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1. Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Date -

A Downtown pocket park across the street from the Brass Door dubbed the Madison Avenue Park announced plans to officially open the public April 21 during an all-day event.

The park, which is located on the site of an abandoned Burger King, is a localized example of a nationwide movement to rediscover and activate previously dormant spaces and places.

2. Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Date -

A Downtown pocket park across the street from the Brass Door dubbed the Madison Avenue Park announced plans to officially open the public April 21 during an all-day event.

The park, which is located on the site of an abandoned Burger King, is a localized example of a nationwide movement to rediscover and activate previously dormant spaces and places.

3. March 24-30, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Guilty verdicts in the federal court trials of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, the only two members of the Craig Petties drug organization to go to trial in the largest drug and racketeering case ever brought in Memphis federal court. Each is convicted of multiple drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire charges and sentenced to life in prison.
The Lewises are relatively low-ranking members of a multistate drug organization whose center is the Riverside neighborhood of South Memphis. They are assigned to kill rival drug dealers and those within the organization suspected of cooperating with authorities. The trial testimony paints a vivid picture of the larger organization and its disintegration.
Petties, along with his childhood friends, builds an organization that deals directly with the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, importing tons of cocaine and marijuana into the city via truck trailers and sending millions of dollars in drug money back to Mexico. Petties flees to Mexico in 2002 after police discover him in a house with 600 pounds of marijuana. It puts Petties and his organization on the radar of federal drug agents. Petties runs the drug organization from exile for six years before he is captured in Mexico and returned to the U.S. as the cartel splinters violently.
A year before the trial, Petties pleads guilty to federal charges in a sealed court hearing and is later sentenced to multiple life sentences. His attorneys argue that Petties did offer some cooperation short of testifying. But prosecutors say he never provided any significant information they didn’t already know and that he feared for his life if he cooperated in any significant way.

4. Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases -

Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.

5. Grizzlies Updating FedExForum With Fans’ Enjoyment in Mind -

Every NBA offseason brings questions about the roster for the next season. But regardless of on-court changes for the Grizzlies’ 2017-18 season, FedExForum will be improved with multimillion-dollar upgrades highlighted by a new high-definition scoreboard roughly four times the size of the current board.

6. Last Word: Lakeland Date Set, Silos in South Main and Trespassing in Apartments -

Here comes the Governor’s race with Randy Boyd doing the honors here in Memphis Wednesday at the top of the second day of his fly-around. Boyd’s opening sounds very much like he is running as the heir apparent to Gov. Bill Haslam – although there are no heirs in politics, at least not without an election. He talked a lot about hitting workforce development and job goals of the Haslam administration if he is elected Governor in 2018.

7. Last Word: Milhaus Sells, Voucher Debate Gets Heated and Boyd's Fly Around -

Highland Row isn’t fully open yet and it is already up for sale as part of a real estate portfolio. The owner, Milhaus, based in Indianapolis, is a development, construction and property management company that works in mixed use development. And the portfolio being on the market could turn into a recapitalization.

8. Chamber’s MWBE Loan Program Helps Companies Secure ISO Certification -

A cohort of minority-owned businesses have used a new Greater Memphis Chamber loan program to complete ISO 9001 certification, which opens them up to new federal contracting opportunities where the certification is required.

9. Party at the Plaza Kicks Off Shiny New Artwork -

It’s hard to miss Cat Pena’s nearly 200-foot shiny blue testament to urban revitalization, but that didn’t stop the Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission from holding Party at the Plaza Thursday, March 9, to officially kick off the yearlong art installation.

10. Party at the Plaza Officially Kicks-Off Shiny New Artwork -

It’s hard to miss Cat Pena’s nearly 200-foot long shiny blue testament to urban revitalization, but that didn’t stop The Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission from holding Party at the Plaza to officially kick-off the year-long art installation.

11. Miller Strengthens Neighborhoods in Medical District -

Though you may not have noticed, one of Memphis’ districts is being thoughtfully enhanced, one project at a time.

It’s called the Medical District, and it comprises 2 1/2 square miles surrounding nine anchor institutions: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Methodist Healthcare, Regional One Health, Memphis Bioworks, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College of Health Sciences and the Southern College of Optometry.

