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1. Memphis Depot Industrial Park Sells for $50 Million -

The 4.2 million-square-foot Memphis Depot Industrial Park just north of Memphis International Airport has sold for $50 million.

Atlanta-based Ares Management and Mt. Kisco, New York-based Diamond Properties bought the 43-building industrial park and former U.S. Army supply depot from Mayfield Properties, the Dallas company that had owned it since 2011 under the name Memphis Depot Associates LLC.

2. Letter to the Editor: Beyond PILOTs – Thinking Big and National Leadership -

Responsible tax incentives for economic development are without a doubt part of the equation in primarily closing the deal in recruiting new industry to Memphis.

But are tax incentives enough and are they a differentiator in providing a value proposition for new economic development? Probably not, because most communities if not all offer tax incentives.

3. Events -

Baptist Memorial Health Care will host a seminar titled “Eating well on a budget: Learn how to plan a healthy meal for $10 or less” Wednesday, April 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., room C. Visit baptistonline.org/events or call 901-227-3519 for details.

4. Musician, Songwriter Sykes Joins Ardent as Chief Manager -

Longtime songwriter, touring artist and studio owner Keith Sykes has joined Ardent Studios as chief manager, bringing more than 40 years’ experience in the music industry. More than 100 of Sykes’ songs have been recorded by other artists – including John Prine, Rosanne Cash and George Thorogood – and have sold more than 25 million records worldwide. In addition, he once played in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and co-wrote the 1979 hit “Volcano” with Buffett.

5. RegionSmart Summit To Focus On Fourth Bluff -

Since its inception, Memphis and The Fourth Chickasaw Bluff on the Mississippi River have been bound together.

So as Memphis is going through its latest growth spurt, so too is the Fourth Bluff as it was selected to be a part of a $40 million national initiative known as Reimagining the Civic Commons.

6. Graceland Map Shows New Arena, Convention Center and Manufacturing Center -

A new map of plans for the Graceland campus in Whitehaven shows two “exhibit buildings” of 80,000 square feet each on either side of a “live event center” Elvis Presley Enterprises wants to build on the western border behind its Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

7. Board Members Must Set Goals -

When joining a board, whether you are a new or established board member, we suggest you take the time to define for yourself what you want to accomplish through your service.

Time will pass. Crises will arise. There will be leadership changes, budget shortfalls, unexpected windfalls, mergers, resignations and more. You and your fellow board members will have to respond and react.

8. Early Vote in Shelby County Primaries Tops 20,000 So Far -

More than 20,000 voters cast ballots early through Saturday, April 21, in advance of the May 1 election, more than half in the Democratic county primaries.

According to the Shelby County Election Commission numbers, 12,001 of the 20,717 early voters cast their ballots in the Democratic primaries and 8,716 voted early in the Republican primaries through the last weekend of the period.

9. UTHSC Set To Open New Training Facility -

In less than three weeks, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will launch its new $39.7 million, 45,000-square-foot building packed with high-tech tools and a cutting-edge training environment.

10. Local, State and Federal Election Cycles Blend On Last Weekend of Early Voting -

Candidates in the August and November elections were out on the last weekend of early voting in Shelby County in advance of the May 1 election day for county primaries.

The events were a mix of candidates from all three elections on the calendar in 2018.

11. CA Sells Land, CBRE Inks New Office Deal -

597 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103: Gannett Co. Inc., The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, has sold 5 acres adjacent to the CA’s 495 Union Ave. location to a New York-based investment company that specializes in acquiring underperforming and underutilized locations from legacy newspapers.

12. The Week Ahead: April 23-29 -

Good morning, Memphis. There’s no better way to start off your week than hearing the beautiful sounds of a world famous boys’ choir from London inside a historic Memphis church Downtown. And the concert is free!

13. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Stupid F#!&ing Bird” Friday, April 20, through May 13 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

14. Editorial: New Economic Development Strategy Requires Changes -

We often find ourselves conflicted when considering the concept of regionalism. In one part of our re-examination of the city’s economic development strategy, we hear that we should play to our strengths in what we go after.

