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1. Graceland Lawsuit Against Grizz Dismissed -

Graceland’s legal challenge of the noncompete agreement between the city and the Memphis Grizzlies was dismissed Thursday, Feb. 15, by Chancellor Jim Kyle.

2. Maciel’s Taco Shop to Open Highland Store This Week -

Maciel’s Taco Shop and ITS Fine Restaurant Group have teamed up to open a second Maciel’s location at 525 S. Highland St., which will open to the public for lunch and dinner starting Thursday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.

3. Denver Company Buys Prime East Memphis Land -

Denver, Colorado-based Confluent Development has purchased a prime parcel of vacant land in the Poplar/Interstate 240 corridor.

Confluent, doing business as CD-HRA (Germantown) LLC, purchased the 3.2-acre property from local company Dunavant Enterprises, doing business as Grandview-Memphis LLC, for $4 million, according to a Feb. 13 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register.

4. 100 N. Main Owners Buy Additional Property -

80, 86, 88 N. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1.5 million (combined)

5. Last Word: Post Parkland, May County Primary Ballot and Friedman on the Mid East -

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:

6. Graceland's Lawsuit Against Grizz Dismissed -

Graceland’s legal challenge of the noncompete agreement between the city and the Memphis Grizzlies organization was dismissed Thursday, Feb. 15, by Chancellor Jim Kyle.

7. Denver Company Buys Prime Land in East Memphis -

Denver, Colorado-based Confluent Development has purchased a prime parcel of vacant land in the Poplar/Interstate 240 corridor.

Confluent, doing business as CD-HRA (Germantown) LLC, purchased the 3.2-acre property from local company Dunavant Enterprises, doing business as Grandview-Memphis LLC, for $4 million, according to a Feb. 13 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register.

8. Last Word: Filing Deadline, Case & Vance In May and Paul Manafort at the Rivermont -

By our count, when the noon Thursday deadline for candidates in the May county primaries has come and gone, there could be -- could be -- four incumbent county commissioners who are effectively re-elected to their seats for another four-year term. And we already know the commission will have at least seven new faces in September. More interesting is that there are only four sets of primaries – all for countywide offices – that have multiple contenders in each primary. That’s out of 23 offices on the primary ballot.

9. Denver Real Estate Company Buys Prime Land in East Memphis -

Denver, Colorado-based Confluent Development has purchased a prime parcel of vacant land in the Poplar/Interstate 240 corridor.

In the deal, Confluent, doing business as CD-HRA (Germantown) LLC, purchased the 3.2-acre property from local company Dunavant Enterprises, doing business as Grandview-Memphis LLC, for $4 million, according to a Feb. 13 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register.

10. Mortgage Market Up 17 Percent in January -

Lenders at year’s end were already predicting solid mortgage-banking activity to continue heading into 2018 – a feeling that’s been born out by the housing sector’s first monthly performance totals for the year.

11. Last Word: Higher Ed Pushback, 50 Years Later and Attack Ads in the Race for Gov. -

The idea that higher education is primarily about getting people into jobs as soon as possible is getting some push back. And it comes several years into an emphasis at the state level on associate degrees and trade certifications. Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass said several times during our talk on “Behind The Headlines” that she isn’t downplaying the importance of trade skills and the education necessary for those skills.

12. Agency-By-Agency Highlights of Trump's 2019 Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here are highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019...

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DEFENSE

Trump's budget for 2019 shows the administration's concern about the threat from North Korea and its missile program.

13. Maciel’s Taco Shop to Open Highland Store This Week -

Maciel’s Taco Shop and ITS Fine Restaurant Group have teamed up to open a second Maciel’s location at 525 S. Highland St., which will open to the public for lunch and dinner starting Thursday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.

14. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre presents “The Color Purple” Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

15. Residential Infill Projects Span the City -

Residential infill is the primary theme of the Land Use Control Board’s March 3 agenda, as multiple developers are look to add dozens of new units from South Main to East Memphis.

The largest of the bunch is Philip Woodard’s application for a 30-lot subdivision in the South Main Historic Arts District.

16. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre presents “The Color Purple” Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival brings new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

17. Memphis College of Art Taps CW/CA for Sale -

Memphis College of Art has tapped real estate brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to handle the sale of its Midtown portfolio, including Rust Hall and a dozen other properties.

