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

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

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

2. Familiar Restaurant Brand Is Making a Return -

Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits might be back in Memphis again soon.

The brand is starting to show up again in the Southeast, after struggling through ownership changes and financial missteps then closing all of its company-owned stores and filing for bankruptcy in 2010.

3. Last Word: TN(not)Ready, Hatiloo Expands and Tax Season Advice -

So what do you do when the test-makers fail the test?

You go back to the old test in the case of the Tennessee Education Department and the TNReady tests.
These were the new tests for the new statewide student achievement standards that replaced Common Core standards.
They can only be taken online.
But the system crashed Monday, which was the day that all of the preparation in the last year was geared toward. That included two tests locally of the on-line capacity and other technical standards necessary to make this go smoothly.
Here is a good account of what happened statewide and locally with a few other stops across the state to take in the scope of how big a failure this was and what failed.

4. EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses -

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

5. FedEx Targets $200M in Giving By Decade’s End -

Memphis-based FedEx has decided to approach its corporate giving in a new way, one focused on figuring out how to use its assets to make the biggest possible impact in communities.

The company announced this week it’s planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

6. Haslam Outlines Conservative Approach to Surplus -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

“Our approach is to realize that good times are not going to last forever,” Haslam said in his annual state of the state address on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

7. Haslam Touts New Spending On Teacher Raises, Urges Caution In Use of Reserve -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

“Our approach is to realize that good times are not going to last forever,” Haslam said in his annual state of the state address on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

8. Playback Memphis Works to Expand Reach -

The Playback Memphis organization is looking to expand its reach this year and is preparing to host three training courses at the Pilgrim House Hostel and Retreat Center at First Congregational Church in Midtown later this month.

9. Olympus to Invest $12M in New Bartlett Distribution Center -

A Tokyo-based maker of medical and surgical products plans to invest $12 million in a service and distribution center in Bartlett.

Olympus Corp. is building an East Coast national service and distribution center in Bartlett Corporate Park, a facility that will serve as a distribution point for Olympus medical equipment and devices like endoscopes, surgical devices and generators.

10. Downtown Creativity Hub Seeks Permanent Home -

Creative Works, the popular Downtown conference for artists and designers, is looking to set up shop year-round.

Josh Horton, founder of Creative Works, and Russ Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo, are currently shopping the Downtown market for space to house a “creativity hub.”

11. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

12. First Horizon CEO: 2015 Was a ‘Very Good Year’ -

The top brass at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off their first quarterly earnings presentation to analysts in 2016 with frequent allusion to some favorite themes.

13. NBA Fines Grizzlies' Barnes $35K for Inappropriate Comments -

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes $35,000 for making "inappropriate public comments" condoning violence.

The fine was announced Sunday, a day after Memphis beat the Knicks 103-95 in the teams' first meeting since the league suspended Barnes for two games for fighting with New York coach Derek Fisher in October.

14. Lamar Buys Clear Channel Billboards in Memphis -

Lamar Advertising Co. has acquired Clear Channel Outdoor’s billboards in Memphis and four other cities in a $458.5 million deal.

15. Lamar Buys Clear Channel Billboards in Memphis -

Lamar Advertising Co. has acquired Clear Channel Outdoor’s billboards in Memphis and four other cities in a $458.5 million deal.

16. Miss Cordelia’s Adapts To Customers’ Needs -

Amidst a constantly changing grocery scene in the Memphis area, Miss Cordelia’s keeps plugging along in Harbor Town on Mud Island.

But don’t think the neighborhood grocer is sitting back waiting on customers to walk through the doors. The business’ 35 employees aren’t paying as close attention to the national grocery brands expanding or joining the market farther to the east because they’re focused more on listening to customers to better understand what they want.

17. The Good and Bad of Memphis’ Fortune 500 -

During a breakfast meet-and-greet with young professionals earlier this fall at International Paper’s newly opened building on its Poplar Avenue campus, IP chairman and CEO Mark Sutton recalled attending an investor day event during his first month on the job.

18. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

19. Corefire App Could Bring Real Change to Memphis -

The numbers are startling: Only 43 percent of African-American males in Memphis graduate from high school, and the city’s poverty rate for families with children younger than 18 is 44.3 percent, double the national average.

20. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

21. The Pressure of Parity: There’s Golden State … And Everybody Else -

San Antonio had just handed the Grizzlies a 20-point home loss. Someone asked Spurs coach Gregg Popovich what his team could take from the game.

His answer: Even the Spurs were a work in progress, continuing to chase the shadows of perfection. Which, on Dec. 3, was personified in the still-undefeated Golden State Warriors.

22. Memphis Business Community Shows Giving is 365 Days a Year -

Parties, family gatherings, checking off lists, decorations – it’s no wonder the holidays add a whole extra layer of stress during December.

But in Memphis, where there are so many needs that are only magnified during the holidays, it’s a time that the business community steps out to help the city’s vast nonprofit community provide a little extra Christmas spirit.

23. To Combat Lot Shortage, Developers Take on Small Subdivisions -

With landlocked urban areas and a dwindling supply of vacant lots, developers are looking to increase Memphis’ density one house at a time with single-family residential infill projects.

“The problem in Memphis is that the cost of lots with a house on it, in the most desirable areas of Memphis are extremely high,” said Keith Allen, principal of Keith Allen Homes and president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

24. Council's New Crop -

They ran in the considerable shadow of the most competitive Memphis mayoral race in a generation. The new Memphis City Council that takes office with Mayor-elect Jim Strickland in January isn’t necessarily a generational shift. It doesn’t signify a wholesale ousting by the electorate, either.

25. Grizzlies’ Footprint Growing Across Region; Redbirds, RiverKings Try to Hit Their Niches -

Decades ago, the St. Louis Cardinals used their vast radio network to extend their brand across the middle of America. Even today, they have more than 130 affiliated stations in eight states.

“The Cardinals did a great job through their radio outreach,” said John Pugliese, Memphis Grizzlies vice president of marketing, communications and broadcast.

26. Scotts LawnService to Merge With TruGreen -

Memphis-based TruGreen Holdings Inc. is merging in a joint venture with the Scotts LawnService division of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. of Marysville, Ohio.

27. Levitt Shell Adds $4M In Renovations -

It was a perfect day for sledding in the bowl of the Levitt Shell once the crushed ice was tossed down the slope by a droning spreader.

The boundary by the shell stage was a bit closer than normal as construction crews have already begun preliminary work for the $4 million in renovations and new facilities the Levitt Shell Foundation announced Sunday, Dec. 6. The group already has raised $2 million toward the project.

28. Memphis to Host Back-to-Back Transportation Conferences -

On Thursday, Dec. 10, Memphis’ status as a logistics hub and its future in inner-city transportation will be debated.

The University of Memphis will be hosting two back-to-back free conferences at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute will host its ninth annual conference, dubbed The State of Freight, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and the newly established University of Memphis Design Collaborative will host the Workforce to Work Transportation Summit from noon to 4:30 p.m.

29. Food-Focused Nonprofits Join Under Memphis Tilth Banner -

Meet Memphis Tilth. Four of the city’s food and farming nonprofits, which cover areas ranging from soil health to food justice to produce distribution, are convening under a single banner.

The Memphis Tilth organization can offer a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to building a better local food system by combining the efforts of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, GrowMemphis, Urban Farms-Memphis and Bring It Food Hub.

30. My HQ Initiative Aims to Boost Downtown Memphis Office Market -

For years, the Downtown Memphis office market has been the same story: Bank A, law firm B and accounting firm C left for East Memphis. The newest buildings are now half-empty as firms, big and small, make their exodus.

31. Paragon Bank Reports Strong Third-Quarter Results -

Paragon Bank saw record revenues in the third quarter, as well as the highest total loans in the bank’s history and an improved net interest margin, the bank announced this week. The strong quarterly performance stems from a 57 percent drop in nonperforming assets, which are at their lowest levels since 2007, and the continued progress of Paragon's Atlanta-based Small Business Capital Group. Due to increases in Small Business Administration income, mortgage income and solutions product income, core non-interest income for the first three quarters of 2015 increased 82.3 percent over the same period in 2014 to $910,000. Among highlights for the third quarter: • Total revenue for the quarter was $3.3 million, an increase of 3.1 percent over the second quarter of 2015 and 11.8 percent over third quarter 2014. • Nonperforming assets dropped 57 percent during the third quarter, from $5.7 million to $2.5 million. The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets also dropped from 1.94 percent on June 30 to 0.84 percent on Sept. 30. • Gross loans increased $5.4 million, or 9.2 percent, during the third quarter to reach $237.5 million. Total deposits also increased 8 percent as of Sept. 30, while core deposits have increased 3.3 percent. – Andy Meek Gus's Fried Chicken Named

