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1. Hulu Will Offer Live-Streaming Service in 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hulu will offer a live-streaming service in 2017 that will offer a mix of cable and broadcast programming as well as news, sports and events.

That pits the streaming service against similar offerings from Dish's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue as more and more Americans shift to watching TV online.

2. Memphis Roller Derby Knocks Its Way to New Horizons -

In the 1970s Memphians could watch back-to-back broadcasts of professional wrestling and roller derby taking place at the Mid-South Coliseum.

The popularity of both full-contact sports eventually tapered off. While World Wrestling Entertainment has since developed a national audience, the latter has reemerged as a women-only sport with a grassroots following of computer geeks and soccer moms, said Brooke Gettys, co-captain with Memphis Roller Derby.

3. Comcast Buying Dreamworks Animation for About $3.55B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the "Shrek," ''Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children's entertainment.

4. Regionalism Enhances Recruiting For Cities in Metros -

When Memphis hits a dirty dozen list – whether it’s for crime, or education attainment, or poverty – those ratings are based on Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area data.

And while Memphis, as the largest city in the MSA, has the lion’s share of economic disparity, those problems don’t just effect the city’s 600,000 citizens.

5. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

6. Last Word: Prince, Violent Crime Numbers, and a Parkside Post Script -

Prince. It’s hard to think of a musician with a more complete knowledge of music as a social and cultural force and the ability to let that force inhabit his music and what he wanted to accomplish.
It is that knowledge and its use from obscurity to the pinnacle of fame and acclaim to his own journey for personal fulfillment that, to me, defines what has been lost.
Music mattered to Prince unlike it had ever mattered before. All of the influences analyzed and synthesized by someone born in rock and roll’s first wave pushed forward in a sound that combined rock and roll and rhythm and blues and funk with purpose and confidence.
It wasn’t a denial or downplaying of any of those music categories – all were present sonically and culturally. No juggling or quick changes.
That was his talent and it’s hard to think of anyone who has been as knowledgeable, intentional and successful -- commercially and artistically – in that combination.
Prince is remembered here for not only playing the city’s largest arenas but for his legendary after shows on Beale Street that brought an entertainment insider cachet the district has rarely seen since its early 1980s reopening.
His was an intensity and sense of purpose rarely seen and possessed in such a way in the 60 years since rock and roll started in this very city, kicked off by both Rocket 88 and That’s Alright Mama.
So why couldn’t the city’s rock radio stations do more than talk about Prince into commercial breaks after another Nickelback rock block and actually play some of his music to acknowledge such a huge genre crossing artist?
Not cool.

7. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

8. Cancer Survivor Shares Relay For Life’s Hope -

So many people in our community are touched by cancer. In 2014, at age 35, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and I know how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be. But there is hope.

I found that hope through the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Memphis event and encourage anyone touched by cancer to join us Saturday, April 23, from noon to 10 p.m. at Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.

9. AMC U-Turns; Texting in Theaters Now on 'Cutting Room Floor' -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oops. The idea lasted about as long as a Snapchat text: the head of AMC Theatres mulled openly about creating texting-friendly movie theaters to appeal to smartphone-addicted youngsters. Two days later, after a backlash on social media, the company says it's leaving the idea on "the cutting room floor."

10. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

11. Second Beale Street RFP Opens Friday, April 15 -

A second request for proposals to manage the Beale Street Entertainment District opens Friday, April 15, with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority taking a second round of applications.

The authority reopened the process after reviewing four applications from the first round.

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13. Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus -

It was 30 years ago that David and Yvonne Acey answered a dilemma from an educators’ conference about levels of learning among African-American students compared to white students.

14. Legislators Playing Expensive Game With LGBT Issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

15. Transgender Bathroom Bill Delayed Amid Financial Questions -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward. The White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."

16. Second Beale Street RFP Opens Friday -

A second request for proposals to manage the Beale Street Entertainment District opens Friday, April 15, with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority taking a second round of applications.

The authority reopened the process after reviewing four applications from the first round. Those companies can reapply, and a consultant for the authority has talked with each firm about its original application.

17. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

18. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

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20. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

21. This Week in Memphis History: April 1-7 -

2000: Opening day at AutoZone Park.

1964: Among the new privilege licenses listed in The Daily News: The Hippodrome Lounge at 498 Beale St., a reminder that while the current Beale Street Entertainment District stretches between Second and Fourth streets, over the decades it has taken in land east and west of those current boundaries.

22. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

23. Mud Island Proposals Advance to More Scrutiny -

The two finalists working with a Riverfront Development Corp. committee to redevelop Mud Island River Park will have their plans further reviewed by the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

24. Last Word: Back to Nashville, Dentistry & Genomes and Living The Fable -

The Memphis traffic is again heavy on the Interstate to Nashville as the Senate state and local government committee meets Tuesday to pick up where it left off with the still-forming version the upper chamber is crafting of the de-annexation bill.

25. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms in September -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

26. RDC Doubles Down With Two Mud Island Finalists -

A working group of the Riverfront Development Corporation is recommending that the city and a new subcommittee of the RDC work with both of the finalists it has selected to run Mud Island River Park.

27. Tennessee Unemployment Dips To 4.9 Pct. in February -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate edged down to 4.9 percent in February, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The February rate marks a five-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the January revised rate of 5.4 percent.

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29. Overton Square Marks ‘Billy Joel Day’ Friday -

Billy Joel plays FedExForum Friday, March 25. But his music will be heard all over Overton Square Friday on what the entertainment district is calling Billy Joel Day.

Joel’s current concert tour brings him to Memphis for the first time since Lafayette’s Music Room has reopened.

30. Be a Rock Star – Be a Resource -

Being a business professional is much like being a rock star. If you make great music, your audience is going to like you. However, if you give them much more than just the music – such as an engaging performance – chances are, they are going to love you. How does this apply in the business world?

31. Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default -

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.
The bill to permit deannexation by referendum has in the course of two weeks become the city’s dominant political issue.

32. Tennessee Unemployment Dips in February -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate edged down to 4.9 percent in February, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The February rate marks a five-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the January revised rate of 5.4 percent.

33. Beale Authority Encounters Familiar Headwinds -

Somewhere near the beginning of the Thursday, March 17, meeting of the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, Caren Nichol talked about how unique the entertainment district is because of its cultural and historical importance.

34. Peabody Announces 2016 Rooftop Party Lineup -

The Peabody Hotel’s 2016 Rooftop Party Season launches on April 14 with ’80s cover band The Molly Ringwalds and a special performance by rock singer-songwriter David Cook.

35. Last Word: Monday Vote, Beale's Search and Longview Heights -

Look for the state Senate to vote on the deannexation bill Monday in Nashville. At least that’s the date on the Senate calendar.

That could change as a member of the Shelby County legislative delegation has at last asked the Tennessee Attorney General for a legal opinion on the proposal. But it’s not a straight-up question about whether the proposal is constitutional. It’s a question about the specific characterization of past Memphis annexations as “egregious” – what has come to be the key legal term in this considerable political controversy.

36. Beale Authority Reopens Management Firm Search, Draws Fire -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has decided to reopen the process for finding a manager for the entertainment district, putting off the selection of a firm possibly until September.

In seeking new proposals by the end of June, the authority voted to keep the proposals from four companies the group has been reviewing for several months and allow those companies to amend their proposals if they wish.

37. Peabody Announces 2016 Rooftop Party Lineup -

The Peabody Hotel’s 2016 Rooftop Party Season launches on April 14 with ’80s cover band The Molly Ringwalds and a special performance by rock singer-songwriter David Cook.

38. Events -

Memphis Area Master Gardeners will host the Spring Fling plant sale and garden show Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Farmers Market Big Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The free expo will feature lectures, demos, vendors and children’s activities. Visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

39. Cordova Apartments Sell for $31.1 Million -

555 Wood Arbor Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $31.1 million

Sale Date: March 2, 2016
Buyer: CEAI Grove LLC
Seller: Trinity 464 LLC
Loan Amount: $4.2 million
Borrower: CEAI Grove LLC
Lender: CBRE Multifamily Capital Inc.
Details: The Grove at Trinity Point apartments have sold for $31.1 million.

40. World Series of Drag Racing Moves to Memphis -

IRG Sports & Entertainment and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced that the World Series of Drag Racing will make its debut at the Memphis International Raceway on Aug. 26-27.

41. Graceland to Hold Muhammad Ali Auction -

Graceland Auctions is planning an auction of items and other memorabilia from Muhammad Ali Enterprises this fall.

