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1. Memphis Symposium Aims to Connect MWBEs With Opportunities -

In an effort to increase transparency in public spending, The city of Memphis will put department heads in conversation with minority- and women-owned businesses as part of the inaugural We Mean Business symposium.

2. Boyle Completing Key Quadrant At Schilling Farms, Eyeing More Retail -

Boyle Investment Co. is wrapping up construction on a critical corner of Schilling Farms that will bring more retail and encourage more office users to consider the development. The three adjacent projects fill in the southern quadrant of Schilling Boulevard and Winchester Road, a small part of the sprawling 443-acre, city-within-a-city in Collierville.

3. 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.

4. How safe is our food? -

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

5. Baptist Hires Disparity Coordinator For Breast Program at Women’s Center -

A 2014 study by the Avon Foundation found that black women in Memphis are more than twice as likely to die from breast cancer as white women. That helps convey why Venecia Harris is one of the newest hires at Baptist Women’s Health Center in Memphis.

6. Progress in Closing the Digital Divide -

When I worked in financial services I saw the information technology sector quickly grow to be the second largest sector, making up over 20 percent of the capital markets.

Now that I am back in Memphis and working to build high-growth entrepreneurial technology companies, I see firsthand how the lack of embracing information technology earlier here in Memphis hit us like a sledgehammer.

7. Memphis Launches Business Symposium -

The city of Memphis is holding a symposium July 26 to connect small, minority- and women-owned businesses in the city together with the various divisions of city government.

The “We Mean Business” symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center at 255 N. Main St.

8. Task Force’s New Health Plan Promising -

A 3-Star Healthy Task Force appointed to propose a method for catching Tennesseans in a health care coverage gap is taking a politically safe road to reach the same goal as Insure Tennessee.

Yet the route, a TennCare expansion with “triggers” and “circuit breakers,” holds so much uncertainty it’s hard to figure out if the panel will find its destination.

9. Memphis Launches ‘We Mean Business’ Symposium -

The city of Memphis is holding a symposium July 26 to connect small, minority- and women-owned businesses in the city together with the various divisions of city government.

The “We Mean Business” symposium is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

10. Former Titan Dyson Finally Reaching His Goal -

When is it too late to go back to school and prepare for a new career? Most experts and older students who’ve returned to school at 30, 40, 50 – or even 60 and beyond – will tell you there’s really no limit as long as an older student is motivated and focused.

11. Editorial: Health Care: Memphis’ Innovation Tradition -

Leading one of the city’s medical institutions is often the job of lifetime.

Regional One Health, Methodist Le Bonheur, Baptist, Saint Francis, St. Jude, UT Health Science Center – collectively they are an economic pillar for the region as well as the city.

12. 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.

13. Hattiloo’s Bandele: ‘It’s a Supply and Demand Thing’ -

When you see Ekundayo Bandele in his sleek, contemporary Midtown office, dressed sharp in a tie and freshly shined shoes, phone dinging constantly, you might think he was born to be a theater impresario. 

14. 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.

15. Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem -

In 2014, Start Co. partnered with Jumpstart America, a venture development organization from Cleveland, Ohio, that has created a decades-long legacy of entrepreneurship in communities like ours.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

19. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

20. MLGW Working to Restore Power to Area Residents -

Nearly 54,000 Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division customers were affected by power outages caused by a storm system that moved through Shelby County about 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

As of Thursday morning, 11,353 customers remained without power, according to an MLGW release.

21. ServiceMaster Lands EDGE Incentive Package -

The final piece of ServiceMaster’s local incentive package fell into place Wednesday, June 15, at a Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board meeting.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, received a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

22. Dignity, Honor, Respect: A Fundraising Success Story -

Do not underestimate the vision, power and tenacity of grassroots community organizations. We have seen firsthand how a well-defined vision can transform a community and the lives of its residents.

23. CHC Eyes Crosstown Move, Won’t Rush to Fill Sheehan’s Post -

The Church Health Center is gearing up to move into and begin seeing patients at the renovated Crosstown Concourse early next year, with no immediate plans to fill the vacant president’s position following the departure of Antony Sheehan last month.

24. Show Time -

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

25. More Travelers Sign Up for Airport Programs, Only to Wait -

NEW YORK (AP) – A growing number of travelers are signing up for the government's expedited airport screening programs, only to face another wait.

After angry fliers missed flights this spring because of lengthy security lines, government officials promoted the PreCheck and Global Entry systems. The number of applicants for PreCheck more than tripled in a few months, climbing to 16,000 a day in May.

26. ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

On Friday, June 3, ServiceMaster laid to rest months of speculation about whether the company would relocate to a larger city like Atlanta or Dallas. Memphis’ available Class A office space can’t currently accommodate ServiceMaster’s needs, so it looked to the retail sector for its new home.

