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1. Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Could Lift Respective Neighborhoods -

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

That’s why the Binghampton Gateway and Frayser Gateway – a pair of retail projects in different areas and stages of development – hope to send a message that overlooked communities have more to offer than just numbers.

2. Events -

The Metal Museum will host the “Cu in Summer: Inspirations” opening reception and sale Thursday, July 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. The exhibition features works created by students ages 14-17 who participated in the museum’s six-week summer program. All proceeds go directly to the students. Visit metalmuseum.org.

3. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Attorney Wis Laughlin will present “Learn About Owning an Airbnb – Including Important Tax Information.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

4. Bartlett Shopping Center Sells for Nearly $30M -

An Atlanta-based real estate investment firm has made its first purchase in the Memphis market with the acquisition of a 198,103-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Bartlett.

The Bartlett Towne Centre, located at 6005 Stage Road, was acquired by Branch Properties LLC from Houston-based real estate investment trust Weingarten Realty for $28.8 million.

5. Events -

Nick Black will perform as part of Stax Museum’s Live in Studio A summer concert series Tuesday, July 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The concert is free for Shelby County residents (who get free museum admission with ID on Tuesday afternoons), and free with paid admission for out-of-towners. Visit staxmuseum.com.

6. Last Word: Rachel Heck, Beale Street's Cover and The Old Peabody -

The “fifth wave” of judicial appointments by President Donald Trump, as The White House termed them, are already causing some political ripples here primarily from state Senator Mark Norris’s appointment to the federal bench.

7. Early Release Halted for Germantown Man Convicted of Killing Mississippi Cop -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The head of Mississippi's prison system has decided not to release an inmate convicted in the 2006 killing of a University of Mississippi police officer.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections notified victims, law enforcement agencies and court officials Thursday that Daniel Cummings, 31, would be released from prison July 28 after serving less than half of a 20-year sentence, The Oxford Eagle reported .

8. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host its “Date Night: Tour of Foods From Napa” cooking class Friday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at L’Ecole, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. Whether this is your first date or anniversary, this unique dining experience explores Napa wines and the foods that go with them. Cost is $95 per person; includes instruction, three-course meal and wine. Register at lecole.edu.

9. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

Malco Theatres’ Downtown movie theater continues to take shape, with the Memphis-based cinema chain seeking its second multimillion-dollar building permit for the project in recent months.


45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $5 million

10. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host its “Date Night: Tour of Foods From Napa” cooking class Friday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at L’Ecole, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. Whether this is your first date or anniversary, this unique dining experience explores Napa wines and the foods that go with them. Cost is $95 per person; includes instruction, three-course meal and wine. Register at lecole.edu.

11. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $5 million

Project Cost: $55 million

Application Date: July 2017

Owner: Henry Turley Co. and Community Capital

12. PetVax Opening Midtown Location -

Local veterinary clinic PetVax has signed a lease in Midtown’s Belvedere Collection, located at the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Belvedere Boulevard, with plans to open its sixth location there.

13. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Tim Marsh, special agent with the FBI Memphis Division, will present “Cyber Threats: Current and Emerging.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

14. Last Word: Marathon County Budget Session, New Chandler Numbers and Confluence -

As we post this edition of Last Word, there is still some confusion about the KC-130 Marine cargo plane that crashed near the Leflore-Sunflower County line in Mississippi Monday evening.

All 16 people on board were killed in the crash.

15. Cordova Shopping Center Sells for $2.3 Million -

The Woodchase Center, located at 2075 N. Germantown Parkway, has a new owner.

Dr. Alan Werner purchased the 28,484-square-foot retail building from MAM Realty Holdings of Memphis LLC for $2.3 million. Brian Califf, executive vice president of NAI Saig, represented Werner, while Melanie Myers with the Gary Myers Co. represented MAM Realty Holdings.

16. Events -

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Captain America: Civil War” Tuesday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. on the landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and grab a spot on the landing’s sloping rooftop, with movies projected on a 24-foot screen at the bottom. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.

17. Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Still Rising -

Though last month saw the first dip in average home sales prices in nine months, the number of home sales in June continued to increase.

