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1. Congress Gives Final OK to Banning Local Internet Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

2. 276-Unit Cordova Apartments Sell for $29.2 Million -

The 276-unit Orleans at Walnut Grove apartment community has sold for $29.2 million.

PC Orleans LLC, an entity of Provo, Utah-based investment firm Peak Capital Partners, paid an equivalent of $105,731 per unit to buy the property at 317 Royal Chartres Square E. from Orleans Apartment Community LLC, according to a Feb. 4 warranty deed.

3. Warren, Tulane Move-Out Leads to Larger Issues -

The end of federal rent subsidies at two Memphis apartment complexes with a recent history of code violations will create some larger issues for the surrounding communities.

Those larger changes begin to unfold next week as federal officials meet with residents at each of the apartment complexes to talk about their move out of the aging complexes.

4. New Numbers: Memphis Industrial Market Breaks Records -

The Memphis industrial sector had a banner year in 2015. According to year-end data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, last year’s absorption level came in at 8.4 million square feet, 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels and a record for the market.

5. Mixed-Use Development at Shelby Farms Moves Forward -

The Land Use Control Board has approved initial outlines for a 57-acre planned development north of Shelby Farms Park.

6. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

7. Familiar Restaurant Brand Is Making a Return -

Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits might be back in Memphis again soon.

The brand is starting to show up again in the Southeast, after struggling through ownership changes and financial missteps then closing all of its company-owned stores and filing for bankruptcy in 2010.

8. Medical Center Apartments Sell for $9.7 Million -

810 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $9.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 29, 2016

9. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in January -

After closing out 2015 on a high note, Shelby County home sales are off to a slow start this year.

The 971 home sales recorded in January marked a 28.9 percent drop from the 1,366 sales in December, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

10. Yellen: Persistent Economic Weakness Could Slow Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

11. Burger King's Next Conquest: Hot Dog King -

NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.

The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill meat makes hot dogs a natural fit on its menu.

12. Last Word: Early Voting Begins, Marc Gasol's Right Foot and TNReady's Problem -

Trump and Sanders win big in New Hampshire with a Republican scramble for second the only matter to be decided in the nation’s first Presidential primaries. That as the road to Tennessee begins to see some traffic in the distance.
Meanwhile, Marc Gasol goes from a “right mid-foot injury” on the Grizzlies DL to a fractured right foot.

13. Electrolux Gives Up Tax Breaks to Expand North American HQ -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Appliance-maker Electrolux is backtracking from plans announced two years ago to expand its North American headquarters in Charlotte and add more than 800 jobs.

A North Carolina committee that oversees major tax breaks for expanding companies on Tuesday voided its offer of more than $27 million for the expansion announced in 2013. State Commerce Department spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the company was voluntarily giving up its grant, which was dependent on meeting job-creation targets.

14. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill positions for all shifts at various accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants must bring two forms of ID and be able to pass drug screening and background checks. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385, ext. 400.

15. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill positions for all shifts at various accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants must bring two forms of ID and be able to pass drug screening and background checks. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385, ext. 400.

16. Computer Glitches Halt First Day of Student Tests -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's brand new online school assessment test, known as TNReady, has crashed due to computer-networking glitches, forcing officials across the state to halt testing on the first day of its rollout.

17. University of Memphis Opens Blue Line To Kroger, Target -

The University of Memphis’ Blue Line shuttle bus has expanded to include one day a week service to the Kroger Poplar Plaza store as well as the Target store on Colonial Road in East Memphis.

18. Fresenius Medical Care to Open 17th Area Dialysis Clinic -

Fresenius Medical Care is building a dialysis clinic in Raleigh, according to a $1.2 million building permit filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement in late January.

The clinic will be an infill project at 5020 English Towne Drive, according to the application.

19. Baptist Adds Medical Offices To North Mississippi Plans -

Baptist Memorial Health Care is growing in Oxford, Miss., with a 78,000-square-foot Oxford Medical Office Building to be completed in August 2017.

Indianapolis-based commercial real estate developer Duke Realty soon will begin work on the three-story building, to be located on the campus of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Scheduled to be completed in fall 2017, the 600,000-square-foot hospital is replacing a former branch, but the office building will be a new offering.

20. Shelby County Sees Dip In Unemployment Rate -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate dipped in December, making it one of 43 counties statewide to see a decline.