15. Regional Win -

In an increasingly interconnected world, having a cohesive economic regionalism strategy is becoming more of a must-have for successful metropolitan areas.

To facilitate this, the Urban Land Institute held Memphis’ first RegionSmart Summit in 2016 to gather all of the area’s government, economic development and community leaders in one place to collectively address some of the region’s most pressing planning and development issues.

16. Lee, Boyd, Black Talk Confederate Monuments, Oppose Pre-K Expansion -

Three of the four major contenders for governor in the Aug. 2 Republican primary disagree with the removal of Confederate monuments from city parks but also disagree with the state legislature’s decision to cut $250,000 of city funding in retaliation.

17. Sound Insulation Expanding Its Mississippi Delta Factory -

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — A company that makes sound insulation is expanding its Mississippi Delta factory, with plans to hire 24 new employees.

Molded Acoustical Products of Easton said Tuesday that it will invest $480,000 to expand production lines at its Clarksdale factory to handle new business.

18. Last Word: Failed Test, Trolley Back Story and Violent Crime Down City and County -

The state’s third problem with online student achievement testing in three years is gathering political force in Nashville. And that force is aimed for the most part at testing in general and the role it plays in evaluating teachers and students.

19. WFGM Grant Makes Memphis An Evidence2Success City -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to lead Memphis as one of six cities implementing the Evidence2Success program.

20. Events -

The Africa in April International Entrepreneurs’ Business Luncheon is Wednesday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Tickets are $75. Visit facebook.com/africainaprilfestival for details.

21. Events -

The National Civil Rights Museum will host a discussion with the editors of “An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee” Tuesday, April 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. In the book, 17 scholars examine the city’s role in African-American history. Editors Aram Goudsouzian and Charles McKinney will be joined by four of the authors: Beverly Bond, Charles Hughes, Zandria Robinson and Elton Weaver. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

22. USL Memphis to Operate Memphis City FC in 2018 -

USL Memphis has acquired Memphis City FC and will operate it as a Premier Development League (PDL) franchise starting with the 2018 PDL season, with the first match set for Saturday, May 12.

Tryouts will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Memphis University School. The fee to register for tryouts is $35 and can be done at www.usl2memphis.com/pdl.

23. First Tennessee to Put $4B In Community Investment -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank, along with its newly acquired Capital Bank, are launching a five-year, nearly $4 billion effort to expand the availability of financial resources in low- to moderate-income communities across an eight-state footprint.

24. First Horizon Starts Off 2018 With Strong Q1 Results -

The first full quarter with Capital Bank integrated into the operations of Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. saw a pickup year-over-year in several key areas like loans, deposits and growth in net income.

25. Last Word: Mud Island Changes, Zoo Parking and Capitol Hill Revolt On UT Board -

This could be your last chance to see the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park as it has been for about the last 30 years. The park on the southern half of Mud Island opens for the season Saturday. The museum will be open only through July 4 is what is billed as a “limited run” followed by a public engagement process for “reimagining how we tell the story of the Mississippi River in a 21st century way,” according to park general manager Trey Giuntini in a Thursday press release.

26. Residents React to Cooper-Young’s Tentative Historic Overlay Status -

Though the Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 10, granted Cooper-Young the historic overlay district status it has been seeking since last year, there is still a sense of concern among many of the residents.

27. Third Annual RegionSmart Summit to Be Held April 26 -

More than 300 government, economic development and community leaders will gather at the third annual RegionSmart Summit this month to discuss some of the Mid-South’s biggest planning issues.

Hosted by the Mid-South Mayors’ Council and the Urban Land Institute’s local affiliate, ULI Memphis, the April 26 summit at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education will tackle topics such as the future of workforce development, transportation and land use.

28. Last Word: Bakery Rising, Legislative Notes From Nashville and Jazz Messiah -

Some call it the Bakery Project – others Wonder Bread. Whatever you call it the redevelopment project that is centered on the old Wonder Bread bakery on Monroe between Downtown and the Medical District is moving with a building permit this week for what developer Gary Prosterman and his team call the Cadillac Building … because it was once a Cadillac dealership. That’s part of the code being used for places that have been out of action or barely functioning for decades and are now under development.... very post-apocalyptic. 

