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1. Youth Villages' New Board Chair, Jimmy Lackie, Believes in the Process -

A lot has changed since 1984 when James “Jimmy” D. Lackie first became involved with the forerunner to Youth Villages. Spence Wilson, CEO of Kemmons Wilson, Inc., had asked Lackie to assist on a capital campaign at Dogwood Villages. This was two years before Dogwood merged with Memphis Boys Town to create Youth Villages.

2. The Week Ahead: July 16-22 -

Good morning, Memphis! The popular Roundhouse Revival at the Mid-South Coliseum returns this weekend, along with a retro skate night against the scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River at sunset. Check out those events and more happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

3. Frayser Bauhaus Draws Preview Crowd of 300 -

The investor developer of a Bauhaus-style home from the late 1940s in Frayser says the area is the “next frontier” in Memphis real estate.

“I’m super passionate about Frayser. When I came out here and saw the beautiful rolling hills, I’m like, ‘This is the next frontier,’” Dana Gabrion told a group of 300 people outside the house at 3590 Thomas St. at Floyd Avenue Thursday, July 12.

4. Mid-South Transplant Kicks Off Donate Life ECHO -

The Mid-South Transplant Foundation is raising awareness of organ and tissue donation in multicultural communities to kick off Donate Life ECHO (Every Community Has Opportunity to Donate Life).

Through July 21, MSTF is joining organ procurement organizations nationwide in engaging in activities centered on minority communities. Nationally, nearly 60 percent of the transplant waiting list are minorities, including African-Americans and Latinos. Additionally, transplant success rates for African-Americans are increased when the donor is African-American.

5. Developers Buy Land Near FedEx HQ for Apartments -

Texas-based Vantage Communities has closed on 22 acres of land near the FedEx World Headquarters for $1.7 million.

Vantage plans to build a 288-apartment luxury community dubbed Vantage at Germantown on the property located at the corner of Tournament Drive and Hacks Cross Road.

6. Cash Saver Secures $100K Loan From EDGE -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County has awarded a $100,000 low-interest loan to Castle Retail Group for its new Cash Saver location in South Memphis.

The EDGE Economic Development Finance Committee on Wednesday, July 11, approved the seven-year loan at a 2 percent interest rate in order to complete the financing on the $1.1 million supermarket.

7. Events -

POTS@TheWorks presents the world premiere of “CRIB” Friday, July 13, through July 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

Omega Ministries/Omega Healthy Practices and the Healthcare Organizations of Greater Memphis Coalition host the Back to School Family Affair Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. Free and open to the public; free backpacks with supplies will be given to the first 500 people with a parent or guardian present.

8. Heat Wave -

After what was a banner year in many ways for Memphis commercial real estate in 2017, projections for this year were bullish. But at the halfway point of 2018, have expectations in the area risen with the temperatures or have they begun to dry out under the sweltering summer heat? 

9. Cash Saver Secures $100K Loan From EDGE -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County has awarded a $100,000 low-interest loan to Castle Retail Group for its new Cash Saver location in South Memphis.

The EDGE Economic Development Finance Committee on Wednesday, July 11, approved the seven-year loan at a 2 percent interest rate in order to complete the financing on the $1.1 million supermarket.

10. Meritan Bike Tour Plans Big Changes For 2018 -

Memphis-based social services provider Meritan Inc.’s biggest fundraiser, the Moonlight Classic Bike Tour and Tailgate, has big changes this year, including a new presenting sponsor, a new venue, a new time and a new route.

11. Early Opening -

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day opens Friday, July 13, at five locations across Shelby County. On Tuesday, 22 additional sites will be open through July 28. Between the Shelby County Election Commission and Chancery Court there were three other sets of early-voting locations and hours in a three-week period before Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins signed off Tuesday afternoon on a fourth set.

12. Events -

POTS@TheWorks presents the world premiere of “CRIB” Friday, July 13, through July 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

13. Government Probing 'New Information' in Emmett Till Slaying -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

14. Trump Claims Germany 'Controlled' by Russia, Merkel Differs -

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO summit Wednesday with claims that a natural gas pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies' "delinquent" defense spending during the opening of what was expected to be a fraught two-day meeting.

15. More Than $47M Going to States to Help Veterans Find Jobs -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs.

Recipients in Tennessee were awarded more than $906,000, Kentucky awards totaled almost $775,000 and West Virginia will receive $165,000.

