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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

7. 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.

8. 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?”

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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...

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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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21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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…   

26. 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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28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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. 

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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…

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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. For ticket information, visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700.

40. Many New Restaurants, Food Businesses Served Up in 2016 -

In a few weeks, the East Memphis space that once housed Cosmic Coconut will host a grand opening for its new incarnation.

It’s been reimagined as City Silo Table & Pantry, a concept that owner Scott Tashie – who also owns I Love Juice Bar in Midtown as well as the future I Love Juice Bar in Crosstown – said was a natural evolution. Encompassing a total of 2,600 square feet and anchored by a 10-foot farm table, City Silo expands on the expectation its owner says Cosmic Coconut set for “creative, clean eating” in Memphis.

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42. 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.

43. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host a “Frozen” sing-along Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through Jan. 29. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

44. Last Word: Beale's Status Quo, The ASD and Change and Tri-State Bank's Big Year -

Here comes the AutoZone Liberty Bowl … specifically the pre-game festivities. The day after Christmas will find both teams – Georgia and TCU – at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid for some food and some entertainment and probably some shopping. The game itself is Friday at 11 a.m.

45. Beale Street ‘Stuck at Status Quo’ -

When the guitar drops on Beale Street to mark the start of 2017, it will also mark three years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been running day-to-day affairs of the Beale Street entertainment district.

46. NASCAR to Return To Memphis Next June -

NASCAR will resurrect its relationship with Memphis International Raceway in 2017, bringing a sanctioned event back to the track after an eight-year absence from the Mid-South.

The NASCAR K&N Series will run at MIR’s 3/4-mile tri-oval short track on June 3.

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl Week kicks off with a team welcome party Monday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, 1 Bass Pro Drive. Join the teams as they enjoy dinner and entertainment while exploring Memphis' biggest destination experience. Tickets available only in select action packs. Visit libertybowl.org for ticket information and a schedule of bowl week events.

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Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly through Tuesday, Dec. 27. Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans, make s’mores around the campfire, and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights for hours, details and tickets. 

49. 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. For ticket information, visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700.

50. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

51. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host live music by Marcella Simien of Marcella & Her Lovers Friday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, Santa’s elves will make visits each day through Saturday, Dec. 24. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through January. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

52. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Dec. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

53. Memphis Democrat Karen Camper Learns To Work With Majority -

Editor’s note: This is part one of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part two in the Friday, Dec. 23, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

54. Last Word: Boca Ends Badly, Fred's Deal Still Moving and The Couch Dylan Sat On -

Z Bo ejected and the Grizz fall to the Celtics 112 – 109 Tuesday at the Forum. Post game, Fizdale says the team has a leadership problem.

The Tigers at the Forum Wednesday, playing the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

55. NASCAR to Return To Memphis Next June -

NASCAR will resurrect its relationship with Memphis International Raceway in 2017, bringing a sanctioned event back to the track after an eight-year absence from the Mid-South.

The NASCAR K&N Series will run at MIR’s 3/4-mile tri-oval short track on June 3.

56. City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns -

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

57. The Week Ahead: December 19-25 -

Good morning, Memphis! With only a few days left until Christmas, sparkling lights and holiday happenings are taking place citywide – and that’s not all that’s taking place this week, as the Memphis Tigers go bowling and the Electoral College makes the presidential election official. Check out what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…

58. December 16-22, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: A record high temperature of 70 degrees at Memphis, according to the National Weather Service. The 70-degree mark ties a record for the date set in 1982.

2011: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council approves a planned development for the south side of Madison Avenue in Overton Square, including a new $16 million public parking garage to be built by the city. The garage is eligible for public funding because it is to include a water detention basin in its base that alleviates a chronic flooding problem in the area, which includes Lick Creek. Loeb Properties Inc. has a contract with the Colorado company that owns the entertainment district and the contract runs out at the end of 2011. A Loeb plan to make a supermarket the anchor of a revitalized square has fallen through and Loeb is now envisioning Overton Square as a theater district with a $19.2 million investment by Loeb in the area.

59. Last Word: Turner Dairy Plans, Fred's HQ and Fred Smith's Remarks About Trump -

Lots of traffic at FedExForum this weekend with two graduation ceremonies for the University of Memphis – morning and afternoon shifts. Another double-header at the Forum Saturday. The Grizz beat the Warriors 110-89 and the Tigers beat UAB 62-55.

60. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

61. Stevie Nicks to Play Memphis Show in March -

Stevie Nicks will play FedExForum March 8 on the second leg of her “24 Karat Gold Tour,” Live Nation Entertainment announced Monday, Dec. 5.

Tickets to the Memphis show, which includes Pretenders as the opening act, go on sale Dec. 12, with a presale starting Friday to all Memphis Grizzlies MVP season ticket holders.

62. Jerry Lee Lewis Playing New Year’s Eve on Beale -

Rock ’n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis will play the Beale Street nightspot bearing his name on New Year’s Eve.

Lewis will play a single show at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe and Honky Tonk, 310 Beale, at 8 p.m.

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64. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

65. Jerry Lee Lewis Playing New Year’s Eve on Beale -

Rock ’n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis will play the Beale Street nightspot bearing his name on New Year’s Eve.

Lewis will play a single show at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe and Honky Tonk, 310 Beale, at 8 p.m.

66. Design Board OKs Signs For ServiceMaster, Old Dominick -

After the votes were cast, Downtown Memphis Commission president Terence Patterson said he could not contain his excitement over ServiceMaster’s newly approved sign package.

67. Innovation or Monopoly? Panel Looks at ATT-Time Warner Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators questioning the logic of a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner turned their focus to the nickels and dimes of the issue, at least as to how the $85.4 billion mega-deal would affect Americans. OK, you say this huge merger will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay?

68. Council Approves Two Downtown Hotels, Sets Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings into hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

69. Council Approves Pair of Downtown Hotels, Sets January Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings as hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

70. Stevie Nicks to Play Memphis Show in March -

Stevie Nicks will play FedExForum March 8 on the second leg of her “24 Karat Gold Tour,” Live Nation Entertainment announced Monday, Dec. 5. Tickets to the Memphis show, which includes Pretenders as the opening act, go on sale Dec. 12, with a presale starting Friday to all Memphis Grizzlies MVP season ticket holders.

71. The Week Ahead: December 5-11 -

Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

72. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet -

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.

73. Grizzlies, RiverKings Holding ‘Gritmas Night’ Dec. 9 -

The Memphis Grizzlies and the Mississippi RiverKings are teaming up to host “Gritmas Night” on Friday, Dec. 9, when the RiverKings face off against the Huntsville Havoc at Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven.

74. Downtown Newcomers Seek Sign Exceptions -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board will meet next week to discuss some potential changes to the Downtown Memphis skyline.

Both highly touted applicants, Old Dominick Distillery and ServiceMaster, are proposing changes that will alter the visual presence of Downtown. ServiceMaster is proposing a package of 14 signs while Old Dominick is requesting a four-sign package consisting of both permanent and temporary signage.

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76. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

77. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

78. The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

79. Pinch "Vision" Plan Moves to Funding Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County Commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area. It also included some general ideas about and renderings of Overton Avenue becoming a walkable well-lit and more heavily developed east-west corridor between the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

80. Last Word: Chattanooga's Tragedy, Elvis Presley's Memphis and Chandler Parsons -

A grim Monday in Chattanooga where, as we post this, six school children were killed in a school bus crash and the driver of the bus was charged late Monday with reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

81. Graceland Announces March 2 Opening of 'Elvis Presley's Memphis' Complex -

Graceland will open its $45 million 200,000 square foot Whitehaven entertainment complex March 2-5, the second opening in five months of an expansion of Graceland’s presence in Memphis.

The opening date for the complex of restaurants, museums, shops and performance venues was announced Monday, Nov. 21, by Elvis Presley Enterprises about a month after the opening of the $92-million 450-room Guest House at Graceland hotel and resort.

82. Get Started: Retailers Preparing for Small Business Saturday -

For many small and independent businesses, the big start to the holiday shopping season comes on Saturday.

The marketing campaign known as Small Business Saturday, now in its seventh year, is expected to give many retailers and service providers a bump in sales. Started in the aftermath of the recession, the campaign has increased awareness about shopping at local small businesses, not just malls and big-box stores that draw consumers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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Downtown Memphis Commission will host the 2016 Downtown Memphis annual meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Enjoy a cocktail reception and entertainment the first hour. Then starting at 5:30 p.m., the DMC will unveil its strategic priorities and public space considerations for the Main Street Mall area, then present the Downtown Vision Awards. Tickets are $20; preregistration required. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com for details and registration.

