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1. Events -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host the 45th annual Steak n’ Burger Dinner, featuring a keynote by Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, on Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Kids can enjoy a pre-event games area before sitting down to enjoy a meal where adults eat burgers and kids eat steak. Tickets are $200; proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. Visit bgcm.org for details.

2. Events -

Memphis Branch NAACP, Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association and the National Park Service will hold a public forum Monday, May 2, from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. The forum and panel discussion is part of the commemoration of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details and a schedule of related events.

3. Events -

Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30, with special discounts, giveaways and events at Burke’s Book Store, 936 S. Cooper St., and The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Among the highlights: participate in Litographs literary tattoo chain; purchase exclusive IBD books and art pieces; and visit both locations to be entered to win one of 10 prizes. Visit burkesbooks.com and thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for full schedules.

4. RedBall Project Bounces Into Memphis April 28 -

A 250-pound red inflated ball will mark the centennial celebration at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art starting April 28.

The RedBall Project by artist Kurt Perschke moves to a different site every day through May 7, when it returns to the Brooks entrance for the formal centennial celebration of the museum’s opening.

5. Events -

Howard Hall Amp’d Up, a front porch party at Memphis Heritage, will be held Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2282 Madison Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music by Jeffrey and the Pacemakers, plus free hot dogs, chips, soda and beer. Cost is free; donations accepted. Visit memphisheritage.org.

6. Events -

Memphis Black Expo will hold a workforce ready seminar for ages 15-18 on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Andrew AME Church community life center, 1472 Mississippi St. The seminar will prepare attendees for the youth summer job fair, to be held April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Attendees must pre-register at memphisblackexpo.com/workforceready and a parent must sign the student in at the event.

7. Before Successes, Loeb Started from Zero – Twice -

Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.

8. $12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $12.6 million

Owner: Ballet Memphis
Tenant: Ballet Memphis
Architect: Archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

9. Events -

Morton Museum of Collierville History will host an opening reception for “Portrait of Collierville: 1940-1945,” featuring research by 63 St. George’s Independent School students, on Thursday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 196 N. Main St. in Collierville. The students’ research centered on the ways Collierville contributed to the World War II effort and was affected by the war. Visit colliervillemuseum.org.

10. RedBall Project Bounces Into Memphis April 28 -

A 250-pound red inflated ball will mark the centennial celebration at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art starting April 28.

The RedBall Project by artist Kurt Perschke moves to a different site every day through May 7, when it returns to the Brooks entrance for the formal centennial celebration of the museum’s opening.

11. Ballet Memphis Files Permit For Overton Square HQ -

Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

In 2015, Ballet Memphis purchased the former French Quarter Inn, at the corner of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street. Demolition on the shuttered hotel began in October.

12. Sale of Former Memphis Police Headquarters Set for May -

The tours and inspections are done for now. And City Hall’s timeline for selling the circa-1910 Memphis Police headquarters at 128 Adams Ave. is a bit behind schedule.

13. LEDIC Founder Buys Metro 67 Apartments -

The Metro 67 Apartments in Downtown Memphis has been sold by a Dallas equity firm to Scott Ledbetter, founder and chairman-emeritus of LEDIC Management Group in Memphis, and members of his family.

14. Metro 67 Apartments Bought by LEDIC Founder -

The Metro 67 Apartments in Downtown Memphis has been sold by a Dallas equity firm to Scott Ledbetter, founder and chairman-emeritus of LEDIC Management Group in Memphis, and members of his family.

15. Rapid Transit Option, Route Changes Designed To Make MATA More Relevant -

Budget season is looming, and the Memphis Area Transit Authority is angling for an additional $8 million in operating funds and $5 million in capital improvement dollars to prevent significant cuts to service.

16. Plan Seeks To Make Medical District Even Greater Asset -

On the surface, it might seem unclear why Memphians outside the immediate vicinity should care about what’s going on in the Memphis medical district, an area home to more than 16,000 people and 8,000 students.

17. Fashion Week Organizers Launching Business Incubator -

The greater aim of Memphis Fashion Week is stitching together infrastructure to support a local fashion industry. But this week, the glamour is on full display.

This year’s Memphis Fashion Week, which runs through Saturday, April 9, kicked off Monday at an after-hours event in Chickasaw Oaks shopping center. Models, designers and supporters sipped cocktails and browsed the handcrafted outfits that will be part of this weekend’s runway shows.

18. The Week Ahead: April 4-10 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about in the coming days, from an observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to your first chance to visit Mud Island River Park this season.

