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1. Democrats, Republicans Release Endorsement Ballots -

A group of Democrats including former U.S. representative Harold Ford Sr. is preparing to mail and distribute at the polls 60,000 endorsement ballots at no cost to the Democratic contenders on the ballot.

2. Program Raises Bees in the Face of Population Decline -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Ivy Academy student Noah Lewis walks outside to inspect the school's bee population each week. Curious students eagerly watch from a distance as the senior beekeeper inspects the hive, looking for signs the queen bee is healthy and repopulating.

3. Shrinking Inventory Keeps Home Prices Climbing -

Limited lot space, lack of lumber and a labor shortage are just a few of the reasons behind increasing home sales prices in Shelby County.

In June, the average home sales price was $192,514, an 8 percent increase from $178,655 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

4. The Week Ahead: July 16-22 -

Good morning, Memphis! The popular Roundhouse Revival at the Mid-South Coliseum returns this weekend, along with a retro skate night against the scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River at sunset. Check out those events and more happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

5. Amazon, Container Store Eye New Locations in Memphis -

5155 Citation Dr.

Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $10 million

Application Date: July 10 

Owner: Exeter Property Group

Tenant: Amazon

6. City Council Approves $1.2M for Hampline -

Memphis City Council members approved $1.2 million in funding for the Hampline bikeway linking the eastern end of Shelby Farms Greenline to Overton Park’s eastern border.

The resolution approved Tuesday, July 10, on a unanimous vote funds the upgrade of the existing Hampline with $1 million in Tennessee Department of Transportation pass-through funding of federal grant money along with $269,635 in city capital funding through general obligation bonds.

7. Big River Trail Plans for Expansion -

After receiving a $1.2 million Walton Family Foundation grant, Arkansas’ riverside trail system atop the Mississippi River levee system plans to expand.

Big River Trail’s 30-mile expansion will extend from the southern end of the levee trail in Marianna through Downtown Helena and westward to the Arkansas Delta Heritage Trail.

8. MATA Gets $20M For Electric Buses, Chargers -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will be buying 10 electric buses and adding electric charging stations for a new bus route serving Memphis International Airport and employers in the southeast Memphis area.

9. Big River Trail Plans for Expansion -

After receiving a $1.2 million Walton Family Foundation grant, Arkansas’ riverside trail system atop the Mississippi River levee system plans to expand.

Big River Trail’s 30-mile expansion will extend from the southern end of the levee trail in Marianna through Downtown Helena and westward to the Arkansas Delta Heritage Trail.

10. Preds Pay High Price For ‘Win-Now’ Mindset -

By the time the Predators made their first selection of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft last month, 110 prospects had been chosen by rival teams. Nashville had previously traded away its picks in the draft’s first three rounds, with two of the deals adding experienced players to the Preds’ talented core last season.

11. Detaining Immigrant Kids is Now a Billion-Dollar Industry -

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.

12. DMC Steering Committee Recommends Consultant for Downtown Master Plan -

In an effort to create a master plan for all of Downtown Memphis that will complement the administration’s Memphis 3.0 plan, the Downtown Memphis Commission staff has issued its recommended consultant for the project. 

13. City Council Approves $1.2M Funding for Hampline -

Memphis City Council members approved $1.2 million in funding for the Hampline bikeway linking the eastern end of Shelby Farms Greenline to Overton Park’s eastern border.

The resolution approved Tuesday, July 10, on a unanimous vote funds the upgrade of the existing Hampline with $1 million in Tennessee Department of Transportation pass-through funding of federal grant money along with $269,635 in city capital funding through general obligation bonds.

14. Dozens of Immigrant Children Will be Reunited With Parents -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens of immigrant children under the age of 5 will be released from government custody and reunited with their parents Tuesday after being separated at the border under President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

15. Tennessee Gets $4.3M Federal Grant For Student Health -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is receiving a federal grant of more than $4.3 million to help prevent student obesity, manage childhood chronic disease and prevent those sicknesses in adulthood.

16. MATA Gets $20M For Electric Buses, Chargers -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will be buying 10 electric buses and adding electric charging stations for a new bus route serving Memphis International Airport and employers in the southeast Memphis area.

17. What If? Preparing For The Future -

Do you know what the future will hold? How do you plan for future opportunities and challenges that may not be known and might not materialize? Is it a waste of time, or important work?

