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1. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel -

Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.

2. Events -

Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public meetings Wednesday, July 20, to present short-term investments for multimodal projects in the Memphis metropolitan planning area. The meeting will take place at MATA Central Station, 545 S. Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. and at Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email pragati.srivastava@memphistn.gov for more information. 

3. Kroger Expands ClickList Service to Southaven -

Kroger has expanded its ClickList online ordering service to Southaven.

The store at 3095 Goodman Road now lets shoppers there use the ClickList service to digitally “fill” up their basket and then set a time to arrive at the store to collect and pay for their purchases.

4. Olympus to Begin Building New National Service Center -

Olympus Surgical Technologies is soon to break ground on a $12 million East Coast National Service Center in Bartlett.

The 110,000-square foot facility, to be built by Chris Woods Construction Co., is set to be completed April 2017. The service center will bring more than 280 jobs.

5. Saint Francis Starts Program For Heart Age Screening -

Saint Francis Healthcare has announced a new Heart Age Screening program.

Provided free to the public, the screenings will help individuals determine their risk for heart disease. Screenings will be held monthly, with the location alternating between the campuses of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.

6. Early Voting Opens For The Aug. 4 Election -

Early voting opens Friday, July 15, in advance of the Aug. 4 election day in Shelby County and across Tennessee.

The first day of early voting will be at a single location, the Shelby County Office Building, 157 Poplar Ave., but expands to 21 satellite locations across Shelby County on Monday.

7. Last Word: At The Gates of Graceland, Domestic Violence at SEC Days and October -

Black Lives Matter at Graceland on Tuesday – the latest chapter in a story arc that is moving fast.

8. Olympus to Break Gound On New Service Center July 14 -

Olympus Surgical Technologies is soon to break ground on a $12 million East Coast National Service Center in Bartlett.

The 110,000-square foot facility, to be built by Chris Woods Construction Co., is set to be completed April 2017. The service center will bring more than 280 jobs.

9. Saint Francis Starts Heart Age Screening Program -

Saint Francis Healthcare has announced a new Heart Age Screening program.

Provided free to the public, the screenings will help individuals determine their risk for heart disease. Screenings will be held monthly, with the location alternating between the campuses of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.

10. Last Word: The Day After The Bridge, Big River Plans and the U of M Train Tracks -

The lure of the bridge was tempting some of the organizers of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on the day after the protest that drew thousands.

11. Kroger Expands ClickList Service to Southaven -

Kroger has expanded its ClickList online ordering service to Southaven.

The store at 3095 Goodman Road now lets shoppers there use the ClickList service to digitally “fill” up their basket and then set a time to arrive at the store to collect and pay for their purchases.

12. Saint Francis Earns Patient Safety Honor -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has earned an “A” grade for patient safety for the fifth straight year from The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital industry watchdog.

The hospital is one of fewer than 100 in the nation to achieve that level of patient safety excellence. The Leapfrog Group evaluated and graded more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide, with less than one-third receiving an “A” grade.

13. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

14. Kroger Brings Online Ordering to More Memphis-Area Locations -

Kroger suspected there was plenty of demand in the Memphis market for the online ordering system the grocery chain has been rolling out in recent weeks.

When the company brought ClickList to the first Memphis-area store last month, Kroger executives saw firsthand. They don’t have exact numbers to share, but Kroger confirmed that the launch of its ClickList online system at the first area Kroger – in Germantown at 7735 Farmington Blvd. – generated the most opening week orders for any store in the entire chain.

15. Bartlett Nursery Landscaping Grows Family Tree at 22-Acre Site -

Family owned Bartlett Nursery Landscaping is enjoying its 20th year at its location on U.S. Highway 70/Summer Avenue, with more residential and commercial customers than ever looking to go green.

Much like the products it sells, the nursery has grown organically over the past two decades, expanding from a small landscaping company in West Memphis into its current lush 22-acre retail location in Bartlett.

16. The Rest of the August Ballot -

If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.

