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1. April 25 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

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2. West Memphis to Refurbish Water Tower as Attraction -

West Memphis wants to draw attention to a 94-year-old water tower in an attempt to boost tourism.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the $240,000 project will illuminate the water tower in West Memphis with hanging glistening cables, to give the effect of cascading water.

3. Memphis Democrats Prepare To Reorganize -

Shelby County Democrats hope to have the local party up and running by the Fourth of July. The Shelby County Democratic Party was disbanded by the Tennessee Democratic Party in August after two disastrous county election cycles for the Democratic slate and increasing dysfunction by the local party’s executive committee.

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5. Sediver Opens $15M Manufacturing Facility in West Memphis -

Sediver USA has cut the ribbon on its $15 million facility in West Memphis, where the company will manufacture toughened glass insulators for high-voltage transmission lines.

Peter Baumgartner, chairman of Sediver USA and CEO of its Luxembourg-based parent company, the Seves Group, was joined by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Clean Line Energy Partners president Michael Skelly and Seves Group chairman Joakim Olsson at the Friday, April 21, event.

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7. NCAA Men’s South Regional Returns to Memphis in '21 -

The University of Memphis will play host to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball South Regional with games set to be played at FedExForum on March 26 and March 28, 2021.

“The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is one of the most prestigious events in American sports, and we are extremely excited and proud to partner with the University of Memphis to once again host a South Regional here at FedExForum,” said Eric Granger, vice president of arena operations at FedExForum. “After a successful 2017 Men’s South Regional this spring, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to again showcase the Mid-South’s famous hospitality and bring attendees another unforgettable experience.”

8. Southeast Memphis Office Sells for $8.3 Million -

A Nashville-based company has purchased its second Memphis office property in a week.

Priam Capital, doing business as 8700 Trail Lake LLC, bought the 60,000-square-foot Tournament Trails building in southeast Memphis from Tournament Trails Office Building I LLC for $8.3 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds Wednesday, April 17.

9. Memphis Made Brewing Starts Concert Series -

This month, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting up something to showcase its love of the Bluff City’s music and community: the Memphis Made Community Concert Series.

10. Memphis Commute Challenge Begins in May -

On average, Memphians spend $10,817 per year maintaining a vehicle and driving to work. The Commute Challenge, May 1 to 31, is a monthlong chance to try other commuting options and win prizes.

Employees and teams that join the Commute Challenge use public transit, biking, carpooling and walking to commute to work as often as they choose. Each trip to or from work earns points that qualify participants for commute-related prizes.

11. April 21-27, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1865: The steamboat Sultana, many times over its capacity of several hundred people on board, explodes on the Mississippi River north of Memphis after docking at the cobblestones Downtown. Most of the passengers on board are Union soldiers just released from Confederate prison camps at the end of the Civil War, many returning to homes in East Tennessee.
The boat’s journey from Vicksburg where the prisoners boarded comes amidst a flurry of events from the war’s end to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, all of which obscures what is the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history. Its death toll – 1,800 people on a boat overloaded with 2,400 passengers – is larger than the death toll in the better-known Titanic disaster 47 years later.

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13. NST Looks to Cultivate Young Litigators With Memphis Law Scholarship -

Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz PLC, the largest plaintiff-based law firm in Tennessee, is looking to cultivate the next generation of litigators.

14. Law Week Honors Memphis' Legal Community -

Law Week is a tradition that celebrates local legal professionals and continues the dialogue about law and justice issues in the Memphis community at large.

Our Law Week emphasis explores some of those issues in greater detail, including judicial criticism, litigation finance and the next generation of attorneys.

15. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

16. Memphis Made Brewing Co. Starts Benefit Concert Series -

This month, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting up something to showcase its love of the Bluff City’s music and community: the Memphis Made Community Concert Series.

17. Memphis Commute Challenge Begins in May -

On average, Memphians spend $10,817 per year maintaining a vehicle and driving to work. The Commute Challenge, May 1 to 31, is a monthlong chance to try other commuting options and win prizes.

Employees and teams that join the Commute Challenge use public transit, biking, carpooling and walking to commute to work as often as they choose. Each trip to or from work earns points that qualify participants for commute-related prizes.

