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1. Commission Delays Votes On Finance Ordinances -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed votes Monday, Sept. 11, on a set of three resolutions dealing with county finances, citing the need for further discussion and questions.

The first of the three is a supplement to the interlocal agreement on financing the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority to pay the debt on FedExForum. The agreement allows revenue from a 2015 increase in the hotel-motel tax to be used to finance renovations of the Memphis Cook Convention Center as well as the debt on the arena.

2. Commission Delays Votes On Finance Ordinances -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed votes Monday, Sept. 11, on a set of three resolutions dealing with county finances, citing the need for further discussion and questions.

The first of the three is a supplement to the interlocal agreement on financing the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority to pay the debt on FedExForum. The agreement allows revenue from a 2015 increase in the hotel-motel tax to be used to finance renovations of the Memphis Cook Convention Center as well as the debt on the arena.

3. UCLA’s Prolific QB Rosen Will Test Tigers D -

In Week 1, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen rallied his team from 34 points down to defeat Texas A&M 45-44. It was the second-largest comeback win in FBS history.

Last week in the Bruins’ 56-23 victory over Hawaii, Rosen hit on 22 of 25 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. Excluding a one-play drive before halftime, UCLA scored on its first seven offensive possessions.

4. County Commission Joins City Call to Remove Confederate Monuments -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday, Sept. 11, backing the city’s efforts to remove Confederate monuments with a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The resolution by commissioner Walter Bailey also backs the Memphis City Council’s move to an ordinance that could take down the monuments after the Oct. 13 decision if the historical commission does not grant the waiver.

5. Rainn Wilson to Attend Indie Memphis Festival -

TV and film star Rainn Wilson will host the premiere of his new movie “Thom Pain” as part of the 20th anniversary of the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

The film, directed by Oliver Butler and adapted from Will Eno’s 2004 play, will be the Opening Night Gala selection for the festival. As part of the anniversary celebration, Indie Memphis will also for the first time host a block party from Nov. 3-5, closing off traffic along Cooper Street between Union and Monroe avenues in Midtown.

6. Memphis Linebacker Dillon To Miss Rest of Season -

Senior University of Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon will miss the remainder of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Tigers’ 39-27 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in the season opener Aug. 31.

7. Memphis Linebacker Dillon To Miss Rest of Season -

Senior University of Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon will miss the remainder of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Tigers’ 39-27 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in the season opener Aug. 31.

8. Last Word: Back From Jury Duty, ASD Changes and Southern Heritage Classic Is Here -

Back from a very short-lived jury duty on a short week for the courts – criminal and civil. Even a slow week at the Criminal Justice Center is a learning experience about not only our criminal justice system but also the Constitutional framework that puts those notices in the U.S. mail and results in several hundred citizens at a time showing up in a jury assembly room after the adventure of trying to find parking Downtown.

9. Tigers' Ferguson Aims to Get Back on Track -

Editor's note: The University of Memphis football game that was to be played Friday, Sept. 8, at UCF in Orlando has been canceled in response to Hurricane Irma. Details here.

10. AAC Names Tigers’ Pollard Special Teams Player of Week -

University of Memphis redshirt sophomore Tony Pollard was named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week by the league office, and teammates Curtis Akins and Darrell Henderson were named to the weekly honor roll for their work in Memphis’ 37-29 win over Louisiana Monroe.

11. Rainn Wilson to Attend Indie Memphis Festival -

TV and film star Rainn Wilson will host the premiere of his new movie “Thom Pain” as part of the 20th anniversary of the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

The film, directed by Oliver Butler and adapted from Will Eno’s 2004 play, will be the Opening Night Gala selection for the festival. As part of the anniversary celebration, Indie Memphis will also for the first time host a block party from Nov. 3-5, closing off traffic along Cooper Street between Union and Monroe avenues in Midtown.