29. Cooper-Young Overlay OK’d With Footnote -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, April 10, to a historical overlay district for Cooper-Young – the first historic district status granted by the city in 20 years.

But the 7-3 vote on third and final reading will require approval of a companion ordinance further defining what can and cannot be built there or how properties can be changed so the local Landmarks Commission can properly enforce terms of the overlay district.

30. Last Word: Play Ball, Porch & Parlor and A New Bus System -

If you go to enough political gatherings you start to see parallels. Sometimes you see things that aren’t there but that’s another story. Many political gatherings begin with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer as well. Sometimes the pledge isn’t enough and there is someone there to sing the National Anthem.

31. International Nurses Gather for Training, Networking in Memphis -

A few hundred nurses from around the world are in Memphis this week, convened here for the Westberg Symposium.

A ministry of Church Health in Memphis, the symposium is a three-day program that involves the church health team hosting workshops, seminars and a variety of other activities through Wednesday, April 11, and which are meant to help the participants learn how to provide health care and other services back home.

32. City Council Grants Historic Overlay Status to Cooper-Young -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, April 10, to a historical overlay district for Cooper-Young – the first historic district status granted by the city in 20 years.

But the 7-3 vote on third and final reading likely isn’t the end of the discussion about how decisions will be made by the local Landmarks Commission enforcing terms of the overlay that govern what can and cannot be built there or who it can be changed.

33. Annual WFGM Awards Celebrate Contributions of Local Women -

Three Memphis women who have dedicated their lives to improving life in the city they call home will be honored for their contributions this week.

The Rev. Sonia Louden Walker, Anita S. Vaughn and Fredrika “Freddi” Felt will be the recipients at this year’s Legends Awards sponsored by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM).

34. Agency Hopes New Homes In Orange Mound Bring Stability -

On a barely two-lane road in Orange Mound, neighbors were taking a look Monday, April 9, at a new duplex on Ethel Street.

35. First Tennessee Bank Launching $4 Billion Community Investment Effort -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank, along with its newly acquired Capital Bank, are launching a five-year, nearly $4 billion effort to expand the availability of financial resources in low- to moderate-income communities across an 8-state footprint.

36. 10 Ways to Energize Volunteer Leaders -

A special column for executive directors and college presidents. “I guess I’ll have to do it myself. I can’t depend on anyone. People say they want to help, but...”

37. Statewide Clinical Trials Effort Launches Out of UTHSC -

When Dr. Steven Goodman, vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, arrived at the college more than two years ago, his ambition was to launch a statewide clinical trials network.

38. Three Incumbents Unopposed at August Primary Ballot Deadline -

Three incumbent Democratic state House members in the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature were effectively re-elected Thursday, April 5, at the noon deadline for candidates in the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries to file their qualifying petitions.

39. New Work/Play Studio Coming to Midtown -

A creative work and play studio called TransforMama is coming to Midtown in May.

Launched by Memphis native Layne Carden, TransforMama will occupy 2,800 square feet at 2256 Central Ave. and will serve as a haven for new and expecting mothers.

40. Editorial: Universal Life a Blueprint For Building Black Wealth -

While many of us were thinking about and remembering the turbulent events of 1968, this week brought another significant nod to the past with a commitment to the future.

The Universal Life Insurance Co. building isn’t a Pyramid, though its architecture has an Egyptian theme. It’s not the tallest building in the city, but then again, the tallest building in the city is boarded up these days.

41. Three Incumbents Unopposed at August Primary Ballot Filing Deadline -

Three incumbent Democratic state House members in the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature were effectively re-elected Thursday, April 5, at the noon deadline for candidates in the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries to file their qualifying petitions.

42. New Work/Play Studio Coming to Midtown -

A creative work and play studio called TransforMama is coming to Midtown in May.

Launched by Memphis native Layne Carden, TransforMama will occupy 2,800 square feet at 2256 Central Ave. and will serve as a haven for new and expecting mothers.