The event is a first effort outside of recent auctions of Elvis Presley memorabilia for the auction division of Graceland Holdings LLC, the holding company that is the majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

42. Shelby Farms Conservancy Makes 2 Executive Hires -

Jen Andrews, the longtime development and communications director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is the new executive director of the conservancy.

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44. Blair Tower Getting Complete Renovation -

Development momentum in the Memphis Medical Center has attracted an out-of-town investor looking to jump on the area’s revival.

Blair Tower LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Hyde Capital, recently purchased the Blair Tower apartments for $9.7 million.

45. World Series of Drag Racing Moves to Memphis -

IRG Sports & Entertainment and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced that the World Series of Drag Racing will make its debut at the Memphis International Raceway on Aug. 26-27.

46. Graceland To Hold Muhammad Ali Auction -

Graceland Auctions is planning an auction of items and other memorabilia from Muhammad Ali Enterprises this fall.

The event is a first effort outside of recent auctions of Elvis Presley memorabilia for the auction division of Graceland Holdings LLC, the holding company that is the majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

47. Shelby Farms Conservancy Makes 2 Executive Hires -

Jen Andrews, the longtime development and communications director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is the new executive director of the conservancy.

48. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? In a few short days it’ll be time to “spring forward” – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, check out our weekly roundup of area happenings, from a discussion with local changemakers to the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week…

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50. Ikea Design Tells Unique Sales Story -

When Ikea opens its 271,000-square-foot store in Memphis later this year, it will bring a retail experience unlike any ever seen in the region.

The typical American retail setup is a big-box outlet with aisle after aisle of organized items displayed on neat shelves, usually with a row of check-out counters near the front.

51. Events -

Memphis Public Libraries in partnership with Levitt Shell will kick off the 5 Fridays of Jazz series with “Memphis Standard Time” (family night) on Friday, March 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Enjoy local music, dancing, food and drinks under the stars. Admission is free; food may be ordered in advance. For details, call 901-415-2846 or visit twitter.com/memphislibrary.

52. Changes to Memphis Airport Passenger Experience On the Way -

Some big changes are in the works at Memphis International Airport to modernize and improve the passenger experience, with a slew of new amenities planned.

They include a frequent parking program meant to give regular fliers like business travelers a way to get in and out faster.

53. Graceland West Up Next as Guest House Tops Out -

As construction crews working on the 450-room Guest House at Graceland resort hotel marked the topping out of that Whitehaven project this week, work is about to begin on the other side of Elvis Presley Boulevard on the Graceland West project.

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55. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle. The topic is “Travel Industry Jeopardy: How to Win in 2016,” featuring Will Tate of Goldspring Consulting. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org.

56. RVC, Mansion to Give More Specifics on Mud Island Plans -

The CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis says his company is “ready to invest $10 million of our own capital that is currently available and ready to deploy.”

Andy Cates made the assurance in the company’s proposal to the Riverfront Development Corp. that was one of the two finalists picked Monday, Feb. 29, by an RDC committee.

57. Last Word: Election Day, Luttrell Makes It Six, And About "Executive Sessions" -

Can You Feel It? Tuesday is election day in Memphis and across the state in this presidential election year. And all indications are the turnout locally should be above the 24 percent mark we’ve been at in the last two presidential election years.

58. Stop Trump Efforts Intensify As Election Day Arrives -

It’s hard to gauge how far it is going. But the “Stop Trump” effort among local and state Republicans includes trying to talk Democrats into crossing over and voting in Tuesday’s Tennessee Republican presidential primary.

59. Mud Island Management Search Narrows to Two -

A committee reviewing proposals to manage the Mud Island River Park has narrowed the field of four contenders down to two.

The Riverfront Development Corp. working committee has narrowed the field to RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis and Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC.

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61. Centric Network to Sponsor 20th Sisterhood Showcase  -

The Sisterhood Showcase has landed a national media sponsor in advance of the 20th annual event, scheduled for June 9-12 at Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Viacom-owned cable network Centric, the sister network to BET (Black Entertainment Television), will secure celebrities and entertainment for the showcase, and will capture key events for rebroadcast later.

62. New Year, New Financial You -

With the new year now well underway, you might have spent January tackling fitness or organizational goals, but many experts believe the most powerful resolution that you can adopt is to focus on your financial well-being.
With most of 2016 ahead of us, and tax season right around the corner, there’s no better time to take a look at your finances and make a plan to increase your financial stability for this year and beyond. 

