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1. Binghampton Apartments, Parkside TIF Get EDGE Greenlight -

Several hundred new apartments, a South Memphis grocery store, and a new TIF district were all given the green light by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County during a busy Wednesday, June 20, board meeting.

2. Events -

The Shelby County Real Estate Road Show, co-sponsored by the Shelby County Trustee’s Office and Chandler Reports, is Thursday, June 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (registration 5 p.m.) at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Learn about the county’s tax sale process and anti-blight initiative, plus how to buy properties through Shelby County Land Bank. Cost is free. Register at rersmemphis621.eventbrite.com.

3. Council Approves 13-Year Contract with MRPP -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

4. Explore Bike Share Logs Nearly 3,000 Riders in First Month -

In its first month of operation, Explore Bike Share has been used by 2,950 people who took 6,423 rides covering 26,078 miles, the bike share service reported Wednesday, June 20.

The numbers from the bike share service with a fleet of 600 bikes and 60 bike docks across the Memphis area also showed the Overton Park bike station was the most popular in terms of usage in the first month followed by Big River Crossing’s east or Memphis side and Beale Street Landing.

5. Council Approves 13-Year Contract with MRPP, Makes End of Fiscal Year Moves -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

6. Council Approves 13-Year Contract With MRPP, Makes End of Fiscal Year Moves -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

7. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. A Dress for Success representative will present “Career 101: What Not to Wear.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

8. Council To Review ‘Shared Mobility’ Rules For Scooters, Bike Share -

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, June 19, at a “shared mobility” ordinance that would set broad ground rules for “shared use mobility bicycles, electric assist bicycles and electric scooters.”

9. The Week Ahead: June 18-24 -

Good morning, Memphis! Summer officially arrives Thursday with the solstice (aka the longest day of the year). Celebrate by taking in an evening Redbirds game or outdoor movie – or head indoors for one of nearly a dozen chamber music concerts. Here’s what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

10. Events -

AAF Memphis, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, meets Tuesday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, 1 Bass Pro Drive. Stan Lippelman, head of marketing for Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, shares his journey of tackling marketing challenges using data-driven insights. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit aafmemphis.org.

11. UTHSC Names Khan Chair Of Family Medicine Dept. -

Dr. Muneeza Khan has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. She previously served as interim chair.

12. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival returns Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, in Robert R. Church Park, 345 Beale St. The annual event features live music, vendors, senior activities, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com.

13. City Turns 22 Major Streets Back Over to TDOT -

A decades-long contract under which the city of Memphis maintains 22 state routes or highways on behalf of the state of Tennessee is coming to an end.

City leaders announced Wednesday, June 13, they will not renew the agreement with the state when it runs out June 30. Under the terms of the contract, the city fills potholes, removes trash, performs drainage maintenance, cuts grass in medians and rights of way, and treat roads in snow and ice on nearly two dozen of the city’s major thoroughfares.

14. Jewelry Supply Store Moves To Mendenhall Commons -

Adeli Designs has signed a lease for 1,125 square feet of retail space at Mendenhall Commons, at South Mendenhall Road and Sanderlin Avenue in East Memphis.

Weingarten Realty announced the lease this week.

15. Corky’s BBQ Eyes Southeast Expansion Under New Partnership -

More and more people across the Southeast will be getting the chance to enjoy Memphis-style barbecue thanks to a new partnership announced Friday between Corky’s BBQ and Dobbs Equity Partners LLC. The deal will help Corky’s to expand its corporate-owned brick-and-mortar footprint, with plans to open 15 additional stores over the next three years, as well as invest and expand the Corky’s food manufacturing and distribution operations.