32. Winmark to Bring New Resale Stores to Memphis -

The big sister store of Plato’s Closet is looking to come to Memphis, and new-to-market sports and music equipment resale concepts also are on the way.

Parent company Winmark Corp.’s presence in Memphis has steadily grown since 2008, when it opened Once Upon a Child and Plato’s Closet stores in Cordova. Presently, two franchisees operate seven stores across those two brands.

33. Cole Carves Community Role At Duncan Williams Asset Management -

The idea of “to whom much was given, much is required” comes from scripture.

It’s a philosophy for a number of organizations and individuals, and one that is important to Roland Cole, associate vice president of Duncan Williams Asset Management. He has served on boards of various nonprofit organizations in Memphis and served as a mentor to community youth.

34. Strickland Vows to Grow Memphis’ Minority Contract Percentage -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland says the next month may be the most important of his administration, even though he won’t take office until Jan. 1.

35. New Tech901 Expands City’s Tech Field -

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis to help guide technology job growth, while showing outside companies advantages of doing business in the Bluff City.

Tech901’s mission is to train current and potential Memphians for a variety of technology jobs while working with employers to increase the local technology job base.

36. Grizzlies: Old Enough To Know Better -

In the minutes after the Grizzlies’ worst loss in franchise history, Dave Joerger reached for the “O-Word.”

That’s right, the coach admitted the Grizzlies sometimes “look a little bit old.”

37. Mayor’s Innovation Team Plans for Next Chapter -

Just because Memphis will soon have a new mayor, that doesn’t mean the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team is going anywhere.

The team, a collection of civic talent focused on innovative solutions to local challenges, was launched a few years ago and has been emblematic of the priorities and ambitions of outgoing Mayor A C Wharton’s administration. That has meant complementing city government’s core service delivery through projects that incubate businesses, activate city neighborhoods, address youth gun violence and combat blight.

38. MAA Sees Growth In Third Quarter -

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. has reported core funds from operations at $1.38 per diluted common share for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, the company announced this week.

39. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

40. MAA Sees Growth In Third Quarter -

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. has reported core funds from operations at $1.38 per diluted common share for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, the company announced this week.

41. Bipartisan Brakes for Governor Haslam’s Privatization Push -

Plans to put Tennessee’s real estate and government operations in the hands of private business are much further along than Gov. Bill Haslam would like people to think.

A master of downplaying big issues, Haslam says he’s simply looking for ways to make government run more efficiently and save money.

42. Grizz Tip Off Season to Begin Pursuit of Another Playoffs Run -

The Memphis Grizzlies had just endured a 22-60 season, a season so bad that coach Mike Fratello had been fired right after Christmas.

A season so bad that the Grizzlies didn’t win their 10th game of the season until January.

43. Can You Afford To Apply For A Large Grant? -

Big money attracts big dreams. Imagine what your organization could do with a large sum of money. Large could be $25,000 or it could be $25 million. It all depends on your operating budget. Whether you say “yes” to big money, or turn down an opportunity can impact your organization – and Memphis – for years to come. Learn three questions to ask before making a decision.

44. Editorial: It’s Grizzlies Season Again In Memphis -

Remember when there were seasons in Memphis like fall and winter?

Today the city’s seasons are football, basketball, festival and political, and you needn’t wait for one to end to begin the other.

45. Together Again -

To look ahead to next season, we must first go back to last season. To that heady time when the Grizzlies held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.

46. RiverArtsFest Celebrates Visual Art -

Lee Askew loves art festivals. He travels the United States to visit some of the best, regularly bringing back ideas for what he knows is possible in Memphis.

