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1. State Giving $1 Million to 29 Communities for Tourism -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say 29 Tennessee communities will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve tourism infrastructure.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said Thursday that the Tourism Enhancement Grants help counties and cities increase the economic impact of tourism. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000.

2. The Week Ahead: January 24-30 -

Good morning, Memphis! With the big inauguration done, some political decisions are on the horizon closer to home, including the election of a state Democratic Party chairman. Plus, discussions resume on the Memphis Zoo parking reconfiguration. We won’t say size matters, but the dimensions of those spaces is still on the table. Check out details on those plus what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

3. House Leader Says Haslam’s IMPROVE Act Will Need More Votes for Passage -

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam made his pitch on a multi-faceted fuel-tax increase, softened by an array of tax breaks this week. Now, he has to seal the deal.

With some of Tennessee’s liberal lawmakers noting the IMPROVE Act comes with a “lot of moving parts,” Haslam will have to put a full-court press on the state’s most conservative legislators in order to pass the bill.

4. House Leader Says Haslam’s IMPROVE Act Will Need More Votes to Pass -

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam made his pitch on a multi-faceted fuel-tax increase, softened by an array of tax breaks this week. Now, he has to seal the deal.

With some of Tennessee’s liberal lawmakers noting the IMPROVE Act comes with a “lot of moving parts,” Haslam will have to put a full-court press on the state’s most conservative legislators in order to pass the bill.

5. Last Word: Haslam's Call, Redbirds Change Branding and Economists on Trump -

Wizards over Grizz in pre inaugural D.C. Wednesday evening 104-101. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Cong. Steve Cohen in a number of Facebook and Twitter posts at the game. The Grizz return home Friday to play the Kings. Meanwhile, the Tigers in Houston Thursday to play the Cougars.

6. Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects -

NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.

7. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

8. St. Jude Expansion Looks East of Campus -

The city’s plan for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital isn’t the only reason the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district.

9. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

10. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

11. Haslam to Unveil Tennessee Transportation Plan Wednesday -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to unveil his top legislative priority on Wednesday as state lawmakers await details on his plan to boost transportation funding in Tennessee.

12. Nonprofit Exercise Looks Toward, Beyond Trump -

At the end of Alvin Toffler’s 1970 futurist manifesto “Future Shock,” he wrote about a concept called “anticipatory democracy” as a cure of sorts for being overwhelmed by technological developments and other rapid fire changes.

13. Report: FAA Not Prepared for Major Air Traffic Outages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration still isn't prepared to handle major air traffic control outages despite promises to update plans, a government watchdog said Friday.

14. Orion FCU Hires New Information Technology VP -

Orion Federal Credit Union has hired Floyd Brummett as its new vice president of information technology.

He’ll lead Orion’s IT function and play a key role in shaping the technology agenda. He will strategically direct the credit union’s technology infrastructure and information systems department.

15. Editorial: Increase the State Gas Tax And Prevent Poaching -

Lamar Avenue to the Mississippi state line is arguably one of the most significant 5-mile stretches of road in the country.

That’s what state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said seven months ago as he and Tennessee transportation commissioner John Schroer gathered with local leaders by the side of the road to announce all were behind an application for $180 million in federal funding for Lamar.

16. Rerouting Regulations -

With every new administration comes some degree of uncertainty when it comes to federal regulations.

But after an especially unpredictable campaign season, all eyes are now on the president-elect to see what he’ll do next. 

17. LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead -

1048 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $3.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2017

Buyer: Fitness International LLC

18. Elusive High-Speed Internet Sprouts in Rural Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Rural Scott County could serve as a model for how grant money can be leveraged to spur much-needed infrastructure investments such as high-speed Internet.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2iw1xMn) reports that Scott County, located 60 miles northwest of Knoxville, is classified by the state as economically distressed, but its local cooperative now has some of the fastest internet services in the nation.

19. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village -

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

20. Convention Center Hotel Plan Hinges on Financing -

For years the Memphis convention and tourism industry has known which comes first in the chicken-and-egg argument about drawing more convention business. More hotel rooms with meeting space take top priority in an environment where there is just enough political will for a $60 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center but not enough to build and finance a new convention center.

21. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

22. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

23. US Auto Sales Near Record Highs in 2016 -

DETROIT (AP) – Demand may be slowing, but U.S. consumers still bought a whole lot of cars and trucks in 2016.

U.S. sales of new vehicles – which set a record of 17.47 million in 2015 – could hit a new high in 2016. Consulting firm LMC Automotive and car-buying site Edmunds.com each predict sales will squeak past the previous record and reach 17.5 million in 2016.

24. Fed Minutes: If Economy Heats Up, Rate Hikes May Accelerate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials, who boosted a key interest rate last month, said they might need to accelerate future rate hikes if a faster-growing economy pushes down the unemployment rate farther than currently expected.

25. US Construction Spending Hits Highest Level in 10 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders boosted spending on construction projects for a second straight month in November, pushing activity to the highest level in more than a decade.

Construction spending rose 0.9 percent in November after a 0.6 percent increase in October, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The increase reflected solid gains in home construction, nonresidential building and government construction activity.

26. First Horizon CEO: 2017 Brings ‘Good Growth Opportunities’ -

A week ahead of his bank’s earnings presentation to analysts – which will close the books on 2016 with a fourth quarter and full-year report – the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is in an optimistic mood.

27. US Mortgage Rates Still Inching Higher -

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans rose this week to an average 4.32 percent, up from 4.30 percent last week.

The 30-year averaged 3.65 percent for all of 2016 before these latest moves.

28. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

29. US Mortgage Rates Tick Higher Again -

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans rose this week to an average 4.32 percent, up from 4.30 percent last week.

The 30-year averaged 3.65 percent for all of 2016 before these latest moves.

30. Logistics Sector Preps for Logging Devices -

While Memphis’ distribution and logistics sectors continued to prosper in 2016, legislative changes and proposed improvements to the infrastructure of Lamar Avenue were among the year’s top local headlines for the industry.

31. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

32. Memphis Health Care Thrives With Investments, Growth -

Methodist Healthcare made a “great commitment” to Memphis this year. Those are the words of Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, who referenced the health care system’s multimillion-dollar investment into its flagship hospital at 1265 Union Ave., part of a master plan that will give the facility a modern overhaul.

33. Memphis Residential Real Estate Market Remains Healthy in 2016 -

A strong year in the Memphis-area residential real estate market has the potential to carry over into 2017 and even beyond.

Low inventory and the talk of potential interest rate increases are some of the main factors contributing to a competitive market.

34. Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels Since 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans jumped to an average 4.30 percent from 4.16 percent last week and the highest since April 2014. The average for a 15-year mortgage rose to 3.52 percent from 3.37 percent last week and highest since January 2014.

35. US Economy Grew at Strong 3.5 Pct. Annual Rate Last Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the fastest pace in two years and more than the government had previously estimated. But the growth spurt isn't expected to last.

36. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

37. Existing US Home Sales Reach Highest Since February 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought homes in November in the fastest pace in nearly a decade. But rising mortgage rates, a deepening shortage of houses and higher prices are likely to weigh on the market next year.

38. St. Jude Caps Busy 2016 with Investment Announcement -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again ending the year on the cusp of major change, the year end again drawing a line underneath a period of significant expansion for the hospital while it looks ahead to much more to come.

39. Grizz GM Wallace, Others Get Contract Extensions -

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has announced that general manager Chris Wallace, executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger and executive vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions.

40. Water Bottler to Open $78M Plant Near Byhalia, Hiring 38 -

BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) – A water bottling company will open a $78 million facility in Marshall County next year, hiring 38 workers.

Niagara Bottling, based in Ontario, California, is buying a 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park from Panattoni Development Co. Niagara makes private-label bottled waters, tea and sports drinks for retailers.

41. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

42. Fed Raises Key Interest Rate and Foresees 3 Hikes in 2017 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a strengthening U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three more rate hikes in 2017.

43. Gov't to Require Cars be Able to Talk to Each Other -

WASHINGTON (AP) – All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.