12. The Week Ahead: Sept. 4-10 -

Hello, Memphis – and Happy Labor Day! Hopefully the promise of an exciting football season and Memphis Redbirds playoff games will help ease you back into work mode after the three-day weekend. Both are in store – along with Goat Days and much more – in The Week Ahead...

13. Tigers Deliver Victory in Wind and Rain -

Tigers kick returner Tony Pollard let the ball settle into his hands. Do not take that part for granted. This was at the start of the second half Thursday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. And not to say there was a lot of water, but at one point the Cajun Navy probably could have sailed areas of the stadium concourse.

14. Last Word: Football In The Rain, Shakespeare in Cordova and The Grizz Roster -

There are moments in the history of sports amateur and professional that involve turn outs like the one Thursday at the Liberty Bowl for the Tigers football season opener. There were the people who ran the St. Jude marathon in the ice several years back even after the race was cancelled. Going back to the 1980s, there were those who came out in below freezing temps for Alabama Coach Bear Bryant’s last game that came at the annual Liberty Bowl.

15. Raising The Ceiling -

Here’s the thing about expectations: You either embrace them, turning them into some divine combination of daily bread and rocket fuel, or they crush you.

There is no middle ground. Not when the statistical mid-point – a .500 season – would be an undisputed failure.

16. Memphis Football Game Still On for Thursday -

The University of Memphis Tigers’ football season opener Thursday, Aug. 31, will go on as planned, despite possible heavy rains caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The U of M athletics department, American Athletic Conference and CBS Sports Network say the game will be played as scheduled at 8:15 p.m., per the national broadcast agreement with the AAC.

17. Last Word: Tri-State's New HQ, TnReady Scores and Return of the Frayser Dump Plan -

On Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven, executives and board members of Tri-State Bank did the honors on the bank’s new headquarters Tuesday which follows a move earlier of its operations infrastructure to Union Avenue near Cleveland after leaving its long time headquarters and operations center Downtown at Beale and Main.

18. Tigers Turn Toward Season-Opener Thursday -

For a month, the University of Memphis football team has been practicing in anticipation of the season-opener Thursday, Aug. 31, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

So Monday, Aug. 28, wasn’t just another day on the practice calendar. It was the last day of real hitting before the season’s first game, before everything starts to count.

19. The Week Ahead: Aug. 28-Sept. 3 -

Hey, Memphis! It’s time to celebrate 901 Day – but not before you hit Tiger Lane Thursday for the University of Memphis Tigers’ season-opening football game. Plus, check out “the prince of kosher gospel” in concert and more hot happenings in The Week Ahead...

20. Memphis Hustle to Debut Nov. 4, Have 23 Home Games -

The Grizzlies’ minor league team, the Memphis Hustle, will begin play in the NBA G League on Nov. 4 and have 23 home games.

The season starts with a weekend back-to-back, Nov. 4 and 5 to tip-off action at Landers Center in Southaven. The Hustle will make its franchise debut on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, before returning to action the following night against the Salt Lake City Stars at 5 p.m.

21. Council OKs $6M Loan for Wonder Bread Garage -

The Memphis City Council approved a $6 million loan on Tuesday, Aug. 22, to help finance the development of a 481-space parking garage that’s a key part of the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment.

22. Artist Cat Peña Named Director Of CBU’s Ross Gallery -

Cat Peña, a Memphis-based artist, arts administrator and independent public art consultant, has been named director of the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. As an artist, Peña’s work in recent years has centered on public art installations, including “There’s More To Be Proud Of,” a canopy of metallic streamers on display in the Edge District through next February. In addition, she is the founder of Collabortory, a creative platform that expands public art practices through collaborative and social practices.

23. Wolf, Offense Look To Prove Predictions Wrong -

It’s championship or bust for Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf.

Bowl victories are nice. So are nine-win seasons. But Wolf wants a lot more in his final season with the Vols.