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Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Bradley Harris and Dell Self will present “What’s It Going to Take to Be an Author?” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

85. 2017 Latino Memphis Fest Joins Memphis in May -

Memphians who are used to attending the Latino Memphis Festival on Cinco de Mayo weekend will have to wait a few extra days next year.

That’s because the 2017 event is becoming an official part of the Memphis in May International Festival’s monthlong salute to Colombia.

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Memphis Jewish Community Center will host journalist Chanan Tigay, discussing his book “The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible,” Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at MJCC, 6560 Poplar Ave. The talk is part of the Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival. Visit jccmemphis.org/LitFest for tickets and a festival schedule.

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Downtown Memphis Commission will host the 2016 Downtown Memphis annual meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Enjoy a cocktail reception and entertainment the first hour; at 5:30 p.m., the DMC will unveil its strategic priorities and public space considerations for the Main Street Mall area and will present the Downtown Vision Awards. Tickets are $20; preregistration required. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com to register.

88. 2017 Latino Memphis Fest Joins Memphis in May -

Memphians who are used to attending the Latino Memphis Festival on Cinco de Mayo weekend will have to wait a few extra days next year.

That’s because the 2017 event is becoming an official part of the Memphis in May International Festival’s monthlong salute to Colombia.

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90. Memphis Women’s Basketball Has New Attendance Initiative -

The University of Memphis athletic department has a new initiative designed to increase the number of families that attend women’s basketball games.

Children 12 and younger will receive free admission to all Memphis Tigers home women’s basketball games.

91. Newspaper Deal Falls Apart as Gannett Gives Up on Tronc -

NEW YORK (AP) – USA Today publisher Gannett walked away Tuesday from its attempted takeover of Tronc, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other major dailies.

Gannett's target was elusive from the beginning, with a publicly contentious back-and-forth between the two companies. Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing, rejected at least two bids from Gannett since April because it said it preferred to go it alone and focus on tech-driven initiatives involving artificial intelligence and global expansion in entertainment news and video.

92. $92M Graceland Hotel Expected to Be a Catalyst for Whitehaven -

The Heartbreak Hotel on Elvis Presley Boulevard was full Wednesday, Oct. 26 – its final night as a hotel.

By the time the $92 million, 450-room Guest House at Graceland resort opened across the boulevard Thursday morning, many of the doors at the Heartbreak Hotel were missing their room numbers – taken as souvenirs by guests who filled the circa-1980s hotel in its final days.

93. All Fixed Up: Elvis Birthplace Expansion Complete -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – After more than four years and more than $7 million, the renovation and expansion of the Elvis Birthplace and Museum is complete.

No other plans are in the works, but executive director Dick Guyton said, "Now it's time to maintain it."

94. Authority Sticks With DMC for Beale Street -

The Beale Street entertainment district is preparing for a Christmas parade and a New Year’s Eve celebration beyond Wednesday’s opening of the lucrative Memphis Grizzlies season.

The new year will mark a full two years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been the interim manager of the district for the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

95. Last Word: Beale Street Blues, Feds Review MPD and Midtown Kroger -

It’s the Grizz season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum Wednesday. But there was plenty of drama in the Grizzlies office Tuesday afternoon of the non-Grizz variety but nevertheless a shade of Beale Street blue.

96. Beale Authority Ends Talks With 21 Beale -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has ended contract talks with the 21 Beale group to manage the entertainment district. And the group voted Tuesday, Oct. 25, to continue the Downtown Memphis Commission’s interim management of the district indefinitely.

97. Events -

Houston Levee Community Center will open on Thursday, Oct. 27, with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. and a grand opening celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1801 N. Houston Levee Road. HLCC will house a teen lounge, computer lab, games room, and community and multipurpose rooms. RSVP to 901-384-3885 or hlccmemphis@gmail.com.

98. Grizzlies, C Spire Renew Partnership -

The Memphis Grizzlies and C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, have announced a multiyear extension of a partnership agreement with the NBA Western Conference team and FedExForum.

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100. Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round -

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

Launched in 1989 as Arts in the Park in Overton Park before relocating to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 1992, the fest was revitalized in 2007 as RiverArtsFest and moved to its present location.