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1. Pipe Company Lays Off More Than 100 From Little Rock Site -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – More than 100 employees of a pipe company in Little Rock have been laid off this year due to a persistent slump in oil prices.

Americas for Welspun Senior Vice President Rajesh Chokhani says Welspun Tubular Inc. has let go 120 to 140 temporary employees since January. He said the company has dropped from three shifts of workers to one.

2. Opera Memphis' Ned Canty Elected to National Board -

Ned Canty, general director of Opera Memphis, has been elected to the board of directors of Opera America, the national service organization for opera and a leading champion for American opera today.

3. Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant -

Congressman Steve Cohen has announced a $12.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go toward the modernization of the Memphis International’s Airport’s Concourse B as well as improvement of security and the access road.

4. Crosstown High Advances In Grant Competition -

The proposal for a Crosstown High School has advanced in the national competition for one of five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project.

The XQ Institute is an education reform group specifically working on new models for American high schools. The institute’s supporters include Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs.

5. Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant -

Congressman Steve Cohen has announced a $12.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go toward the modernization of the Memphis International’s Airport’s Concourse B as well as improvement of security and the access road.

6. Crosstown High Advances In Grant Competition -

The proposal for a Crosstown High School has advanced in the national competition for one of five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project.

The XQ Institute is an education reform group specifically working on new models for American high schools. The institute’s supporters include Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs.

7. 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local -

John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place.

8. Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’ -

Two recently approved projects will bring more than $300,000 in public projects to the Edge District.

“We expect this to be a banner year for the Edge in terms of improving the aesthetics, making it a more interesting place for the thousands of visitors that go there every year,” said Leslie Gower, vice president of marketing for the Downtown Memphis Commission.

9. Feds Investigate Shelby County Schools Over Migrant Bias -

The largest public school district in Tennessee is under a federal civil rights investigation into bias allegations surrounding district officials' treatment of migrant children from Central America and their parents, U.S. Department of Education officials said Wednesday.

10. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

11. More Public Funding Comes to Explore Bike Share -

The Center City Development Corp. doubled down on its commitment to launching a bike share program at its July 20 meeting.

12. Businesses Welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail Completion -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – No more orange barrels to drive around, no more lane shifts, no more trouble getting in and out of parking spaces.

"Hallelujah," said Pam Fair, a co-owner of Sparrows on Main, a boutique on East Main Street that opened in May 2014. Four months later, work began on the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail.

13. Opera Memphis General Director Elected to Board of OPERA America -

Ned Canty, general director of Opera Memphis, has been elected to the board of directors of Opera America, the national service organization for opera and a leading champion for American opera today.

14. UTHSC Professors Land $418,000 Research Grant -

A new $418,000 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, will allow Drs. Anton Reiner and Tayebeh Pourmotabbed of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to research a possible new gene therapy treatment approach for Huntington’s disease.

15. The Week Ahead: July 18-24 -

It’s supposed to get hotter in Memphis this week, which is pretty normal for mid-July, and the coming week brings what could be a hot debate at the Memphis City Council meeting Tuesday on a plan to solve parking on the Overton Park Greensward. That and some other events planned this week include...

16. Big River Crossing View Debuts Online Until October -

The view from the Big River Crossing that debuted online Thursday, July 14, shows just how wide the Mississippi River is at Memphis.

The 360-degree view offered on the website www.bigrivercrossing.com is the only view available to the public from the boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge until the crossing opens Oct. 22.

17. Baptist Hires Disparity Coordinator For Breast Program at Women’s Center -

A 2014 study by the Avon Foundation found that black women in Memphis are more than twice as likely to die from breast cancer as white women. That helps convey why Venecia Harris is one of the newest hires at Baptist Women’s Health Center in Memphis.

18. UTHSC Professors Land $418,000 Grant -

A new $418,000 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, will allow Drs. Anton Reiner and Tayebeh Pourmotabbed of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to research a possible new gene therapy treatment approach for Huntington’s disease.

19. Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation -

A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.

But make no mistake, there is some trouble in paradise.

20. Urban Child Institute Approves $1M Grant to Porter-Leath -

The Urban Child Institute board of directors has approved a new $1 million grant to Porter-Leath. The grant will help fund several proven programs at Porter-Leath, including Early Head Start, Teacher Excellence Program, Parents as Teachers and Preschool Partnership, among others.

21. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

22. Storied University of Memphis Railroad Right Of Way To Become Safer, Greener -

When classes resume at the University of Memphis in August, the unofficial campus tradition of crossing the railroad tracks along Southern Avenue will change.

Students on foot will no longer be able to cross just anywhere along the 2,000 feet of track between Patterson and Zach Curlin.

23. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

24. Greensward Partisans Turn Out Two Weeks Ahead of Council Votes on Settlement -

The Overton Park Greensward wasn’t on the Memphis City Council’s agenda Tuesday, July 5. But there were plenty of partisan from the controversy in council chambers in what was a rehearsal for a council vote in two weeks on a settlement of the park’s parking problem.

25. New Site Helps Tennesseans Evaluate College Programs -

High school students and adults seeking higher education and businesses looking to boost their workforce have a new tool in LaunchMyCareerTN.org.

26. Kosten Foundation Funding Pancreatic Cancer Research -

The Kosten Foundation for pancreatic cancer support has announced a $200,000 grant to establish the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

27. Commission Ends Year With Grants Fund Balance -

Shelby County Commissioners ended the fiscal year Thursday, June 30, with more than $36,000 left in a fund of $1.3 million it set aside a year ago for grants to local nonprofits.

Commissioners approved five grants totaling $18,000 at their special meeting Wednesday, June 29, on the budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

28. Summitt: A Coaching Legend Who Changed Her Sport -

My parents were big fans of Pat Summitt. They loved the Lady Vols. They reveled in the program’s glory days.

Both of them died several years ago, so they weren’t here to see Summitt’s demise from early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, or her death from the brain disease Tuesday. She was 64.

29. Former Titan Dyson Finally Reaching His Goal -

When is it too late to go back to school and prepare for a new career? Most experts and older students who’ve returned to school at 30, 40, 50 – or even 60 and beyond – will tell you there’s really no limit as long as an older student is motivated and focused.

30. County Commission Ends Year With Balance In Grants Fund -

Shelby County Commissioners ended the fiscal year Thursday, June 30, with more than $36,000 left in a fund of $1.3 million it set aside a year ago for grants to local nonprofits.

Commissioners approved five grants totaling $18,000 at their special meeting Wednesday, June 29, on the budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

31. Hattiloo’s Bandele: ‘It’s a Supply and Demand Thing’ -

When you see Ekundayo Bandele in his sleek, contemporary Midtown office, dressed sharp in a tie and freshly shined shoes, phone dinging constantly, you might think he was born to be a theater impresario. 

32. Kosten Foundation Funding Pancreatic Cancer Research -

The Kosten Foundation for pancreatic cancer support has announced a $200,000 grant to establish the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

33. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down -

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.

Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.

34. Last Word: Democrats Settle, Scotty Moore and the Top Cop Search -

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Mary Mancini ordered the Shelby County Democratic Party to settle its differences with former local party chairman Bryan Carson Tuesday and accept his offer to repay the party $6,000 at $100 a month..

35. New Site Helps Tennesseans Evaluate College Programs -

High school students and adults seeking higher education and businesses looking to boost their workforce have a new tool in LaunchMyCareerTN.org.

36. Downtown Memphis Commission Creates Temporary Grant Program for Creatives -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is accepting applications for grants that will activate the street with creative meet-ups and art installations.

Up to $5,000 is available per grant for projects that bring about creative place-making and social and professional engagement.

37. Community Engagement Award -

National recognition was bestowed upon the ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellows program this past week. Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, awarded the esteemed Robert E. Gard award to the fellowship program.

38. Tennessee Supreme Court Grants New Trial on Aggravated Assault -

When Michael Smith was tried in Memphis on one count of aggravated assault as well as evading arrest and resisting official detention in 2010, prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office presented evidence of several incidents of aggravated assault to a jury.

39. UTHSC Researchers Win $1 Million Grant -

Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have received a $1 million grant to study a genetic therapy that one day may offer a way to slow or reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

40. Pesce: ‘You’ve Already Heard the Worst’ -

What kind of gift do you give to the friends and family who have prayed for your sick baby daughter long enough to see her get well, grow up and go to high school?

