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1. Last Word: Malco in South Main, Suburban Deadline and Chiwawa -

The Malco movie theater in South Main is to begin construction in September, the latest piece of the Central Station development where construction of apartment units on the Front Street side of the property has been underway for some time.

2. Hollywood Feed Opens Pet Bakery -

Natural and holistic pet food and product retailer Hollywood Feed has opened a specialty bakery for pets next to its Midtown location at 2015 Union Ave.

3. Westminster Names Sparks Head of Upper School -

Amanda Sparks has joined Westminster Academy as the head of upper school for the 2016-17 school year. Sparks, who previously was principal of Haw River Christian Academy in Pittsboro, N.C., will lead the upper school faculty and staff in providing classical academics and a Christian culture for grades 7-12.

4. The Week Ahead: Aug. 15-21 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further. Here’s our weekly roundup of local events and other happenings you need to know about, from the Elvis Week candlelight vigil to a fun evening of craft beer and DIY art…

5. Last Word: SEC and GMF, Wiseacre's Growth and Apartment Action -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been investigating Global Ministries Foundation since mid-July. The revelation turned up Wednesday in a Memphis Federal Court filing by the receiver appointed to oversee and sell the Tulane and Warren apartments.

6. Events -

Another Broken Egg will celebrate its new location at 65 S. Highland St. with pre-opening charity events Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from Friday’s event will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities-Memphis, and Saturday’s proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Reservations are required and can be made for up to four guests at newatabe.com.

7. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Coloring Between the Wines on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Unwind and color adult coloring books from Thunder Bay Press while enjoying wine and snacks. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

8. Last Word: Early Vote Turnout Numbers, The Starbucks Factor and New Blue Collar -

Monday is the day. So is Thursday. Thursday is election day and Monday is the first day you can turn left on Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard.

One comes with stickers. The other is simply an absence of tickets for making an illegal left turn.

9. Left Turns Coming To Union-McLean Intersection -

The 30,000 drivers a day on the Midtown stretch of Union Avenue will be able to make left turns from Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard starting Monday, Aug. 1.

The city of Memphis is installing the signals for eastbound and westbound traffic as a follow-up to plans for the $43 million Midtown Market development on the southwest corner of Union and McLean.

10. MIFA Hosts Neighborhood Clean-Up Event on Aug. 20 -

In keeping with its vision to unite the community through service, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association is sponsoring “Taking It to the Streets,” a community clean-up in the neighborhood around its Midtown headquarters at 910 Vance Ave.

11. Locally Produced Drink Concept Memfizz Expanding Around City -

The owners of Otherlands Coffee Bar didn’t realize at first they had a hit on their hands, one with wider commercial potential.

About a month ago, Otherlands owner Karen Lebovitz and her husband Steve Cantor took a fizzy, natural probiotic soda they’d been offering at the coffee spot out to the wider world. They branded it Memfizz, hooked up with Memphis-based consultancy Southern Growth Studio, and after just a month have put the product on the shelves in 12 Memphis locations.

12. The Week Ahead: August 1-7 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first week of August and last week before the kids return to school, so try to enjoy it. Here are just a smattering of recreational outings planned this week at venues like the Metal Museum, Levitt Shell and on Broad Avenue, in addition to more official events on the agenda. And don’t forget to vote on Thursday; it’s your civic duty. 

13. Left Turns at Union and McLean Debut -

Traffic signals aren’t normally an event. But then again, Union Avenue traffic can be its own event on a daily basis.

Last week in an anonymous one-story city government building in South Memphis, City Traffic Engineer Randall Tatum took reporters to a workroom in the maintenance shop dominated by traffic signal lights to show off the city’s newest equipment.

14. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Coloring Between the Wines on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Unwind and color adult coloring books from Thunder Bay Press while enjoying wine and snacks. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

15. MIFA Hosting Neighborhood Clean-Up Event on Aug. 20 -

In keeping with its vision to unite the community through service, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association is sponsoring “Taking It to the Streets,” a community clean-up in the neighborhood around its Midtown headquarters at 910 Vance Ave.

16. Demonstrations Raise Interest in Pending Bike Share Program -

A demonstration bike share station set outside of High Cotton Brewery signaled what Memphis could expect early next year when 60 bike share stations are up and running.