12. Last Word: Who Needs To Be Watched, Hopdoddy and Fresh Fed Numbers -

Three Memphis City Council members on Behind The Headlines had quite a bit to say about protesters and lists and police surveillance. Council chairman Berlin Boyd and council members Kemp Conrad and Worth Morgan all say the surveillance question, which is the central issue now that the City Hall list has been pared significantly, is complex because of public postings and protests in public places.

13. Slain TBI Agent De'Greaun Frazier To Have Facility Named After Him -

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent De’Greaun ReShun Frazier was only 35 when he was shot and killed in Jackson while working an undercover drug operation.

The Tennessee General Assembly, however, is set to make sure his service to the state lives in perpetuity by putting his name on the new TBI crime lab and consolidated regional headquarters to be built in Madison County.

14. Last Word: Bar Louie's Corner, Chucalissa and Shark Tank for Ag -

The key corner at the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street is the southwest corner where since the opening of a renovated Overton Square several years ago Bar Louie has had the corner. And the restaurant chain wants to keep the corner although its landlord wants to make a change. That’s the bottom line in bankruptcy reorganization court documents filed in February.

15. Legal Dispute Puts Bar Louie's Future in Question -

A legal dispute involving Bar Louie and Loeb Properties leaves the future of the franchise in Overton Square in question, according to documents filed by both parties with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Tennessee.

16. Design Board Approves Application for Downtown BBQ Joint -

After operating a popular barbecue restaurant in southeast Memphis for more than 15 years, Mike Arnold’s plans to open a second Arnold’s Bar-B-Que and Grill location in Downtown took another step forward Wednesday, March 1.

17. $12 Million Permit Filed For Hickman Building -

240 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $12 million

Project Cost: $16 million

Application Date: February 2016

18. $12 Million Permit Filed for Hickman Building -

Montgomery Martin Contractors has filed a $12 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate the historic Hickman Building into a mixed-use development that will include the new headquarters of Memphis-based investment firm, SouthernSun Asset Management.

19. $12M Building Permit Pulled for Hickman Building -

Montgomery Martin Contractors has filed a $12 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate the historic Hickman Building into a mixed-use development that will include the new headquarters of Memphis-based investment firm, SouthernSun Asset Management.

20. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

21. Last Word: The Governor's Race, Beale Street Complications and Southern Avenue -

A close one for the Tigers Sunday at the Forum but Houston still wins 72-71. One more home game Thursday against Tulane and a road game Saturday against SMU before March Madness begins. As that was happening here, better results in Denver Sunday where the Grizz beat the Nuggets 105-98.

22. Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

23. Local Democrats and Republicans Prepare for 2018 Governor's Race -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Tennessee governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

24. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert part of a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The $16 million project seeks to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses the Memphis-based investment firm's headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

25. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

26. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

27. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

28. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

29. Feb 24-March 2, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1997: The grand opening of Wolfchase Galleria, which at 1.1 million square feet is larger than the other five Memphis malls open at the time: the Mall of Memphis, Hickory Ridge Mall, Raleigh Springs Mall, Southland Mall and Southbrook Mall. Wolfchase opens with more than 130 tenants, including an eight-screen movie theater, plus 6,000 parking spaces. By comparison, the Mall of Memphis has 885,627 square feet.

30. Events -

Stax Music Academy will perform a Black History Month tribute to the 1967 Stax/Volt European Tour Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. The concert will feature the music of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, and Arthur Conley. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; call 901-946-2513, ext. 250, to buy advance tickets.

31. UT Freshman Arnold Scorching Batters With 0.00 ERA This Season -

Caylan Arnold never met a challenge she didn’t like, and she’s taking on a new one almost every day this spring. The 2016 Maryville High School graduate has emerged as one of the top pitchers for Tennessee’s softball team, ranked No. 15 in both major preseason polls.

32. Events -

The University of Memphis will host 2016 National Book Award winner Ibram Kendi for a discussion of his book “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theatre, 499 University St. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost is free. Visit memphis.edu.

33. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

34. Turner’s Midtown Expansion Continues With $4.9M Permit -

Turner Holdings LLC’s multimillion-dollar plans to upgrade its Midtown location took another step toward completion as the company filed for a $4.94 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

35. Last Word: Wessman Trouble, Selling 495 Union and An Underground Film Icon -

When Wessman Development came to town last year with the idea of a boutique hotel, the Palm Springs, California company was part of the flood of smaller hotel projects Memphis was seeing and is still seeing. Then the company added another hotel and just this month the redevelopment of a building on Madison west of Second Street as apartments with retail on the ground floor. In a very short period of time, Wessman has had a lot of plans for Memphis.

36. Downtown Developer Charged in Public Corruption Case -

John Wessman, the real estate developer who plans to turn two Downtown Memphis buildings into boutique hotels, has been charged with bribery in a Palm Springs, California, corruption case.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint Thursday, Feb. 16, against Wessman, developer Richard Meaney and former Palm Springs Mayor Stephen Pougnet. 

37. Networking Helping Propel Women-Owned Businesses To New Heights -

When Memphis middle schoolers and sisters Madison Star and Mallory Iyana went on “Shark Tank” and secured $60,000 and partnerships with both Mark Cuban and Daymond John, they took their place among the ranks of female entrepreneurs who, in large numbers these days, are showing the business world that they are a force to be reckoned with.

38. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

39. Luxury Apartments Begin $17 Million Expansion -

3333 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125: Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

40. CCDC Approves Grants for Downtown Apartments, Public Art Project -

Wessman Development’s plans to convert a long-vacant historic building in Downtown Memphis into luxury apartments, a high-end basement bar and coffee shop took another step forward Wednesday, Feb. 15.

41. UT Seeks Multimillion-Dollar Building Permit -

The University of Tennessee has filed a $3.7 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

The permit calls for a build-out of the sixth floor, and lists Barnes & Brower Inc. as the contractor.

42. Council Creates Budget For Design of Zoo Parking Area -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Feb. 7, to establish a city budget line item for the architecture and engineering design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park. The money to pay for the planning will come from the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy with no expense to the city.

43. Permit Filed for Boutique Arrive Hotel Downtown -

477 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103 

Permit Amount: $5.3 million

Application Date: February 2017

Completion: 2018

44. Council Creates Budget For Zoo Parking Expansion Design -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Feb. 7, to establish a city budget line item for the architecture and engineering design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park. The money to pay for the planning will come from the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy with no expense to the city.

45. Rewrite of City Impasse Ordinance Draws Fire from Unions -

The unions representing city of Memphis employees gave a rough reception Tuesday, Feb. 7, to a proposal to revamp the city’s impasse proceedings for stalled contract talks between the unions and the city administration.

46. Moorman Named Chief Scientist at Ducks Unlimited -

Tom Moorman has been named chief scientist of Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to conserving North American waterfowl habitats. Moorman, who will take over from retiring chief scientist Scott Yaich on March 1, has worked for DU for more than 25 years, most recently serving as head of its 13-state Southern Region.
As chief scientist, Moorman will serve as DU’s leader on waterfowl and habitat science, provide vision and direction in addressing DU’s science needs and ensure it maintains its standing and credibility as a top-notch science-based organization.

47. Last Word: Council Day, Strickland on Immigration and Super Bowl Ad Review -

Just when the Shelby County Commission seems to settle into a rhythm of short, concise meetings, along comes a relatively smallish grant for a free condom distribution program locally. And the commission chambers are packed.

48. Developers Request to Amend Downtown Hotel Project -

Memphis City Council members will consider an amendment Tuesday, Feb. 7, to plans for a 150-room hotel on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

The change by Wessman Holdings LLC for the Leader Federal Bank building and the two-story building next to it on the corner would add a new nine-story building past the corner on the B.B. King side.

49. Downtown Hotel Moves Closer To Reality with Building Permit -

A new boutique hotel slated to open on South Main is taking a big step forward.

Montgomery Martin Contractors filed a $5.3 million permit for renovations to the former Memphis College of Art graduate school at 477 S. Main St.

