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1. U of M Files $33.5M Permit for Land Bridge -

570 Houston St. 

Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Amount: $33.5 million

Owner: University of Memphis

Details: The University of Memphis has filed a $33.5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to move forward with a parking garage and a long-awaited land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad track.

2. Lendermon Retires As Riverfront Plans Evolve -

Benny Lendermon was familiar with the controversy that comes with plans for the city’s riverfront before the Riverfront Development Corp. started in 2000 and he became its founding president.

3. Amazon, Pfizer Approved for Tax Incentives -

Amazon was awarded a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County at its Wednesday, Oct. 18, meeting, despite the online retailer’s proposed distribution center spurring a larger debate about the types of jobs the city should incentivize in the future.

4. Brooks Move, Riverfront Plan Come in Focus -

Three months after yet another riverfront redevelopment concept plan was unveiled with some skepticism, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has the catalyst his administration needs to get parts of the plan moving.

5. County Commission Advances Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners advanced pay raises Monday, Oct. 16, for 19 elected offices including their own, but vote totals on the three separate pay ordinances varied.

Ranging from 32.4 percent for sheriff to a 10.3 percent hike for county commissioners, the pay raises would take effect with the winners of the August 2018 county general elections. That’s if each of the ordinances gets the required nine-vote, two-thirds majority on third and final reading.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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. Developers Pull $24M Permit for Midtown Market -

Midtown Market, a mixed-use project Belz Enterprises and Harbour Retail Partners are developing at the the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, appears set to move forward soon.

Developers have filed a $24 million building permit application for the project, which appears to be in line with a scaled-back outline of the project presented to Downtown Memphis officials earlier this year. Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president Jennifer Oswalt told The Daily News, in response to the permit, the project looks headed in the same direction as plans presented to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and Design Review board in February, and “we are excited that it is getting started.”

13. Last Word: Corker's Touchstone, Quonset Rehab and The Methodist Chart -

More invective from the White House directed at U.S. Senator Bob Corker since we last met here. And it is now becoming a sort of political prairie fire among Republicans in the Beltway per The New York Times.

14. Midtown Market Developers Pull $24M Building Permit -

Midtown Market, a mixed-use project Belz Enterprises and Harbour Retail Partners are developing at the the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, appears set to move forward soon.

Developers have filed a $24 million building permit application for the project, which appears to be in line with a scaled-back outline of the project presented to Downtown Memphis officials earlier this year. Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president Jennifer Oswalt told The Daily News, in response to the permit, the project looks headed in the same direction as plans presented to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and Design Review board in February, and “we are excited that it is getting started.”

15. New Apartments, Offices Headed for Cooper-Young -

Two new development projects will get underway later this year along Cooper Street in Midtown, following their approval for 11-year PILOTs on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Both projects received the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

16. Week Ahead: Oct. 9-15 -

Hey, Memphis! The real NBA and college basketball seasons creep closer with teasing events this week and the schedule of fun things to do is highlighted by the second annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival Saturday evening. Here’s toasting to a great week.

17. Convention Center Work Estimated at $100M-$200M -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 3, a $10 million advance of city funding for the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The city funding goes to pay some expenses already incurred in the planning and design.

18. 2 Cooper St. Projects In Midtown Seek Incentives -

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

19. 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.

20. Convention Center Work Estimated at $100M-$200M -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 3, a $10 million advance of city funding for the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The city funding goes to pay some expenses already incurred in the planning and design.

21. Two Midtown Projects Apply for Tax Incentives -

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

The first project, located at 663 and 673 Cooper St., is an office/residential mixed-use development submitted by filament LLC, the development wing of local architectural firm, archimania.

22. Last Word: The Amazon Offer, Mario Chalmers, The New Symphony Conductor -

If you want to figure out the rhythm of Downtown there are a couple of time-honored indicators. One of my favorites is the church bells. The bell at Calvary Episcopal Church rang 60 times Tuesday for all of the lives lost in the Las Vegas massacre including that of the shooter. Old tones for new mourning as the seasons change in our city by the river.