27. 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.

28. Rose Guiding Memphis Symphony to Firm Financial Footing -

What is classical music good for? How can it remain relevant in the 21st century? For most people, these are abstract questions – but for Gayle Rose, they couldn’t be more pressing.

29. Pugh Takes Politically Volatile Shelter Position -

The new director of the Memphis Animal Shelter says a shelter that doesn’t euthanize animals because of time or space is a goal.

But Alexis Pugh, who starts the job next month, is quick to add that public safety is the immediate priority.

30. Outsourcing Savings Estimates Strain ‘Credulity’ -

Terry Cowles flashes a photo of ceiling lamp fixtures on the screen and tells state legislators a vendor’s state Capitol team used its electrical training to remove, repair and reinstall fixtures, saving taxpayers $15,500.

31. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

32. Events -

Memphis College of Art will present “Best in Class 2015/2016,” an exhibition of the most creative undergraduate artwork from the academic year, on Monday, May 16, through July 8 in the Rust Hall main gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave. The exhibit features work from 45 artists across a range of disciplines. Visit mca.edu.

33. Haves, Have-Nots Get Varied Tax Relief -

Amid the rancor of bathroom and counseling bills, two major pieces of legislation slipped through the General Assembly this session with hardly a peep – elimination of the Hall tax and a partial revitalization of property tax relief for seniors and disabled veterans.

34. Rallings Fields Council Questions On Police Hiring, Director’s Job -

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings says he has plenty of time to apply for the job on a permanent basis.

For now, Rallings told Memphis City Council members he is focused on getting a $256.3 million budget approved as part of the overall $667 million city government operating budget, dropping crime numbers and raising the number of police on the force.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. Akbari Proving to be Worthy Successor to Iconic DeBerry -

Those who wondered how Raumesh Akbari would do in following legendary Memphis legislator Lois DeBerry now have a much clearer picture.

38. Collierville Breaks Ground On $93.5M High School -

11605 E. Shelby Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Project Cost: $93.5 million

Completion: August 2018

39. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

40. $12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $12.6 million

Owner: Ballet Memphis
Tenant: Ballet Memphis
Architect: Archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

41. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

42. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the Spring’s Best Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. MBG’s largest sale of the year features a wide assortment of plants plus specialty garden items by local artisans. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

43. Events -

Teach901 will hold a job fair Thursday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More than 30 school operators are hiring for more than 200 available positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. For details and to register, visit teach901.com.

44. Last Word: Off and Running, Lawson Sticks and Downtown Office Space -

Now that you’ve had time to behold the large field of contenders in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District – all 13 – they are on the road campaigning on the way to the Aug. 4 election day.
And it’s quite a road with a lot of different scenery.
Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is one of the seven contenders in the race from Shelby County. He hit the road Monday for three days of stops in each one of the 15 counties in the district.

45. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will host its annual children’s memorial flag-raising on Wednesday, April 13, at noon on Civic Center Plaza outside Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St. The ceremony remembers Shelby County kids who have died as a result of abuse or neglect. Visit memphiscac.org.

46. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold a free workshop for organizations interested in Arts Build Communities grants on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St. The grants are open to nonprofits and government entities seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community. Visit tn.gov for details.

47. Waste Pro Inks Deals With Germantown, Gallaway -

The city of Germantown as well as Gallaway in Fayette County have signed five-year contracts with Waste Pro to provide solid waste collection, disposal and recycling services to residential customers.

48. Events -

Hollywood Feed and the North Shore Animal League will host the Overton Bark Adoption Tour on Sunday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m. in Overton Park’s Overton Bark Dog Park, 2080 Poplar Ave. Attendees can meet pets available for adoption, preview dog treats from Hollywood Feed’s soon-to-open Midtown bakery, and learn how to support Overton Bark through the “Give Your Dog a Bone” campaign. Visit overtonpark.org.

49. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

50. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold a free workshop for organizations interested in Arts Build Communities grants on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St. The grants are open to nonprofits and government entities seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community. Visit tn.gov for details.

51. Waste Pro Inks Deals With Germantown, Gallaway -

The city of Germantown as well as Gallaway in Fayette County have signed five-year contracts with Waste Pro to provide solid waste collection, disposal and recycling services to residential customers.

52. Spence Wilson To Keynote Dunavant Awards May 11 -

Spence Wilson, chairman of the board of Kemmons Wilson Companies, is the keynote speaker for the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards to be held May 11 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

53. Last Word: Policing The Greensward, A Rural Oasis and Gene Chips -

The city of Memphis had 88 police staff and other city employees working an Overton Park detail Saturday and another 33 working Sunday on the same detail, according to the Strickland administration’s accounting on Monday.