The county’s unemployment rate measured 6.1 percent for the month, down from 6.4 percent in November, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It’s also a significant drop from the 7.2 percent rate during the same period in 2014.

21. Council Delays MLGW Agenda, Used Car Lot -

The council also delayed for two weeks the entire Memphis Light Gas and Water Division consent agenda after councilman Reid Hedgepeth complained that the utility had done nothing about streetlights that have been out on a street in his district for a month.

22. International Paper Beats Expectations in Q4 Earnings -

International Paper Co. posted net earnings of $938 million for 2015, a 40 percent increase from the $555 million in 2014.

23. Cates Wants Detail on Downtown Agreements -

From Mud Island River Park across the Memphis harbor to The Pyramid and further east to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there are a lot of connections as the areas head toward a new incarnation.

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

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

25. Baptist Adds Medical Offices To North Mississippi Plans -

Baptist Memorial Health Care is growing in Oxford, Miss., with a 78,000-square-foot Oxford Medical Office Building to be completed in August 2017.

Indianapolis-based commercial real estate developer Duke Realty soon will begin work on the three-story building, to be located on the campus of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Scheduled to be completed in fall 2017, the 600,000-square-foot hospital is replacing a former branch, but the office building will be a new offering.

26. Council Delays MLGW Agenda, Used Car Lot -

The council also delayed for two weeks the entire Memphis Light Gas and Water Division consent agenda after councilman Reid Hedgepeth complained that the utility had done nothing about streetlights that have been out on a street in his district for a month.

27. International Paper Beats Expectations in Q4 Earnings -

International Paper Co. posted net earnings of $938 million for 2015, a 40 percent increase from the $555 million in 2014.

28. Tentative Pinch Development Plan About to Emerge -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops have agreed on a tentative and general plan for future development of the Pinch District, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

29. Fresenius Medical Care to Open 17th Area Dialysis Clinic -

Fresenius Medical Care is building a dialysis clinic in Raleigh, according to a $1.2 million building permit filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement in late January.

The clinic will be an infill project at 5020 English Towne Drive, according to the application.

30. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

31. Last Word: Post Caucus, Fincher's Exit, 1919 Handwriting and Your Rolodex -

That close (very little light between index finger and thumb) between Clinton and Sanders in Iowa Monday evening.
Both live to fight another day in another state—New Hampshire.
And because it is Iowa – they each get to declare victory as long as they don’t go into a lot of detail about the totals.
This is one of those cases where it is like horsehoes and hand grenades – close does count.

32. Abbott to Buy Medical Test Provider Alere -

NEW YORK (AP) — Abbott Laboratories will buy Alere for $4.8 billion as it tries to expand its medical-testing business.

The deal is worth $5.8 billion when restricted stock, stock options and preferred shares are included, the company said Monday.

33. University of Memphis Opens Blue Line To Kroger, Target -

The University of Memphis’ Blue Line shuttle bus has expanded to include one day a week service to the Kroger Poplar Plaza store as well as the Target store on Colonial Road in East Memphis.

34. Shelby County Sees Dip In Unemployment Rate -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate dipped in December, making it one of 43 counties statewide to see a decline.

The county’s unemployment rate measured 6.1 percent for the month, down from 6.4 percent in November, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It’s also a significant drop from the 7.2 percent rate during the same period in 2014.

35. Valentine’s Ignites Travel desires -

February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s also one that presents travel opportunities for couples looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a quick getaway.

Valentine’s weekend provides extra motivation to consider traveling in 2016 thanks to President’s Day that Monday, setting things up as a three-day weekend for the lucky few who don’t work that day.

36. Save-A-Lot to Anchor New Sam Cooper Shopping Center -

Southeast Corner of Sam Cooper
Boulevard and Tillman Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Save-A-Lot

Size: 16,300 square feet

Tenant’s Agent: Frank Dyer, Loeb Realty Group

37. Nashville Developer Submits Plans for Downtown Memphis Housing -

Two plans recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will turn empty lots into housing for disadvantaged Memphians.

Nashville developer Elmington Capital Group submitted plans for gated multifamily housing in Downtown's South End.

38. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.”

39. ProLogis Sells 90M Square Feet of Property -

ProLogis has unloaded nearly 90 million square feet of its industrial holdings in six separate deals.