While no one can predict the future, we can prepare for potential opportunities and challenges. Taking time with board members, volunteers, staff and community leaders can help your organization consider future possibilities. Some changes are likely, others unknown. Think about what data you may need to review to help you understand potential changes in demographics, economics, government programs, law, policy, the arts and the environment. There’s a lot to consider. You can’t think of everything, but you can build future thinking into the life of your organization.

18. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Education in Tennessee? -

Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

19. Despite Innovative Approaches to Education, Tennessee Children Are Still Lagging Behind -

During the past five months the major candidates for governor of Tennessee and U.S. Senate have shared their ideas on several crucial issues facing Tennessee. This month, in the final installment of the series, candidates address education. Early voting for the Aug. 2 primaries and county general elections begin July 13.

20. Late Entry, Different Strategy Set Tone In Harwell’s Run for Gubernatorial Nomination -

Her campaign got a later start than her rivals seeking for Republican nomination for Tennessee governor.

House Speaker Beth Harwell has also conducted a basic campaign built around her experience in government.

21. City Looks Broader for Shared Mobility Services -

In its first 19 days of operation, the Bird system of electric scooters has averaged 1,200 rides a day for a total of 24,000 total rides an average distance of 1.9 miles and 8,600 individual riders.

22. MATA Gets $20M Grant For Electric Southeast Memphis Route -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will be buying 10 electric buses and adding electric charging stations for a new bus route serving Memphis International Airport and employers in the southeast Memphis area.

23. US Army Quietly Discharging Immigrant Recruits -

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

24. Events -

Community LIFT holds an Empowerment Fund grant information session Monday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. The microgrants are available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Grant applications are due July 27; those interested in applying should attend the information session. Visit communitylift.org for details.

25. Feds Award $637K to Protect Tennessee Civil War Battlefield -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service is awarding $637,500 to help buy and preserve part of a Civil War battlefield in Tennessee that has been threatened by development.

The Park Service announced Thursday that the Franklin Battlefield will receive an American Battlefield Protection Program grant.

26. Blues Markers Feeling Effects of Weather, Wear -

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — The Furry Lewis plaque on Carrollton Avenue's got the blues.

Faded to near white, one side of the Mississippi Blues Trail marker commemorating the Greenwood native's blues career has deteriorated almost to the point of being unreadable.

27. Democratic State Sen. Reginald Tate Faces First Challenge in August Primary -

Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate opened his campaign headquarters in the Mendenhall Square shopping center in a storm.

28. Events -

Hands of Mothers hosts its annual benefit concert, featuring Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Sunday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the High Cotton Brewing Co. taproom, 598 Monroe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, beer, bloody marys and food, and their contribution ($35 in advance or $40 at the door) will be used to educate and empower mothers and daughters living with HIV in Rwanda. Visit handsofmothers.org/concert for details.

29. Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll -

As an afternoon sun slides toward the horizon, Rajah Brown and Jon Pegg pull up in a 17-foot U-Haul truck, jump out and head for the row of 14 shiny bicycles along South Main Street.

Sweat dampens their brows, but Memphis nightlife is a couple hours from heating up. There’s time to take a few bicycles over to the empty station at Loflin Yard after some onsite upkeep.

30. Events -

Dixon Gallery & Gardens hosts Food Truck Friday July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 4339 Park Ave. Pick up lunch from an on-site food truck or visit Dixon’s Park & Cherry Cafe. Admission to the gardens is free during the event. Visit dixon.org.

31. US to Reunite Migrant Families as Immigration Politics Boil -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a public outcry, the Trump administration said Thursday it will meet court-ordered deadlines for reuniting families separated at the border, even as the politics of immigration remained at a boil.

32. Baseball Field in Arkansas Dedicated 21 Years After Tornado -

COLLEGE STATION, Ark. (AP) — A town in central Arkansas struck by a tornado 21 years ago finally has a new baseball complex.

U.S. flags were put out Wednesday for the Independence Day dedication of the College Station Community Sports Complex.

33. Events -

Community LIFT will host three Empowerment Fund grant information sessions to discuss the microgrants available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Individuals and groups interested in apply must attend a session:

34. Hope House Awarded $75K Corporate Grant -

Hope House, an organization working to improve the quality of life for Memphians impacted by HIV, has received a $75,000 grant from Gilead Sciences Inc., marking the largest single corporate grant the organization has received.

35. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

36. Events -

Mud Island River Park’s Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular is Wednesday, July 4, on Mud Island, 125 N. Front St. Rides, games, live music by 5th Kind and family-friendly activities begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display launches at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free; food and beverages available for purchase. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.

37. Events -

The traveling dinosaur-themed show Jurassic Quest visits Memphis Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. View more than 100 true-to-life-size dinosaur models, then check out dino crafts, science stations and other activities. VIP tickets give kids unlimited access to dino rides, fossil digs and more. Visit jurassicquest.com/memphis for hours and details.

38. State to Provide $40k Grant for Clayborn Temple Restoration -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A church that served as headquarters for the 1968 sanitation workers strike that brought Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, Tennessee, is getting a $42,000 restoration grant.

39. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

40. Couple Hopes to Help Pinch Make A Big Comeback -

High school sweethearts Hayes and Amy McPherson have had dreams of creating their own business for quite some time now, although it may not have always been in the form of a coffee house.

41. Hope House Awarded $75K Corporate Grant -

Hope House, an organization working to improve the quality of life for Memphians impacted by HIV, has received a $75,000 grant from Gilead Sciences Inc., marking the largest single corporate grant the organization has received.

42. Bike Share, Greenway and Bike Lane Efforts Point Toward Common Goal -

Four years after it made its tentative debut with the opening of the Overton Park Bike Gate, the Hampline, across East Parkway from the eastern end of Overton Park, is about to become permanent.

“The Hampline that exists today is about to be changed,” city bikeway and pedestrian program manager Nicholas Oyler said on WKNO-TV’s “Behind The Headlines.”

43. Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling -

NEW YORK (AP) — While a Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes will create more obligations and expenses for many small online retailers, owners are already thinking about how they'll comply.

44. Midtown Getting Denser, North Main Getting New Coffee Shop -

2542 Broad Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112

PILOT Length: 15 years

Project Cost: $51 million

45. Federal Grant to Aid SCS Head Start Program -

Shelby County Schools is getting an $11.6 million grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services for the development of the Shelby County Head Start program, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced.

46. Month-old Bike-Share Program Exceeding Expectations in Memphis -

And we’re rollin’! The new bicycle-sharing system introduced a month ago is exceeding expectations and fueling hopes that Memphis is on a revolutionary pathway to improve health and community connectivity.

47. New Downtown Coffee Shop Gets Renovation Grant -

Hayes and Amy McPherson have been awarded an exterior improvement grant by the Center City Development Corp. to help renovate the ground floor of their North Main Street residence into a coffee shop called Comeback Coffee.

48. Federal Grant to Aid SCS Head Start Program -

Shelby County Schools is getting an $11.6 million grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services for the development of the Shelby County Head Start program, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced.

49. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Health Care in Tennessee? -

According to Think Tennessee’s State of Our State dashboard, the state ranks near the bottom in the number of adults with heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also ranks near the bottom of all states for the health of senior citizens, infant mortality, number of adults who smoke, and at the absolute bottom in childhood obesity. Tennesseans are, on the whole, not healthy. What can and should our next political leaders do about it?

50. Madonna Learning Center Gets IT Makeover -

Madonna Learning Center will get a $30,000 makeover of its office technology with a grant from Unistar-Sparco Computers Inc.

51. U.S. to open temporary shelter in Texas for immigrant children -

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say they will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas as existing facilities reach capacity.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that authorities would open a shelter at the Tornillo port of entry, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of El Paso. The spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about whether children would be kept outdoors.

52. South Dakota high court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL -

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases.

53. Fed Raises Key Rate, Sees Possible Acceleration in Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid economic growth and rising inflation.

54. Automotive Supplier Expands Manufacturing in Mississippi -

IUKA, Miss. (AP) – A German company that makes automotive parts is expanding in northern Mississippi.

Gov. Phil Bryant says Wednesday that hago Automotive Corp. will add 60 jobs during the next four years.

55. Summer Camp Fun Comes With Lots of Literacy Planning -

The lunchroom tables at Bartlett Elementary School are stacked in the hallway, and from the outside it looks like the school is awaiting students’ return in August.

