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1. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” Tuesday, Feb. 28, through March 5 at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

2. Events -

Hands of Hope Auction Party, the largest annual fundraiser for the Exchange Club Family Center, will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. The party will include silent and live auctions, live music provided by Earnestine and Hazel’s Band and Otis Faithful, dancing and gourmet food. Visit exchangeclub.net/handsofhope to buy tickets.

3. Events -

Stax Music Academy will perform a Black History Month tribute to the 1967 Stax/Volt European Tour Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. The concert will feature the music of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, and Arthur Conley. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; call 901-946-2513, ext. 250, to buy advance tickets.

4. Events -

Rhodes College will host a talk titled “Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare’s World,” presented by Renaissance scholars Jerry Brotton and James Shapiro, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in Palmer Hall’s Hardie Auditorium on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Visit rhodes.edu.

5. Gateway Project Partners Holding Info Session -

The city of Memphis, Shelby County and a number of other partners will host an open-house-style informational session about the Memphis Bicentennial Gateway Project on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St.

6. Moorman Named Chief Scientist at Ducks Unlimited -

Tom Moorman has been named chief scientist of Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to conserving North American waterfowl habitats. Moorman, who will take over from retiring chief scientist Scott Yaich on March 1, has worked for DU for more than 25 years, most recently serving as head of its 13-state Southern Region.
As chief scientist, Moorman will serve as DU’s leader on waterfowl and habitat science, provide vision and direction in addressing DU’s science needs and ensure it maintains its standing and credibility as a top-notch science-based organization.

7. Events -

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform in Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7-8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. The performance explores traditional Chinese culture and legends through a blend of classical dance and orchestral music. Tickets start at $70. Visit shenyun.com or call 888-974-3698.

8. Events -

The second We Mean Business Symposium, hosted by the City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity and Compliance, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tower Center at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., 33rd floor. The primary focus is to share upcoming city bid opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses. Companies also will learn about the certification and registration process and how to leverage the city’s diversity programs. The first J.E. Walker Breaking Barriers Awards Luncheon will follow. Cost is free; RSVP required. Register at eventbrite.com.

9. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will present “Selling for Business Owners” Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seasons 52, 6085 Poplar Ave. Shawn Karol Sandy, chief revenue officer of The Selling Agency, will share the three-point plan that builds your own selling program and positions your company in front of your ideal customers. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

10. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

11. St. Jude Expansion Looks East of Campus -

The city’s plan for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital isn’t the only reason the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district.

12. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

13. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

14. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

15. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

16. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

17. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 5, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. A roundtable of airline, car and hotel providers will discuss what programs are available, how to qualify, the process for getting started and how to adjust and grow. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org. 

18. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Wednesday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.

19. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park will offer ice skating lessons Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Taught by the Figure Skating Club of Memphis, the 30-minute lessons are included with the $10 ice rink admission, which also includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours, events and activities.

20. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park will offer ice skating lessons Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Taught by the Figure Skating Club of Memphis, the 30-minute lessons are included with the $10 ice rink admission, which also includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

21. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports -

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

22. Elvis Birthday Observance Expands to Guest House -

The traditional proclamation of Elvis Presley’s birthday will still take place Jan. 8 on the front lawn of Graceland. But other events around what would have been the entertainer’s 82nd birthday next month will be held at the recently opened Guest House at Graceland.

23. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group will host a screening of “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.

24. Events -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will screen “On the Road,” an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel, Friday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $5 for Brooks members and students with valid ID, or free with a VIP film pass. Visit brooksmuseum.org for details.

25. Elvis Birthday Observance Expands to Guest House -

The traditional proclamation of Elvis Presley’s birthday will still take place Jan. 8 on the front lawn of Graceland. But other events around what would have been the entertainer’s 82nd birthday next month will be held at the recently opened Guest House at Graceland.

26. Trump Not Saying What He'll Do About Dakota Access Pipeline -

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Protesters who celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline vowed to remain camped on federal land as they wait to find out whether President-elect Donald Trump might seek to overturn a decision that delayed the $3.8 billion project.

27. 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 earlier this year, and also will discuss connectivity between this initiative and other projects in the immediate vicinity. For more information, contact Brett Roler at roler@downtownmemphis.com or 901-575-0540.

28. Events -

Nutcracker Ballet Ensemble & School will perform “Nut ReMix” with special guest Charles “Lil Buck” Riley Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, at the Cannon Center, 255 N. Main St. The show is a new take on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” set on Beale Street, with music performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band. Visit newballet.org for times and tickets.

29. Events -

Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter will hold a North Memphis community forum Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St. The conversation on criminal justice, education and jobs kicks off BLM Memphis’ neighborhood community forum series. Visit facebook.com/blmmemphis for details.

30. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will host the 2016 Downtown Memphis annual meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Enjoy a cocktail reception and entertainment the first hour. Then starting at 5:30 p.m., the DMC will unveil its strategic priorities and public space considerations for the Main Street Mall area, then present the Downtown Vision Awards. Tickets are $20; preregistration required. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com for details and registration.

31. Events -

The Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter and Mid-South Health Care Executives will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Three experts will discuss cybersecurity and information technology security alignment with a company’s or industry’s regulations, business goals and organizational risk. Visit pmimemphis.org for details.

32. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Erich Eurich of FocalPoint Business Coaching will present “2017 Starts Now: Hit the ground running through effective goal setting.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

33. Events -

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will host a volunteer orientation on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at HSMSC, 935 Farm Road. The orientation is the first step to becoming a volunteer for the organization. Visit memphishumane.org or call 901-937-3900 for details.

34. Last Word: The Curses, Early Voting's Last Day and Midtown Kroger's First Day -

The goat, the curse, whatever you choose to call it – it’s over for the Cubs who are baseball’s world champions. And even in this basketball town, there is something about the tradition of baseball that commands attention. But alas October belongs to the political surprise in Presidential races exclusively as once again the World Series is decided in November.

35. Snoop Dogg, Cat Power Among Artists Honoring 2016 Music Hall of Fame Inductees -

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will be honoring six musicians tomorrow at its 2016 induction ceremony at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, an event that will also include appearances and performances by artists like Snoop Dogg and Cat Power.

36. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

37. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

38. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

39. Freedom Awards Explore New History -

In the sanctuary of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church last week, with former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and some students who racially integrated Memphis public schools in 1961, Swin Cash talked about memories of her last season as a professional athlete.

40. Kiffin’s Coaching Rehab Drives Vols Fans to Drink -

Based on the events last weekend at Neyland Stadium, I think it’s safe to say the rehabilitation process is almost complete for Lane Kiffin.

Among the most notable things in Alabama’s total domination of Tennessee was the way Kiffin pulled the strings as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. He kept posing questions for which the Vols’ defense had no answers.

41. 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.

42. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Glen Fenter of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce will present “Our Newest Workforce Development Tool – Memphis Works.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

43. 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.   

44. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Operation Hope will host a “Take Your Life Back” credit and money-management workshop Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Whitehaven Center, 1234 Finley Road. Topics include saving money, understanding your credit score, settling accounts, consumer rights and disputing inaccurate information. Free and open to the public. RSVP to nlashford@southwest.tn.edu or 901-333-4287.

45. 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 a gala celebration. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org or call 901-525-3214 for details and tickets.

46. October 14-20, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: The University of Memphis Tigers football team beats Ole Miss 37-24 at a sold-out Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in a game televised on ABC. It’s a big day in the city. Some tailgaters showed up the night before, anticipating a colossal traffic back-up around the fairgrounds. The evening of the game, a smaller, sold-out crowd gathers at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts for the induction of the latest class to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Among those in attendance is late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who is inducting Justin Timberlake. Keith Richards is present to induct Scotty Moore.

47. 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.

48. Events -

Paint Memphis will present Soul Food 5, a one-day paint festival celebrating North Memphis, on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolf River floodwall at North Evergreen Street and Chelsea Avenue. More than 140 artists from all over the world will collaborate to paint both sides of the 0.3-mile wall with graffiti art. The event is open to the public, and families are encouraged to watch the artists in action, visit the food trucks and check out vendors. Visit paintmemphis.org.

49. Events -

UT Health Science Center and its partners will hold a community event aimed at ending domestic violence Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UTHSC Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. “Bridging Troubled Waters, a Community Conversation” will feature a keynote by former Memphis reporter/anchor Dee Griffin, a domestic violence survivor, as well as breakout sessions. Seating is limited; registration encouraged. Visit uthsc.edu/btw or call 901-448-2704.

50. Music, Rec Facilities in the Works at U of M -

The Tennessee Board of Regents is helping pave the way for the University of Memphis to build a $44 million on-campus music center instead of an already approved biochemistry and biology building.

The TBR has granted the U of M’s request to substitute the music center building project for an earlier request to build a $36 million biochemistry and biology building. Coming in at 40,000 square feet, the music center would be located along Central Avenue, near the school’s Holiday Inn. The request was granted at the Tennessee Board of Regents’ quarterly meeting in Chattanooga Sept. 15-16.

51. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway -

Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.

52. Surviving An IRS Audit -

Summer is the time for baseball, barbecue and family vacations. But it’s also audit season. We are now between traditional tax day – April 15 – and the fall deadline for individuals who filed extensions – Oct. 15. While audits take place year-round, this time of year is when taxpayers often receive “official correspondence” notices from the Internal Revenue Service.

53. Barnes Re-Elected As Vice President of TPA -

Memphis Daily News publisher Eric Barnes is beginning his second term as vice president for daily newspapers for the Tennessee Press Association.

