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1. Parkside Proposal -

The developers of the proposed Parkside at Shelby Farms project have applied for a tax-increment financing (TIF) designation to fund nearly $72 million in public infrastructure improvements to the area, including the construction of Shelby Farms Parkway.

2. Morris' Secret Helped Pass Civil Rights Cold Case Laws -

Charlie Morris was known for decades as a political operative who defined a brand of grassroots-style campaigning and political involvement in North Memphis. He and his late wife, Alma, operating out of a barber shop in a Quonset hut off Chelsea Avenue, endorsed candidates and worked for them at the polls – going door-to-door in their neighborhood in what was the most basic kind of political organizing.

3. Commission Takes 1st Vote On Property Tax Rate Cut -

Shelby County commissioners voted 8-0 Monday, June 4, in favor of a county property tax rate of $4.05 for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Commissioners Turner, Burgess and Willie Brooks abstained on the first reading vote, which automatically advances the measure to second and third readings regardless of the vote count under the commission’s rules.

4. Commission Takes First Vote On Property Tax Rate Cut -

Shelby County commissioners voted 8-0 Monday, June 4, in favor of a county property tax rate of $4.05 for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Commissioners Turner, Burgess and Willie Brooks abstained on the first reading vote, which automatically advances the measure to second and third readings regardless of the vote count under the commission’s rules.

5. Commission Approves Graceland Resolution in Forum Non-Compete Controversy -

The Shelby County commission dipped its toes in the roiling waters of the Graceland-Grizzlies arena flap with a vote Monday, June 4, to conditionally endorse the idea of a 6,200-seat Whitehaven arena built by Elvis Presley Enterprises on the Graceland campus.

6. From Distillers to Farmers, Trade War Would Cause Casualties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If a trade war is coming, the cheesemakers of Wisconsin are standing in the line of fire. So are the farmers of the Great Plains and the distillers of Kentucky. And the employees of iconic American brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi Strauss.

7. Last Word: Kim Kardashian's Plea, The Duran Stay and Mid-Term Moves -

A drug case from Memphis federal court in the early 1990s was the reason Kim Kardashian West was at the White House Wednesday. Kardashian West is among those pushing for a presidential pardon for Alice Marie Johnson – serving a life sentence on a federal drug and money laundering conviction. Here is the Associated Press story.

8. Self-Accountability Key to Sales Success -

I’ve always contended that there are few business professions as challenging as a career in sales, which is why it’s not at all surprising that more than 45 percent of salespeople don’t meet their annual quota, according to a CSO Insights performance management study.

9. Univ. of Memphis to Manage Own Capital Projects -

The University of Memphis will manage its own construction projects effective July 1 with a vote last week in Nashville by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The THEC vote allows the university to manage new construction on its campus through the school’s board of trustees and the state building commission.

10. Draft Prohibits Removed Confederate Monuments to be Relocated in Shelby County -

The private nonprofit corporation that had Confederate monuments removed from two city parks last December wants to transfer the statues to a nonprofit that will relocate them somewhere outside Shelby County.

11. Safe and Sound -

Entrepreneur Jim Turner is enjoying the recent growth of his MedixSafe drug security cabinet business, which sprouted from his successful security-based business, Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling (ESSC). This year, MedixSafe will top $1 million in sales for the first time and will account for one-third of ESSC’s overall business.

12. Draft Calls for Confederate Monuments' Relocation Outside Shelby County -

The private nonprofit corporation that had Confederate monuments removed from two city parks last December wants to transfer the statues to a nonprofit that will relocate them somewhere outside Shelby County.

13. Editorial: Hardaway Takes Game Off The Court, Into the City -

While we have pondered and called meetings and probably hired consultants to help us get our arms around young Memphians who leave the city to seek their future and never return, something has been happening. And it has been happening around the city’s dominant sport – basketball.

14. Commission Reappoints Bolton As Adviser, Questions His Role -

Shelby County commissioners reappointed former commissioner Julian Bolton as their legislative policy adviser Monday, May 14, sending his reappointment, effective to the end of September, to Mayor Mark Luttrell, who vetoed an earlier version of the appointment in April.

