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1. Last Word: Fincher in Autumn, Brooks and Mud Island and 115 Years of Chocolate -

This is a very autumnal part of the political season. Leaves falling and moving toward the end of the calendar year. But before you get too into the year-end holidays, candidates are making their declarations about what they will be running for in the new year. It’s a light touch when it’s done right – just a way of letting you know they will be around once the holiday trappings are put back in the closet on the other side of New Year’s.

2. $12M Parking, Shopping Renovations for Grand Ole Opry House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Tennessee's capital city will undergo a $12 million expansion to add parking, larger retail space and an enhanced area for backstage tours.

3. Rodney Baber Park To Be Expanded -

The city of Memphis is preparing to expand and raise part of flood-prone Rodney Baber Park in Frayser.

The city hasn’t done any maintenance on the park, which has eight softball fields, since it was heavily damaged in 2011 flooding when the Mississippi River at Memphis reached its highest level since 1937. The park is north of the Wolf River, one of the local tributaries that also flooded that spring, and the park has seen high water periodically since then.

4. Brooks Pursues Riverfront Site for New Museum -

The board of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, it is working with city government to relocate the museum from its Overton Park home to a Downtown site on Front Street between Union and Monroe avenues.

5. Last Word: Bredesen's Note, Serious Sewer Talks and Protest Vs. Process -

Another lively week in state politics as former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is giving up. This came Monday in a note to the Associated Press in which Bredesen said he will make his decision quickly about an entry into the Democratic primary.

6. ‘Tiger Eye’ Mural Goes Up On Highland Strip -

The Highland Strip, Loeb Properties’ shopping destination just west of the University of Memphis campus, is showing its team spirit with a new “Tiger Eye” mural.

The mural, designed by the Loeb Properties team and located on the wall of Burgerim at 569 S. Highland St., was installed over several days by SignWorks Memphis using a special heat-gun application that stretched print material over the wall to adhere onto the wall face and into the mortar between the bricks.

7. Sewer Cut-Off Aligns With Developing Densely -

When the city decided in August to end all new connections to the sewer system by developments outside of the Memphis city limits effective immediately, it was about much more than the sewer system.

8. Monuments, Elections, TDZ Expansion All Before Council -

Memphis City Council members take a third and final vote Tuesday, Oct. 17, on an ordinance directing the administration to act on “immediate” removal of Confederate monuments from two city parks.

9. Amazon, Pfizer Seek Incentives for Projects -

While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.

10. Amazon Confirms Plans for $72M Memphis Distribution Center -

While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.

11. Shelby County to Overhaul Criminal Justice Center -

201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $17 million

Application Date: October 2017

12. Guest House at Graceland Named Among ‘Best of Best’ -

The Guest House at Graceland is among the “best of the best” in tourism and similar amenities as listed by Destinations magazine.

The resort-hotel, owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, made a list of 42 hotels, museums, festivals and other attractions that the travel and tour magazine considers worth visiting.

13. US, Israel to Exit UN Agency Over Alleged Anti-Israel Bias -

PARIS (AP) – The United States announced Thursday it is pulling out of the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental reform" in the agency.

14. Calling It a Beginning, Trump Signs Health Care Order -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine "Obamacare," the program he's promised to kill.

15. Memphis Launches Public Campaign for Amazon Bid -

Memphis’ bid to land Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters got a new public component Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the launch of a social media push and the lighting of Big River Crossing in Amazon’s signature orange color to help raise the city’s profile amid intense competition.

16. Guest House at Graceland Named Among ‘Best of Best’ -

The Guest House at Graceland is among the “best of the best” in tourism and similar amenities as listed by Destinations magazine.

The resort-hotel, owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, made a list of 42 hotels, museums, festivals and other attractions that the travel and tour magazine considers worth visiting.