“Our goal here at Tennessee every single year is to win a championship, and that’s going to remain the goal,” Wolf says. “Yeah, there may have been a little bit of excitement the first year, maybe the second year winning the bowl game. It’s always exciting, but that’s the bare minimum right now.”

24. Last Word: Monuments Pace Quickens, Campaigning on Opioids and High Heels -

The financial services company that is a crucial tenant for the Bakery project between the Medical District and Downtown is Orion, which would move to the space in and around the old Wonder Break bakery building on Monroe from its Bartlett HQ.

25. Football Tigers Scrimmage Aug. 12 at Lambuth Campus -

For the second consecutive season under coach Mike Norvell, the University of Memphis football team has packed up and moved to the University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus for a three-day getaway up Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee.

26. Football Tigers to Scrimmage At Lambuth in Jackson Aug. 12 -

For the second consecutive season under coach Mike Norvell, the University of Memphis football team has packed up and moved to the University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus for a three-day getaway up Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee.

27. Memphis Medical District Bakery Project Closer to Inking Office Deals -

After receiving a 20-year tax incentive from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. this week, one of the most ambitious projects to come out of the Memphis Medical District in recent memory is one step closer to repopulating the Edge District with an influx of office tenants.

28. Bakery Development Closer to Inking Influx of Office Tenants -

After receiving a 20-year tax incentive from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. this week, one of the most ambitious projects to come out of the Memphis Medical District in recent memory is one step closer to repopulating the Edge District with an influx of office tenants.

29. Last Word: Megasite Prospect, Crosstown Opening Plans and New Chandler Numbers -

Tennessee is pursuing the new $1.6 billion assembly plant Toyota and Mazda announced just last week to turn out 300,000 vehicles a year and there is that regional megasite in nearby Haywood County that isn’t being used. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to add the joint facility to the state’s auto industry.

30. $73M Mixed-Use Bakery Development Clears First Hurdle -

Development Services Group’s $73 million plan to breathe new life into a 10-acre swath of the Memphis Medical District has taken its first public step toward becoming a reality.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved the developer’s request for a 20-year tax incentive to help offset construction costs for the ambitious project.

31. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold for $27.9 million, marking a new chapter for a property that was built just last year.

32. Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant -

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

A group of investors spearheaded by Chisca Hotel Developers – Development Services Group – has submitted a $73 million plan to create 286 upscale multifamily units, a 480-space parking garage and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space.

33. Wonder Bread Factory Rebirth Eyed by Chisca Hotel Developer -

A new plan submitted to city officials would breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread factory that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

34. Edge Alley Sets Opening Date -

Edge Alley, the Medical District’s new coffee house/micro-retail incubator, has officially set an opening date – Wednesday, July 26, at 7 a.m.

In addition to offering food, coffee and much-needed common space to the Medical District’s Edge neighborhood, the Edge Alley – located at 600 Monroe Ave. next to High Cotton Brewing Co. – will house four roughly 225-square-foot micro-retail bays with the intention of helping the fledgling businesses transition into a large site.

35. July 14-20, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2015: Former President Bill Clinton is in Memphis to speak at funeral services for Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The day before, Bailey lies in state at the National Civil Rights Museum, which he helped found.

36. Last Word: Beale on Beale, The City Council and 1968 and Dr. David Stern on UTHSC -

The city’s Beale Street Task Force is going to have its next meeting on Beale Street and City Council chairman Berlin Boyd reminded council members Tuesday that if they join the task force on Beale to remember that it is Saturday night at 11 p.m. – not 11 a.m., a more normal hour for such proceedings.

37. Edge Alley Names 1st Micro-Retail Tenants -

Even though the focus in the Memphis Medical District is often on incremental development, one of the neighborhood’s more unique projects is about to take a big step forward. Edge Alley, the Medical District’s mixed-use coffeehouse/micro-retail incubator concept, has formalized its inaugural lineup of tenants and expects to set a grand opening date soon.

38. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Victory Blues,” a winner of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 7, through July 30 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

39. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Whet Thursday: Young Professionals on Thursday, July 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Enjoy the museum and grounds for free while networking with other young professionals and enjoying food trucks and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

40. Events -

Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza is Tuesday, July 4, at Municipal Park on Exeter Road. Activities starting at 5 p.m. include live music, games, moon bounces, train rides and crafts, followed by fireworks at 9:10 p.m. Concessions available for purchase. No pets allowed. For more information, call the Germantown Parks and Recreation office at 901-757-7375.

41. Events -

Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza will take place Monday, July 3, at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, located at Appling Road and U.S. 70. Events start at 6 p.m. and include a car display, children’s activities, live music by the Bartlett Community Concert Band (6:30 p.m.) and Jamie Baker & the VIPs (7:45 p.m.), and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Visit cityofbartlett.org for details.

42. Levitt Shell Seeks to Use Shipping Containers -

The Levitt Shell could be getting a new look in the coming months. Representatives from the popular Overton Park concert venue have applied for a conditional use permit with the Shelby County Board of Adjustment to add repurposed shipping containers to be used as a permanent retail structure.

43. For Memphis AD Bowen, Knowledge is Also Worry -

Among the items on Tom Bowen’s desk are a miniature University of Memphis football helmet and a Tubby Smith bobblehead that, I swear, gives off a “don’t worry, be happy” vibe.

44. WMC to Air Tigers’ Sept. 23 Game vs. Southern Illinois -

The University of Memphis non-conference football game on September 23 against Southern Illinois has been picked up by Raycom and will air on WMC in Memphis at 7 p.m.

This is the eighth game of the 12-game regular season that has been picked up for television. The game will also stream on ESPN3 for fans outside of the Memphis viewing area and will be carried on KFVS-CVS in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

45. WMC to Air Tigers’ Sept. 23 Game vs. Southern Illinois -

The University of Memphis non-conference football game on Sept. 23 against Southern Illinois has been picked up by Raycom and will air on WMC in Memphis at 7 p.m.

This is the eighth game of the 12-game regular season that has been picked up for television. The game will also stream on ESPN3 for fans outside of the Memphis viewing area and will be carried on KFVS-CVS in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

46. Freewheel Wraps Up Successful 2nd Season -

After capping off a successful second season, slow-ride bicycle program Freewheel has announced its final results.

In total, 265 cyclists representing 44 ZIP codes cumulatively covered 1,530 miles burning roughly 61,200 calories, according to the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Downtown Memphis Commission co-sponsored program.

47. Freewheel Wraps Up Successful 2nd Season -

After capping off a successful second season, slow-ride bicycle program Freewheel has announced its final results.

In total, 265 cyclists representing 44 ZIP codes cumulatively covered 1,530 miles burning roughly 61,200 calories, according to the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Downtown Memphis Commission co-sponsored program.

48. Events -

Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe will present “Unseen City,” written and directed by Alex Skitolsky with choreography by Kimberly Baker, Friday, June 9, through June 24 at 2085 Monroe Ave. Tickets (cash only) are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 901-274-1000 to make reservations; visit ourownvoice.org for more information.

49. Events -

A Teach901 Job Fair Will Take Place Thursday, June 8, From 6 P.m. To 8 P.m. At The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More Than Memphis-Area 30 School Operators Will Be Recruiting For A Range Of Positions In Public, Charter And Parochial Schools. Visit Teach901.Com For Details And Registration.

50. Seven Memphis Football Games to Air on TV in 2017 -

Seven games on the 2017 Memphis football schedule have been selected by the American Athletic Conference’s television partners, including one game on ABC, two on ESPN, one on ESPN2, one on ESPNews and two on CBSSN.

51. Seven Memphis Football Games to Air on TV in 2017 -

Seven games on the 2017 Memphis football schedule have been selected by the American Athletic Conference’s television partners, including one game on ABC, two on ESPN, one on ESPN2, one on ESPNews and two on CBSSN.