23. City Council Delays Final Vote on Confederate Monuments -

Memphis City Council members delayed a third and final vote on an ordinance that would direct the city administration to remove Confederate monuments in two city parks if the state historical commission doesn’t allow it later this month.

24. Editorial: The 5,000-Seat Noncompete In a Changing Memphis -

The mantra has been clear since Graceland dramatically changed the plans for its proposed Whitehaven concert venue: Almost nobody in officialdom wants to touch the Memphis Grizzlies’ noncompete clause for FedExForum.

25. Fairgrounds Plans Concern Liberty Bowl Tenants -

It wasn’t so much what Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium’s football tenants saw in the most recent tentative ideas for the Fairgrounds redevelopment, it’s what they didn’t see – 3,000 parking spaces they estimated would be eliminated in the project.

26. County Delays Convention Center Funds -

Shelby County commissioners again delayed passage Monday, Sept. 25, of a resolution that would allow the city of Memphis to use surplus hotel-motel tax revenue for Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations.

27. Commission Again Delays Convention Center Hotel-Motel Tax Flow To City -

Shelby County Commissioners again delayed passage Monday, Sept. 25, of a resolution that allows the city of Memphis to use surplus hotel-motel tax revenue to go toward Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations.

28. Fairgrounds Proposal Coming Into Focus -

Aaron Shafer saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, at the second public gathering toward a redevelopment plan for the Fairgrounds last week.

29. Last Word: GPAC's Grove, Fairgrounds Tea Leaves and Grizz Money Matters -

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has plans for an open-air performance center to be called “The Grove at GPAC” – the latest consideration in what is becoming a vibrant discussion about the capacity for concerts within Shelby County. And it is also a discussion about concert venues that can do other things like festival and movies.

30. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. City’s Ire Raised By Stadium Droughts -

For most of the ongoing discussion about a reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds, the Liberty Bowl has been a part of the background. Much of the attention has been on what to do with the Mid-South Coliseum and what new uses or buildings will do to existing parking.

34. Memphis 3.0 Planning Enters Third Phase -

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

The scenarios help understand growth patterns, where people move to and where jobs locate, and how future changes may impact quality of life and other measures. These impacts may also include how the city’s revenue could increase or decrease, new development potential for different areas, and which areas change or remain the same over time.

35. 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.

36. Power of Art -

From the nationwide study “Arts and Economic Prosperity V” came overwhelming evidence that the arts make a financial impact. But of all the data accumulated in a yearlong collection effort launched by Americans for the Arts, one number leaped out at Elizabeth Rouse, who is president and CEO of ArtsMemphis: in 2015 in Shelby County, the arts supported 6,138 jobs (full-time equivalent).

37. 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.

38. REIT Set to Make Fifth Downtown Memphis Investment -

Alpha Residential Trust, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based real estate investment trust, has entered into an agreement to purchase the 266 Lofts development at the corner of Front Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Historic Grand Carousel, New CMOM Pavilion Slated for November Debut -

The highly anticipated return of the Grand Carousel – a popular attraction for years at Libertyland, the shuttered amusement park – is on schedule with a grand opening expected in about two months at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

43. Memphis Moves Closer to Confederate Statue Removal -

The Memphis City Council has passed the first of three votes on a resolution that declares Confederate statues on city-owned property public nuisances and sets up a framework for the city to remove those statues even without approval from the state.

44. Marketing Firm Prepares For New Downtown HQ -

Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm, has filed a pair of permits totaling $3.6 million to renovate its future headquarters at 158 Vance Ave. in Downtown Memphis.

45. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 

46. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 


47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. Marketing Firm Moving Ahead With New Downtown HQ -

Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm, has filed a pair of permits totaling $3.6 million to renovate its future headquarters at 158 Vance Ave. in Downtown Memphis.

51. Council OKs $6M Loan for Wonder Bread Garage -

The Memphis City Council approved a $6 million loan on Tuesday, Aug. 22, to help finance the development of a 481-space parking garage that’s a key part of the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment.

52. Fairgrounds Plan Will Consider Familiar Items -

The Fairgrounds redevelopment plan forming on a fast track will probably look familiar as far as the elements proposed for it.