50. The Week Ahead: February 7-13 -

There’s a lot to love this week, Memphis! The 41st annual Memphis Open tennis tournament begins Saturday at The Racquet Club of Memphis. That same morning historic Elmwood Cemetery hosts a “Love on the Rocks” walking tour featuring tragic and humorous tales of love gone wrong. And if you love the Grizzlies, they are playing the not-so-loved San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors this week. 

51. Lifeblood Puts Out Call for Blood Donations -

Lifeblood calls it a perfect storm of obstacles. Blood donations are down at the moment, according to the organization, and it’s the result of a combination of catalysts – everything from this being flu season, leaving potential donors sick, to the rush to recover from the holidays that leads some people to overlook giving blood.

52. Snapshot: Breaking the Seal on Hotel Napoleon -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland cuts the ribbon at the formal opening of Hotel Napoleon at 179 Madison Ave. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The boutique hotel, which officially opened last fall, has 58 rooms and a variety of upscale amenities.

53. Dying From Cancer: Could Your Location Determine Your Fate? -

CHICAGO (AP) – Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.

54. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Bodyguard: The Musical” Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-29, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

55. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Bodyguard: The Musical” Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-29, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

56. Events -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services will hold the first event in the “Hear Me Out” Youth Forum Series Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Greater New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 250 E. Raines Road. The series allows youths ages 14-21 the opportunity to share concerns and offer solutions to issues they’ve faced or observed to a panel of city leaders. Others forums will be held Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at different locations. Registration required; visit cityofmemphisyouth.org.

57. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Rock of Ages” Friday, Jan. 20, through Feb. 12 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services will hold the first event in the “Hear Me Out” Youth Forum Series Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Greater New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 250 E. Raines Road. The series allows youths ages 14-21 the opportunity to share concerns and offer solutions to issues they’ve faced or observed to a panel of city leaders. Others forums will be held Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at different locations. Registration required; visit cityofmemphisyouth.org.

58. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers will host a screening of “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall Road. The film examines the lives of minimalists from all walks of life who are striving to live a meaningful life with less. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at napomemphis.com; all proceeds benefit the Le Bonheur Club.

59. City Offices to Close For King Holiday -

All divisions of city government, except police and fire services, will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That includes libraries, community centers and aquatic centers. City solid waste collections and Inland Waste garbage and recycling collections for Monday customers will move to Tuesday.

60. Tennessee Lawmakers Act on Balanced Budget Convention to Curb ‘Crippling’ National Debt -

Saying they can avoid a “runaway” convention for “crazy or radical ideas,” Republican state legislators are filing legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

61. City Offices to Close For King Holiday -

All divisions of city government, except police and fire services, will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That includes libraries, community centers and aquatic centers. City solid waste collections and Inland Waste garbage and recycling collections for Monday customers will move to Tuesday.

62. Tennessee Acts on Balanced Budget Convention to Curb ‘Crippling’ National Debt -

Saying they can avoid a “runaway” convention for “crazy or radical ideas,” Republican state legislators are filing legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

63. Robinson Takes on Dual Roles At Campbell Clinic -

Dr. James Robinson recently joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in two roles: as the lead physician for the clinic’s new daytime walk-in program and as a sports medicine family practice doctor treating sports injuries for young athletes and weekend warriors.
The walk-in clinics are offered at all five Campbell Clinic locations, and Robinson staffs the program in the Germantown office. 

64. Opponents of Dairy Expansion To Host Community Meeting -

A group of Midtown citizens who are opposed to the expansion of Turner Dairy’s Madison Avenue location will hold a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hattiloo Theatre lobby, 37 S. Cooper St.

65. Meet Downtown YMCA's New Executive Director -

The Fogelman Downtown YMCA will welcome its new executive director, Angelic Graves, at a meet and greet Friday, Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prior to joining the historic Fogelman YMCA, located at 245 Madison Ave., Graves worked at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago for 16 years.

66. FedEx Ups Memphis Open Partnership for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

67. Events -

The 2017 Memphis Bike Swap will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Bikers will be able to buy, sell or swap parts with other cyclists around the city. Admission is free for buyers; food and beer will be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Visit peddlerbikeshop.com/events for details.