52. New City & State Location Highlights Medical District Upswing -

Come next spring, the Broad Avenue Arts District coffee and retail venture City & State is expanding to the Memphis Medical District.

Co-owner Lisa Toro said she and her husband, Luis, had always planned to take the concept beyond Broad Avenue, it was just a matter of figuring out what area represented the best fit. Turns out the Medical District – where City & State has signed a letter of intent for 3,500 square feet at 421 Monroe Ave. – checked that box.

53. Last Word: Sticker Shock Questions, Council Day Recap and Mueller's Move -

It’s not the final vote on the county property tax rate. But Monday’s acceptance by the Shelby County Commission of the state-certified property tax rate is an important insight into how the state and local governments get together on setting a tax rate that takes into account changes in overall property values from the countywide property reappraisal to set a tax rate that produces the same amount of revenue as the current rate.

54. City & State Plans Location in Memphis Medical District -

A new City & State location is coming to the Medical District next year, with the planned opening roughly coinciding with the three-year anniversary of the combination coffee and retail venture that first opened in the Broad Avenue Arts District in early 2015.

55. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Phillip Kemp of Reed and Associates will present “Get a Life, Get a Property Manager – What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

56. Events -

Agape North will hold a pop-up shop style party Tuesday, May 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its office, 2132 West St. The party will feature food trucks, live music, live screen-printing and outdoor games, plus the cause-based clothing company will reveal new apparel, including a design inspired by Maya Clark, a Collegiate School of Memphis student and the winner of Agape North’s first T-shirt design contest. Visit agapenorth.com.

57. Events -

Agape North will hold a pop-up shop style party Tuesday, May 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its office, 2132 West St. The party will feature food trucks, live music, live screen-printing and outdoor games, plus the cause-based clothing company will reveal new apparel, including a design inspired by Maya Clark, a Collegiate School of Memphis student and the winner of Agape North’s first T-shirt design contest. Visit agapenorth.com.

58. Events -

The Memphis Air Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, at Memphis-Millington Airport, 8101 Hornet Ave. Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with flying performances from noon to 4:30 p.m. Featured performances include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Leap Frogs, an Air Force F-16 Viper demonstration, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet demonstration teams, the Shockwave Jet Truck and more. Visit memphisairshow.org for details and tickets.

59. Medical District Slow Rides Offer Unique Perspective of City -

Despite cloudy skies and a chilly drizzle, a few dozen cyclists ranging in age from 9 to 70 huddled Wednesday, May 3, near two red shipping containers on Monroe Avenue.

They were waiting on bike leader Sara Studdard to finish wrapping up the last bits of paperwork before heading off on their weekly adventure through the Memphis Medical District.

60. Plans for Boutique South Main Hotel Move Ahead -

A new South Main restaurant, an up-and-coming boutique hotel brand and a Medical District mixed-use development all got the green light from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board Wednesday, May 3.

61. Freewheel Goes Full Circle For Its Second Season -

Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow-ride bicycle program, is returning for a second season beginning April 19.

The rides, which will take place every Wednesday for six consecutive weeks, provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike and learn more about the medical district’s new and existing hidden treasures.

62. Freewheel Comes Full Circle For Its Second Season -

Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow-ride bicycle program, is returning for a second season beginning Wednesday, April 19.

The rides, which will take place every Wednesday for six consecutive weeks, provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike and learn more about the medical district’s new and existing hidden treasures.

63. Freewheel Comes Full-Circle for Second Season -

Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow ride bicycle program announced it’s returning for a second season which begins on April 19.

The rides, which will take place every Wednesday for six consecutive weeks, provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike and learn more about the Medical District’s new and existing hidden treasures.