“We are starting with the premise that we are using the previous planning efforts as insight for how we move forward,” Paul Young, city of Memphis Housing and Community Development director said on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

53. Remaking Crosstown -

As he was leading tours through Crosstown Concourse this month, Todd Richardson took a small group to a set of windows for a balcony view of an addition being constructed on the north side of the property.

54. Wonder Bread Garage Gets OK From Parking Authority -

The Downtown Parking Authority has given its approval to the 481-space parking garage connected to the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment, paving the way for developers PGK Properties to seek final approval from the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission.

55. Last Word: Monuments Pace Quickens, Campaigning on Opioids and High Heels -

The financial services company that is a crucial tenant for the Bakery project between the Medical District and Downtown is Orion, which would move to the space in and around the old Wonder Break bakery building on Monroe from its Bartlett HQ.

56. Novel Evokes Memories of Davis-Kidd, With a Few Updates -

If you turn your head and squint your eyes just right, you can almost believe that Davis-Kidd Booksellers is back.

That beloved Memphis institution closed in 2011 after more than 25 years in operation. The store was soon renamed the Booksellers at Laurelwood, but while it had the same location and the same employees, it wasn’t quite the same as its predecessor. Then, after barely six years in business, that store also closed down in February, leaving a gaping hole in the city for readers who still liked to visit bookstores.

57. Crosstown High School Gets $2.5 Million XQ Institute Grant -

A year from opening, organizers of Crosstown High School have secured a $2.5 million, five-year grant from a national education reform group focused specifically on high schools.

“It puts us in a much greater financial position,” said Chris Terrill, Crosstown High executive director. “But more important than the financial revenue is the connection we make to the XQ network of people.”

58. Interest High in Fairgrounds Fast Track -

The shorter, more compressed drive to a Fairgrounds redevelopment plan feels, at the outset, more certain and much less tentative than versions that surfaced during the administrations of previous mayors Willie Herenton and A C Wharton.

59. Memphis Medical District Bakery Project Closer to Inking Office Deals -

After receiving a 20-year tax incentive from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. this week, one of the most ambitious projects to come out of the Memphis Medical District in recent memory is one step closer to repopulating the Edge District with an influx of office tenants.

60. Bakery Development Closer to Inking Influx of Office Tenants -

After receiving a 20-year tax incentive from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. this week, one of the most ambitious projects to come out of the Memphis Medical District in recent memory is one step closer to repopulating the Edge District with an influx of office tenants.

61. Last Word: Megasite Prospect, Crosstown Opening Plans and New Chandler Numbers -

Tennessee is pursuing the new $1.6 billion assembly plant Toyota and Mazda announced just last week to turn out 300,000 vehicles a year and there is that regional megasite in nearby Haywood County that isn’t being used. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to add the joint facility to the state’s auto industry.

62. $73M Mixed-Use Bakery Development Clears First Hurdle -

Development Services Group’s $73 million plan to breathe new life into a 10-acre swath of the Memphis Medical District has taken its first public step toward becoming a reality.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved the developer’s request for a 20-year tax incentive to help offset construction costs for the ambitious project.

63. Tax Breaks Broaden For Residential, Retail Deals -

Some changes are coming in the rules surrounding incentives that the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County – or EDGE – can use for different kinds of development and for broader use of tax increment financing – or TIF – zones to sustain redevelopment.

64. The Week Ahead: August 7-13 -

Hello, Memphis! While many local kids head back to school, plenty of Elvis fans are flocking to the city to celebrate The King’s life and legacy. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

65. City Reopens Fairgrounds Planning Process -

About two weeks after unveiling a concept plan for Memphis riverfront development, Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration has reactivated a dormant city move to redevelop the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

66. Strickland Reopens Fairgrounds Redevelopment Planning -

By the end of the year, the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland plans to have a specific enough plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment to take an application for a Tourism Development Zone to state officials for approval.

67. Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant -

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

A group of investors spearheaded by Chisca Hotel Developers – Development Services Group – has submitted a $73 million plan to create 286 upscale multifamily units, a 480-space parking garage and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space.