17. Saint Francis Affiliate Opens on Summer Avenue -

Saint Francis Medical Partners – the affiliated physician network of Saint Francis Healthcare, which includes Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett – has opened a new 10 exam-room practice on Summer Avenue.

18. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

19. Greensward Partisans Turn Out Two Weeks Ahead of Council Votes on Settlement -

The Overton Park Greensward wasn’t on the Memphis City Council’s agenda Tuesday, July 5. But there were plenty of partisan from the controversy in council chambers in what was a rehearsal for a council vote in two weeks on a settlement of the park’s parking problem.

20. Memphis Bar Poll Ranks Judicial Candidates -

More than 800 local attorneys have weighed in on the judicial races on the Aug. 4 Shelby County ballot.

The Memphis Bar Association Judicial Qualification Poll asks attorneys which candidate is best qualified for a judicial post. The participation ranged between 818 and 873 votes per question.

21. The Week Ahead: July 4-10 -

Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…

22. Saint Francis Recognized for Patient Safety -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has earned an “A” grade for patient safety for the fifth straight year from The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital industry watchdog.

The hospital is one of fewer than 100 in the nation to achieve that level of patient safety excellence. The Leapfrog Group evaluated and graded more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide, with less than one-third receiving an “A” grade.

23. Audrey Gregory Returns to Memphis to Lead Saint Francis Hospitals -

For Dr. Audrey Gregory, new market CEO for Saint Francis hospitals, leading and being called to serve has always been in her blood.

24. Council to Debate Residency Limits, Again -

Memphis City Council members wade into the residency question Tuesday, July 5 – specifically a proposed referendum in November on a city charter amendment that would require “all persons employed solely by the city of Memphis to live and reside within the city of Memphis.”

25. Changing of the Guard -

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

His earliest days in a country ravaged by civil war and the loss of a younger brother are part of the reason he eventually decided to pursue a career in medicine.

26. Memphis Bar Poll Ranks Judicial Candidates -

More than 800 local attorneys have weighed in on the judicial races on the Aug. 4 Shelby County ballot. The Memphis Bar Association Judicial Qualification Poll asks attorneys which candidate is best qualified for a judicial post.

27. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy -

Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.

28. Resurrection Relocates Residency Program -

Resurrection Health has relocated its residency program to Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.

The obstetrics practice will also relocate, bringing most of Resurrection Health’s hospital services under one roof for the first time.

29. Lifeblood Issues Appeal for Blood Donations -

Lifeblood has issued an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially Rh negative types – A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative.

The organization, which provides blood to Memphis-area hospitals, said blood donations have plummeted since Memorial Day, with its reserves currently at less than a one-day supply.

30. Overton Square Atrium Has New Operator -

On a Friday morning, the Atrium in Overton Square may host a corporate meeting, with a wedding planned for that same night.

As the event venue’s new operator, CFY Catering will manage event bookings, planning, preparation and of course, the food.

31. Lifeblood Issues Appeal for Blood Donations -

Lifeblood has issued an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially Rh negative types – A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative.

The organization, which provides blood to Memphis-area hospitals, said blood donations have plummeted since Memorial Day, with its reserves currently at less than a one-day supply. Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process each donation before it can be released for a patient, blood is being transfused as fast as Lifeblood can provide it to hospitals.

32. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

33. Resurrection Health Relocates Residency Program -

Resurrection Health has relocated its residency program to Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.

The obstetrics practice will also relocate, bringing most of Resurrection Health’s hospital services under one roof for the first time.

34. Loeb Properties Signs Spate of Leases -

Loeb Properties has released a slew of recent leases that fill vacancies from Overton Square to Germantown.

• CFY Catering will be the new operator for the The Atrium, an event venue at 2105 Madison Ave. in Overton Square. Owned by Kevin and Kristi Bush, CFY has another location at the Loeb Properties-owned Daybreak Shops in Bartlett. CFY’s lease begins July 1.