17. Last Word: The Corker Tweets, Market Stabilization and The Rise of the Landshark -

In the “That Didn’t Take Long” department, whatever diplomacy there was in the relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee vanished over the weekend – vanished in the course of several tweets starting with one from Trump claiming he refused an endorsement of Corker in a re-election bid next year and that resulted in Corker’s decision not to seek re-election. He claims Corker “begged” for his endorsement. “Said he could not win without my endorsement,” Trump added. “He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said, ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal.”

18. Chancellor: Ole Miss Will Use Landshark as On-Field Mascot -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The University of Mississippi will use the landshark as the school's new on-field mascot, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter announced in a letter Friday, upending the short reign of the black bear.

19. MATA Outlines Service Changes for December -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is considering a suspension of its Shelby Farms Park bus route until spring 2018 and an extension of its Appling Farms route to eliminate the Goodlett Ikea Way route that specifically serves the Ikea store in Cordova.

20. Confluence Park Opening Marks Transformation -

The name of the westernmost point of the Wolf River Greenway is still a working title. But the 115 acres on the north end of Mud Island has emerged from decades of overgrowth, used tires other materials dumped there to become an actual park.

21. U of M Trustees OK Parental Leave, Rudd Bonus -

University of Memphis trustees approved a $100,000 bonus Wednesday, Oct. 5, for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation.

22. October 6-12, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: On the cover of The Memphis News, the opening of the $52 million “Heart of the Park” project at Shelby Farms Park turns a lot of heads and prompts a lot of new traffic on land that was once a prison farm and had been slated in the 1970s for residential construction. “I feel like it’s a city that’s reinvented itself,” Shelby Farms Park Conservancy director Jen Andrews says in the cover story. “It didn’t change who it was, but it reinvented itself – a sprawling city that chose to reconnect itself. … Memphis has become a city that believes in making things better for the public realm.”

23. Connecting The Pieces -

The Pinch District – a Downtown mini-neighborhood of only a few blocks sandwiched between the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Uptown, The Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – has been a neglected donut hole of development for years, as investments have poured into other areas of Downtown around it.

24. U of M Trustees Approve Parental Leave, Rudd Bonus -

University of Memphis trustees approved a $100,000 bonus Wednesday, Oct. 5, for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation.

25. Pinch District Redevelopment Discussion On Tap -

The nine-block area between the Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital known as the Pinch District is set to be remade in transformative fashion as part of the city moving closer to its bicentennial in 2019.

26. Brooks Museum Eyes Downtown Fire Station Site -

Brooks Museum officials are considering relocating to a Downtown site at Front Street and Union Avenue that is currently occupied by the Memphis Fire Department headquarters.

While officials with the city and the museum would not comment, the idea of putting a “cultural amenity” on the river side of Front Street between Union and Monroe avenues first surfaced about two months ago.

27. Amazon Planning Memphis Distribution Center, Sources Say -

Memphis is poised to land a massive Amazon distribution facility just north of the state line in Southeast Shelby County, according to multiple sources familiar with the project.

The Daily News first reported last week that Atlanta-based developer IDI Gazeley is launching a new large-scale commercial warehouse less than two miles from the Memphis International Airport, which appears to be the site that Amazon has targeted for its new fulfillment center.

28. Last Word: Bonus For the Head Tiger, Brooks Downtown? and Harris Runs -

A $100,000 bonus from the University of Memphis board of trustees for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation. The board also approved a paid parental leave policy – specifically the funding for that policy. And it reviewed scaled-back plans for the $30 million new rec center for students that will incorporate some of the existing rec center.

29. Brooks Museum Eyes Downtown Fire Station Site -

The city fire station at Union Avenue and Front Street and the adjacent parking garage appears to be under consideration as the new site for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, according to a source close to the situation who did not want to be identified by The Daily News.

30. State Politicians in No Hurry to Fix Health Insurance -

We don’t need no stinkin’ special session on Medicaid expansion.

That’s pretty much the Republican response to House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh’s call for Gov. Bill Haslam to bring lawmakers back to Nashville after the Graham-Cassidy bill failed in Congress.