16. Schowen Named Manager Of Baptist Ambulance -

Greg Schowen has been named general manager of Baptist Ambulance, a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies that currently serves 10 Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities with interfacility transport, as well as six communities with 911 response. Schowen brings 25 years of experience overseeing operations for emergency medical service providers in high-performance 911 service areas, including Los Angeles County, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

17. Last Word: The Politics of Summer, Perpetual Motion and Nigerian Email Scams -

Just about the time it is summer by the calendar next week as well as by the ongoing weather, you will start to see a set of one-on-one debates between the Democratic and Republican contenders for Shelby County Mayor – Lee Harris and David Lenoir, respectively.

18. UTHSC Names Khan Chair Of Family Medicine Dept. -

Dr. Muneeza Khan has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. She previously served as interim chair.

19. Memphis AD to Serve on NCAA Football Oversight Committee -

University of Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen has been named to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee effective immediately, the NCAA announced. Bowen’s term of service on the committee will continue through June 30, 2022.

20. Lake District Lands Malco Theater, Former Benchmark Seeks New Life -

3536 Canada Road,
Lakeland, TN 38002

Tenant: Malco Theatres Inc.

Tenant’s Agent: Michael Lightman, Michael Lightman Realty

Landlord: The Lake District

21. Council Drops Referendum From November Ballot -

There will be no referendum question on the Nov. 6 election ballot that would change a basic structural feature of city government.

The Memphis City Council rejected on third and final reading Tuesday, June 5, a referendum question that, if approved by city voters, would have required council approval of city contracts.

22. Lori James Leases Up At Laurelwood -

The contemporary women’s boutique Lori James is moving to Laurelwood Shopping Center in East Memphis.

The 30-year-old boutique owned by Memphian Lori James has been at Regalia Shopping Center since its inception. The Laurelwood location will be approximately 2,500 square feet and is slated to open in July.

23. Council Drops Referendum From November Ballot -

There will be no referendum question on the Nov. 6 election ballot that would change a basic structural feature of city government.

The Memphis City Council rejected on third and final reading Tuesday, June 5, a referendum question that, if approved by city voters, would have required council approval of city contracts.

24. Lori James Leases Up At Laurelwood -

The contemporary women’s boutique Lori James is moving to Laurelwood Shopping Center in East Memphis.

The 30-year-old boutique owned by Memphian Lori James has been at Regalia Shopping Center since its inception. The Laurelwood location will be approximately 2,500 square feet and is slated to open in July.

25. Blackburn’s Scattershot Hits Surprise Targets -

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.

26. City Council Approves $685M City Budget, Takes City Tax Rate to $3.19 -

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, June 5, to a $685 million city operating budget, an $87 million capital budget and a $3.19 city property tax rate.

The votes ended City Hall’s budget season with few changes by the council to the budget proposed by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

27. New Benchmark Owners Seeking Incentives for 4-Star Hotel -

A Rhode Island-based company has acquired the site of the former Benchmark Hotel and is seeking a 15-year tax incentive from the Downtown Memphis Commission to demolish the structure’s remaining concrete skeleton and replace it with a new four-star hotel.

28. County General Election Campaigns Meet Summer Heat -

With their minds still in the numbers from the May county primary election, candidates on the Aug. 2 Shelby County ballot are on the summer campaign trail with early voting about six weeks away.

“Those were just crazy results,” Republican nominee for Shelby County sheriff Dale Lane said of the turnout as he campaigned Saturday, June 2, at the Memphis Italian Festival.

29. City Council Faces Final Vote on Tax Rate -

Memphis City Council members could start to wrap up the budget season Tuesday, June 5, with third and final-reading votes on the city property tax rate and a resolution approving the city’s capital budget.

30. Events -

The next Teach901 Educator Job Fair is Wednesday, June 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the central atrium of Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. New and experienced teachers are invited to connect with recruiters from local public, charter and parochial schools. Recent college graduates are also invited to network. Visit teach901.com to register.