15. Commission Reappoints Bolton As Advisor Amid Questions About His Role -

Shelby County commissioners reappointed former commissioner Julian Bolton as their legislative policy advisor Monday, May 14, sending the reappointment to the end of September to county mayor Mark Luttrell who vetoed an earlier version in April.

16. Bid Farewell to Trial-and-Error Marketing -

The average company spends 3 to 5 percent of revenue on marketing, which is certainly not a trivial expense. Why, then, do so many companies invest so little time in the construction of the marketing plan that ensures that investment is well-spent?

17. Last Word: Making Memphis Easier, Strickland on Graceland and Construction Jobs -

Some of the BSMF reviews in from this past weekend are thumbs up for the way Memphis In May has ramped up what you might call its infrastructure around Uber, Lyft and little items like muddy boots for the increasing number of Memphians and visitors who are ready to go no matter what the weather is doing. And they may opt for some other way into Downtown beyond driving a car and finding a parking place and walking, especially when there’s a drop off at the northern end of the music festival. Even a fire hydrant water flow to take the mud off your boots. We can make Memphis easier with less effort than we think at the outset.

18. Turner Career Program Seeks To Boost Construction Manpower -

Chris Boyce is a happy man. The South Memphis resident is gainfully employed in a trade he never envisioned while he worked for years performing railroad maintenance around the area.

19. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner -

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term.

20. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset -

The Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent county commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term on the 13-member body.

21. Repeatable Sales = Scalable Growth -

For many business-to-business (B2B) companies, the ability to grow correlates directly with the ability to effectively expand the sales team.

If each member of your team has his own approach to selling your company’s products and services, replicating success and scaling your company can be difficult. In contrast, if all members of the sales team follow a proven, predictable sales process – with appropriate allowances for individual selling styles – it’s much easier to scale your sales team more quickly, efficiently and successfully.

22. County Commission Urges Haslam to Veto Immigration Bill -

Shelby County commissioners approved a resolution Monday, April 30, urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a bill that would require local and state law enforcement agencies to work with federal immigration and customs enforcement agents on immigration matters.

23. County Commission Urges Haslam Veto of Immigration Bill -

Shelby County commissioners approved a resolution Monday, April 30, urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a bill that would require local and state law enforcement agencies to work with federal immigration agents on immigration matters.

24. Gov’t Argues AT&T-Time Warner Deal Would Hurt Consumers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government pleaded its case Monday for blocking AT&T from absorbing Time Warner, saying it would hurt consumers as a big antitrust trial crept toward its end and a decision by a federal judge.

25. First Primaries Kick Off Busy Election Year -

Shelby County voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 1, in the first of three elections this year that will take in county, state and federal offices by the time the last vote is counted in November.

The primary elections Tuesday for 23 Shelby County government offices are being watched closely by local Republican and Democratic leaders. They are watching the turnout and what the results say about the political temperament and activism of a county Hillary Clinton carried with 60 percent of the vote in the November 2016 presidential general election won by Republican Donald Trump.

26. Building Heritage -

The basement of the Universal Life Insurance building, a Memphis landmark at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, is still defined by the intersection of overhead ventilation shafts and pipes.

27. Enticing Landing Pages That Convert -

In the lead-capture business, the formula for success is straightforward on the surface: an offer strategy that your target market finds relevant, engaging ad content in a format that grabs the consumer, and an effective landing page that compels those consumers to take action.

28. Electronic Security Firm Buys Select Frase Accounts -

Memphis-based Electronic Security Specialists (ESSC), a licensed low-voltage contractor that installs and services electronic security equipment, has purchased required commercial fire alarm accounts from Frase Protection.

29. Last Word: TNReady Blinks Again, Gov. Debate Thoughts and Mud Island's Museum -

There was a point Thursday morning during the troubled TNReady testing at some Tennessee school districts when there was a “brief” slow down in the online testing, according to the Tennessee Education commissioner’s office. By noon that had been resolved and more than 250,000 completed tests had been submitted since testing began Monday. One can only imagine what some of the thoughts were in the office during the slow down and the gap between how long the slow down seemed and how long it actually was.

