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1. Overton Square Dairy Parking Lot Plan Withdrawn -

A proposal for a parking lot at the Turner Dairy plant in Overton Square was withdrawn by developers before a Memphis City Council vote on the matter scheduled for Tuesday, March 21.

The dairy is expanding but needed council approval for a parking lot that was to be a part of the expansion. The parking lot plan had drawn opposition from neighbors and the entertainment district. It also had been rejected by the Land Use Control Board.

2. Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA -

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.

3. Impasse Compromise Wins Council Approval, Union Acceptance -

No more lottery balls for the Memphis City Council in the spring. The council approved Tuesday, March 21, an overhaul of the city’s impasse procedures – the rules for the council settling stalled contract talks between the city’s municipal unions and the city administration.

4. Beale Street Authority’s Days May Be Numbered -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority would be out of business by May 21 and the city would be charged with hiring a day-to-day manager for the Beale Street entertainment district under a proposal by council member Martavius Jones.

5. Council Receptive To Restoring City Control of Beale -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority would be out of business by May 21 and the city administration would be charged with hiring a day to day manager for the Beale Street entertainment district under a proposal by council member Martavius Jones.

6. Last Word: 'Ono Poke and the Ghost of The Luau, Council Day and $3 Concerts -

The ghost of the Luau lives on. Loeb has a new tenant for the Shops of Chickasaw Gardens called ‘Ono Poke that features Hawaiian cuisine. And the restaurant will be just about on the other side of Poplar Avenue from where the Luau used to stand with its large concrete Easter Island head, Polynesian dishes and Hawaii Five-O era architecture – not the remake, the real Five-O and the real McGarrett.

7. Council Agenda Includes Final Impasse Vote And Beale Street Management Discussion -

Memphis City Council members take up third and final reading Tuesday, March 21, of changes to the city’s impasse process and talk more specifically about a move to do away with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

8. Where's The Line? Theme Parks Aiming to Eliminate Them -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – At Universal Orlando Resort's new "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it's time to enter the ride.

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10. The Week Ahead: March 20-26 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

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12. Local Concert Business Amping Up, Keeping Memphis Promoters Busy -

The concert business appears to be healthier in 2017, with more performers and artists on tour than in recent years – and more of them are booking shows in Memphis.

But it’s never that simple in the business of shows, where booking is a process and touring is becoming more of a necessity.

13. Grizzlies Updating FedExForum With Fans’ Enjoyment in Mind -

Every NBA offseason brings questions about the roster for the next season. But regardless of on-court changes for the Grizzlies’ 2017-18 season, FedExForum will be improved with multimillion-dollar upgrades highlighted by a new high-definition scoreboard roughly four times the size of the current board.

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15. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

16. Atlanta Developer Files $200 Million Germantown Mixed-Use Plan -

Atlanta developers have filed an outline plan with Germantown leaders for a $200 million mixed-use town village development on the 32-acre “Arthur tract” west of the Saddle Creek South retail center.

17. New Midtown Ping-Pong Bar Applies For Beer Permit -

Railgarten, a new Midtown bar hoping to help bridge the gap between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, has applied for an on-premise beer license with the City of Memphis Alcohol Commission.

2166 Central LLC, doing business as Railgarten Diner, was listed as the applicant for the permit.

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19. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get your taste buds ready: Both Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the inaugural Vintage901 festival are taking place in the coming days. We’ve got details on those, plus plenty of other fun activities and entertainment to check out in The Week Ahead… 

20. UT Hires John Currie As Athletic Director -

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has named John Currie, a UT alumnus, its new vice chancellor and director of athletics.

Currie currently serves as director of athletics at Kansas State and will begin his duties at UT on April 1.

21. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

22. UT Hires John Currie As Athletic Director -

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has named John Currie, a UT alumnus, its new vice chancellor and director of athletics.

Currie currently serves as director of athletics at Kansas State and will begin his duties at UT on April 1.

23. Snapshots: Graceland Expands The King’s Domain -

Five months after opening a 450-room, $92 million resort hotel in Whitehaven, Graceland opened a $45 million entertainment complex Thursday, March 2, just two blocks away.

The two projects are the largest expansion of Graceland since the mansion of the late Elvis Presley was opened for tours in the early 1980s.

24. Last Word: Arnold's in the Alley, Haslam's Gas Tax Bill Wins A Round and Hershey -

A busy day in the City Hall list saga. The list is a lot shorter, but there is a second lawsuit over this in Memphis Federal Court. And the list itself seems to be giving way to a controversy that is all about whether police were unlawfully following and tracking protesters who broke no laws.