54. Barnes Re-Elected as TPA Vice President -

Memphis Daily News publisher Eric Barnes is beginning his second term as vice president for daily newspapers for the Tennessee Press Association.

55. TPA Recognizes House Speaker for Open Government Efforts -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – State House Speaker Beth Harwell and two other state lawmakers have been honored for their support of open government in Tennessee.

56. 5 Honorees Chosen For Freedom Awards -

Two civil rights attorneys, a federal appeals court judge and a Yemeni journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner are among the recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 25th annual Freedom Awards.

57. Memphis Engineers Elected To Statewide Council Offices -

Two Memphis area engineers have been elected to help lead the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.

Logan Meeks, PE, with A2H Inc., will serve as first vice president of the statewide council. Tim Verner, PE, with Fisher & Arnold Inc., has been elected second vice president.

58. July 1-7: This week in Memphis history -

2014: Hard Rock Cafe Memphis’ new location opens at the corner of Beale and Second streets after 17 years at Beale and Hernando.

1976: ZZ Top headlines a Fourth of July concert at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium that also includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult and the Outlaws. Tickets are $12 at the gate.

59. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down -

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.

Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.

60. 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.

61. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

62. Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.

63. MSO, University of Memphis Partnership Will Open New Doors -

A new partnership between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis may become a model for sustainability of fine arts organizations in a new economic landscape.

Earlier this month, the symphony and U of M announced a three-year, renewable partnership to bring the MSO into residence at the university. The partnership will reduce the annual operating budget for the financially strapped MSO by 40 percent and offer synergy for the two entities to build further revenue around programming and music education innovations.

64. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

65. Last Word: The Return of Chiwawa, Mud Island's Dilemma and A Good Map -

Chiwawa is back. But don’t call it a doughnut shop. And the owner says it won’t be called Chiwawa either. We presume it will still proclaim that Midtown is Memphis.

66. 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.

67. PFM Group Promotes Lowe To Managing Director -

Lauren Lowe has been promoted to managing director of The PFM Group, a leading provider of independent financial and investment advisory services to state and local governments and not-for-profit institutions. Based in PFM’s Memphis office, Lowe serves the firm’s municipal advisory clients. Her areas of expertise include debt transactions and structuring, strategic planning, pricing and cash flow analysis as well as advising many of her local government clients on policy development.

68. Dave Thomas Named CEO Of Kemmons Wilson Insurance -

Dave Thomas has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as chief executive officer. In this role, he’s responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and also is tasked with growing the Memphis-based property and casualty insurance company. Thomas has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently serving as CEO of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

69. University of Memphis, MSO Form Partnership -

The University of Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra have announced a unique partnership, creating a new Mid-South destination for music training and performance, music outreach and arts-centered, cross-sector community development.

70. University of Memphis, MSO Form Partnership -

The University of Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra have announced a unique partnership. In an unprecedented collaboration between a university and a professional symphony orchestra, MSO will partner with the U of M to create the premier destination in the Mid-South for music training and performance, music outreach and arts-centered, cross-sector community development.

71. This Week in Memphis History: April 8-14 -

1976: The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board takes the first step toward pursuing federal funding for a coal gasification plant in Memphis. Federal funding totaling $2.8 billion is available to build eight of the plants, each using a different method for coal to liquid or gas fuel starting in the 1980s.

72. Events -

Urban Earth Garden Center will host an educational seminar on container gardening Saturday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. at 1 p.m. at Urban Earth, 80 Flicker St. The hour-long class on growing flowering plants in containers is geared toward both beginning and veteran gardeners. Cost is free. Call 901-323-0031.

73. Events -

Metal Museum will host Whet Thursday on April 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Attendees can participate in a foundry class, tour the galleries, and enjoy food trucks, cash bar and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

74. Gaskins Leads Engineering Office -

Wain Gaskins has joined consulting engineering firm Cannon & Cannon Inc. as manager of the company’s new Memphis office as well as director of West Tennessee operations and business development. 

75. Cannon & Cannon Opens Local Engineering Office -

Cannon & Cannon Inc., a Knoxville-based, women-owned consulting engineering firm, has established a Memphis office.

CCI provides services in civil engineering specializing in transportation and traffic design, electrical engineering design, water, wastewater and gas design. Also, CCI offers services in community, commercial and industrial development, as well as municipal revenue enhancement. CCI has been providing engineering services for 20 years and counts the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Knoxville Utility Board among its largest clients. CCI also has offices in Brentwood, Tenn., and Bowling Green, Ky.

76. Engineering Firm Cannon & Cannon Opens Memphis Office -

Cannon & Cannon Inc., a Knoxville-based, women-owned consulting engineering firm, has established a Memphis office.

77. Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager -

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.