30. Last Word: 'Poking The Bear,' National Walk Out Day and McQueen on Capitol Hill -

The state House’s Tuesday action cutting $250k in funding for Memphis from Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget proposal is turning into a cause back here, starting with a GoFundMe page. Elsewhere on social media, you can see the unmistakable outline of a party or parties for the cause beginning to form. This is near the end of session for the Legislature when the budget is the last action before going back to the district to run for re-election. Different timing over here, with multiple crawfish outings leading into Memphis in May.

31. Electronic Security Specialists Buys Frase Fire Alarm Accounts -

Memphis-based Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling (ESSC), a licensed low-voltage contractor that installs and services electronic security equipment, has purchased required commercial fire alarm accounts from Frase Protection.

32. Civil Rights Cold Case Bill Nears Passage -

Years of work behind her, state Rep. Johnnie Turner is making the final push for creation of a state body designed to initiate investigations into civil rights cold cases, potentially solving decades-old murders or giving people the opportunity to put a heinous act behind them.

33. Dogs + Vodka = Winning Marketing Strategy -

New York Times best-selling author, Robert Cialdini, is known for his expertise on the subject of persuasion – specifically the role it plays in driving consumers to purchase.

In his book “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion,” Cialdini cites six key principles of influence – one being the concept of “liking.” In its simplest form, this principle states that consumers are more easily persuaded to make a purchase by people they like. “Liking,” in this sense, doesn’t mean there is necessarily friendship. It is about discovering common attributes. Sales reps who draw attention to commonalities with prospects have a greater chance of closing the sale. The same holds true for your marketing effort.

34. Luttrell Vetoes One Resolution, Refuses to Sign Another -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has vetoed a resolution for attorney and former County Commissioner Julian Bolton to continue in his role as legislative policy adviser to the commission.

35. Luttrell Vetoes One Resolution, Refuses to Sign Another -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has vetoed a resolution for attorney and former county commissioner Julian Bolton to continue in his role as legislative policy advisor to the commission.

36. April 13-19, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

1968: Striking Memphis sanitation workers vote to accept a pay raise of 15 cents an hour from the city, ending their strike after 64 days. Ten cents of the raise will go into effect in May, with the other 5 cents being added on Sept. 1.
The amount has come up before in the negotiations, which are being watched closely by The White House and federal labor officials following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb balks at the proposal presented by his team, saying he would agree to a raise effective with the new fiscal year beginning July 1 and not before. He also says the raise will be less than 15 cents an hour. Philanthropist Abe Plough secretly agrees to pay the difference needed for the entire pay raise starting May 1, contributing a total of $60,000 to cover the cost. Plough’s role remains a secret until his death in 1984.

37. Luttrell Says County Pre-K Funding Source Likely to Differ From City’s -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell probably won’t follow the city’s blueprint for funding universal prekindergarten in Shelby County.

38. Jones Named Managing Partner of Fisher Phillips’ Memphis Office -

Fisher Phillips has appointed David S. Jones regional managing partner of its Memphis office. Jones, who has 18 years’ law experience, represents clients exclusively in immigration-related employment and compliance matters, and that will continue to be his primary focus as regional managing partner. In addition, he will oversee development of the office, attorneys and staff, and will play a greater role in the management of Fisher Phillips as a whole as a member of the operations group. Jones takes the reins from Jeff Weintraub, who served in the role for six years, as part of a routine leadership rotation.

39. Early Voting Opens for May County Primaries -

Early voting in the first of three 2018 elections in Shelby County opens Wednesday at 21 sites across the county and runs through April 26.

The primaries are led by contests for county mayor, all 13 seats on the county commission and most of the county’s elected offices. The remainder are in the other even-year election cycle or have an eight-year term of office that comes around next in 2022.

40. Religious Leaders Recount Catechism of 1968 Memphis -

Rev. James Lawson, the architect of nonviolent resistance who counseled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on it, walked in a circle last week around the new “I Am A Man” bronze and stainless steel sculpture. As he walked with his head down, still and video photographers scrambled for the best angle to capture the seminal strategist of the civil rights era, seemingly deep in thought.

41. Three Incumbents Unopposed at August Primary Ballot Deadline -

Three incumbent Democratic state House members in the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature were effectively re-elected Thursday, April 5, at the noon deadline for candidates in the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries to file their qualifying petitions.