63. Making the Needle Move: Corporate Men Behind the Birth of the UNCF Telethon -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. What contributed to the success of the history-making UNCF Lou Rawls telethon? Leadership, collaboration, teamwork and a respect for the individual goals of participating partners.

64. Beale Street Management Firm Possibly On March Agenda -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority may be ready to pick a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district at its March 10 meeting.

But after meeting with leaders of the four companies who have formally applied for the job, members of the authority said last week they have a lot of information and are looking for some more detail before making a decision.

65. Making the Needle Move: The Birth of the UNCF Telethon -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. During its heyday (1980-1993), the United Negro College Fund’s “Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” was the largest African-American special event in the United States held on one day. It forever changed African-American philanthropy and how African-Americans are perceived as donors, volunteers and fundraising leaders.

66. The Week Ahead: Feb. 12, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from circus clowns to Republican senators…

Both U.S. Senators representing Tennessee will be in Memphis Saturday for the Shelby County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, historically the local party’s largest annual fundraising event.
Sen. Bob Corker is the keynote speaker with Sen. Lamar Alexander as a special guest.
The Lincoln Day gatherings are county-by-county events across the state that can extend far beyond the shadow of Presidents Day: A few of the Lincoln Day dinners have been known to find a place on the calendar in April.
This is the 41st Lincoln Day event in Shelby County, which puts the local event’s origins squarely in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, a low-point for Republican fortunes nationally after the state’s modern Republican party was formed and prospered in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The event always comes with a large helping of local candidates testing the political waters among the dinner tables between podium speeches.
This year, the Shelby County event is sure to feature partisans from the various Republican presidential campaigns because of its place on the February calendar during the early voting period before the March 1 election day.

67. Varsity Spirit, ESPN to Build Cheer Venue in Orlando -

Memphis-based Varsity Spirit is teaming up with ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort to break ground on a new state-of-the-art cheerleading and dance team competition venue.

Varsity Spirit is recognized as a top-tier cheerleading organization.

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69. Last Word: Clinton in Whitehaven, Changes to Parkside and The Replacements Book -

The Presidential primary caravan has arrived.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Whitehaven Thursday evening to campaign for his wife, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton.
And it was a reminder of his political potency as well as his popularity in a city that went for Barack Obama over his wife in the 2008 Tennessee Presidential primary but which was solidly behind him in both of his successful bids for the White House in the 1990s.
Clinton spoke in a packed Whitehaven High gymnasium to more than 700 people for almost an hour and then worked the crowd that gathered near the podium for another 25 minutes before sprinting out a door to a waiting car.
We’ll be busy this weekend with the opening of the local Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters and we’re still waiting on that promised Donald Trump Memphis appearance.
And we expect to encounter lots of Republican presidential partisans at the local GOP's annual Lincoln Day Gala on the 20th.

70. Varsity Spirit, ESPN to Build Cheer Venue in Orlando -

Memphis-based Varsity Spirit is teaming up with ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort to break ground on a new state-of-the-art cheerleading and dance team competition venue.

Varsity Spirit is recognized as a top-tier cheerleading organization.

71. After 40 Years of Pro Tennis, Will Memphis See Another? -

You can’t tell the players – or the owners – without a scorecard.

That’s the recent history of what is presently called the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster.

It is, specifically speaking, an ATP World Tour 250 event.

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Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and signing with Ed Tarkington, author of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

73. Film Fatales: Female Directors Unite to Create Opportunities -

As a child Memphis filmmaker Rachel M. Taylor imagined that she’d grow up and direct a Star Wars-caliber movie. She didn’t realize back then that her ambition would carry her into an industry where the DNA still skews predominantly pale and male.
She just wanted to grab a camera and shoot the kind of geeky, sci-fi flicks she’s always loved – the kind that not enough women are filming these days, to her chagrin.

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Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Garden staff and master gardeners will assist with plant care tips and purchases. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

75. Cates Wants Detail on Downtown Agreements -

From Mud Island River Park across the Memphis harbor to The Pyramid and further east to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there are a lot of connections as the areas head toward a new incarnation.

76. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

77. Tenn. Approves Incentives for TV Series Production in Memphis -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to support production of a TV series that will be shot in Memphis this spring.

The series will be an eight-episode, Memphis-themed scripted drama that Viacom’s CMT network is adapting from the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

78. Airlines Restore Tiny Perks, Like Pretzels, to Pacify Fliers -

NEW YORK (AP) — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach.