54. ALSAC Buys Warehouse For $6 Million -

483 Manassas St.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $6 million

Sale Date: March 17, 2016

Buyer: ALSAC

Seller: Michael Nussbaum and Joyce Nussbaum

55. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

56. Memphis Fights Back: Senate Poised To Do Real Damage via De-Annexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland makes a persuasive argument against de-annexation legislation now being considered by the state Legislature, providing a long list of figures to show it would devastate the Bluff City.

57. Proponents of Insure TN Enlist Billboards in Fight -

An effort to put pressure on the Tennessee General Assembly to consider Insure Tennessee has made its way to billboards across the state, including three in Shelby County.

The billboards are meant to pressure Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, to use her “political clout” to send Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal through the House.

58. Methodist Makes 'Great Commitment' to Memphis With Expansion -

Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman sees the $275 million that Methodist Healthcare is investing into the system’s flagship hospital as a “great commitment” to Memphis.

59. The Week Ahead: March 21-27 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first Great River Indoor Food Truck Festival to a celebration of late Memphis wrestler Sputnik Monroe.

60. Last Word: Monday Vote, Beale's Search and Longview Heights -

Look for the state Senate to vote on the deannexation bill Monday in Nashville. At least that’s the date on the Senate calendar.

That could change as a member of the Shelby County legislative delegation has at last asked the Tennessee Attorney General for a legal opinion on the proposal. But it’s not a straight-up question about whether the proposal is constitutional. It’s a question about the specific characterization of past Memphis annexations as “egregious” – what has come to be the key legal term in this considerable political controversy.

61. Events -

Memphis Area Master Gardeners will host the Spring Fling plant sale and garden show Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Farmers Market Big Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The free expo will feature lectures, demos, vendors and children’s activities. Visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

62. Porter-Leath's Early Childhood Academy Highlights Collaboration -

The past six years have brought so many changes in kindergarten through 12th-grade education locally and statewide that it is easy to lose track of how different early childhood instruction is in its preparation of children for the next step in their journey.

63. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. Memphis Leaders Taking New Offers for Old Police HQ -

The city of Memphis now has three offers to buy the old Central Police Station at 128 Adams Ave. and renovate it as a hotel. It will likely have even more offers by the time the Memphis City Council decides who, if anyone, to sell the circa-1910 building to at its April 19 meeting.

67. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

68. Events -

A community job fair hosted by Agape Child & Family Services, New Direction Christian Church, Maximus and Right Resource Management will be held Thursday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Direction, 5777 Winchester Road. Resume assistance will be provided from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, call Jerrod Gunter at 901-333-6821 or Twana Whitlock at 901-323-3600, ext. 22.

69. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, March 8, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

HireLive will host a sales and marketing career fair Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 11056-36-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com.

70. Bill Would Open Door for Utilities to Expand Broadband -

Legislation to expand broadband access across Tennessee is evolving – by necessity.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks’ bill HB1303 to allow public utilities to provide Internet service outside their footprint is alive, he says, but it is being “argued vehemently.”

71. Doctors: 'Buyer Beware' as Cosmetic Surgery Grows -

If you often look around and feel older than you used to, it might not be you. It might be that everyone else looks younger.

The face of Tennessee is changing – literally – and as an influx of new residents and a booming economy creates a larger affluent class with more disposable income, the business of cosmetic procedures is on the rise.

72. Last Word: Carson Cancels, Haslam Endorses, Bank Numbers and Kobe's Exit -

Presidential campaigns and the security concerns that come with them aren’t something that comes up a lot in terms of press coverage in this election cycle.
But it has come up leading into what will be a busy weekend locally and in the region among the presidential contenders.
Republican candidate Ben Carson was scheduled to attend both Sunday services at Highpoint Church in East Memphis.
Leaders of the church emphasized it was a non-political event in which Carson would talk about his personal story and his faith but would not make a political pitch.
This is not unprecedented.
In 2008, Republican contender Mike Huckabee attended an ordination ceremony for two ministers at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova – an event that was billed also as a nonpolitical event.
And so the reporters who came to cover the candidate who would win the Tennessee Republican primary days later watched not from the sanctuary but from the room where Bellevue’s video and audio feeds are coordinated. Huckabee talked politics with reporters after the service as he made a run for some barbecue to-go from Corky’s on his way to another city on the campaign trail.

73. Italian Bike Maker Opens Binghampton Service Shop -

The professional biking world is looking to put Memphis on the map. Victory Bicycle Studio has been tapped to serve as the first U.S. service center for 3T, a Milan, Italy-based manufacturer of high-end bike components.