43. Last Word: MLK50s Big Day, Hotel Changes and Murica on Capitol Hill -

The peak of the MLK50 events came Wednesday with a chill but some sunshine and lots to consider. Understand -- this isn’t over. There are still a few more events to go through the weekend and even into next week. If nothing else, a lot more Memphians and visitors got a good look at most of South Main in the best way possible – on foot. And if the Beale Street District ever expands east to Danny Thomas, the intersection there makes a really good place for a party.

44. Airport Overhaul Hits Milestone With B Concourse Closure -

Roughly a year after Memphis International Airport first unveiled its $214 million modernization plan, the project is taking its next significant step.

On Wednesday, April 4, Memphis International officially closed the B Concourse and relocated all airline operations, restaurants and retail businesses to the A and C concourses until the project wraps up in 2021.

45. Universal Life Insurance Building Reopens With New Hope for Black Economic Growth -

There is still some build-out to be done on the Universal Life Insurance building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and other dignitaries cut the ribbon Tuesday, April 3, on the formal reopening on the 1920s Egyptian-themed landmark in black business enterprise.

46. Last Word: Holder in Memphis for MLK 50, EDGE Sets a Date and South City Moves -

The week of MLK50 commemorations began Monday with a speech by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the arrival Monday afternoon of Rev. Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meanwhile, Monday's day of free admission to the museum, underwritten by FedEx drew a long line. It also drew some remote trepidation that tends to make the situation seem worse than it is once you actually go there for yourself.

47. Comcast NBCUniversal To Livestream MLK50 Events -

Comcast NBCUniversal is serving as the media and technology sponsor for the National Civil Rights Museum’s MLK50 Commemoration and will livestream the day’s events for free.

Throughout the day on Wednesday, April 4, Comcast NBCUniversal’s livestream will provide viewers around the world with front-row access to the museum’s lineup of speakers, performances and tributes from civil rights leaders. The livestream will be broadcast through Comcast NBCUniversal’s award-winning “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement” platform at CivRightsVoices.com and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

48. Philanthropic Investments in the Black Community -

As Memphis and the world marks the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there is much to reflect on and much to look forward to. Our reflections can be a source of inspiration for what we can accomplish together moving forward into the future. We can embrace the “fierce urgency of now” that King spoke of.

49. Heritage Trail Loops Open Amidst MLK50 Preparations -

As city crews were moving the Mountaintop sculpture into place at the new MLK Reflection Park and the nearby I Am A Man Plaza was getting one last patch of cement Friday, March 30, a tour bus came through as preparations were being made for the city’s MLK50 observances.

50. Memphis Farmers Market Names Executive Director -

Rebecca Dull has joined the Memphis Farmers Market as executive director. Dull, who began her new role Monday, March 19, has experience working in various nonprofits, community markets and fundraising as well as more than seven years of experience in communications and marketing.

51. Stock Market Grocery Spurs Interest In Lakeland’s Lake District Project -

After more than a decade of preparation, The Lake District multiuse development in Lakeland is seeing some concrete progress. In fact, the developer, Los Angeles-based Gilad Development Inc., has signed its first tenant to the location on the southeast corner of the intersection of I-40 and Canada Road.

52. Community LIFT Looking to Build $5 Million Loan Pool Amid Growth -

An organization that pursues sources of financial, human and intellectual capital to strategically revitalize neighborhoods wants to build a $5 million loan pool for investing in Memphis communities and leaders.

53. MLK 50 Years Later -

Bernard Lafayette remembers being in Memphis April 3, 1968, and a dejected Martin Luther King Jr. being roused from his room at the Lorraine Motel to speak at Mason Temple on a rainy night.

54. Massive Mixed-Use Project Slated for Broad Avenue -

In many ways the Broad Avenue water tower has become the defining emblem of the iconic arts district, but the empty warehouse it sits on stands in stark contrast from the vibrant shops, restaurants and art galleries that line the more developed south side of the street.

55. Last Word: The RDC's New Leader, Potter on 100 North Main and FedEx Moves -

Is Memphis big enough for FedExForum and some kind of event space on the Graceland campus in Whitehaven? The city administration thinks that could be the case. But it requires an “honest broker” between Graceland and the Grizz – who run the forum for the city and county – to quote city chief legal officer Bruce McMullenif there is a deal to be had.

