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1. Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk -

There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.

2. The Week Ahead: March 27-April 1 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! The Bluff City plays host to several big names this week, from acclaimed country musician Margo Price and influential feminist Dolores Huerta to the always-popular St. Louis Cardinals. Plus, Midtown celebrates its mojo and Germantown goes to the dogs, all in The Week Ahead… 

3. Last Word: The Overton Park Split, Democrats Help The Gas Tax Bill and LaVar Ball -

The city's tallest building, the fenced-off, derelict, 38-story 100 N. Main Building, cited in the past by fire officials for code violations including fire alarms that don't work -- had a small fire Wednesday 34 floors up.

4. Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan -

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

Dubbed the Overton Gateway, Makowsky Ringel Greenberg’s plans for a proposed multifamily development at the confluence of Sam Cooper Boulevard and East Parkway received a cold reception from residents of the surrounding Lea’s Woods neighborhood Tuesday evening, March 21.

5. The Week Ahead: March 20-26 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

6. Events -

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will open its “A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100” exhibition with a reception Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Join the Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section and Thomas’ friends and family for a special concert and panel discussion. Cost is free. The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 31. Visit staxmuseum.com.

7. Local Concert Business Amping Up, Keeping Memphis Promoters Busy -

The concert business appears to be healthier in 2017, with more performers and artists on tour than in recent years – and more of them are booking shows in Memphis.

But it’s never that simple in the business of shows, where booking is a process and touring is becoming more of a necessity.

8. The Week Ahead: March 14-20 -

Hey, Memphis! Despite the cold snap, spring is just a week away. Get outside and celebrate at Cooper-Young’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, or do a little garden shopping at the Spring Fling Garden Show. Check out what else is on our to-do list in The Week Ahead…

9. Millington Pouring Funds Into Projects To Attract New Businesses, Residents -

Millington, the smallest city in Shelby County, has some unique advantages and is making a comeback with millions of dollars in grants to fund infrastructure projects and a collective commitment from city leaders to revive the community and attract new businesses.

10. Miller Strengthens Neighborhoods in Medical District -

Though you may not have noticed, one of Memphis’ districts is being thoughtfully enhanced, one project at a time.

It’s called the Medical District, and it comprises 2 1/2 square miles surrounding nine anchor institutions: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Methodist Healthcare, Regional One Health, Memphis Bioworks, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College of Health Sciences and the Southern College of Optometry.

11. Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit -

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

12. View From the Hill: Outsourcing Win More About Turf Than Trends -

As Fall Creek Falls folks celebrate a state decision to postpone park privatization, the question is whether public opposition or failure to follow long-standing state protocol led to the plug-pulling.

13. Clayborn Temple Restoration Approaches One-Year Mark -

Box lunches and stained glass were the order of the day as developers of Clayborn Temple hosted the Rotary Club last month at the landmark Downtown church.

It was one in a series of events Frank Smith and Rob Thompson have hosted at the AME Church since they reopened its doors last October to explore uses for it and start a fuller renovation in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the spring of 2018.

14. Last Word: Bar Louie's Corner, Chucalissa and Shark Tank for Ag -

The key corner at the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street is the southwest corner where since the opening of a renovated Overton Square several years ago Bar Louie has had the corner. And the restaurant chain wants to keep the corner although its landlord wants to make a change. That’s the bottom line in bankruptcy reorganization court documents filed in February.

15. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

16. Editorial: Memphis’ Future Needs Chucalissa’s Past -

It won’t be long before we mark 200 years as the city of Memphis. Plans are already underway for the city’s bicentennial. At times like this, you might wonder about who and what came before.

17. Another Country -

On the road into the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in southwest Memphis, there is a sign you might not notice on your way to the museum and archaeological site.

An arrow pointing east is the way to Memphis. The western arrow reads Chucalissa.

18. Getting To Know Dallas -

Once upon a time, I called Dallas home. But as many Memphians can attest when admitting to never visiting Graceland, as a Dallasite I didn’t hit many of the tourist attractions.