In Cheryl Pesce’s case, the answer was also the beginning of her successful jewelry design business, which now fills an airy studio space Downtown with chunks of crystal and agate, freshwater pearls, leather hides, and gold, bronze and silver chains. Pesce, 56, who sells directly to customers from her website cherylpesce.com, is in the running for a FedEx Small Business Grant and has submitted a necklace design to Anthropologie.

41. Lamar Avenue Grant Gets State’s Sole Focus -

The Lamar Avenue improvement project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction.

And if the state gets a $180 million federal grant in August, it could compress the timeline from a decade-long project to four or five years of construction. The state is currently acquiring rights of way.

42. Humane Society Launches Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic -

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is ramping up efforts to control the pet population by launching a mobile spay and neuter clinic.

And there’s good reason, said executive director Andrew Jacuzzi: Just one pair of unspayed, unneutered dogs and their offspring, based on the reproductive pace and the size of the litters, can produce 67,000 dogs in six years, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

43. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

44. State Applies for $180 Million Lamar Avenue Federal Grant -

The Lamar Avenue road project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction.

And if the state gets a $180 million federal grant in August, it could compress the timeline from a decade-long project to four or five years of construction. The state is currently acquiring rights of way.

45. Local, State Leaders to Make Lamar Avenue Announcement Tuesday -

The Lamar Avenue road project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction with a federal grant.

State and local leaders will gather in the heart of the busy freight corridor Tuesday, June 21, for a “major announcement.”

46. XQ Super Schools Reform Effort Looks at Memphis -

On a dry erase board by the National Civil Rights Museum, a new education reform group in town last week asked citizens to fill in the blanks about their high school experience with a sentence that began, “I thought high school would be…”

47. UTHSC Researchers Win $1 Million Grant -

Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have received a $1 million grant to study a genetic therapy that one day may offer a way to slow or reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

48. Memphis Bioworks Wins Nearly $4M Federal Grant -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has been awarded a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Strengthening Working Families Initiative.

In the Memphis region, the funding will be used to facilitate short-term job training, coaching and job placement for unemployed or underemployed parents in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. The program will include support services, including funding for and access to child care resources and transportation assistance.

49. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

50. Mississippi Community College Fees Rise 7 Percent on Average -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Tuition will rise almost 7 percent on average this fall at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges.

A student will pay $2,748 for two semesters of full-time classes, on average, up from $2,577 in the 2015-2016 year, according to figures from the state Community College Board.

51. Former Methodist Fayette Becoming UT Martin Campus -

One year after Methodist Healthcare donated the former Methodist Fayette Hospital to the city of Somerville, major progress has been made toward transforming the campus into a center for higher learning.

52. EDGE Adopts Changes to Diversity Policy -

After six months of deliberation, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has ratified a diversity policy for its five PILOT programs.

The adopted program requires that companies receiving financial incentives from EDGE spend with local and minority-owned businesses an amount totaling 25 percent of the construction costs plus 15 percent of the projected PILOT savings for the duration of the property tax freeze. Exceptional performance will earn a company up to two years on its PILOT. If a company fails to meet the spending requirements, EDGE will reduce the terms of the PILOT by 20 percent or two years, depending on which is less.

53. EDGE Grants Incentives for TAG Truck Center, Turner Dairy -

Two longtime Memphis-area companies secured tax incentives at the June meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes will support TAG Truck Enterprises LLC’s plans for the former Mall of Memphis site as well as an expansion of Turner Dairy in the heart of Midtown.

54. ServiceMaster Lands EDGE Incentive Package -

The final piece of ServiceMaster’s local incentive package fell into place Wednesday, June 15, at a Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board meeting.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, received a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

55. Memphis Bioworks Wins Nearly $4M Federal Grant -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has been awarded a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Strengthening Working Families Initiative.

In the Memphis region, the funding will be used to facilitate short-term job training, coaching and job placement for unemployed or underemployed parents in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. The program will include support services, including funding for and access to child care resources and transportation assistance.

56. Greenline Extension Has Formal Opening Thursday -

The 4.15-mile eastward extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline is already being used even before the work pushes across Germantown Parkway to the old Cordova train depot.