42. Three Incumbents Unopposed at August Primary Ballot Filing Deadline -

Three incumbent Democratic state House members in the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature were effectively re-elected Thursday, April 5, at the noon deadline for candidates in the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries to file their qualifying petitions.

43. Under Hardaway, Memphis Again Can Have Hometown Heroes -

Headline from the future: “Alex Lomax Leads Memphis Tigers into the Sweet 16.”

A certainty? Of course not. But it’s a possibility because Lomax has committed to Penny Hardaway and the University of Memphis. You know, as opposed to staying with his earlier choice of Gregg Marshall and Wichita State.

44. Luttrell Says He Might Veto Contract And Budget Amendment Moratorium -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says placing a moratorium on any contracts or budget amendments through the end of August is “counterproductive” and he is considering, among other reactions, a veto of the measure approved Monday, April 2, by the Shelby County Commission.

45. County Commission Approves Contract Moratorium -

Shelby County commissioners approved a moratorium Monday, April 2, on all county contracts and budget amendments worth more than $50,000 through the end of August.

The 10-3 commission vote follows concerns some commissioners expressed last week in committee sessions about a multi-year contract worth $20 million for medical services to county corrections center inmates.

46. Nashville-based Trust Company Opening Memphis Office -

Pendleton Square Trust Co., a Nashville-based independent trust and family office company, has hired an executive away from First Tennessee Bank to help launch and open an office in Memphis in the coming months.

47. Heritage Trail Loops Open Amidst MLK50 Preparations -

As city crews were moving the Mountaintop sculpture into place at the new MLK Reflection Park and the nearby I Am A Man Plaza was getting one last patch of cement Friday, March 30, a tour bus came through as preparations were being made for the city’s MLK50 observances.

48. Memphis Greenspace Plans Spring Park Programming -

The nonprofit Memphis Greenspace has announced a first wave of activation in its current park portfolio of Memphis Park and Health Sciences Park.

In conjunction with the Downtown Memphis Commission and UrbanArt Commission, Memphis Park will host the Truth Booth – an interactive, transmedia global project featuring an inflatable, portable speech bubble recording booth – Tuesday, April 3, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

49. Funding Plans -

The subject of county government’s $18 million to $25 million projected revenue surplus didn’t surface once this week as the Shelby County Commission’s budget committee continues to prepare for budget season. The Wednesday, March 28, committee session was the first since County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration said it is estimating the surplus for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, because of better-than-expected county property tax collections and fewer appeals of property tax reappraisals.

50. Memphis Greenspace Plans Spring Park Programming -

The nonprofit Memphis Greenspace has announced a first wave of activation in its current park portfolio of Memphis Park and Health Sciences Park.

In conjunction with the Downtown Memphis Commission and UrbanArt Commission, Memphis Park will host the Truth Booth – an interactive, transmedia global project featuring an inflatable, portable speech bubble recording booth – Tuesday, April 3, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

51. Aggressively Grow Email Subscribers -

One of the most cost-effective strategies for driving web traffic and generating online leads is email marketing. Unfortunately, most small and mid-sized companies have an email database filled mostly of current clients, business partners and other friends of the firm. To put a fire under your email marketing and dramatically boost results, follow these five steps for growing your email database.

52. August Ballot Starts to Fill Out Ahead of April 5 Filing Deadline -

With contenders in the May county primaries now appearing at various campaign forums, holding their own events and going door-to-door in search of votes, there are still a few gaps to be filled on the Aug. 2 state and federal primary ballot.

53. No Death Penalty Option In Lorenzen Wright Murder -

The ex-wife of former University of Memphis standout and NBA player Lorenzen Wright won’t face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee.

Shelby County prosecutor Paul Hagerman said before a hearing Monday, March 19, that Sherra Wright won’t face death if found guilty of first degree murder in her ex-husband’s shooting death. She has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond.

54. Mixed Emotions as Vols, Lady Vols Exit Postseason -

Wait till next year. Again. Hope for better. It’s going to be a long offseason for Tennessee basketball.