68. Wonder Bread Factory Rebirth Eyed by Chisca Hotel Developer -

A new plan submitted to city officials would breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread factory that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

69. The Week Ahead: July 31-August 6 -

Hello, Memphis! It's time to wave goodbye to July and hello to August, and there's plenty to keep you busy this week. Check out our top picks, plus more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

70. Scene Change -

The sprawling mixed-use complex opening next month on North Cleveland in Midtown is a high-profile example of where Memphis’ art community finds itself at the halfway mark in 2017.

When Crosstown Concourse opens there Aug. 19, it won’t just represent a new beginning that turns a former Sears distribution center into a 1.5-million-square-foot community mainstay. With tenants like Crosstown Arts moving in, the development is also a representation of how the city’s arts landscape is changing this year.

71. MRG Seeking Incentives For Midtown Project -

After reaching a settlement with nearby neighbors on an unrelated Midtown multifamily project, developer Makowsky Ringel Greenberg has submitted a request for tax abatement on another ambitious project.

72. Summer in the City -

Saturday night on Beale Street is more than a catch phrase for businesses there.

It is chapters in old, out-of-print books like Lt. George W. Lee’s “Where The Blues Began” that you can only see in the Memphis-Shelby County Room of the Central Library. You can’t check the book out because of its rarity and age. But you can also find references to the lore of Saturday nights on Beale Street on plaques in the entertainment district that current patrons walk past without even noticing.

73. The Week Ahead: June 26-July 2 -

Hello, Memphis! The start of the fiscal year comes this week for local governments, but the county commission still has some work to do. A few other important government meetings are slated this week, as is some fun – Boston is in concert Saturday night at Live at the Garden.

74. Hardin Hall Renovations Underway As Rental Space Competition Increases -

After 20 years of serving as a premier event venue, Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall is getting a facelift.

In 1996, Helen and Jabie Hardin gave a gift which provided the seed money, and together with other donors, MBG built the visitors center and Hardin Hall, a venue designed to give greater exposure to Memphis Botanic Garden. The venue can accommodate from 350 to 650 guests and has hosted countless weddings and big events through the years taking advantage of the surrounding garden setting.

75. Facilities, Football Fever Growing At the University of Memphis -

Somewhere, in a long-ago Division I sports galaxy far away, an athletic director could catch his breath after his college baseball team made its last out and before his football team started practice. Not so much now.

76. Last Word: After the Last Hole, Cutting County Property Taxes and A Recycled Gown -

The story of how the Overton Park Conservancy raised $1 million in two months didn’t go according to the script. It wasn’t large donors, it was a lot of contributions of $250 or less it turns out, many from people who have never been to the park, the zoo or the greensward in particular whether it’s on foot or in a car. There were donations from Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and every state, except South Dakota.

77. The Week Ahead: June 12-18 -

Get ready to groove, Memphis, because this week we're welcoming the inimitable Ruthie Foster to town, along with the return of both the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival and the Soulsville Record Swap. Plus, we've got details on the state House District 95 election, free MATA rides and what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

78. Tennessee Brewery Developers Seek Incentives for Second Phase -

The developers of the Tennessee Brewery project are seeking a 20-year tax abatement to begin construction on phase two of their Downtown Memphis mixed-use development.

William Orgel, Jay Lindy and Adam Slovis, representing 495 TN Partners, have applied to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to build an additional 130-unit, four-story building they estimate will cost around $12.3 million.

79. Tennessee Brewery Developers Seeking Tax Incentives for Second Phase -

The developers of the Tennessee Brewery Project have applied for a 20-year tax abatement with the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation to begin construction on phase two of their Downtown Memphis mixed-use development.

80. A New Life Made Possible by a $170 Discount -

A harassment conviction lingered on the record of Memphis resident Brenda A. for 10 years, the high cost of expungement making it difficult to erase the past.

Like many people convicted of misdemeanors and felonies, she paid her court fees and fines, along with probation costs, years ago, but had trouble cobbling together the money to expunge her record, making it hard to land a good job and make a fresh start.