County government and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy leaders cut the ribbon on the extension Thursday, June 16, at Mullins Station and Farm roads.

57. Parking Was Key in ServiceMaster Deal -

Parking concerns for ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ move to Downtown Memphis have been resolved.

On June 14, the Downtown Parking Authority granted ServiceMaster access to the parking garage at 250 Peabody Place.

58. ServiceMaster Tax Incentive Package Approved -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved a tax incentive package Tuesday, June 14, to support ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ conversion of Peabody Place mall into a multimillion-dollar headquarters.

59. EDGE to Consider Incentives for ServiceMaster, Others -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings is one of three local companies with tax-incentive applications before the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board on Wednesday, June 15.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

60. UTHSC's Wei Li Wins Grant To Study Cancer Cells -

Dr. Wei Li, a researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.9 million grant to study new ways to weaken cancer cells by targeting one of their components called survivin.

61. XQ ‘Super School’ Bus Tour Coming to Memphis -

The education reform group offering a $10 million grant to launch a new type of school is coming to Memphis next Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15, to discuss public education.

The XQ Institute bus tour will be at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., on those three days to hear from the public about public education as well as share details of the institute’s effort to build what it calls “super schools.”

62. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

63. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

64. City, State Incentives Lining Up For ServiceMaster's Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. will be getting a lot of help with its headquarters move into the vacant Peabody Place mall.

Documents obtained by The Daily News show that mall landlord Belz Enterprises will contribute $12 million to improvements to the facility while ServiceMaster will invest $14.8 million in converting the 340,000-square-foot retail center into corporate offices with open working and research spaces.

65. Oyler Brings German Efficiency to Memphis Transportation -

Urban planners are born, not made. At least, that’s how it was with Nicholas Oyler. From the time he was in middle school, he couldn’t stop thinking about how cities work.

“I was always doodling skyscrapers,” Oyler recalls. “I remember thinking, ‘Why doesn’t Memphis have more of them? And what can we do to get more?’”

66. XQ ‘Super School’ Bus Tour Coming to Memphis -

The education reform group offering a $10 million grant to launch a new type of school is coming to Memphis next Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15, to discuss public education.

The XQ Institute bus tour will be at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., on those three days to hear from the public about public education as well as share details of the institute’s effort to build what it calls “super schools.”

67. Corrections Officers Want Commission to Increase Pay -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

68. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

69. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

70. Memphis Misses Promise Zone List -

Memphis wasn’t on the list announced Monday, June 6, of nine communities – including Nashville – that will receive federal Promise Zone assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

71. UTHSC Professor Wins Grant To Study Cancer Cells -

Dr. Wei Li, a researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.9 million grant to study new ways to weaken cancer cells by targeting one of their components called survivin.

72. The Week Ahead: June 6-12 -

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

73. UT’s Legislative Spanking Could Have Been Worse -

In a state where many people bleed orange, the University of Tennessee found itself in an unusual position during the 2016 legislative session: fighting for its life.

The folks representing Rocky Top, typically a sacred cow, had to battle for respect after emails surfaced from UT-Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion urging teachers to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender students and to downplay Christmas during holiday parties.

74. Committee Recommends Pay Raises for City Employees -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, recommending a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

75. Council Committee Recommends Pay Raises Beyond Fire and Police -

It took six hours. But the Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, with a recommendation of a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

76. Education Department Replaces Career College Chain Monitor -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Education Department has appointed a new lawyer to oversee the turnaround of schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., following an Associated Press review that found trouble at the schools and questioned the previous monitor's independence.

77. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

78. Funding for Southbrook Repairs Delayed -

A Shelby County Commission resolution seeking $2.1 million in qualified energy conservation bonds to make roof and HVAC repairs to Southbrook Mall was sent back to committee Monday, May 23.

The owners of the Whitehaven mall sought $1.5 million from the city of Memphis during former Mayor A C Wharton’s administration for the same purpose but never got it.

79. Last Word: Grizzdale?, Rio Bound and The Ways of the City Council -

The Grizzlies just about have their new coach. He is David Fizdale who comes to Memphis from being an associate coach for the Miami Heat.