31. Events -

Saint Francis Health is hosting its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive through Friday, June 8, at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, 5959 Park Ave., and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, 2986 Kate Bond Road. The hospitals will collect cereal and monetary donations for Mid-South Food Bank. Visit tenethealth.com.yy

32. Garcia Blisters Final Racing Segment to Claim His First Victory -

They got heat. They got history. But for most of 3,000 or so fans who made their way to steamy Memphis International Raceway Saturday, they got a welcome dose of NASCAR. And they want more.

As the 95-degree temps faded into twilight, Ruben Garcia Jr. of Mexico went from patience to pounce mode in his Max Spiegel Toyota to capture the Memphis 150 presented by AutoZone.

33. Last Word: Storm Damage, Overton Square Parking and Corker's Tariff Plan -

The week begins with recovery across the river in Arkansas where high winds, possibly tornadoes, did quite a bit of damage Saturday evening – the Delta Regional Airport just outside Colt in St. Francis County destroyed, by the National Weather Service preliminary damage estimate Sunday.

34. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. Wanda Hall-Myers of Hall-Myers Consulting will present “Can Your Business Afford Not to Change? Top reasons why you should embrace change.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

35. Strickland Working Toward Garbage Pickup Overhaul -

By the fall, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland hopes to have a plan to overhaul city sanitation services – specifically the yard waste curbside pickup that has caused a lot of citizen complaints.

36. Stanton Chase Opens Memphis Office -

Executive recruiting company Stanton Chase has opened a Memphis office and hired three new executive consultants as directors in conjunction with the move – Deadrick D. “D.D.” Baker, Roxana Svensson and Ken Nimitz.

37. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” Friday, June 1, through June 24 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

38. June 1-7: This week in Memphis history -

2011: Bike lanes are planned for two miles of Madison Avenue from just east of Cleveland to North Cooper Street. But some business owners on the stretch of Madison are opposed to them and have organized, prompting Mayor A C Wharton to put off a final decision on the bike lanes. “It’s not that we are against bicycles or bicycle lanes,” business owner Mike Cooper says in The Memphis News cover story. “We need the traffic. We don’t need any impediments.”

39. 100 North Main -

The city’s tallest building, the 37-story 100 North Main Building – may or may not become the city’s second convention center hotel. But the skyscraper that has been vacant for four years and counting is the centerpiece of a 3-acre planned commercial complex anchored by a 600-room hotel, no matter where it winds up in the footprint. The complex, as much as the hotel, promises to change more than the city’s convention business.

40. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” Friday, June 1, through June 24 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

41. Virtually Famous -

Grizz Gaming’s Mehyar Ahmed-Hassan (AuthenticAfrican) gets the ball beyond the arc, dribbles, hesitates, and then accelerates around the defender and drives all the way to the rim for a one-handed dunk. It appears effortless and the longer you watch the avatar that is AuthenticAfrican on the NBA 2K court, the clearer the conclusion becomes:

42. Stanton Chase Opens Memphis Office -

Executive recruiting company Stanton Chase has opened a Memphis office and hired three new executive consultants as directors in conjunction with the move – Deadrick D. “D.D.” Baker, Roxana Svensson and Ken Nimitz.

43. Events -

The Memphis Italian Festival, benefiting Holy Rosary Parish, returns Thursday through Saturday, May 31-June 2, in Marquette Park, 4946 Alrose Ave. The celebration of all things Italian features a variety of food, vendors, bocce and cornhole tournaments, grape stomping, nightly concerts and more. Visit memphisitalianfestival.com for details and a schedule.

44. Last Word: SCS Budget Travels, Carlisle on One Beale and Hickman's Comeback -

Shelby County Schools officials are Downtown Wednesday to formally present the school system’s budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission. The budget committee hearing Wednesday morning won’t see any decision just yet. But the school system’s ask of county government is a big part of the commission getting to a more complete view of county government’s budget since north of $400 million of the county’s $1.3 billion consolidated budget is funding for public education across seven school districts in the county.

45. Events -

Remington College Memphis Campus will celebrate the launch of several new programs with an open house Wednesday, May 30, from noon to 4 p.m. on campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The public can tour the campus, meet instructors and learn about the new programs. Visit remingtoncollege.edu.