31. Memphis Readies Red Carpet to Land Amazon -

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.

32. Memphis Officials Lay Out Initial Pitch for Amazon HQ -

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.

33. Navy Confirms 2 Dead as Training Plane Crashes in Tennessee -

TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (AP) – An instructor and a student pilot died in the crash of a military training jet in southeastern Tennessee, U.S. Navy officials confirmed Monday.

The T-45C Goshawk crashed Sunday afternoon in Tellico Plains, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southwest of Knoxville.

34. Positive Absorption Streak Continues in Industrial Market -

For the 17th straight quarter, the Memphis area industrial market continued its positive absorption streak, as it wrapped up Q3 2017 with more than 800,000 square feet of positive net absorption, according to commercial real estate brokerage firm CBRE’s Memphis Industrial MarketView Report.

35. SpaceX: Rocket for Moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 Minutes -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – SpaceX chief Elon Musk's elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications.

At a conference in Australia on Friday, Musk said if you build a ship capable of going to the moon and Mars, why not use it for high-speed transport here at home. He proposes using his still-in-the-design phase rocket for launching passengers from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes flat.

36. Leaders to Discuss Pinch District Progress -

Nearly a year ago state and local officials joined representatives of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on the hospital’s campus to announce $37 million in state and local funding into public infrastructure around the hospital.

37. Harding to Move Lower Schools to Cherry Road in Consolidation -

Harding Academy of Memphis is consolidating its senior-K through 12th grade students into one campus, moving lower-school students from campuses on Macon Road and Colonial Road to its upper-school campus at 1100 Cherry Road.

38. IDI Planning Huge Facility Near Airport -

Atlanta-based developer IDI Gazeley appears to be planning a large-scale commercial warehouse less than two miles from the Memphis International Airport.

Located at 3292 Holmes Road, near the intersection of Holmes and Tchulahoma roads, IDI has already began moving dirt on the 139-acre site to prepare for a new commercial warehouse facility. The property is currently being marketed by Scott Pahlow with the commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark Knight Frank.

39. DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility -

0 Tchulahoma Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118

Tenant: DHL Supply Chain

Landlord: Belz Enterprises

40. Last Word: Haslam Talks, Harding Consolidates and Lenoir Launches -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had a bit more to say Thursday about a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is leaving than the “I love my job” quote we chronicled earlier in the week that Corker quickened the pace of with his decision on re-election. Haslam says he is giving a run for the Senate serious consideration. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is not.

41. Harding To Move Lower Schools To Cherry Road in Consolidation -

Harding Academy of Memphis is consolidating its senior-kindergarten through 12th grade students into one campus moving its lower school students from campuses in Cordova on Macon Road and East Memphis on Colonial Road to what is currently its upper school campus at 1100 Cherry Road.

42. Crosstown Crossroads -

For the past 90 years, Crosstown has seen its share of ups and downs. In the beginning, it was a shining beacon for the city’s eastward expansion; at its height, it anchored several vibrant and diverse neighborhoods; and at its lowest, Crosstown became the poster child for once-great inner-city areas of Memphis that had deteriorated.

43. DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility -

International shipping giant DHL Supply Chain is planning a massive new development just north of the Tennessee-Mississippi state line.

The global logistics division of Germany’s Deutsche Post DHL Group is looking to build a 580,000-square-foot distribution facility on 55 acres of vacant land east of Tchulahoma Road and west of Meltech Boulevard on the northern border of the state line.

44. Last Word: Political Tide Comes In, First Tn and Pinnacle Settle and The No Compete -

In East Memphis Thursday afternoon, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will formally announce what has been evident for some time – he is running for Shelby County Mayor in 2018 starting with the May Republican primary. The primary field includes Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland and Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos. Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism is the only declared Democratic mayoral contender as we speak. Look for that to change.

