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1. SCS Board To Vote on Crosstown High Charter Application -

Shelby County Schools board members vote Tuesday, Aug. 23, at a special school board meeting on a proposed Crosstown High charter school in the Crosstown Concourse development.

And the SCS administration is recommending the school board approve the application along with those of four other charter schools and deny charter applications from three other charter organizations.

2. BancorpSouth Puts Two Planned Mergers on Hold -

A downgrade of BancorpSouth’s Community Reinvestment Act rating means two mergers have been tabled for the time being. BancorpSouth announced in January 2014 its intent to acquire Ouachita Bancshares Corp. of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Central Community Corp. of Temple, Texas. The merger agreements were valued at a combined $325 million in stock and cash at the time.

3. Downtown Office Market Picking Up, Industrial Market Could Get Hotter -

Memphis’ office and industrial markets saw strong second quarters, with increased absorption and positive outlooks for the rest of the year.

The quarter was dominated by ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ announcement that it was moving its headquarters from East Memphis to the shuttered Peabody Place mall. The home services and tech company will transform the former mall into a $27 million, Class A office building.

4. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host the “Motown Black & White” exhibit Friday, Aug. 19, through Nov. 8 at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The temporary exhibit is composed of rare photos, promotional items and memorabilia from the personal collection of former Motown PR director Al Abrams. Visit staxmuseum.com.

5. Last Word: Malco in South Main, Suburban Deadline and Chiwawa -

The Malco movie theater in South Main is to begin construction in September, the latest piece of the Central Station development where construction of apartment units on the Front Street side of the property has been underway for some time.

6. Fed Minutes: Conditions Could 'Soon Warrant' A Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials believed last month that near-term risks to the U.S. economy had subsided and that an interest rate increase could soon be warranted. But they did not indicate when they would likely raise rates.

7. Child of Plane Crash Victims Reflects on Loss, Faith -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The note is typical for something posted by an eighth-grade girl on social media: Lots of exclamation points, a couple smiley faces. But the post from a young lady from Mississippi discussing the death of her parents and four other people in a plane crash in Alabama is touching people with its poignancy and honesty.

8. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host the “Motown Black & White” exhibit Friday, Aug. 19, through Nov. 8 at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The temporary exhibit is composed of rare photos, promotional items and memorabilia from the personal collection of former Motown PR director Al Abrams. Visit staxmuseum.com.

9. Malco Theatres Project Lands $125K Grant -

Malco Theatres hopes to start construction next month on its boutique movie theater Downtown thanks to a hefty grant from the CCDC.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Center City Development Corp. approved a $125,000 grant for the “high-impact” project. The grant amount soars past what the CCDC, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, has awarded in the past. Most of the storefront improvement grants over the past few years have come in below $30,000.

10. BancorpSouth Puts Two Planned Mergers on Hold -

A downgrade of BancorpSouth’s Community Reinvestment Act rating means two mergers have been tabled for the time being. BancorpSouth announced in January 2014 its intent to acquire Ouachita Bancshares Corp. of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Central Community Corp. of Temple, Texas. The merger agreements were valued at a combined $325 million in stock and cash at the time.

11. Fed Numbers Show Memphis-Based Banks Getting Bigger, More Profitable -

A lingering story among banks based in Memphis is that the biggest banks keep getting bigger. And new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show that trend continued uninterrupted in the second quarter.

12. Oxford Mourns Deaths of 3 Couples in Plane Crash -

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where city flags were lowered Monday as residents grappled with the loss of so many lives at one time.

13. Animal Shelter Moves Toward Three-Year Action Plan -

The Memphis Animal Shelter should have a three-year action plan by the end of October to end the killing of pets at the shelter for time and space considerations.

“We’re a public safety agency so euthanizing animals that pose a danger to our community is something that is part of our core mission and humanely euthanizing animals that are sick, that are suffering,” said Alexis Pugh, director of Memphis Animal Services on the WKNO/Channel 10 program Behind The Headlines. “What we want to avoid is having to euthanize an animal that is adoptable, that is healthy, that is able to be placed, simply because we don’t have the space in our facility and this animal has been there too long.”

14. Hotel Napoleon Joins Growing List of Unique Downtown Lodging -

A Downtown property’s ample windows, turn-of-the century architecture and an interesting backstory attracted hotel developer Suna Investments to the historic Winchester Building at 179 Madison Ave.