44. Federal Budget Deficit Jumps to $136.7 Billion in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government's deficit jumped sharply in November but for the first two months of the budget year is running 10 percent lower than a year ago.

The Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit for November totaled $136.7 billion, compared to a deficit of $44.2 billion in October.

45. With Fed Expected to Hike, Attention Turns to What It Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There isn't much doubt about what the Federal Reserve will do when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: It's all but certain to raise its benchmark interest rate – its first increase in a year.

46. Medical District Using Tactical Urbanism to Increase Walkability -

Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.

47. Big Business Warns Trump Against Mass Deportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

48. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, Others Get Contract Extensions -

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has announced that general manager Chris Wallace, executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger and executive vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions.

49. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

50. Evolving PILOT Programs in Memphis Look to Restore Competitive Balance -

When the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved its Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program earlier this year, it was with the hopes of bringing back a competitive balance between Memphis and North Mississippi.

51. Marion Near Downtown Memphis But Retains Its Small-Town Identity -

The location is the selling point. It comes with a small-town way of life and easy access to Downtown Memphis.

Yet it also comes with the challenge of being a well-kept secret off the interstate. No doubt, you’ve seen the road signs for Marion, Arkansas. But have you stopped there? Have you considered living there or operating a business there?

52. City’s Momentum Charts Different Course, Method -

Nike community relations director Willie Gregory came to The Peabody hotel Wednesday, Dec. 7, to roll out the new MemphisWorks app for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, which he chairs.

53. St. Jude Area Focus of $37M Investment from Memphis, State -

State government and the city of Memphis have announced multimillion-dollar contributions to improve the public infrastructure around the Downtown campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

54. ‘MemphisWorks’ Jobs, Training App Launches -

A new “MemphisWorks” app unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon is a comprehensive jobs and training effort that took nine months to get in one digital place, with help from an anonymous donor.

55. Trump Not Saying What He'll Do About Dakota Access Pipeline -

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Protesters who celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline vowed to remain camped on federal land as they wait to find out whether President-elect Donald Trump might seek to overturn a decision that delayed the $3.8 billion project.

56. Get Used to It: Economists See ‘New Normal’ of Slow Growth -

Americans should get used to a "new normal" of slow economic growth, business economists say.

The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics calls for the American economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2017, up from a forecast 1.6 percent this year and unchanged from the previous survey in September.

57. Lawmakers Working to Boost Local Logistics, Transportation Sectors -

Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.

58. Fed Reports Modest Growth Around Nation in New Survey -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reports that the U.S. economy grew at a modest rate this fall, with solid gains in consumer spending helping offset lingering weakness in exports.

59. Trump Says He's Leaving Businesses to Avoid Conflicts -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday he will leave his business empire behind to focus on his presidency. But the prospect that he could simply shift more control to three of his adult children looked too cozy to some business-ethics specialists who suggest the arrangement could bring unprecedented conflicts of interest into the Oval Office.

60. US Bank Earnings Up Nearly 13 Percent in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the July-September period jumped nearly 13 percent from a year earlier as continued growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed strength in the banking industry more than eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans. Some energy companies have struggled to repay loans, causing distress for banks in oil and gas producing regions.

61. US Economy Grew at 3.2 Percent in Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy in the third quarter grew at the fastest pace in two years, with a revised report showing stronger consumer spending than first estimated.

The gross domestic product, the country's total output of goods and services, expanded at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That is up from a previous estimate of 2.9 percent.

62. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

63. Mortgage Rates Keep Rising After Trump's Election Win -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to surge last week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan shot up to 4.03 percent, the highest since July 2015 and up from 3.94 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year home loans climbed to 3.25 percent, up from 3.14 percent last week and highest since January.

64. November Fed Minutes Show Officials Moving Closer to Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month believed it would be appropriate to raise a key interest rate "relatively soon," with some arguing for a hike at the Fed's next meeting in December in order to preserve the Fed's credibility.