25. Last Word: The Governor's Race, Beale Street Complications and Southern Avenue -

A close one for the Tigers Sunday at the Forum but Houston still wins 72-71. One more home game Thursday against Tulane and a road game Saturday against SMU before March Madness begins. As that was happening here, better results in Denver Sunday where the Grizz beat the Nuggets 105-98.

26. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

27. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

28. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

29. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

30. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

31. The Week Ahead: February 28-March 6 -

It's Monday, Memphis – time to peek at this week's (very busy) dance card, from the opening of Graceland's $45 million entertainment complex to a showcase of the latest high-tech ag innovations to a celebration of some local "hidden figures." Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...  

32. Council Approves Impasse Changes on First Reading -

As opponents of the City Hall escort list protested outside Tuesday, Feb. 21, a different protest was taking place inside the Memphis City Council chambers.

City employees opposed to proposed changes in the city’s impasse ordinance carried signs in the chambers reading “You Think Crime is High Now, Repeal Impasse.”

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34. Council Approves First Reading of Impasse Changes -

As opponents of the City Hall escort list protested outside Tuesday, Feb. 21, a different protest was taking place inside the Memphis City Council chambers.

City employees opposed to proposed changes in the city’s impasse ordinance carried signs in the chambers reading “You Think Crime is High Now, Repeal Impasse.”

35. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

36. Council Waits on Answers About City Hall List -

Memphis City Council members had protesters outside City Hall and in council chambers Tuesday, Feb. 21, on different causes.

City employees opposed to proposed changes in the city’s impasse ordinance carried signs in council chambers reading “You Think Crime Is High Now Repeal Impasse.”

37. Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

38. Turner’s Midtown Expansion Continues With $4.9M Permit -

Turner Holdings LLC’s multimillion-dollar plans to upgrade its Midtown location took another step toward completion as the company filed for a $4.94 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

39. Tennessee's Film Industry Experiencing Significant Growth -

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – In a state famous for its banjos and bluegrass, television and movie production certainly isn't the most acclaimed of the Volunteer State's entertainment industries.

40. City Council to Take First Vote on Impasse Changes -

Memphis City Council members take their first vote Tuesday, Feb. 21, on changes to the city’s impasse ordinance.

The ordinance is a set of rules governing how the council settles deadlocked contract talks between the city administration and municipal labor unions without the council venturing into negotiations between the two sides.

41. The Week Ahead: February 20-26 -

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

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43. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

44. Olympic Gymnast To Visit Southern Women’s Show -

Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, a two-time medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, is scheduled to make a Memphis appearance March 11 at the Southern Women’s Show, the show’s organizers have announced.

45. New Tennessee Chancellor Vows to Move 'Quickly' in AD Search -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport says the school plans to move "very quickly" in hiring an athletic director but isn't specifying a target date on making the selection.

46. West Memphis Takes Tourism Cue From Big River Crossing -

As a book-end to the newly opened Big River Crossing, West Memphis is rebooting its convention and visitors bureau with a renewed approach to marketing the town and its municipal building and auditorium as a destination for tourists and businesses.

47. Senate Confirms Former Wrestling Exec McMahon to Lead SBA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration as part of President Donald Trump's cabinet.

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49. February 10-16, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1924: Jack Dempsey, the world heavyweight boxing champion who had defeated challenger Luis Firpo six months earlier in New York, was in Memphis fighting Dutch Seifert. The Memphis match was the first in a series of exhibition nontitle fights on the Pantages vaudeville circuit. Dempsey easily beat Seifert, knocking him out in the first round.

50. DMC Explores Long-Term Planning for Beale -

The leader of the Downtown Memphis Commission wants to start working toward a long-term approach to day-to-day management of the Beale Street entertainment district.

That’s what DMC president Terence Patterson told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the council’s second discussion in three weeks about Beale Street.

51. Rewrite of City Impasse Ordinance Draws Fire from Unions -

The unions representing city of Memphis employees gave a rough reception Tuesday, Feb. 7, to a proposal to revamp the city’s impasse proceedings for stalled contract talks between the unions and the city administration.

52. Developers Request to Amend Downtown Hotel Project -

Memphis City Council members will consider an amendment Tuesday, Feb. 7, to plans for a 150-room hotel on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

The change by Wessman Holdings LLC for the Leader Federal Bank building and the two-story building next to it on the corner would add a new nine-story building past the corner on the B.B. King side.

53. Analysis: Some Super Bowl Ads Score, Others Fumble -

There is no greater scrutiny that a brand faces for its marketing prowess than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. Courageous brands bet big that their ad would win hearts and minds among consumers, but alas, only 40 percent of Super Bowl ads earned favorable ratings from our team of advertising professionals.