35. Kroger Enters New Tech-Focused Era in Memphis -

All of a sudden, it seems, Kroger has transformed itself from a traditional grocery retailer to a tech-savvy brand that’s comfortable on the cutting edge.

At the chain’s corporate office in Memphis on a recent afternoon, Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager for the Kroger Delta Division, was showing one shopper some of the bells and whistles Kroger put inside its mobile shopping app. One hassle, the shopper mused aloud, is that she makes her grocery list but then has to run back and forth across the store once she get there, since the list never seems to line up in order with the store layout.

36. SRVS' Saulsberry Honored for Her Work -

Wendy Saulsberry is one of two recipients of the 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Tennessee by the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Saulsberry is a direct support professional for SRVS, a United Way agency that supports more than 1,200 children and adults with disabilities.
Saulsberry says that as a DSP, she is deeply committed to the well-being of SRVS clients, assists them with their daily activities and advocates on behalf of their interests.

37. Saint Francis-Bartlett Earns Honor For Heart Care -

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has picked up an award for heart failure care.

The hospital received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This is the seventh consecutive year the hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

38. Saint Francis-Bartlett Honored for Heart Failure Care -

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has picked up an award for heart failure care.

The hospital received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This is the seventh consecutive year the hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

39. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

40. August Ballot Known for What’s Not at the Top -

Just before the Memorial Day weekend, candidates in the most hotly contested races on the Aug. 4 ballot got the packages they’ve been waiting on – yard signs.

And social media messages were out by Friday afternoon urging supporters to sign up for them.

41. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

42. Last Word: Before the Rain on Beale, No More Laser Quest and School's End -

Just before the rain moved in and local TV just got all silly about it, David Fizdale was taking a look around Beale Street. And he got recognized and even posed for a few selfies.

If that’s not enough for you, here’s the Associated Press confirmation and a bit about the mechanics of how this all came about. Fizdale met with majority owner Robert Pera Wednesday in California and then came to town Thursday for more meetings.

43. Bartlett Native Wright Makes MLB Debut at Dodger Stadium -

When Daniel Wright stepped up on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium to make his major-league debut with the Cincinnati Reds the other night, a crowd of thousands was watching. And more than a dozen family members and friends from Memphis and Jonesboro, Ark., were there to root for him.

44. Big Memphis Banks Getting Bigger -

The biggest banks based in Memphis keep getting bigger. New figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through the first quarter show broad-based improvement among banks in the Memphis-area market, from growth in net income to loans to total asset size.

45. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

46. Sports Notebook: If He’s Available, Should Grizzlies Take Labissiere In First Round? -

While it’s difficult to imagine the NBA matching the NFL for draft night drama this year – hopefully there are no Twitter bong photos seconds before tipoff – the mock drafts don’t seem to agree a lot beyond LSU forward Ben Simmons going to Philadelphia first overall and Duke forward Brandon Ingram going second overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.

47. 1917 Lynching Recalled, Marker Planned at Site -

In a year, a group of religious leaders hopes to draw at least 5,000 Memphians to an area off Summer Avenue by the Wolf River where 3,000 gathered nearly a century ago as a man was burned alive.

The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis gathered Sunday, May 22, in a field by a Wolf River oxbow, 99 years to the day that Ell Persons was lynched at an event that was covered by local newspapers in advance.

48. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

49. New Schools Giving Memphis Suburbs More Autonomy -

Some of the trees along East Shelby Drive on the 158 acres at Sycamore Road are in rows. It’s the unmistakable sign of a tree nursery. And before that it was considered a prime dove hunting location.

50. Sometimes, Adviser Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

51. The Week Ahead: May 16-22 -

With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

52. Sometimes, Financial Planner Mike Cooper Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

53. Rallings May Seek Permanent Director Post -

When law enforcement brass talk about putting “drugs and guns on the table” – it’s a literal expression of a police department touting its ability.

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings did just that last week with the results of a 2 1/2 month operation by the police Organized Crime Unit that began Feb. 1, his first day on the job as police director.

54. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

55. Four Judicial Races on Aug. 4 Ballot -

Two years after the big ballot of judicial positions that are up for election once every eight years, there are four judicial races on the Aug. 4, 2016 ballot.

The two races for Bartlett Municipal Court Judge and races for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge and Shelby County Chancery Court reflect a last-minute ballot switch by the Shelby County Election Commission as well as continued turnover in countywide courts.

56. Lawmakers Fail To Conclude Tennessee Legislative Session -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A lengthy debate over a proposed veto override, partisan squabbling and a disagreement over a tax cut have delayed the planned conclusion of the legislative session.

57. 5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders -

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

58. Proofreading Potholes: Fundraising Miscommunications -

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us about our recent column on fundraising and proofreading. We heard from donors, volunteers, an executive director and a foundation program officer. We received feedback from you our Memphis readers, as well as readers in New York and California. Each had a story to tell about a nonprofit and proofreading.

59. Lot Availability, Prices Putting Home Construction Behind Demand -

The recent uptick in the residential real estate market is devouring what’s left of lot development that lagged during the recession, and tight supply is raising home prices in the Memphis area.

60. Walmart Hiring 300 for Bartlett Supercenter -

Walmart is looking to hire 300 local residents for its upcoming store at 6790 Raleigh LaGrange Road.

61. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

62. Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent In March -

Shelby County’s mortgage market closed out the first quarter by posting March numbers that headed in the direction bankers and real estate professionals like to see.

Last month’s total purchase mortgage volume was a little more than $131 million, up by $3.4 million over March 2015’s total of almost $128 million, for a gain of about 3 percent. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

63. Legislators Playing Expensive Game With LGBT Issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

64. Wolfchase Adds Three Tenants -

Simon Property Group, the parent company of Wolfchase Galleria, has added three new stores to the Bartlett-area mall.

Kids Foot Locker will open at Wolfchase over the summer. The 4,497-square-foot store will be located on the lower level next to Francesca’s.

65. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.

66. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican -

The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.

67. Aug. 4 Candidate Filing Deadline is Thursday -

The filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 4 election ballot in Shelby County is Thursday, April 7, at noon.

The ballot’s main attraction is the set of state and federal primary elections for Congress and the Tennessee Legislature. But the ballot also includes a countywide general election contest for General Sessions Court clerk, plus nonpartisan races for five of the nine seats on the Shelby County Schools board, Chancery Court judge and Circuit Court judge as well as both Bartlett municipal judge positions.

68. Three Entities Pay $2.6M For Bartlett Apartments -

A Bartlett apartment community has sold for $2.6 million. In a March 30 warranty deed, Summereast, an affiliate of the Robert and Martha Fogelman Living Trust, sold the property at 776 Bartlett Road. Three entities – TN Summereast LLC, Garden View LLC and WI Memphis LLC – jointly purchased the property.

69. Memphis Baseball Trusting Young Pitchers -

University of Memphis baseball coach Daron Schoenrock looks at his freshmen pitchers and sees talent and promise, even if at times this season “the moments have been a little big for them.”

70. Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.

71. House OKs Increasing Penalties for Texting While Driving -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state House has narrowly passed a bill to increase penalties for texting while driving in Tennessee.

Texting behind the wheel is currently considered a non-moving violation, punishable by a $50 fine. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Lollar of Bartlett would make it a moving violation that could require driver education course and four points issued against the driver's license.

72. Saint Francis-Memphis CEO David Archer to Retire -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis CEO David Archer is preparing to leave the hospital in May after 19 years, a departure that will also cap a 30-year career with Saint Francis’ owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp.

73. Transgender Restroom Bill Advancing in Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate is advancing a bill to require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth, while House members are seeking to revive the measure that was defeated earlier in the week.

74. Time On The Porch -

ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time.

75. Last Word: The De-Annexation Express, Return of The Curb Market and Different Fuel -

When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.

76. Bartlett Judicial Races Shifted To August Ballot -

The two municipal judges in Bartlett learned this week that they have races to run on the August ballot, not the November ballot they were scheduled to run on.