45. Shafer: Graceland, FedExForum Should Compromise on Whitehaven Arena -

Shelby County Commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer says there may be some kind of compromise still to be made when it comes to a performance venue at Graceland in Whitehaven.

46. Last Word: Corker's Decision, Buses & Bikes and Tenoke Comeback -

And with a brief, carefully-worded written statement Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator Bob Corker has blown up the forming-2018 race for the Senate seat he will give up at the end of 2018 and that probably applies to the 2018 race for Tennessee Governor. That’s even if Corker doesn’t follow Tuesday’s announcement by getting into the race for Governor at some point. Corker said nothing about what is next beyond his remaining time in office.

47. Always Take The First Interview -

Have you ever received a call from a headhunter or recruiter out of the blue? Sometimes, they’ll call your work phone and leave a voicemail you weren’t expecting. They’re recruiting for a new position. It’s one you haven’t heard about, but they want to speak to you. You don’t know how they got your name or phone number. The recruiter says, “I have a new position I’m trying to fill. I wanted to reach out to see if you know anyone who might be interested.”

48. Bus System Gets Review as Part of Memphis 3.0 -

On the way to a comprehensive city development and land use plan by 2019, those putting together the plan have heard one priority from citizens over and over: better public transportation.

The topic came up so much the Memphis 3.0 planning process is creating a more detailed transit strategy within the larger plan. The transit plan should be in a draft form by late 2018.

49. ‘Catching Up’ -

Memphis’ desire to land Amazon’s multibillion-dollar second headquarters faces several headwinds. While many critics have pointed to the city’s insufficient labor pool and lack of direct flights to the West Coast as the most likely deal breakers, Memphis lags behind many of the consensus top contenders in another area: connectivity.

50. GPAC Planning New Open-Air Venue -

1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138

Owner: Germantown Performing Arts Center

51. Frontier Airlines Offers Nonstop Service to Orlando -

Frontier Airlines is expanding service at Memphis International Airport, announcing Wednesday, Sept. 20, that it will offer three nonstop flights weekly to Orlando, Florida, beginning Nov. 2.

The service will run on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Frontier using a 186-seat Airbus 320 aircraft for the flights.

52. Editorial: Beale Street and The Line for City Leaders -

When he was mayor, Willie Herenton had a saying that was his answer to speculation about whether he had crossed a legal line. Like the time when he bought an option on land fronting Union Avenue near AutoZone Park that was being considered as a possible site for a new convention center or hotel.

53. Frontier Offers Nonstop Service from MEM to Orlando -

Frontier Airlines is expanding service at Memphis International Airport, announcing Wednesday, Sept. 20, that it will offer three nonstop flights weekly to Orlando, Florida, beginning Nov. 2.

The service will run on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Frontier using a 186-seat Airbus 320 aircraft for the flights.

54. Graceland Overhauls Venue Plans After Grizzlies Raise Concerns -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has significantly altered the plans for its new entertainment venue in Whitehaven after the Memphis Grizzlies raised concerns surrounding a noncompete agreement with the city involving FedExForum.

55. Graceland Changes Venue Plans After Grizzlies Raise Concerns -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has announced it will significantly alter the plans for its new entertainment venue in Whitehaven after the Memphis Grizzlies raised concerns surrounding a noncompete agreement with the city involving FedExForum.

56. Frontier Airlines to Offer Nonstop Memphis-Orlando Flights -

Frontier Airlines is expanding its service at Memphis International Airport, announcing Wednesday, Sept. 20, that it will offer three nonstop flights weekly to Orlando, Florida, beginning Nov. 2.

The service will run on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Frontier using a 186-seat Airbus 320 aircraft for the route between Memphis and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

57. Highwoods Sells Southwind Portfolio for $39M -

Highwoods Properties Inc. has sold a massive portion of its portfolio in Southwind to a New York-based investment group for $39 million.

58. Boyd Drops Beale Contract, But Says It Wasn't A Conflict of Interest -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.

59. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process continues this week with two public workshops studying growth scenarios for the city through 2040. Participants will go through an exercise to identify which values are most important to drive future development, then select and amend a preferred scenario based on those values. Workshops are Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Whitehaven Golf Course, 750 E. Holmes Road, and Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McFarland Community Center, 4955 Cottonwood Road. Visit memphis3point0.com for details.

60. Highwoods Sells Southwind Portfolio for Nearly $40M -

Highwoods Properties has sold a massive portion of its portfolio in Southwind to a New York-based investment group for $39 million.

In the deal, Highwoods Properties, doing business as Highwoods Reality Limited Partnership, sold eight parcels of land near the intersection of Players Club Parkway and Tournament Drive to Group RMC, which purchased the property under the name of Southwind Memphis Reality LP.

61. Last Word: Doubling Down at City Hall, Karl Dean in Collierville & Your Credit Report -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd doubling down right at the start of a Monday morning meeting of the Beale Street Task Force on that conflict of interest issue involving his company’s contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association. Meanwhile, it is council day at City Hall Tuesday and lots to discuss on several fronts including the Bicentennial Gateway and Convention Center projects and the move of Golden India just off Overton Square.

62. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will kick off its 2017-18 Broadway season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King & I” Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Sept. 24 at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

63. City Council to Vote on Advancing Gateway, Convention Center Funding -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Sept. 19 on two resolutions that would advance a total of $21.5 million to the Bicentennial Gateway project as well as Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations, which is also part of the Gateway project.

64. East Memphis Climbing Gym Approved -

Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym High Point Climbing and Fitness’ site plans received approval from the Shelby County Land Use Control Board on Thursday, Sept. 14.

High Point plans to erect a 31,600-square-foot rock climbing facility on a 2.7-acre tract that backs up to CBHS’ athletic fields near Humphreys Boulevard and Walnut Grove Road.

65. Commission Delays Votes On Finance Ordinances -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed votes Monday, Sept. 11, on a set of three resolutions dealing with county finances, citing the need for further discussion and questions.

The first of the three is a supplement to the interlocal agreement on financing the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority to pay the debt on FedExForum. The agreement allows revenue from a 2015 increase in the hotel-motel tax to be used to finance renovations of the Memphis Cook Convention Center as well as the debt on the arena.

66. Last Word: Juvenile Court Return, Berlin Boyd's Week and Tony Allen Thoughts -

Two weeks ago Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael was on Behind The Headlines in a half-hour conversation about the court and federal oversight that drew quite a bit of reaction to Michael’s strong opinions about the need to end that oversight. Even before that reaction we had planned to do a second part of the conversation with those who favor continued federal oversight of the court.

67. City Hall Stands Ready to Assist Brooks Museum -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s first and only home is owned by the city of Memphis, and the institution is the state’s largest art museum. Those two facts make city government more than an interested onlooker in what happens next as the museum’s board explores possibly moving out of Overton Park to a newly built facility elsewhere in the city.

68. Frayser Landfill Expansion Voted Down -

The proposed expansion of a construction landfill in Frayser was unanimously shot down by the Shelby County Land Use Board Thursday, Sept. 14, to the cheers of dozens of concerned residents and students from the nearby Memphis Business Academy who showed up to voice their opposition.

69. Commission Delays Votes On Finance Ordinances -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed votes Monday, Sept. 11, on a set of three resolutions dealing with county finances, citing the need for further discussion and questions.

The first of the three is a supplement to the interlocal agreement on financing the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority to pay the debt on FedExForum. The agreement allows revenue from a 2015 increase in the hotel-motel tax to be used to finance renovations of the Memphis Cook Convention Center as well as the debt on the arena.

70. 3 Tips For Moving To Another City -

Have you ever thought of moving to another city? For many job seekers who are searching in a difficult market, I often recommend looking in other places. But, searching in one city while you live in another can be a challenge.