15. The Week Ahead: Aug. 15-21 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further. Here’s our weekly roundup of local events and other happenings you need to know about, from the Elvis Week candlelight vigil to a fun evening of craft beer and DIY art…

16. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host Arts and Craft Beers on Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Grab a power tool and create take-home DIY art projects, sample local craft beers and challenge friends to a lawn game at this 21-and-older event. Tickets are $15 for MBG members and $18 for nonmembers and are available at memphisbotanicgarden.com or 901-636-4131.

17. Events -

Playhouse on the Square opens its 2016-17 season with the regional premiere of “Mamma Mia!” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sept. 4 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

18. Events -

Playhouse on the Square opens its 2016-17 season with the regional premiere of “Mamma Mia!” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sept. 4 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

19. Roen Takes Helm of MALS Pro Bono Services -

Leah Roen is in her first week as the new director of pro bono services for Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), and she’s already forging new partnerships that will bring legal advice and support to those who need it most.

20. Changes Abound in New Shelby County Schools Year -

On his fourth opening of a school year, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson knows what comes after it seems like all of the preparations for the school year are completed and sealed airtight.

21. Steady Hiring is Now Benefiting a Broader Group of Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.

A second straight month of robust hiring – 255,000 jobs added in July – pointed to employer confidence that suggested that the economy is powering through a slump that struck early this year. The unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

22. Game-Changer -

So as it turns out, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June was a missed opportunity. No one in the gallery shouted, “University of Memphis – Big 12!” The tournament’s “Hush Y’all” signs were obeyed and to no good end.

23. Fed Fines Goldman $36.3M for Use of Confidential Material -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve fined Goldman Sachs $36.3 million for what it called the use and disclosure of confidential materials that the U.S. uses in its supervision of banks.

24. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

25. US Consumer Spending Grew a Solid 0.4 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers turned in another strong month of spending in June despite a decline in spending on autos.

Consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in June after an identical increase in May and a 1 percent surge in April, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The strength in June came from a surge in spending on nondurable goods, which offset a drop in spending on autos.

26. Never Too Early or Too Late to Chase a Dream -

For every scholarship, there is a story. Rhonda Gray’s story is a little older than most because her first opportunity to attend college came decades ago.

27. First Tennessee Consolidating Real Estate -

First Tennessee Bank is renovating and restructuring three of its Memphis properties in a project totaling upwards of $62 million.

28. Senator Seeks Reconvening of Congress Over Zika Virus -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all Eastern times):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

29. Locally Produced Drink Concept Memfizz Expanding Around City -

The owners of Otherlands Coffee Bar didn’t realize at first they had a hit on their hands, one with wider commercial potential.

About a month ago, Otherlands owner Karen Lebovitz and her husband Steve Cantor took a fizzy, natural probiotic soda they’d been offering at the coffee spot out to the wider world. They branded it Memfizz, hooked up with Memphis-based consultancy Southern Growth Studio, and after just a month have put the product on the shelves in 12 Memphis locations.

30. Pinnacle Financial to Anchor Boyle’s Building -

Pinnacle Financial Partners will be an anchor tenant in Boyle Investment Co.’s long-awaited office building in Ridgeway Center.

31. Pinnacle Financial Anchor Tenant in Boyle's New Office Building -

Pinnacle Financial Partners will be an anchor tenant in Boyle Investment Co.’s long-awaited office building in Ridgeway Center.

32. $15 Billion Volkswagen Emissions Deal Clears 1st Hurdle -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A nearly $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge giving preliminary approval to the deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles.

33. Will Memphis Make the Big 12 Cut? -

Another day, another media source outside of Memphis ranking the Big 12 expansion candidates. The following evaluation comes from The Orlando Sentinel.

The good news? The University of Memphis made the cut as one of five favorites.

34. Farewell to VCRs: Japanese Maker to Shelve Once-Hit Product -

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder.

35. As Fed Meets, No Rate Hike is Expected Until Late This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On again. Off again. On again?

Anyone trying to peg the likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year has been subject to a topsy-turvy shift of expert opinion the past few months. And when the Fed holds its latest policy meeting this week, few think it will provide much more clarity.

36. Q2 Data Show Solid Memphis Economic Picture -

Some clients of the wealth management and financial planning firm Kelman-Lazarov Inc. apparently got a little spooked by the recent decision of voters in Britain to leave the European Union.

37. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

38. Land Bridge Project Could Transform Entire University of Memphis Area -

The official planning phase has begun for the much anticipated $33 million University of Memphis land bridge, which will safely connect two sides of the university that are currently split by the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Southern Avenue.

39. Astor Collection Documents Four Decades of Memphis’ Gay Community -

Vincent Astor knows his way around the Memphis-Shelby County Room at the Memphis Public Library’s Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

His 2013 book “Memphis Movie Theatres” relied heavily on the archive’s collection of photographs of long-gone movie palaces.

40. Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’ -

Two recently approved projects will bring more than $300,000 in public projects to the Edge District.

“We expect this to be a banner year for the Edge in terms of improving the aesthetics, making it a more interesting place for the thousands of visitors that go there every year,” said Leslie Gower, vice president of marketing for the Downtown Memphis Commission.

41. Feds Investigate Shelby County Schools Over Migrant Bias -

The largest public school district in Tennessee is under a federal civil rights investigation into bias allegations surrounding district officials' treatment of migrant children from Central America and their parents, U.S. Department of Education officials said Wednesday.

42. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

43. Costs of Title IX Lawsuit to Univ. of Tennessee Surpass $3M -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The costs of attorney fees and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit to the University of Tennessee have grown to more than $3 million.

Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle the lawsuit filed in Nashville by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and fostered a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

44. 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. 

45. PILOT Moves Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

46. The Week Ahead: July 18-24 -

It’s supposed to get hotter in Memphis this week, which is pretty normal for mid-July, and the coming week brings what could be a hot debate at the Memphis City Council meeting Tuesday on a plan to solve parking on the Overton Park Greensward. That and some other events planned this week include...

47. After The Bridge -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

48. US Producer Prices Rose in June at Fastest Pace in 13 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. producers rose in June at the fastest pace in 13 months, reflecting a big jump in the price of gasoline and other energy products.

The Labor Department says that its producer price index, which measures cost pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.5 percent in June. That was the largest one-month jump since a similar rise in May 2015.

49. Darrius Stewart Family Sues City, Police For $17 Million -

The family of Darrius Stewart, killed a year ago this month by Memphis Police Officer Conner Schilling, has filed a $17 million lawsuit against the city of Memphis, former Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and Schilling.

50. New Incentives Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

51. Storied University of Memphis Railroad Right Of Way To Become Safer, Greener -

When classes resume at the University of Memphis in August, the unofficial campus tradition of crossing the railroad tracks along Southern Avenue will change.

Students on foot will no longer be able to cross just anywhere along the 2,000 feet of track between Patterson and Zach Curlin.

52. US Claims for Jobless Aid Fall, Sign of Employer Resilience -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that U.S. workers still have job security despite recent tremors in the global economy.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000. The 4-week average, which is less volatile, dipped slightly to 264,750.

53. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the premiere of “Moonvine,” a winner of the 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 8, through July 31 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

54. Events -

Attorney J. Anthony Bradley will present free seminar on VA Aid & Attendance Benefits on Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at Berclair Church of Christ, 4536 Summer Ave. The seminar is geared toward World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans as well as their spouses, surviving spouses and caregivers. RSVP to the church at 901-406-0310, or call the Bradley Law Firm at 901-937-2800.

55. Events -

Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free tax workshop for new businesses Thursday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Center’s Memphis Training Room, 555 Beale St. Tax specialists from local and state agencies will provide information and answer questions on complying with registration and tax requirements. Registration required. Visit tn.gov/revenue/article/tax-workshops or call 800-342-1003.

56. Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.

57. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Ghosts of War” author Brad Taylor and special guest Mark Greaney for a discussion and signing Tuesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

58. Last Word: Highlander, Aretha's House and When The Old Daisy Was New -

There is Highland Row and Highland Strip and they do not meet, although they are just a short walk from one another near the University of Memphis.

That is going to be a handy point of reference because the area in general – called the University District – is coming along so well that you are going to be reading more about it.

59. Loeb Looking to Build Homes Near University of Memphis -

Loeb Properties has a piece of University of Memphis-area land under contract for purchase and the eventual construction of single-family homes.

The vacant land faces Ellsworth Street between Midland and Central avenues and was intended for townhomes as part of the Highland Row project.