74. Work Begins On Brewery Development -

502 Tennessee St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $4.5 million

Application Date: Feb. 18, 2016

Tenant: Brewery Master Tenant LLC

Architect: LRK Architects

Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors

75. Last Word: Tiger Turmoil, Choosing Hotels and Grasshopper In The Committee Room -

When there is turmoil in the world of University of Memphis sports, it is almost impossible to hide and the turmoil inevitably surfaces toward a much faster end game than the city’s mercurial and lively politics. And then there is the period of mourning and regret -- unless the coach's name is John Calipari.
So consider these events all in the space of an overcast Tuesday afternoon.
University of Memphis cheerleaders in Overton Square and on Highland Avenue, near the campus, waving pompoms and signs urging Memphians on the drive home to support Tigers basketball.
Just before the rush hour, the university’s athletic department put out a statement that may have been intended to quell speculation about the future of Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner but which was so enigmatic that it probably did just the opposite.
You be the judge:
“We continue to receive inquiries concerning the future of Tiger basketball.
Tom Bowen
, UofM Athletic Director, the athletic senior leadership team and the Office of the President will conduct a post-season review of the men’s basketball program, as is customary with all UofM sports teams.
We urge Tiger Nation to support this team through the end of the basketball season with special attention given to the final three home games at FedExForum.”
And late Tuesday evening, the Memphis Rebounders sent an email appeal urging a strong turnout for the Wednesday UCF game at FedExForum which is also on ESPN.
“If business or family obligations prevent you from attending, please give the tickets to family, friends or me,” wrote Harold Byrd of the Rebounders, “as we have multiple requests from many who can’t afford season tickets.”

76. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

77. Medical Center Apartments Sell for $9.7 Million -

810 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $9.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 29, 2016

78. MATA Changes Target Frayser and Southeast Memphis -

The public’s first chance to comment Tuesday, Feb. 9, on a set of 35 interim changes to Memphis’ bus schedule sounded like an auction.

There were questions that began with numbers – route numbers that would change directions and streets or the frequency of service. And there were a lot of numbers to consider.

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. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

81. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

82. 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.

83. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

84. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard -

Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.

85. Strickland Names Interim Memphis Police Director -

Mayor Jim Strickland has chosen an interim Memphis Police director from inside the ranks, naming his pick two weeks to the day after current director Toney Armstrong announced he’s retiring from the role.

86. Father Don’s Legacy: Planting Seeds of Hope -

It is said that the future belongs to those who give the next generation reason to hope. This saying rings true in the life of Rev. Donald Mowery, and is lived out through his decades of commitment to youth in Memphis and across the country.

87. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

88. The Grind -

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

89. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

90. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups -

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

91. Homewood Suites Proposed For Vance Area of South Main -

A six-story Homewood Suites hotel is the latest new development proposed in the South Main Historic District.

The application to the Land Use Control Board for the hotel at 139 Vance Ave., between Mulberry and Second streets, is from NPH Investments on a lot owned by Henry and Cheri Rudner. The proposed site sits two blocks north of the National Civil Rights Museum and three blocks south of FedExForum.

92. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

93. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

94. Last Word: Watching The River, The Clerk's Inner Circle and Universal Bankers -

The Mississippi River is on the rise here and elsewhere which means for many of us the New Year will include a look at the river and memories of 2011 when the river at Memphis was the highest it had been since the record 1937 flooding.

95. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

96. Shipping Mania: Rushing to Deliver Millions of Holiday Gifts -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The humming is constant; a low-pitched drone from 155 miles of conveyer belts racing packages in every direction. Boxes shift from one belt to another and bump into a metal wall. Thud. Thud. Thud. In the background, trucks beep and jet engines roar.

97. Taylor Berger: Loflin Corner ‘One of the Most Exciting Projects’ -

The “entertainment destination” planned for the corner of Carolina and Florida streets garnered $65,425 in funds from the Center City Development Corp., and the partners behind the Loflin LLC were revealed.

98. ‘Entertainment Destination’ Planned for Downtown’s South End -

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ South End into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Brad Barnett wants to turn the former Loflin Safe & Lock Co. building at 7 W. Carolina Ave. into a bar/restaurant with private residence on top. He also plans to redevelop a carriage house at 721 Florida St. into a 5,000-square-foot rentable event space.

99. Bar, Event Space, Bocce Court Planned for South Main Block -

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ south end into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Brad Barnett wants to turn the former Loflin Safe & Lock Co. building at 7 W. Carolina Ave. into a bar/restaurant with private residence on top. He also plans to redevelop a carriage house at 721 Florida St. into a 5,000-square-foot rentable event space.

100. Grizzlies Know Survive and Advance Isn’t Just a Motto for Postseason -

When the Memphis Grizzlies saw their 2015-16 schedule, they knew from season’s start to mid-December would be especially challenging.

Or to be blunt about it: dangerous and potentially disastrous if the injury bug had bitten hard.