The average sales price dropped slightly to $178,572, a 1 percent decrease from a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. However, the total number of home sales reached 1,852 for the month, up 9 percent from 1,692 a year ago. Additionally, the volume of home sales rose to $331 million, up 8 percent from $305 million last year.

18. Events -

The Bartlett Area Chamber will hold its monthly lunch meeting Tuesday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Unique Catering & Event Center, 2751 Bartlett Blvd. Guest speaker Mark Yoshida, partner/production director at Memphis Record Pressing, will present “Pressing for Success: How a Bartlett company took an old process and created a new opportunity.” Tickets are $20. RSVP at bartlettchamber.org by Monday, July 10.

19. Charter Schools Act Became Law July 1 -

Senate Bill 1197, called the Tennessee High-Quality Charter Schools Act, became law on Saturday, July 1.

The act enhances the relationship between charter authorizers and charter schools, increases accountability and aligns charter practices in Tennessee with national best practices, according to the bill’s co-sponsor, Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown.

20. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, the Memphis Bar Association and the Access to Justice Committee will host a free legal advice and counsel clinic Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance on a first-come, first-served basis the second Saturday of each month. Visit malsi.org.

21. Germantown Turning Borrow Pit Into Youth Education Pond -

The borrow pit off Wolf River Boulevard at Riverdale Road in Germantown already is a fishing hole that anglers have known about for quite a while.

“I saw 11 or 12 absolutely huge catfish in there,” Dr. Phil Aronoff said of a stop there in June. “I mean really big catfish that were feeding on the surface.”

22. Confluence Park Takes Shape On Former Mud Island ‘Trash Dump’ -

Before her knee surgery, Sara Yarrow ran anywhere from five to 10 miles a week, often near her Mud Island home.

That’s why she’s looking forward to the planned opening of Confluence Park on Mud Island, at the corner where Island Drive becomes North Mud Island Road.

23. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Whet Thursday: Young Professionals on Thursday, July 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Enjoy the museum and grounds for free while networking with other young professionals and enjoying food trucks and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

24. Events -

Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza is Tuesday, July 4, at Municipal Park on Exeter Road. Activities starting at 5 p.m. include live music, games, moon bounces, train rides and crafts, followed by fireworks at 9:10 p.m. Concessions available for purchase. No pets allowed. For more information, call the Germantown Parks and Recreation office at 901-757-7375.

25. Charter Schools Act Becomes Law July 1 -

Senate Bill 1197, called the Tennessee High-Quality Charter Schools Act, became law on Saturday, July 1.

The act enhances the relationship between charter authorizers and charter schools, increases accountability and aligns charter practices in Tennessee with national best practices, according to the bill’s co-sponsor, Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown.

26. The Week Ahead: July 3-July 9 -

Hello, Memphis – and happy almost-Fourth of July. Not sure where to catch the fireworks this week? We have a few suggestions, plus more local happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

27. Events -

Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza will take place Monday, July 3, at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, located at Appling Road and U.S. 70. Events start at 6 p.m. and include a car display, children’s activities, live music by the Bartlett Community Concert Band (6:30 p.m.) and Jamie Baker & the VIPs (7:45 p.m.), and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Visit cityofbartlett.org for details.

28. Five Local Attorneys Seek Open Judge Seat -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday, June 30.

29. Germantown Approves 21-Cent Property Tax Hike -

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a 21-cent property tax hike Monday, June 26, on third and final reading.

Passage of the tax hike seems to end discussions with Shelby County Schools about the Germantown Municipal School District buying Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools from SCS.

30. Events -

Downtown Memphis’ Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular will take place Tuesday, July 4, at Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front St. The park opens at 10 a.m., live music and activities begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display will launch at 9:15 p.m. Visit facebook.com/mudislandriverpark for details.

31. Events -

The Collierville Chamber of Commerce will host a Small-Business Lunch & Learn Thursday, June 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Collierville Center, 215 W. Poplar Ave. Courtney Orians, coordinator of external activities at the U of M, will discuss personality types in the workplace. Cost is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit colliervillechamber.com for registration details.

32. $18.5 Million Permit Filed for Central Station Project -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, developers pull an $18 million permit for the Central Station overhaul, another new Downtown hotel is in the works and the new Laurelwood bookstore gets a restaurant...