65. The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

66. Pinch "Vision" Plan Moves to Funding Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County Commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area. It also included some general ideas about and renderings of Overton Avenue becoming a walkable well-lit and more heavily developed east-west corridor between the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

67. Harwell Learning How to Dodge Challengers -

Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker. 

Now she’s a “survivor” after eking out a Republican Caucus victory as speaker nominee to continue leading the lower chamber in the 110th General Assembly.

68. Specialized Lending Teams Helping Banks Build Business Relationships -

Standing apart from the competition in banking is not necessarily the simplest thing to do, given that key aspects of the industry – making loans, taking deposits and the like – look so similar from one institution to the next.

69. The Role Of Conscious Corporations -

Denial of a human-centric world and its impact on the planet since the industrial revolution is no longer an acceptable worldview.

In March, we reached the point of no return, the point where most credible international scientists agree that damage will be unprecedented and relentless. As we have surpassed global CO2 concentrations at 400 parts per million (PPM), let’s make this alarm a time for changing the purpose of business.

70. Election Fallout: What a Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means for State -

Donald Trump is going to win easily in Tennessee.

Everyone, most of all the campaigns for both Trump and Hillary Clinton, accept this fact, as evidenced by the lack of campaign time spent in the state – and most of the South, for that matter – during this contentious campaign cycle.

71. Expanding Care -

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

72. Local University Groups Work to Combat Food Waste to Help Needy -

The way Rhodes College junior Tate Mulligan sees it, to whom much has been given, much is expected.

That partly explains why she’s involved with and attaches great importance to the Food Recovery Network chapter at Rhodes, one of two local chapters of a broader student movement fighting food waste and hunger in the U.S.

73. Commercial Real Estate Market On Strong Run -

When it comes to commercial real estate, Memphis is on a tear at the moment.

That’s according to Andy Cates, president and CEO of brokerage services for Colliers International in Memphis. Looking back on 2016, he’s ebullient about the abundant new construction that has characterized the year, as well as the large amount of capacity still in place and the promise of what’s to come in 2017.

74. Commissioners Clash on Pot and PILOT -

A pot ordinance for unincorporated areas of Shelby County got only four votes Monday, Oct. 31, from the county commission but still advanced to second reading, and commissioners could not agree on a resolution opposing a Nov. 8 ballot question that would shift MLGW funds to the city of Memphis.

75. County Commission Split on MLGW PILOT Referendum -

Shelby County Commissioners couldn’t come up with seven votes, much less a unanimous vote, Monday. Oct. 31, on a resolution opposing the November ballot question that would change the balance of in lieu of tax payments by Memphis Light Gas and Water Division in favor of the city of Memphis.

76. Industrial Real Estate Competition Heats Up Between DeSoto, Marshall -

A North Mississippi industrial park more than 10 years in the making is reaching the finish line. By next May, Hillwood Investment Co. will wrap construction on a 947,000-square-foot warehouse on the final parcel in the DeSoto Trade Center.

77. TWF Celebrates 70 Years of Conservation Leadership -

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation turns 70 this year, and its rich history over the years includes work in West Tennessee that has helped restore wildlife species, protect habitat for public use, and introduce kids to the Great Outdoors through youth hunting and fishing events.

78. US Internet Repeatedly Disrupted by Cyberattacks on Key Firm -

LONDON (AP) — Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the East Coast of the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials.

79. Airbnb Regulations Stripped of ‘Red Tape’ -

For several weeks, the coming of a city ordinance regulating Airbnbs looked like the model of how to achieve political compromise and consensus with the City Council brokering the process.

During the six-week process council member Edmund Ford Jr. worked with the hotel-motel industry and the short-term rental alliance to find common points and then worked through differences with them. Council member Berlin Boyd reviewed the provisions in his council committee as a neutral party both sides could go to as well.

80. Council Takes 'Red Tape' Out of Airbnb Regulations -

Memphis City Council members decided Tuesday, Oct. 18, there was too much red tape in a city ordinance to regulate Airbnbs and took out the city permitting process before approving it on third and final reading.