I’ve returned to Dallas off and on since moving away in 2000, mainly to attend sporting events. But in October we visited for a longer stretch, enough time to hit some of the city’s highlights. We simplified things and used a CityPASS ticket to lead our decisions.

19. Last Word: 'Sun Records,' Ole Miss's Lack of Control and Haslam in 2018 -

I am not going to be one of those people who at this late date in the history of television dramas based on real people points out every departure from reality. The first episode of the CMT television series “Sun Records” Thursday was a scene-setter and introduction of sorts to an ensemble cast with plenty of opportunities to name that place in Memphis. That usually means a pretty complex story line to come and there are more than enough memorable characters in the story of Sun.

20. TVA’s Nearly $1B Natural Gas Plant 70 Percent Complete -

The view is breathtaking. The Memphis skyline glints and gleams in the midday sun. The Pyramid casts its own unique light across the distance, and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge superstructure is an elegant silver set of curves to the west, filtered through bare trees. It’s a view you need a hard hat to see from the top of the massive heat recovery steam generator at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Allen Steam Plant, under construction in southwest Memphis.

21. The Week Ahead: February 20-26 -

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

22. Packard's Playbook Helps Women Thrive in Corporate 'Jungle Gym' -

Susan Packard’s premise is straightforward: Business is a team sport. Winning doesn’t just happen, but requires everything any team sport would – preparation, strategy, spirit, competitiveness, composure, focus, creativity and, yes, gamesmanship.

23. Having It Their Way -

She was working for a major petroleum company and had just been transferred to Cody, Wyoming. She was relatively new to the industry and certainly to the boots-on-the-ground oil field where on Day One she got out of her SUV wearing a long skirt and flats.

24. Last Word: Lovell's Fall, Critical Focus Debut and Super Lice -

That didn’t last long – the political career of state Representative Mark Lovell. About six weeks into a two-year term of office six months after he upset veteran Republican state Rep. Curry Todd, Lovell resigned Tuesday in Nashville. But the Legislature probably isn’t done with him yet. Even if it turns out the Legislature is done in terms of dealing with him directly, it will probably be talking about him for longer than the six weeks he was a legislator.

25. MLB’s RBI Institute Coming to Memphis -

Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program will host its biennial RBI Institute in Memphis next week.

Scheduled for Feb. 16-19, the training conference draws coaches and league administrators within RBI affiliations from throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Curacao.

26. Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

27. State Of The Suburbs -

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

28. MLB’s RBI Institute Coming to Memphis -

Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program will host its biennial RBI Institute in Memphis next week.

Scheduled for Feb. 16-19, the training conference draws coaches and league administrators within RBI affiliations from throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Curacao.

29. Last Word: De-Annexation Theories, Clash on School Vouchers and Garth & Trisha -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration come up with some surprises in de-annexation recommendations to the city task force on the issue. The three most recently annexed areas of Memphis were considered likely to be in the recommendations. Although the indication last year was that this would take a lot of discussion before someone actually wrote that on a Power Point presentation at City Hall. Not only did Strickland do that – he also included four other areas.

30. South Memphis Businesses Awarded $40K in ICED Loans -

A pair of South Memphis businesses were awarded a combined $40,000 in Inner City Economic Development loans by the Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee this week.

Champion’s Pharmacy & Herb Store, 2369 Elvis Presley Blvd., and Park Place Recycling & Logistics, 815 E. Georgia Ave., were each approved for a $20,000 ICED loan Wednesday, Feb. 1, to assist with building improvements and business expansions.

31. Connecting People at Heart of Plans For $12M Friendship Park -

Heartsong Church and the Memphis Islamic Center, neighbors in Cordova, are shattering notions of hatred and divisiveness seen elsewhere in the world with plans to develop a $12 million Friendship Park connecting their two properties.

