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1. Council OKs Homes On Emmanuel Methodist Land -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 17, a 21-lot single family residential planned development by Kircher-Uhlhorn Development LLC at 6610 Messick Road on part of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church property.

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

570 Houston St. 

Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Amount: $33.5 million

Owner: University of Memphis

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

3. Big River Crossing: Observations on two wheels … and sometimes two feet -

You can’t really do the reporting on Big River Crossing and the connections to it without going at it on bike. And so here are a few observations and opinions:

I've seen the jerseys and other riding apparel. And I understand its comfort as well as its purpose. But I can't do it -- at least not the whole outfit. I feel like I will have to turn in my Frayser resident card. If this gear had been around when we had bell bottoms, before the return of straight leg jeans – maybe. But probably not.

4. Events -

The Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting Peer Power Foundation, will be held Saturday, Oct. 21. The half-marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, while the 5K will run a course through Downtown Memphis. Both races with start at Tom Lee Park, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Visit runsignup.com/Race/TN/Memphis/BigRiverCrossing for details and registration.

5. The Ties That Bind -

When Big River Crossing was about to open a year ago, Doug Carpenter was asked often where the Tennessee-Arkansas state line is over the Mississippi River.

His marketing firm DCA has overseen publicity for the crossing from concept through construction, so he has learned much about the history of the Harahan Bridge and the mighty river below it. But the stateline wasn't marked

6. Events -

The Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting Peer Power Foundation, will be held Saturday, Oct. 21. The half-marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, while the 5K will run a course through Downtown Memphis. Both races with start at Tom Lee Park, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Visit runsignup.com/Race/TN/Memphis/BigRiverCrossing for details and registration.

7. Lendermon Retires As Riverfront Plans Evolve -

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

8. Council Approves Homes On Emmanuel Methodist Land -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 17, a 21-lot single family residential planned development by Kircher-Uhlhorn Development LLC at 6610 Messick Road on part of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church property.

9. Brooks Move, Riverfront Plan Come in Focus -

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

10. City Lays Out Numerous Options in Confederate Monuments Controversy -

The city administration and Memphis City Council laid out numerous paths forward in the Confederate monuments controversy Tuesday, Oct. 17, that include closing Health Sciences Park entirely or building a memorial to lynching victims in the park plaza where a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is now the centerpiece.

11. Brooks Pursues Riverfront Site for New Museum -

The board of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, it is working with city government to relocate the museum from its Overton Park home to a Downtown site on Front Street between Union and Monroe avenues.

12. Events -

The National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, starting with a 5 p.m. red carpet event and 5:30 p.m. pre-show gala at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St., followed by the 7:30 p.m. award ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for tickets and info on this year’s honorees.

13. Process vs. Protest: Opinions Differ On How to Remove Monuments -

Protest and the legal process live in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they are next-door neighbors with borders that may be in dispute. At others times they are allies. But there is almost always a tension between the two.

14. Events -

The 45th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13-15, in Audubon Park, at the corner of Perkins Road Extended and Southern Avenue. The largest juried arts and crafts show in the Mid-South features shopping, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and older, and $3 for children younger than 12. Advance discount tickets are available at the Pink Palace box office. Visit memphismuseums.org. 

15. Events -

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will host a continuing legal education seminar titled “Celebrating 51 Years of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association” Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. The CLE will examine the state of the bar by analyzing cases handled by Ben F. Jones Chapter members from 1966 to the present. Expert panel discussions include “How to Maintain Your Law License” and “How to Save Your Reputation.” Tickets are $85 in advance or $100 at the event. Register at eventbrite.com.

16. Memphis Businesses Getting Smart About Internet of Things -

As cloud-based technologies continue to advance, a growing number of Memphis companies are hooking into the Internet of Things to become more efficient while offering consumers greater convenience.

17. Nostalgic Space -

Frank Roberts has a passion for recapturing pieces of history. And while a 65-year-old Quonset hut on the outskirts of Tobey Park may not be have the elegant art deco accents of Crosstown Concourse, it certainly captures the essence of its post-war industrial beginnings the same way the former Sears building did in the 1920s.