68. Elvis' Home-Away-From-Home Could Be Razed for Car Wash -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As a teenager growing up in the 1950s, Steve North would look for the pink Cadillac outside a stone house on the outskirts of Nashville. If the car was there, Elvis was in the building.

69. Downtown YMCA Welcomes New Executive Director -

[UPDATE: Due to inclement weather Friday, the meet-and-greet has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 10.] The Fogelman Downtown YMCA will welcome its new executive director, Angelic Graves, at a meet and greet Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

70. FedEx Ups Partnership With Memphis Open for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

71. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Other People’s Happiness,” a winner of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, Jan. 6, through Jan. 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

72. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

73. MATA Alters Bus Schedule for Jan. 1-2 -

Memphis Area Transit Authority will operate an abbreviated schedule Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1-2, in observance of New Year’s Day.

In addition, MATA’s administrative offices and transit center customer service counters will be closed.

74. 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.

75. MATA to Run Abbreviated Schedule Jan. 1-2 -

Memphis Area Transit Authority will operate an abbreviated schedule Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1-2, in observance of New Year’s Day.

In addition, MATA’s administrative offices and transit center customer service counters will be closed.

76. December 23-29, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: Eight people die in tornadoes in North Mississippi, with the Holly Springs area being hit hardest by the twisters in the region. The broader Southeast region is raked by the storms and other tornadoes through the long holiday weekend.

77. Last Word: Boca Ends Badly, Fred's Deal Still Moving and The Couch Dylan Sat On -

Z Bo ejected and the Grizz fall to the Celtics 112 – 109 Tuesday at the Forum. Post game, Fizdale says the team has a leadership problem.

The Tigers at the Forum Wednesday, playing the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

78. December 16-22, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: A record high temperature of 70 degrees at Memphis, according to the National Weather Service. The 70-degree mark ties a record for the date set in 1982.

2011: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council approves a planned development for the south side of Madison Avenue in Overton Square, including a new $16 million public parking garage to be built by the city. The garage is eligible for public funding because it is to include a water detention basin in its base that alleviates a chronic flooding problem in the area, which includes Lick Creek. Loeb Properties Inc. has a contract with the Colorado company that owns the entertainment district and the contract runs out at the end of 2011. A Loeb plan to make a supermarket the anchor of a revitalized square has fallen through and Loeb is now envisioning Overton Square as a theater district with a $19.2 million investment by Loeb in the area.

79. Last Word: New Rhodes President, Billy Hyman and the Fast Track -

The biggest political betting pool of the post-election season ends Tuesday as President elect Donald Trump said Monday by Twitter that he would name his nominee for Secretary of State Tuesday morning.

80. 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.

81. Last Word: Turner Dairy Plans, Fred's HQ and Fred Smith's Remarks About Trump -

Lots of traffic at FedExForum this weekend with two graduation ceremonies for the University of Memphis – morning and afternoon shifts. Another double-header at the Forum Saturday. The Grizz beat the Warriors 110-89 and the Tigers beat UAB 62-55.

82. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

83. College Students Collaborate to Bring New Green Space to Edge District -

Despite frigid temperatures, a crowd of people gathered Thursday evening on a small, green triangle of land in the medical district to witness the unveiling of the area’s newest public space, the Edge Triangle.

84. December 9-15, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

1986: Foreclosure proceedings are underway for the Downtown Radisson on the southeast corner of Third Street and Union Avenue. The $25 million, 284-room hotel had just opened the previous June after a renovation that incorporated the old eight-story Tennessee Hotel facing Third into a new 11-story tower east of that. The Radisson is the second Downtown hotel to have financial difficulties since the start of 1986. Chattanooga developer Franklin Haney had defaulted on interest payments for the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, the hotel connected to the Memphis Cook Convention Center, prompting a refinancing of the deal.

85. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

86. Council Approves Two Downtown Hotels, Sets Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings into hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

87. Council Approves Pair of Downtown Hotels, Sets January Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings as hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

88. Two Hotel Projects Top Council Agenda -

Two Downtown hotels top a planning and development-heavy agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 2, session of the Memphis City Council.

The council votes on a special use permit for a 68-room luxury hotel at 477 S. Main St., in a building that until recently had been a graduate school for the Memphis College of Art.