64. Varsity Spirit Raises $4.2M for St. Jude -

For the sixth consecutive year, members of 10 U.S. high school cheerleading and dance squads who raised the most funds for the "Team Up For St. Jude Spirited By Varsity" campaign were invited to visit the hospital.

65. 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.

66. 901 Popper Throwdown Taking Place Saturday -

The group behind the Best Memphis Burger Fest is behind a new signature food event, the 901 Popper Throwdown, happening Saturday, March 25, at High Cotton Brewing Co. The free, family-friendly event will feature jalapeno popper cook-offs, a jalapeno-eating competition, live music, and High Cotton brews.

67. Events -

The second series of Memphis 3.0 public meetings kicks off with three meetings this week:
• Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.: Oakhaven High School, 3125 Ladbrook Road
• Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.: Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St.
• Thursday, March 30, 5:30 p.m.: Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St.
The comprehensive planning team will share research that has been conducted since the first set of rallies, which generated more than 10,000 comments, and seek input on specific topics to help shape priorities and goals. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule of April meetings.

68. Events -

A Second Series Of Memphis 3.0 Public Meetings Begins Saturday, March 25, At 10 A.m. At Oakhaven High School, 3125 Ladbrook Road. The Comprehensive Planning Team Will Share Research That Has Been Conducted Since The First Set Of Rallies, Which Generated More Than 10,000 Comments, And Help Shape Priorities And Goals For Memphis 3.0’S Vision. Visit Memphis3point0.Com For Details And A Schedule.

69. Memphis Football Profile Growing, Norvell Says -

The biggest brand on the 2017 University of Memphis football schedule is UCLA. The Bruins come to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16. And as a name brand, it’s an opportunity for the Tigers with recruits.

70. 901 Popper Throwdown Taking Place Saturday -

The group behind the Best Memphis Burger Fest is behind a new signature food event, the 901 Popper Throwdown, happening Saturday, March 25, at High Cotton Brewing Co. The free, family-friendly event will feature jalapeno popper cook-offs, a jalapeno-eating competition, live music, and High Cotton brews.

71. List of the 138 JC Penney Stores That are Closing -

J.C. Penney on Friday released a list of the 138 locations that will close in the coming months as part of its plan to cut costs. Most are located within malls or shopping centers. Liquidation sales will start at the closing stores on April 17, and most stores will be shut by mid-June, the company said.

72. Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone -

Butch Jones is about to embark on his most crucial of five seasons as Tennessee’s football coach, and it begins with spring practices starting Tuesday, March 21.

Jones is coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons capped by bowl wins, but has fallen short of the SEC East Division title both years. He was the preseason favorite to win the East in 2016, and the previous year had a team with potential to win the division.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. Events -

Party at the Plaza, a kickoff party for a yearlong art installation by Cat Peña, will be held Thursday, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the plaza at 600 Monroe Ave. (at Marshall Avenue). Hosted by the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, The Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission, the party will include live music by John Paul Keith, beer from High Cotton Brewing, and more. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

77. March 3-9, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1892: Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart were taken from their jail cell and killed by a white mob in a lynching that prompted Ida B. Wells, a Memphis schoolteacher and friend of one of the men, to condemn it in the Free Speech newspaper under the pen name Iola. An angry mob ransacked the newspaper offices while Wells was out of the city. It was the beginning of Wells' international crusade to call attention to lynchings. She never returned to Memphis.

78. Last Word: Arnold's in the Alley, Haslam's Gas Tax Bill Wins A Round and Hershey -

A busy day in the City Hall list saga. The list is a lot shorter, but there is a second lawsuit over this in Memphis Federal Court. And the list itself seems to be giving way to a controversy that is all about whether police were unlawfully following and tracking protesters who broke no laws.

79. 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.

80. Haslam Names Rolfe as Commissioner of Economic Development -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Nashville businessman Bob Rolfe as the new commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

81. Tigers Football Team Has 7 Homes Games in 2017 -

The 2017 University of Memphis football schedule is highlighted by seven home games, including a Saturday, Sept. 16, visit from the UCLA Bruins.