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

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

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

19. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company continues its Shakespeare Shout-Out Series with a “free, fun and fast” performance of “Shake, Rattle & Roll” Tuesday, Oct. 10, at noon at Madison Avenue Park, 151 Madison Ave. The 45-minute show creatively links Memphis music to the works of Shakespeare. Cost is free; no tickets needed. Shout-Out Series shows continue through Nov. 10. Visit tnshakespeare.org for a schedule.

20. Outdoors Retailer REI Plans First Memphis Store -

In this week's Real Estate Recap, outdoors retailer REI eyes Ridgeway Trace for its first local store, Hilton Worldwide prepares to upgrade its Memphis campus, and several proposed Midtown projects seek financial incentives.

21. ServiceMaster, Turley Among DMC Honorees -

Henry Turley, ServiceMaster and Old Dominick Distillery were among the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Vision Award recipients who were honored at the 2017 Downtown Memphis annual meeting, held last week in the Civic Center Plaza near the intersection of Main Street and Adams Avenue.

22. Outdoors Retailer REI Planning First Memphis Store -

5895 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119

Permit Amount: $900,000

Owner: Weingarten Realty

Tenant: REI

Details: Seattle, Washington-based sporting and camping goods retailer REI has filed a $900,000 building permit application for tenant improvement in the former Sports Authority building at 5895 Poplar Ave. in the Ridgeway Trace shopping center.

23. Confluence Park Opening Marks Transformation -

The name of the westernmost point of the Wolf River Greenway is still a working title. But the 115 acres on the north end of Mud Island has emerged from decades of overgrowth, used tires other materials dumped there to become an actual park.

24. U of M Trustees OK Parental Leave, Rudd Bonus -

University of Memphis trustees approved a $100,000 bonus Wednesday, Oct. 5, for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation.

25. Connecting The Pieces -

The Pinch District – a Downtown mini-neighborhood of only a few blocks sandwiched between the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Uptown, The Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – has been a neglected donut hole of development for years, as investments have poured into other areas of Downtown around it.

26. U of M Trustees Approve Parental Leave, Rudd Bonus -

University of Memphis trustees approved a $100,000 bonus Wednesday, Oct. 5, for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation.

27. Pinch District Redevelopment Discussion On Tap -

The nine-block area between the Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital known as the Pinch District is set to be remade in transformative fashion as part of the city moving closer to its bicentennial in 2019.

28. CBRE Chosen To Lease Southwind Office Center -

Group RMC Corp., the new owners of Southwind Office Center, have tapped CBRE’s Ron Kastner and Patrick Reilly to handle leasing services for the recently acquired asset.

29. Brooks Museum Eyes Downtown Fire Station Site -

Brooks Museum officials are considering relocating to a Downtown site at Front Street and Union Avenue that is currently occupied by the Memphis Fire Department headquarters.

While officials with the city and the museum would not comment, the idea of putting a “cultural amenity” on the river side of Front Street between Union and Monroe avenues first surfaced about two months ago.

30. Brooks Museum Eyes Downtown Fire Station Site -

The city fire station at Union Avenue and Front Street and the adjacent parking garage appears to be under consideration as the new site for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, according to a source close to the situation who did not want to be identified by The Daily News.

31. Harris Talks ‘Radical’ Action on Confederate Monuments to Build Pressure -

City Council attorney Allan Wade says Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration and the council are not “in different places” when it comes to removing Confederate monuments from city parks.

32. CBRE to Handle Leasing for Southwind Office Center -

Group RMC Corp., the new owners of Southwind Office Center, have tapped CBRE’s Ron Kastner and Patrick Reilly to handle leasing services for the recently acquired asset.

33. Hilton Renovating Memphis Offices -

Hilton Worldwide has filed a multimillion-dollar building permit application to renovate a portion of its Memphis operations center.

The Virginia-based company is planning a roughly $2.7 million renovation of Building C of its 755 Crossover Lane campus, according to the application filed with construction code officials.