89. Events -

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend kicks off with the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Open to the public, the expo will feature nearly 100 exhibitors with the latest in all racing needs. Race day on Saturday, Dec. 3, will feature five races: the 5K and 10K starting at 7 a.m., the half-marathon and marathon at 8:30 a.m., and the kids marathon at 1:30 p.m. Visit stjudemarathon.org for details.

90. Revision Revisited -

A hundred and ninety-eight years ago – in December 1818 – Thomas Jefferson wrote Robert Walsh Jr. a letter. In it he included an anecdote that speaks to the relative value of revising a document. Who, you ask, is Robert Walsh? And why did the former president correspond with him on such a matter?

91. With Early Deals, How Much Will Cyber Monday Buyers Spend? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans paused during the Monday after Thanksgiving to check out online deals and check off people on their holiday gift list. But so-called Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online sales title.

92. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Arkansas State University Mid-South will hold a process technology career fair Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Nabors Auditorium on STCC’s Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Employers including Hershey, Valero, Blues City Brewery and Lucite will be on hand. Visit southwest.tn.edu.

93. Schweinehaus Trades Bavarian Fare for Barbecue -

German-themed restaurant Schweinehaus is taking its menu in a new direction: barbecue.

The Overton Square eatery – which has appended its name to Schweinehaus BBQ – issued a statement Wednesday, Nov. 16, that says diners will still find chicken schnitzel on the menu, along with pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket, smoked turkey and other new items.

94. Ballet Memphis’ New Facility Beginning to Take Shape -

Ballet Memphis gave an early tour of its new $21 million facility in Overton Square Wednesday, Nov. 16, to highlight some of the features that will be part of the 38,000-square-foot building now under construction.

95. 'We are Seeing a War for Talent’ -

Despite a daily influx of new Middle Tennessee residents, companies looking to hire workers for the upcoming holiday season may have a tougher time than usual filling those spots.

That’s because Davidson County’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the lowest urban figure in the state and well below the state’s 4.4 percent rate.

96. Schweinehaus Trades Bavarian Fare for Barbecue -

German-themed restaurant Schweinehaus is taking its menu in a new direction: barbecue.

The Overton Square eatery – which has appended its name to Schweinehaus BBQ – issued a statement Wednesday, Nov. 16, that says diners will still find chicken schnitzel on the menu, along with pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket, smoked turkey and other new items.

97. Guest House at Graceland Earns Four Diamond Rating -

The new Guest House at Graceland resort hotel in Whitehaven has earned a Four Diamond Hotel rating from the not-for-profit travel organization AAA.

The Four Diamond Hotel rating, which was announced Monday, Nov. 14, has been awarded to just 6 percent of 28,000 hotels approved by the AAA. It was a goal that operators of the hotel, which is owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, set early in the planning, development and design process by DreamCatcher Hotels and Hnedak Bobo Group, both of Memphis.

98. Saluting the Slitherer -

“Snakes, since the beginning of time, have accumulated a bad public image.” Thus begins Pete Ivey’s column, “Around the Old Well,” written in June 1975 for North Carolina newspapers. The title and subtitle go straight to the meat of the matter: “A Snake’s Not Evil – Snakes Need P/R Campaign to Improve Image.”

99. Downtown May Get New 12-Story Boutique Hotel -

A plan to redevelop the former Tenoke Building into a hotel may be revived several years after a similar idea for the vacant Downtown office high-rise fell through.

Vibrant Hotels Inc., an affiliate of Batesville, Mississippi-based development company JVD Enterprises, is seeking a special use permit that would allow the conversion of the century-old Tenoke, located at 161 Jefferson Ave., and the adjacent one-story office at 191 Jefferson Ave. into an “upper-brand franchised full-service hotel,” according to an application filed with the city-county Office of Planning and Development in August.

100. Change Is Mantra At Brooks, Ballet Memphis -

The rotunda at the Brooks Museum of Art is in transition this week as the surreal figures of Yinka Shonibare’s “Rage of the Ballet Gods” give way to the burlap sculptures of Nnenna Okore that will be suspended from the rotunda dome for the next six months.