71. County Commission Joins City Call to Remove Confederate Monuments -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday, Sept. 11, backing the city’s efforts to remove Confederate monuments with a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The resolution by commissioner Walter Bailey also backs the Memphis City Council’s move to an ordinance that could take down the monuments after the Oct. 13 decision if the historical commission does not grant the waiver.

72. Memphis 3.0 Planning Enters Third Phase -

The Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process enters its third phase this week with the first of four public workshops to consider scenarios of what the city’s growth will look like through 2040.

73. Regulators Await New Tests on Unsafe Cadmium Levels at Tennessee Landfill -

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) – Unsafe levels of a cancer-causing metal have been found at an abandoned Tennessee landfill, and state regulators said last week they're awaiting new results to determine if there were errors in the lab or samples' quality.

74. Does Memphis Have Right Mojo for Amazon HQ? -

Amazon.com’s announcement last week that it is actively searching for a second headquarters location caught the attention of governors, mayors and development officials from all over the country hoping to hit the jackpot.

75. Elvis’ Baby Grand Piano Returning to Graceland -

A white baby grand piano Elvis Presley bought for the music room of Graceland shortly after moving in is returning to the Whitehaven mansion after a restoration.

The refurbished 1912 Knabe, which features gold accents, will be unveiled at the mansion in December and played during shows at Elvis Presley’s Memphis – the entertainment complex across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion – as part of a first-ever Graceland holiday concert weekend Dec. 15 and 16.

76. Graceland: Arena Won’t Compete With Forum -

The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.

77. Strickland: Memphis to Make Bid for Amazon HQ -

Hours after Amazon’s Thursday, Sept. 7, announcement that it plans to open a second North American headquarters, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city will be putting its name in the hat.

78. Memphis Small Business Landscape Stable Amid Slow Economic Growth -

While the local small-business landscape mirrors the national environment of a slowly growing economy keeping things stable, the lack of population growth is holding the Memphis area back from truly breaking out.

79. Last Word: The Amazon Competition, Millington Shelters and Grizz Ownership Drama -

With a social media post Thursday morning, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city is ready to compete in a very public competition for the $5-billion second North American headquarters Amazon.com announced earlier Thursday. Some context here. The $5 billion investment by Amazon in what it calls HQ2 compares to the $9 billion St. Jude is investing in its expansion including about $1 billion in capital costs and the rest research, technology and other development costs included in what is more than a physical expansion.

80. Elvis’ Baby Grand Piano Returning to Graceland -

A white baby grand piano Elvis Presley bought for the music room of Graceland shortly after moving in is returning to the Whitehaven mansion after a restoration.

The refurbished 1912 Knabe, which features gold accents, will be unveiled at the mansion in December and played during shows at Elvis Presley’s Memphis – the entertainment complex across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion – as part of a first-ever Graceland holiday concert weekend Dec. 15 and 16.

81. Strickland: Memphis to Make Bid for New Amazon HQ -

Hours after Amazon.com announced its plans to open a second North American headquarters, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city will be putting its name in the hat.

82. Intriguing Story Playing Out Off The Football Field -

Anybody got an extra billion dollars lying around? If so, you can own one-third share of an NFL franchise plus a handful of other assorted business ventures.

That’s the situation involving the Tennessee Titans as they head into what could be a very eventful season. Susie Adams Smith, one of three children of the late franchise founder Bud Adams, is attempting to divest herself of one-third interest in KSA Industries, the business conglomerate built by her father.

83. Graceland: New Arena Not Competing With Forum -

Graceland plans to go to the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) in the next week seeking a bigger percentage of the city and county property tax revenue from its 120-acre campus for a $50 million arena in Whitehaven.

84. Strickland to Make Bid for New Amazon HQ -

Hours after Amazon.com announced its plans to open a second North American headquarters, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Memphis will be putting its name in the hat.

85. Graceland Says New Arena Not Competition For Forum -

The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new $40 million  to $50 million Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.