19. Raymond James Tower Rappel to Benefit Orphanos -

An upcoming fundraiser is giving thrill-seekers the chance to rappel down the 289-foot Raymond James Tower while supporting orphans and children around the world.

Memphis nonprofit Orphanos and Madison Realty, which owns the 21-story Downtown tower, have partnered for Over the Edge Memphis, scheduled for April 22-23.

20. Fertile Ground -

Residents of the Memphis Medical District have begun filing in to the Premier Palace ballroom on Madison Avenue, along with area stakeholders, planners and other attendees who have business interests in the area.

21. Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.

22. Raymond James Tower Rappel Will Benefit Orphanos -

An upcoming fundraiser is giving thrill-seekers the chance to rappel down the 289-foot Raymond James Tower while supporting orphans and children around the world.

Memphis nonprofit Orphanos and Madison Realty, which owns the 21-story Downtown tower, have partnered for Over the Edge Memphis, scheduled for April 22-23. The event encompasses four fundraising rappel challenges open to adults 18 and older who weigh 110 to 300 pounds.

23. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will kick off the 2016 Vine to Wine tasting series with “World of Wines” on Tuesday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines, beers or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com..

24. Boys & Girls Clubs to Host 45th Steak n’ Burger Dinner -

The Boys & Girls Clubs Steak n’ Burger Dinner – a tradition that brings Memphis leaders and Boys & Girls Clubs members together for a meal, conversation and inspiration – is returning for its 45th year.

25. Events -

Memphis Area Transit Authority will host the final public review meeting for the Midtown Area Connector Alternatives Analysis Study (the MAC) on Monday, March 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. This meeting will present the seven recommended Midtown corridor alternatives. Visit macmemphis.com or call 901-722-7119 for details.

26. Events -

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be in Memphis on Monday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front St. Career Coach staff will help people create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov, where more than 90,000 jobs are available.

27. Boys & Girls Clubs to Host 45th Steak n’ Burger Dinner -

The Boys & Girls Clubs Steak n’ Burger Dinner – a tradition that brings Memphis leaders and Boys & Girls Clubs members together for a meal, conversation and inspiration – is returning for its 45th year.

28. Overton Square Marks ‘Billy Joel Day’ Friday -

Billy Joel plays FedExForum Friday, March 25. But his music will be heard all over Overton Square Friday on what the entertainment district is calling Billy Joel Day.

Joel’s current concert tour brings him to Memphis for the first time since Lafayette’s Music Room has reopened.

29. TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery -

“Million Dollar Quartet” means major dollars for some Memphis businesses. Erik Proveaux, owner of local restaurant Fuel Café, has been tapped to do on-site catering for the TV series about the birth of rock’n’roll. To meet the increased demand, he’s making some changes to streamline his home base at 1761 Madison Ave.

30. Mural Sets Scene for 107 S. Main Revelopment -

The long-blighted building at 107 S. Main St. is headed for active use and will see the addition of a mural by May 1.

At its March 16 meeting, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved to put $10,000 toward a colorful mural designed by Chicago artist Damon Lamar Reed.

31. The Week Ahead: March 21-27 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first Great River Indoor Food Truck Festival to a celebration of late Memphis wrestler Sputnik Monroe.

32. Shelby County Sees Slide in Unemployment Rate -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate in January was down a full 2 percentage points from a year ago at 5.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

33. This week in Memphis history: March 18-24 -

1989: Ratt at the Mid-South Coliseum.

1976: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Millard Oakley approves new forms, rules and rates for insurance companies to use in writing automobile policies to include coverage of CB radios.

34. Memphis Leaders Taking New Offers for Old Police HQ -

The city of Memphis now has three offers to buy the old Central Police Station at 128 Adams Ave. and renovate it as a hotel. It will likely have even more offers by the time the Memphis City Council decides who, if anyone, to sell the circa-1910 building to at its April 19 meeting.

35. Shelby County Unemployment Rate Slides to 5.5 Percent in January -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate in January was down a full 2 percentage points from a year ago at 5.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

36. Huey’s Original Midtown Location Gets Renovations -

Huey’s Midtown closed last week for renovations.

With the help of Traditional Construction and about 15 Huey’s employees, the Midtown location received a new vent-a-hood system, a fresh coat of paint inside and outside, and repairs to the sidewalks along Madison Avenue. The biggest feature noticeable to guests will be the installation of two large windows on the east graffiti wall, overlooking the patio.