34. Week Ahead: Oct. 2-9 -

Hey, Memphis! Prepare to rock out this week as the Mempho Music Festival hits Shelby Farms Park and Wilco plays The Orpheum. Plus, Beale Street memorializes one of its own, Memphis legal pros discuss the Confederate monuments issue, and much more in The Week Ahead…

35. Work Moving Forward On Former Benchmark Hotel -

For almost two years, the exposed five-story frame of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis stood in somber contrast to the vibrant landmarks, such as The Peabody hotel and AutoZone Park, with which it shares the corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

36. DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility -

0 Tchulahoma Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118

Tenant: DHL Supply Chain

Landlord: Belz Enterprises

37. Events -

The Junior League of Memphis will hold an Antiques on the Lawn Sale Saturday, Sept. 30, starting at 9 a.m. at the Community Resource Center, 3475 Central Ave. Items for sale include fine furniture, china, crystal, rugs, collectibles, artwork, cookware and more; all proceeds benefit JLM’s Repeat Boutique. Visit jlmemphis.org.

38. Crosstown Crossroads -

For the past 90 years, Crosstown has seen its share of ups and downs. In the beginning, it was a shining beacon for the city’s eastward expansion; at its height, it anchored several vibrant and diverse neighborhoods; and at its lowest, Crosstown became the poster child for once-great inner-city areas of Memphis that had deteriorated.

39. Fourth Bluff Effort Moves Toward More Permanent Plans -

You can still see the words on the surface of Riverside Drive from the RiverPlay area that took over the street between the Mississippi River and Memphis Parks during the summer.

“In Memphis We Ball” reads the chipped white lettering on the asphalt, with the word “ball” almost unrecognizable.

40. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will perform the Celeste Bedford Walker comedy “Sassy Mamas” Friday, Sept. 29, through Oct. 22 at 37 S. Cooper St. Visit hattiloo.org for show times and tickets.

41. Work Moving Forward On Former Benchmark Hotel -

For almost two years, the exposed five-story frame of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis stood in somber contrast to the vibrant landmarks, such as The Peabody hotel and AutoZone Park, with which it shares the corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

42. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold the 2017 Move It Memphis 4-Mile Race Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. starting and ending at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. New this year is a Memphis Spirit Contest, a costume contest where runners can show their Memphis spirit and be judged for their creativity. Cost is $35. Visit memphischamber.com.

43. Fairgrounds Plans Concern Liberty Bowl Tenants -

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

44. Work on Former Benchmark Hotel Finally Moving Forward -

For almost two years, the exposed five-story frame of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis stood in somber contrast to the vibrant landmarks, such as the Peabody Hotel and AutoZone Park it shares the corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard with.

45. Taylor Joins JA As VP of Development -

Latoria Taylor has been named vice president of development for Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South. She oversees all fundraising and marketing efforts for the nonprofit, which is dedicated to teaching children “how business works” and inspiring them to own their economic success.

46. Last Word: Grit & Grind As A Mindset, Sewer Retaliation and MUS & Hutchison -

More than a few bread crumbs on the direction the Fairgrounds redevelopment proposal is … well, developing after the second of three very important public forums last week by City Hall. The signs indicate a water park or surf park is highly unlikely, the gym at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy would go to open up Central Avenue frontage and a new gym built behind Kroc Center, a hotel by the Children’s Museum and the high school football field and track oval move from Central to where Libertyland used to be. And the city says none of this is set in stone even if it does show up on a tentative site plan among the exhibits last week.

47. Fairgrounds Proposal Coming Into Focus -

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

48. Charge Dropped Against One Monument Protester -

A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against one of six people arrested Aug. 19 during a protest around the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park has been dropped.

49. Editorial: Beale Street and The Line for City Leaders -

When he was mayor, Willie Herenton had a saying that was his answer to speculation about whether he had crossed a legal line. Like the time when he bought an option on land fronting Union Avenue near AutoZone Park that was being considered as a possible site for a new convention center or hotel.

50. Charge Dropped Against One Monument Protester -

A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against one of six people arrested Aug. 19 during a protest around the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park has been dropped.

51. Paint Memphis Plans Largest Collaborative Mural in Tennessee -

Paint Memphis is planning to paint the largest collaborative mural in Tennessee during a one-day festival on Sept. 30 from noon to 6 p.m.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place at South Willett Street and Lamar Avenue as well as Altown, the skate park at Roland Street and Evelyn Avenue.