The three B-Cycle bikes, developed by Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle, were available for impromptu rides in the Edge District. At the event hosted by nonprofit Explore Bike Share, the public was invited to click through the station’s touch screen to sign up for a temporary membership, then swipe an identification card to release a bike from the station and take it for a spin.

17. Last Word: Union Turns A Corner, Parkside's TIF and Bee Cause -

There hasn’t been this much excitement since right turn on red came to town 40 years ago.

In less than a week you will be able to make a left turn onto McLean Boulevard from Union Avenue eastbound and westbound. And the traffic signal that lets you do that will flash a yellow arrow that indicates you can turn left if there are no pedestrians and no cars coming the other way.

18. Left Turns Coming To Union-McLean Intersection -

The 30,000 drivers a day on the Midtown stretch of Union Avenue will be able to make left turns from Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard starting Monday, Aug. 1.

The city of Memphis is installing the signals for eastbound and westbound traffic as a follow-up to plans for the $43 million Midtown Market development on the southwest corner of Union and McLean.

19. Left Turns Coming to Union-McLean Intersection -

The 30,000 drivers a day on the Midtown stretch of Union Avenue will be able to make left turns from Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard starting Aug. 1.

The city of Memphis is installing the signals for eastbound and westbound traffic as a follow-up to plans for the $43 million Midtown Market development on the southwest corner of Union and McLean.

20. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel -

Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring the possibility of rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.

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

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

22. 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local -

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

23. More Public Funding Comes to Explore Bike Share -

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

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

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

25. Events -

Morton Museum of Collierville History will hold a lunch and learn Thursday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at 196 Main St. in Collierville. Judith Johnson will talk about the research and process involved with placing the Davis Porter House on the National Register of Historic Places. Call 901-457-2650.

26. Chef Shuttle Now Delivers From Rendezvous -

The restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle has added The Rendezvous to its Downtown Memphis restaurant offerings.

The full Rendezvous menu is now available for delivery Downtown and as far away as Midtown. With Chef Shuttle, full restaurant menus are always offered at the same prices as in the restaurant itself, and customers then pay a delivery charge of $4.95 regardless of order size.

27. Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis -

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.

This time the datelines are Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

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

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

29. Chef Shuttle Now Delivers From Rendezvous -

The restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle has added The Rendezvous to its Downtown Memphis restaurant offerings.

The full Rendezvous menu is now available for delivery Downtown and as far away as Midtown. With Chef Shuttle, full restaurant menus are always offered at the same prices as in the restaurant itself, and customers then pay a delivery charge of $4.95 regardless of order size.

30. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

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

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

32. Loeb Properties to Reposition YoLo, Kwik Shop Grill -

YoLo Frozen Yogurt in Overton Square and the Kwik Shop Grill at Central Avenue and East Parkway are both on their way out.

Property owner Loeb Properties will soon undertake significant remodels at the locally-owned Midtown restaurants to attract other restaurant tenants.

33. Lifeblood Issues Appeal for Blood Donations -

Lifeblood has issued an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially Rh negative types – A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative.

The organization, which provides blood to Memphis-area hospitals, said blood donations have plummeted since Memorial Day, with its reserves currently at less than a one-day supply.

34. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

35. Medical, Edge Districts Eye Bike Share Connectivity -

Efforts to install a new bike share program in Memphis by next year are gaining traction, and organizers are envisioning a much more connected Memphis in the years to come.

Nonprofit upstart Explore Bike Share expects to launch its bike share system in Memphis in 2017, with approximately 600 bikes at 60 stations planned within the Interstate 240 loop.

36. Lifeblood Issues Appeal for Blood Donations -

Lifeblood has issued an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially Rh negative types – A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative.

The organization, which provides blood to Memphis-area hospitals, said blood donations have plummeted since Memorial Day, with its reserves currently at less than a one-day supply. Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process each donation before it can be released for a patient, blood is being transfused as fast as Lifeblood can provide it to hospitals.

37. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

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

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

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

39. Crosstown High Organizers Prepare Charter Application as One Option -

The organizers of a Crosstown High School expect to take their application for a charter school to the Shelby County Schools board at the end of June.

Christian Brothers University president John Smarrelli said the still evolving purpose and structure of the school is as a “contract school” in the Shelby County Schools system.

40. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association will bring back the Mid-South Parade of Homes on select days from Friday, June 10, through June 26. Twenty-two homes across the Mid-South will be showcased. Tickets are free at Siano Appliance Distributors and Regions Bank locations, Visit midsouthparade.com.

41. MCA Students Design Overton Square Art Map -

Loeb Properties has kicked Overton Square’s status as an entertainment destination up a notch with a newly released art map that highlights public art alongside restaurants and retail.

Loeb Properties commissioned Memphis College of Art students to design the map as part of a semester-long Design Lab course where students learned how to fulfill a project for a client.

42. Streetcars En Vogue, But Study Urges Use Beyond Tourists -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – As Oklahoma City prepares to break ground on its first streetcar line in seven decades, and as other cities adjust to having them again, authors of a federally backed study suggest their routes move people with a purpose – not just target the tourist trade.

43. Last Word: ServiceMaster's Choice, Democrats Regroup, Oprah Goes To Church -

The ServiceMaster headquarters search is over and the pick is a real surprise as office spaces goes – Peabody Place – not the office building but the shuttered mall south of the Peabody hotel.

44. Midtown Artist Prepares Cooper-Young Festival Poster -

Jenean Morrison, a Midtown-based artist and surface and textile designer, has come full circle. She’s been a professional artist “in one form or another” for years, she says. More than a decade ago, she started selling products like handmade journals at the Cooper-Young Festival.

45. Overton Park Merrymaking Blends With Zoo Poll, Protests -

The Overton Park Conservancy’s annual Day of Merrymaking Saturday, June 4, will share the park greensward with the overflow parking area for the Memphis Zoo.

The merrymaking’s hot air balloon ride and beer garden join a spring-to-summer political mix that includes some recent polling by the zoo as well as the regular Saturday presence of protestors who oppose zoo parking on the greensward.

46. Last Word: As The Wheel Tax Turns, New Zoo Poll and Once Every Dozen Years -

When the school year ends, that’s not necessarily when leaders of school systems can take it easy.

That’s because the business of school systems is about looking months if not years ahead on your mental calendar.

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

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

48. Archer Malmo Acquires Creative Firm Combustion -

Archer Malmo has acquired Memphis-based boutique creative agency Combustion.

Archer Malmo CEO Russ Williams said his brand communications agency gets to add “considerable creative strength” as a result of the Combustion combination. The latter will remain in its Midtown location through next July, when its lease expires.

49. Archer Malmo Acquires Creative Firm Combustion -

Archer Malmo has acquired the Memphis-based boutique creative agency Combustion.

Archer Malmo CEO Russ Williams said his brand communications agency gets to add “considerable creative strength” as a result of the Combustion combination. The latter will remain in its Midtown location through next July, when its lease expires.

50. Minglewood Books Oct. 22 Loreena McKennitt Show -

Canadian musician and singer Loreena McKennitt’s fall tour will include a Memphis stop at Minglewood Hall.

McKennitt is booked for an Oct. 22 show at the Midtown hall as part of a 22-city tour of the South and Midwest. She is known for her blend of Celtic and world music, along with folk music and poetry based on her travels around the world and the history of the places she travels.

51. Last Word: The Return of Chiwawa, Mud Island's Dilemma and A Good Map -

Chiwawa is back. But don’t call it a doughnut shop. And the owner says it won’t be called Chiwawa either. We presume it will still proclaim that Midtown is Memphis.

52. Minglewood Books Oct. 22 Loreena McKennitt Show -

Canadian musician and singer Loreena McKennitt’s fall tour will include a Memphis stop at Minglewood Hall.

McKennitt is booked for an Oct. 22 show at the Midtown hall as part of a 22-city tour of the South and Midwest. She is known for her blend of Celtic and world music, along with folk music and poetry based on her travels around the world and the history of the places she travels.

53. Station to Station -

Even now, Explore Bike Share founder Doug Carpenter does not try to pretend that the initiative will cure all that ails Memphis. 

It won’t wipe out poverty. It can’t cure cancer. It won’t eliminate diabetes and obesity, solve all of the city’s transportation problems or totally bridge cultural and racial gaps that predate the bicycle’s invention.

54. Mortgage Market Up 31 Percent in April -

Shelby County’s mortgage market kicked off the second quarter by posting strong numbers for April, a continuation of where the mortgage market has been heading so far this year.