32. The Week Ahead: January 31- February 6 -

Good morning, Memphis! It will get up to 49 degrees Saturday, but the Mississippi River water temp will still be frigid when the annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics splashes off at Mud Island River Park. A busy week starts with Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address today.     

33. Last Word: The Business of Local Sports, Garrison Leaves MATA and Broadband -

Marc Gasol makes the NBA’s Western Conference All Star team as a reserve, the first player in the history of the Grizz to make the All-Star Game three times.

Grizz business operations president Jason Wexler asked about Memphis hosting an NBA All-Star Game one of these days at The Daily News Sports Seminar Thursday at the Brooks. Wexler saying the city doesn’t have enough hotel rooms – the same barrier to drawing bigger conventions and meetings to the city.

34. State Sens. Harris, Kelsey Critical of TVA Water Wells -

When Odell Johnson goes on business trips he looks forward to seeing water pumping plants in other cities that use surface water for drinking water.

Johnson is the manager for water and engineering operations at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division. He made the comment Tuesday, Jan. 24, as his tour of the utility’s Sheahan Pumping Station served as a backdrop for the ongoing debate about the Tennessee Valley Authority’s change of plans to cool its new natural gas-fired power plant in southwest Memphis.

35. Last Word: The March & Crowd Estimates and Country Records in Memphis -

Twice now in the last six months, very different protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in the largest demonstrations we’ve seen since the 1970s – and more importantly, demonstrations that are an entry point for a new generation to many of these issues.

36. The Week Ahead: January 24-30 -

Good morning, Memphis! With the big inauguration done, some political decisions are on the horizon closer to home, including the election of a state Democratic Party chairman. Plus, discussions resume on the Memphis Zoo parking reconfiguration. We won’t say size matters, but the dimensions of those spaces is still on the table. Check out details on those plus what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

37. Youth Sports Boost Players’ Skills, Benefit Memphis’ Bottom Line -

The baseball fields in January are relatively quiet, at least compared to March. That’s when 60 to 65 teams begin to make their way every weekend to the Gameday Baseball complex in Cordova, where tournaments are in high gear from March through October.

38. Saint Francis Rolling Out Carpet for Nurses -

Faced with a growing demand for nurses, hospitals are finding they have to be more creative in their recruitment efforts to attract the best candidates.

That’s according to Keith Stanhill, chief human resource officer for Saint Francis Healthcare, which is hosting a job fair and hiring event next week and offering a potential hiring bonus of $10,000 for some eligible nurses.

39. Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers -

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

40. Land Use Board Makes Decision on Trio of Controversial Cases -

The Shelby County Land Use Control Board met neighborhood opposition head-on Jan. 12, approving one controversial project and voting down two others.

Of the 18 cases approved on its consent agenda, the most pertinent project was the proposed Ice House entertainment center at 2166 Central Ave.

41. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

42. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

43. LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead -

1048 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $3.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2017

Buyer: Fitness International LLC

44. Events -

PizzaRev will hold job fairs Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its future location near International Paper at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. The fast-casual eatery is looking to hire 50 crew members. Interested applicants can apply in person or visit pleaseapplyonline.com/tennrev to begin the process online.

45. The Week Ahead: January 10-16 -

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

46. Events -

The 2017 Memphis Bike Swap will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Bikers will be able to buy, sell or swap parts with other cyclists around the city. Admission is free for buyers; food and beer will be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Visit peddlerbikeshop.com/events for details.

47. Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue in Greensward Compromise -

Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to talk about changing one of the key ground rules for reconfiguring and expanding the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.

And the zoo’s representative on the committee that met Thursday, Jan. 5, is adamant that the requirement for parking spaces to be 10 feet by 20 feet should remain as it is.

48. Last Word: Booksellers Options, New Parking Spaces and The Memphis Open -

Somewhere in the back of our minds, I think most of us knew there were probably some circumstances under which Booksellers at Laurelwood might remain open. And as it turns out there are some terms the owner is talking about just past the post-New Year’s shock of work that the store will close in February.

49. Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue In Greensward Compromise -

Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to at least talk about changing one of the key ground rules for the rearrangement and expansion of the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.

And the zoo’s representative on the committee that met Thursday, Jan. 5, is just as adamant that the requirement for parking spaces to be 10 feet by 20 feet should remain as it is.

50. Memphis' Newest Doggie Daycare Offers Downtown Pets a Place to Play -

There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.

While the roughly 25,000 people who live in and around Downtown still have scenic spaces like Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River Greenbelt to walk their pets, many residents don’t have their own yard where their pets can run free without a leash.

51. Last Word: Change at the Top, Legislature New Year's Resolution and Election Selfies -

It’s the Grizz and the Thunder Thursday at the Forum followed by the Tigers and South Carolina at the Forum Friday. And yes there are still people in town watching football. They are here for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl earlier in the day Friday between Georgia and TCU. You should join them.

52. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

53. Arrests, Metal Barriers, Lawsuits All Played Role in Greensward Parking Compromise -

Spring at City Hall is budget season and it can be stormy for a new mayor, not to mention a city council with six new members. But that wasn’t the case in 2016.

The real spring political storm was the Overton Park Greensward – specifically overflow parking from the Memphis Zoo on the greenspace south of the zoo.

54. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host a “Frozen” sing-along Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through Jan. 29. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

55. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

56. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

In any given year, charitable giving might rise or fall. But when the Chronical of Philanthropy analyzed the giving of the country’s 50 largest cities via Internal Revenue Service data, it captured a larger sample size: 2006 through 2012.

57. Events -

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Week kicks off with a team welcome party Monday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, 1 Bass Pro Drive. Join the teams as they enjoy dinner and entertainment while exploring Memphis' biggest destination experience. Tickets available only in select action packs. Visit libertybowl.org for ticket information and a schedule of bowl week events.

58. Events -

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly through Tuesday, Dec. 27. Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans, make s’mores around the campfire, and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights for hours, details and tickets. 

59. New Director Wants to Raise Memphis Botanic Garden’s Profile -

The Memphis Botanic Garden long ago ceased being a place to just stop and smell the roses. While a rose garden is one of 28 specialty gardens spanning 96 acres, events and promotions have more recently provided MBG’s identity to the community, especially The Live at the Garden concert series.

60. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host live music by Marcella Simien of Marcella & Her Lovers Friday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, Santa’s elves will make visits each day through Saturday, Dec. 24. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through January. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

61. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group will screen “It’s A Wonderful Life” to benefit Mid-South Food Bank Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Tickets are free with a non-perishable food donation or $5 cash contribution for the Food Bank. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details on where to drop off donations.

62. Events -

PizzaRev will hold a job fair Monday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its future location near International Paper at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. The fast-casual eatery, which is set to open the first of three Memphis locations in early 2017, are looking to hire roughly 50 crewmembers, including shift leads and supervisors. Another job fair will be held Dec. 28 at the same time and location. Interested applicants can apply in person or visit pleaseapplyonline.com/tennrev to begin the process online.

63. The Week Ahead: December 19-25 -

Good morning, Memphis! With only a few days left until Christmas, sparkling lights and holiday happenings are taking place citywide – and that’s not all that’s taking place this week, as the Memphis Tigers go bowling and the Electoral College makes the presidential election official. Check out what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…

64. Wolf River Greenway’s Epping Way Segment Moves Toward May Opening -

The only trace of Berry Brooks’ Epping Way clubhouse and recreation area is a pair of wooden gabled stone posts across the curb cut and gravel entrance at the end of a Raleigh cul de sac.

The clubhouse and its parking lot just beyond the entrance on a hilltop that is still a verdant green days away from winter is long gone. A slim border, perhaps of a swimming pool, appears intermittently. The nine tennis courts are now a duck pond near the 20-acre lake that remains the centerpiece of the property.