81. Last Word: Stop & Frisk, Council Day and The Big 12 Holds What It's Got -

We had quite the conversation with the two leaders of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission about “stop and frisk” and what will be in the upcoming draft of a new Operation: Safe Community plan for Memphis.

82. City Council Vote to Focus On Highland Strip Project -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 18, on an economic impact plan for the Highland Strip area that sets the stage for the tax increment financing district to finance infrastructure changes in the private development hot spot.

83. UT Board of Trustees Approves Neyland Renovation Proposal -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Board of Trustees has approved a proposal for a $106 million renovation to Neyland Stadium that the school is aiming to have completed by August 2019.

84. Surface Parking Lots Inhibit Medical Center’s Growth -

Surface parking lots are a “default land banking” strategy, according to Tommy Pacello, president of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Often, developers will pave over land with the intention of building something at a later date.

85. U of M Will Share $3M Grant for Cybersecurity Preparedness -

The Center for Information Assurance at the University of Memphis will share a $3 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Association with four other universities.

86. Meet Olli -

With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.

But a new kid on the block, Local Motors, has the potential to spark a whole new era of manufacturing innovation and make Knoxville a hotbed for a technology sector widely considered to be truly revolutionary – self-driving cars.

87. Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant -

They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.

In the earliest plans for the city of Memphis, they were part of the Promenade – a section of public land that includes the city’s first public library, the river view behind what is now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park below it on the other side of Riverside Drive.

88. Last Word: Pot Passes, Stein's Stop in Crosstown and The Problem With Parking -

The city pot ordinance – the one that allows cops the option to write a ticket with a $50 fine for a half ounce or less of marijuana – is on the books.

The Tuesday vote by the Memphis City Council on third and final reading was 7-6 in favor – close, in other words -- without a vote to spare.

89. Change for Parking -

Many residents of large metropolises do not have a driver’s license because they simply do not need one. Memphis, however, is a culture built on the car mentality. With city limits encompassing 324 square miles, the need to drive and maintain access to a car feels much more important, if not mandatory.

90. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

91. Infrastructure, Attitude Shifts Could Decrease Medical District Parking Needs -

The Memphis Medical District has 16,000 employees, 8,000 students – and 250 acres of surface parking lots. National experts say the district’s parking footprint could hinder further growth.

92. Stein Says She’s the Choice in ‘Voter Revolt’ -

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told a group of Memphis supporters this week that she didn’t become politically active until she was 50 years old. But she had been active long before that in “social movements” where the focus was a cause and not necessarily a candidate.

93. US Construction Spending Fell Again in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders trimmed spending on construction projects in August for a second straight month with housing, non-residential and government activity all seeing declines.

94. Gauging the Feasibility of Historic Museum -

As I watched the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on television, I was filled with excitement and emotion. I was excited about this historic moment and what it means for the African-American community and the nation.

95. Logistical Nightmare -

Lamar Avenue is a $300 million problem. Rush hour on Lamar turns into several hours, and for the hundreds of distribution centers located near the corridor, just-in-time delivery is nearly impossible in the face of miles of congested traffic.

96. Last Word: The Law & Darrius Stewart, MEMShop's Return and The Pot Debate -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Law School for Journalists is where reporters and attorneys and a few judges meet annually to talk over the issues they have with each other. And it is usually about a specific topic. This year that topic was the July 2015 police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

97. St. Jude, Methodist Partner On Sickle Cell Research -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Methodist Healthcare have announced a new agreement to advance research and clinical care for adult sickle cell disease patients in the Memphis area.

98. City Council Approves MATA Funds, Airbnb Tax -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 20, a set of six resolutions totaling $7.5 million in capital funding for the Memphis Area Transit Authority. The largest of the resolution is $5 million in city funding to buy 11 new buses. The remaining $2.5 million is the local match to federal funding for other MATA needs, including paratransit buses and public transportation infrastructure including technology.

99. National Experts to Explore Parking, Transit Solutions for City’s Core -

Billions of public and private dollars being invested in the urban core of Memphis have civic leaders thinking about long-term transportation and parking solutions that will best serve the area as it evolves.

100. Open and Shut -

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.