16. Memphis Chamber Fills New SVP of Growth Role -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has created and filled a new position to help grow membership and create more benefits for those members.

The new senior vice president of growth role has been filled by Robert Recker, former vice president of investor relations for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Alabama.

17. Events -

Memphis Heritage Inc. hosts a Preservation Posse: After Hours tour of the Frayser Bauhaus on Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. (doors and bar open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at 3590 Thomas St. Stop by for a drink and barbecue, then learn about the restoration project from the experts making it happen. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit memphisheritage.org/ppah for details.

18. Lenoir-Harris Debate At NAACP-Sponsored Forum Illustrates Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the Shelby County mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all. In his opening statement, Lenoir, the Republican nominee, talked about his request for a different moderator at the forum sponsored by the Memphis Branch NAACP.

19. Say Cheese -

A new food festival is coming to Memphis this summer, and it’s already a sold-out event. The inaugural Butcher Board Festival will be held at the South Main Market on Sunday, July 22, and will feature charcuterie, cheeses, brews, and more, all of which are sourced from local vendors.

20. Early-Voting Plan Takes Final Turn In Court -

Plans changed once again Tuesday, July 11, leading up to the Friday opening of the early-voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day.

And even more changes proposed by elections administrators nearly derailed the legal process governed by Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins.

21. More Detailed Fairgrounds Plan Includes Smaller Garage, Lower Priced Sports Site -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland plans to take a more specific $95 million to $100 million plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment to the City Council and Shelby County Commission in two weeks and the state building commission in Nashville in the fall.

22. Lenoir-Harris Debate at NCRM Shows Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the county mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all.

23. Lenoir-Harris Debate at NCRM Shows Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the county mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all.

24. Developers Buy Land Near FedEx HQ for Apartments -

Texas-based Vantage Communities has closed on 22 acres of land near the FedEx World Headquarters for $1.7 million.

Vantage plans to build a 288-apartment luxury community dubbed Vantage at Germantown on the property located at the corner of Tournament Drive and Hacks Cross Road.

25. Youth Academy of Dreams Opening in Frayser -

The Frayser community has a new innovative after-school program designed to help youth ages 5 to 18 reach their full potential through comprehensive programming that includes education, mentoring, discovery and sports.

26. Bank of Bartlett Eyes An Expanded Footprint to Meet Consumer Demand -

Bank of Bartlett will soon consolidate its two Germantown branches into one enhanced location at Poplar and Kirby, and is eyeing Midtown and Arlington as areas for additional brick-and-mortar branches.

27. Early Voting Schedule Changes Again as Court Order Signed -

UPDATE: The court order governing early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 election day changed again Tuesday, July 10, as Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins amended his Monday order to permit all 27 early voting sites to open Tuesday -- keeping the previous plan to open five of those sites Friday when the 14-day early voting period begins this Friday.

28. Ranchers Whose Case Inspired 2016 Occupation Receive Pardons -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. The arson crime carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, but a sympathetic federal judge, on his last day before retirement, decided the penalty was too stiff and gave the father and son much lighter prison terms.

29. Last Word: The Jenkins Ruling, No More City Court Clerk and Harwell's Quest -

Making your early voting plan for Friday’s debut of the voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 election day? Well, you might want to hold off until after Tuesday morning. That’s when the latest changes could get set in stone … or not.

30. Jenkins Orders Changes to Early Voting Roll Out -

The day after Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins ordered a rearrangement of early voting scheduled to begin Friday, the attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission was contemplating an appeal of the ruling.

31. Trailer Manufacturer to Invest $3.7M, Add 148 Tennessee Jobs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a company that manufactures trailers for vehicles is expanding its Tennessee operations by investing $3.7 million and adding 148 jobs.

According to the Department of Economic and Community Development, BMT Manufacturing, Inc. will add new operations in Jellico and expand current facilities in Jacksboro.

32. In Tennessee, Trump's Tariffs Become a Political Issue -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

Yet his 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies and the political threat to red-state Republican Senate candidates such as Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn.

33. Mid-South Transplant Launches Donate Life ECHO -

The Mid-South Transplant Foundation is raising awareness of organ and tissue donation in multicultural communities to kick off Donate Life ECHO (Every Community Has Opportunity to Donate Life).