18. Andrews Gazes into Memphis’ Green Future -

Imagine you’re in a helicopter. Stretched out beneath you is one of the country’s largest urban parks – 4,500 acres of sprawling hills, glistening lakes, and furry green forest, dotted with tiny people who are walking, cycling, picnicking, fishing, kayaking and riding horses.

19. Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan -

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

20. Memphis Chamber Sets Goal for Local, Minority Contracts -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has set a goal of 600 new business-to-business contracts for minority- and women-owned enterprises and locally-owned firms by the end of the year.

The goal, split 50-50 between the two kinds of contracting and hiring by private businesses, was announced Thursday, April 20, at the chamber’s quarterly Small Business Council breakfast in East Memphis.

21. Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland lauded the Tennessee Legislature for passing the IMPROVE Act, including a combination of fuel tax and fee increases designed to improve transportation funding.

22. NCAA Men’s South Regional Returns to Memphis in 2021 -

The University of Memphis will play host to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball South Regional with games set to be played at FedExForum on March 26 and March 28, 2021.

“The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is one of the most prestigious events in American sports, and we are extremely excited and proud to partner with the University of Memphis to once again host a South Regional here at FedExForum,” said Eric Granger, vice president of arena operations at FedExForum. “After a successful 2017 Men’s South Regional this spring, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to again showcase the Mid-South’s famous hospitality and bring attendees another unforgettable experience.”

23. Southeast Memphis Office Sells for $8.3 Million -

A Nashville-based company has purchased its second Memphis office property in a week.

Priam Capital, doing business as 8700 Trail Lake LLC, bought the 60,000-square-foot Tournament Trails building in southeast Memphis from Tournament Trails Office Building I LLC for $8.3 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds Wednesday, April 17.

24. East Memphis Office Sells for $17 Million -

6055 Primacy Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $17 million 

Sale Date: April 11, 2017

25. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

26. MIM Exchange Students Visit Colombia as Memphis Ambassadors -

The Memphis in May International Festival has been a local fixture since the 1970s, and everyone knows about the music and barbecue festivals, but a significant and little known student exchange program that happens each year with the honored country might just be the iconic festival’s biggest long-term contribution.

27. Memphis Business Academy Showcases Project Lead The Way STEM Progress -

The Memphis Business Academy is flexing its STEM muscles.

The K-12 charter school in Frayser hosted a showcase event this month to demonstrate how it has implemented Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum the past year and the overwhelmingly positive effect it is having on students of all ages.

28. Memphis Office Market Off to Good Start -

Though small to mid-sized leases comprised the majority of leasing activity, the Memphis area office market got off to a healthy start in 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ first quarter Marketbeat report.

29. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

30. NCAA Men’s South Regional Returning to Memphis in 2021 -

The University of Memphis will play host to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball South Regional with games set to be played at FedExForum on March 26 and March 28, 2021.

“The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is one of the most prestigious events in American sports, and we are extremely excited and proud to partner with the University of Memphis to once again host a South Regional here at FedExForum,” said Eric Granger, vice president of arena operations at FedExForum. “After a successful 2017 Men’s South Regional this spring, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to again showcase the Mid-South’s famous hospitality and bring attendees another unforgettable experience.”

31. Comcast Employees to Help At 10 Memphis Projects -

More than 1,000 Memphis area Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer at 10 projects across the Memphis area Saturday, April 22, as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.

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33. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate has approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

34. Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis -

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.
In his new role, Shaffer’s job is to guide the organization in its mission of supporting neighborhood revitalization through a network of organizations and individuals working in the community development space – which BLDG Memphis does primarily through organizational capacity building, community education and engagement, and public policy and advocacy – as well as to promote the new brand. 

35. Coalition Urges City Funding For Memphis Schools -

A group of 13 organization and 17 citizens including Shelby County Schools board chairman Chris Caldwell and state Representatives Raumesh Akbari and G.A. Hardaway are calling on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to include at least $10 million in funding for schools in the budget he takes to the Memphis City Council next week.

36. Nucor Steel, Rice Manufacturer Seek Memphis Incentives -

Two companies have filed applications with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County for tax incentives that would allow them to expand operations in the Mid-South.