The Vols were seeded No. 3 in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region and were upset by No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago, 63-62, in the second round in Dallas.

55. Plan to Expand Pre-K Would Leverage Private Funds -

After voters defeated two ballot questions in two years for sales tax increases – city and county – to fund an expansion of prekindergarten classrooms primarily in Memphis, the effort is back with a momentum that seemed unlikely five years ago.

56. Last Word: Hardaway Day, 'Our Turn' and Elvis Documentary Takes on Col. Parker -

By the time Penny Hardaway is formally announced as the new Tigers basketball coach Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. the reaction could make you wonder what is going to be left by the time the first Tigers team led by Hardaway takes the court next season. Among those reacting Monday to the word of a contract agreement between Hardaway and the University was none other than LeBron James tweeting about the Tigers possible choices of footwear.

57. Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Won't Face Death If Convicted -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright won't face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee, a prosecutor said Monday.

58. Strickland Unveils Pre-K Funding Plan Without Tax Hike or Referendum -

The city has a plan to provide $6 million of the $16 million needed to fully fund prekindergarten in Memphis for 8,500 children starting when a federal grant that currently funds 1,000 of the existing 7,000 seats runs out in 2019.

59. A Look Back At UT’s History In NCAA Tourney -

Basketball coach Rick Barnes was fired by Texas in late March of 2015 when he refused to fire members of his coaching staff.

60. August State and Federal Primary Ballot Taking Shape -

With less than a month to file for the August state and federal primary elections, there are still a few decisions to be made by would-be candidates working in the shadows of those running in the May 1 county primary elections.

61. Stephen Hawking: 'His Laboratory Was the Universe' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers.

Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday at age 76, became the public face of science genius. He appeared on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Big Bang Theory," voiced himself in "The Simpsons" cartoon series and wrote the best-seller "A Brief History of Time." He sold 9 million copies of that book, though many readers didn't finish it. It's been called "the least-read best-seller ever." Hollywood celebrated his life in the 2014 Oscar-winning biopic "The Theory of Everything."

62. Shhh! How to Stream March Madness When the Boss Isn't Around -

NEW YORK (AP) – March Madness begins Tuesday. And that may mean strategizing to sneak in some games when the boss isn't looking.

Fortunately for you – though not your boss – all 67 games in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament will be available online. Many of the games, including the Final Four, will require a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription.

63. Turner Construction Moves To New Memphis Office -

Turner Construction Co. has moved to a new 2,700-square-foot office at 6060 Primacy Parkway in Memphis.

64. Clark Tower, Primacy Parkway Ink New Tenants -

5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

Lease Amount: 1,830 square feet

Tenant: Accurate Communications Corp.

65. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

66. Turner Construction Moves to New Memphis Office -

Turner Construction Co. has moved to a new 2,700-square-foot office at 6060 Primacy Parkway in Memphis.

67. Mamie Smith, ‘Pops’ Staples Named to Blues Hall of Fame -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Singer Mamie Smith, songwriter and musician Roebuck "Pops" Staples, piano man Georgia Tom Dorsey, drummer Sam Lay and Chicago band The Aces are among this year's inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame.

68. Council and Commission Talk Pre-K and Workforce Development -

When 20 of the 26 Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners got together Thursday, March 1, at Beale Street Landing, the idea of county government providing funds to expand access to prekindergarten got resistance on the county side.

69. Sherra Wright Pleads Not Guilty to Murder -

The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges in his death more than seven years ago.

Sherra Wright’s lawyers entered the plea in Shelby County criminal court in Tennessee. Wright wore an orange jail uniform and responded “no sir” when asked by Judge Lee Coffee if she had any questions about the case.

70. Council and Commission Talk Pre-K and Workforce By The River -

When 20 of the 26 Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners got together Thursday, March 1, at Beale Street Landing, the idea of some kind of county government funding for expanding access to pre-kindergarten ran into some resistance on the county side.

71. May Primaries Feature More Candidates, Women -

The May 1 Shelby County primary ballot is set, with 33 Republicans and 50 Democrats seeking 23 county offices – specifically the right to advance as the nominees of their respective parties to the August county general election.