56. Memphis Farmers Market Names Executive Director -

Rebecca Dull has joined the Memphis Farmers Market as executive director. Dull, who began her new role Monday, March 19, has experience working in various nonprofits, community markets and fundraising as well as more than seven years of experience in communications and marketing.

57. The Right To Be Wrong -

“Fundraising is known for its abundance of failures and few successes.” We can’t recall who said this, but we know it is true. Yet many people think otherwise. Plans are created; goals are set. Most are focused on “incremental growth.”

58. Boyle Investment Co. Celebrating 85th Year -

Boyle Investment Co. celebrated its 85th anniversary with a luncheon on Friday, March 23, for its 113 employees on the top floor of its new Class A office building at 949 S. Shady Grove Road.

59. EPE Expansion in Limbo, Overton Square Restaurant Sets Opening Date -

3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Project Cost: $22 million

Owner: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Details: Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out if any implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

60. Harris, Chism Say PILOTs Not Effective Economic Development -

The two Democratic contenders for Shelby County mayor say they don’t think tax abatement incentives, primarily payments in lieu of taxes – or PILOTs – are working as an economic development tool in Shelby County.

61. Last Word: Pre-K's Longer Reach, Penny's Contract and Thad Cochran's Farewell -

The Arkansas gate of Big River Crossing will reopen Friday morning at 6 a.m. The gate to the West Memphis side of the crossing leading to the Big River Trail on the flood plain below has been closed since the Mississippi River at Memphis reached flood stage several weeks ago. The river level has been falling for about a week. The Big River Trail floodway portions remain closed for now as some of the debris from the river is removed in those areas. While the trails are closed this is a good time to get a look from the crossing at the flood plain’s transition when the river rises and then starts to go down.

62. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Infrastructure Investment? -

Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?

63. Tenn.'s Road, Infrastructure Systems Problem Shared Across State -

Though we often complain about our government, we count on it every day, in large ways and small.

An example of a small way … potholes. Which don’t seem like a small issue after they cause your tire(s) to blow out.

64. $23M HarborChase Slated For Completion in 2019 -

In just 12 years, one out of every five Americans will be 65 or older. In the senior housing industry, the Greatest Generation is increasingly giving way to their children, the baby boomers. And that means developers and operators are changing retirement communities to suit the tastes of this next wave of residents.

65. For Real -

REAL NEED. REAL EFFORT. “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”

The late, great Illinois Sen. Everett Dirksen – father-in-law to the late, great Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker – purportedly said that regarding government spending in a “Tonight Show” appearance in the ’60s.

66. 25 Tennessee Communities Get Economic Development Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Twenty-five communities in Tennessee are receiving more than $9.6 million in grants to help them attract economic development projects.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in a news release that the Site Development Grants announced Wednesday are intended to help rural communities finalize infrastructure and engineering improvements for project-ready, certified economic development sites.

67. EPE Expansion Plans Placed on Hold Again -

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out what, if any, implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

68. Children’s Central -

The first career choice a child has in mind isn’t always the right one. Stephanie Butler, who today is the new executive director of the Children’s Museum of Memphis, thought she wanted to be a doctor.

69. Events -

The Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Author and life coach Jasmin Nuhic will present “Create your development plan; no one else should.” Reel 2 Reel Photography will be on hand offering optional professional headshots for $20, so arrive early and dress professionally. Register at pmimemphis.org.

70. Onyx, Barrett Distribution Seek Tax Breaks -

A medical device manufacturer and a third-party distribution center operator will be seeking tax abatements from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to expand their respective footprints in the area.

71. Medical Device Maker, Distribution Company Seeking Tax Abatements -

A medical device manufacturer and a third-party distribution center operator will be seeking tax abatements from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to expand their respective footprints in the area.

72. Trump Opioid Plan Includes Death Penalty for Traffickers -

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks.