But inside, a small group of first- through third-graders are dancing, pasting strips of colored paper on plastic bottles, and most importantly, reading and writing.

56. Fed Watchers Await Rate Forecast With a Hike All But Certain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another interest rate increase is all but certain when the Federal Reserve meets this week. What's not so sure is whether the vigorous U.S. economy will lead the Fed to accelerate its rate hikes in the months ahead – a move that could raise the risk of a recession.

57. Memphis Health Center Gets $4.5M Federal Grant -

Memphis Health Center has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Thursday, June 7.

58. Tennessee Judges: New Laws to Aid Domestic Violence Victims -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee judges are praising two new state laws they say will help protect domestic violence victims.

According to a state Supreme Court news release Thursday, one law lets judges order cellphone providers to grant domestic violence victims control over their cellphone numbers if they are on an account held by an alleged abuser.

59. Council Drops Referendum From November Ballot -

There will be no referendum question on the Nov. 6 election ballot that would change a basic structural feature of city government.

The Memphis City Council rejected on third and final reading Tuesday, June 5, a referendum question that, if approved by city voters, would have required council approval of city contracts.

60. Collierville to Add Drainage Inlets South of Square -

The town of Collierville is installing new drainage inlets along five streets south of the town square to improve drainage in those areas as part of a $2.3 million project.

The inlets along Echo Cove, Harris Cove, West Street, Friendship Cove and Hurdle Drive will improve the transition of the flow of stormwater into Collierville’s stormwater network.

61. Last Word: Firestone's Legacy, Malco In Lakeland and Alexander on Cell Phones -

What about Firestone? That’s the quick way of getting into the latest turn in our ongoing civic discussion about whether there should be changes to how Memphis approaches economic development and the growth it brings. Eric Robertson, the president of Community LIFT, which works with community development corporations across the city, says the definition of economic development should be broader and the approach to it should go beyond answering the questions of site consultants to keep them from walking away to the next city on their list.

62. The Push for Place -

By the end of July, the group that works to connect the dots among the city’s community development corporations plans to have a report that looks at how other cities are connecting the dots in a much broader way.

63. Last Word: The Commutation, Tuition Freeze and Blackburn and Sundquist -

Alice Marie Johnson walked out of a federal prison in Alabama Wednesday after serving 21 years of a life prison sentence for dealing drugs and laundering money as part of a Memphis drug ring with Texas connections in the 1990s. Johnson’s release came the same day that President Donald Trump commuted her life sentence less than a week after he met with reality television personality Kim Kardashian West who appealed for Johnson’s release. Here is the Associated Press story.

64. U of M Professors Awarded $1.9 Million NIH Grant -

Two University of Memphis professors have received a $1.9 million grant for a collaborative brain imaging and big data project. The grant was awarded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health.

65. Council Drops Referendum From November Ballot -

There will be no referendum question on the Nov. 6 election ballot that would change a basic structural feature of city government.

The Memphis City Council rejected on third and final reading Tuesday, June 5, a referendum question that, if approved by city voters, would have required council approval of city contracts.

66. Collierville Adding Drainage Inlets South of Town Square -

The town of Collierville is installing new drainage inlets along five streets south of the town square to improve drainage in those areas as part of a $2.3 million project.

The inlets along Echo Cove, Harris Cove, West Street, Friendship Cove and Hurdle Drive will improve the transition of the flow of stormwater into Collierville’s stormwater network.

67. Putting the ‘Power’ in Power of Attorney -

When I discuss estate planning with people, I am usually met with one of two responses: “I haven’t gotten around to it,” or, “I don’t need any.”

Estate planning, or financial and health preparedness, is often presumed to be only for the elderly or the wealthy. In truth, however, thoughtful planning can enable any legally competent adult to make their financial and health care decisions before they become incapacitated or pass away, sparing themselves or their loved ones the expense and complication of trying to resolve those questions later.

68. Trump Commutes Sentence for Drug Offender in Memphis Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump commuted the sentence Wednesday of a woman serving a life sentence in a Memphis drug case whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West in a recent visit to the White House.

69. Last Word: Our Un-Signature, City Hall Beat Down and Lamar Avenue -

The first thing most people notice when they realize there is lots of development going on in Memphis but that its quite different than Nashville’s brand of development is that you don’t see nearly as many construction cranes here as you do there. It’s become an un-signature of sorts for what is an ongoing remake of Memphis. We adapt and use for new purposes. We also move institutions around, it turns out.