81. The Week Ahead: June 5-11 -

Hello, Memphis! This week, we’re getting into the swing of things with the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic, jumping into the ring at the Germantown Charity Horse Show and catching a free flick at an outdoor movie screening. Check out the rest of our top picks in The Week Ahead…

82. ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ -

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

83. Beale Street Cover Charge Cut, Larger Debate Remains -

The Saturday night summer cover charge on Beale Street is going from $10 to $5 next month. But the discussion about the Beale Street Bucks program is hardly over. And the crowd control measure is certain to raise longer-term questions about who controls the city-owned district.

84. Last Word: Sticker Shock Questions, Council Day Recap and Mueller's Move -

It’s not the final vote on the county property tax rate. But Monday’s acceptance by the Shelby County Commission of the state-certified property tax rate is an important insight into how the state and local governments get together on setting a tax rate that takes into account changes in overall property values from the countywide property reappraisal to set a tax rate that produces the same amount of revenue as the current rate.

85. Plans for Boutique South Main Hotel Move Ahead -

A new South Main restaurant, an up-and-coming boutique hotel brand and a Medical District mixed-use development all got the green light from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board Wednesday, May 3.

86. Council Moves to Operating Budget Examination -

Memphis City Council members open budget hearings Thursday, May 5, on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s $680 million operating budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

87. Last Word: DNA Unit Trouble, 100 Years After Ell Persons and Gas Tax Hike Redux -

The suspension of Ouita Knowlton, the Memphis Police detective overseeing the MPD's DNA Unit, appears to involve more than alleged violations of police policies. The unit oversees testing and processing of all current rape kits and those left unprocessed for decades that the city is currently working its way through five years after the admission. The District Attorney General’s office is part of the investigation of Knowlton, the office confirmed Monday. There are no specifics about what is involved here. But the police investigation will go to District Attorney General Amy Weirich who will then determine if criminal laws were violated and if there is a case to be made.

88. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

89. Strickland Delivers $680 Million Operating Budget to Council -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland delivered a $680 million city government operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, with no property tax increase and no use of city reserves to balance it.

90. Council to Consider Plans, Raises, ‘Basics’ in Strickland's Budget -

In his second budget presentation as Memphis mayor Tuesday, April 24, expect Jim Strickland to continue to talk about city government being “brilliant at the basics.”

91. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

92. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

93. Oden to Rehab Building Downtown for New HQ -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. has approved an eight-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) for Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm, to turn a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum into its headquarters.

94. Memphis City Council OKs Sale of Sheraton Hotel -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 11, approved Host Hotels & Resorts LP’s $67 million sale of the Sheraton Memphis Downtown convention center hotel to LMS Real Estate Investment Management LLC, a newly formed joint venture between Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

95. Council OKs Sheraton Sale, Weighs Trash Pickup Changes -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 11, approved Host Hotels & Resorts LP’s $67 million sale of the Sheraton Memphis Downtown convention center hotel to LMS Real Estate Investment Management LLC, a newly formed joint venture between Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

96. Last Word: Tubby Support, Pot Bill Withers and Changing Indigent Counsel Rules -

Just in time for spring, the near unraveling of the Overton Park-Zoo parking compromise. The Memphis City Council again put together a compromise Tuesday to keep the move to a new expanded parking lot on track and the funding in place by the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy.

97. Council Brokers New Zoo Parking Compromise, Abolishes Beale Authority -

The Memphis City Council went back into the terms for an expanded Memphis Zoo parking lot Tuesday, April 11, just nine months after brokering and approving a compromise on the project between the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

98. CCRFC OKs Sheraton Deal, Incentive for Oden HQ -

The sale of the 600-room Sheraton Memphis Downtown took a step forward Tuesday, April 11.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. unanimously approved a request to reassign an existing payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive for the hotel, 250 N. Main St., to a joint venture between Louisville, Kentucky-based Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

99. Council Faces Beale Street, Parking Decisions -

Memphis City Council members have an agenda full of hot spots Tuesday, April 11. They vote on a move to abolish the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, check to see if both sides paying for a Memphis Zoo parking solution in Overton Park are on the same page and take a final vote to change on-street parking around FedExForum and The Orpheum Theatre to a flat fee of $10 for “special events.”

100. Oden to Rehab Building Downtown for New HQ -

Plans to breathe new life into a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum have been submitted by Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm looking to relocate its headquarters.