80. Kellogg Foundation Grant Targets Healthier Babies -

Right! From The Start will continue work in the Delta through a new $1.9 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The initiative will work to increase the breastfeeding rates of extremely low birth-weight babies utilizing a multi-agency approach to ensure better outcomes and effect systemic change. The funding continues through March 2019.

81. U of M Receives Grant From Urban Child Institute -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

82. Council Committee Probes Grant Requests -

Memphis City Council Budget Committee Chairman Edmund Ford Jr. likens it to the television show “Shark Tank.”

Instead of entrepreneurs, leaders of nonprofits made their pitches to the budget committee Tuesday, May 24, for grants from the council as part of the budget process.

83. U of M Receives Urban Childhood Institute Grant -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

84. Funding for Southbrook Repairs Delayed -

A Shelby County Commission resolution seeking $2.1 million in qualified energy conservation bonds to make roof and HVAC repairs to Southbrook Mall was sent back to committee Monday, May 23.

The owners of the Whitehaven mall sought $1.5 million from the city of Memphis during former Mayor A C Wharton’s administration for the same purpose but never got it.

85. Monsanto Rejects $62B Bayer Bid, But Still Open to Talks -

NEW YORK (AP) – Monsanto rejected Bayer's $62 billion takeover bid, calling it "incomplete and financially inadequate."

However, the seed company suggested Tuesday that a higher bid might be accepted, saying that it remains open to talks.

86. County Commission Delays School Funding Redirect, Southbrook Mall Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners held up $2.8 million in redirected Shelby County Schools funding Monday, May 23, as the commission and school system leaders prepare for a Wednesday meeting on the school system budget for the coming fiscal year.

87. Mid-South Home Tour To Highlight Building Trends -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will showcase the latest trends in homebuilding and design as part of its Mid-South Parade of Homes. Twenty-two homes, reaching from Olive Branch to Collierville, are part of the Mid-South tour. Prices for the new homes range from $188,000 to $765,000.

88. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

89. U of M Study Abroad Adviser Awarded Fulbright Grant -

Jonathan Holland, Study Abroad adviser for the University of Memphis, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to participate in the International Education Administrators’ 2016 Seminar in Japan. Holland is a two-time Fulbright recipient; he taught English and American studies in Ukraine during the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright program.

90. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

91. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

92. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

93. Grant Touts Ghost River Brewing as Neighborhood Asset -

The Center City Development Corp. has awarded its largest storefront improvement grant to date to Ghost River Brewing Co., which plans to use the $65,500 to building an outside patio and taproom at its 827 S. Main St. facility.

94. 15 Tennessee Communities to Receive Site Development Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fifteen Tennessee communities have been selected to receive state grants to prepare sites for economic development projects.

The grants will go toward completing infrastructure and engineering improvements for certified sites in rural communities.

95. U of M Study Abroad Adviser Awarded Fulbright Grant -

Jonathan Holland, Study Abroad adviser for the University of Memphis, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to participate in the International Education Administrators’ 2016 Seminar in Japan. Holland is a two-time Fulbright recipient; he taught English and American studies in Ukraine during the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright program.

96. Ag-Focused Startup Accelerator Launching Cohort -

The community of startup founders launching companies in Memphis keeps getting bigger.

AgLaunch Accelerator, which will incubate six agriculture and food innovation startups in the city, is launching a new cohort in August. The program is a collaboration among the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s Ag Innovation Development Group, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, EPIcenter, Start Co. and a variety of other partner organizations.

97. Colleges Announced for Pell 'Dual Enrollment' Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer.

98. Ghost River Expanding in South Main -

Ghost River Brewing Co. is adding to its South Main presence with a planned taproom to launch this October.

99. Nonprofit Community Foundation Enjoys Record-Setting Year -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced record numbers for fiscal year 2016 at its annual meeting recently at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

During fiscal 2016, which closed at the end of April, $195.2 million in new gifts were given to the Community Foundation. The agency granted $143.4 million to nonprofits, compared to $114.2 million in fiscal year 2015. Of the grants coming out of the Community Foundation, 84 percent stay local.

100. Hearst Foundations Awards $100K for U of M Students -

The University of Memphis has received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations for the First Scholars program, which focuses on increasing the graduation rate for first-generation college students.