Nucor Steel Memphis and Ebrofrost North America are both seeking PILOTs (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) that would result in a combined investment of $34 million and 31 net new jobs, according to their respective applications.

37. Memphis Zoo Adds Three Mandrills -

The Memphis Zoo has added three new mandrills, making this the first time in 67 years that the zoo has been home to the monkeys sometimes called “forest baboons.”

The trio are part of the Patas monkey habitat in the zoo’s Zambezi River Hippo Camp.

38. Memphis Basketball Adding More Junior College Players; Bill Self Mum on K.J. Lawson -

With only two returning scholarship players from last season’s team, University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith continues to mine the junior college ranks for players he hopes can contribute immediately.

39. Pinnacle Grows Memphis Staff With Client Service Hires -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added two professionals in Memphis in client service roles.

Melanie Gibson, who has 10 years of experience, joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist. She comes most recently from Bank of Bartlett, where she was a sales and services supervisor, and is based at Pinnacle’s Forest Hill office.

40. Southeast Memphis Restaurant Sells for $1.7 Million -

A 1.1-acre lot where a McAlister’s Deli is currently located has switched hands, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds April 12.

Michael A. Lightman and Robert T. Levy sold the property for $1.7 million to California-based Condit Properties LLC in the sale.

41. Memphis Tigers to Play in 2017 Veterans Classic -

The University of Memphis will join Alabama, Pittsburgh and host Navy in the 2017 Veterans Classic on CBS Sports Network, an annual college basketball showcase that brings together teams from across the country in celebration of Veterans Day.

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43. Airport Releases New Strategic Overview -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority released a new Strategic Overview for the next five years, which serves as a comprehensive plan to implement improvements in all airport operations.

The Strategic Overview, which was last updated in 2015, is broken down into nine categories: physical/terminal, environment, properties/cargo, airfield, communications and reputation, air service, business model/finance, human capital management, and general aviation – each with its own one-, three- and five-year goals.

44. Memphis City Council OKs Sale of Sheraton Hotel -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 11, approved Host Hotels & Resorts LP’s $67 million sale of the Sheraton Memphis Downtown convention center hotel to LMS Real Estate Investment Management LLC, a newly formed joint venture between Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

45. Memphis’ Lindsay Crowdus Player of the Year Finalist -

University of Memphis senior outfielder Lindsay Crowdus has been named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female players across the country. The award is in 16th year.

46. Memphis Law Week Events Announced -

The Memphis Bar Association is once again hosting Law Week, an annual celebration of the legal community in Memphis.

Several events associated with the celebration are ongoing or planned this year.

47. Memphis Looks to Detroit’s Riverfront for Inspiration -

In a lot of ways Memphis and Detroit are kindred spirits. Both cities have similar populations, demographics, soul-laced musical legacies and are both looking to rebuild their economies after getting hammered by the recession.

48. April 14-20, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1960: The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians play an exhibition baseball game at Russwood Park. In the sixth inning, Cleveland star Rocky Colavito walked. Indians manager Joe Gordon calls Colavito, the most popular baseball player in Cleveland, to the dugout from first base and tells him he has been traded to Detroit. That night, the wooden ballpark that had been the home for decades of first the Memphis Turtles and then the Memphis Chicks baseball teams burns to the ground.

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50. Lack of New Homes is Missing Piece to Memphis' Housing Puzzle -

There is a lot to like about the Memphis housing market right now. With home sales up 13 percent and average sale prices up 5 percent through the first quarter of 2017, things are finally looking up for one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation during last decade’s housing crisis.

51. Memphis’ Lindsay Crowdus Player of the Year Finalist -

University of Memphis senior outfielder Lindsay Crowdus has been named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female players across the country. The award is in 16th year.

52. Memphis Law Week Events Announced -

The Memphis Bar Association is once again hosting Law Week, an annual celebration of the legal community in Memphis.

Several events associated with the celebration are ongoing or planned this year.

53. Memphis, Nashville Blocked in Push to Ease Marijuana Penalties -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation stripping Nashville and Memphis of ordinances to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession.

Haslam on Wednesday signed the bill passed by the Republican-led legislature, bucking the trend by states and cities nationwide to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession.