Last month’s total purchase mortgage volume stood at a little more than $168 million, up from April 2015’s total of a little more than $128 million, for a gain of 31 percent. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

55. Brooks Renovation Shines on Overton's Busy Weekend -

The temporary metal barriers on the Overton Park Greensward are where those parking on the Greensward to attend the Memphis Zoo meet those protesting the parking on the Greensward.

But Saturday, May 7, the literal line in the park’s running two-year controversy was one of the quietest places in a park that was bursting at the seams with activity just about everywhere else except the Old Forest.

56. Overton Park's Busy Saturday Appears To Go Smoothly -

With several thousand people in Overton Park Saturday, May 7, the calmest places in the park were the Old Forest and a small section of the Greensward between the Latino Memphis Festival and the temporary metal barrier where overflow parking for the Memphis Zoo begins.

57. Downtown Condo Connection Added Management Service to Survive Recession -

When Karen Barrows and her husband decided to move back to Memphis from Florida to be closer to their daughter and young granddaughter, they had their eyes set on living in the heart of the city.

They previously had lived in Arlington and knew this time around they were interested in Midtown. Their daughter connected them to Kendall Haney, a Memphis Realtor who operates Downtown Condo Connection.

58. South Front Hits its Stride as Standalone Corridor -

South Front Street, which stretches Downtown from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Central Station, is emerging as its own standalone residential and commercial corridor. What was once a heavy industrial area and warehousing district for South Main’s department stores is undergoing a transformation into Downtown’s most residentially dense neighborhood.

59. Grand Carousel’s New Home Ready for Construction -

By mid-summer 2017, the historic Memphis Grand Carousel will be spinning in its new home at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

On April 27, designshop pllc garnered the necessary approvals from the Board of Adjustment to begin work on a 20,000-square-foot addition to the Midtown museum to house the carousel and event rentals. The new building on the northwest corner of the campus will connect to the existing museum and older administration building.

60. Memphis Zoo's New Attraction Takes High-Tech Dive Into Zambezi -

On the African continent, the Zambezi River Valley is south of the savanna. At the Memphis Zoo, it is west of the savanna-like grassland environments where elephants, zebras and giraffes can be seen.

61. BancorpSouth Adds Universal Banker Model at New Memphis Branch -

When new bank branches are built and opened in Memphis, they increasingly resemble not the traditional branches of yesterday, but something new.

Case in point is BancorpSouth’s new branch at 40 N. Pauline, serving Downtown and Midtown, which opened a few weeks ago. The model it’s built around is the buzzy “universal banker” trend that’s now popular around the city and beyond.

62. Archimania Leads 2016 Architecture Awards -

Memphis architecture firm archimania was the biggest winner Saturday night at the 2016 AIA Memphis Design Awards, an annual bash that honors the city’s top architecture firms.

Also singled out for honors by the four members of the design awards jury - which this year was comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning architects from Raleigh, N.C. - were the firms designshop, Haizlip Studio and Self+Tucker Architects as part of a joint venture with archimania. There were 11 winners in all, and the honors were presented during the event at Clark Tower’s Tower Center by the awards’ jury chair Erin Sterling Lewis of Raleigh’s in situ studio.

63. Bring It Food Hub Rebrands, Expands -

The Mid-South multi-farm community-supported agriculture nonprofit Bring It Food Hub is reaping a harvest of growth and new offerings.

An affiliate of Memphis Tilth, Bring It Food Hub distributes local produce and farm products in the Memphis area. In addition to weekly produce shares, the venture will offer add-on shares during the summer 2016 season that include locally grown and sourced bread, eggs, cheese and fresh-cut flowers.

64. 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.

65. Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue -

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

66. Bring It Food Hub Rebrands, Expands -

The Mid-South multi-farm community-supported agriculture nonprofit Bring It Food Hub is reaping a harvest of growth and new offerings.

An affiliate of Memphis Tilth, Bring It Food Hub distributes local produce and farm products in the Memphis area. In addition to weekly produce shares, the venture will offer add-on shares during the summer 2016 season that include locally grown and sourced bread, eggs, cheese and fresh-cut flowers.

67. Last Word: Tubby Time, Haslam's Veto and Africa in April's 30th Year -

It was just four weeks ago that all of this talk about change at the top of the Tiger basketball chart was put to rest. Coach Josh Pastner’s performance was reviewed by the University of Memphis administration and he was staying at least for another season. Four weeks to the day of that announcement, Pastner is the new coach at Georgia Tech and we are in the first day of the Tubby Smith era at the U of M.