47. The Kitchen Community is Growing Gardens in Memphis Schools -

In September, children at Resurrection Catholic School harvested sweet potatoes out of the garden they had been studying all year. They knew about soil content and the lifecycle of a seed, and they knew that there was something special about these sweet potatoes.

48. First Horizon Set to Buy Back Shares, Keep Lid on Expenses -

The week’s end found the chairman and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company in a bit of a philosophical mood about his financial institution, First Horizon National Corp., as well as the industry as a whole.

49. DMC Eyes More PILOTs for ‘High-Impact’ Development -

The proposed Midtown mixed-use development at McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue has turned a corner with newly approved tax breaks.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp., an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to support the residential, retail and grocery project.

50. Memphis Cab Company Holds On Against Newer Upstarts -

Competition and the presence of new upstarts shaking up the status quo are par for the course when it comes to running a business over the long term.

Then there’s the situation that faces Ham Smythe IV, president of Premier Transportation Services, Yellow Cab, Checker Cab and Ride the Roo in Memphis.

51. Vet Clinic Proposed For Binghampton Corner -

A new veterinary clinic at the northwest corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street will keep the lights on 24/7 and hopefully direct activity to Memphis’ less-trafficked Binghampton core.

52. Mallory Alexander Signs Pact With Old Dominion -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC will handle all ocean freight forwarding, back office and operational services for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

53. Mallory Alexander Signs Pact with Old Dominion -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC will handle all ocean freight forwarding, back office and operational services for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

54. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8 -

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

55. Tony Allen Jedi Robes On Grizz Giveaway Schedule -

The Memphis Grizzlies are taking their unique product promotions up a notch this season with Tony Allen Jedi robes, Memphis Sounds car fresheners, wrestling masks and a “Mount Grizzmore” series.

56. After Trying to Just Fit In, Jeff Green Looks to Make Bigger Impact on Grizz -

Center Marc Gasol looks at Jeff Green and sees what does not exist anywhere else on the Grizzlies’ veteran, often plodding, roster.

57. Urban Barn Market Debuts October Event -

Debi Heying Vincent and Carrie Walters Floyd have traveled across the South, noticing the abundance of antique and vintage markets everywhere except Memphis.

58. Breast Center Part of West Cancer Center's East Campus Plans -

The West Cancer Center has a bit of wind at its back as it heads toward the November opening of its new east campus on Wolf River Boulevard.

Relatives of West Clinic founder Dr. William West have committed a multimillion-dollar gift to the University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research, the West Cancer Center’s fundraising arm.

59. New Life -

A development 10 years in the making, the abandoned 33,000-square-foot Universal Life Insurance Co. building is within sight of its new lease on life through the support of public and private partnerships.

60. Minute by Minute, Grizzlies Need More Rest -

We hope that Mike Conley’s mask is in a museum somewhere, never to be needed again.

We hope Marc Gasol has not made the mistake of always carrying his wallet in the same hip pocket. I mean, $110 million is pretty heavy weight. We don’t need Big Spain having back issues.

61. Airbnb Provides Options to Memphis Homeowners, Guests -

It all began for Marilyn White over phone conversations with a close friend back home in Buffalo, N.Y.

62. Central Defense Security Eyes Expansion in Mississippi, Texas -

Memphis-based Central Defense Security has opened four branches in three states since first setting up shop in Memphis in July 2005.

Those offices have served the firm well for the first decade of its existence, helping it grow to employ today between 1,500 to 1,600 people, estimates chief operating officer Larry Carroll. The firm also has expanded its security plan services into an assortment of new industry categories, from hospitals to retail lots, office buildings and more.

63. Soul Fish Cafe Expanding in Cooper-Young, Opening in Little Rock -

Memphis-based Soul Fish Cafe is cooking up an expansion, both in Memphis and beyond.

The restaurant, with three locations in Shelby County, is preparing to break ground on No. 4 next month. It’s set for downtown Little Rock, the company’s first location outside of the Memphis area as well as its first in a Downtown district.

64. New Tax Incentive Aims to Boost Declining Memphis Neighborhoods -

Just north of Interstate 40, the commercially empty gateways to the Frayser neighborhood between North Hollywood Street and North Watkins Street are hardly fit to accommodate the thousands of vehicles that pass by every day.