46. Paraham Joins DCA As PR, Social Media Coordinator -

Wesley Paraham has joined Memphis-based creative communications consulting firm as PR and social media coordinator. In this role, Paraham supports DCA’s public relations and social media strategies for clients including Explore Bike Share, Memphis Greenspace, Memphis Public Libraries and Big River Crossing, with a special emphasis on research and content development.

47. Memphis Manufacturer Classic American Hardwoods Still Thriving -

Classic American Hardwoods could just as easily be called Classic American Success Story. The latter name fits just about as well as the former.

The privately held company in late April received the Small Business Exporter of the Year Award from the Washington, D.C.-based Export-Import Bank of the United States.

48. Last Word: After The Tom Lee Storm, Tiger Lane Changes and Crosstown Growth -

A year ago many of you were without power in the wake of a sudden and violent storm that has come to be known as the Tom Lee Storm. It is the third most powerful storm, according to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division, in terms of those without power and the damage done. It’s called the Tom Lee storm because the 1950s-era Tom Lee memorial in Tom Lee Park – the obelisk – was toppled and shattered as the obelisk fell from the base. A year later, the base that proclaims Tom Lee “a worthy Negro” remains and the obelisk is in storage.

49. Week Ahead: May 28-June 3 -

Happy Memorial Day, Memphis! Once a grand hotel and commercial skyscraper to be located at the base of Beale Street near Riverside Drive, a scaled-back version of the One Beale project is still alive and goes before a key city board for a closing extension this week.

50. NASCAR Memphis 150 Scheduled for June 2 -

NASCAR will make its only visit to the Mid-South region June 2 at Memphis International Raceway for the K&N East Series Memphis 150, presented by AutoZone.

After an eight-year absence, NASCAR returned to Millington’s Memphis International Raceway in 2017. Second-generation star Harrison Burton won at MIR’s 3/4-mile oval last June on his way to capturing the K&N East Series championship.

51. Porcellino's Leaving Brookhaven Circle -

Porcellino's Craft Butcher is relocating from its current spot in East Memphis. The cafe and coffee shop posted on Instagram it would be closing Monday, May 28, in preparation for the move.

52. Safe and Sound -

Entrepreneur Jim Turner is enjoying the recent growth of his MedixSafe drug security cabinet business, which sprouted from his successful security-based business, Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling (ESSC). This year, MedixSafe will top $1 million in sales for the first time and will account for one-third of ESSC’s overall business.

53. Bitcoin Fans Rave, But Understand It’s Still a Risky Business -

By now, anyone who follows Wall Street even slightly has heard of cryptocurrency and its most famous spawn – bitcoin, which launched in 2009 but grabbed headlines last year for its wild swings in valuation.

54. FedEx Rolls Out the Purple Runway For Its Next Generation of Pilots -

FedEx Express is paving a runway for the pilots of tomorrow – a direct pipeline to flying for the Memphis-based delivery services company on the Fortune 500 list.

The subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced Purple Runway – A FedEx Pathways Program this spring to address an industry-wide shortage of up-and-coming pilots.

55. Events -

Southern College of Optometry, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and the Memphis Business Group on Health will host a preview screening of “To Err is Human” and panel discussion on reducing medical errors Friday, May 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in SCO’s East/West classroom, 1245 Madison Ave. The film, set to be released in November, explores the United States’ third-leading cause of death, medical mistakes. Afterward, representatives from Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Saint Francis Health Care and Regional One Health will discuss preventable medical mistakes and how their systems can work together to reduce errors. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets.

56. Burnett Finds Satisfaction Sharing Le Bonheur’s Story -

Originally from Arkansas, Sara Burnett, director of community and public relations at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, made her way to Washington, D.C., and East Tennessee before firmly planting her roots here in Memphis.

