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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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..

30. 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…

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

44. Medical Center Planner To Talk District Remake -

It’s the place where about 16,000 employees go to work every day and where 8,000 students are taking courses at some of the city’s premier educational institutions.

Yet even though the Memphis Medical Center is home to major anchors like Regional One Health, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and Southern College of Optometry, among others, and though it includes some a few hundred acres of property within its boundaries, its potential is only just now beginning to be tapped.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. MIFA Aims to Reach 3,000 Clients on Weekdays -

There’s more than one way to get a meal to a homebound senior: by car, by bicycle, or even on foot.

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) is participating in the 14th annual March for Meals, a month-long nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels. MIFA regularly delivers meals to between 1,400 and 1,500 homebound older persons. Others are served at congregate nutrition sites each weekday.

48. Arts-Focused Ignite Memphis Event Coming to Playhouse -

Playhouse on the Square in a few weeks will host a gathering of creatives and young Memphis professionals who share a love of the arts in Memphis.

It’s a new version of the popular “Ignite Memphis” series of events, held regularly at popular hotspots around the city, during which a group of participants make quick-hit presentations on lots of different topics. And this time around, for the Ignite event on April 4, there’s a new focus.

49. Last Word: Weekend on the Greensward, Huey's Graffiti Wall and Look Out Lynchburg -

The first weekend since the Memphis City Council vote on the Overton Park Greensward was an eventful one on the greensward.

Here is our dispatch from Saturday.
The overflow zoo parking took up more of the greensward on Sunday afternoon.
As we reported, there were some sporadic attempts at sit-ins but no arrests. The cars were directed to park around the protesters in those cases.
The effort to get zoo visitors to park on street in the neighborhood west of the zoo picked up some steam over the weekend as well.

50. 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.

51. Ikea Design Tells Unique Sales Story -

When Ikea opens its 271,000-square-foot store in Memphis later this year, it will bring a retail experience unlike any ever seen in the region.

The typical American retail setup is a big-box outlet with aisle after aisle of organized items displayed on neat shelves, usually with a row of check-out counters near the front.

52. Allen & Hoshall’s Legacy Spans Memphis -

To an outside observer, the building process might seem segmented with planning, architecture, engineering and consulting firms all providing necessary aspects to the finished project.

Allen & Hoshall tries to simplify the process with its comprehensive offering of all those services and more. Whether it’s mechanical or plumbing engineering for a building project or wastewater system engineering for a utility project, land surveying or construction management, Allen & Hoshall covers the gamut.

53. Green Sword -

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

It would come quickly and just before the start of the third spring of protests against the Memphis Zoo's use of the northern part of the Greensward for overflow parking.

54. Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor -

Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.
And we start with an email from Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth in what is rapidly becoming a Last Word tradition and institution – the email in full.

55. Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation -

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

56. MIFA Participating in 14th Annual March for Meals -

MIFA will be part of the 14th annual March for Meals, a monthlong, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels serves homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on it as a vital safety net.

57. Liquor Giants a Threat to Dominate Memphis Sales -

In less than four months, Memphians will be able to purchase wine in grocery stores.

Since the Tennessee Legislature passed the resolution in 2014, Memphis liquor stores have been prepping for the July 1 bombshell by adding growler stations, padding shelves with packaged cheese and meat and undergoing hefty store expansions.

58. Departing Methodist CEO Looks Back, Forward -

It was the sense of mission and the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives that Gary Shorb says ultimately compelled him to pursue a career in health care.

As he prepares to step down at year’s end as CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare - a job he’s held for the past 15 years, in addition to other leadership roles at Methodist and a prior stint as president at what’s now known as Regional One Health - Shorb still loves the profession. Not only that, he’s as optimistic as ever about the pace of change; Methodist’s significant capital projects under way; the impact that providers and health care professionals can have; and more.

59. Numbers Show Memphis’ Commercial Real Estate Market Stable in 2015 -

Across all sectors, the Memphis market was stable in 2015.