86. Halvorson Assumes New Role At Cumberland Trust -

Independent corporate trust firm Cumberland Trust has promoted Rebecca M. Halvorson to senior vice president of business development and manager of regional markets. Halvorson, who joined Cumberland in 2010, is based in the company’s Memphis office.

87. Review: Deadly Tennessee Fire Could Become 'New Normal' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Drought-stricken Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not prepared for last year's catastrophic fire, and climate change is among the factors that will likely make conditions that led to the disaster the "new normal" for the park, according to a federal review released Thursday.

88. Council to Weigh Statues, Funding Projects -

Memphis City Council members have a busy agenda Tuesday, Sept. 5: continued discussion regarding bypassing a Tennessee Historical Commission waiver process to remove Confederate monuments and a recently enacted ban on sewer connections to properties outside the city limits.

89. Strickland Seeks $21.5M to Begin Work on Convention Center, Gateway -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is seeking $21.5 million in immediate funding for pre-construction and early construction work on two projects on Downtown's north end: the long-awaited renovation of the Memphis Convention Center and to begin specific planning, land acquisition and construction for the Bicentennial Gateway project that includes the convention center and the Pinch District area north of it.

90. Experts Differ on Convention Center Hotel Financing -

At the end of the final hour-long panel discussion during the two-day Southern Lodging Summit Downtown, Chad Crandell, the managing director and CEO of CHM Warnick – one of the best-known hotel asset management firms and advisers to hotel owners – made his pitch.

91. Hotel Summit Panel Differs On Ways to Finance Convention Center Hotel -

At the end of an hour-long panel discussion at the very end of the two-day Southern Lodging Summit Downtown, Chad Crandell – the managing director and CEO of CHM Warnick, one of the best known hotel asset management firms and advisors to hotel owners in the business -- made his pitch.

92. Italy’s Enchanted Five Lands -

Visit any bookstore’s travel section and take a quick look at the cover of the Italy guidebooks. Chances are the photo is of the postcard-perfect view of one of the cliff-side Cinque Terre villages along the Italian Riviera.

93. Frayser Battle Renewed -

A plan to expand a construction landfill near Whitney Elementary School is drawing a lot of resistance from many Frayser stakeholders in advance of its Sept. 7 meeting with the Land Use Control Board.

94. A Different Body of Work Emerges For The Hereafter -

With the cost of traditional casket funerals rising to an average of $9,000 or more, many people are choosing less expensive options like cremation and donating their bodies to science. Numerous “green” options for cremated remains such as biodegradable urns or even using ashes for tree planting, use in rebuilding coral reefs, for stones for jewelry or for tattoos and portraits are gaining popularity.

95. Pottery Studio/Coffee House to Open on Highland Strip -

549 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38122

Lease Size: 2,788 square feet

96. Highland Strip Lands New Pottery Studio -

Belltower Artisans, a pottery studio and coffee shop founded in 2016 by college students Micah Dempsey and Christopher Galbreath, has inked a deal to move into a 2,788-square-foot space in the Highland Strip.

97. Editorial: Memphis Still on Road To Becoming ‘Bike Community’ -

The Shelby County Board of Adjustment this week approved a proposed multifamily development in the Cooper-Young Historic District, a small project by many standards on a 0.4-acre tract near the neighborhood’s namesake, the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.

98. Sears to Close More Stores, Sales Continue to Fall in 2Q -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears continued to struggle in its second quarter with declining sales amid heightened competition from the likes of Walmart to Amazon. It now says it will close even more stores.

99. State Rejects 2nd Request from Baptist Memorial Health Care for Arlington ER -

A state agency has again turned down Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application to build a free-standing emergency room in Arlington.

100. Pottery Studio to Open On Highland Strip -

Belltower Artisans, a pottery studio and coffee shop founded in 2016 by college students Micah Dempsey and Christopher Galbreath, has inked a deal to move into a 2,788-square-foot space in the Highland Strip.