18. Hotel Indigo, Trader Joe’s Move Ahead -

22 N B.B. King Blvd., Memphis, TN 38103: Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue.

19. Events -

The Home Show of the Mid-South takes place Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Exhibitors will showcase home decor, lighting, pools, patios, services and more. Matt Blashaw, host of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” will hold seminars/meet-and-greets Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit memphishomeshow.com for show hours, tickets and other details.

20. The Metrics Mayor -

At times in the last two years, political supporters of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland have been worried. They agree with what got him elected, his “brilliant at the basics” philosophy that makes basic services and fundamental play-it-safe financial strategies the priority at City Hall.

21. Trader Joe’s Seeking First Official Approval from Germantown -

The saga of Trader Joe’s in Germantown has had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the last several years, but those all appear to be in the rear view mirror, as the first tangible plans listing the highly sought-after grocer have surfaced.

22. Trader Joe’s Seeking First Official Approval from Germantown -

The saga of Trader Joe’s in Germantown has had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the last several years, but those all appear to be in the rear view mirror, as the first tangible plans listing the highly-sought after grocer have surfaced.

23. Council Takes Up MLGW Rate Hikes Again, Votes On Third Ballot Question -

With the 1 percent hike in the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division water rates taking effect this month, the Memphis City Council again takes up proposed hikes in the gas and electric rates on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

24. Cushman & Wakefield Tapped to Handle MCA Sale -

Memphis College of Art has tapped real estate brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to handle the sale of its Midtown portfolio.

The 80-plus-year-old institution announced in October it would be shuttering its doors for good in May 2020. Proceeds from the sale of MCA's real estate will create a reserve fund for the teach-out of the current students and retire the college’s real estate debt, according to MCA president Laura Hine.

25. Yellen Lands New Job at Brookings Institution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the nation's central bank, got a boisterous send-off from Fed staff, but she isn't taking any time off. After her last day at the Fed on Friday, she will start a new job Monday at the Brookings Institution.

26. SCS Could Demote Hamilton High Principal -

Monekea Smith, the suspended principal of Hamilton High School, would become a classroom teacher under a recommendation by Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Smith was suspended in December after an investigation into a grade-changing allegation concluded she authorized changing a child’s grade from failing to passing.

27. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

28. This Week In Memphis History: February 2-8, 2018 -

1948: On the front pages of The Daily News, the city commission approves paying Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co. a final payment of $6,691.62 for 45 fire hydrants. Illinois Central Railroad is granted a right of way to construct a spur track across Broadway. The commission is also converting lots of land along U.S. 51 in Frayser from agricultural to residential – including property along what is now Carrolton Road, the land south of Floyd on the west side of the highway and Woodland Heights on the southeast corner of Millington and U.S. 51. The city makes a payment of $1 million to cover the deficit run by the Auditorium and Market Commission for the last three months of 1947. And the city zones all of the land on the west side of East Parkway between Nelson and Young as “A” residential.

29. Grizzlies About to Lose Evans, But Memphis Super Bowl Victory Just Hours Away -

Thanks, Tyreke. That’s all we can really say. As of this writing, the Grizzlies had not yet traded Tyreke Evans. But it was not a question of if, only a matter of when.

In fact, when the Grizzlies played at Indiana Wednesday, Jan. 31, Evans warmed up but did not play. Reportedly, he didn’t even stick around to watch the game. This is how it goes in the NBA as the Feb. 8 trade deadline draws near. Protect the asset you intend to move. Don’t take any chances.

30. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

31. SCS Recommends Demotion of Hamilton High Principal -

Monekea Smith, the suspended principal of Hamilton High School, would become a classroom teacher under a recommendation by Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Smith was suspended in December after an investigation into a grade-changing allegation concluded she authorized changing a child’s grade from failing to passing.

32. Fairgrounds Project May Get More Acreage -

More than 12 acres of land next to the Mid-South Fairgrounds could open up with the move of the Shelby County Schools central office as the city embarks on a redevelopment of the Fairgrounds and surrounding area.

33. SCS Looking To Move Out of Central Offices Near Fairgrounds -

Shelby County Schools is in the due diligence phase of a relocation out of its long-time central office near the Mid-South Fairgrounds. And it comes as the city is pursuing a redevelopment of the fairgrounds and areas around it.

34. People Hire People -

If you’re looking for a job, there’s a good chance you’re applying online. And chances are good that applying online is your go-to option. It makes sense.

The last time you reached out to a HR person at a job fair or on LinkedIn (or anywhere else), they said, “Apply online. If you’re a good fit, we’ll call you!” They may even have said, “Don’t reach out to us. We review every application carefully.”