57. One Beale Developers Present New Plan to DMC -

The developer of the ambitious One Beale project has again reworked its plans and is seeking a deadline extension from the Downtown Memphis Commission to close on the nine-figure deal.

Carlisle Corp.’s latest proposal to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. comes more than a decade after its founder, the late Gene Carlisle, first proposed the massive mixed-use project.

58. Last Word: One Beale Changes, Treedom and Motel Mirrors in Cooper Young -

For all of the expectation and ambition present in a Memphis where Crosstown Concourse is almost a year old, Shelby Farms Park is an institution and the local economy in general has shaken off a lingering recession that wanted a rent to own deal – there may be some limits to our ambition. At least the scope of some of our ambition, which brings us to the One Beale project at Beale and Riverside.

59. Minority Entrepreneurs To Host ‘Spring Fling’ Friday -

The Minority Entrepreneurs will hold a Spring Fling Network Mix and Mingle on Friday, May 25, at the Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. This monthly gathering provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network and market their products or services to more than 200 attendees.

60. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Taste of the Garden May 24 at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Join MBG’s Blair Combest for a tasting of treats that use ingredients from the garden. Bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the demonstration. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

61. Last Word: Bike Second Line Protest, Loeb's Portrait and SCS Budget Notes -

“Get on your bikes and ride.” The local bike share program begins Wednesday at 60 different Explore Bike Share stations at different points around town. The bike rental program is considered a milestone in the city’s bicycle culture. And like all milestones there has to be a ceremony. This effort to make it easier to mix bikes into your daily journeys will kick off Wednesday morning in Court Square at 9:30 a.m.

62. NASCAR Memphis 150 Scheduled for June 2 -

NASCAR will make its only visit to the Mid-South region June 2 at Memphis International Raceway for the K&N East Series Memphis 150, presented by AutoZone.

After an eight-year absence, NASCAR returned to Millington’s Memphis International Raceway in 2017. Second-generation star Harrison Burton won at MIR’s 3/4-mile oval last June on his way to capturing the K&N East Series championship.

63. Office Vacancy, Asking Rents Both Rise -

Despite an uptick in the vacancy rate, direct asking prices continued to rise in the Memphis office market during the first quarter of 2018, according to research complied by commercial real estate firm Avison Young.

64. Last Word: Pete & Sam's and Barbecue, Neutral Turf and Ralph Wiley on Penny -

Pete & Sam’s, one of the city’s long running restaurants in a vibrant culinary scene, reopens Monday afternoon on Park Avenue following an extensive renovation following a major fire this past December. There should be lots of curiosity about what change looks like in a restaurant devoted to sticking with the past so much so that at times Pete & Sam’s and its reputation have been debated vocally among foodies. Kind of like the debate that occasionally surfaces over the Rendezvous and its place in our local world of barbecue.

65. Chicken Salad Chick to Open This Week -

Chicken Salad Chick, an Alabama-based chicken salad restaurant concept, opens a new Memphis restaurant Wednesday, May 23, at 4562 Poplar Ave. in the Poplar Commons shopping center in East Memphis. The 10-year-old chain plans to open another restaurant in Germantown later this year.

66. Faropoint, Belz Sell of Part of Retail Portfolio -

7501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654 and 7685 Hacks Cross Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654:  Faropoint Ventures continues to remain active in the Greater Memphis Area with the sale of two Olive Branch retail centers for a combined $9.24 million.

67. Cordova Shopping Center Sells for $3.7 Million -

The Shops of Cordova Station, located at 1010-1030 N. Germantown Parkway, has sold for $3.7 million.

TMK Cordova LLC purchased the 18,800-square-foot strip shopping center from Shops at Cordova Memphis LLC, according to a May 14 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register.

68. Events -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest continues through Saturday, May 19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a schedule.

69. Penny Mania -

Derek Jett was coming home from a business trip on the West Coast and making a connection at the airport in Dallas. It was football season, and because it was football season (and not basketball season), he was wearing his University of Memphis cap.