52. Germantown Medical Office Sells for $16M -

1325 Wolf Park Drive, Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $15.9 million

Buyer: Global Medical REIT

53. City Hall Stands Ready to Assist Brooks Museum -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s first and only home is owned by the city of Memphis, and the institution is the state’s largest art museum. Those two facts make city government more than an interested onlooker in what happens next as the museum’s board explores possibly moving out of Overton Park to a newly built facility elsewhere in the city.

54. Frayser Landfill Expansion Voted Down -

The proposed expansion of a construction landfill in Frayser was unanimously shot down by the Shelby County Land Use Board Thursday, Sept. 14, to the cheers of dozens of concerned residents and students from the nearby Memphis Business Academy who showed up to voice their opposition.

55. MMDC Hires Mitchell to Lead Community Development -

Memphis native Vonesha Mitchell has joined the Memphis Medical District Collaborative as program manager, community development. Mitchell’s new position rolls together several functions, including recruiting retail for vacant and underutilized storefronts, working with U3 Advisors to launch and administer the Hire Local program, developing assistance package and incentive programs, and engaging current and potential businesses in the district to understand opportunities and concerns.

56. Tennessee Taco Opens in Former Los Compadres Space -

3295 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

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

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

58. The Week Ahead: Sept. 4-10 -

Hello, Memphis – and Happy Labor Day! Hopefully the promise of an exciting football season and Memphis Redbirds playoff games will help ease you back into work mode after the three-day weekend. Both are in store – along with Goat Days and much more – in The Week Ahead...

59. Last Word: Football In The Rain, Shakespeare in Cordova and The Grizz Roster -

There are moments in the history of sports amateur and professional that involve turn outs like the one Thursday at the Liberty Bowl for the Tigers football season opener. There were the people who ran the St. Jude marathon in the ice several years back even after the race was cancelled. Going back to the 1980s, there were those who came out in below freezing temps for Alabama Coach Bear Bryant’s last game that came at the annual Liberty Bowl.

60. Tennessee Shakespeare Company Buys Ballet Memphis' Cordova Facility -

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company has its first permanent home, announcing Thursday, Aug. 31, that it has bought the Ballet Memphis facility at 7950 Trinity Road in Cordova for $1.9 million.

61. Events -

The 2017 Delta Fair & Music Festival runs Friday, Sept. 1, through Sept. 10 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Enjoy live music, festival food, carnival rides, a petting zoo and special events like lawnmower races and the “redneck yacht pull.” Visit deltafest.com for hours and tickets.

62. Events -

The 2017 Delta Fair & Music Festival runs Friday, Sept. 1, through Sept. 10 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Enjoy live music, festival food, carnival rides, a petting zoo and special events like lawnmower races and the “redneck yacht pull.” Visit deltafest.com for hours and tickets.

63. Memphis Receives First Check From Airbnb -

Nationally and in Memphis, the hotel room supply, room demand, occupancy rate and average daily room rate were all on the rise year-to-date through July, pointing to a healthy market overall.

That’s according to information compiled by STR presented at the Southern Lodging Summit Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. The Southern Lodging Summit is an annual event hosted by Pinkowski & Co. and the Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association.

64. Memphis Lodging Industry Continues Riding High -

Nationally and in Memphis, the hotel room supply, room demand, occupancy rate and average daily room rate were all on the rise year-to-date through July, pointing to a healthy market overall.

That’s according to information compiled by STR being presented at the Southern Lodging Summit Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, 255 N. Main St.

65. Events -

Indie Memphis will screen “Obit,” a documentary chronicling the daily rituals of the New York Times obituary writers, as part of the Indie Wednesday film series Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill, 5853 Ridgeway Center Parkway. General admission is $10; Indie Memphis members get in free. Visit indiememphis.com to buy tickets and view an Indie Wednesday series schedule.

66. A Different Body of Work Emerges For The Hereafter -

With the cost of traditional casket funerals rising to an average of $9,000 or more, many people are choosing less expensive options like cremation and donating their bodies to science. Numerous “green” options for cremated remains such as biodegradable urns or even using ashes for tree planting, use in rebuilding coral reefs, for stones for jewelry or for tattoos and portraits are gaining popularity.