60. Loeb Properties to Reposition YoLo, Kwik Shop Grill -

YoLo Frozen Yogurt in Overton Square and the Kwik Shop Grill at Central Avenue and East Parkway are both on their way out.

Property owner Loeb Properties will soon undertake significant remodels at the locally-owned Midtown restaurants to attract other restaurant tenants.

61. Pat Summitt, Winningest Coach in D1 History, Has Died at 64 -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women's game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64.

62. 6 Signs Your Website Is No Longer Working for You -

Your website is a first look into your company. It’s a reflection of your company’s culture as well as your leadership. But simply having a website isn’t enough. It must have a purpose – and if that purpose doesn’t yield measurable results, this could be the first sign that your website no longer fits the needs of your company.

63. Long-Term Issues Push County Budget To Deadline -

It’s not the basics that are keeping Shelby County Commissioners from a majority vote on school funding in the new operating budget.

It is the broader questions and budget assumptions some commissioners want to change in the process.

64. A3 Freight Payment Named Top Logistics IT Provider -

Memphis-based A3 Freight Payment has been named a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for 2016 by Inbound Logistics magazine.

The companies named on this list are “providers whose solutions are central to solving transportation, logistics, and supply chain challenges, and whose customer successes are well-documented,” according to the editors of Inbound Logistics magazine.

65. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” author Samantha Crespo for a discussion and signing, along with the kickoff of Booksellers’ 100 Things in the 901 Contest, on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for details.

66. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

67. Events -

David Lusk Gallery will host an opening reception for Tim Crowder’s “Accumulator” and Kelly S. Williams’ “The Playbook” on Friday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 97 Tillman St. Visit davidluskgallery.com.

68. A3 Freight Payment Named Top 100 Logistics IT Provider -

Memphis-based A3 Freight Payment has been named a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for 2016 by Inbound Logistics magazine.

The companies named on this list are “providers whose solutions are central to solving transportation, logistics, and supply chain challenges, and whose customer successes are well-documented,” according to the editors of Inbound Logistics magazine.

69. Events -

A public meeting/open house on the Pinch District redevelopment plans will be held Thursday, June 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Balinese Ballroom, 330 N. Main St. City and county leaders invite residents, property owners and other community stakeholders to offer input on a vision for The Pinch. For more information, contact Brett Roler at roler@downtownmemphis.com or 901-575-0540.

70. 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.

71. Council Faces Yet Another Residency Requirement -

Memphis voters could take up the question of where city government employees should live for the fourth time in 12 years.

With no debate, Memphis City Council members approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, June 21, a referendum ordinance to go on the November ballot that would require city employees to “live and maintain a residence” within the boundaries of the city of Memphis.

72. Yellen Says Uncertainties Justify Cautious Approach -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a number of uncertainties that require the Fed to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates.

73. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Susan Branch, author of “Martha’s Vineyard – Isle of Dreams,” for a discussion and book signing Wednesday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Line tickets are required to meet the author and are free with the purchase of the book. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

74. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix–Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Bradley Harris will present “‘Me Talk Real Good’: Confessions of a Toastmaster.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

75. Events -

HireLive will host a sales and management career fair Tuesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 12028-21-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com for details.

76. Construction Begins on Carousel Building -

The Memphis Grand Carousel is closer to its summer 2017 opening. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $4.4 million building permit for “a single family banquet room” at 2525 Central Ave. The project is part of the Children’s Museum of Memphis campus, and the new building will house the 107-year-old carousel that previously spun at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

77. U of M Music Building to Get Mechanical Update -

The University of Memphis is preparing some mechanical upgrades to its 50-year-old music building.

A $3.4 million building permit application filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement calls for a “mechanical modernization” of the music building at 3775 Central Ave., which houses the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Harris Concert Hall and other related offices and classrooms.

78. Events -

Soulsville Record Swap will take place Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Shop rare 45s, 78s and LPs, Memphis music and more. Dealers from throughout the South are planning to attend. The Stax Museum will be selling deeply discounted CDs, books, apparel, and souvenirs. Regular admission is $5 or free with museum ticket; early bird admission (10 a.m.) is $10. Visit staxmuseum.com.

79. Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer -

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

The summer finds the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis basketball team – the city’s two dominant sports franchises – each rebuilding.

80. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

81. US Consumer Prices Climbed in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose a moderate amount in May, driven up by rising energy costs and the biggest increase in shelter costs in more than nine years.