68. Elkington Green Takes Infill Approach in Local Housing Market -

Two young developers are filling a niche by renovating, redoing, building and selling homes in the core of the city.

Griffin Elkington and Brian Green, principals of Elkington Green, are focusing on established areas of Memphis such as Crestview, Midtown, High Point and the University of Memphis area where residential properties have maintained a similar feel for generations.

69. Memphis College of Art Making Moves to Consolidate Campuses -

Memphis College of Art has confirmed the consolidation of its Downtown campus with its Overton Park campus and will begin relevant construction over the summer.

That construction includes converting five MCA-owned apartment buildings around the Overton Park campus into studios for use in the graduate program.

70. Events -

Hollywood Feed and the North Shore Animal League will host the Overton Bark Adoption Tour on Sunday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m. in Overton Park’s Overton Bark Dog Park, 2080 Poplar Ave. Attendees can meet pets available for adoption, preview dog treats from Hollywood Feed’s soon-to-open Midtown bakery, and learn how to support Overton Bark through the “Give Your Dog a Bone” campaign. Visit overtonpark.org.

71. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

72. Medical District Stakeholders: Neighborhood Full of Potential -

Some 2,500 new employees start jobs each year at employers in the Memphis Medical District, and about 1,300 new students each year start hitting the books at educational institutions there, too.

That’s according to Medical District Collaborative president Tommy Pacello, who says the 2.5-square-mile area between Midtown and Downtown that’s home to eight anchor institutions is full of untapped potential. So much so that his organization, which launched earlier this year, is leading a revitalization of the district that leans heavily on anchors like Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to help in a buy local, live local and hire local push for the neighborhood.

73. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations -

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.

74. Events -

Urban Earth Garden Center will host an educational seminar on container gardening Saturday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. at 1 p.m. at Urban Earth, 80 Flicker St. The hour-long class on growing flowering plants in containers is geared toward both beginning and veteran gardeners. Cost is free. Call 901-323-0031.

75. BancorpSouth Opens New Branch on Pauline Street -

BancorpSouth opened a new Memphis branch this week serving Midtown, at 40 N. Pauline St.

The grand opening was held Thursday, March 31.

BancorpSouth corporate and local management, including its chairman and CEO Dan Rollins, as well as local advisory board members of the bank and other local figures and officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

76. Events -

Rhodes College will host the 2016 Brubeck Festival, highlighting the life and work of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, Friday through Sunday, April 8-10. Highlights include Friday and Sunday performances of jazz musical “The Real Ambassadors” and a Saturday concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, MasterSingers Chorale and three of Brubeck’s sons. Visit rhodes.edu/events/music for details.

77. 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.

78. Events -

Opera Memphis will present the 2016 Midtown Opera Festival from Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 10, with most shows at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Events include a variety of opera performances, dance and jazz concerts, and more. Schedule and tickets are available at operamemphis.org.

79. Last Word: The Curtain Falls in Nashville, Political Cuneiform and Ramsey Talks -

And in less than a half hour Wednesday, the de-annexation drama that should qualify as the political equivalent of a Netflix binge-watchable television series made just for Memphis was done.

80. Events -

Memphis Pets Alive will hold its second annual Art Unleashed silent auction Thursday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St. Admission is $12 at the door and includes access to food and drinks. Visit memphispetsalive.org.

81. Indie Memphis Expanding to East Memphis And Collierville -

Expansion seems to be the name of the game for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which comes back in November for its 19th annual celebration of film and filmmakers.

Following up on its expansion from a weekend to an entire week last year, the festival’s presenting sponsor Duncan-Williams Inc. is back, this time to help the festival expand beyond Midtown and Downtown. This year, venues in East Memphis and Collierville will also be showing films as part of the festival.

82. Last Word: Encore In D, A Bus Every 10 Minutes and Marc Cohn in Memphis -

Encore in Nashville.
The state Senate’s state and local government committee meets again Wednesday to vote on the de-annexation bill it completed amending Tuesday.