73. Events -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts its final community engagement session to gather feedback on its Downtown relocation Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis fire headquarters (the site of Brooks’ future home), 65 S. Front St. Museum officials are seeking input as they begin the process of selecting an architect and creating a vision for the new space. Free and open to the public, but RSVPs requested via the Facebook event. See facebook.com/brooksmuseum for details.

74. Dean: ‘It’s Kind of Our Turn’ in Governor’s Race -

Democratic contender for governor Karl Dean is pushing hard the idea that Democrats can win one of the two statewide races on the Tennessee ballot this year.

75. Events -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development brings its apprenticeship listening tour to Memphis Monday, March 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Bert Bornblum Library art gallery, 5983 Macon Cove. The goal of the tour is to determine the current state and future of area apprenticeship programs. Visit tn.gov/ecd/apprenticeship-tour.html for details and to RSVP.

76. Feds Award $570K For Civil Rights History Projects -

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced $570,000 in funding Monday, March 12, for three projects that focus on the history of the civil rights movement in Memphis.

77. Raleigh Town Center To Break Ground -

Construction on the new $28 million Raleigh Town Center begins this month, city of Memphis leaders announced Tuesday, March 13.

The city project is on the site of the demolished Raleigh Springs Mall on the southeast corner of Yale Road and Austin Peay Highway. It will include a new Raleigh branch public library, a new police precinct and traffic precinct, a city skate park and an 11-acre lake with a walking trail.

78. Riviana, Ebrofrost Continue Work On $26M Frozen Food Facility -

2360 Prospect St.

Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $3.1 million

Project Cost: $26.5 million

Application Date: March 2018

Owner: Riviana Foods

79. Children’s Museum Names New Executive Director -

The Children’s Museum of Memphis has announced the appointment of Stephanie Butler as its new executive director.

Butler will direct all facets of the museum, including education, community relations, operations and development. This will encompass raising funds for the museum’s recent expansion, which includes the restored Memphis Grand Carousel.

80. Events -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts its final community engagement session to gather feedback on its Downtown relocation Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis fire headquarters (the site of Brooks’ future home), 65 S. Front St. Museum officials are seeking input on several topics as they begin the process of selecting an architect and creating a vision for the new space. Free and open to the public, but RSVPs requested via the Facebook event. See facebook.com/brooksmuseum for details.

81. Editorial: Tubby Smith Meant Well But Memphis Needed More -

In two seasons as head basketball coach at the University of Memphis, Tubby Smith served the institution, the sport, and most importantly the players, with integrity.

He talked about real issues in college athletics that have made him an outlier in many ways. He’s widely regarded as the coach who does everything the right way, who values the educational attainment and personal development of student-athletes more than the wins.

82. This Week In Memphis History: March 16-22, 2018 -

2008: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton proposes closing several public libraries, including the Cossitt, Gaston, Highland, Levi and Poplar-White Station branches. He floats the proposal to City Council members, saying it would save the city $1.5 million to $2 million.
“I don’t need to hear from any council member about their district,” he says later. “I have to look at the city. Some of these libraries are in the ghetto. Some of them are on Poplar.” Herenton adds that his upcoming budget proposal will call for a city property tax hike. “I think it’s inevitable,” he says. “But with these cuts, it won’t be as much.” The move to close the Cossitt, the city’s first public library, is also part of a still-general plan by Herenton to redevelop the city’s riverfront and use the land the library is on for other purposes.

83. Children’s Museum Names New Executive Director -

The Children’s Museum of Memphis has announced the appointment of Stephanie Butler as its new executive director.

84. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present “James and the Giant Peach” Friday, March 16, through April 8 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

85. Peace of Mind -

Each summer, about 150 inner-city youth enjoy For the Kingdom Camp. The purpose is to provide a Christ-centered and challenging camping environment for discipleship, character-building and recreation.

86. Feds Award $570K For Civil Rights History Projects -

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced $570,000 in funding Monday, March 12, for three projects that focus on the history of the civil rights movement in Memphis.

87. Raleigh Town Center To Break Ground -

Construction on the new $28 million Raleigh Town Center begins this month, city of Memphis leaders announced Tuesday, March 13.