65. Last Word: ASD Changes & TNReady Scores, Fred's For Sale? and Cinnabon & Ikea -

The day after the TNReady reports cards for school districts were released, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen was in Douglass Wednesday with word of some changes in how the Achievement School District operates.

66. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

67. Last Word: New Rhodes President, Billy Hyman and the Fast Track -

The biggest political betting pool of the post-election season ends Tuesday as President elect Donald Trump said Monday by Twitter that he would name his nominee for Secretary of State Tuesday morning.

68. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

69. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

70. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

71. Design Board OKs Signs For ServiceMaster, Old Dominick -

After the votes were cast, Downtown Memphis Commission president Terence Patterson said he could not contain his excitement over ServiceMaster’s newly approved sign package.

72. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules -

Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.

Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.

73. Cars Line Up to See Wildfire-Ravaged Tennessee City; 13 Dead -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

74. Downtown Newcomers Seek Sign Exceptions -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board will meet next week to discuss some potential changes to the Downtown Memphis skyline.

Both highly touted applicants, Old Dominick Distillery and ServiceMaster, are proposing changes that will alter the visual presence of Downtown. ServiceMaster is proposing a package of 14 signs while Old Dominick is requesting a four-sign package consisting of both permanent and temporary signage.

75. Three CRE Firms Join to Improve Connectivity at Busy Poplar Corridor -

Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.

Boyle Investment Co., Highwoods Properties Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc. are forming the Shady Grove/Ridgeway Business Owners Association (BOA), an advocacy organization focused on pedestrian/streetscape enhancements for the East Memphis business district, particularly at Poplar and South Shady Grove Road.

76. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

77. The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4 -

Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

78. Events -

Pinot’s Palette will host its fourth annual Project Pet portrait-painting event to benefit the Streetdog Foundation on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sanderlin studio, 5040 Sanderlin Ave., suite 111. Cost is $65; $20 will be donated to Streetdog. Participants must register by Thursday, Nov. 24. For details and registration, visit pinotspalette.com/sanderlin or call 901-761-0012.

79. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. The open-mic format will be hosted by Jo Garner. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call 901-482-0354.

80. Events -

A public meeting on the Pinch District redevelopment plan will take place Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Balinese Ballroom, 330 N. Main St. The planning team will present the vision that has been crafted for the Pinch District following two public input meetings and discuss connectivity between this initiative and other projects in the vicinity. For more information, contact Brett Roler at roler@downtownmemphis.com or 901-575-0540.

81. Beale Street Music Festival Passes Available Nov. 18 -

Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

82. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will wrap up its Motown Film Series with a screening of “Soul! Featuring Stevie Wonder and Wonderlove” on Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com for details.

83. Beale Street Music Festival Passes Available Nov. 18 -

Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

84. Change Is Mantra At Brooks, Ballet Memphis -

The rotunda at the Brooks Museum of Art is in transition this week as the surreal figures of Yinka Shonibare’s “Rage of the Ballet Gods” give way to the burlap sculptures of Nnenna Okore that will be suspended from the rotunda dome for the next six months.

85. The Week Ahead: Oct. 31–Nov. 6 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy Halloween! From the Indie Memphis Film Fest to the long-awaited opening of the Midtown Kroger, there’s plenty of exciting happenings to keep you busy in the coming days. Peruse what’s going on in The Week Ahead while you munch on the candy you’re supposed to be saving for the trick-or-treaters. (We won’t tell.)

86. Real Estate Awakening -

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its move to the shuttered Peabody Place Mall from Ridge Lake office park, it promised new life for a 328,000-square-foot black hole in Downtown’s retail market.

87. Spate of Big Deals Among CRE Trends In 2016 -

Ask CBRE senior associate Gray Fiser to sum up the commercial real estate market in Memphis over the course of 2016, and he’s ready with a few quick bullet points by way of reply.