35. Last Word: Credit Hours & Tn Promise, Opioid Differences and Nikki's Hot Rebrand -

A very busy Monday and I feel like some of this is may be fueled by some of us just now getting completely over the flu or someone close who has the flu for the first time in the New Year. Whatever the case, Monday came with a curtain call of sorts by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a court order on the Confederate monuments, year-end stats on crime in Memphis and countywide… a PILOT here, a building permit or three there.

36. Cleveland Indians Dropping Chief Wahoo Logo From Uniforms -

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Indians announced Monday they are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year, bowing to decades of complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used since 1947 is racist.

37. Last Word: End of the Camp Out, Megasite Views and The Glory Years -

No camp out this year for the opening of applications for optional schools because it is online at Shelby County Schools this year. Also the applications are available at the same time – Monday morning at 10 a.m. – for the open enrollment at any other SCS school that has available space. Those were some hardcore campers that in some cases had been at this for a couple of generations. Persisting through barcodes and a 99.9 percent probability that their first choice of school would happen without the tent, generator and heaters.

38. Graceland to Debut Camp, HBO Documentary -

Graceland has a performing arts camp for children 6 to 15 slated for July.

The camp, July 18-22, is one of several events planned by Elvis Presley Enterprises for the spring and summer, including a new documentary that airs on HBO starting April 14.

39. Trader Joe’s, H&M, Mempops Announce New Locations -

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138: It looks like the Memphis area is finally getting a Trader Joe's. A $750,000 building permit application that lists Trader Joe’s as a tenant has been filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

40. Editorial: Megasite Not Ready for Prime Time After A Decade -

The Memphis Regional Megasite in Haywood County has a lot of factors going against it starting with its name. It is not in Memphis – which can be confusing to national site consultants and their clients.

41. Rolling on the River -

Despite being the fifth-largest inland port in the United States, the Port of Memphis often gets outshined by its counterparts like Memphis International Airport and BNSF Railway’s intermodal facilities. 

42. MEGA HYPE -

In physics the larger an atom is, the more polarizing it can become. The same can be said of real estate development. So it’s not surprising that something referred to as a megasite can incite a range of opinions that are as vast as the site itself.

43. Atlanta Development Proposal Just Happens to be Amazon-Sized -

ATLANTA (AP) – As Atlanta vies for Amazon's second headquarters, a developer just happens to be proposing a $5 billion downtown project with 9.3 million square feet (87 million square meters) of office space – more than three times the amount in the Empire State Building.

44. State Dropping Plans to Dump Megasite Wastewater Near Randolph -

After vocal opposition from residents in and around the community of Randolph, Tennessee, state officials have announced they are withdrawing their current plans for the Memphis Regional Megasite’s 35-mile long wastewater pipeline.

45. Shelby County Joins Memphis in Landfill Moratorium -

Shelby County commissioners approved a six-month moratorium on any new construction landfills in unincorporated Shelby County on Monday, Jan. 22.

The resolution is the companion to a Memphis City Council resolution passed earlier this month that imposed a six-month moratorium on such landfills within the city of Memphis.

46. Commission Adds County Landfill Moratorium to City Ban -

Shelby County commissioners approved a six month moratorium Monday, Jan. 22, on any new construction landfills in unincorporated Shelby County. The resolution is the companion to a Memphis City Council resolution passed earlier this month that imposed a six-month moratorium on such landfills within the city of Memphis.

47. Council Talks With Head of TVA, Votes on Two More Ballot Questions -

Memphis City Council members talk with Tennessee Valley Authority president Bill Johnson Tuesday, Jan. 23, meet Mayor Jim Strickland’s nominee to replace retiring Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division president Jerry Collins and may renew discussions of electric and gas rate hikes proposed by MLGW that it voted down two weeks ago.

48. Corporate Park Nearly Ready to Break Ground -

With the completion of 1-269 around the corner, dozens of acres of undeveloped land near Collierville have been primed for future development. Looking to capitalize on the increased access, Grace Development is planning Glen Farms Corporate Park, a sprawling new industrial park that straddles the border of Shelby and Fayette counties.

49. County Commission Moves Toward Minority Business Fixes, Landfill Moratorium -

Shelby County commissioners vote Monday, Jan. 22, on a first step toward amending the minority and locally owned business program they approved more than a year ago with great fanfare.

The first step is hiring attorney Ricky E. Wilkins to review proposed fixes that are to follow. Wilkins would be paid up to $50,000 from the commission’s contingency fund.