The city project is on the site of the demolished Raleigh Springs Mall on the southeast corner of Yale Road and Austin Peay Highway. It will include a new Raleigh branch public library, a new police precinct and traffic precinct, a city skate park and an 11-acre lake with a walking trail.

88. Wiuff Looks to Boost Engagement As MAAR Board President -

Lauren Harkins Wiuff, a broker at Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, has begun her tenure as the 2018 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors. Wiuff, who will serve a one-year term as board president, is also a lifetime member of MAAR’s Multi Million Dollar Club. At Marx-Bensdorf, she leads a team that includes her sister, Stephanie Sheahan.

89. Brackin Returns to SWTCC In Workforce Role -

Anita Brackin has been named associate vice president for workforce and economic development at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

She comes to the post at Southwest from directing workforce development at the Greater Memphis Chamber for the last three years.

90. EDGE May Get Tweaked as Economic Dispute Settles Down -

A March 1 joint session of the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission hosted by chairs Berlin Boyd and Heidi Shafer discussed, among other topics, the current state of economic development in Shelby County, and in particular, the role the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County plays in it.

91. Last Word: Moot Points in Orlando, EDGE Responds and A Mayoral Forum -

The Tigers basketball post season continues to a Friday game with Tulsa the day after the Tigers beat South Florida 79-77 in the AAC tournament in Orlando. But all of this seems to have been rendered a moot point by the all-but-official exit of coach Tubby Smith with Penny Hardaway, and probably much if not all of his staff, waiting in the wings.

92. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

93. Novel Approach -

The smallest of the city’s 17 public libraries is also one of its most used. The Frayser Branch library is a brick-and-glass rectangle on a half-acre at 3712 Argonne St. With some modest columns and shrubs, a few planters and cinderblock lattice work, it is shoe-horned into the side of a hill in a residential neighborhood a block from the commercial corridor of North Watkins Road still dominated by churches.

94. TNECD Touring State For Apprenticeship Opportunities -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will host an apprenticeship listening tour across the state to discuss the future of apprenticeship in Tennessee.

In Memphis, TNECD will be at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon campus, 5983 Macon Cove, on Monday, March 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

95. At ComCap Partners, Alex Willis Focuses on Improving Community -

Ever spot your name on a street sign? It’s a total coincidence – you know this to be true – and yet you may be tempted to stop and grab a selfie with the caption built right in. If you’re a Memphian descended from renowned civil rights leader A.W. Willis, Jr., though, the Willis in white letters on a green sign was your grandfather. And chances are, you share his first and middle initials, too.

96. EDGE Chairman Responds to Chamber Criticism -

A March 1 meeting of City Council and County Commission members who questioned the respective roles of the Greater Memphis Chamber and EDGE in recruiting new jobs to Memphis has prompted another response.

97. Olympus Opens Expanded Bartlett Campus -

Medical device manufacturer Olympus celebrated the grand opening of its $12 million expanded Bartlett campus at 2937 Appling Road on Tuesday, March 6. The state-of-the-art facility expands Olympus’ existing R&D and surgical manufacturing building on Appling Road, which has operated in Bartlett since 1984.

98. Smith Pens Email to Local Leaders to Clarify Position on EDGE -

Greater Memphis Chamber chairman Richard Smith penned a lengthy email to Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission members Tuesday evening to clarify “misconceptions amongst the bodies when it comes to economic development in our community.”

99. City Council Continues to Dabble In Art Issues -

Memphis City Council members were told Tuesday, March 6, that removing a mural from a private business front on Lamar Avenue will be difficult despite a council call to do so.

The zombie-like mural by the artist Dustin Spagnola has drawn most of the ire of council members for several months. Some have called it “satanic.” Others on the council argue the imagery isn’t respectful of the surrounding community.

100. Fed Numbers Show Local Lending Increase -

Robert Shaw is among the Memphis banking executives looking forward to what the rest of 2018 will bring. He is CEO of Memphis-based Paragon Bank, which at the end of February announced record-breaking revenue and pre-tax income for the fourth quarter of 2017. The numbers were driven by solid loan growth, a healthy net interest margin and continued attention to controlling expenses.