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1. Amended Restroom Bill Ignored by Senate Committee -

NASHVILLE – Legislation restricting restroom use at public schools for transgender students got flushed on Wednesday, March 22.

The Senate Education Committee declined to hear the measure sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers when it failed to receive the required motion and support to be considered.

2. Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan -

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

Dubbed the Overton Gateway, Makowsky Ringel Greenberg’s plans for a proposed multifamily development at the confluence of Sam Cooper Boulevard and East Parkway received a cold reception from residents of the surrounding Lea’s Woods neighborhood Tuesday evening, March 21.

3. Lehman-Roberts’ Moore Lauded By Asphalt Industry Group -

Rick Moore, who is retiring as chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co. March 31 after 46 years with the company, has been named the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year. 

4. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, March 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Keith G. Anderson, a cardiologist at Sutherland Cardiology Clinic and president of the Tennessee Medical Association, will discuss numerous health care topics, including how federal health care reform could impact Tennessee. Cost is $20 at the door. Email taylor@memphisrotary.org to register.

5. Pivot For Innovation -

Pivoting your way to profitability, Somik Raha, SmartOrg

There are many unforeseen hazards between concept and launch. Pivoting provides a unique opportunity to learn from experience and to change course at key development stages, making the difference between attaining mediocre results and achieving astounding success.

6. The Week Ahead: March 20-26 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

7. Events -

Aspen Dental, in partnership with Alpha Omega Veterans Services, will provide free dental care for Memphis veterans via its MouthMobile mobile dental office Tuesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, 170 N. Main St. Appointments are required and can be made by contacting AOVS at 901-729-2345.

8. Leave Your Car Home Event Slated March 22 -

A group of local leaders will host an event Wednesday, March 22, to explore how Memphis can secure dedicated funding that grows and improves the city’s transportation system.

The event, part of the “How To Leave Your Car at Home” series, will be facilitated by Suzanne Carlson of Innovate Memphis, Memphis Area Transit Authority commissioner Andre Gibson, Smart City Memphis’ Tom Jones and John Paul Shaffer of the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. They will share their thoughts on moving Memphis transit forward.

9. Editorial: The Ride From Mall To Mixed Use -

Memphis has come a long way from Southland Mall – the city’s first shopping mall – which seemed so cavernous in the late 1960s and now seems so small.

That’s not to say the times have left Southland Mall behind. They haven’t. It can and should be a part of the renaissance now underway in Whitehaven.

10. Leave Your Car Home Event Slated March 22 -

A group of local leaders will host an event Wednesday, March 22, to explore how Memphis can secure dedicated funding that grows and improves the city’s transportation system.

The event, part of the “How To Leave Your Car at Home” series, will be facilitated by Suzanne Carlson of Innovate Memphis, Memphis Area Transit Authority commissioner Andre Gibson, Smart City Memphis’ Tom Jones and John Paul Shaffer of the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. They will share their thoughts on moving Memphis transit forward.

11. Trump's Budget: Build Up Military, Build the Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget Thursday, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

12. Dean Brings Business Focus to Nonprofit Alliance as Interim CEO -

In 1995 when Nancy McGee became executive director of what is now known as the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, it was just a small grant-writing center. It grew into a holistic nonprofit support organization that offers management services to more than 200 members.

13. Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.

14. Last Word: Milhaus Sells, Voucher Debate Gets Heated and Boyd's Fly Around -

Highland Row isn’t fully open yet and it is already up for sale as part of a real estate portfolio. The owner, Milhaus, based in Indianapolis, is a development, construction and property management company that works in mixed use development. And the portfolio being on the market could turn into a recapitalization.

15. Israel to Lead Greenline Group As Organization’s Focus Shifts -

Andrew Israel recently was named executive director of the Greater Memphis Greenline as the organization shifts its focus to promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing the use of trails, parks and green spaces.
As executive director, Israel is the strategic leader and the chief relationship officer for GMG. Along with creating programs and opportunities to enhance and expand the use of green spaces, GMG works at the grassroots level with neighborhood organizations and individuals to help promote their activities and expand the resources that are available. 

16. Atlanta Developer Files $200 Million Germantown Mixed-Use Plan -

Atlanta developers have filed an outline plan with Germantown leaders for a $200 million mixed-use town village development on the 32-acre “Arthur tract” west of the Saddle Creek South retail center.