That’s according to the latest data from Integra Realty Resources, a national appraisal and advisory firm. At its annual Viewpoint local market presentation Wednesday, Feb. 24, local Integra leaders spoke on the industrial sector’s banner year, multifamily’s expansion cycle, what’s next for an office market without any remaining Class A space, and growth in the retail sector.

60. David Lusk Gallery Turns Page in New Space -

More than most weeks, David Lusk is especially ready for Friday this week. Eight months after renovation work began, Lusk is ready to host a public celebration officially unveiling his longtime art gallery’s new home at 97 Tillman St. on Feb. 26.

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. The Week Ahead: Feb. 22, 2016 -

Good morning Memphis. The Monday holidays are gone for a while, we’re afraid, but you’ve got a whole week to finish that work instead of just four days. Here are a few items to look forward to this week, led by the annual announcement of performers who will descend on Memphis this May for the Beale Street Music Festival.

64. ‘Mojo of Midtown’ Honorees Announced -

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. is set to honor seven individuals and organizations for their “mojo” in promoting and preserving the Midtown area.

65. Patrick Accounting Firm Growing Again, With HQ Move -

Growth has been one of the constants of the accounting firm Matthew Patrick founded in 2003 which bears his name.

66. 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

67. ‘Mojo of Midtown’ Honorees Announced -

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. is set to honor seven individuals and organizations for their “mojo” in promoting and preserving the Midtown area.

68. Chef Shuttle Expands Into Midtown and Downtown -

Restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle will now serve Midtown and Downtown.

Dunkin Donuts, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Hard Rock Cafe, Kooky Kanuck and Pita Pit are the initial participating restaurants. That list is expected to grow if Chef Shuttle’s 75 restaurant partners across Collierville, Cordova, Bartlett, East Memphis and Germantown are any indication.

69. The Week Ahead: Feb. 12, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from circus clowns to Republican senators…

Both U.S. Senators representing Tennessee will be in Memphis Saturday for the Shelby County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, historically the local party’s largest annual fundraising event.
Sen. Bob Corker is the keynote speaker with Sen. Lamar Alexander as a special guest.
The Lincoln Day gatherings are county-by-county events across the state that can extend far beyond the shadow of Presidents Day: A few of the Lincoln Day dinners have been known to find a place on the calendar in April.
This is the 41st Lincoln Day event in Shelby County, which puts the local event’s origins squarely in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, a low-point for Republican fortunes nationally after the state’s modern Republican party was formed and prospered in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The event always comes with a large helping of local candidates testing the political waters among the dinner tables between podium speeches.
This year, the Shelby County event is sure to feature partisans from the various Republican presidential campaigns because of its place on the February calendar during the early voting period before the March 1 election day.

70. I Escaped Memphis to Open Feb. 12 -

I Escaped Memphis is the latest escape room provider in the Memphis area.

Located in a 2,400-square-foot bay at 5707 Quince Road, the business lays out a real-life escape room game where people need to complete puzzles against the clock to find their way out.

71. I Escaped Memphis To Open Feb. 12 -

I Escaped Memphis is the latest escape room provider in the Memphis area. Located in a 2,400-square-foot bay at 5707 Quince Road, the business lays out a real-life escape room game where people need to complete puzzles against the clock to find their way out.

72. Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing -

Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

73. The Week Ahead: Feb. 8, 2016 -

Guys, there’s an important holiday coming up that forgetting about would mean immense trouble for you. Luckily, City & State is coming to the rescue. Head over to the Broad Avenue retailer on Friday, two days before Valentine’s Day, for “BYOB” (Bring your own Bailey’s).
Bring something like Bailey’s, Irish cream, whisky, whatever, and City & State will add it to any item you order over on the coffee side of the shop. Meanwhile, the shop has also invited the makers behind Paper & Clay and Question the Answer to be on hand with their wares to take some of the pressure off trying to decide what to buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day.

74. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. Playback Memphis Works to Expand Reach -

The Playback Memphis organization is looking to expand its reach this year and is preparing to host three training courses at the Pilgrim House Hostel and Retreat Center at First Congregational Church in Midtown later this month.