54. Conley Puts Delicious, Local Food on Memphis Tables -

Josh Conley is happy to debate the merits of local kale. His only question: How much time do you have? “I have more discussions about kale than I really care to admit,” he says. “We’ve got Siberian kale and Red Russian kale and green curly kale. We’ve got baby kale and Toscano kale, which some people refer to as dinosaur kale.”

55. Memphis’ Political History Reflects Changes With New Entries -

There was a moment during the March unveiling of former Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s portrait in the Hall of Mayors when the task of framing history gave way to the present.

It came when attorney Ricky E. Wilkins talked about the importance of Wharton and his predecessor, Willie Herenton – the only two black mayors in Memphis history – to the city’s political present. Wharton attended the event; Herenton was noticeably absent.

56. East Memphis Office Sells for $17M -

Primacy II, a 123,265-square-foot East Memphis office building, has a new owner thanks to a huge $17 million deal.

Nashville-based Priam Capital purchased the office building located at 6055 Primacy Parkway near the intersection Ridgway Road and Park Avenue from The Southland Companies for $16.6 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds April 11.

57. Memphis Escape Rooms To Open ‘Grizzlies’ Experience -

Memphis Escape Rooms is about to expand its partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies: an exclusive Memphis Grizzlies Escape Room, the first NBA-licensed escape room in the country.

In this new experience, appropriately named “Grizzlies,” players will be tasked with saving a Grizzlies game – and dodging the wrath of 18,000 angry fans – in one hour or less. “Grizzlies” will be housed at the business’s second location, set to open May 5 at 530 S. Main St., at the corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson Avenue.

58. Memphis Escape Rooms Adding ‘Grizzlies,’ ‘Lost Pyramid’ Experiences -

Memphis Escape Rooms is about to expand its partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies: an exclusive Memphis Grizzlies Escape Room, the first NBA-licensed escape room in the country.

In this new experience, appropriately named “Grizzlies,” players will be tasked with saving a Grizzlies game – and dodging the wrath of 18,000 angry fans – in one hour or less. “Grizzlies” will be housed at the business’s second location, set to open May 5 at 530 S. Main St., at the corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson Avenue.

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60. Court Rebukes Memphis Police in Animal Hoarder's Death -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court has rebuked Memphis police for sending a tactical team to serve a misdemeanor warrant on a 67-year-old animal hoarder who was later killed by an officer, but the court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against the city.

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62. Memphis AD Bowen Issues Statement Supporting Smith's Program -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen says he and coach Tubby Smith are "extremely optimistic about the future of our program" even though the Tigers' top three scorers this season are all transferring.

63. Butler Snow Grows Commercial Litigation Group in Memphis -

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.

64. Civil Rights Activist Owens Calls Out Memphis Lawmaker -

Memphis civil rights activist Bill Owens, who campaigned for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, is criticizing a state legislator who refused to back his political efforts in a statement on the House floor.

65. Memphis Industrial Market Continues Strength in Q1 -

The Memphis area industrial real estate market closed the first quarter with positive net absorption, a strong start to 2017 that builds on a nearly four-year streak.

The market closed with 1.3 million square feet of positive net absorption and a total vacancy rate of 8 percent, according to commercial real estate company CBRE’s Q1 2017 Memphis Industrial MarketView report. It is the 15th consecutive quarter the market has closed with positive net absorption.

66. Last Word: Restless Off Season, Memphis Open Closes and Single-Family Rentals -

This is proving to be a restless off-season for Tigers basketball and it is not even summer yet. Add freshman guard Keon Clergeot to the Tigers players exiting the program with word still to come from Markel Crawford. Meanwhile, the Tigers have signed their second junior college recruit – Kyvon Davenport -- at forward.

67. Engineering Firm Building Memphis Location -

Aecom Technology Corp. has filed a $2.3 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code enforcement for “new construction” at 3610 Paul Lowry Road in Pidgeon Industrial Park.

68. Memphis Seeks Input On Road, Bike Lane Projects -

The city of Memphis’ Engineering Division has launched an online public input survey regarding the design proposals for 10 street repaving projects outlined at its March 27 open house.

The 10 proposals include these street segments:

69. Regions Bank Redesigns East Memphis Branch -

Regions Bank has unveiled the company’s reimagined bank branch at 6200 Poplar Ave. at the company’s West Tennessee headquarters.