72. ‘Gym Rat’ Building Another Winning Program -

Tennessee’s basketball team is rolling into March Madness.

Amazing.

The 16th-ranked Vols (22-7, 12-5 SEC) entered this week second in the SEC standings and having clinched a double-bye in the March 7-11 SEC tournament with one regular-season games remaining, Saturday against Georgia at Thompson-Boling Arena (6 p.m. ET, SEC Network).

73. Local Political Partisans Begin Looking Beyond Trump -

The founder of one of the city’s Trump “resistance” groups is among those looking for something beyond the resistance.

“We don’t want to resist Trump forever,” Emily Fulmer, the founder of Indivisible Memphis, told a gathering of 50 Friday, Feb. 23, at the National Civil Rights Museum under the “Take Back Tennessee” banner. “The goal is not to be in a state of resistance forever.”

74. Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Pleads Not Guilty to Murder -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges in his death more than seven years ago.

Sherra Wright's lawyers entered the plea in Shelby County criminal court in Tennessee. Wright wore an orange jail uniform and responded "no sir" when asked by Judge Lee Coffee if she had any questions about the case.

75. Last Word: Corker & Blackburn, More Frost and Dale Watson's Move to The Haven -

It's possible around City Hall these days to get your RFQs mixed up with your RFPs. And there is a difference in requests for qualifications and requests for proposals. Usually RFQs come before RFPs – but there are exceptions – loopholes. The latest RFQ out of City Hall – album title or t-shirt slogan? – is for the adaptive reuse of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

76. Turner Construction Co. Expands Memphis Office -

Turner Construction Co. has added three new managers in its Memphis office.

Jeremy Harville has joined the company as a project manager, Mary Bright will serve as community & citizenship manager and Elly Olmstead has been named environmental health & safety manager.

77. Last Word: Looking In The Lookout, Women in Business and The Race for Governor -

What would bring a Memphian on his own to The Lookout – the restaurant and bar at the top of the Pyramid? The view, of course. So after the obligatory walk outside to the views south along the riverfront and west across the river, I settled in Sunday for the view from within. I lined up with both of the tree stumps in the round fish tank in the center of the Pyramid’s apex, a steampunk frog watching from above.

78. County Primary Ballot Includes Partisan Match-Ups, Automatic Wins -

Two Democratic county commissioners effectively won re-election to new terms of office at the Thursday, Feb. 15, filing deadline for candidates on the May 1 county primary ballot. And a third faces independent opposition in the August county general election.

79. Comptroller: City Obeyed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

80. Turner to Retire From State House -

Democratic State Rep. Johnnie Turner will not be seeking re-election to the House this election year, she announced Friday, Feb. 16.

81. Two County Commissioners Re-elected At May Ballot Filing Deadline -

Two Democratic county commissioners effectively won re-election to new terms of office at the Thursday, Feb. 15, filing deadline for candidates on the May 1 county primary ballot. And a third faces independent opposition in the August county general election.

82. Comptroller: City Obeyed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

83. State Democrats Targeting Domestic Abuse With Bills -

Tennessee House Democrats are sponsoring legislation designed to bolster support for domestic violence victims amid a dismissive attitude toward abuse by President Donald Trump.

“We’re all familiar with the situation with Rob Porter and his former spouses showing pictures and reports about domestic violence, and the White House response has not been one that condemns the abuser but instead says we have to be careful with how we ruin someone’s reputation,” said state Rep. Raumesh Akbari during a Tuesday, Feb. 13, press conference. “So I think that shows a complete disregard for taking the complaints and the legitimate concerns of these abused women seriously.”

84. Four County Commissioners Unopposed As May Ballot Filing Deadline Approaches -

With a noon deadline Thursday, Feb. 15, to make the May 1 Shelby County primary ballot, four incumbent county commissioners had no opposition filed in their re-election bids.

Five Republican primary races on the ballot for 23 county offices, including the 13 commission seats, were one-candidate affairs with two or more Democrats running in the competing primaries as of Tuesday. Two Democratic primary races were also one-candidate races against a field of multiple Republican contenders in the companion primary.

85. Comptroller: City of Memphis Followed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

86. This Week In Memphis History: February 9-15, 2018 -

2016: Open casting call for the television series “Sun Records” – then called “Million Dollar Quartet” – at Humes Prep Middle School.

