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1. Last Word: The Return of Chiwawa, Mud Island's Dilemma and A Good Map -

Chiwawa is back. But don’t call it a doughnut shop. And the owner says it won’t be called Chiwawa either. We presume it will still proclaim that Midtown is Memphis.

2. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

3. Late Flights Cause Airport Drama -

The turbulence is real as we slowly descend into Providence, Rhode Island.

I wasn’t planning to descend into Providence, but it’s funny how air travel can throw a wrench into well-hatched plans.

4. Colleges Announced for Pell 'Dual Enrollment' Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer.

5. The Week Ahead: May 16-22 -

With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

6. Wal-Mart Sharpens Amazon Attack With 2-Day Delivery Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack on Amazon.com.

The world's largest retailer is trimming its free-shipping pilot program to two days from a three, and it's cutting a dollar off the membership price. Membership is now be $49 per year.

7. Haves, Have-Nots Get Varied Tax Relief -

Amid the rancor of bathroom and counseling bills, two major pieces of legislation slipped through the General Assembly this session with hardly a peep – elimination of the Hall tax and a partial revitalization of property tax relief for seniors and disabled veterans.

8. Penney to Expand Major Appliances to Half of Its Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney says it will start to sell major appliances online and expand its rollout of the category to nearly 500 stores, or almost half of its stores, this summer.

The move comes after a successful test of offering major appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators in 22 markets in February. Penney got out of the major appliance business more than 30 years ago.

9. Memphis Musician Loan Program Awards First Loan -

Memphis musician and Beale Street fixture Eric Hughes is finishing his latest album with help from a non-traditional source.

10. $5.5 Billion Company Stakes Headquarters in Memphis -

Three packaging companies are combining to create a $5.5 billion conglomerate that will locate its headquarters in Memphis.

Evergreen Packaging's consolidated global headquarters will create 70 jobs with an average salary of $176,283 and nearly $1 million in capital investment.

11. Wal-Mart Brings Back Greeters at the Store Door -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart.

The nation's largest retailer says in a blog post this week that it's bringing back door greeters to a majority of its more than 5,000 stores by mid-summer to improve customer service. For the remainder of the stores, which have had problems with theft, Wal-Mart will position a "customer host," who will not only greet customers but also check receipts to prevent shoplifting.

12. Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’ -

Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.

13. Jimmy Haslam Loses Round in Deposition Fight -

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a step closer to having to answer questions about fraud at the Tennessee-based truck stop chain where he is president and CEO.

14. Memphis Health & Ed Board Can Resume Issuing Bonds -

The Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board is back in business. In a letter sent Wednesday, April 20, Tennessee Housing and Development Agency executive director Ralph Perrey told the Health & Ed board that it may immediately resume issuing bonds.

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

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

16. Grizzlies, NBA Preparing for Start of Jersey Sponsorship Era -

Everyone understands what corporate clutter looks like. It’s the NASCAR driver’s racing suit, cap and car, where it seems every square inch has been sold off to sponsors and the athlete becomes part Ricky Bobby.

17. EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes -

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.

At its April 20 meeting, EDGE board chairman Al Bright appointed a committee to evaluate a proposed Fast Track PILOT and hammer out its policies and procedures.

18. Insure Tennessee: In Like A Lion, Out With A Committee -

What started with a roar is ending with a whimper.

On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, dozens of Insure Tennessee supporters rallied, shouted and sang songs outside the House chamber.

19. State Lifts Memphis Health & Ed Board Bond Moratorium -

The Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board is back in business.

In a letter sent Wednesday, April 20, Tennessee Housing and Development Agency executive director Ralph Perrey told the Health & Ed board that it may immediately resume issuing bonds.

20. Browns Owner Haslam Fighting Deposition Order in Civil Suit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is fighting a court order for him to testify in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

21. Michigan Urges Toughest Lead Rules in U.S. After Flint Crisis -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan that Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts unveiled Friday in the wake of Flint's water crisis.

22. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

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

23. Last Word: The Zoo's Proposal, Health and Ed In Limbo and Annexation's Effect -

A busy weekend on several fronts not the least of which was Overton Park and the Greensward controversy.
The Greensward itself was pretty subdued on a chilly Saturday.
The action was to be found in an email the zoo sent out Saturday making some proposals and offering some thoughts on the traffic and parking study the Overton Park Conservancy released last week.
Here is our summary
of what the zoo is offering in what may be a new effort in the public discussion.
Of course, the private discussion which is the mediation effort continues. But it sounds like some of the mediation discussions may be finding their way into the public discussion.
The public discussion has been sporadically active but very muted so far. For instance there has been talk before of zoo parking on the eastern side of the park in what until recently was a city maintenance yard.
The proposal by the zoo was shot down pretty quickly because it included running a tram through the Old Forest.
But there are some scenarios that wouldn’t take such a tram through the Old Forest.
The zoo email from Saturday isn’t specific on how the folks who would park at the maintenance yard would get from there to the zoo.
Presumably that is grounds for some type of discussion.

24. Experts Caution Self-Driving Cars Aren't Ready for Roads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval.

25. Time for Strunk to Become Titans' Most Valuable Player -

Quick question about the Titans: Who has the most to prove?

Is it Mike Mularkey, a two-time loser as a head coach?

Is it Jon Robinson, a first-time general manager?

26. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

27. Longtime TennCare Director Darin Gordon Retiring in June -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – TennCare Director Darin Gordon, who spearheaded Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's unsuccessful Insure Tennessee proposal, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down after 10 years in charge of the state's expanded Medicaid program.

28. Republic Settles Delta Lawsuit Over Canceled Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. will drop a lawsuit against Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and provide $75 million in credit to help Republic rebuild under bankruptcy protection.

29. Proponents of Insure TN Enlist Billboards in Fight -

An effort to put pressure on the Tennessee General Assembly to consider Insure Tennessee has made its way to billboards across the state, including three in Shelby County.

The billboards are meant to pressure Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, to use her “political clout” to send Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal through the House.

30. Uber Balks at Rules Proposed by World's Busiest Airport -

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta's airport – the world's busiest – and Los Angeles officials want to force Uber drivers to get fingerprint-based background checks to pick up passengers, but the ride-hailing service is balking.

31. Sweetening the Pot -

The role of the private and public sectors in growing minority wealth came to a head at the March 16 board meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

EDGE says that requiring companies that are receiving tax breaks to contract with minority- and women-owned companies makes for good public policy.

32. Evergreen Packaging, Hollywood Feed Make Big HQ Moves -

At its March 16 meeting, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine Board approved tax incentives for two companies, creating 101 jobs and $8.1 million in local tax revenue.

A payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive went to Evergreen Packaging Inc., making Memphis the site of a global headquarters for a company with $5 billion in annual revenue.

33. More Memphis Neighborhoods Vying for Ioby Funds -

When ioby launched in Memphis in 2014, it brought with it the mantra that things occurring in our backyards in city neighborhoods are precisely what’s desirable.

Brooklyn-based ioby helps a community’s residents take good ideas and turn them into actual neighborhood change. More than $450,000 has been raised on ioby in Memphis for projects around town with the idea that people who live and work in neighborhoods are the ones who best know the needs. Ioby provides the online tool and offline resources to help communities make change through simple projects.

34. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

35. Pilot Faces Suit Over Industry Practice of Credit Card Holds -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Tennessee residents are suing the nation's largest diesel retailer over holds placed on their credit cards when they swiped at the pump, but an industry representative says the banks are really to blame.

36. Pentagon Seeks a Few Good Computer Hackers to Test Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon is looking for a few good computer hackers.

Screened high-tech specialists will be brought in to try to breach the Defense Department's public Internet pages in a pilot program aimed at finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

37. TransLoc Needs Beta Testers For Memphis Rider App -

Transportation technology firm TransLoc is recruiting beta testers the TransLoc Rider with Uber app that’s being piloted by Memphis Area Transit Authority.