37. Shelby County Unemployment Rate Slides to 5.5 Percent in January -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate in January was down a full 2 percentage points from a year ago at 5.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

38. City Has Offer On Adams Police Station -

The realty group that proposed a short-lived Hotel Overton for Overton Square in 2015 has offered the city of Memphis $1.1 million for the old Central Police Station building at 128 Adams Ave.

39. Last Word: Mudslide, The Deannexation Storm and Kilzer at Calvary -

Lots of news on a very rainy day including the flooding from the constant rain that closed some schools and cancelled a lot of other events. And then there was a mudslide on Riverside Drive from the bluff overlooking Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River. The rain has also pushed the Wolf River to the point that it is now over some parts of the greenway in Germantown.

40. City Has Offer On Adams Police Headquarters -

The realty group that proposed a short-lived Hotel Overton for Overton Square in 2015 has offered the city of Memphis $1.1 million for the old Central Police Station building at 128 Adams Avenue.

41. Blair Tower Getting Complete Renovation -

Development momentum in the Memphis Medical Center has attracted an out-of-town investor looking to jump on the area’s revival.

Blair Tower LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Hyde Capital, recently purchased the Blair Tower apartments for $9.7 million.

42. Higher-Ed Shuffle Stokes Fears of UT-TSU Merger -

Anthony Joshua, who moved to Nashville from Madison, Wis., to attend Tennessee State University, says he’s worried his historically black institution could be in for serious change – for the worse.

43. Last Word: Rain & Votes, Setting Madison's Boundaries and The Rise of Renters -

Here comes the rain. Not a Beatles tune but close enough with the word late Tuesday that George Martin – to my mind at least, the closest thing to a fifth Beatle – has died.
Rolling Stone’s story and many links within to their coverage of Martin over the decades.

44. Madison Avenue Business Association Launches 'Meet Me' Event -

If you’re on or around Madison Avenue later this month with at least $20 to spend, there will be specials and deals aplenty as part of a new event to boost business to the street.

The Madison Avenue Business Association, a collection of businesses along the busy thoroughfare that launched their organization in 2012, is hosting its inaugural “Meet Me Along Madison” event March 22 and 23.

45. Last Word: Redbirds Sold, Memphis Burning and When Old Dominick Was Young -

Grizzlies over the Cavaliers 106-103 Monday evening in Cleveland despite the pre-game injury story dominating up to tip-off.

46. Huey’s Midtown Closing for Renovations -

Huey’s Midtown will be closed Monday through Friday, March 7-11, for renovations.

With the help of Traditional Construction and about 15 Huey’s employees, the Midtown location will receive a new vent-a-hood system, a fresh coat of paint inside and outside, and repair to the sidewalks along Madison Avenue. The biggest feature noticeable to guests will be the installation of two large windows on the east graffiti wall, overlooking the patio.

47. Regions Brings New Format, Technology to New Branches -

When Regions Bank holds the grand opening for its new Downtown branch at 88 Union Ave. on March 17, one of the things on display will be a vision of what Regions sees as the future of banking.

48. March 4-10, 2016: This Week in Memphis History -

1966: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis State University begins season ticket sales for the Tigers’ 1966 season with 5,000 more prime seats available.
The student section at Memphis Memorial Stadium is moved to the east side of the stadium from its former location on the same side as the season ticket holders.
Season tickets at a rate of $20 per ticket – $3 less than buying individual tickets to the five home games – can also be bought for the first time through Dixiemart and Corondolet stores, along with 200 other retailers, by using the charge accounts for those stores.
And there is the “Tiger Note” method through the big three local banks – First National, National Bank of Commerce and Union Planters – as well as Murdock Insurance Corp. Tickets can be ordered on credit through the four institutions and paid later with no interest or carrying charges.

49. Last Word: Laurelwood Changes, Greensward Aftermath and Broadband Problems -

East Memphis Proper is about to look a lot different. Nordstrom Rack is opening a Memphis store and it will be built where the Sears store stands now in the Laurelwood shopping center.
Sears closes in mid-April and the 1958 structure will be demolished for a new retail center to be called Poplar Commons.
Nordstrom Rack is 33,000 square feet of a 135,000 square foot shopping center.
Out parcels tend to be the changing face of commercial development on Poplar Avenue.
There are some notable exceptions like the nearby Oak Court Mall which was a significant change of scenery from what was once the Siena College campus.
Further west on Poplar, the Poplar Plaza shopping center – the city’s first suburban shopping center – is still recognizable in its original form if you know what used to be there.