78. Zoo Distances Self From Overton Park Traffic Study -

Unusually warm temperatures over the weekend brought out more visitors to Overton Park and the Memphis Zoo, offering a preview of what the spring could be like on the greensward.

Overflow zoo parking on the grass mixed with pedestrian park patrons beyond the border of orange cones the zoo uses to mark off the parking.

79. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4 Million -

256 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 6, 2015

80. Morgan: Permanent Overton Park Fix Will Take Time -

The Memphis City Council member whose district includes Overton Park says there is no immediate permanent fix for the greensward controversy beyond the zoo continuing to park cars there.

“Short term, there’s really nothing that can quickly move that number of cars,” council member Worth Morgan said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.”

81. 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…

82. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4M -

An entity affiliated with Belz Enterprises has sold the Linden Camilla Towers in Midtown for $14.4 million.

The 11-story senior living apartments, located 256 S. Camilla St., are still under local ownership.

83. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4M -

An entity affiliated with Belz Enterprises has sold the Linden Camilla Towers in Midtown for $14.4 million.

The 11-story senior living apartments, located 256 S. Camilla St., are still under local ownership.

84. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 -

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

85. The Grind -

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. Opera Memphis General Director Reflects on Challenges, Storytelling -

Even though he’ll have reached the five-year mark as general director at Opera Memphis in January, Ned Canty says there are some days when it feels like he’s still just getting started.

In a recent conversation with The Daily News, he was by turns philosophical and as optimistic as ever about the nature of his work and about the task of making one of the oldest musical forms relevant in the city where rock ’n’ roll was born.

90. To Combat Lot Shortage, Developers Take on Small Subdivisions -

With landlocked urban areas and a dwindling supply of vacant lots, developers are looking to increase Memphis’ density one house at a time with single-family residential infill projects.

“The problem in Memphis is that the cost of lots with a house on it, in the most desirable areas of Memphis are extremely high,” said Keith Allen, principal of Keith Allen Homes and president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

91. Editorial: New Faces, Familiar Questions at City Hall -

The new Memphis City Council will face some old issues and questions at the outset of their four-year term.

But as new councilwoman Patrice Robinson pointed out in our cover story, the challenge will be to move beyond treading water in the deep end of the political pool.

92. Taylor Berger: Loflin Corner ‘One of the Most Exciting Projects’ -

The “entertainment destination” planned for the corner of Carolina and Florida streets garnered $65,425 in funds from the Center City Development Corp., and the partners behind the Loflin LLC were revealed.

93. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

94. Current City Council Marks End of Term -

Memphis City Council members mark the end of an eight-year era Tuesday, Dec. 15, when the body holds its last meeting of 2015.

It is also the last session of the current council’s four-year term of office. With the end of the term, six of the 13 members will be leaving office.

95. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

96. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

97. Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Rise in November -

Memphis is closing out 2015 on a high note, with 1,099 total home sales recorded for November.

Sales in Memphis and Shelby County are up 6 percent compared to November 2014, which saw 1,033 home sales, according to data provided by real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

98. Levitt Shell Adds $4M In Renovations -

It was a perfect day for sledding in the bowl of the Levitt Shell once the crushed ice was tossed down the slope by a droning spreader.

The boundary by the shell stage was a bit closer than normal as construction crews have already begun preliminary work for the $4 million in renovations and new facilities the Levitt Shell Foundation announced Sunday, Dec. 6. The group already has raised $2 million toward the project.

99. Snapshot: The Lights Were Hung on the Firehouse With Care -

Memphis firefighters hang Christmas lights at Fire Station No. 11, 1826 Union Ave. in Midtown.

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100. Eclectic Eye Collecting For Hope House -

Eclectic Eye is turning its sights toward helping Hope House this holiday season.

The optometry practice and eyewear boutique is collecting items from the Memphis-based nonprofit’s wish list throughout the month. In addition, for every item donated in December, Eclectic Eye will give $5, up to $500, to the organization.