MATA is one of two agencies to pilot the updated app, which lets users plot the optimal route to their destination, including a combination of public transit, Uber and walking. If a trip includes Uber, users can hail and book the ride with one click.

38. TransLoc Needs Beta Testers For Memphis Rider App -

Transportation technology firm TransLoc is recruiting beta testers the TransLoc Rider with Uber app that’s being piloted by Memphis Area Transit Authority.

MATA is one of two agencies to pilot the updated app, which lets users plot the optimal route to their destination, including a combination of public transit, Uber and walking. If a trip includes Uber, users can hail and book the ride with one click.

39. Last Word: The Trade, Hardaway-Todd Grudge Match and Tomato Aspic -

Jeff Green leaves the Grizzlies for the Clippers and Lance Stephenson leaves the Clippers for the Grizzlies.
That was the trade at the NBA’s Thursday afternoon deadline that caused much of Thursday’s deadline buzz as well as lots of social media reaction.
Some of the reaction was tempered by the other part, a protected lottery pick for the Grizz as well.

40. EDGE Finds Local Business Gains From PILOT Awards -

In a Feb. 2 letter, Councilman Berlin Boyd called for EDGE to put a three-month delay on granting tax breaks and increase transparency about the investment that companies receiving tax breaks have made in the local minority- and women-owned business community.

41. Last Word: 901Fest, First Tennessee Sues Pinnacle and EDGE Responds -

U of M Tigers 73 – UCF Knights 56 at FedExForum and on ESPN Wednesday evening.

As that was underway, Vice President Joe Biden was on his way out of the Memphis area after a visit to the Norfolk Southern intermodal facility in Rossville.
Here’s the basic web story account from Wednesday evening of Biden’s visit which comes on the seventh anniversary of the enactment of the federal stimulus act.
More on the larger themes in the visit and three-city tour by Biden in the print version that hits online Thursday afternoon.

42. I-Team Veteran Takes Reins Of Innovate Memphis -

Two years ago, when Justin Entzminger found a job that combined his background in entrepreneurship with his dedication to the public realm, he jumped at the chance to join the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team.

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

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

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

44. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

45. School Voucher Bill Stalls in House Amid Flagging Support -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a school voucher program stalled in the House on Thursday despite efforts to drum up support among wary rural lawmakers by limiting the areas of Tennessee where parents could receive state money to pay for private school tuition.

46. Ex-Exec of Haslam-Owned Chain Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The former president of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to defraud customers.

47. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension Design -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

48. Murphy Joins Paragon’s Aircraft Lending -

Ronald Murphy has joined Paragon Bank as vice president, aircraft lending. Murphy – who worked at Paragon from 2005 to 2008 as senior vice president, aircraft lending – will originate and service aircraft loans for the bank by developing relationships with dealers, brokers and end users of business aircraft.

49. Roland Passes on 8th Congressional District Run, Sticks With Mayor in 2018 -

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland will not be running in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District in August.

50. FAA: More Registered Drone Operators Than Licensed Pilots -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are licensed pilots.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 licensed pilots of manned aircraft.

51. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

52. Councilman Boyd Calls For PILOT Moratorium -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd is calling for a three-month moratorium on any new tax breaks through the Economic Development Growth Engine to come up with a local business participation program.

53. Save-A-Lot to Anchor New Sam Cooper Shopping Center -

Southeast Corner of Sam Cooper
Boulevard and Tillman Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Save-A-Lot

Size: 16,300 square feet

Tenant’s Agent: Frank Dyer, Loeb Realty Group

54. Save-A-Lot to Anchor Binghampton Retail Center -

Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

55. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

56. MATA ‘Thinking Outside the Bus’ to Overcome Funding Shortfall -

To accommodate for a chronic budget shortfall, the Memphis Area Transit Authority said that it has to start “thinking outside the bus.”

In January, Memphis was announced as one of the pilot partners of a new app that coordinates public transit with private Uber cars.

57. Editorial: Not Even One Percent -

The new figure is 0.83 percent.