78. Archer Malmo Wins Best in Show at 2016 ADDYs -

The Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation brought creative directors from Chicago, Austin and Santa Monica to Memphis over the weekend to judge 724 entries in the chapter’s 49th annual American Advertising Awards competition for creative excellence.

79. Last Word: TN(not)Ready, Hatiloo Expands and Tax Season Advice -

So what do you do when the test-makers fail the test?

You go back to the old test in the case of the Tennessee Education Department and the TNReady tests.
These were the new tests for the new statewide student achievement standards that replaced Common Core standards.
They can only be taken online.
But the system crashed Monday, which was the day that all of the preparation in the last year was geared toward. That included two tests locally of the on-line capacity and other technical standards necessary to make this go smoothly.
Here is a good account of what happened statewide and locally with a few other stops across the state to take in the scope of how big a failure this was and what failed.

80. Cannon Wright Blount Senior Tax Manager Answers Questions -

The busy time of the year is fast approaching for Dan Walker, senior tax manager with Cannon Wright Blount.

81. Harvey Joins Family Safety Center -

Mia Harvey has joined the Family Safety Center as community outreach specialist, a newly created position. In that role, she recruits and trains volunteers, and organizes outreach and other special events that create greater visibility for the center. She also develops presentations on domestic violence, showcasing the many Family Safety Center programs that serve victims and their families.

82. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will host the 14th annual Valero Memphis Refinery Tool Box Bash on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will include live and silent auctions, whiskey tasting, live music and more. Tickets are $60 at toolboxbash.com or 901-322-3532.

83. Events -

The Memphis Irish Society is enrolling for its 2016 Irish Gaelic class, set to begin Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Germantown area (contact for exact venue). The class is free, informal, and is open to all adults and children of middle-school age and older. It will meet most Saturdays throughout the year with some breaks. Email erin.shepherd@memphisirish.com for details.

84. Events -

Safer Shelby Summit, a roundtable discussion of criminal justice reforms the Tennessee Legislature will consider this year, will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. State Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Brian Kelsey has invited local leaders to participate.

85. Strickland Pushes Change Theme Beyond Campaign Borders -

Change as a political force is usually defined by the length of a campaign season.

Once the votes are counted, it’s taken as a verdict on how much or how little voters wanted change in a short span of time.

86. Strickland Takes Office, Doubles Down on Change Theme -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland took office New Year’s Day with a pledge to immediately begin to “target and remove” street gang leaders and equip police with the ability to immediately issue domestic violence orders of protection.

87. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

88. City Leaders to Take Oath On New Year’s Day -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland takes the oath of office Jan. 1.

Strickland will be joined in the oath by 13 Memphis City Council members and new City Court clerk Kay Robilio.

89. The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015 -

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

90. Events -

Wolfchase Galleria will hold its Ugly Christmas Sweater contest and holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the mall’s center court, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; judging runs from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, contestants must donate a new or gently used coat or toy for The Salvation Army. Visit wolfchasegalleria.com.

91. Last Word: The Force Reawakens, Methodist Expands and Setting Up 2016 -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

92. Strickland Gets Ideas From Transition Groups -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland spent most of Wednesday, Dec. 16, with his transition team ending one phase of his move from the city council to the mayor’s office.

93. Elvis’ Birthday Celebration To Focus on ‘56 Breakthrough -

When local leaders cut a birthday cake on the steps of Graceland Jan. 8 to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, it will also set the stage for a year-long remembrance of the first year Presley was a national phenomenon.

94. This week in Memphis history: December 11-17 -

2014: Gov. Bill Haslam announces Tennessee will expand its Medicaid program under a proposal similar to one used by the state of Arkansas. Haslam dubs it Insure Tennessee and calls a special session of the Tennessee Legislature in January 2015 for what he anticipates will be quick passage of the program. Instead, legislators defeat the program and quickly adjourn the special session.

95. Elvis’ Birthday Celebration To Focus on ‘56 Breakthrough -

When local leaders cut a birthday cake on the steps of Graceland Jan. 8 to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, it will also set the stage for a year-long remembrance of the first year Presley was a national phenomenon.

96. Events -

Central Defense Security will host a job fair Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Ave. CDS is seeking armed and unarmed guards for Memphis-area clients. For more information, visit centdef.com.

97. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Disney’s “Newsies” Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Dec. 13 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

98. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will exhibit Stephanie Wexler’s “uRbanRuraLandscapes” Monday, Dec. 7, through Jan. 4 at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. All works available for purchase. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

99. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis, will host its AutoZone Liberty Bowl Night on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Head coaches from the SEC and Big 12 teams playing the Liberty Bowl will speak. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

100. Events -

ULI Memphis, the local Urban Land Institute chapter, will present its annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate event Thursday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. National and local speakers will discuss a variety of emerging real estate trends. Visit memphis.uli.org/events to register.