54. Brooks' and Yearwood's Memphis Stand Highlights Changes -

Garth Brooks keeps score. Be it house records at places he’s played in his long career, to who has the high point on his current tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

So when their current tour came through Memphis last week for four shows over three days at FedExForum, Brooks was quick to note that the first show only had advance sales that filled about half of the 20,000 seat arena.

55. Change Only Sure Thing In Sports, Panelists Say -

Almost five years ago, in his earliest days as athletics director at the University of Memphis, Tom Bowen had visions of a long and happy life in the Big East and as part of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series). But in short order, the league collapsed amid conference realignment and Bowen found himself guiding a university in a conference with no name.

56. Horseshoe Opens Spa As Part of $6M Renovation -

Horseshoe Tunica opened the Spa at Horseshoe Jan. 19, marking the completion of $6 million in renovations that included building the new spa, upgrades to hotel rooms and enhancements to the Founder’s Club entertainment and meeting room.

57. Events -

The 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. The Blues Foundation’s annual international competition and showcase also features nightly jams, workshops, the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards ceremony and more. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule.

58. Last Word: The Business of Local Sports, Garrison Leaves MATA and Broadband -

Marc Gasol makes the NBA’s Western Conference All Star team as a reserve, the first player in the history of the Grizz to make the All-Star Game three times.

Grizz business operations president Jason Wexler asked about Memphis hosting an NBA All-Star Game one of these days at The Daily News Sports Seminar Thursday at the Brooks. Wexler saying the city doesn’t have enough hotel rooms – the same barrier to drawing bigger conventions and meetings to the city.

59. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Auction and Party on Friday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment as you bid in the silent auction, or buy your favorite painting outright for $250 during Buy-It-Now time from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers; reservations required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/incognito or call 901-636-4131.

60. What are the Odds? Blackburn is Still the Favorite -

Tennessee has its search firm and its search committee is in place to find the replacement for Dave Hart as the university’s athletic director.

Hart announced last August he would retire June 30, and with Tennessee undergoing a transition in its chancellor’s position, the search for Hart’s replacement was put on the back burner.

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PizzaRev will hold a grand opening for its first Memphis location Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. Thursday will be a pay-what-you-want fundraiser for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; customers can pay what they want for a personal pizza, with all funds being donated to the hospital. Visit pizzarev.com.

62. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

63. Last Word: The March & Crowd Estimates and Country Records in Memphis -

Twice now in the last six months, very different protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in the largest demonstrations we’ve seen since the 1970s – and more importantly, demonstrations that are an entry point for a new generation to many of these issues.

64. Horseshoe Casino Opens Spa as Part of $6M Renovation -

Horseshoe Tunica, the Mid-South’s entertainment and gaming leader, opened the Spa at Horseshoe Jan. 19, marking the completion of $6 million in renovations that included building the new spa, upgrades to hotel rooms and enhancements to the Founder’s Club entertainment and meeting room.

65. KQ Communications Launches The Memphis 100 News Bytes -

KQ Communications has announced the launch of The Memphis 100. As the newest addition to The 100 Cos., the public relations publishing platform is designed to provide quick local news bytes in the form of 100-word articles and 100-second videos focusing on businesses, entertainment, dining and more.

66. Sports Bind City -

Maybe it is your spouse’s Christmas party. Or a local business conference and no one else from your company is attending. When you give the room the once-over, it’s full of unfamiliar faces.

67. Last Word: Haslam's Call, Redbirds Change Branding and Economists on Trump -

Wizards over Grizz in pre inaugural D.C. Wednesday evening 104-101. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Cong. Steve Cohen in a number of Facebook and Twitter posts at the game. The Grizz return home Friday to play the Kings. Meanwhile, the Tigers in Houston Thursday to play the Cougars.

68. Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location -

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

69. Council Discusses Disbanding Beale Street Authority -

Several Memphis City Council members talked Tuesday, Jan. 17, about undoing the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority and acting directly to hire a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

70. TDN Seminar to Focus on Popularity of Memphis Sports -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 24 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime on national television, the accomplishment echoed. For days, it had Memphians asking one another, “Did you see that? Did you stay up for that? Could you believe it?”

71. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

72. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

73. Council Discusses Abolishing Beale Street Authority -

Several Memphis City Council members talked Tuesday, Jan. 17, about undoing the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority and acting directly to hire a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

74. Land Use Board Makes Decision on Trio of Controversial Cases -

The Shelby County Land Use Control Board met neighborhood opposition head-on Jan. 12, approving one controversial project and voting down two others.

Of the 18 cases approved on its consent agenda, the most pertinent project was the proposed Ice House entertainment center at 2166 Central Ave.

75. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

76. First Tennessee Parent Closes Book on Solid 2016 -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has closed the book on 2016 with a set of quarterly and full-year results attributable to its top executive’s mantra about sticking to the basics.