50. Graceland to Debut Performing Arts Camp, HBO Documentary -

Graceland has a performing arts camp for children 6 to 15 slated for July.

The camp, July 18-22, is one of several events planned by Elvis Presley Enterprises for the spring and summer, including a new documentary that airs on HBO starting April 14.

51. 14 Automakers List More Models in Takata Recall -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

Documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration include many made by Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen. Toyota , Ford and Honda released some of their models last week.

52. Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break to Farmers Who Sell to Co-Ops -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.

53. Strickland: Memphis About to Meet Goal of Net Gain in Police Ranks -

When the Memphis Police Department graduates a class of about 80 recruits Thursday, Jan. 18, at First Baptist Church–Broad, the MPD will have a net annual gain in police officers for the first time in seven years.

54. Memphis Sports Landscape Getting More Crowded -

As president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum, Jason Wexler is more than busy. Grizzlies’ home games. And this season, home games at the Landers Center in Southaven for G League affiliate the Memphis Hustle.

55. Chamber to Host Free MWBE Certification Fair on Jan. 23 -

In an effort to generate more certified minority and women-owned businesses in Shelby County, the Greater Memphis Chamber will host its first joint certification fair with the county on Jan. 23.

At the event, which will be held at the 6200 Poplar Ave. Regions Bank branch from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., minority and women business owners will be able to take advantage of a free and streamlined certification process.

56. Teaming Up -

Several factors have combined to upend business conditions at the Tunica casinos in recent years, but there is renewed optimism among gaming operators there who are discovering there is strength in numbers.

57. Titans Fire Coach Mike Mularkey After Playoff Win -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change.

58. The Downside Of the C-Suite -

Have you ever wished you were the top executive in your department? For many, becoming a C-level executive can be a lifelong goal. Whether it’s chief executive officer, chief marketing officer or chief financial officer – the C-suite has real perks.

59. Developer Halts Plans After Likely Civil War Graves Found -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Developers halted plans Friday for a sprawling entertainment and residential complex in Tennessee after archaeologists discovered what they believe are graves on a site near a Civil War fort built by slaves.

60. Roland Pulls Petition For Mayor, Running As ‘Uniter’ -

Shelby County commissioner Terry Roland has been campaigning for Shelby County mayor since last year.

When he pulled his qualifying petition Thursday, Jan. 11, to formally enter the May Republican primary for mayor, Roland did so with a slogan of bringing “positive change to Shelby County.”

61. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases -

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

62. Frayser Dump Dropped By City Council -

Memphis City Council members not only unanimously voted down an expansion of Memphis Wrecking Co.’s construction landfill in Frayser Tuesday, Jan. 9. They followed the vote on the proposal with approval of a six-month moratorium on permits and certificates for any new construction landfills in Memphis.

63. House Passes Spy Program After Confusing Trump Tweets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

64. Frayser Dump Dropped By City Council -

Memphis City Council members not only unanimously voted down an expansion of Memphis Wrecking Co.’s construction landfill in Frayser Tuesday, Jan. 9. They followed the vote on the proposal with approval of a six-month moratorium on permits and certificates for any new construction landfills in Memphis.

65. Shot Fired From Memphis Ignites Civil War Rematch -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

In fact, the state Legislature is set to reignite the Civil War – to some degree – in 2018. We hope no gunshots are fired.

66. Council Rejects MLGW Gas, Electric Rate Hikes, Dumps Frayser Landfill -

Memphis City Council members voted down proposed electric and gas rate hikes Tuesday, Jan. 9. But they left the door open to either reconsidering that or some shorter term rate hikes by delaying for two weeks approval of Memphis Light Gas and Water Division’s annual budget.

67. Job Seeking: The One Last Taboo? -

In the age of oversharing online, it seems that searching for a job is one of the last topics anyone wants to share. The world’s largest job site, Indeed.com, recently commissioned a study by Censuswide, surveying 10,000 job seekers around the world – in the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

68. Infill Residential Projects Seek Approval -

Developers of a trio of new, small subdivisions in Central Gardens, the University District and in Whitehaven will all seek approval from the Land Use Control Board during its Thursday, Feb. 8, meeting.

69. Two New Distribution Facilities, Southaven ‘Town Square’ In the Works -

2481 Appling Road, Memphis, TN 38133: Salt Lake City, Utah-based aftermarket auto body parts distributer Certifit Inc. is planning to construct a 604,800-square-foot distribution facility at the southwest corner of Appling and Reese roads.