70. Bohannon to Lead Cumulus Media-Memphis -

Cumulus Media has appointed radio broadcasting executive Morgan Bohannon to vice president/market manager for Cumulus Media’s four-station group in Memphis.

71. ArtsMemphis Announces Finalists for $10K Award -

ArtsMemphis will present its seventh annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration at a ceremony this Thursday, April 6, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The Emmett is given each year to a local artist who has demonstrated creative and civic leadership within the Memphis arts community. The winner receives a $10,000 cash award.

72. Sprouts to Open Store In East Memphis in Q3 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is bringing another store to the Memphis area as part of a wave of new store openings – 11 new stores total are planned for the second half of 2017.

A company spokesman confirmed Sprouts is opening a 28,000-square-foot store "early in the third quarter" at 576 S. Perkins Road. It's part of a total of 32 stores opening across the country this year.

73. Lawson Brothers Leaving University of Memphis -

Brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson announced Wednesday, April 5, their intention to transfer from the University of Memphis basketball program.

In a prepared statement released to local media, the Lawsons said they were requesting their release from the U of M. They thanked coach Tubby Smith, who just completed his first season here, and the university for the opportunity to play in their hometown; they were recruited by former coach Josh Pastner. Their father, Keelon Lawson, got a job on staff at that time and remained on staff under Smith.

74. Memphis Civil Rights Sites Would Benefit From Bill -

Mason Temple Church of God in Christ and the National Civil Rights Museum would get technical assistance toward preservation and interpretation from the National Park Service under a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

75. Airport Releases New Strategic Overview -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority released a new Strategic Overview for the next five years, which serves as a comprehensive plan to implement improvements in all airport operations.

The Strategic Overview, which was last updated in 2015, is broken down into nine categories: physical/terminal, environment, properties/cargo, airfield, communications and reputation, air service, business model/finance, human capital management, and general aviation – each with its own one-, three- and five-year goals.

76. Memphis Open Tennis Tournament Reportedly Leaving for New York -

The headline at memphisopen.com is now ominous: “2017 Memphis Open Concludes” originally meant that this year’s tournament was done, that Ryan Harrison had won the title in February at The Racquet Club. But on Friday, April 7, news broke that the tournament was leaving for Long Island, N.Y.

77. Memphis Industrial Market Continues Positive Trend in 2017 -

The Memphis area industrial real estate market closed the first quarter with positive net absorption, a strong start to 2017 that builds on a nearly four-year streak.

The market closed with 1.3 million square feet of positive net absorption and a total vacancy rate of 8 percent, according to commercial real estate company CBRE’s Q1 2017 Memphis Industrial MarketView report. It is the 15th consecutive quarter the market has closed with positive net absorption.

78. April 7-13, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1993: U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr. is acquitted of all charges in his second bank fraud trial in Memphis Federal Court. Ford’s trial by a jury of citizens from outside the Memphis area ends dramatically with the jury foreman reading the verdict on each of the 18 counts against Ford – any one of which, Ford later said, would have ended his political career had he been found guilty.

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80. Accelerator Programs Keep Memphis Starting Up -

The mantra is “never stop starting.” The constituency it applies to is entrepreneurs in Memphis and those who come here flush with ideas and creativity. And for Memphis’ startup community – from the sixth floor of Start Co.’s 88 Union Ave. hive of activity to the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and points in between – that exhortation to “never stop” is as much a rallying cry as it is a marker highlighting one of the more dynamic and fledgling sectors of the city’s economy.

81. Memphis Civil Rights Sites Would Benefit From Bill -

Mason Temple Church of God in Christ and the National Civil Rights Museum would get technical assistance toward preservation and interpretation from the National Park Service under a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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83. Memphis in Bloom -

Artist Martha Kelly, who illustrates Memphis life and culture each month for The Daily News, sketches a selection of wildflowers currently blossoming in Overton Park’s Old Forest, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, the woodland gardens at Dixon Gallery & Gardens and Memphis Botanic Garden, and in wooded areas around the region.

84. As Memphis Tiger Fans Fret, Can Tubby Smith Fix This Mess? -

A few weeks ago, Tubby Smith stood in front of assembled media and admitted that the University of Memphis basketball job was a bit more than he had calculated.