33. Last Word: A Second Juvenile Court Letter, Fred Smith's Tax Plan and Memphis Hops -

A group of 19 organizations including the Memphis Branch NAACP and 28 citizens sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to keep in place Justice Department oversight of Juvenile Court. The 12-page letter is a point-by-point detailed response to the June 9 letter from County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael and Sheriff Bill Oldham asking Sessions to end the memorandum of agreement between county government and the Justice Department.

34. Five Local Attorneys Seek Open Judge Seat -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday, June 30.

35. Germantown Approves 21-Cent Property Tax Hike -

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a 21-cent property tax hike Monday, June 26, on third and final reading.

Passage of the tax hike seems to end discussions with Shelby County Schools about the Germantown Municipal School District buying Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools from SCS.

36. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 28, 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.

37. Five Apply for Circuit Court Judge Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday, June 30.

The deadline to apply to the Trial Court Vacancy Commission was Monday, June 26, at noon.

38. Five Apply for Circuit Court Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday.

39. Five Apply for Circuit Court Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday.

40. Cordova Shopping Center Inks Tenant Wing King -

The Wolf River Commons Shopping Center, located at 420 S. Germantown Parkway, is now fully leased as a three-year, $69,459 deal will bring a Wing King into the last 1,335-square-foot bay.

41. Events -

Memphis Branch NAACP will host its Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. are the guest speakers at the luncheon, themed “Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy.” Tickets start at $100. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details.

42. Events -

Germantown Community Library will continue its Egyptology 101 series for adults and teens 13 and older with “Egyptology 101: Gods of Ancient Egypt,” Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 1925 Exeter Road. Other sessions follow July 10 and July 24. Pre-registration required. Visit the library or call 901-757-7323.

43. Many Businesses Not Prepared for Cyber Attacks -

While most local businesses believe a cyber attack or hack could significantly impact their bottom lines, many are not adequately prepared, according to a recent survey by SunTrust Bank.

44. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Diane Neal of USHealth Advisors will present “Helping Small-Business Owners, Self-Employed and Families Get Affordable Health Coverage.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

45. Events -

The city of Germantown’s Groovin’ and Grillin’ Concert Series wraps up Tuesday, June 20, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion at Municipal Park on Exeter Road. Bluff City Soul Collective will perform at 7 p.m. Concert is free; hot dogs and hamburgers available for purchase. Visit germantown-tn.gov.

46. The Week Ahead: June 19-25 -

Hello, Memphis! Summer officially arrives in our Central time zone at 11:24 p.m. on Tuesday, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Well, we know what summer in Memphis means – a heapin’ helpin’ of humidity. Stay cool with all these hot happenings in The Week Ahead...

47. Mark Norris to Co-Chair Juvenile Justice Task Force -

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville will co-chair a state Juvenile Justice Task Force along with Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.

48. Vaughan Wins State House District 95 Seat -

Collierville school board member Kevin Vaughan is the newest member of the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature.

49. Events -

Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival will be held Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, in Robert R. Church Park, at Beale and South Fourth streets. The festival will feature live music, vendors senior activities, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com for a schedule.

50. Last Word: Disaster Paperwork, The Whitehaven Plan and Juvenile Justice -

On its way to Washington is the paperwork for a federal disaster declaration sent Wednesday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. It includes Shelby County and 11 other Tennessee counties. This is essentially federal funding that will reimburse local government for money they spend up front for these kinds of disasters. The state’s request also includes a call for individual assistance to Shelby County homeowners and business owners whose property was damaged in the Memorial Day weekend storms.

51. Events -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will participate in National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15, by offering free rides in Memphis, Shelby County and West Memphis on its paratransit vehicles, fixed-route buses and rubber-tired trolley buses. For details and route maps, visit matatransit.com.

52. Hernando Ice Cream Parlor Preparing Crosstown Location -

1350 Concourse Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $80,000

Application Date: June 2017

53. Norris to Oversee Second Panel Reviewing Juvenile Justice -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is set to oversee a comprehensive review of Tennessee’s juvenile justice system in an effort to reshape the lives of offenders.

54. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees 14 Percent Gain in May -

Sam Goff, vice president of Independent Bank’s mortgage division, got two new contracts in place for homebuyers over the weekend, which gave him an upbeat start to the week.