65. Lipscomb’s Exit Prompts Delay in EDGE Merger -

A move to merge two Memphis economic development agencies has intersected with the exit of Robert Lipscomb as the city’s Housing and Community Development director.

66. Shifting Memphis Media Market, Like Every Other, In Flux -

Lauren Lee never picks up a newspaper. Which isn’t much of a surprise because she’s 33 years old, works in marketing, and has the technological savvy and finger dexterity to operate a smartphone.

67. Crosstown Arts Program Looks to Concourse Future -

When Crosstown Concourse opens to the public in 2017, it will be the culmination of dreams, plans and vision by a number of stakeholders.

Mirroring those grand visions will be the Crosstown Arts Studio Residency Program, which will serve as a full-scale, multi-disciplinary artist residency program at Crosstown Concourse beginning in 2017. The program will provide studio space and shared meals to 16 artists at a time over the course of multiple short-term residency sessions that could last from two weeks to three months.

68. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

69. ‘Bigger Than Ballet’ -

As a child growing up in Frayser with an unstable home life, Briana Brown latched on to dance classes at the New Ballet Ensemble & School as a source of stability.

Sitting at her University of Memphis dorm surrounded by psychology textbooks, she is ready to leap into the path built on 11 years of educational and professional development provided by her support system at New Ballet Ensemble.

70. One Beale, Tennessee Brewery Plans Go to Design Board -

Plans for two of Downtown Memphis’ most high-profile projects are set to go before a key development board next week.

Both the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale development teams have filed applications to be heard by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its Sept. 2 meeting.

71. One Beale, Tennessee Brewery Plans Go to Downtown Memphis Design Board -

Plans for two of Downtown Memphis’ most high-profile projects are set to go before a key development board next week.

Both the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale development teams have filed applications to be heard by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its Sept. 2 meeting.

72. One Beale, Tennessee Brewery Plans Go to Downtown Memphis Design Board -

Plans for two of Downtown Memphis’ most high-profile projects are set to go before a key development board next week.

Both the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale development teams have filed applications to be heard by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its Sept. 2 meeting.

73. Haslam Talks of Larger Shift in Tennessee Higher Education -

Before the picket line against outsourcing the management of state office buildings went up Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam saw some different signs: several students holding up posters thanking Haslam for the Tennessee Promise program.

74. Brookhaven Boom -

Downtown has the South Main Historic Arts District and the Main Street core. Midtown has Cooper-Young, Overton Square and the Broad Avenue Arts District, among others.

In East Memphis, defining a proper restaurant and entertainment district might seem to be more difficult, but in fact it’s existed all along on Brookhaven Circle. It’s just taken a few new restaurant openings to bring the neighborhood into full focus.

75. Mayoral Debate Clash Focuses on City Finances -

Memphis city government’s financial problems and how those problems happened was the flashpoint for the latest meeting of the top mayoral contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot.

The Wednesday, Aug. 19, forum sponsored by The Commercial Appeal at the University of Memphis saw incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. clash with challengers and city council members Jim Strickland and Harold Collins. The fourth debate contender, Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams, argued for different city priorities and a slower move toward economic development goals.

76. Memphis Redbirds, Grizzlies Partner for ‘Grit & Grind Night’ -

The Memphis Redbirds and Memphis Grizzlies play in different sports and at different levels, but for years the people running the teams acted as though they were quasi-rivals.

Change has been in the works for a while – the annual Cardinals Caravan was at FedExForum this winter when AutoZone Park was getting a makeover – but now a growing partnership is in even greater evidence.

77. Problem Properties -

Memphis has a crippling issue with blight, and one nonprofit is front and center with changing the culture that led to the city’s inundation of abandoned properties and lots.

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. was founded in 2012 as a court-appointed receiver of properties taken away from neglectful owners. Over the years, it has evolved to become a robust advocate for stronger legislation and development tools to deal with problem properties.

78. Beale Board Looks at 3-Month Window to Set Up Shop -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is looking at a narrow three-month window to get its lease agreement with City Hall signed and, in effect, begin its work for the city and hire some kind of day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

79. Memphis Army Vet Lands Major Publishing Deal -

For Joshua Hood, everything changed after graduating from the University of Memphis in 2003.