Consumer prices increased 0.2 percent last month following a 0.4 percent April increase, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Energy prices rose for a third straight month, but food costs fell.

82. Mississippi Community College Fees Rise 7 Percent on Average -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Tuition will rise almost 7 percent on average this fall at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges.

A student will pay $2,748 for two semesters of full-time classes, on average, up from $2,577 in the 2015-2016 year, according to figures from the state Community College Board.

83. Last Word: The Fragile Compromise, Late by Train and NY Times on Chips Moman -

It looks like there is a deal to fully fund the Shelby County Schools system’s budget. But don’t look at the deal too long because it is very fragile.

It unraveled a bit within an hour after this got thrashed out in marathon Wednesday committee sessions by the Shelby County Commission.

84. Construction Work Begins on CMOM Carousel Building -

The Memphis Grand Carousel is closer to its summer 2017 opening. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $4.4 million building permit for “a single family banquet room” at 2525 Central Ave. The project is part of the Children’s Museum of Memphis campus, and the new building will house the 107-year-old carousel that previously spun at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

85. Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged; No Hint on Timing of Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged in light of an uncertain job market and offering no hints of when its next rate hike might occur.

The Fed noted in a statement Wednesday after its latest policy meeting that the pace of hiring has slowed even as the overall economy has improved.

86. Home Depot: US Credit Card Firms Slow to Upgrade Security -

ATLANTA (AP) – Visa and MasterCard are using security measures prone to fraud, putting retailers and customers at risk of thieves, The Home Depot Inc. says in a new federal lawsuit.

87. Events -

Memphis Area Transit Authority will celebrate “Dump the Pump Day” by giving away door prizes on Thursday, June 16, from noon to 2 p.m. at the William Hudson Transit Center, 444 N. Main St. Dump the Pump Day is the American Public Transit Association’s national initiative encouraging travelers to leave their cars at home and take public transit. Visit matatransit.com.

88. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

89. 7 Memphis-Area Players From 2013 High School Class Taken in MLB Draft -

University of Memphis baseball coach Daron Schoenrock knew how good the area’s 2013 high school class was. But even he couldn’t have predicted that in the 2016 MLB Draft, seven Memphis-area players, including four who were teammates at Southaven High School, would be selected.

90. 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.

91. With Economic View Hazy, a Wait-and-See Fed Message Expected -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's all about the data. For months, the Federal Reserve has said that once economic data showed a consistently healthy economy, it would be time to resume raising interest rates. And for almost as long, the data has shown improvement and suggested that a rate hike was likely this summer.

92. University of Memphis Professor Chosen for TBR Fellows Program -

Albert L. Hall II, assistant professor of science education at the University of Memphis, has been selected to participate in the 2016 Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellows Program. TBR is the governing body for 46 universities, community colleges and technology centers throughout the state.

93. U of M Music Building to Get Mechanical Update -

The University of Memphis is preparing some mechanical upgrades to its 50-year-old music building.

A $3.4 million building permit application filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement calls for a “mechanical modernization” of the music building at 3775 Central Ave., which houses the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Harris Concert Hall and other related offices and classrooms.

94. Crosstown High Organizers Prepare Charter Application as One Option -

The organizers of a Crosstown High School expect to take their application for a charter school to the Shelby County Schools board at the end of June.

Christian Brothers University president John Smarrelli said the still evolving purpose and structure of the school is as a “contract school” in the Shelby County Schools system.

95. Gawker Files for Bankruptcy, To Sell Itself to Ziff Davis -

NEW YORK (AP) – Gawker Media is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and putting itself up for sale, strained by a jury's verdict that that it must pay $140 million to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit.

96. Agricenter Holding Fundraiser June 17 -

Feast on the Farm, Agricenter International’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at ShowPlace Arena, 105 S. Germantown Parkway.

97. UTHSC's Wei Li Wins Grant To Study Cancer Cells -

Dr. Wei Li, a researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.9 million grant to study new ways to weaken cancer cells by targeting one of their components called survivin.

98. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

99. Mortgage Market Up 26 Percent In May -

Shelby County’s mortgage market continued heating up in May, and when combined with April’s numbers makes it likely the second quarter will end up well above where things stood at this time last year.

100. Agricenter Holding Fundraiser June 17 -

Feast on the Farm, Agricenter International’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at ShowPlace Arena, 105 S. Germantown Parkway.