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1. Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects -

NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.

2. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers will host a screening of “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall Road. The film examines the lives of minimalists from all walks of life who are striving to live a meaningful life with less. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at napomemphis.com; all proceeds benefit the Le Bonheur Club.

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

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

4. Last Word: Haslam To Talk Gas Tax, Rallings Talks Protesters and Beale Street -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talks gas tax Wednesday in Nashville. Actually, he will be rolling out his full list of legislative priorities in the capitol. But much of the attention will be on what he proposes in the way of the state’s gas tax – something he’s talked about but not committed a specific position to for the last two years.

5. TraVure Developers Close On Construction Loan -

Developers of the TraVure mixed-use project in Germantown have closed on a $34.1 million construction loan.

First Bank provided the financing for the five-story, 150,000-square-foot Class A office building that will include the new corporate headquarters for apartment real estate investment trust MAA. It includes a five-story parking garage.

6. Events -

Giant, illuminated bunnies will invade Overton Park Wednesday, Jan. 18, through Jan. 29 as Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts Amanda Parer’s light sculpture “Intrude.” Special events include “Hoppy Hour” on Saturday, Jan. 21, and a rabbit-themed film series with screenings of “Harvey” and “Night of the Lepus,” among others. Visit brooksmuseum.org/brooks-outside-intrude for details and a schedule.

7. Germantown Apartment Complex Sells for $32M -

Whitney Management Corp., a Texas-based apartment management company, recently added to its Memphis portfolio with the purchase of a 252-unit apartment complex in Germantown.

8. Germantown Launches Redesigned Website -

The city of Germantown has redesigned its website.

The website, still at www.germantown-tn.gov, includes a dashboard that allows citizens to see progress being made on the city’s Germantown Forward 2030 objectives. The website also includes more prominent placement of frequently sought subjects, including online services and payments.

9. 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.

10. State Targets Refugee Program; Lollar to Lead Delegation -

The state Legislature is likely to file a complaint before the end of January challenging the legality of the Refugee Resettlement Program in Tennessee, according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Tennessee Lawmakers Act on Balanced Budget Convention to Curb ‘Crippling’ National Debt -

Saying they can avoid a “runaway” convention for “crazy or radical ideas,” Republican state legislators are filing legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

14. Last Word: Charter Schools Views, Capitol Hill Round Up & Explaining The Cold War -

Double trouble Wednesday in Oklahoma. The Grizz lose to the Thunder 103-95 in OKC. They are on their way to Houston for a Friday game before returning home Sunday for the MLK game against the Chicago Bulls at the Forum. Meanwhile Tigers lose to Tulsa Wednesday, also in Oklahoma, 81-71. They are back at the Forum Saturday to play South Florida.

15. Justin Timberlake-Inspired Selfie Bill in Play in Tennessee Legislature -

Pop star Justin Timberlake won’t have to worry about getting into trouble for taking selfies at the voting booth if legislation by a Memphis lawmaker passes.

Democratic state Rep. G.A. Hardaway, a 10-year veteran of the Legislature, was set to file a bill Tuesday, Jan. 10, removing the prohibition on photos at Tennessee voting precincts.

16. Tennessee Acts on Balanced Budget Convention to Curb ‘Crippling’ National Debt -

Saying they can avoid a “runaway” convention for “crazy or radical ideas,” Republican state legislators are filing legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

17. Robinson Takes on Dual Roles At Campbell Clinic -

Dr. James Robinson recently joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in two roles: as the lead physician for the clinic’s new daytime walk-in program and as a sports medicine family practice doctor treating sports injuries for young athletes and weekend warriors.
The walk-in clinics are offered at all five Campbell Clinic locations, and Robinson staffs the program in the Germantown office. 

18. 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…   

19. Shelby County Government Recycling Christmas Trees -

Shelby County government is recycling live Christmas trees and other holiday greenery through Monday, Jan. 9.

