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1. Pipe Company Lays Off More Than 100 From Little Rock Site -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – More than 100 employees of a pipe company in Little Rock have been laid off this year due to a persistent slump in oil prices.

Americas for Welspun Senior Vice President Rajesh Chokhani says Welspun Tubular Inc. has let go 120 to 140 temporary employees since January. He said the company has dropped from three shifts of workers to one.

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

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

3. Business Formed to Finish Germantown’s Enclave -

Builder-developers John Duke, Mike Murphy, Chip Tayloe and Frank Uhlhorn, along with developer Dan Turley, formed a joint venture business to finish out The Enclave, a luxury estate home infill project they saved in Germantown after it had stalled during the Great Recession.

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

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

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

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

6. Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’ -

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

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

7. Survey: 13 Percent of Tennesseans Without Broadband Access -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A survey of state residents and businesses has found that about 13 percent of Tennesseans do not have broadband internet access.

The study was commissioned by the state Department of Economic and Community Development to determine the current state of broadband availability and to inform future options for improving access.

8. Events -

Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public meetings Wednesday, July 20, to present short-term investments for multimodal projects in the Memphis metropolitan planning area. The meeting will take place at MATA Central Station, 545 S. Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. and at Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email pragati.srivastava@memphistn.gov for more information. 

9. UTHSC Names Storgion Chair Of Physician Assistant Studies -

Dr. Stephanie Storgion has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Storgion’s appointment comes as the department moves to the College of Medicine from the College of Health Professions, where it started two years ago. 

10. Nonprofits Can Help Mid-South Heal -

We are no different from you, our readers. We have been grappling with emotions, engaged in conversations, and reflecting on our role – and the role of the nonprofit sector – during these times of protest and grief.

11. Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting -

It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.

12. Boyle Expanding Schilling Farms Development -

Construction is nearing completion on several new projects at Schilling Farms on an 11-acre site at the corner of Schilling and Winchester boulevards.

A new 50,000-square-foot Class A office building opens at 255 Schilling Blvd. Half of the space is pre-leased to Helena Chemical Co. and the other 25,000 square feet of ground-floor space is available for office or retail uses.

13. Common Table Names New CEO, Board Chairman -

The executive committee of the Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) board of directors has announced that Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris will serve as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Reggie Crenshaw is now serving as board chairman.

14. The Week Ahead: July 18-24 -

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

15. UHI Home a Model for Design -

A Raleigh house built nearly 50 years ago will rise as a national model for design techniques that render homes accessible for those experiencing limited mobility as a result of aging.

As part of a national design competition, organizers Home Matters and AARP chose New York-based architecture firm IBI Group - Gruzen Samton for its winning design, titled “Inter-Active Living,” to turn a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Memphis into a place where those experiencing limited mobility can live without worrying about getting a wheelchair through doorways, manipulating doorknobs or reaching shelves.

16. Madison Hotel Sells to Chicago-Based Hotel Group -

79 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Date: June 21 

Buyer: 79 Madison Avenue LLC

17. Common Table Names New CEO, Board Chairman -

The executive committee of the Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) board of directors has announced that Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris will serve as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Reggie Crenshaw is now serving as board chairman.

18. Boyle Completes Office, Starts Multi-Family Expansion -

Construction is nearing completion on several new projects at Schilling Farms on an 11-acre site at the corner of Schilling and Winchester boulevards.

On Thursday, July 21, a new 50,000-square-foot Class A office building will open at 255 Schilling Blvd. Half of the space is pre-leased to Helena Chemical Co. and the other 25,000 square feet of ground-floor space is available for office or retail uses.

19. Urban Child Institute Approves $1M Grant to Porter-Leath -

The Urban Child Institute board of directors has approved a new $1 million grant to Porter-Leath. The grant will help fund several proven programs at Porter-Leath, including Early Head Start, Teacher Excellence Program, Parents as Teachers and Preschool Partnership, among others.

20. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

21. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

22. FedEx Institute of Technology Builds Tech Reputation -

The FedEx Institute of Technology will host a training course on blockchain technology, the buzzy infrastructure that comprises the backbone of bitcoin, as part of a broader push to position itself at the center of innovation in the city.

23. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

24. AAF Memphis Taps New Leadership -

If there’s one thing the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter knows best, it’s that the industry it represents is constantly changing. Reflecting that change, the chapter welcomed new executive director Nikii Richey and swore in its new board members at a special luncheon event at FedExForum on June 18.

25. Nonprofit for School Equity To Start Operations -

The Campaign for School Equity (CSE), a new nonprofit organization focused on addressing academic achievement disparities between low-income and affluent students in Tennessee, will soon begin operations.

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

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

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

27. Aretha Franklin’s Childhood Home Safe for Now -

Aretha Franklin’s birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis is getting an encore. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has suspended his demolition order for six weeks to give some breathing room to the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp.’s recently revived campaign to turn the house into a museum.

28. Nonprofit for School Equity To Start Operations -

The Campaign for School Equity (CSE), a new nonprofit organization focused on addressing academic achievement disparities between low-income and affluent students in Tennessee, will soon begin operations.

29. Reader: Investing in All Students is Overdue, Critical -

I’m super-thankful for the commitment of Shelby County Commissioners led by chairman Terry Roland and budget chairman Van Turner to add critically needed funds for the 2017 Shelby County Schools (SCS) budget approved Wednesday, June 29. I’m also very thankful to Superintendent Hopson and the SCS board members along with organizations like Stand for Children, Black Lives Matter and petition signers who advocated for a budget that refused to slash some core academic programs and staff.

30. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy -

Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.

31. Community Engagement Award -

National recognition was bestowed upon the ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellows program this past week. Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, awarded the esteemed Robert E. Gard award to the fellowship program.

32. Frayser Targeted as Pilot Area for Citywide Fight Against Blight -

Last week, a wrecking team demolished a single-family home in the Washington Heights neighborhood in South Memphis. The effort, organized by United Housing Inc. and backed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the first of its kind to take place.

33. Crye-Leike Opening Office in Gallatin -

Crye-Leike is opening a branch office in Gallatin, Tenn., marking its 20th location in Middle Tennessee.

The new Crye-Leike office will be in a 2,352-square-foot remodeled house that has been zoned for office use. The lease agreement begins July 1.

34. Thomas & Betts Donates $50,000 to Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

35. First State-Backed Blight Demolition Completed -

The first demolition sponsored by the state’s Blight Elimination Program took place June 22.

Memphis-based United Housing Inc. sent a wrecking crew to 1370 Mississippi Blvd. to demolish an abandoned home and make way for a green space.

36. Greenprint ‘Movement’ Taking Hold Regionally -

It wasn’t that long ago that the land which is now Shelby Farms Park was up for grabs.

There was some sentiment to make it a park. There was probably more sentiment to develop it as residential, office or retail space, or all three.

37. Pinch District to Move in a New Direction: Up -

The Pinch District is getting a sky-high development treatment. For decades, the north Downtown neighborhood has been known as a sea of parking lots punctuated by a handful of small businesses.

With St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announcing $1 billion in new construction, the Pinch's largest tenant is opening up its campus with new buildings, some as tall as 12 stories, in the greater Pinch neighborhood. A neighborhood-level presence is a sea change for the institution, which has grown to 2.5 million square feet behind a gated campus.

38. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition -

A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.

The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.

39. Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice -

Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.

40. Last Word: Lights, Camera, Demolition, Our Cautious Prosperity and City Hall Redux -

In south Memphis Wednesday, an old house on Mississippi Boulevard was demolished as part of a press conference to tout anti-blight measures in a city that has a lot of blight.

At times it seems like we have a different blight program for just about every blighted property.

41. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

42. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations -

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

43. First Fed-Backed Blight Demolition Takes Place in South Memphis -

The first demolition sponsored by the state’s Blight Elimination Program took place Wednesday, June 22. Memphis-based United Housing Inc. sent a wrecking crew to 1370 Mississippi Blvd. to demolish an abandoned home and make way for a green space.

44. Thomas & Betts Donates $50K to Memphis Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

45. Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem -

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

46. Crye-Leike Opening Office in Gallatin -

Crye-Leike is opening a branch office in Gallatin, Tenn., marking its 20th location in Middle Tennessee.

The new Crye-Leike office will be in a 2,352-square-foot remodeled house that has been zoned for office use. The lease agreement begins July 1.

47. Important Role of Corporate Support for Nonprofits -

Financial and in-kind support from businesses and corporations are so important to the life of nonprofits. Whether through event sponsorships or grants for programs and operations, businesses matter. They provide visibility, funding and talent.

48. The Week Ahead: June 20-26 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a new headstone for one of the Beale Street Sheiks to an event to celebrate (and buy from) Memphis' maker community. 

49. Believe It or Not -

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

50. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

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

51. Young Brings Data Focus to City Planning -

Want to gaze into the future? Hop into Paul Young’s Infiniti and ride around Downtown for an hour. “These three blocks will be something of a spine for the neighborhood,” he says, as a light rain falls on the windshield. “We envision five- or six-story buildings with restaurants and retail at street level, commercial and residential up top.”

52. EDGE Adopts Changes to Diversity Policy -

After six months of deliberation, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has ratified a diversity policy for its five PILOT programs.

The adopted program requires that companies receiving financial incentives from EDGE spend with local and minority-owned businesses an amount totaling 25 percent of the construction costs plus 15 percent of the projected PILOT savings for the duration of the property tax freeze. Exceptional performance will earn a company up to two years on its PILOT. If a company fails to meet the spending requirements, EDGE will reduce the terms of the PILOT by 20 percent or two years, depending on which is less.

53. State: Hunter Industrial Moving New Operations to Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd has announced that Hunter Industrial, a division of the Hunter Fan Co., is opening new operations in Nashville.

54. SRVS' Saulsberry Honored for Her Work -

Wendy Saulsberry is one of two recipients of the 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Tennessee by the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Saulsberry is a direct support professional for SRVS, a United Way agency that supports more than 1,200 children and adults with disabilities.
Saulsberry says that as a DSP, she is deeply committed to the well-being of SRVS clients, assists them with their daily activities and advocates on behalf of their interests.

55. Donors Providing $12 Million To Light Mississippi River Bridges -

With the Big River Crossing on the north side of the Harahan Bridge moving toward a fall opening, the city of Memphis has reached an agreement with a group of anonymous donors for the lighting of the bridge by the Oct. 22 opening of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk.

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

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

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

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

58. Last Word: Orlando, Rain Delay At Southwind and Church Health Center's Move -

Many of us were watching the streets of our own city closely this weekend – the places where people gather for good times when the weather is warm and the sky is clear. Lately some of those places have been the settings for vivid and sudden reminders that all is not well in our city.

59. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

60. Land Use Board Turns Away Downtown Surfacing Parking Lot Proposal -

City leaders adhering to the mission of density in urban development made their point at a June 9 board meeting of the Land Use Control Board.

The applicant sought approval to construct a block-wide surface parking lot along Pontotoc Avenue between South Front and Wagner streets. The parking lot would be built on vacant land where a warehouse used by Machine Works once stood.

61. Collierville Sees Year’s Largest Multifamily Sale -

160 Madison Farms Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $34.3 million

Buyer: Spyglass-Collierville LLC

62. Events -

Church Health Center’s Farmers Market kicks off its 2016 season Tuesday, June 7, at 1115 Ave. A healthy cooking class begins at 9 a.m.; the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 25. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket for details.

63. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold an opening reception for “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” by Amy Hartelust and Chloe Yorl on Monday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The exhibition is on display through June 30. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4100.

64. Workforce Officials Bringing Job Coaches to Frayser -

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St. Elmo Ave., on Tuesday, June 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Coach staff will help area residents complete online applications, create resumes and register on Jobs4TN.

65. Cloverleaf Shopping CentercUnveils New Look -

The owners of the Cloverleaf Shopping Center at Summer Avenue and White Station Road have recently wrapped a major renovation and rebranding of the center.

The new signage and retro logo is meant to be a throwback to the center’s mid-century roots.

66. New Parks Director is Second Of Three Major Hires for Strickland Administration -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed a former director of cultural affairs for the city of Dallas and at Miami-Dade College in Florida to be the city’s new director of Parks and Neighborhoods.

67. First Tennessee Eyes More Regional Business With Executive Promotions -

First Tennessee Bank has made a few changes to its Memphis-area leadership team that give new and expanded responsibilities to a pair of longtime bank executives.

68. Workforce Officials Bringing Job Coaches to Frayser -

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St. Elmo Ave., on Tuesday, June 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Coach staff will help area residents complete online applications, create resumes and register on Jobs4TN.

69. Cloverleaf Shopping Center Unveils New Look -

The owners of the Cloverleaf Shopping Center at Summer Avenue and White Station Road have recently wrapped a major renovation and rebranding of the center.

The new signage and retro logo are meant to be a throwback to the center’s mid-century roots.

70. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

71. Start Co. Expands Downtown Footprint -

The venture development organization Start Co. is expanding its footprint.

The organization will now encompass the sixth floor of 88 Union Ave., increasing its current footprint by 50 percent to more than 13,000 square feet. The additional 4,500 square feet on the sixth floor will house Start Co. operations and offices for staff as well as startups, allotting the Start Lab significantly more space on the second floor for growing accelerator operations.

72. Innovating Health -

Dr. Guy Reed’s Memphis-based medical startup hit a big milestone toward the end of 2015, when Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo reached a deal to license the company’s technology.

73. Rose Guiding Memphis Symphony to Firm Financial Footing -

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

74. Female CEOs See Pay Rise, But Numbers Remain Small -

For the second year in a row, female CEOs earned more than their male counterparts and received bigger raises. But only a small sliver of the largest companies are run by women, and experts say gender parity at the top remains way off.

75. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

76. U of M Receives Grant From Urban Child Institute -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

77. $21.6 Million in Construction Headed to Graceland -

1064 Craft Road

Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $18.1 million

Project Cost: $21.6 million

78. Council Committee Probes Grant Requests -

Memphis City Council Budget Committee Chairman Edmund Ford Jr. likens it to the television show “Shark Tank.”

Instead of entrepreneurs, leaders of nonprofits made their pitches to the budget committee Tuesday, May 24, for grants from the council as part of the budget process.

79. U of M Receives Urban Childhood Institute Grant -

The Urban Child Institute has awarded the University of Memphis a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project.

Through the project, the U of M will build on relationships with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to create a culture of health for vulnerable children in Memphis. The university and its partners will tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse, housing, asthma and breastfeeding.

80. Last Word: Graduation Day and Our Outrage, An ASD Offer In Raleigh and Fashion -

According to Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson, 15,000 people have watched the several dozen high school graduation ceremonies the school system has streamed live on its website including the 14 graduations held Saturday.

81. Former Church Health Center President Joins Methodist -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has added former Church Health Center president Antony Sheehan to its leadership team.

Sheehan, who will serve the hospital system as a senior adviser, left the faith-based Church Health Center organization in recent days over what it said was “a difference in philosophy” between him and Dr. Scott Morris, the center’s founder.

82. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

83. City Opens Up Mid-South Coliseum to Reviews -

For a week in June, the city will allow citizen groups with qualified experts including architects and engineers to have access to the Mid-South Coliseum for four hours at a time twice a day.