17. The Week Ahead: March 14-20 -

Hey, Memphis! Despite the cold snap, spring is just a week away. Get outside and celebrate at Cooper-Young’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, or do a little garden shopping at the Spring Fling Garden Show. Check out what else is on our to-do list in The Week Ahead…

18. Boyd Officially in Race For Governor in 2018 -

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd officially launched his candidacy for Tennessee Governor Monday, March 6, with an announcement of his campaign team.

19. MAS Adds Specialist For Volunteer, Foster Programs -

Memphis Animal Services has added a volunteer and outreach specialist who will coordinate volunteer and foster programs at the city shelter.

Dani Rutherford comes to the newly created position at MAS from being development assistant at Communities in Schools of Tennessee, a role that included coordinating donor relationships, donation drives, grant writing and communications work.

20. Millington Pouring Funds Into Projects To Attract New Businesses, Residents -

Millington, the smallest city in Shelby County, has some unique advantages and is making a comeback with millions of dollars in grants to fund infrastructure projects and a collective commitment from city leaders to revive the community and attract new businesses.

21. Tapping Young Donors -

Amelia Thompson is everything a nonprofit is looking for now and in the future. A 30-year-old Memphian who graduated White Station High School, she has worked with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and been a buyer for Macy’s in New York.

22. Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit -

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

23. Regional Innovation Underutilized in Memphis -

In San Francisco, the Bay Area Economic Council developed the Innovation Driven Economic Development Model to address shifts from old economies of the industrial age to new, creative economies. With this approach, economic growth sits at the intersection of expertise, interaction or collaboration, diversity, and application with innovation all working in concert.

24. New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application -

1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104 

Permit Amount: $1.2 million

Application Date: March 2017

Owner: Crosstown Concourse

25. WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Trove Alleging Wide-Scale Hacking -

WASHINGTON (AP) – WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users' computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

26. MAS Adds Coordinator Of Volunteer, Foster Programs -

Memphis Animal Services has added a volunteer and outreach specialist who will coordinate volunteer and foster programs at the city shelter.

Dani Rutherford comes to the newly created position at MAS from being development assistant at Communities in Schools of Tennessee, a role that included coordinating donor relationships, donation drives, grant writing and communications work.

27. Clayborn Temple Restoration Approaches One-Year Mark -

Box lunches and stained glass were the order of the day as developers of Clayborn Temple hosted the Rotary Club last month at the landmark Downtown church.

It was one in a series of events Frank Smith and Rob Thompson have hosted at the AME Church since they reopened its doors last October to explore uses for it and start a fuller renovation in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the spring of 2018.

28. Last Word: Who Needs To Be Watched, Hopdoddy and Fresh Fed Numbers -

Three Memphis City Council members on Behind The Headlines had quite a bit to say about protesters and lists and police surveillance. Council chairman Berlin Boyd and council members Kemp Conrad and Worth Morgan all say the surveillance question, which is the central issue now that the City Hall list has been pared significantly, is complex because of public postings and protests in public places.

29. Tennessee Hiring Wildfire Victims With $5.8M Federal Grant -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials are using a federal grant to provide cleanup work to people who lost their jobs after deadly wildfires.

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development and Walters State Community College have begun distributing the $5.8 million for jobs addressing wildfire destruction around Gatlinburg.

30. Boyd Officially in Race For Governor in 2018 -

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd officially launched his candidacy for Tennessee Governor Monday, March 6, with an announcement of his campaign team.

31. More Help Needed for Poor in Mississippi -

With an estimated 22 percent of Mississippi residents living below the poverty line (the highest in the nation) and a disproportionate share of their income going to basic necessities, anti-poverty advocates and government agencies are working to make sure more resources are reaching the people that need them most.

32. Council to Discuss Police Retention Bonus Grant As Union Objects -

Memphis City Council members review a $6.1 million four-year grant for police retention bonuses Tuesday, March 7, during council committee sessions.

The grant from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission was announced last week by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons.

33. Cheffie’s Cafe Expands to Collierville -

Cheffie’s Café is bringing a new location to Boyle’s Schilling Farms developing in Collierville.

The Cheffie’s Cafe location is 956 Winchester Blvd. According to Tate Conrad, vice president of design and development for Cheffie’s parent company, the new location “will be the prototype” for the company, and it will add about 15 to 20 jobs.