The program, operating in an area near Agricenter International’s ShowPlace Arena at 105 S. Germantown Road, is in its 18th year and is part of the county’s Sustainable Shelby program.

20. Last Word: Convention Center Hotel, The Crime Discussion and A Gas Tax Hike Plan -

Grizzlies fall to the Clippers 115-106 in Los Angeles. They play Golden State Friday in another West Coast road game.

During the California sojourn, Chandler Parsons turned up on the tabloid TV show TMZ clubbing in the general vicinity of Kendall Jenner after New Year’s Eve with Kate Beckinsale.

21. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

22. Germantown Planning Board OKs Trader Joe’s Change -

Plans for Trader Joe’s Germantown location are changing again, and it could expedite the store’s opening.

Developer Centennial American Properties received unanimous approval from the Germantown Planning Commission Tuesday, Jan. 3, for a revised site plan that would locate Trader Joe’s within the former Kroger store at 2130 Exeter Road instead of in a new building on an outparcel of that site.

23. Last Word: Laurelwood Lament, Fairgrounds Redux and Deeper on Crime -

Booksellers at Laurelwood made it through the Christmas shopping season but will close its doors in Laurelwood probably in February with the liquidation sale beginning Friday – as in this Friday.

24. Broadway Soprano Headlining Tennessee Shakespeare Gala -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company has announced Broadway soprano Sierra Boggess, whose roles have included Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” will headline its eighth annual gala March 10 at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

25. Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot -

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

26. Strickland, Herenton Seek Larger, More Focused Volunteerism Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton pointed to a better coordinated form of volunteerism in 2017 at Strickland’s first annual New Year’s Prayer Breakfast.

27. Shelby County Government Recycling Christmas Trees -

Shelby County government is recycling live Christmas trees and other holiday greenery through Monday, Jan. 9.

The program, operating in an area near Agricenter International’s ShowPlace Arena at 105 S. Germantown Road, is in its 18th year and is part of the county’s Sustainable Shelby program.

28. Thirteen Local Nonprofits Awarded $2,500 Grants -

Thirteen Memphis-area nonprofit organizations have been chosen to receive $2,500 grants from FirstBank.

FirstBank Memphis president Jeff Hudson invited several organizations to make grant requests and hosted a pre-holiday reception at FirstBank’s financial center at 6482 Poplar Ave. An independent three-person selection panel made the decisions on which organizations would receive a share of the grants.

29. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $50 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

30. Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals: All Grown Up, Flexing Creative Muscle -

The beginning of Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals goes all the back to 1924, when three brothers – Owen, Gene and Earl Mahaffey – got their start making awnings, canvas tarpaulins and cotton pick sacks.

31. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $48 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

32. Presidential Election Tops Busy Year for Memphis Voters -

2016 was an eventful election year in Shelby County, ending with the most popular voting cycle in Shelby County politics: the U.S. presidential general election in November. Slightly more than 60 percent of the county’s voters cast a ballot either during early voting in October or on the Nov. 8 Election Day.

33. Thirteen Memphis Nonprofits Awarded $2,500 Grants -

Thirteen Memphis nonprofit organizations have been chosen to receive $2,500 grants from FirstBank.

FirstBank Memphis president Jeff Hudson invited several organizations to make grant requests and hosted a pre-holiday reception at FirstBank’s financial center at 6482 Poplar Ave. An independent three-person selection panel made the decisions on which organizations would receive a share of the grants.

34. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

35. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Memories, Talk About Violence and The Year In Ed & Med -

Grizz fall to the Celtics in Boston Tuesday 113-103. With Mike Conley and five other starters out. Away from triple digits, it is SMU over the Tigers at the Forum Tuesday 58-54.

36. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

37. Change Defines Education Landscape in 2016 -

By the time Rhodes College trustees made their choice in December of Marjorie Hass as the college’s new president, higher education in Memphis had been through quite a few changes.

Hass succeeds William Troutt, president of Rhodes for the last 18 years.

38. 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.