This begins at 2:30 p.m. and we will be providing live Tweets of the action @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols. So join us.
Because there was so much debate and parliamentary swordplay Tuesday, the Wednesday session will probably be pretty matter of fact by comparison.
Here’s our account of how it went down with the committee upping the percentage of voters signatures it takes to get a deannexation call on the ballot. And those who do vote to deannex can add payments for benefits liability to what they would also pay as their share of capital debt. There is also reaction from Greater Memphis Chamber president Phil Trenary.
Trenary had some choice words for Chattanooga state Senator Todd Gardenhire who called out Memphis specifically for what he viewed as trying to make the deannexed pay twice for benefits of city workers.
The looming question is what will the reaction to this be in the House which passed a very different version of this.
The proponents of the bill in the House and Senate have fundamentally different views that appear to be the kind of differences that would take some time to reconcile.

83. Indie Memphis Expanding to East Memphis and Collierville -

Expansion seems to be the name of the game for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which comes back in November for its 19th annual celebration of film and filmmakers.

Following up on its expansion from a weekend to an entire week last year, the festival’s presenting sponsor Duncan-Williams Inc. has upped its support to enable to festival to expand beyond Midtown and Downtown. This year, venues in East Memphis and Collierville will also be showing films as par of the festival.

84. Events -

Tennessee Health Management will hold a grand opening for the Behavioral Healthcare Center at Memphis, a geriatric psychiatric facility specializing in the care of seniors 65 and older, on Wednesday, March 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the campus of Harbor View Nursing Home, 1505 N. Second St. A ribbon cutting will be followed by tours. Visit thmgt.com/bhc-memphis for details.

85. Consultant: Rapid Transit Route Would Be a Boon for MATA -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is throwing its weight behind a new route that would connect Downtown to the University of Memphis area with a bus every 10 minutes.

Over the past two years, an outside consulting group has been working with MATA on the Midtown Area Connector plan. The aim is to improve connecting service from the inside out by focusing on a main artery in the urban core.

86. BancorpSouth Cutting Ribbon at Midtown Branch This Week -

BancorpSouth is cutting the ribbon at its new Memphis branch serving Midtown, at 40 N. Pauline Street, this week.

87. 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..

88. The Week Ahead: March 28-April 3 -

Alright, Memphis, are you sure you found all your Easter eggs? Before you make one more sweep of the yard, check out this week’s roundup of local happenings – from the sweet sounds of “Zelda” to what’s being dubbed a “Mini-MEMFix” in East Memphis…

89. Midtown Market Project Moving Forward -

The mixed-use Midtown Market project being planned at the southwest corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue is moving forward.

In a March 11 warranty deed, Nevada-based Tennvada Holdings sold the Artisan Hotel, at 1837 Union Ave., for $1.3 million, and the Towery Office Building, at 1835 Union Ave., for $870,000.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. Events -

SRVS Kids & Families will host  the 20th annual 5K Bunny Run and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in Cancer Survivors Park, 701 Perkins Road Extended. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event includes a visit by the Easter bunny, egg hunt, music, food trucks and more. Visit bunnyrun.racesonline.com for registration fees and information.

93. Time On The Porch -

ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time.

94. Last Word: The De-Annexation Express, Return of The Curb Market and Different Fuel -

When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.

95. Over $20M in Construction Headed to Brewery District -

495 Tennessee St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $18.8 million

Owner: 495 Tennessee LLC

Tenant: Brewery Master Tenant

96. The Curb Market's Central Idea: Supporting Local Growers -

Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.

97. Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default -

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.
The bill to permit deannexation by referendum has in the course of two weeks become the city’s dominant political issue.

98. Midtown Market Moves Forward -

The mixed-use Midtown Market project at the southwest corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Ave. is moving forward.

In a March 11 warranty deed, Nevada-based Tennvada Holdings sold the Artisan Hotel, at 1837 Union Ave., for $1.3 million, and the Towery Office Building, at 1835 Union Ave., for $870,000.

99. 2016 Midtown Opera Festival Kicks Off April 1 -

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty, a hardcore fan of the art form, has nevertheless been keen to see the Midtown Opera Festival slowly morph into something more.

Canty reached the five-year mark as Opera Memphis’ general director in January, and one of the things he’s been encouraging is the expansion of his organization’s yearly festival into more of, well, a festival. An arts-filled extravaganza with, yes, opera as a centerpiece but also one that brings a smorgasbord of other artistic forms each year to Midtown.

100. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.