Through July 21, MSTF is joining organ procurement organizations nationwide in engaging in activities centered on minority communities. Nationally, nearly 60 percent of the transplant waiting list are minorities, including African-Americans and Latinos. Additionally, transplant success rates for African-Americans are increased when the donor is African-American.

34. What If? Preparing For The Future -

Do you know what the future will hold? How do you plan for future opportunities and challenges that may not be known and might not materialize? Is it a waste of time, or important work?

While no one can predict the future, we can prepare for potential opportunities and challenges. Taking time with board members, volunteers, staff and community leaders can help your organization consider future possibilities. Some changes are likely, others unknown. Think about what data you may need to review to help you understand potential changes in demographics, economics, government programs, law, policy, the arts and the environment. There’s a lot to consider. You can’t think of everything, but you can build future thinking into the life of your organization.

35. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Education in Tennessee? -

Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

36. Late Entry, Different Strategy Set Tone In Harwell’s Run for Gubernatorial Nomination -

Her campaign got a later start than her rivals seeking for Republican nomination for Tennessee governor.

House Speaker Beth Harwell has also conducted a basic campaign built around her experience in government.

37. Beale Hotel, South Main Mixed-Use Top Busy Week In Development -

It’s a busy week for the city of Memphis when it comes to economic development. The Downtown Memphis Commission has two of its affiliate boards, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and the Design Review Board, in action this week, while the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County is holding a meeting for its Economic Development Finance Committee.

38. First Horizon Promotes Johnson to Senior VP -

First Horizon National Corp., First Tennessee Bank’s parent company, has promoted Darin Johnson to senior vice president and credit risk manager for government lending programs.

39. Catholic Charities Helping With Refugee Relief Effort -

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee is leading a delegation of Catholic Charities staff, community leaders and Catholic high school students to support the staff of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in its Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The center provides assistance to refugees who have crossed the border and have been processed by U.S. officials.

40. Events -

Community LIFT holds an Empowerment Fund grant information session Monday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. The microgrants are available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Grant applications are due July 27; those interested in applying should attend the information session. Visit communitylift.org for details.

41. Fitzhugh Challenges Dean’s 'Pragmatism' -

Democratic contender for Tennessee governor Craig Fitzhugh is challenging the idea of rival Democrat Karl Dean’s “pragmatic” view of coexisting as governor with Republican supermajorities in the state House and Senate.

42. Events -

Hands of Mothers hosts its annual benefit concert, featuring Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Sunday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the High Cotton Brewing Co. taproom, 598 Monroe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, beer, bloody marys and food, and their contribution ($35 in advance or $40 at the door) will be used to educate and empower mothers and daughters living with HIV in Rwanda. Visit handsofmothers.org/concert for details.

43. Clean Memphis Celebrates 10 Years Of Fighting Litter, Blight in Community -

Clean Memphis founder and executive director Janet Boscarino considers her nonprofit’s work to make Memphis greener, cleaner and environmentally sustainable over the past 10 years a gift because of the many neighborhood connections she’s made.

44. Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll -

As an afternoon sun slides toward the horizon, Rajah Brown and Jon Pegg pull up in a 17-foot U-Haul truck, jump out and head for the row of 14 shiny bicycles along South Main Street.

Sweat dampens their brows, but Memphis nightlife is a couple hours from heating up. There’s time to take a few bicycles over to the empty station at Loflin Yard after some onsite upkeep.

45. One Phase at a Time: Epping Way Leg Of Wolf River Greenway Now Open -

The Wolf River Greenway’s Epping Way leg just opened. Perhaps to those not directly involved in the project it feels like it just sort of popped up overnight. And Bob Wenner, the Wolf River Greenway coordinator and project manager, understands – sort of.

46. Pathways to Growth -

A group of nonprofits and banks have created a program to increase lending to Memphis-area minority- and women-owned businesses. Last month, entrepreneurial hub Epicenter and Pathway Lending launched the $15 million Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund, which is aimed at helping small businesses improve their access to capital.

47. District 99 State Rep. Ron Lollar Dead at 69 -

State Rep. Ron Lollar, R-Bartlett, who had served Northeast Shelby County in the state Legislature since 2006, died Friday morning in his sleep. He was 69 years old.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald, who was at Lollar’s house, was among several people who confirmed the representative’s death in the early morning hours.

