to help fund a $9 billion expansion of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that is mostly private capital.

64. Hulu Will Offer Live-Streaming Service in 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hulu will offer a live-streaming service in 2017 that will offer a mix of cable and broadcast programming as well as news, sports and events.

That pits the streaming service against similar offerings from Dish's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue as more and more Americans shift to watching TV online.

65. Memphis Roller Derby Knocks Its Way to New Horizons -

In the 1970s Memphians could watch back-to-back broadcasts of professional wrestling and roller derby taking place at the Mid-South Coliseum.

The popularity of both full-contact sports eventually tapered off. While World Wrestling Entertainment has since developed a national audience, the latter has reemerged as a women-only sport with a grassroots following of computer geeks and soccer moms, said Brooke Gettys, co-captain with Memphis Roller Derby.

66. Comcast Buying Dreamworks Animation for About $3.55B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the "Shrek," ''Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children's entertainment.

67. Regionalism Enhances Recruiting For Cities in Metros -

When Memphis hits a dirty dozen list – whether it’s for crime, or education attainment, or poverty – those ratings are based on Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area data.

And while Memphis, as the largest city in the MSA, has the lion’s share of economic disparity, those problems don’t just effect the city’s 600,000 citizens.

68. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

69. 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.

70. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

71. Cancer Survivor Shares Relay For Life’s Hope -

So many people in our community are touched by cancer. In 2014, at age 35, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and I know how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be. But there is hope.

I found that hope through the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Memphis event and encourage anyone touched by cancer to join us Saturday, April 23, from noon to 10 p.m. at Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.

72. AMC U-Turns; Texting in Theaters Now on 'Cutting Room Floor' -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oops. The idea lasted about as long as a Snapchat text: the head of AMC Theatres mulled openly about creating texting-friendly movie theaters to appeal to smartphone-addicted youngsters. Two days later, after a backlash on social media, the company says it's leaving the idea on "the cutting room floor."

73. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

74. Second Beale Street RFP Opens Friday, April 15 -

A second request for proposals to manage the Beale Street Entertainment District opens Friday, April 15, with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority taking a second round of applications.

The authority reopened the process after reviewing four applications from the first round.

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76. Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus -

It was 30 years ago that David and Yvonne Acey answered a dilemma from an educators’ conference about levels of learning among African-American students compared to white students.

77. Legislators Playing Expensive Game With LGBT Issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

78. Transgender Bathroom Bill Delayed Amid Financial Questions -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward. The White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."

79. Second Beale Street RFP Opens Friday -

A second request for proposals to manage the Beale Street Entertainment District opens Friday, April 15, with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority taking a second round of applications.

The authority reopened the process after reviewing four applications from the first round. Those companies can reapply, and a consultant for the authority has talked with each firm about its original application.

80. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

81. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

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83. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

84. This Week in Memphis History: April 1-7 -

2000: Opening day at AutoZone Park.

1964: Among the new privilege licenses listed in The Daily News: The Hippodrome Lounge at 498 Beale St., a reminder that while the current Beale Street Entertainment District stretches between Second and Fourth streets, over the decades it has taken in land east and west of those current boundaries.

85. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

86. Mud Island Proposals Advance to More Scrutiny -

The two finalists working with a Riverfront Development Corp. committee to redevelop Mud Island River Park will have their plans further reviewed by the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

87. Last Word: Back to Nashville, Dentistry & Genomes and Living The Fable -

The Memphis traffic is again heavy on the Interstate to Nashville as the Senate state and local government committee meets Tuesday to pick up where it left off with the still-forming version the upper chamber is crafting of the de-annexation bill.

88. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms in September -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

89. RDC Doubles Down With Two Mud Island Finalists -

A working group of the Riverfront Development Corporation is recommending that the city and a new subcommittee of the RDC work with both of the finalists it has selected to run Mud Island River Park.

90. Tennessee Unemployment Dips To 4.9 Pct. in February -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate edged down to 4.9 percent in February, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The February rate marks a five-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the January revised rate of 5.4 percent.

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92. Overton Square Marks ‘Billy Joel Day’ Friday -

Billy Joel plays FedExForum Friday, March 25. But his music will be heard all over Overton Square Friday on what the entertainment district is calling Billy Joel Day.

Joel’s current concert tour brings him to Memphis for the first time since Lafayette’s Music Room has reopened.

93. Be a Rock Star – Be a Resource -

Being a business professional is much like being a rock star. If you make great music, your audience is going to like you. However, if you give them much more than just the music – such as an engaging performance – chances are, they are going to love you. How does this apply in the business world?

94. Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default -

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.
The bill to permit deannexation by referendum has in the course of two weeks become the city’s dominant political issue.

95. Tennessee Unemployment Dips in February -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate edged down to 4.9 percent in February, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The February rate marks a five-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the January revised rate of 5.4 percent.

96. Beale Authority Encounters Familiar Headwinds -

Somewhere near the beginning of the Thursday, March 17, meeting of the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, Caren Nichol talked about how unique the entertainment district is because of its cultural and historical importance.

97. Peabody Announces 2016 Rooftop Party Lineup -

The Peabody Hotel’s 2016 Rooftop Party Season launches on April 14 with ’80s cover band The Molly Ringwalds and a special performance by rock singer-songwriter David Cook.

98. Last Word: Monday Vote, Beale's Search and Longview Heights -

Look for the state Senate to vote on the deannexation bill Monday in Nashville. At least that’s the date on the Senate calendar.

That could change as a member of the Shelby County legislative delegation has at last asked the Tennessee Attorney General for a legal opinion on the proposal. But it’s not a straight-up question about whether the proposal is constitutional. It’s a question about the specific characterization of past Memphis annexations as “egregious” – what has come to be the key legal term in this considerable political controversy.

99. Beale Authority Reopens Management Firm Search, Draws Fire -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has decided to reopen the process for finding a manager for the entertainment district, putting off the selection of a firm possibly until September.

In seeking new proposals by the end of June, the authority voted to keep the proposals from four companies the group has been reviewing for several months and allow those companies to amend their proposals if they wish.

100. Peabody Announces 2016 Rooftop Party Lineup -

The Peabody Hotel’s 2016 Rooftop Party Season launches on April 14 with ’80s cover band The Molly Ringwalds and a special performance by rock singer-songwriter David Cook.