34. DMC Seeks Longer-Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s board of directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the city of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

35. Sedgwick Approved For $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

36. City Opens Online Survey On Memphis Riverfront -

A city task force on riverfront development has opened an online survey on the Memphis riverfront. The survey, at MemphisRiverfrontTF.com, is part of a larger process of gathering community input as the task force develops a comprehensive plan for the riverfront area.

37. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

38. Cheffie’s Café Opening 2nd Location in Collierville -

A popular restaurant that encourages the customer to “be the chef” is opening a second location in Collierville.

Cheffie’s Café announced it will open its newest spot at 956 Winchester Road inside of Boyle Investment Co.’s Schilling Farms community, adding roughly 15 to 20 new jobs in the area.

39. Another Country -

On the road into the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in southwest Memphis, there is a sign you might not notice on your way to the museum and archaeological site.

An arrow pointing east is the way to Memphis. The western arrow reads Chucalissa.

40. Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing -

NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.

41. City Opens Online Survey On Memphis Riverfront -

A city task force on riverfront development has opened an online survey seeking ideas. The survey, at MemphisRiverfrontTF.com, is part of a larger process of gathering community input as the task force develops a comprehensive plan for the riverfront area.

42. Robinson Chosen to Lead Cancer Society’s Hope House -

Maria Robinson has been named senior manager for the American Cancer Society’s Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis. In that role, she oversees day-to-day lodge operations, including guest services, volunteer engagement and community involvement.
Robinson, who is an eight-year cancer survivor herself, joined the American Cancer Society in 2012 as community manager for Relay For Life. Prior to that, she worked in the finance, real estate and restaurant industries. 

43. Tennessee GOP Leaders Expecting Crowded Field in 2018 Governor’s Race -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd got two mentions last Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s breakfast forum – one from guest speaker U.S. Rep. David Kustoff and another from chamber president Phil Trenary.

44. DMC Seeks Longer-Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s board of directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the city of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

45. Sedgwick Approved For $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

46. New Book From Former AutoZone CEO Offers Public Policy Goals -

AutoZone has national cachet in part for its status as a leading retailer of car parts and accessories. Lately, though, the Memphis-based company has been part of the national discussion as its leadership works toward political ends as much as commercial imperatives.

47. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

48. Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

49. Local Democrats and Republicans Prepare for 2018 Governor's Race -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Tennessee governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

50. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

51. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

52. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

53. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

54. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

55. Nine Habitat Homes Completed in Eden Square -

A set of nine new Habitat for Humanity homes at the Eden Square development in Hickory Hill are completed, with the families moving in over the past weekend.

The mixed-use development on Winchester Road east of Mendenhall Road is on the site of the demolished Marina Cove apartments and includes Power Center Academy Middle School and a performing arts center.

56. Council Approves Impasse Changes on First Reading -

As opponents of the City Hall escort list protested outside Tuesday, Feb. 21, a different protest was taking place inside the Memphis City Council chambers.

City employees opposed to proposed changes in the city’s impasse ordinance carried signs in the chambers reading “You Think Crime is High Now, Repeal Impasse.”

57. Wilson Honored With Clarence Day Award -

Kemmons Wilson Cos. chairman Spence Wilson has been selected as the recipient of the Clarence Day Legacy Award at Youth Villages.

Wilson led Youth Villages’ first capital campaign in 1984, and has been actively volunteering in the community since then.

58. EDGE, U of M Partner On Regional Database -

The University of Memphis’ Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County are partnering to develop a data warehouse, web portal and associated editorial content.

59. DIY Network to Aid Aretha Franklin Home -

The Memphis home where soul music legend Aretha Franklin was born may get some love from the DIY Network, officials said Thursday, Feb. 23.

Jeffrey Higgs, president of the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp., told a judge he has been in discussions with a producer at the remodeling and home improvement cable network on a plan to repair and move the house for one of its programs.

60. Cities, Developers Reaping Rewards of Mixed-Use Shift -

Commercial real estate is shifting to mixed-use developments designed to create a sense of place for homeowners longing for the community of days gone by, and the trend is profiting many parties as commercial developers see stronger returns and cities undergo revitalization in their core.

61. Sedgwick Approved for $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

62. DIY Network to Aid Aretha Franklin Home -

The Memphis home where soul music legend Aretha Franklin was born may get some love from the DIY Network, officials said Thursday, Feb. 23.

Jeffrey Higgs, president of the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp., told a judge he has been in discussions with a producer at the remodeling and home improvement cable network on a plan to repair and move the house for one of its programs.