50. Events -

Company d Dancers will perform “LOCAL, Dancing through time … places in Memphis” on Thursday and Friday, March 3-4, at 7 p.m. at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Road. This collaboration unites some of Memphis’ most talented artists with Company d’s dancers, all of whom are young adults with Down syndrome. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit facebook.com/companyddancers for details and tickets.

51. New Owner to Revive South Main Eyesore -

The long-maligned building at 107 S. Main St. has a new owner who has signed on to long-term redevelopment and short term-beautification. Prau Investments LLC purchased the 34,200-square-foot building on Dec. 11 for $720,000.

52. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle. The topic is “Travel Industry Jeopardy: How to Win in 2016,” featuring Will Tate of Goldspring Consulting. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org.

53. Luttrell Declares for Congressional Bid -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced Monday, Feb. 29, that he will be a candidate in the August Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District.

54. Events -

University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will host Jazz Week 2016 with nightly concerts Tuesday through Saturday, March 1-5, at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Ave. Most concerts are free. Visit memphis.edu/music for a schedule.

55. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis and On Location: Memphis will host an Oscar Night Watch Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at Hard Rock, 126 Beale St. Activities and promotions are scheduled throughout the Academy Awards broadcast. Admission is free; suggested donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Visit hardrock.com/memphis for details.

56. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will meet Friday, Feb. 26, at noon in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Health Professions will host an open house Friday, Feb. 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student-Alumni Center’s O.D. Larry Dining Hall, 800 Madison Ave. Learn about careers in physician assistant studies, physical or occupational therapy, medical laboratory science and more. For details, email cohpcareers@uthsc.edu or call 901-448-2042.

57. After Rebuilding Rhodes Baseball, Jeff Cleanthes Becomes AD -

Sometimes regrets and nagging “what if?” questions wait for a man at the end of his life, pushed out of view amid the everyday race to do the next thing, to just keep moving forward.

Until, finally, a man can ignore them no more.

58. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present the regional premiere of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Thursday, Feb. 24, through March 12 at 7653 Poplar Pike. The “Under the Sea Party With Ariel and Friends,” featuring a character lunch, crafts and a framed picture with Ariel, will be March 5 and 12 at noon. Visit ppp.org for details and tickets.

59. Luttrell Weighing Congressional Bid -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is considering a run for Congress and he expects to make his decision in the next week.

60. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will screen “Dorothea Lange” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. The screening is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which runs through April. Admission is $10. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

61. Last Word: The Road To Memphis, Medical District Plans and A Greensward Update -

The Republican presidential field is coming this way in the gap between early voting, which ends Tuesday evening, and the March 1 election day
Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ben Carson are booked for this coming weekend.

62. Medical Area Ready For Residential Development -

Every week day, 16,000 people go to work in the two-and-a-half square mile area that is the Memphis Medical Center District.

Add the 8,000 students to the workers at the eight major institutions in the district and you have more than a sell-out crowd for an event at FedExForum in that area every working day.

63. This week in Memphis history: February 19-25 -

1985: Robert Cray Band at Huey’s a year ahead of his breakthrough album “Strong Persuader.” There was only one Huey’s at the time – on Madison Avenue in Midtown.
Source: “Memphis Rocks” by Ron Hall

64. Memphians Invited to the Table for Black Restaurant Week -

At Mot & Ed’s restaurant, regular customers go back a couple of generations. Owner Edna Banks-Hawkins only opened the soul food restaurant four years ago, but people come in with memories of her family’s chain of Boyd BBQ restaurants.

65. West Cancer Intros New Therapy -

The West Cancer Center has introduced a new non-invasive therapy for treating brain cancer.

The Optune is a portable device that uses low-intensity electric fields to inhibit cancer cell replication, which kills those cells. West Cancer Center says it’s the first FDA-approved therapy in more than a decade to show a significant increase in overall survival rates for newly diagnosed adult Glioblastoma Multiforme patients.

66. Medical Center Apartments Sell for $9.7 Million -

810 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $9.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 29, 2016

67. West Cancer Introduces New Therapy, Unveils Collaboration -

The West Cancer Center has introduced a new non-invasive therapy for treating brain cancer.

The Optune is a portable device that uses low-intensity electric fields to inhibit cancer cell replication, which kills those cells. West Cancer Center says it’s the first FDA-approved therapy in more than a decade to show a significant increase in overall survival rates for newly diagnosed adult Glioblastoma Multiforme patients.