ProLogis, working under a number of affiliated names, sold multiple properties – including two warehouses housing Cummins Inc.’s distributions operations – to Exeter Property Group, according to warranty deeds signed Dec. 29. They include:

40. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

41. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

42. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

43. Olympus to Invest $12M in New Bartlett Distribution Center -

A Tokyo-based maker of medical and surgical products plans to invest $12 million in a service and distribution center in Bartlett.

Olympus Corp. is building an East Coast national service and distribution center in Bartlett Corporate Park, a facility that will serve as a distribution point for Olympus medical equipment and devices like endoscopes, surgical devices and generators.

44. ProLogis Sells 90 Million Square Feet of Property -

ProLogis has unloaded nearly 90 million square feet of its industrial holdings in six separate deals.

ProLogis, working under a number of affiliated names, sold multiple properties – including two warehouses housing Cummins Inc.’s distributions operations – to Exeter Property Group, according to warranty deeds signed Dec. 29. They include:

45. Highland Heights CDC Rehabs Five More Homes -

On his desk at Treadwell Middle School, Jared Myers keeps a colorful map marked by green, red and blue shapes.

46. Ford's 2015 Pretax Profit Jumps on Stronger sales -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Higher sales in most of the world helped Ford Motor Co. achieve a record pretax profit in 2015, but investors remain skittish that the good news won't keep coming.

47. US Home Prices Rise in November; All-Time Highs in 4 Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a faster clip in November, the gains fueled by solid hiring growth, historically low mortgage rates and a shortage of houses on the market.

48. The 5 Applicants for Mud Island Redevelopment -

Each company that applied to redevelop Mud Island River Park has a month to submit its detailed proposal, including specific plans and how they would be financed, to the Riverfront Development Corp.

49. Verso Files For Bankruptcy Reorganization -

Verso Corp. filed Tuesday, Jan. 26, for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy reorganization.

David J. Paterson, the president and CEO of the North American producer of printing, specialty papers and pulp, described the decision to file for reorganization as “difficult.”

50. Five Mud Island Proposals Go Public -

A Memphis resort hotel group headed by mortgage banker and hotel manager Paul Westphal is proposing a 500-room resort hotel and spa in Mud Island River Park that would incorporate the island’s River Walk in its lobby.

51. Events -

The Mutual Fund Store will host a free event titled “The 5 Biggest Risks to Your Retirement” Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Germantown Great Hall, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Call 901-751-7222 or visit mutualfundstore.com to reserve a seat.

52. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

53. Events -

32nd annual International Blues Challenge is Tuesday, Jan. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 30, with most events being held at clubs along Beale Street. More than 250 bands are expected for this annual international competition and showcase, which also features nightly jams, workshops and more. Visit blues.org/international-blues-challenge for details and a daily schedule.

54. Nearly 7,000 Weekend Flights Canceled, and More on the Way -

Airlines canceled nearly 7,000 weekend flights and started to cut Monday service as the ripple effects of driving snow and ice that brought many East Coast airports to a standstill drifted into the next work week.

55. Events -

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center will host Time for Three, dubbed “the world’s first classically trained garage band,” in concert Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

56. In the Game -

Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

57. Winter Storm to Hit West Tenn., Eastern Ark., North Miss. -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Weather forecasters in Memphis are warning residents of West Tennessee, north Mississippi and eastern Arkansas of an approaching winter storm that could create blizzard conditions.

58. Events -

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and FedEx Institute of Technology will host biologistics “lightning talks” and the launch of the University Biologistics Research Cluster on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Nine high-level innovative biologistics research topics will be explained in fun and informative five-minute presentations. Visit memphis.edu/ifti for details.

59. Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.

60. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

61. Xedo Launches Memphis Distribution Center -

After setting up its U.S. headquarters and a 240,000-square-foot distribution facility in Memphis, as well as lining up a local tax incentive package in late 2014, a tuxedo company with an online rental platform has started taking its first orders.

62. City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase -

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

The council approved a development that would turn the north course at Colonial into either a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and cottages or a mix of housing for senior citizens.

63. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports -

Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.

64. Terminix, CDS to Hold Job Fairs Wednesday -

A pair of job fairs on Wednesday, Jan. 20, is giving Memphis-area job seekers two chances to meet with potential employers.