70. Last Word: Bar-B-Foo, Grizz Draft Prospects and The Hampline -

Alleged sightings of Dave Grohl at the barbecue contest Thursday in Tom Lee Park and a photograph from a distance that might or might not be the head Foo Fighter. This does happen at the barbecue contest – celebrities quietly coming in with a team. Sometimes not so quietly as when Vice President Al Gore returned in the 1990s to a contest he had a booth at during his time as a U.S. Senator.

71. Events -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest continues through Saturday, May 19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

72. Three Projects Get Green Light from EDGE Board -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a trio of projects that could create as many as 255 new jobs and retain nearly 300 more during a busy Wednesday, May 16, agenda. 

73. Last Word: Monuments Ruling, The Open Council Seat and Not So Great Streets -

It is likely just the first round. But the city of Memphis prevailed on every major point in the Wednesday ruling out of Nashville by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle upholding the removal of Confederate monuments this past December from two city parks.

74. Peabody Place Gets Restriped at End of Year-Long Experiment -

The two-way bike lanes and a pedestrian promenade with tables and chairs on Peabody Place between Front Street and B.B. King Boulevard are on the way out as a year-long trial run for the changed streetscape ends.

75. Army Corps Project to Protect Wolf River From Sewage -

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – Army engineers have completed a $1.4 million project designed to protect a vital storm sewer channel that runs into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee.

76. Events -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest continues through Saturday, May 19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the annual Ms. Piggie Idol Contest; the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

77. Cordova Shopping Center Sells for Almost $4M -

The Shops of Cordova Station, located at 1010-1030 N. Germantown Parkway, has sold for $3.7 million.

78. Events -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest returns Wednesday through Saturday, May 16-19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the annual Ms. Piggie Idol Contest; the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

79. Events -

The Memphis Jewish Community Center will screen “Besa: The Promise” Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at MJCC, 6560 Poplar Ave. The film weaves Albania’s heroism in World War II through the journeys of two men. The screening is part of the monthlong Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project. Cost is free. Visit jccmemphis.org for details.

80. Opening the Book -

A new Learning and Innovation Fund for Educators grant from Lausanne Learning Institutes (LLI) is now available to a team of teachers looking for funding to do creative things in their classrooms.

And the upcoming annual LLI Memphis teacher conference in July will give them the chance to share those ideas with their peers.

81. Three Companies Seeking Tax Abatements for Expansion Projects -

Three companies will be seeking tax incentive packages from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County during its Wednesday, May 16 meeting.

The largest of the three, online managed content distribution and printing company Mimeo.com, is seeking a 15-year Expansion PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for a $13.4 million project at 3350 Miac Cove.

82. Week Ahead: May 14-20 -

Go hog wild, Memphis! One of the most anticipated community events of the year kicks off this week when Tom Lee Park again becomes ground zero for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Teams from around the world will try to win over judges with their savory renditions of all things pig. It will be a lip-smackin’ good time win or lose, though. 

83. AutoZone Expanding Downtown, One Commerce Square Hits Market -

40 S. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Property: One Commerce Square Building 

Seller: Memphis Commerce Square Partners LLC

Details: One Commerce Square, the fourth-largest building in Memphis, has hit the market.

84. One Commerce Square Office Tower Up for Sale -

One Commerce Square, the fourth-largest building in Memphis, has hit the market.

The 29-story high-rise office tower and four-story annex, located at 40 S. Main St., also comes with a leasehold interest in a roughly 500-space parking garage, according to real estate brokerage firm CBRE’s Deal Flow listing.

85. Grocery Wars -

For a typical consumer, a trip to the grocery store might mean little more than a quick run to pick up essentials like bread and milk. Cart filled. Self-checkout. Back out the sliding doors. So mundane, none of it is given a second thought once you’re back in the car with your purchases.