63. Binghampton Gateway Comes to Food Desert -

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

64. Binghampton Gateway Center Spells End for Inner City Food Desert -

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

65. Wilson Honored With Clarence Day Award -

Kemmons Wilson Cos. chairman Spence Wilson has been selected as the recipient of the Clarence Day Legacy Award at Youth Villages.

Wilson led Youth Villages’ first capital campaign in 1984, and has been actively volunteering in the community since then.

66. Council Approves First Reading of Impasse Changes -

As opponents of the City Hall escort list protested outside Tuesday, Feb. 21, a different protest was taking place inside the Memphis City Council chambers.

City employees opposed to proposed changes in the city’s impasse ordinance carried signs in the chambers reading “You Think Crime is High Now, Repeal Impasse.”

67. EDGE, U of M Partner On Regional Economic Database -

The University of Memphis’ Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County are partnering to develop a data warehouse, web portal and associated editorial content.

68. Mid-South Mayors’ Council Announces Lineup for RegionSmart Summit -

The Mid-South Mayors’ Council, an initiative of Urban Land Institute Memphis, has release the lineup for its second annual RegionSmart summit, which will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Thursday, April 27.

69. City Council Wades Deeper Into Beale Street Controversy -

The lead partners of the Chicago-Memphis group that wants to manage Beale Street acknowledge they made mistakes earlier in their careers.

But Kelvin Willis and Dwain Kyles of 21 Beale Street say they deserve a chance to manage the district and have been treated unfairly by the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, which ended contract talks with them in October after a year of negotiation.

70. EDGE, U of M Partner to Create Regional Economic Database -

The University of Memphis’ Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County announced they will be working together to develop a data warehouse, web portal and associated editorial content.

71. Mid-South Mayors’ Council Announces Lineup for RegionSmart Summit -

The Mid-South Mayors’ Council, an initiative of Urban Land Institute Memphis, has release the lineup for its second annual RegionSmart summit, which will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Thursday, April 27.

72. Council Waits on Answers About City Hall List -

Memphis City Council members had protesters outside City Hall and in council chambers Tuesday, Feb. 21, on different causes.

City employees opposed to proposed changes in the city’s impasse ordinance carried signs in council chambers reading “You Think Crime Is High Now Repeal Impasse.”

73. Sedgwick to Occupy Thomas & Betts HQ, TNB Shopping Memphis for New Home -

New details are continuing to emerge after Sedgwick Claims Management Services' blockbuster announcement Monday to consolidate and expand its corporate headquarters.

Sedgwick will apply for a 15-year Expansion PILOT that will enable the company to retain 865 jobs, create 130 new jobs, and invest $33 million into their new facility, according to papers filed with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

74. Sedgwick Announces $34M Expansion, Will Create 150 New Jobs -

Sedgwick Claims Management has announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Memphis, which will result in the creation of 150 local jobs.

The expansion will consolidate Sedgwick’s headquarters into a single campus in Shelby County and locate research and development functions to that site, according to Ted Townsend, chief operating officer for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

75. What are Capacity and Infrastructure? -

Knowing your mission, vision and proposed impact is critical to your success as an organization. Equally important is the process of building your capacity and infrastructure. But what exactly are these things?

76. City Council to Take First Vote on Impasse Changes -

Memphis City Council members take their first vote Tuesday, Feb. 21, on changes to the city’s impasse ordinance.

The ordinance is a set of rules governing how the council settles deadlocked contract talks between the city administration and municipal labor unions without the council venturing into negotiations between the two sides.

77. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

78. Haslam Names Rolfe as Commissioner of Economic Development -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Nashville businessman Bob Rolfe as the new commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

79. Lawmakers File Bills To Protect Memphis Aquifer -

State Sens. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, and Lee Harris, D-Memphis, have filed legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly that would set up a Memphis Sands Aquifer Regional Development Board to protect water supplies in West Tennessee.

80. The Week Ahead: February 20-26 -

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

81. Grant Begins New North Memphis Rebuilding Effort -

North Memphis was once a place where heavy manufacturing was across the street from residential development and mom-and-pop retail was just down the street.

It was a thriving, blue-collar area of Memphis with block clubs, union halls, grassroots politics, lumber yards and nightclubs.

82. Events -

Clayborn Temple and IRIS Orchestra will co-present a concert titled “Celebrating the Past: Creating a Future” in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando St. The intergenerational, community-building concert celebrates the music and memories of the civil rights movement. Cost is free. Visit irisorchestra.org or claybornreborn.org.