The following year, he enlisted in the Army. His stint in the military, which included service in Iraq and Afghanistan, stretched to 2008. When that was done, he joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in 2009.

80. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

81. Editorial: Finding a Nonviolent Medium Between Order and Freedom -

Many of us didn’t know Sean Bolton. All we have are the memories of those who did.

There are a few informal photos snatched from Facebook. And there’s his record of service, as a Marine who did a tour of duty in Iraq and as a Memphis police officer whose five-year tenure ended when he was killed in the line of duty Aug. 1.

82. Challengers Unseat 4 DeSoto County State GOP House Members -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four DeSoto County House Republican incumbents targeted by a pro-school choice group because of opposition to charter schools are among at least nine incumbents who lost party primaries Tuesday.

83. Earnings Season Roundup -

International Paper Reports Q2 Earnings Growth: International Paper reports its second-quarter net earnings grew while net sales for the quarter decreased slightly.

The Memphis-based company, which released its quarterly financial results Wednesday, July 29, said second-quarter earnings totaled $227 million, or 54 cents per share. That’s up from $161 million, or 37 cents per share, in second quarter 2014, but down from $313 million, or 74 cents per share, in first quarter 2015.

84. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

85. EdR Reports Rising Second-Quarter Earnings -

EdR reported rising second-quarter earnings Thursday, July 30.

The Memphis-based college housing real estate investment company reported net income of $2.9 million, or 6 cents per share. That compares to an $8.8 million, or 23-cent per share, loss over the same three-month period last year.

86. MAA Reports Surging Profits -

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. reported a banner second quarter highlighted by surging profits.

87. TCAP Scores: Math and Science Gains, Reading Scores Down in Memphis -

They aren’t out of the state’s bottom 5 percent. But three Memphis schools where parents and teachers last year vocalized their opposition to Achievement School District control are off the potential takeover list.

88. Sparks Fly at Cooper-Young Mayoral Forum -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was the target of two Memphis City Council members challenging him during most of a Cooper-Young political forum Tuesday, July 28.

It’s what Wharton predicted would happen once the campaign to the Oct. 8 ballot began to throw sparks.

89. County Term-Limit Changes Proposed -

Just as the ballot was set for the October Memphis elections last week, some politicos were laying the groundwork for the 2016 election season in Shelby County.

That foundation includes two proposed amendments that would undo two Shelby County government charter amendments approved by voters in 2008.

90. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

91. Berger and partners launching East Memphis cryotherapy business -

Taylor Berger’s new business venture is a bit cooler than the rest of the other concepts he’s helped launched in the city – cool, as in, sub-zero.

The Memphis restaurateur and businessman is one of a few partners behind Flow Cryotherapy, a new business opening Monday at 5101 Sanderlin Ave.

92. On Edge -

In February Sam Carolan was planning to move from Austin, Texas, to Memphis to become a digital sales specialist for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns the ABC24 and CW30 television channels.

93. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

94. Circuit Court Judge D'Army Bailey Dies At Age 73 -

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey died Sunday, July 12.

Word of the 73-year old jurist’s death comes less than a year after Bailey returned to the bench, winning election to Circuit Court after retiring as a Circuit Court Judge in 2009.

95. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference -

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

96. Strickland Files for Mayor One Week From Deadline -

A week before the filing deadline for candidates on Memphis’ October ballot, city councilman Jim Strickland filed his qualifying petition for mayor and said he has a campaign war chest of approximately $400,000.

97. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

98. Editorial: Ballet Memphis a Perfect Partner for Overton Square -

When news surfaced of Ballet Memphis’ impending move to Overton Square, it was met with mixed emotions.

Some groans, for sure. Midtown certainly could use a hotel, especially in the newly bustling district. And an independent, boutique hotel – which was the previous possibility for the primo real estate at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street – would have been a nice addition to the nightlife hotspot.

99. Memphis Finance Gurus Retrace City’s Fiscal Path -

Mayors come and go at City Hall and what was a priority for one administration can change with the next. But one constant is finance.

It defines a city’s overall health, no matter who is in office, and thus its ability to borrow money to fund those priorities and then pay off that debt.

100. Developers Still Interested In Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.