70. City Council Approves $685M City Budget, Takes City Tax Rate to $3.19 -

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, June 5, to a $685 million city operating budget, an $87 million capital budget and a $3.19 city property tax rate.

The votes ended City Hall’s budget season with few changes by the council to the budget proposed by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

71. $71.2M Federal Grant Awarded for Long-Sought Lamar Avenue Upgrade -

A $71.2 million federal transportation grant announced Tuesday, June 5, in Washington, D.C., will fund long-planned and awaited infrastructure updates to the city’s major freight corridor.

Funding under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation goes for repairs and upgrades to Lamar Avenue from Getwell Avenue to the Mississippi state line.

72. Tenn. Shakespeare Company Receives $25,000 Grant -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company has received a matching grant award of $25,000 from Arts Midwest for its 2018 Romeo and Juliet Project, marking the fifth time the Memphis organization has won the award.

73. Medical Students to Serve Rural Arkansas in Mobile Clinic -

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – An $828,748 federal grant will pay for a mobile medical clinic aimed at delivering health care to rural areas of the Delta region, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University administrators said recently.

74. The Week Ahead: June 4-10 -

Good morning, Memphis. Or should we say, “Hush, y’all.” It’s time again for the annual FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament, a Memphis tradition that spans 60 years and has been funneling millions of dollars into the doors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

75. Barr Blames Ambien for Tweet; Drug Maker Replies -

NEW YORK (AP) – The maker of Ambien said Wednesday that "racism is not a known side effect" after Roseanne Barr cited the insomnia drug in explaining the tweet that led ABC to cancel her show.

76. For CEOs, $11.7 Million a Year is Just Middle of the Pack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, bringing the median pay package for CEOs to $11.7 million. Across the S&P 500, compensation for CEOs is often hundreds of times higher than typical workers.

77. Agape Receives $50K Grant From Walmart Foundation -

Agape Child & Family Services has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

The funds will go to Agape’s Families in Transition program, which serves homeless and imminently homeless families, particularly those fleeing domestic violence. Specifically, the grant will support Agape in providing homeless families with transitional housing, counseling, life skills, parenting skills, job readiness training, education support and budgeting guidance.

78. Burnett Finds Satisfaction Sharing Le Bonheur’s Story -

Originally from Arkansas, Sara Burnett, director of community and public relations at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, made her way to Washington, D.C., and East Tennessee before firmly planting her roots here in Memphis.

79. Rolling by the River -

After nearly two years of planning, preparation and hard work, Explore Bike Share in Memphis has finally rolled out. Despite the early morning heat and humidity, several hundred onlookers and volunteers assembled Downtown in Court Square Wednesday, May 23, to celebrate the official launch of the 600-bike fleet.

80. Local Links Chapter Celebrates 25th Anniversary -

Friendship and service to the community and each other were celebrated Saturday, May 19, as the River City (TN) Chapter of The Links Inc. marked its 25th anniversary with a special event at the National Civil Rights Museum.

81. Leaders of Local Pre-K Expansion Say Opposition More About State Funding -

Since three of the four major Republican contenders for Tennessee governor said at a Memphis forum in April that they oppose universal prekindergarten, the forces behind such a plan for Shelby County have been talking with them about their position.

82. Agape Receives $50K Grant From Walmart Foundation -

Agape Child & Family Services has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

The funds will go to Agape’s Families in Transition program, which serves homeless and imminently homeless families, particularly those fleeing domestic violence. Specifically, the grant will support Agape in providing homeless families with transitional housing, counseling, life skills, parenting skills, job readiness training, education support and budgeting guidance.

83. Leadership Germantown Taps Houston Greenhouse -

Leadership Germantown, a local nonprofit organization that works to engage, inform and connect community leaders, has announced its 2018 community project is to revitalize the greenhouse at Houston High School.

84. Leadership Germantown Taps Houston High Greenhouse -

Leadership Germantown, a local nonprofit organization that works to engage, inform and connect community leaders, has announced its 2018 community project is to revitalize the greenhouse at Houston High School.

85. A Better Ride -

The final phase of construction on the innovative Hampline will begin this summer, with a goal of completion by the end of the year. The protected bike path completes the missing link in the Greenline between Overton Park and Tillman Street, and has been an ongoing project since 2010.