68. Louisiana Film Prize Launches Offshoot Competition in Memphis -

Established film festival Louisiana Film Prize is launching its first offshoot in Memphis. Filmmakers who shoot a five- to 15-minute movie within Shelby County can be entered to win $10,000 locally and go on to win $50,000 at the larger competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.

69. Self-Storage Facilities Sell for $6 Million -

Two Extra Space Storage facilities have changed hands for $6 million.

Extra Space Properties 122 LLC purchased the facilities at 1235 Gateway Drive and 1075 Madison Ave. from ESS VRS Owner LLC in separate Feb. 2 warranty deeds.

70. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

71. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

72. Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District -

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

73. Downtown Creativity Hub Seeks Permanent Home -

Creative Works, the popular Downtown conference for artists and designers, is looking to set up shop year-round.

Josh Horton, founder of Creative Works, and Russ Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo, are currently shopping the Downtown market for space to house a “creativity hub.”

74. 10 West Tennessee Projects Get Disaster Recovery Funding -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ten western Tennessee projects are receiving $44 million in federal money to support disaster recovery and resiliency in response to flooding in 2011.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be directed toward projects in Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale and Madison counties. The projects are aimed at restoring waterways and flood plains, rehabilitating wastewater systems and promoting tourism and recreation.

75. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a meet-the-artist reception with “Cultural Heroes” sculptor Alan LeQuire on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tennessee Gallery at NCRM, 450 Mulberry St. LeQuire’s exhibition will be on display through Feb. 25. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

76. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present a workshop titled “Free Tools That Can Help You Grow” Thursday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Learn about the free services and discounts available for TSBDC clients. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

77. County Commission Forms OPEB Committee -

Shelby County Commissioners have created an ad hoc committee to talk over the health insurance benefits liability of the former Memphis City Schools system and who is responsible for it.

Commission chairman Terry Roland announced Monday, Jan. 25, he had formed the committee, which includes leaders of the Shelby County Schools system and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration.

78. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

79. Last Word: Winter Pre-Game Show, The Zoo Goes To Court And Hotel Fever -

You wouldn’t call this the eye of the storm, would you? We’ll go with calling this the pre-game show for the winter storm that is supposed to show up in Memphis at around 7 a.m. Friday morning. Think Super Bowl pre-game.
There is so much that’s been said in advance of this that whatever happens, it might be hard to live up to the preparation.
Much of the rest of this is like an arms race of sorts.
Consider the equipment list from Memphis International Airport.
10 snow brooms, 12 plow trucks, four de-icing trucks each with 40,000 gallons of deicer, four 2-ton salt spreaders and four tractors to keep the runways clear.
The city of Memphis Public Works division has eight snow plows ready to roll on major thoroughfares if the snow gets within the three-inch mark. A set of 16 salt trucks were to load up at 11 p.m. Thursday evening to begin applying salt and sand when needed, with continual inspections of road conditions. And that includes some pre-treated priority areas.
And then there was this truly unusual announcement from Shelby County Schools: the optional school parent camp-out was suspended Thursday evening because of the weather.
This is the camp out the school system tries its best to discourage each and every year at this time. That includes bar-coded applications and repeatedly emphasizing that 99.9 percent of those with the bar-coded applications get their first choice of optional schools, making the camp-out unnecessary. The applications are handed out over several days and are then time-stamped when they are turned in for consideration.
Nevertheless, the tents go up each year and voices are raised in the debate about whether this is parents who care more or parents who are carried away.
This year, the school system, while emphasizing that it “does not authorize or direct” the camp-out, says the line will resume Sunday at 7 a.m.
The school system also adds: “The current process being managed by parents will be recognized due to potential health and safety risks related to forecasted inclement weather.”
But is there a line to get back in line? And when does that start?

80. ‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis -

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

The 46 N. Third St. structure, which was built in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its art deco and Renaissance-styled architecture. Real estate and bail bonding firms have occupied the lower levels, but the 10-story building has sat completely vacant for a few years and substantially vacant for well over 10 years.

81. CCRFC Approves $1.7M For Convention Center Work -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved up to $1.7 million in revenue bonds Tuesday, Jan. 12, for Memphis Cook Convention Center improvements.

82. This week in Memphis history: January 15-21 -

1996: Alanis Morissette plays the Auditorium. Her 1995 album, “Jagged Little Pill,” was peaking at the time, including heavy rotation on MTV of the video of the single “You Oughta Know.”

83. CCRFC Approves $1.7M For Convention Center Work -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved up to $1.7 million in revenue bonds Tuesday, Jan. 12, for Memphis Cook Convention Center improvements.