77. Graceland to Renovate Racquetball Court -

Graceland plans to restore what is now the “trophy room” at Elvis Presley’s estate to a racquetball court on the way to the March 2 opening of a $45 million entertainment complex that will include the world’s largest Elvis museum.

78. Dave & Buster’s Plans Memphis Debut -

The popular restaurant/sports bar/adult arcade Dave & Buster’s will join the likes of Ikea, Nordstrom Rack and Trader Joe’s on the list of popular franchises opening up their first locations in the Bluff City.

79. Council Could Delay Turner Dairy Vote Again -

Memphis City Council members are likely to delay a vote Tuesday, Jan. 17, on a parking lot for Turner Dairy Holdings LLC in Overton Square that is part of the dairy’s expansion.

80. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

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National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

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83. Dave & Buster's To Open In Cordova -

The popular restaurant/sports bar/adult arcade Dave & Buster’s will join the likes of Ikea, Nordstrom Rack and Trader Joe’s on the list of popular franchises opening up first-time locations in the Bluff City.

84. January 13-19, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1977: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council considers a resolution honoring undercover police officer Joe Hoing for his role in the federal investigation of the Memphis Playgirl strip clubs owned by Art Baldwin of Nashville.
And council members are considering their own investigation to follow up on allegations that Baldwin was paying off some Memphis police officers. “We have prided ourselves on having no organized crime in Memphis,” council member Andy Alissandratos says during the council discussion. “But apparently it has been accused of benefiting from it.”
Hoing worked his way into Baldwin’s organization starting as Baldwin’s driver and becoming a manager of the Memphis nightclubs – he brought in another undercover officer who took his place as Baldwin’s driver.
The investigation of Baldwin would branch off into a federal probe of the administration of then-Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton for the selling of prison pardons and paroles by those in Blanton’s inner circle. Blanton himself would be convicted and serve jail time for selling liquor licenses.

85. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

86. Graceland to Renovate Racquetball Court -

Graceland plans to restore what is now the “trophy room” at Elvis Presley’s estate to a racquetball court on the way to the March 2 opening of a $45 million entertainment complex that will include the world’s largest Elvis museum.

87. The Week Ahead: January 10-16 -

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

88. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

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90. Blake Shelton-Themed Bars to Open in Tennessee, Oklahoma -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The company that owns the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium is opening two new venues in Tennessee and Oklahoma with the help of country star Blake Shelton.

91. Convention Center Hotel Plan Hinges on Financing -

For years the Memphis convention and tourism industry has known which comes first in the chicken-and-egg argument about drawing more convention business. More hotel rooms with meeting space take top priority in an environment where there is just enough political will for a $60 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center but not enough to build and finance a new convention center.

92. Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives -

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the DMC’s marketing strategy; driving activities to enhance the image of Downtown and public awareness of its growth and value to the region; and lead initiatives to position Downtown as a center for culture, tourism, business and entertainment. 

93. Memphis' Newest Doggie Daycare Offers Downtown Pets a Place to Play -

There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.

While the roughly 25,000 people who live in and around Downtown still have scenic spaces like Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River Greenbelt to walk their pets, many residents don’t have their own yard where their pets can run free without a leash.

94. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

95. The Week Ahead: January 3-9 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy 2017! If you’ve made a new year’s resolution, chances are there’s an event this week to help you along the way. Want to get fit? Check out the Memphis Bike Swap. Vowing to read more? Try the BookTini Book Club launch. And that’s just a taste of what’s happening in The Week Ahead…

96. Preparations Underway for New Vintage901 Festival -

For foodies and lovers of memorable culinary experiences like Stephanie Ferreira, the community around it all tends to be talked about with as much passion sometimes as the food and drink.

Like all tribes, foodies like Ferreira – who runs her family’s small event planning and floral businesses and who also has founded the new wine, food and music festival Vintage901 – speak a common language. They also share an interest in enjoying and enlightening themselves and each other about their passion.

97. Tickets on Sale for New Memphis Wine Event -

Tickets are now on sale for Vintage901, a new wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12.

Each day of the event will represent a unique wine, food and music experience.

The March 10 event, Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings, will be hosted at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, 225 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s grand sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner provided by Restaurant Iris, and entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation Monty Alexander.

98. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

99. Fixed Costs: Overhead That May Be Costing You Too Much -

Ray’s Take There’s an old cash flow joke about having too much month at the end of the money. It’s usually more a function of spending than earning. For most people there’s a lot more control over the expenditures side of the equation than there is over the income – at least in the short run. So cutting how much you spend on extras sounds great. But how much of your spending can really be reduced or eliminated? Too much “overhead” can result in disaster.

100. Events -

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700 for tickets.