39. Cordova’s Future LA Fitness Site Sells for $2.4M -

LA Fitness is one step closer to opening a Cordova location.

Insomnia Inc., the company owned by former topless-club operator Steve Cooper, sold two parcels near its former restaurant/nightclub on Fischer Steel Road to Orlando, Florida-based National Retail Properties Inc. for $2.4 million, according to a Dec. 20 warranty deed. The same day as the sale, Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International LLC, signed a lease with National Retail Properties for the property.

40. St. Benedict Achieves AP Capstone Status -

St. Benedict at Auburndale High School will be offering Advance Placement seminar and research courses at the start of the next school year and will award AP Capstone Diplomas as part of the program.

41. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sells for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown recently was purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

42. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

43. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

44. Snapshots: A Look at Ikea Memphis' 2-Year Journey -

From the announcement by former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton on Dec. 16, 2014, to people camping out before the official opening on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Ikea store in Memphis has been much anticipated. The 271,000-square-foot store at Germantown Parkway and Interstate 40 will be a regional draw, with the next closest Ikea being in Atlanta. It includes, among many features, a 200-seat restaurant and solar array with 4,424 panels.

45. TNReady Report Cards Dip With New Test -

Shelby County Schools leaders have a math literacy program that will rollout in phases starting next year. The plan was already in the works before new state test results were released Tuesday, Dec. 13, for school districts across the state.

46. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present the musical “Annie” through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tickets. 

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Lance Walker of Walker Auctions will present “Buying and Selling With Auctions.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

47. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will present “Lighting the Way,” its 18th anniversary and holiday celebration, Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Crescent Club Founders Room, 6075 Poplar Ave. Guest speakers include Jozelle Booker, MLGW’s Supplier Diversity Program administrator and procurement and contracts manager and Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer. Tickets are $15. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

48. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown was recently purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

49. St. Benedict Achieves AP Capstone Status -

St. Benedict at Auburndale High School will be offering Advance Placement seminar and research courses at the start of the next school year and will award AP Capstone Diplomas as part of the program.

50. Events -

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard will be held Friday, Dec. 16, through Dec. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Bring the family to play in the “snow,” sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, and enjoy music, lights and more throughout My Big Backyard. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

51. 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. 

52. Aspen Dental Locations Opening This Month -

Two new Aspen Dental practices are opening this month in the Memphis area – the one at 8544 U.S. Highway 51 N. opened Thursday, Dec. 8.

A Cordova location at 695 N. Germantown Pkwy. will open on Dec. 15.

53. Editorial: Despite Inherent Tension, We Need to Keep Talking -

You don’t see a lot of construction cranes in Memphis. It’s not the symbol of our emergence from the national recession that it is in other cities.

But make no mistake, development and the money to finance it is back in Memphis. It just has a different face.

54. Aspen Dental Locations Opening This Month -

Two new Aspen Dental practices are opening this month in the Memphis area – the one at 8544 U.S. 51 N. in Millington opened Thursday, Dec. 8.

A Cordova location at 695 N. Germantown Parkway will open on Dec. 15.

55. 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.

56. Trader Joe’s Developer Seeks $2.5M Permit -

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138 • Permit Amount: $2.5 million 

Future Tenant: Trader Joe’s 

Developer: CAP Germantown LLC

57. 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.

58. Developer Withdraws Plan For Collierville Shopping Mall -

On Nov. 28, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved on first reading a request to rezone approximately 95 acres near South Houston Levee Road and Bill Morris Parkway for a new mall, but just a week later, the potential developer has withdrawn its application.

59. GCT Promotes Asher To Artistic Director -

Justin Asher has been promoted to artistic director of Germantown Community Theatre. Asher joined GCT in January 2015 as technical director. He was promoted to associate producer in July 2016 and has assisted in the productions of the titles in GCT’s 45th season.

60. Last Word: Football Comes Back, Snuff on Front Street and Pot Is Short of Seven -

I have a question that some of you may not care for? Is football making a comeback in this basketball town for a more prominent place in the conflicted and diverse hothouse that is Memphis culture?

61. Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Parkway location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

62. Palazzolo Says Germantown Maximizing Commercial Development Where it Can -

Just a few years ago, Germantown leaders were worried. Sales tax revenues were down in the recession and the city had annexed the last of its reserve area.

Looking back on it, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo admits it was a challenge. The perspective has changed as the recession has lifted.

63. Two Hotel Projects Top Council Agenda -

Two Downtown hotels top a planning and development-heavy agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 2, session of the Memphis City Council.

The council votes on a special use permit for a 68-room luxury hotel at 477 S. Main St., in a building that until recently had been a graduate school for the Memphis College of Art.

64. Trader Joe’s Developer Seeks $2.5M Permit -

CAP Germantown LLC, the company developing a future Trader Joe’s store in Germantown, has pulled a $2.5 million building permit for modifications to the site, located near the northeast corner of Exeter Road and Poplar Avenue.

65. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

66. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

67. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

68. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

69. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

70. Events -

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend kicks off with the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Open to the public, the expo will feature nearly 100 exhibitors with the latest in all racing needs. Race day on Saturday, Dec. 3, will feature five races: the 5K and 10K starting at 7 a.m., the half-marathon and marathon at 8:30 a.m., and the kids marathon at 1:30 p.m. Visit stjudemarathon.org for details.

71. Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves -

Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.

72. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Blight Authority of Memphis executive director Sheila Jordan Cunningham and Neighborhood Preservation Inc. president Steve Barlow will present “Fighting Blight in Memphis.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

73. 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. 

74. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Arkansas State University Mid-South will hold a process technology career fair Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Nabors Auditorium on STCC’s Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Employers including Hershey, Valero, Blues City Brewery and Lucite will be on hand. Visit southwest.tn.edu.

75. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Fusion On Wheels and The Grizz Main Two -

If surface parking lots had a capitol in Memphis, it would probably be the Pinch. That’s why the general ideas and plans the city is currently exploring for the nine-blocks of the Pinch between the Pyramid and St. Jude can be a bit disorienting.

76. Distracted To Death -

When the Tennessee Highway Patrol began using a tractor-trailer on the interstate to catch people texting while driving, the troopers knew their view from above would help their cause. From that higher vantage point, they could see drivers holding their phones in their laps and typing.

77. Nashville, Memphis Respond Differently to Pot Ordinance Opinion -

A legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general requested by two Shelby County legislators has again put Nashville city leaders in the lead as municipal marijuana ordinances enacted there and in Memphis have taken a turn toward the courts.

78. Events -

Pinot’s Palette will host its fourth annual Project Pet portrait-painting event to benefit the Streetdog Foundation on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sanderlin studio, 5040 Sanderlin Ave., suite 111. Cost is $65; $20 will be donated to Streetdog. Participants must register by Thursday, Nov. 24. For details and registration, visit pinotspalette.com/sanderlin or call 901-761-0012.

79. Gill Seeks $25 Million Permit For New MAA Headquarters -

6815 U.S. 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Permit Amount: $25 million

Future Tenant: MAA

80. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. The open-mic format will be hosted by Jo Garner. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call 901-482-0354.

81. County Law Library Director Johnson Celebrates 50 Years as Librarian -

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, is celebrating his 50th year as a librarian. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing and library services, and reports to a 10-member board that include nine attorneys and one judge. 
When asked about his longevity in the field, Johnson says the libraries where he’s worked – which include public, school and law libraries – have been different enough to keep him challenged and interested. 

82. Events -

A public meeting on the Pinch District redevelopment plan will take place Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Balinese Ballroom, 330 N. Main St. The planning team will present the vision that has been crafted for the Pinch District following two public input meetings and discuss connectivity between this initiative and other projects in the vicinity. For more information, contact Brett Roler at roler@downtownmemphis.com or 901-575-0540.