55. Last Word: After the Last Hole, Cutting County Property Taxes and A Recycled Gown -

The story of how the Overton Park Conservancy raised $1 million in two months didn’t go according to the script. It wasn’t large donors, it was a lot of contributions of $250 or less it turns out, many from people who have never been to the park, the zoo or the greensward in particular whether it’s on foot or in a car. There were donations from Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and every state, except South Dakota.

56. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Jobs & Career Fair will be held Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew AME Church, 867 South Parkway E. Human resources directors and executives from more than 25 Memphis and Mid-South companies will be on hand to discuss opportunities; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. For more information, contact Telisa Franklin at memphisjuneteenth@gmail.com or 901-281-6337.

57. 2,700 Vote Early, 3 Election Day Polls Move in House District 95 -

A total of 2,700 citizens cast early votes ahead Thursday’s special state House District 95 election in eastern Shelby County. And on election day, three of the 14 polling places – two in Collierville and one in Germantown – will move from their regular locations.

58. Last Word: Double Berger, The CEO of Baptist and Storm Reflections -

The Overton Park Conservancy raised $1 million by the Monday deadline to move ahead with the Overton Park-Memphis Zoo parking compromise. The conservancy announced Sunday afternoon that it met the goal with hours to spare with more details to come Monday on how this came together.

59. Daniel Berger Makes it Back-to-Back Wins at FESJC -

When he won his first PGA Tour event here last year, young Daniel Berger celebrated. Maybe a bit too much at the cost of some sleep.

60. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Jobs & Career Fair will be held Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew AME Church, 867 South Parkway E. Human resources directors and executives from more than 25 Memphis and Mid-South companies will be on hand to discuss opportunities; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. For more information, contact Telisa Franklin at memphisjuneteenth@gmail.com or 901-281-6337.

61. Norris to Co-Chair Juvenile Justice Task Force -

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville will co-chair a state Juvenile Justice Task Force along with Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.

62. Lakeland Vet Files Permit To Build New Location -

The Pet Hospitals, a Memphis-based veterinarian group, has filed a $1.1 million building permit application for a new location in Lakeland.

The application filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists new construction at 3031 Canada Road, which is adjacent to its current location at 2961 Canada RoadDan Walker Associates Inc. is listed as the contractor.

63. The Week Ahead: June 12-18 -

Get ready to groove, Memphis, because this week we're welcoming the inimitable Ruthie Foster to town, along with the return of both the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival and the Soulsville Record Swap. Plus, we've got details on the state House District 95 election, free MATA rides and what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

64. Events -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will participate in the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15, by offering free rides in Memphis, Shelby County and West Memphis on its paratransit vehicles, fixed-route buses and rubber-tired trolley buses. For details and route maps, visit matatransit.com.

65. Events -

Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe will present “Unseen City,” written and directed by Alex Skitolsky with choreography by Kimberly Baker, Friday, June 9, through June 24 at 2085 Monroe Ave. Tickets (cash only) are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 901-274-1000 to make reservations; visit ourownvoice.org for more information.

66. Events -

A Teach901 Job Fair Will Take Place Thursday, June 8, From 6 P.m. To 8 P.m. At The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More Than Memphis-Area 30 School Operators Will Be Recruiting For A Range Of Positions In Public, Charter And Parochial Schools. Visit Teach901.Com For Details And Registration.

67. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop titled “Introduction to Importing” Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Topics cover various aspects of selling imported goods, including market research tools, costs unique to importing, and the role of a customs broker. Registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

68. Seay Leading Raleigh UPP In Parental Coaching Efforts -

The ACE Awareness Foundation’s fourth Universal Parenting Place recently opened at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh, with Tara Seay serving as site director/parenting coach. Seay is a licensed professional counselor–mental health service provider.
In her new role at the Raleigh UPP, she’ll provide parents and caregivers with individual therapy and give clinical insight in group therapy programs. In addition, she will develop new programs over time to cater to the needs of the population that we serve in the Raleigh area.

69. Events -

The Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 6-10, at 7745 Poplar Pike. From hunter jumpers to carriage riding to western saddlebred classes, spectators will see a broad cross-section of horses. Visit gchs.org for details.