48. Catholic Charities Helping With Refugee Relief Effort -

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee is leading a delegation of Catholic Charities staff, community leaders and Catholic high school students to support the staff of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in its Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The center provides assistance to refugees who have crossed the border and have been processed by U.S. officials.

49. Events -

Dixon Gallery & Gardens hosts Food Truck Friday July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 4339 Park Ave. Pick up lunch from an on-site food truck or visit Dixon’s Park & Cherry Cafe. Admission to the gardens is free during the event. Visit dixon.org.

50. Helping Hands -

Most mornings it’s not uncommon to see dozens of homeless Memphians lined up outside Hospitality Hub’s Downtown location, hoping to get selected for the nonprofit’s Work Local program, which offers $50 and a meal in exchange for five hours of work cleaning up around the city.

51. Newsrooms Hold Moment of Silence for 5 Shooting Victims -

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Newsrooms across the country paused Thursday to observe a moment of silence for the five employees of a Maryland newspaper who were killed a week ago in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history.

52. Changes made to plan aimed at security, underage drinking -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi city is considering changes to a proposed ordinance meant to increase security and reduce underage drinking.

Oxford aldermen began reviewing an ordinance requiring more security downtown after someone fired a gun outside a concert at The Lyric concert hall in April.

53. Baseball Field in Arkansas Dedicated 21 Years After Tornado -

COLLEGE STATION, Ark. (AP) — A town in central Arkansas struck by a tornado 21 years ago finally has a new baseball complex.

U.S. flags were put out Wednesday for the Independence Day dedication of the College Station Community Sports Complex.

54. If They Can Make It There … -

Riley Young and Amelia Beckham knew they were going to New York City and Broadway. After all, they were the lead actor and actress winners from the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards.

55. Pitmaster Pride -

Rendezvous founder Charlie Vergos is among three new members being inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. The American Royal Association announced the 2018 class of inductees in May. The induction ceremony will take place on Sept. 13, during the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, Missouri.

56. Diane Black Proud of Unfavorable Ratings With ‘Far Left’ -

Republican contender for Tennessee governor U.S. Rep. Diane Black drew the endorsement of the American Conservative Union as she spoke at the national group’s Memphis forum Monday, July 2, on jobs and the economy.

57. Suspect Wrote he Aimed to Kill Everyone at Maryland Newsroom -

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man charged with slaying five people at a Maryland newspaper sent three letters on the day of the attack, police said, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette newsroom with the aim "of killing every person present."

58. Paradigm Promotes Hand to Creative Director & Associate -

Becca Hand, Paradigm Marketing & Creative’s new creative director and associate, began working for the company five years ago, starting out as a graphic designer before being promoted to art director. Now, as she works her way toward a partnership at Paradigm, Hand is looking forward to contributing to the company vision in her new role.

59. First Horizon Promotes Johnson to Senior VP -

First Horizon National Corp., First Tennessee Bank’s parent company, has promoted Darin Johnson to senior vice president and credit risk manager for government lending programs.

60. Size of Memphis Police Force Study Weighs Numbers in Ranks and How to Use Them -

The Memphis Police Department is zeroing in on an exact number of officers it should have with a “zero-based” study to be completed in the fall.

“There is pretty much a consensus that we need at least about 2,300 officers,” Bill Gibbons, president of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

61. ‘Moved to Teach’ -

They come from New York City and from places smaller than some high schools. They come from college, and from careers. Their stories diverge, but they all are devoted to one cause. Teach For America recruits more than 100 people to Memphis each year. For six intensive weeks, they learn the TFA way to teach and to change the educational system.

62. "Remastered" Finds Stories Behind Tennessee's Iconic Brands -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A miniseries that airs beginning this month highlights the personal stories behind six iconic Tennessee brands.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development says the companies featured in the series include Jack Daniel's, Lodge Cast Iron, St. Blues Guitars, United Record Pressing, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing and Prophetik Haute Couture.

63. Evangelical Leaders Downplay Potential Roe v. Wade Reversal -

NEW YORK (AP) — For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail.

Like many religious conservatives in a position to know, the Liberty University president with close ties to the White House suspects that the Supreme Court vacancy President Donald Trump fills in the coming months will ultimately lead to the reversal of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. But instead of celebrating publicly, some evangelical leaders are downplaying their fortune on an issue that has defined their movement for decades.