86. Last Word: Monuments Ruling, The Open Council Seat and Not So Great Streets -

It is likely just the first round. But the city of Memphis prevailed on every major point in the Wednesday ruling out of Nashville by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle upholding the removal of Confederate monuments this past December from two city parks.

87. Grant Awarded For Auto Museum -

A facade improvement grant for a new automotive museum near Sun Studio was approved by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, May 16, clearing the way for Richard Vining’s $1.4 million renovation project at 645 Marshall Ave. to begin.

88. Last Word: The Bus to Shelby Farms, Sports Gaming In Tunica and Tom Lee's Story -

It hasn’t been this hot in 30 years … to the day. The high Monday of 93 degrees eclipsed the old record for the day of 91 degree in 1988. I’m not much of a thermometer watcher. But this did get my attention because I was imagining all of the big hair emergencies 30 years ago. Guys going to their closets to break out the Miami Vice pastel t-shirts and linen blazers. And of course California Raisins hysteria. And I do find it not entirely coincidental that we break a record from 1988 as there is talk of a remake of the movie “Willow.” We could break another record for all of this Tuesday and we’ll see what my mind does with the year of the old record if that’s the case.

89. Chicago to Receive Star on Orpheum Walk of Fame -

The band Chicago will become part of the Orpheum Theatre’s Walk of Fame Tuesday, May 15, before a sold-out performance at the Downtown venue.

The band, originally known as Chicago Transit Authority when it made its recording debut in 1969, will get its star at a 5 p.m. ceremony outside the theater that is open to the public.

90. Opening the Book -

A new Learning and Innovation Fund for Educators grant from Lausanne Learning Institutes (LLI) is now available to a team of teachers looking for funding to do creative things in their classrooms.

And the upcoming annual LLI Memphis teacher conference in July will give them the chance to share those ideas with their peers.

91. County About $1M Short on Pre-K Funding -

Advocates of expanding prekindergarten services countywide to 8,500 students over several years got a surprise last week when Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell outlined the administration’s funding for its share of the funding.

92. 12 Communities Picked for Tennessee Downtowns Program -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say 12 communities in Tennessee will participate in a program aimed at revitalizing their downtown commercial districts.

Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said Friday that the communities will receive a $15,000 grant to complete a commercial improvement project as part of their inclusion in the Tennessee Downtowns program.

93. Postal Service: More Financial Loss as Mail Delivery Slumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries.

94. Tennessee Eyes $17.5M for Relocating New York Financial Firm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials want to award $17.5 million for financial firm AllianceBernstein Holding LP to relocate its global headquarters from New York.

95. Week Ahead: May 14-20 -

Go hog wild, Memphis! One of the most anticipated community events of the year kicks off this week when Tom Lee Park again becomes ground zero for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Teams from around the world will try to win over judges with their savory renditions of all things pig. It will be a lip-smackin’ good time win or lose, though. 

96. AutoZone Expanding Downtown, One Commerce Square Hits Market -

40 S. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Property: One Commerce Square Building 

Seller: Memphis Commerce Square Partners LLC

Details: One Commerce Square, the fourth-largest building in Memphis, has hit the market.

97. UTHSC Gets $717,765 Research Grant -

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health announced a $717,765 grant Wednesday, May 9, to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The grant is to advance research on angiotensins and prostaglandins-adrenergic interactions. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis said the grant advances the “important work they are doing.”

98. UTHSC Gets $717,765 Research Grant -

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health announced a $717,765 grant Wednesday, May 9, to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The grant is to advance research on angiotensins and prostaglandins-adrenergic interactions. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis said the grant advances the “important work they are doing.”

99. Council Sets Stage for Tax-Rate Votes in June -

Memphis City Council members take the first of three votes on two ordinances essential to setting the city government budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The ordinances to set the city property tax rate and then allocate how much of the rate goes to debt and other areas are on the Tuesday, May 8, agenda as the council budget committee continues its deliberations.

100. NIH Awards $1.9 M Grant To U of M Biomedical Engineering Professor -

The National Institutes of Health has awarded University of Memphis biomedical engineering professor Dr. Joel D. Bumgardner a $1.9 million grant over five years to aid in regenerating bone lost to periodontal disease or injury.