Don't expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies and — on a few select routes — the return of free meals.

79. Last Word: Groundhog Day's Long Shadow, Minority Percentage & The Value of Sports -

After the January into February weekend we had with its outbreak of spring fever, you might wonder if groundhogs are allowed to change their minds or if shadows that are the result of television lights count as a prediction on the winter’s length.
Or maybe it would be appropriate to have a weather map that includes the Groundhog Day immunity zones – areas where the long shadow of the groundhog does not venture.
Note to television meteorologists: This would in no way interfere with your right to declare large parts of your viewing areas as places of "potentially severe weather" far into the future. But you will need a different color for the Groundhog Immunity Zones.

80. Matriculating Down the Field Of History to Super Bowl 50 -

For sports fans of my generation, there is something very personal about the Super Bowl. My earliest television sports memory is from Super Bowl I, which wasn’t even originally called the Super Bowl and retroactively introduced me to Roman numerals.

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National Civil Rights Museum will host a meet-the-artist reception with “Cultural Heroes” sculptor Alan LeQuire on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tennessee Gallery at NCRM, 450 Mulberry St. LeQuire’s exhibition will be on display through Feb. 25. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

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Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present a workshop titled “Free Tools That Can Help You Grow” Thursday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Learn about the free services and discounts available for TSBDC clients. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

83. The 5 Applicants for Mud Island Redevelopment -

Each company that applied to redevelop Mud Island River Park has a month to submit its detailed proposal, including specific plans and how they would be financed, to the Riverfront Development Corp.

84. RDC Leader: Pyramid Isn’t Translating to Tourism Elsewhere -

Toward the back of its proposal for Mud Island River Park, executives with The Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC included a few caveats for those judging the five redevelopment applications.

85. Five Mud Island Proposals Go Public -

A Memphis resort hotel group headed by mortgage banker and hotel manager Paul Westphal is proposing a 500-room resort hotel and spa in Mud Island River Park that would incorporate the island’s River Walk in its lobby.

86. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

87. Flying Saucer Hosts Event At Cordova Location -

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Cordova is blowing out ten years’ worth of birthday candles by hosting a “Decade of Decadence” event Saturday, Jan. 23 at the restaurant, at 1400 N. Germantown Parkway.

88. Editorial: Government Jobs, Contracts Are Public Business -

The search for a new Memphis Police director and a new Shelby County elections administrator. Requests for proposals to run the Beale Street Entertainment District as well as Mud Island River Park.

89. Strickland Walks Back Wharton’s Police Camera Promise -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland decided a week ago to scrap this month’s start date for the use of police body cameras, there were lots of questions, most of which were about the motives of his predecessor as mayor, A C Wharton, who had pledged body cameras would be recording police encounters across the city starting Sept. 1.

90. Bass Pro Shops Eyes Mud Island -

Mud Island’s neighbor to the east is interested in redeveloping the river park.

Bass Pro Shops is among the five companies that have submitted proposals to the Riverfront Development Corp. to oversee Mud Island River Park. And all five have advanced to a second round of the process without the RDC releasing details of the material they submitted.

91. Morris Marketing Group Built on Strong Relationships -

In some respects, Valerie Morris’ career prepared her to open a PR and marketing agency, even if it didn’t always seem so obvious.

92. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

93. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. This year’s theme is “Speaking Truth to Power,” and activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

94. Flying Saucer Hosts Decade Celebration Event at Cordova Location -

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Cordova is blowing out ten years’ worth of birthday candles by hosting a “Decade of Decadence” event Saturday, Jan. 23 at the restaurant, at 1400 N. Germantown Parkway.

95. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds -

Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

96. Main Event Entertainment Transferred in Sale-Leaseback -

Operators of the newly opened Main Event Entertainment complex at 7219 Appling Farms Parkway participated in an $8 million sale and leaseback transaction, according to a Dec. 17 special warranty deed.

97. Saban Is Tops, Busch Upgrades, Grizz 100-1 -

I really don’t like the debates about the greatest player or coach. But it was unavoidable this past week after Alabama won its fourth national championship under Nick Saban (his fifth, having also won as coach at LSU).

98. First Building Permit Pulled For Crosstown Concourse Build-Out -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $15.6 million

Application Date: January 2016

99. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

100. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.