“You’ve got a flavor here of expectations,” he said, the surprise evident in his voice and on his face.

85. Memphian Tim McCarver Still Enjoying Life and Baseball -

On Sept. 10, 1959, at the tender age of 17, Tim McCarver pinch-hit in the ninth inning for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Milwaukee Braves at old County Stadium before a gathering of 1,695 people (he flied out to right field).

86. Sprouts to Open Store In East Memphis in Q3 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is bringing another store to the Memphis area as part of a wave of new store openings – 11 new stores total are planned for the second half of 2017.

A company spokesman confirmed Sprouts is opening a 28,000-square-foot store “early in the third quarter” at 576 S. Perkins Road. It’s part of a total of 32 stores opening across the country this year.

87. Bohannon to Lead Cumulus Media-Memphis -

Cumulus Media has appointed radio broadcasting executive Morgan Bohannon to vice president/market manager for Cumulus Media’s four-station group in Memphis.

88. ArtsMemphis Announces Finalists for $10K Award -

ArtsMemphis will present its seventh annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration at a ceremony this Thursday, April 6, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The Emmett is given each year to a local artist who has demonstrated creative and civic leadership within the Memphis arts community. The winner receives a $10,000 cash award.

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90. Regions Bank Redesigns East Memphis Branch -

Regions Bank has unveiled the company’s reimagined bank branch at 6200 Poplar Ave. at the company’s West Tennessee headquarters.

91. Memphis Seeks Online Input On Road, Bike Lane Projects -

The city of Memphis’ Engineering Division has launched an online public input survey regarding the design proposals for 10 street repaving projects outlined at its March 27 open house.

The 10 proposals include these street segments:

92. What Every Board Member Should Know -

We recently had the opportunity to work with an organization that is ready increase its impact. Current board members had recruited and approved new members; there was work to be done and people to do it. Our role was to help orient all members to their roles and responsibilities.

93. Marker Commemorates King’s Final Flight to Memphis -

John Hope Bryant has come through Memphis International Airport many times on business. The founder of the financial literacy nonprofit “Operation HOPE” was always aware the airport was Martin Luther King’s last arrival point on the way to his assassination in 1968.

94. Earth Day Every Day: April Brings 30 Days of Memphis Clean-Up Efforts -

On one hand, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Memphis Clean by 2019 moon mission seems daunting. The goal is to restore the city’s status as the cleanest city in the U.S. by 2019, when Memphis celebrates its bicentennial.

95. Last Word: Mike Rose, Bartlett High Options and Memphis-Nashville Talk -

Mike Rose transformed Memphis-made Holiday Inn from a single brand to multiple brands and a corporation that transformed the hospitality industry as casino gaming spread beyond Las Vegas and Atlantic City in the 1990s. During his time at the helm of Holiday Inns and Promus Companies, Rose was also one of the city's most influential corporate leaders with the money and ability to raise money and set terms that made possible the transformation of St. Jude into a research institution and pointed the University of Memphis in that direction as well. Rose died Sunday in Nashville of cancer.

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97. Multinational Engineering Firm Building Memphis Location -

Aecom Technology Corp. has filed a $2.3 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code enforcement for “new construction” at 3610 Paul Lowry Road in Pidgeon Industrial Park.

98. Historical Marker to Commemorate MLK’s Final Flight -

A historical marker commemorating the final flight of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be dedicat-ed at Memphis International Airport on Monday, April 3.

99. Memphis Raceway Hosting Super Chevy Show -

The all-American original automotive tour returns to Memphis April 7-9 for the 31st annual Super Chevy Show. The event will bring together the largest collection of Chevrolet vehicles in one place as part of a tour that has grown to include eight markets across the U.S.

100. Pinnacle Ramps Up Investment in Memphis -

Since its entry into Memphis, Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners has been slowly ramping up and investing in its presence here, a trend that has continued unabated in recent weeks.

The bank, among other things, struck a deal to bring a Starbucks store inside its Wolf River office at 1264 S. Germantown Road. It’s also gone on a hiring binge in recent weeks, and it’s filed a $2.3 million building permit for interior tenant work for its Memphis headquarters at 949 S. Shady Grove Road.