Fast forward, say, five years from now, he explains, and these are the things likely still being talked about:

88. Last Word: Beale Street Blues, Feds Review MPD and Midtown Kroger -

It’s the Grizz season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum Wednesday. But there was plenty of drama in the Grizzlies office Tuesday afternoon of the non-Grizz variety but nevertheless a shade of Beale Street blue.

89. Wolf River Access and Federal Grant Highlight Preservation Efforts -

The road in Piperton near Albert Spillers Bridge on state Highway 196 is gravel and it is steep. But it is the way to a new boat access point onto the Wolf River that is formally dedicated Wednesday, Oct. 26.

90. The Week Ahead: October 24-30 -

The real fall may finally have arrived in Memphis, but we’ll see. What we do know will arrive this week is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first real game of the 2016-2017 season at FedExForum. And the first public look inside a very historic Memphis church near FedExForum the day before that season opener. The Wolf River also is in the news this week and toward week’s end, Halloween will be lurking around the corner.     

91. Last Word: Big River Weekend, Buying Local and The Rehabilitation of Lane Kiffin -

The city’s riverfront will be a very busy place Saturday with several events – the one getting the most attention is the opening of the Big River Crossing – the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River on the north side of the Harahan Bridge.

92. Big River Crossing, St. Jude Ride and RiverArtsFest to Draw Crowds -

The Oct. 22 opening of the much anticipated Big River Crossing is joining the St. Jude Ride and the 10th annual RiverArtsFest for a big weekend of festivities on the banks of the Mississippi in Downtown Memphis.

93. Events -

Zoo Boo 2016 will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 27-31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Enjoy trick-or-treat stations, a not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, Dracula’s Disco and more at this all-ages event. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers; day-of-event tickets are $2 more. Visit memphiszoo.org for details and tickets.

94. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. Themed “And Justice for All,” the award ceremony will honor six individuals for their contributions to civil and human rights in the U.S. and worldwide, and will be followed by the gala celebration. Individual tickets start at $200. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org or call 901-525-3214.

95. The Week Ahead: October 17-23 -

This will be a historic week for Memphis, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 22, when a boardwalk across the Harahan Bridge opens to the public that will give Memphians and visitors alike an intimate experience with the Mighty Mississippi. The Big River Crossing also will link Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas, and provide bicycle enthusiasts miles of trails along the river levee that will be unique in the world. There’s only one Mississippi River, the world’s second-largest inland waterway, and there’s only one Memphis! This crossing will be an unmatched amenity for the city for years to come.   

96. Last Word: Mud Island Round 3, Newsmakers Notes and North Midtown -

Cue the organ. You know, the one from those old soap operas or radio dramas. And prepare for the latest episode of Island of Mud. When last we looked in on Mud Island River Park, the city had two finalists to redevelop all or a part of the southern half of the island that is really a peninsula.

97. Last Word: In Defense of The Cossitt, Joe Royer and 3 Months Since The Bridge -

Citizens of Memphis, I rise in defense of the city’s first public library. Not in its original much-loved state but in defense of its much-ridiculed modernization.

No, I will not follow that with a defense of John Calipari or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s location in Cleveland instead of Memphis or the late Mo’ Money Taxes and the company’s commercials. But I reserve the right to, at some future date, defend the big silver sculpture thing on the northeast corner of Front and Poplar at the Cannon Center.

98. The Week Ahead: October 10-16 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get ready for an eclectic mix of fairs, food and festivals to keep you entertained this week. Check out details on those and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

99. Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant -

They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.

In the earliest plans for the city of Memphis, they were part of the Promenade – a section of public land that includes the city’s first public library, the river view behind what is now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park below it on the other side of Riverside Drive.

100. Editorial: Memphis Moving Beyond the Parks -

The word “parks” doesn’t begin to adequately describe what is currently happening in Memphis.

Overton Park and Shelby Farms Park are thriving. The transition of Kennedy Park in Raleigh at the northernmost point of the Wolf River is underway. And smaller parks remain a desired amenity in neighborhoods across the city.