83. IKEA Memphis to Install Electric Vehicle Stations -

IKEA plans to install three electric vehicle charging stations at the Memphis store it’s opening on Dec. 14.

Globally, IKEA says it evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures such as energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas and water-conserving restrooms; eliminating plastic bags from the checkout process; and selling only LED bulbs.

84. Gill Seeks $25M Permit For Future MAA Headquarters -

The future home of Memphis-based MAA has taken another step forward.

Developer Gill Properties, working as Gill Poplar GP, has applied for a $25 million building permit for a five-story office building and five-story parking garage – two main components of the $90 million TraVure development in Germantown’s western gateway.

85. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will wrap up its Motown Film Series with a screening of “Soul! Featuring Stevie Wonder and Wonderlove” on Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com for details.

86. Events -

Nutcracker Ballet Ensemble & School will perform “Nut ReMix” with special guest Charles “Lil Buck” Riley Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, at the Cannon Center, 255 N. Main St. The show is a new take on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” set on Beale Street, with music performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band. Visit newballet.org for times and tickets.

87. Gill Seeks $25M Permit for Future MAA Headquarters -

The future home of Memphis-based MAA has taken another step forward.

Developer Gill Properties, working as Gill Poplar GP, has applied for a $25 million building permit for a five-story office building and five-story parking garage – two main components of the $90 million TraVure development in Germantown’s western gateway.

88. IKEA Memphis to Install Electric Vehicle Stations -

IKEA plans to install three electric vehicle charging stations at the Memphis store it’s opening on Dec. 14.

Globally, IKEA says it evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures such as energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas and water-conserving restrooms; eliminating plastic bags from the checkout process; and selling only LED bulbs.

89. Events -

Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter will hold a North Memphis community forum Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St. The conversation on criminal justice, education and jobs kicks off BLM Memphis’ neighborhood community forum series. Visit facebook.com/blmmemphis for details.

90. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature -

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

91. Events -

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.

92. Norris, Others Take Next Step After Election -

State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville ran for re-election this year the way just about any incumbent prefers to run – unopposed.

93. Events -

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.

94. New Home Sales in Shelby County Setting Price Records -

Memphis and Shelby County’s new home sales prices continue to climb. The average sales price of $319,357 in the third quarter marked the highest on record, amounting to a 6 percent price increase from the average new home sales price of $300,635 in Q3 2015.

95. Kustoff, Cohen Win Seats in Congress And the Rest of Shelby County's Ballot -

Shelby County voters re-elected all but six incumbents seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

And the biggest upset on the local ballot gave Democrats a gain of one seat in the state House delegation from Shelby County.

96. After The Vote -

If you stood in certain places during the last days of the 2016 campaign in Memphis you could see the 2018 elections even if you couldn’t see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s national victory over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.

97. Last Word: The Long Count, Bigger Than Boutiques and God's View of the NBA -

It's Veterans Day with the annual Downtown parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday and a wreath-laying ceremony an hour later at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park.

The long local vote count since Tuesday is still underway as Thursday becomes Friday. It should wrap up Friday with the provisional ballot count completed.

98. Events -

Youth Ballet Memphis will present its fall mixed repertory show, “Escapades,” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13, at the Ballet Memphis studios, 7950 Trinity Road. The performance will feature six new works created by Ballet Memphis company members, Youth Ballet Memphis director Janet Parke, and members of the youth ballet company. Tickets are $10 and $15 at balletmemphis.org, by phone at 901-737-7322 and at the door (if available).

99. Memphis-Area Entrepreneurs Earn Top Franchise Honor -

Local entrepreneurs Fain and Sandra Dalton, owners of The Grounds Guys of Germantown, recently took home the award for Franchisees of the Year for The Grounds Guys landscaping services company, which encompasses more than 240 franchisees across the country.

100. Events -

Junior League of Memphis Merry Marketplace will take place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Special events include a Girls’ Night Out, holiday happy hour, painting classes and more. Visit merrymarketplace.com for hours, details and advance tickets.