70. Last Word: Don McMinn, Frayser's Recovery and The Clean Line -

Back in the late 1970s when Beale Street was still rotting and behind chain link fences and Downtown Memphis was in recovery in every sense of the word, there was a poster of Don McMinn standing in front of the statue of W.C. Handy on Beale with his back to the camera spreading open the raincoat he was wearing in Handy’s direction. The caption was something about exposing the world to the blues. That’s not the only image that comes to mind of those times with word Sunday that McMinn has died.

71. Last Word: Don McMinn, Frayser's Recovery and The Clean Line -

Back in the late 1970s when Beale Street was still under construction and Downtown Memphis was in recovery in every sense of the word, there was a poster of Don McMinn standing in front of the statue of W.C. Handy on Beale with his back to the camera spreading open the raincoat he was wearing in Handy’s direction. The caption was something about exposing the world to the blues. That’s not the only image that comes to mind of those times with word Sunday that McMinn has died.

72. The Week Ahead: June 5-11 -

Hello, Memphis! This week, we’re getting into the swing of things with the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic, jumping into the ring at the Germantown Charity Horse Show and catching a free flick at an outdoor movie screening. Check out the rest of our top picks in The Week Ahead…

73. Events -

The FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament will be held Monday through Sunday, June 5-11, at TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind. The PGA Tour stop will feature tournament play, celebrity pro-am and more. Visit stjudeclassic.com for a schedule.

74. Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant -

Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in grants to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and 39 other nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states and the District of Columbia to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

75. Events -

The FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament will be held Monday through Sunday, June 5-11, at TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind. The PGA Tour stop will feature tournament play, celebrity pro-am and more. Visit stjudeclassic.com for a schedule.

76. Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant -

Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in grants to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and 39 other nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states and the District of Columbia to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

77. Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis -

Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon.

78. Last Word: Halfway Point, The Cancer-Influenza Connection and Wade Baldwin's Way -

Monday was the day that Memphis Light Gas and Water Division reached the halfway point in restoring power. There were 90,384 customers without power Monday evening, compared to 188,000 without power at the outset Saturday evening at 11 p.m. There were 126 utility crews working by Monday evening.

79. The Week Ahead: May 29-June 4 -

Hello, Memphis! Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and there’s no shortage of activities to get you outside to celebrate. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids or already need a break to chill with other adults, we’ve got you covered in The Week Ahead…

80. Wright Claims Lakeland Commission Seat -

Wesley Wright, the owner of Wright Landscapings, claimed the vacant seat on the Lakeland City Commission on Thursday, May 25, in unofficial election results.

81. Local Democratic Reorganization Starts to Come Into Focus -

Shelby County Democrats should have a framework for a reorganized local party soon.

Discussions at town hall meetings around the county in the last month show it will probably be a party with a less complex structure and a more stable size from election to election. And a draft of the bylaws will probably include a larger policy council of sorts that meets on a quarterly basis to talk over larger issues than winning the next elections.

82. Memphis-Based MAA Thriving As Demand for Rental Housing Grows -

Since it was founded by George Cates in 1977, real estate investment trust MAA has grown from an upstart local business into a S&P 500 company with more than 100,000 units and total market capitalization of $16 billion.

83. Wright Claims Lakeland Commission Seat -

Wesley Wright, the owner of Wright Landscapings, claimed the vacant seat on the Lakeland city commission Thursday, May 25, in unofficial election results.

84. Ronald McDonald House Awards Eight Scholarships -

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis (RMHC Memphis) has named eight recipients of the organization’s college scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Three students will each receive a $2,500 RMHC Scholars Scholarship: Tuong Vo (Germantown High School), who will attend Emory University; Julia Byrd (Bartlett High School), who will attend the University of Memphis; and Hoang-Viet Tran (Arlington High School), who will attend Duke University.

85. Lakeland Voters to Elect New Commissioner -

Lakeland voters go to the polls Thursday, May 25, to elect a new city commissioner. Polls for four precincts at three locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the special election to fill a vacancy on the Lakeland commission created with the March resignation of Michelle Dial.