64. Newspaper Says it Received Threats Following Shooting -

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland newspaper where five people were killed by a gunman last week said it received death threats and emails celebrating the shootings following the attack.

65. Events -

Community LIFT will host three Empowerment Fund grant information sessions to discuss the microgrants available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Individuals and groups interested in apply must attend a session:

66. Lake District’s Newest Tenant, New Medical District Apartments -

3536 Canada Road,
Lakeland, TN 38002

Tenant: Gould’s Salon and Spa

67. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

68. Events -

Mud Island River Park’s Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular is Wednesday, July 4, on Mud Island, 125 N. Front St. Rides, games, live music by 5th Kind and family-friendly activities begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display launches at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free; food and beverages available for purchase. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.

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70. Taking Flight -

In the past 20 years, there has been little to no new multifamily housing growth in Memphis outside of Downtown and Midtown. 

So around this time last year, the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, at the behest of both mayors, introduced a tax incentive designed to encourage a new wave of multifamily development with the hopes of growing Memphis’ stagnant population. 

71. Last Word: Early Voting Guess, V Live Memphis Closed and Grit and Grind Redux -

The Shelby County Election Commission meets Friday afternoon to talk about early voting locations for the Aug. 2 ballot – the county general election and state and federal primary elections as well as a special Memphis City council race. And if I had to guess, I would say the odds are pretty good that the commission will vote to open all 26 early voting sites on July 13, the start of the 14-day early voting period. That would be a change from the original plan of having just the Agricenter location open for the first four days of the voting period.

72. Events -

The traveling dinosaur-themed show Jurassic Quest visits Memphis Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. View more than 100 true-to-life-size dinosaur models, then check out dino crafts, science stations and other activities. VIP tickets give kids unlimited access to dino rides, fossil digs and more. Visit jurassicquest.com/memphis for hours and details.

73. Grocery Veteran Bringing Cash Saver Store to Former Kroger Southgate Site -

Rick James got his start in the grocery store industry at 15 when he, like a lot of teenagers, got his first job bagging groceries at a small independent retailer outside Union, Missouri.

74. ONE Health Sees Progress In Reducing ER ‘Super-Utilizers’ -

After partnering last year with the nonprofit Camden Coalition to launch the ONE Health population health strategy, Regional One Health already is seeing strong results in the reduction of emergency room visits and the associated costs from the system’s highest emergency department utilizers.

75. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

76. Methodist Shapes Healthcare For a Century -

It was billed as the party of the century. It was a party that was one hundred years in the making. It was a worthy celebration of past successes entwined with the vision for the future of Methodist Health Systems and its positive impact in Memphis, and beyond.

77. Couple Hopes to Help Pinch Make A Big Comeback -

High school sweethearts Hayes and Amy McPherson have had dreams of creating their own business for quite some time now, although it may not have always been in the form of a coffee house.

78. ‘Kindred’ Exchange -

The old name, The Exchange Club Family Center, required some explanation. And not just because The Exchange Club Family Center was vague to those not familiar with the organization, but because as executive director Jennifer Balink put it, “Among people who already knew us, our name equaled confusion.

79. Tennessee stays ranked 35th in child well-being study while Mississippi improves rating -

(AP) - Tennessee remains ranked 35th in an annual child well-being study for a second-straight year, while the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book shows Mississippi improving its rating in child well-being to 48th, as more parents found jobs, housing costs fell, high school graduation rates improved, and students scored better on tests..

80. Hope House Awarded $75K Corporate Grant -

Hope House, an organization working to improve the quality of life for Memphians impacted by HIV, has received a $75,000 grant from Gilead Sciences Inc., marking the largest single corporate grant the organization has received.

81. Hot Housing Market: Now a ‘Great Time to Buy, Sell or Refinance’ -

The average home sales price in May was $192,883, a 14 percent increase from $169,540 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

82. Youngsters create together at Dixon Art Camp -

The free, weeklong Dixon Art Camp held at the University of Memphis for first- through eighth-graders in the Memphis community is the result of a partnership between the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Shelby County Schools and the U of M art department.

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83. Drought-stricken West braces as wildfire season flares up -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands fled their homes as major wildfires encroached on a charred area of Northern California still recovering from severe blazes in recent years, sparking concern the state may be in for another destructive series of wildfires this summer.