The “Mid-South Coliseum Review Period” has a May 27 deadline for groups to request access under the city’s terms.

84. City Opens Coliseum To Experts In June -

For a week in June, the city will allow citizen groups with qualified experts including architects and engineers to have access to the Mid-South Coliseum for four hours at a time twice a day.

The “Mid-South Coliseum Review Period” was announced by the city Friday, May 20, with a May 27 deadline for groups to request access under the city’s terms.

85. City Opens Coliseum To Experts In June -

For a week in June, the city will allow citizen groups with qualified experts including architects and engineers to have access to the Mid-South Coliseum for four hours at a time twice a day.

The “Mid-South Coliseum Review Period” was announced by the city Friday, May 20, with a May 27 deadline for groups to request access under the city’s terms.

86. Start Co. Expands Downtown Footprint -

The venture development organization Start Co. is expanding its footprint.

The organization will now encompass the sixth floor of 88 Union Ave., increasing its current footprint by 50 percent to more than 13,000 square feet. The additional 4,500 square feet on the sixth floor will house Start Co. operations and offices for staff as well as startups, allotting the Start Lab significantly more space on the second floor for growing accelerator operations.

87. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

88. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

89. Editorial: Look at the ‘Grand Plan,’ Then Look Beyond It -

From a supermarket to a community center. From a produce section to a climbing wall. That is now the plan for a major part of the Soulsville redevelopment.

It’s easy to be skeptical at moments like this. Part of the skepticism comes from a long civic experience of well-meaning people who have come to our city with the goal of doing something for us that they believed we should do but imagined we couldn’t or wouldn’t do.

90. One Family -

An unprecedented private investment aims to restore a commercial heart to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, where a pair of sprawling buildings take up nearly a full block across from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It isn’t an eyesore, but inactivity within those walls has been a drag on the community.

91. Private Donor Backs Harahan Bridge Lighting -

The Harahan Bridge could be getting a $5 million light show. A private donor, working through the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, has backed the multimillion-dollar effort to light up the 5,000-foot-long bridge as part of the greater Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project.

92. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

93. 2 Memphis Nonprofits Get $100K From First Tennessee -

A pair of Memphis nonprofits has received $100,000 each in community grant funds from First Tennessee Bank.

94. 15 Tennessee Communities to Receive Site Development Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fifteen Tennessee communities have been selected to receive state grants to prepare sites for economic development projects.

The grants will go toward completing infrastructure and engineering improvements for certified sites in rural communities.

95. Events -

Job Fair and Educational Summit for U.S. Veterans and People Living With Disabilities will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Meet with more than 50 local employers along with 30 community services and training providers. Breakout sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will cover interviewing tips, job preparedness skills and lifestyle issues. Cost is free. For more information, call 901-636-7940, 901-438-0412 or 901-726-6521.

96. Ag-Focused Startup Accelerator Launching Cohort -

The community of startup founders launching companies in Memphis keeps getting bigger.

AgLaunch Accelerator, which will incubate six agriculture and food innovation startups in the city, is launching a new cohort in August. The program is a collaboration among the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s Ag Innovation Development Group, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, EPIcenter, Start Co. and a variety of other partner organizations.

97. Last Word: South of Crump, Council Day and Haslam on the Fed's Bathroom Memo -

Neon is coming back to E. H. Crump Boulevard and the momentum of development continues to move further south to the Crump border with South Memphis.

Ghost River Brewing Co. is making plans for a tap room that opens this fall as part of its existing brewery at South Main and Crump.

98. Events -

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

99. Haslam Says US Politics Were Point of Concern on Asia Trip -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that the U.S. presidential race is weighing heavily on the minds of executives that he met with on a recently concluded trade mission to Asia.

100. Gibbons to Lead New U of M Institute -

The day after announcing his resignation as Tennessee Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, the University of Memphis and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission announced Bill Gibbons will become president of the crime commission and lead a new Public Safety Institute.