70. Splinter Creek Brings Eco-Living to Oxford -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Splinter Creek housing development in Taylor, Miss. is gaining regional attention.

The owners, a mother-daughter team made up of Ellen Leakes and her daughters Elizabeth Keckler and Blair Wunderlich, were recently named one of Southern Living Magazine's Top Southern Tastemakers for 2018. The development, nestled right outside of Taylor, Miss., is a 650-acre plot of land with space for up to 26 homes, where structures are designed to take their cues from nature.

71. DHL Buys 55 Acres In Southeast Memphis -

DHL Supply Chain has purchased a 55-acre tract of land in southeast Memphis from Belz Enterprises for more than $1.6 million.

Morris Thomas signed the deed on behalf of the sellers, according to documents filed with the Shelby County Register on Dec. 28.

72. Company Looking Beyond Frayser for Landfill Site -

Memphis Wrecking Co. (MWC) is looking at new areas throughout the city of Memphis in lieu of expanding its current landfill operations in Frayser.

73. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

74. Company Looking Beyond Frayser for Landfill Expansion -

Memphis Wrecking Co. is looking at new areas throughout the city of Memphis in lieu of expanding its current landfill operations in Frayser.

75. Homeland Chief: Wait and See on Citizenship for Immigrants -

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Trump administration would consider immigration legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary said Tuesday, while emphasizing no decision on that issue has been made and a border wall remains the priority.

76. We’re No. 1! -

While tax law changes have some worried about the impact on charitable giving in 2018, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president Robert Fockler points to Memphis’s historical standing as a generous city and his foundation’s own growth as reasons he is not worried as the calendar flips to a new year.

77. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Post Mortem, Confederate Protest Plans and Absorption -

As soon as it was confirmed the Tigers would play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, there was some concern locally about the impact that would have on tourism at the holidays with only one of the bowl teams – Iowa State – being from out of town. The exact dollar figures aren’t in just yet. But the game was enough of a success out of the box that the executive director of the game is talking about a more constant presence in the bowl game for the Tigers now that they’ve made their first appearance in the 59-year history of the game which began in Philadelphia. And there is some precedent in college football for what Steve Ehrhart is talking about.

78. DHL Buys 55 Acres In Southeast Memphis -

DHL Supply Chain has purchased a 55-acre tract of land in southeast Memphis from Belz Enterprises for more than $1.6 million.

Morris Thomas signed the deed on behalf of the sellers, according to documents filed with the Shelby County Register on Dec. 28.

79. Off to a Great Start -

When Megan Smith, the former U.S. chief technology officer under the Obama administration, praised Memphis’ startup community during an interview last summer on Bloomberg TV, it was a high-profile example of the ongoing coming-of-age of the ecosystem here.

80. DHL Buys Vacant Land in Southeast Memphis from Belz -

DHL Supply Chain has purchased a 55 acre tract of vacant land in southeast Memphis from Belz Enterprises for more than $1.6 million.

Morris Thomas signed the deed on behalf of the sellers, according to documents filed with the Shelby County Register on Dec. 28.

81. Strickland Touts 'Solidarity' Around Confederate Monuments Removal -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland marked the halfway point in his four-year term of office Monday, Jan. 1, by calling on citizens to make use of the “spirit of solidarity” shown in the removal of the city’s two most visible Civil War monuments just before Christmas.

82. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

83. Graceland Prepares to Mark Elvis’ Birth Anniversary -

A new “Hollywood Backlot” exhibit is among the features next week as Graceland marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 83rd birthday.

The events kick off Jan. 4 and continue through Jan. 8 – the late entertainer’s birthday – with most of them being held at the Guest House at Graceland resort.

84. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Weather, Tn Juvenile Justice Report and Atomic Tiki -

Liberty Bowl field painted? Check. Crowds starting to check in – no pun intended? Check. Escorts on motorcycles with plenty of flashing lights to get from one “emergency” event to another? Check. And, of course, the formal reminder to eat no one’s dessert but your own during the Peabody luncheon? Check.

85. Graceland Prepares to Mark Elvis’ Birth Anniversary -

A new “Hollywood Backlot” exhibit is among the features next week as Graceland marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 83rd birthday.

The events kick off Jan. 4 and continue through Jan. 8 – the late entertainer’s birthday – with most of them being held at the Guest House at Graceland resort.