84. County Commission Approves Hacks Cross Contract, New Health Director -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 11, a $223,600 contract for engineering and environmental work on the Hacks Cross Road widening.

The contract with Powers Hill Design LLC is to make Hacks Cross a seven-lane road from Shelby Drive south to Stateline Road, a span of 1.8 miles.

85. Memphis Average Airfare Continues Drop -

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport has dropped more than $93 since 2012, according to passenger and fare data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The average round trip fare for Memphis International in the second quarter of 2015 was $418.70, an 18 percent drop compared to $511.93 in 2012.

86. This week in Memphis history: January 8-14 -

1973: The Harlem Globetrotters make their first appearance on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with a game from the Mid-South Coliseum, with Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford hosting the telecast.

87. Haslam Names Page to Fill Tennessee Supreme Court Vacancy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named Appeals Judge Roger A. Page to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Page will join the state's highest court in mid-March, unless state lawmakers can resolve their differences on a confirmation process for judicial nominees before then.

88. Last Word: Farewell For Now Midtown Kroger, Weather Hype and Tri-State Bank Clues -

A moment of silence for Midtown Kroger if you will, now that you’ve been through the New Year’s mountain of emails etc.
Where to shop with the Midtown supermarket landmark now closed was the water-cooler question of the day for those who have had a love-hate relationship with the store.
If you are a creature of habit and your habit is that store, you’ve known it by many names – Seesel’s, Seesel’s by Albertson, Schnucks and Kroger.
And as many bad names as you called its original parking lot, you came up with some new ones for the God-forsaken parking lot and its marked pedestrian walkway to hell built on the elegant ghost of the old Trousseau shop.
The store's interior wasn’t quite “Double Indemnity” tiny – think Barbara Stanwyck in cat sunglasses talking furtively over doll-like shelves to Fred MacMurray before “My Three Sons.”
But the “super” in its version of a supermarket was the 1950s black-and-white television Superman.
When Pau Gasol – the original Gasol -- was still playing for the Grizzlies, I ran across him on a late-night grocery excursion able to shop two aisles at once peering over his own aisle to the one I was on, suddenly having that feeling that someone was watching me.
An informal and decidedly unscientific sampling Monday found the alternative sites were the Kroger at Poplar and Cleveland, Cash Saver on Madison, West Memphis WalMart (a go to destination for left of Midtowners, otherwise known as Downtowners) and “I’m still waiting for Trader Joe's."
The old Midtown Kroger has closed as the new and bigger Kroger is starting to take shape behind chain link fences with tarps and other construction barriers just west of the original store but still within earshot of the Idlewild Presbyterian Church carillon.

89. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

90. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy outdoor entertainment, specials at Overton Square restaurants and businesses, and more leading up to a midnight surprise. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details.

91. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Overton Square businesses. Check out the inside scene at Lafayette’s Music Room (details below), and enjoy outside entertainment, beer vendors and more leading up to a special surprise at midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details and specials.

92. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

93. Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea -

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.
The beginning of the series of storms and tornadoes they spawned killed eight people in North Mississippi where recovery is still a fact of life in this last week of 2015.
This will be a week of funerals and damage assessments for federal disaster aid throughout our region.
And you will hear more stories of escapes and new beginnings after losing everything of any material value.
But even in our spared city, our thoughts will return instinctively to the young lives taken so suddenly and so close to the family gatherings in which our youngest give so much more in the way of hope than they will realize at this tender age.

94. The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015 -

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

95. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

96. Events -

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

97. Events -

Lafayette’s Music Room will host a Christmas party Friday, Dec. 25, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 2119 Madison Ave. End Christmas night with food, drinks and music by Loveland Duren (6:30 p.m.) and the Ghost Town Blues Band (10 p.m.). Visit lafayettes.com/memphis for details.

98. Events -

Lafayette’s Music Room will host a Christmas party Friday, Dec. 25, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 2119 Madison Ave. End Christmas night with food, drinks and music by Loveland Duren (6:30 p.m.) and the Ghost Town Blues Band (10 p.m.). Visit lafayettes.com/memphis for details.

99. Events -

Wolfchase Galleria will hold its Ugly Christmas Sweater contest and holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the mall’s center court, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; judging runs from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, contestants must donate a new or gently used coat or toy for The Salvation Army. Visit wolfchasegalleria.com.

100. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host “Mandalas of MBG” on Monday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Discover patterns and designs in nature, then gather materials and make nature mandalas. Cost is $2 plus garden admission; no reservation necessary. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.