86. Vaco Risk Solutions' Brian Prentice Talks Data Breaches, Safety -

Vaco Memphis has added Brian Prentice as managing partner of Vaco Risk Solutions, a national consulting firm that works with organizations that have IT security, risk or compliance needs; have had a recent breach; are moving data centers; require a penetration test; or have any other project-based risk management needs.

87. Mueller Approved for 10-Year Tax Abatement to Relocate to Collierville -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved Mueller Industries’ request for a 10-year tax abatement, paving the way for the company to begin the process of relocating its corporate headquarters to Collierville.

88. The Week Ahead: May 22-28 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! School is almost over for the year, and you have plenty of chances to get outside in the coming days for the unofficial start of summer – from 901Fest at Tom Lee Park to the opening of the Splash Park at the Children’s Museum. Check out details on those and more events you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

89. Eyewear Retailer SEE Opens at Saddle Creek -

National eyewear retailer SEE is opening its first Germantown location at the Shops of Saddle Creek at 7535 Poplar Ave.

90. Memphis Retail Brokers Preparing for Largest Event of the Year in Vegas -

This week more than 37,000 retail real estate professionals from 58 countries will gather in Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual RECon convention.

At the event, which will run May 21-24, there will be no shortage of representatives from the Bluff City who run the gamut from brokers, developers and landlords looking to attract the next big restaurant, hotel or store, to Memphis-based companies like AutoZone and FedEx Office looking to grow their global footprint.

91. Events -

Germantown Community Library will hold an Estate Planning Basics workshop Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at 1925 Exeter Road. Explore the fundamentals of successful estate planning from Lansky Law Firm. Pre-registration required; call 901-757-7323.

92. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the four-legged-friendly Dog Day at the Garden Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enter contests, keep cool in the Hot Diggity Dog Kiddie Pool and visit the Doggie Expo for resources on raising a happy, healthy pup. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers at the gate. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

93. National Foundation for Transplants Looks to Expand Beyond Memphis HQ -

The Memphis-based National Foundation for Transplants serves about 3,500 clients each year, and since its establishment in 1983 has distributed more than $80 million to pay for transplant-related expenses, in addition to promoting and advocating for organ and tissue donation.

94. Dream a Baseball Dream -

Memphis is Hoops City, a hotbed of premier basketball talent. That’s why University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith is under pressure. The best of those hometown players on his team, Dedric Lawson, has transferred to the University of Kansas and everyone’s worried Smith won’t get the elite local talent going forward.

95. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present Ken Ludwig’s murder mystery “The Game’s Afoot” Friday, May 19, through June 4 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Visit gctcomeplay.org for show times and tickets.

96. Last Word: Food Changes, Tax Breaks and 'The Big Bang' -

Late hours in Washington for another night Wednesday with word of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here is all of the reaction we had as of late Wednesday from our folks in D.C.

97. Events -

Sierra Club Chickasaw Group will host a Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan update presentation Thursday, May 18, at 5:50 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. John Zeanah, deputy director of the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, will discuss an overview of Memphis 3.0, the key findings so far, and a summary of community input received to date. Q&A will follow. Visit facebook.com/Chickasaw.Group for details.

98. Fresh Market Updates Memphis-Area Stores -

The Fresh Market has unveiled a new look and shopping experience at its Memphis-area stores, part of changes the brand is rolling out company-wide through 2018.

The Memphis stores were part of the early rollout, which has already seen updates to Fresh Market stores in the company’s home state of North Carolina, as well as in Boca Raton, Florida, and Columbia, South Carolina. In general, the changes include a new look inside and expanded product offerings – at the company’s store at 2145 Union Ave., for example, a baby section greets customers for the first time.

99. Eyewear Retailer SEE Opens at Saddle Creek -

National eyewear retailer SEE is opening its first Germantown location at the Shops of Saddle Creek at 7535 Poplar Ave.

100. Corky’s Targets Millennials With Store Upgrades, UberEATS -

Corky’s BBQ is chasing a new generation of customers it wants to turn into barbecue fans.

To do that, the company is making what co-owner Barry Pelts estimates is a six-figure investment in renovations for its Memphis-area eateries. That update is already basically finished at the flagship Corky’s restaurant at 5259 Poplar Ave., which features an open floor plan, three widescreen TVs, brighter interior lighting, new booths and more.