Memphis-based pest-control company Terminix will hold its job event Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 6399 Shelby Oaks Drive. The company, a division of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, is seeking to fill 120 positions at its Memphis call center over the next six months, with new hire classes starting at the beginning of each month. The full-time customer service positions pay $11 an hour.

65. Overton Park Conservancy Hires Trio of Firms For Park Traffic Study -

The Overton Park Conservancy has hired a trio of firms led by the design firm Looney Ricks Kiss to recommend solutions to the park’s traffic flow and parking problems.

Working with LRK on the study, agreed to by the conservancy and all of the park’s institutions including the Memphis Zoo, are greenway and trail consultants Alta Planning + Design and engineering consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates.

66. Bend and a Beer: Yoga Classes and Craft Breweries Team Up -

MIAMI (AP) — Call it detox and retox: Around the country, yogis are jumping up from savasana and hopping onto a barstool as yoga classes are making their way into breweries.

While the teaching is traditional, the classes tend to attract newbies, especially men, says Beth Cosi, found of Bendy Brewski in Charleston, South Carolina and Memphis.

67. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

68. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. This year’s theme is “Speaking Truth to Power,” and activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

69. 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…

70. City Council Votes On Countrywood Development -

Among the planning and development items the Memphis City Council votes on Tuesday, Jan. 19, is a residential planned development at the end of Countrywood Parkway south of Interstate 40.

The 163 acres of land include 48 acres of conservation agriculture land.

71. Events -

SCORE Memphis will host a business essentials workshop titled “Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?” Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road. Cost is free; pre-registration required. Visit scorememphis.org.

72. Fort Lauderdale for Beach, Adventure -

Fort Lauderdale screams “Hello Sunny,” but the tourism slogan isn’t necessary to get the point across for visitors once they arrive. It’s undeniable when stepping out from the airport to prepare for a few days in this South Florida hotspot.

73. Council Members Settle In To New Assignments -

Memphis City Council members file the last of the paperwork Tuesday, Jan. 19, from the 2015 elections to put City Hall’s power transition on record.

Meanwhile, the six new members are learning on the job as they chair several committees following assignments by council chairman Kemp Conrad: Martavius Jones is chairman of the council audit committee; Patrice Robinson chairs the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division committee; Jamita Swearengen is chairwoman of the parks and neighborhoods committee; council member Philip Spinosa leads the personnel committee, usually the first committee session of the council day; Frank Colvett chairs the planning and zoning committee, which is the last session of the day before executive session; and Worth Morgan is chairman of the public safety committee.

74. Barges Hit Railroad Bridge at Vicksburg, 3rd Day Straight -

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – For the third day in a row, barges have hit a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River near Vicksburg.

The Coast Guard says it's evaluating ways to reduce the chance of future accidents, after three in three days.

75. Ikea Brings Sustainability Practices to Memphis -

Sustainability at large businesses sometimes might seem to only focus on buzzwords such as solar panels, carbon footprints and LEED certification.

Those practices are good steps in today’s sustainable world. Sometimes, though, the little things go a long way.

76. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

77. Memphis Zoo Removes Trees From Overton Park Greensward -

When the Overton Park Conservancy’s staff noticed 27 trees had been removed from the north end of the park’s greensward Monday, they immediately called Memphis Police.

The conservancy then began calling the other institutions in the park and found the Memphis Zoo had removed the trees donated to and planted by the conservancy four years ago.

78. Memphis Zoo Removes Trees From Overton Park Greensward -

When the Overton Park Conservancy’s staff noticed 27 trees had been removed from the north end of the park’s greensward Monday, they immediately called Memphis Police.

The conservancy then began calling the other institutions in the park and found the Memphis Zoo had removed the trees donated to and planted by the conservancy four years ago.

79. RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan -

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

80. Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.

It led to the early retirement of Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who blasted the proposal in a letter to the governor, before legislation even hit the printing press. The longtime state official said he would rather step down than support a plan he feels will be detrimental to colleges and universities.

81. Laminack Takes Winding Journey To Creating Pyramid Stone -

Chuck Laminack was exhausted. He faced a long flight from China back to the U.S. and all he could think about was sleep.

So he approached the boarding agent in an attempt to upgrade his seat to first class and one that would allow him to really get comfortable on the flight. But his credit card was declined for the $3,600 charge, which was odd considering he always made sure the balance remained at zero.