83. Networking Helping Propel Women-Owned Businesses To New Heights -

When Memphis middle schoolers and sisters Madison Star and Mallory Iyana went on “Shark Tank” and secured $60,000 and partnerships with both Mark Cuban and Daymond John, they took their place among the ranks of female entrepreneurs who, in large numbers these days, are showing the business world that they are a force to be reckoned with.

84. Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M -

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

85. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present its winter mixed-repertory show, “Places Beyond,” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The show includes two new original works and a reprise of “Angels in the Architecture.” Visit balletmemphis.org for show times and tickets.

86. Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President -

Tommie Criswell has begun her yearlong tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors. Criswell has actively volunteered with MAAR for more than 20 years. At Crye-Leike East Memphis, where she serves as broker/manager, she focuses on residential real estate along with some commercial real estate sales. 

87. Events -

Opera Memphis will perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s family classic “The Pirates of Penzance” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. In conjunction with the show, Opera Memphis and the Mid-South Buccaneers are hosting Pirate Fest – an afternoon of pirate games, art activities, stories and live music from the Bluff City Barnacles – Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at GPAC. Pirate Fest is free for everyone (no tickets needed); tickets to the performance can be purchased at operamemphis.org.

88. Lawmakers File Bills To Protect Memphis Aquifer -

State Sens. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, and Lee Harris, D-Memphis, have filed legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly that would set up a Memphis Sands Aquifer Regional Development Board to protect water supplies in West Tennessee.

89. Flurry of Bills Affecting LGBT Community Filed in State Legislature Before Deadline -

NASHVILLE – Tennessee lawmakers met last Thursday’s legislation-filing deadline with a host of social measures one Memphis representative describes as “wedge bills” because they drive people apart.

90. Hopson Groups 19 'Critical Focus' Schools for Intervention -

A group of 19 Shelby County schools are getting a second chance at improving student achievement that could include a longer school day, an intervention specialist and other measures seen at Innovation Zone schools in the SCS system.

91. Last Word: MATA and the TBI, Fieldstone Gets Bigger and Wedge Bills -

Since Gannett bought The Commercial Appeal there has been a lot of speculation about what would remain of the Memphis operation in a newspaper chain known for consolidating not just in-house parts of the publishing process but the reporting side too. The biggest question in the air was the fate of the large printing presses at the CA. And Monday evening, there was an answer.

92. Bills Affecting LGBT Community Filed Before Deadline -

NASHVILLE – Tennessee lawmakers met last Thursday’s legislation-filing deadline with a host of social measures one Memphis representative describes as “wedge bills” because they drive people apart.

93. Michael Keeney Reappointed To Airport Authority Board -

Michael Keeney has been reappointed to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners by the Memphis City Council.

Keeney, whose term will expire on Dec 31, 2023, was appointed by Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell in July 2105.

94. Dr. Bethune Was True Fundraiser -

In the early 1950’s, I had the honor to hear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune speak in a packed, hot and humid Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis. She was a powerful orator. She mesmerized me, she mesmerized the crowd. She raised money for Bethune-Cookman College the old fashioned way: “She passed the hat.” 

95. Edge District Employing Micro Concept to Stir Retail Offerings -

Successful rehabilitation projects in the city’s core like Broad Avenue, Crosstown and Overton Square have demonstrated the impact innovative ideas can have on struggling neighborhoods, but fine-tuning the right approach for each neighborhood is far from a perfect science.

96. The Week Ahead: February 13-19 -

Music is a common theme this week, which is nice to know, isn’t it, Memphis? And the sounds of other balls – not the dribbling kind – will take the stage again as the Memphis Open gets into swing and the University of Memphis throws its first real pitch of the 2017 season. Check out this week's list of need-to-know happenings...

97. Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

98. State Of The Suburbs -

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

99. Strickland Says Budget Will Include Police Pay Raise -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will propose a pay raise for Memphis Police officers in his upcoming budget proposal.

100. Last Word: The Artisan Survives, Gas Tax Push-Back and Our Competition -

I knew winter was out there hiding somewhere. Just waiting for you to leave your coat at home in a flush of spring fever, bounding out of work Wednesday afternoon to find spring has hit the highway. But where does spring go on its spring break? The Suns were in Memphis Wednesday evening – the Phoenix Suns, that is. They lost to the Grizz at the Forum 110 – 91.