1978: The salaries of office workers in Memphis rose 7.5 percent from November 1976 to November 1977, according to a federal Department of Labor survey of 190 manufacturing and nonmanufacturing companies in the city employing a total of 72,300 people. Business computer programmers make $275 a week, compared with $261.50 a year earlier. Accounting clerks make $193 a week, compared with $175.50 a year before.

87. Last Word: Fred's Troubles, Indigo Comeback and Selling MCA -

During Monday’s record Wall Street drop, Memphis-based Fred’s was among those taking it on the chin. But the retailer’s stock was already taking a beating from more turmoil since it got cut-out of a purchase of Rite Aid stores by Walgreens in 2017. Fred’s third chief financial officer in seven months is getting a $100,000 hiring bonus.

88. The Day After -

There is perhaps no greater scrutiny that a brand faces than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. Courageous brands bet big that their ad will win hearts and minds, but alas, only 36 percent of Super Bowl ads earned favorable ratings from our team of advertising professionals, likely making for some uncomfortable ad execs on the hot seat Monday morning.

89. UT Defies Expectations, Projected as No. 4, 5 Seed -

You won’t find a lot of star power on Tennessee’s basketball team. You will find a roster of players buying into the system of third-year coach Rick Barnes.

90. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

91. Last Word: Wiretaps in the Wright Case, Target Layoffs and SCS Looks To Move -

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis among those boycotting the State of the Union address Tuesday evening by President Donald Trump. “The president is unworthy of the podium, the position and the power.” Republican Congressman David Kustoff of Germantown among those not boycotting SOTU. “Just one year after president Trump took the oath of office, our economy is the strongest it has been in decades. … We passed historic tax reform and we bolstered our military and support our veterans. Last year, the president kept his promises and tonight, he told the American people that he is not done.”

92. Lawyer: Wiretaps, Recordings Part of Wright Investigation -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a Tennessee man charged with killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright says wiretaps and audio recordings are included in the investigative files in the case.

93. Mystery Surrounds Super Bowl Ads -

In another record-breaking year, with ad costs exceeding $5 million per 30-second spot, big brands are, once again, putting it all on the line. Some will score big and others will be answering to their boards about their multimillion-dollar blunders.

94. Nashville Court Orders Second Attempt at Mediation on Monuments -

The Nashville chancellor who Monday ordered a hold on selling or transferring ownership of Confederate monuments removed from two Memphis parks followed up the next day with an order that all sides in the dispute enter mediation.

95. Court Holds Up Sale or Transfer Of Confederate Monuments -

UPDATE: Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle issued a second court order Tuesday, Jan. 30, that orders all sides in the litigation to enter into mediation on possible new locations for the removed monuments.

96. Football Practice Facility at Memphis Moving Forward -

The University of Memphis Athletics Department has released updated information on the football facility project, to be built on the Park Avenue campus.

Turner Construction Co. has been named general contractor, and the initial construction meeting has been held to discuss timeline, budget and details of the project.

97. Memphis Greenspace Plans Upgrades to City Parks -

Memphis Greenspace Inc. has announced a spring activation strategy for its current park portfolio of Memphis Park and Health Sciences Park.

98. Sherra Wright Makes First Court Appearance -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife has made her first court appearance since she was extradited from California to face charges in his shooting death.

News outlets say Judge Lee Coffee read charges against Sherra Wright during her Thursday arraignment in Memphis – first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

99. Memphis Greenspace Announces Spring Activation of Parks -

Memphis Greenspace Inc. has plans for Health Sciences and Memphis Park with a “spring activation strategy” announced Thursday, Jan. 25, for the two parks that until last month included the city’s two most iconic Confederate monuments.

100. Top 10 2018 Marketing Trends, Part 2 -

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series. As a small or mid-sized company CEO, time is likely not a luxury with which you’re familiar. Staying abreast of evolving marketing technology can seem impossible in light of all of your competing priorities. That’s why this year’s top 10 marketing trends for the new year are tailor-made for companies of your size – strategies which can be practically applied in 2018 on a small to mid-sized company budget.