82. As Oil Plunges, Energy Companies Cut Jobs, Postpone Projects -

LONDON (AP) — The world's biggest oil companies are slashing jobs and backing off major investments as the price of crude falls to new lows — and there may be more pain to come.

Companies like BP, which said Tuesday it is cutting 4,000 jobs, are slimming down to cope with the slump in oil, whose price has plummeted to its lowest level in 12 years and is not expected to recover significantly for months, possibly years. California-based Chevron said last fall that it would eliminate 7,000 jobs, while rival Shell announced 6,500 layoffs.

83. Shelby County Housing Market 'Back to Normal' in 2015 -

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market moved closer to prerecession levels in 2015 as the year closed with the highest home sales revenue recorded since 2007.

There were 16,176 sales recorded last year, up 3 percent from 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

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

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

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

85. Memphis to Pilot Uber Transit App -

Memphis is one of two cities to roll out Uber’s latest technology: an app that incorporates the for-hire cars with public transit.

The distinct approach combines the Uber API with the TransLoc Rider app that the Memphis Area Transit Authority launched last year.

86. With SUV Look, Tech Touches, Chrysler Aims to Revive Minivan -

DETROIT (AP) — Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it — with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever hybrid version that Chrysler hopes will make minivans popular again.

87. Tennessee Legislature Opens 2016 Session on Capitol Hill -

The Tennessee General Assembly's 2016 session will be a short one, likely done by early April. The gavels fall in the House and Senate chambers in Nashville at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, opening the election year session.

88. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

89. From the High-Flying to the Practical: CES 2016 in Brief -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – This year's CES gadget show, like ones before it, showed off a mix of the dreamy and the practical in technology. Gadget prototypes promised us fully autonomous vehicles carrying commuters on the streets and in the sky, while gizmos went on sale that aimed to solve daily problems like restocking your fridge.

90. Rhodes Colleges Hires New Football Coach -

Jim Ryan, who has served as the defensive coordinator at Washington University (St. Louis) the past four years, has been named head football coach at Rhodes College.

91. Graffiti Green Light -

Brandon Marshall is a full-time artist, making a living painting commissioned murals for clients. He’s also well-versed in the graffiti world of Memphis, a small but determined group of artists who tag properties around the city.

92. SEC Still Overrated? Wrap Your Head Around SEC West, Says Bielema -

That an Arkansas team played its best football at season’s end, coming into Memphis and defeating Kansas State 45-23 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, hardly qualifies as a surprise.

But the Southeastern Conference’s eight bowl wins – the most by a conference in a season – did seem to shake up some folks.

93. Citing Future, NexAir CEO Talks Merger And Acquisition -

When nexAir CEO Kevin McEniry says his company is always on the lookout for growth opportunities, it’s both an accurate reflection of its evolution over 75 years and also something of an understatement.

94. From City to Rural County, Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Delivers -

Poverty and hunger are easy enough to find in Memphis. You don’t have to go far from the Mid-South Food Bank’s offices, at 239 South Dudley St., before you start wandering into pockets of isolation – food deserts.

95. Survey: US Progress on Health Insurance Stalled in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going into President Barack Obama's last year in office, progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under his signature health care law, according to a major survey out Thursday.

96. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

97. Netflix Expands Into 130 More Countries in Surprise Move -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix has already crossed off the biggest item on its New Year's list of resolutions. The Internet video service debuted in 130 countries Wednesday in a surprise move likely to reel in millions of new subscribers.

98. Homewood Suites Proposed For Vance Area of South Main -

A six-story Homewood Suites hotel is the latest new development proposed in the South Main Historic District.

The application to the Land Use Control Board for the hotel at 139 Vance Ave., between Mulberry and Second streets, is from NPH Investments on a lot owned by Henry and Cheri Rudner. The proposed site sits two blocks north of the National Civil Rights Museum and three blocks south of FedExForum.

99. Strickland Wades Into River Concerns -

The local agencies that respond to natural disasters learned a lot four years ago when the Mississippi River was rising in Downtown Memphis.

And many of those lessons are being used as the river approaches a crest on Friday, Jan. 8, estimated to be 40.5 feet on the river gauge.

100. Council’s First Meeting of 2016 Includes 2015 Leftovers -

Memphis City Council members begin their first council day of the year Tuesday, Jan. 5, with a slate of a dozen appointments by Mayor Jim Strickland.