The season starts on the Thursday night before Labor Day, on Aug. 31, against Louisiana-Monroe at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

82. Tigers 2017 Football Season Features 7 Homes Games -

The 2017 University of Memphis football schedule is highlighted by seven home games, including a Saturday, Sept. 16, visit from the UCLA Bruins.

The season starts on the Thursday night before Labor Day, on Aug. 31, against Louisiana-Monroe at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

83. Edge District Employing Micro Concept to Stir Retail Offerings -

Successful rehabilitation projects in the city’s core like Broad Avenue, Crosstown and Overton Square have demonstrated the impact innovative ideas can have on struggling neighborhoods, but fine-tuning the right approach for each neighborhood is far from a perfect science.

84. Last Word: Little Chairs in Longview, Police Pay Raise and Tiger Football Schedule -

The toys are in their cubbyholes. No stray Legos yet. The little chairs tucked neatly under little tables. The tall trees with their bare branches are much in need of little eyes inspecting their twisted branches and the shadows they make on the winter ground.

85. You Gotta Have Heart: UT’s 2017 Recruiting Class -

Butch Jones did it again. The Tennessee football coach gave opponents press conference fodder with another one-liner while putting his spin on the Vols’ 2017 signing class.

It happened a day after the Feb. 1 National Signing Day when UT’s class was rated No. 17 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings.

86. 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.

87. Memphis Law Firm Changes its Name -

Memphis-based law firm McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC has added a name to its shingle. The new name – McNabb, Bragorgos, Burgess and Sorin PLLC – reflects two members of the firm: Richard E. Sorin, who has been with the law practice since its inception in 2002, and Marc A. Sorin, Richard’s brother, who joined the firm in 2010.

88. 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.

89. Memphis Law Firm Changes its Name -

Memphis-based law firm McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC has added a name to its shingle. The new name – McNabb, Bragorgos, Burgess and Sorin PLLC – reflects two members of the firm: Richard E. Sorin, who has been with the law practice since its inception in 2002, and Marc A. Sorin, Richard’s brother, who joined the firm in 2010.

90. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 5, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. A roundtable of airline, car and hotel providers will discuss what programs are available, how to qualify, the process for getting started and how to adjust and grow. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org. 

91. Memphis' Newest Doggie Daycare Offers Downtown Pets a Place to Play -

There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.

While the roughly 25,000 people who live in and around Downtown still have scenic spaces like Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River Greenbelt to walk their pets, many residents don’t have their own yard where their pets can run free without a leash.

92. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

93. Events -

Beale Street will host a free concert by blues legend Bobby Rush and his Girls and newly signed Stax recording artists Southern Avenue at its annual New Year’s Eve party Saturday, Dec. 31. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Beale and Fourth Street; the annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop and fireworks start at midnight. Visit bealestreet.com.

94. Events -

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700 for tickets.

95. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

96. Cordova’s Future LA Fitness Site Sells for $2.4M -

LA Fitness is one step closer to opening a Cordova location.

Insomnia Inc., the company owned by former topless-club operator Steve Cooper, sold two parcels near its former restaurant/nightclub on Fischer Steel Road to Orlando, Florida-based National Retail Properties Inc. for $2.4 million, according to a Dec. 20 warranty deed. The same day as the sale, Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International LLC, signed a lease with National Retail Properties for the property.

97. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present the musical “Annie” through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tickets. 

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Lance Walker of Walker Auctions will present “Buying and Selling With Auctions.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

98. 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.

99. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will present “Lighting the Way,” its 18th anniversary and holiday celebration, Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Crescent Club Founders Room, 6075 Poplar Ave. Guest speakers include Jozelle Booker, MLGW’s Supplier Diversity Program administrator and procurement and contracts manager and Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer. Tickets are $15. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

100. 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.