86. Rising Programs -

Iowa State plays in college football mecca as a Power 5 member, albeit in the Big 12. The University of Memphis lives in the non-Power 5 outer ring that is the American Athletic Conference. The Cyclones (7-5) play a tougher league schedule. That’s just true. And they pulled two big-time upsets by beating Oklahoma, which is in the College Football Playoffs, and then-No. 4 TCU.

87. Make These Sales Resolutions -

Change is hard for most people, but only through change can we grow. The new year is the perfect time to take a hard look at what worked in your sales approach and what didn’t deliver for you in 2017, to break ineffective sales habits, and to resolve to adjust your approach.

88. Haslam Considering Changes to UT Board of Trustees -

Gov. Bill Haslam is considering reducing the number University of Tennessee Board of Trustees members and trimming the number of finalists presented for top leadership positions in the UT system, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has confirmed.

89. Forrest Down -

It’s hard to know where the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is when there aren’t lights on it.

That was the case Wednesday, Dec. 20, as the spotlights normally illuminating the likeness of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard were doused.

90. Frayser Bauhaus -

Memphis' best and most unique example of art deco-international style Bauhaus architecture has been hiding in plain sight in Frayser for nearly 70 years.

Tens of thousands of daily motorists drive past the white, multilevel building at 3590 Thomas St., on the northeast corner of Thomas and Floyd Avenue, where curved windows look out on the highway down the hill and large trees landscape the slope to the street.

91. Forrest and Davis Statues Removed As City Sells Parks -

With a quick vote without debate on a last-minute substitute ordinance, the Memphis City Council set in motion Wednesday, Dec. 20, the removal of Confederate monuments in two city parks.

And four hours later the equestrian statue of Confederate General, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard that has stood for more than 100 years was removed from its base by a crane and taken to an undisclosed location. An hour after that another crane moved into Memphis Park to remove the statue of Confederacy president Jefferson Davis.

92. Council Preparing Plan to Provide Pre-K Funding -

The Memphis City Council has been out of the school funding business for just under a decade.

And there doesn’t seem to be a consensus among council members to change that by committing continuous funding from the city property tax rate, but they are about to meet with Shelby County commissioners, nonprofits, foundations and philanthropy groups about mapping out funding for pre-kindergarten classrooms.

93. Council Delays MLGW Rate Hike Vote to Wednesday -

Memphis City Council members meet again Wednesday, Dec. 20, to vote on Memphis Light Gas and Water Divisions proposals to raise water, gas and electricity rates starting next month.

The council was debating the 1.05 percent water rate hike proposal at its regularly scheduled Tuesday session when chairman Berlin Boyd announced the meeting would recess until 4 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. It came as council members had a lot of questions about possible alternatives to the rate hikes across all three sectors of the publicly-owned utility.

94. Last Word: Early Statewide Poll, New Chandler Numbers and Lyfe in East Memphis -

Vanderbilt has a new statewide fall poll out that shows a few things – most of them very preliminary other than this is still early for voters who don’t live and breathe politics. Diane Black and Randy Boyd are tops in terms of name recognition in the Republican six-pack running for Governor. And the Marsha Blackburn-Phil Bredesen November general election matchup for the U.S. Senate is rapidly becoming a lock before Christmas 2017.

95. The Cutoff -

When Memphis leaders got together with suburban mayors in September at Agricenter, it was to talk about a unified countywide approach to getting Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project.

It was supposed to be a time for leaders of the county and its seven cities to talk about their common good, regionalism and all things they agree on, with none of what they disagree on at least for the moment.

96. Cooper-Young Historic District, Shelby Farms Mixed-Use Project Approved by LUCB -

During its last meeting of 2017, The Shelby County Land Use Control Board tackled a particularity large slate of notable projects, including a massive $142 million mixed-use development on the outskirts of Shelby Farms and the fate of Cooper-Young’s Landmarks status.

97. Mayor’s Critics Have Their Own Plans for Strike Anniversary -

When the 1968 sanitation workers strike ended in April 1968, Cleophus Smith didn’t feel like the formal city recognition and a minimal pay raise he and other sanitation workers had gained was something to be celebrated.

98. WA -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest “Star Wars” movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here’s what you need to know about in The Week Ahead – no Jedi powers required.

99. Week Ahead -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest “Star Wars” movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here’s what you need to know about in The Week Ahead – no Jedi powers required.

100. The Week Ahead: Dec. 11-17 -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest "Star Wars" movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there's plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here's what you need to know about in The Week Ahead - no Jedi powers required.