The addition of two races to the Aug. 4 Shelby County ballot comes two weeks before the April 7 filing deadline for the nonpartisan local races as well as the state and federal primary contests.

77. Saint Francis-Memphis CEO Prepares to Step Down -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis CEO David Archer is preparing to leave the hospital in May after 19 years, a departure that will also cap a 30-year career with Saint Francis’ owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp.

78. Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry -

The medical device industry fuels Memphis’ backbone. With a $2.6 billion local economic impact and nearly 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, original equipment manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group, Medtronic Spinal & Biologistics and Microport Orthopedics have made the Memphis area their base for products and medical devices.

79. Cordova Apartments Sell for $31.1 Million -

555 Wood Arbor Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $31.1 million

Sale Date: March 2, 2016
Buyer: CEAI Grove LLC
Seller: Trinity 464 LLC
Loan Amount: $4.2 million
Borrower: CEAI Grove LLC
Lender: CBRE Multifamily Capital Inc.
Details: The Grove at Trinity Point apartments have sold for $31.1 million.

80. Life Church of Memphis Moves on $15M Project -

The Life Church is improving its Collierville campus. A $15 million building permit application recently filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists a new sanctuary facility with associated site work and paving for 650 Houston Hill Road.

81. Three Post Offices to Host Passport Fairs Saturday -

Three Memphis-area post offices will host passport fairs this weekend for anyone looking to renew their passport or apply for their first one.

The fairs will be held Saturday, March 12, at these times and locations:

82. Life Church of Memphis Plans $15M in New Construction -

The Life Church is improving its Collierville campus. A $15 million building permit application recently filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists a new sanctuary facility with associated site work and paving for 650 Houston Hill Road.

83. Ikea Design Tells Unique Sales Story -

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

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

84. PNA Conference Covers Gamut of Issues to Improve Seniors' Lives -

Most of the topics you would expect. The 2016 overview on Medicare, coordinating services for seniors, and dealing with grief in the workplace.

They are all anticipated – and needed topics – for the Feb. 23 Professional Network on Aging (PNA) Conference at Bartlett Municipal Center.

85. Chef Shuttle Expands Into Midtown and Downtown -

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

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

86. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in January -

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

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

87. Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap -

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

88. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT -

Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.

Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.

89. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

90. Events -

Greater Memphis IT Council will host a Tech Tuesday event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. Mark Stephens of First Horizon Corp. will present “Dashboards & Data Analytics.” Register at memphisitcouncil.com.

91. Events -

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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

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

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

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

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

94. Events -

Staxtacular 2016, the Soulsville Foundation’s largest fundraiser, will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Hosted by Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies, “The Baller’s Ball” brings together the world of sports, music and philanthropy to benefit the Soulsville Foundation’s youth programs. Tickets are $175. Visit staxtacular.com.

95. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

96. Atlanta Architecture Firm Lands in Bartlett -

GreenbergFarrow, an Atlanta-based architectural, engineering, planning and development-consulting firm, has landed in Memphis.

Its 14th U.S. office recently opened at 6520 Stage Road in Bartlett.

97. Atlanta Architecture Firm Lands in Bartlett -

GreenbergFarrow, an Atlanta-based architectural, engineering, planning and development-consulting firm, has landed in Memphis.

Its 14th U.S. office recently opened at 6520 Stage Road in Bartlett.

98. Gastro One Sells Five Shelby County Properties -

A health care real estate investment trust has acquired five of Gastro One’s Shelby County property holdings in transactions totaling $15 million, according to deeds filed with the Shelby County Register’s Office.

99. First Building Permit Pulled For Crosstown Concourse Build-Out -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $15.6 million

Application Date: January 2016

100. Gastro One Sells Five Shelby County Properties -

A health care real estate investment trust has acquired five of Gastro One’s Shelby County property holdings in transactions totaling $15 million, according to deeds filed with the Shelby County Register’s Office.