67. The Week Ahead: Aug. 28-Sept. 3 -

Hey, Memphis! It’s time to celebrate 901 Day – but not before you hit Tiger Lane Thursday for the University of Memphis Tigers’ season-opening football game. Plus, check out “the prince of kosher gospel” in concert and more hot happenings in The Week Ahead...

68. Confederate Monuments Controversy Comes to City Hall -

The question of timing in removing two Confederate monuments from city parks arrives at City Hall Tuesday, Aug. 22.

A Memphis City Council resolution that would instruct the city administration to immediately remove and/or sell Confederate monuments in city parks is scheduled for discussion at the 2:15 p.m. executive session and could be added to the council agenda or voted on later at the first council session in September.

69. Last Word: Crosstown & Forrest, Eclipse Day and The Problem With Day Care -

As an organizer of Saturday’s “Take Them Down” rally at Health Sciences Park walked toward Union Avenue where Memphis Police had taken one of the protesters arrested there, he looked at another organizer and said, “It’s time to make the call.” The call was bail money for the five, soon to be six people arrested. These were the first arrests of the last week of new momentum for an issue that has risen and subsided for decades now in our city.

70. Charges Vary In Forrest Statue Arrests as Issue Moves to City Hall -

Only two of the six people arrested on misdemeanor charges Saturday, Aug. 19, during demonstrations at the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park were charged with trying to wrap a banner around the monument and only one of the two was charged with “desecration of a venerated object.”

71. Monuments Rally Draws Arrests at Forrest Statue -

Memphis Police arrested several people Saturday, Aug. 19, as they attempted to climb the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park and cover the image of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard with a white sheet.

72. Monuments Rally Draws Arrest at Forrest Statue -

Memphis Police arrested several people Saturday, Aug. 19, as they attempted to climb the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park and cover the image of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard with a white sheet.

73. Remaking Crosstown -

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

74. County Mulls Garage For Long-Term Parking Fix -

Shelby County Jury Commission officials have points they always make with citizens on jury duty in Downtown Memphis. And it includes an apology for the parking situation around the Criminal Justice Center and the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse, where those called to be on juries will work for a week at a time.

75. The Week Ahead: Aug. 14-20 -

Hello, Memphis! School was the big opening last week, but this week it’s the majestic Crosstown Concourse, the 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Cleveland Street at North Parkway. It is hosting a six-hour extravaganza of tours, music, food and the arts. Check out the details, plus more Elvis Week events and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead...

76. Forrest Statue Marks Rally Point Against Charlottesville Violence -

More than 100 people gathered Saturday, Aug. 12, in Health Science Park around the statue there of Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest.

77. ‘I Am a Man’ Plaza Initial Design Unveiled -

The initial design of a public plaza south of FedExForum commemorating the 1968 sanitation workers strike calls for a central sculpture with the words “I Am a Man” in 15-foot-tall stainless steel letters, along with quotes from speeches by civil rights leaders on other parts of the built environment and on the letters of the sculpture.

78. 'I Am a Man' Plaza Initial Design Unveiled -

The initial design of a public plaza south of FedExForum commemorating the 1968 sanitation workers strike calls for a central sculpture with the words “I Am a Man” in 15-foot-tall stainless steel letters, along with quotes from speeches by civil rights leaders on other parts of the built environment and on the letters of the sculpture.

79. Wright Medical Grows Net Sales 5 Percent in Q2 -

Medical device company Wright Medical Group N.V. saw net sales of $179.7 million during the second quarter, the company reported Wednesday, Aug. 2, a 5 percent improvement over the year-ago quarter.

80. City Reopens Fairgrounds Planning Process -

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

81. Strickland Reopens Fairgrounds Redevelopment Planning -

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

82. Red-Hot Growth for Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza has blazed quite a trail over the past five years by growing to five Memphis-area locations, and now co-owners Chad Foreman and Kirk Cotham are turning their sights toward expansion through the southeastern U.S.

83. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

84. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

85. The Week Ahead: July 24-30 -

Hello, Memphis! Politics will be heating up this week to match the weather and you’ll be able to see and learn about the stars at the Pink Palace Museum. But there are also some indoor events to take in, including an event for creators at Crosstown Arts.