84. Nonprofits And Fundraising in The Latino Community -

Contrary to what we may read in the papers or see on TV, Latinos are not all “illegal, uneducated, and in need of help.”

Yes, there is a heart breaking crisis on the border with Mexico. Children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are being separated from their parents, the suffering is real, and the outcry is loud.

85. Bike Share, Greenway and Bike Lane Efforts Point Toward Common Goal -

Four years after it made its tentative debut with the opening of the Overton Park Bike Gate, the Hampline, across East Parkway from the eastern end of Overton Park, is about to become permanent.

“The Hampline that exists today is about to be changed,” city bikeway and pedestrian program manager Nicholas Oyler said on WKNO-TV’s “Behind The Headlines.”

86. WIN Memphis Region Office Shifts to County in July -

The federally funded Workforce Investment Network office for the Memphis region shifts from city government to Shelby County government with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

WIN gets federal funding for workforce training efforts in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties.

87. Country Squire Apartments Sells for $62M -

The Country Squire Apartments complex, located on the northeastern edge of Shelby Farms, has sold for $62 million.

88. Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant -

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officals are treated in public.

89. Midtown Getting Denser, North Main Getting New Coffee Shop -

2542 Broad Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112

PILOT Length: 15 years

Project Cost: $51 million

90. OBAP Launches Luke Weathers Flight Academy in Olive Branch -

With initial plans to increase diversity of the airline industry by 50 pilots per year within the next five years, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals has opened the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy at the Olive Branch Airport.

91. Lake District Selects Homebuilding Team -

After months of vetting, the developers of the Lake District have announced the massive mixed-use project’s residential development team, which consists of exclusive builder Keith Allen of The Walker-Collinsworth Co., broker Billy Rodgers of Crye-Leike Real Estate Brokerage, and lead architect Looney Ricks Kiss.

92. Memphis Tourism: Organization's Rebrand Adds Soul -

Even the simplest rebranding can come with a lot of study. So the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau's rebranding to Memphis Tourism, announced Friday, June 22, may not seem like a big change.

And the change of the accompanying tagline from “home of the blues and birthplace of rock 'n' roll” to “home of the blues, soul and rock 'n' roll” may also seem like a tweak.

93. Memphis Tourism: Organization's Rebrand Adds Soul -

Even the simplest rebranding can come with a lot of study.

So the rebrand announced last week of Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau to Memphis Tourism may not seem like a big change. And the change of the accompanying tagline from “home of the blues and birthplace of rock and roll” to “home of the blues, soul and rock and roll” may also seem like a tweak.

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95. Looney Ricks Kiss: Memphis-Grown Urbanism Spurs World-Class Design -

Crosstown Concourse, a gem of mixed-use urbanism and historic redevelopment, has recently been honored with a spate of awards for its design and innovation. These include the grand prize at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s Charter Awards, and the 2018 TN Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. Additionally, Crosstown received the 2018 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level of LEED certification available.

96. Where the Jobs Are -

Out of more than 15,000 Shelby County Schools students who took some kind of career and technical education, or CTE, courses in the 2015-2016 academic year, only 1 percent – roughly 150 – completed those classes to get some kind of work certification.

97. Lake District Selects Homebuilding Team -

After months of vetting, the developers of the Lake District have announced the massive mixed-use project’s residential development team, which consists of exclusive builder Keith Allen of The Walker-Collinsworth Co., broker Billy Rodgers of Crye-Leike Real Estate Brokerage, and lead architect Looney Ricks Kiss.

98. Heritage Helped Drive Acosta Up Corporate Ranks -

Growing up in Memphis, Julie Acosta, Senior Web Analyst at AutoZone, wasn’t always a fan of her strong Brazilian heritage. Like most young kids, she wanted to be like everyone else. It wasn’t until high school that she came into her own, embracing her roots and eventually allowing them to help guide her career choices.

99. Month-old Bike-Share Program Exceeding Expectations in Memphis -

And we’re rollin’! The new bicycle-sharing system introduced a month ago is exceeding expectations and fueling hopes that Memphis is on a revolutionary pathway to improve health and community connectivity.

100. Methodist Kicks Off Centennial Celebration -

This weekend Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare begins its next 100 years helping people in the Mid-South with their healthcare needs. The hospital is celebrating with events like a book launch on Friday and “The Party of the Century” with special guest Magic Johnson on Saturday.