86. Irony, Thy Name Is Tennessee -

NEW STATUE PROPOSED. Last week in advance of the primary, I read with interest multiple accounts of the Shelby County Republican Party’s outrage with the candidacy of one of their own, Keith Alexander, for property assessor.

87. One Commerce Square Office Tower Up for Sale -

One Commerce Square, the fourth-largest building in Memphis, has hit the market. The 29-story high-rise office tower and four-story annex, located at 40 S. Main St., also comes with a leasehold interest in a roughly 500-space parking garage, according to real estate brokerage firm CBRE’s Deal Flow listing.

88. Last Word: Veto Override Drama, Iran Reaction & Rise of the Rest Meets Soundways -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy committee day Wednesday with a budget presentation – county mayor Mark Luttrell’s final one as the county’s chief executive, more discussions about the Graceland plan and a veto override.

89. Council Gives Final Approval to Speedway Terrace Historic District Status -

Memphis City Council members approved historic overlay district status Tuesday, May 8, for the Speedway Terrace neighborhood north of Crosstown Concourse. The approval on third and final reading of the ordinance is the second approval in a month of a district whose standards are governed by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

90. Room to Grow -

Local Checkers franchisee group Tristate Restaurants LLC is preparing to open its newest location in Memphis at 3680 Lamar Ave. by early to mid-May, and plans for as many as five more locations over the next couple of years.

91. Council Sets Stage for Tax-Rate Votes in June -

Memphis City Council members take the first of three votes on two ordinances essential to setting the city government budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The ordinances to set the city property tax rate and then allocate how much of the rate goes to debt and other areas are on the Tuesday, May 8, agenda as the council budget committee continues its deliberations.

92. Two Large Industrial Portfolios in Southeast Memphis Sold -

4049 Willow Lake Blvd., Memphis, TN 38118 (portfolio)

Sale Amount: $21.8 million

Buyer: Faropoint Ventures

Buyer Rep: Brian Califf, NAI Saig Co.

93. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada has added a second nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The new flight, announced Tuesday, May 1, will depart at 6 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 a.m.

94. Events -

The 2018 Beale Street Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes four stages with more than 60 acts spanning every genre. Tickets are $55 each day; three-day passes are $125 if purchased before May 1 and $165 if purchased after. Visit memphisinmay.org for details and a lineup.

95. Events -

The 2018 Beale Street Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes four stages with more than 60 acts spanning every genre. Tickets are $55 each day; three-day passes are $165. Visit memphisinmay.org for a lineup.

96. Last Word: About The Election Turnout, Luttrell's Last Budget and Gold Records -

It turns out election turnout in Tuesday’s county primary elections was up from the same election cycle four years ago – almost 19,000 more voters – a 14.9 percent turnout if you only go by the number of “active” voters – 13.4 percent if you go with combined active and “inactive”. Yes, when last we met, I said it was a decrease from 2014. It’s not. And here is how that happened.

97. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada has added a second nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The new flight, announced Tuesday, May 1, will depart at 6 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 a.m.

98. East Meets West as 2 Legislators Run Out of Time -

It wasn’t quite a constitutional crisis, but when Reps. Micah Van Huss and Joe Towns start teaming up, something is amiss.

99. Young Says Construction About to Begin on South City Residential -

South City is about to begin construction east of Danny Thomas Boulevard and the road to construction has had some unexpected turns. “There’s a certain amount of anxiety when you talk about these big projects because people don’t know whether it’s actually going to happen or not,” Memphis Housing and Community Development Division director Paul Young said on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

100. First Primaries Kick Off Busy Election Year -

Shelby County voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 1, in the first of three elections this year that will take in county, state and federal offices by the time the last vote is counted in November.

The primary elections Tuesday for 23 Shelby County government offices are being watched closely by local Republican and Democratic leaders. They are watching the turnout and what the results say about the political temperament and activism of a county Hillary Clinton carried with 60 percent of the vote in the November 2016 presidential general election won by Republican Donald Trump.