86. Last Word: Freeze Warning, Corker on Obamacare Repeal and The Disney Example -

What do you call it when you expect a lot of trouble coming from a specific direction – with a detailed roadmap -- and a completely different controversy comes in from a different direction, hits and leaves a crater. Whatever you call it, that is what happened to Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze Thursday evening. Or did it?

87. Snapshot: Downtown’s Latest Boutique -

The framework of a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn across Union Avenue from AutoZone Park is taking shape. Formerly a Greyhound bus station, plans for the 1.3-acre property were originally announced in March 2014 when Nitinkumar “Nick” Patel with Knoxville-based Turkey Creek Hospitality purchased the site. Turkey Creek also acquired an adjacent parking lot and plans to develop a Holiday Inn Express there.

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88. Riverfront Concept Plan Emphasizes Connections, River Access -

A pedestrian bridge between the southern tip of Mud Island and Riverside Drive, more pedestrian use of Riverside Drive, a pavilion at Tom Lee Park and greater access to the edge of the Mississippi River are among the elements of a riverfront concept plan outlined Tuesday, July 18, by a Chicago architecture and urban design firm.

89. The Week Ahead: July 17-23 -

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

90. Council OKs New Homes, Sets Overton Gateway Vote -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, July 11, a set of three single-family homes by Richmark Homes LLC on the southeast corner of East Irvin Drive and Park Avenue.

91. Saturday Night Scenes on Beale Street -

Some observations from three consecutive Saturday nights on Beale Street at and after 10 p.m.

Beale Street just before 10 p.m. is about bubbles. Street vendors selling bubble guns – toy guns that shoot bubbles – do a brisk business before 10. A girl in a stroller watches with wide eyes as her finger is locked on the trigger and bubbles spew forth. By the time she reaches the middle of the block between B.B. King Boulevard and Second Street, the stream of bubbles begins to slow.

92. Council OKs New Homes, Sets Overton Gateway Vote -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, July 11, a set of three single-family homes by Richmark Homes LLC on the southeast corner of East Irvin Drive and Park Avenue.

93. Council Approves Sanitation Workers Benefits -

There may be more than 14 city sanitation workers from 1968 who are still alive. And the city is double-checking its list as the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, July 11, the payment of $50,000 grants to 14 of the workers it has already identified including four still working for the city.

94. Council Takes Up Sanitation Worker Benefits -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, July 11, on grants of $50,000 each for the 14 surviving city sanitation workers from the 1968 strike along with a supplemental retirement plan for sanitation workers hired after the strike.

95. Last Word: Vince Carter Leaves, Fairgrounds and Pulling the Plug on Green Tech -

Vince Carter joins Zach Randolph with the Sacramento Kings next NBA season with an $8 million one-year pact for Carter. Still no word on Tony Allen’s free agency status as we put this up. The Grizz plan to retire Randolph’s jersey.

96. Shelby Farms Boutique Hotel; Midtown Gated Community on Latest LUCB Agenda -

Two proposed developments in two of the city’s high-profile areas – a 130-room boutique hotel near Shelby Farms and a new gated community in Midtown – will headline the Land Use Control Board’s Aug. 10 agenda.

97. Not Ours, Not Theirs -

Not the apple of the apple's eye. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about 8 feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was done.

98. Cooper-Young Getting New Coffee House -

945 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $85,750

Application Date: July 2017

99. Events -

Downtown Memphis’ Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular will take place Tuesday, July 4, at Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front St. The park opens at 10 a.m., live music and activities begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display will launch at 9:15 p.m. Visit facebook.com/mudislandriverpark for details.

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The South Main Historic Arts District’s last-Friday Trolley Night takes place Friday, June 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art galleries, restaurants and shops between The Orpheum and Webster Avenue will stay open late, with live music and entertainment outside. The evening kicks off with the Memphis Second Line Jazz Band leading a second line parade from LYFE Kitchen to Webster at 6:30 p.m. with surprises along the way, including the GrizzLine at 7 p.m. Visit gosouthmain.com for details.