That is the percentage of Memphis’ total business revenue that is earned by African-American establishments – a sad fact in a city where 63 percent of residents are African-American and 56 percent of businesses are black-owned.

58. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

59. Last Word: A Turn Away From Mud Island, Capitol Hill Soap & Collierville Keeps FedEx -

Sometimes you get another story when you are pursuing a different story.

In this case, the quest was a simple one. Get a good basic idea of what the five companies interested in redeveloping Mud Island River Park are telling the Riverfront Development Corp. of their still-forming plans.
While going through the submissions, we had a talk with RDC president Benny Lendermon about the process and the interview moved pretty effortlessly into the Pyramid’s relationship to Mud Island.
It’s a natural follow-up given the history of past efforts to link up the two landmarks on different sides of the city harbor and the decidedly mixed results of those attempts. I might have been charitable there in describing the results as mixed.
That context led to a discussion about how the Pyramid is faring eight months into Bass Pro Shops' long-term lease in the reconfigured Pyramid.
When Lendermon said, “This probably isn’t a politically correct thing to say,” the interview turned topics and we followed it.
The result is, I think, at least something to consider and probably pretty provocative.
Judge for yourself.

60. Collierville Board Grants FedEx Tax Break Extension -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year tax break for the FedEx World Technology Center during its Monday, Jan. 25, meeting.

FedEx will pay nearly $25.2 million over the period and will save about $75.5 million. As part of the retention PILOT agreement, FedEx will invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.

61. Save-A-Lot to Anchor Binghampton Retail Center -

Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

62. Xedo Launches Memphis Distribution Center -

After setting up its U.S. headquarters and a 240,000-square-foot distribution facility in Memphis, as well as lining up a local tax incentive package in late 2014, a tuxedo company with an online rental platform has started taking its first orders.

63. Allegiant Chief Operating Officer to Step Down -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The chief operating officer of Allegiant Air is resigning.

KTNV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/238oYOb) that 52-year-old Steve Harfts is leaving after serving in the position for about a year.

64. CCRFC Approves $1.7M For Convention Center Work -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved up to $1.7 million in revenue bonds Tuesday, Jan. 12, for Memphis Cook Convention Center improvements.

65. Council Members Settle In To New Assignments -

Memphis City Council members file the last of the paperwork Tuesday, Jan. 19, from the 2015 elections to put City Hall’s power transition on record.

Meanwhile, the six new members are learning on the job as they chair several committees following assignments by council chairman Kemp Conrad: Martavius Jones is chairman of the council audit committee; Patrice Robinson chairs the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division committee; Jamita Swearengen is chairwoman of the parks and neighborhoods committee; council member Philip Spinosa leads the personnel committee, usually the first committee session of the council day; Frank Colvett chairs the planning and zoning committee, which is the last session of the day before executive session; and Worth Morgan is chairman of the public safety committee.

66. The Grind -

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

67. CCRFC Approves $1.7M For Convention Center Work -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved up to $1.7 million in revenue bonds Tuesday, Jan. 12, for Memphis Cook Convention Center improvements.

68. Last Word: Legislature's Return, Uber Pilot, Minivan Comeback and Bowie's Exit -

The gavel falls in Nashville.
The Tennessee legislature is back in session Tuesday. This is an election year session for the legislature. So it will be short – likely an early April adjournment. But that doesn’t mean the session is without expectations from outside Nashville.

69. Memphis to Pilot Uber Transit App -

Memphis is one of two cities to roll out Uber’s latest technology: an app that incorporates the for-hire cars with public transit.

The distinct approach combines the Uber API with the TransLoc Rider app that the Memphis Area Transit Authority launched last year.

70. Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17 Million -

601 Wolf River Blvd.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $17 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015

71. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

72. Homewood Suites Proposed For Vance Area of South Main -

A six-story Homewood Suites hotel is the latest new development proposed in the South Main Historic District.

The application to the Land Use Control Board for the hotel at 139 Vance Ave., between Mulberry and Second streets, is from NPH Investments on a lot owned by Henry and Cheri Rudner. The proposed site sits two blocks north of the National Civil Rights Museum and three blocks south of FedExForum.

73. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

74. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

75. Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company -

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

Johnson Development Associates, Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties, LLC, has unloaded the Mall of Memphis land in a Dec. 29 warranty deed.

76. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

77. Deadly Shooting in Chattanooga Voted Top Story of 2015 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga has been voted the top Tennessee news story of 2015.

Muhammad Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire on a recruiting center and a reserve facility on July 16. The FBI recently described the attack as an act "inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist propaganda."

78. Nonprofit Mission Creep: Good or Bad? -

This is the first in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success. Happy New Year! We hope you are energized and ready to embrace a new year and new fundraising success.

79. Chinese Medicinal Herbs Provide Niche Market for US Farmers -

DELMAR, N.Y. (AP) – Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners.

80. Downtown Agency Looks to Tighten Up Hotel Tax Breaks -

To keep tourists flowing to Downtown, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. grants tax breaks, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentives, for hotel developers. Such readily available incentives have helped create a market with 15 hotels and 3,000 rooms in Downtown Memphis.

81. The Titans Will Be Sold. Soon. Here’s Why -

Anybody got a spare $2 billion lying around? If so, the Tennessee Titans could be yours. Despite statements to the contrary by Titans management, there is growing sentiment locally and around the NFL that the team soon will be available to the highest bidder.

82. CFGM Grants $220K To Group of 17 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has announced its latest round of grants, some $220,000 in “capacity building” funds for area nonprofits.

“These grants are for mature nonprofits,” said Ashley Harper, director of grants and initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “This is not startup funding. We feel like with our limited budget, this is a good niche for us.”

83. Collison Joins Kemmons Wilson Insurance -

Eric Collison has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as insurance sales manager. In his new role, Collison’s duties will include development and mentoring of the current and new sales force, marketing campaigns and initiatives, developing and fostering carrier relationships, and identifying new profitable areas for growth within the agency.

84. Sarah Cronk Brings 'Sparkling' Nonprofit Resume to Varsity Spirit, Memphis -

Sarah Cronk is 22 years old and a recent graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She’s also new to the Bluff City, making the move to Memphis in September to begin a career in marketing at Varsity Spirit.

85. Memphis Slim Collaboratory Launching Loan Program for Musicians -

The Memphis Slim Collaboratory, also known as "Slim House," is launching a pilot music loan program.

The pilot will be administered by River City Capital Investment, the lending arm of Community LIFT. It will lend musicians funds for touring, recording and merchandise, and the program, in its pilot phase, will deploy $25,000 from now through next May to artists across Memphis’ music spectrum.

86. Wal-Mart to Launch Own Mobile Pay System -

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.

87. Memphis Slim Collaboratory Launching Loan Program for Musicians -

The Memphis Slim Collaboratory, also known as "Slim House," is launching a pilot music loan program.

The pilot will be administered by River City Capital Investment, the lending arm of Community LIFT. It will lend musicians funds for touring, recording and merchandise, and the program, in its pilot phase, will deploy $25,000 from now through next May to artists across Memphis’ music spectrum.

88. Memphis, North Mississippi Competition Raises Questions -

When leaders of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine didn’t grant developers a $24 million tax abatement to build an industrial park on the site of the former Mall of Memphis, some saw it as more kindling for competition between the industrial markets of North Mississippi and Southeast Shelby County.

89. AC Glenn Committed to Drones, and to Memphis -

Aviation is in AC Glenn’s blood.

One of his childhood mentors was a Tuskegee airman, and his father, Albert Glenn, was one of the first African-American pilots hired by FedEx Corp. who currently serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.

90. LEDIC Plans Drone Flight School, Security Program -

LEDIC president and CEO Pierce Ledbetter is making a big bet on drones.

The Memphis-based company’s new $10.2 million headquarters will house the area’s only drone flight school intended to certify operators in the newly forming commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle marketplace. It also will include a drone manufacturing facility.

91. Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date -

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Linkous Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for Ikea’s Memphis project, which is set for a groundbreaking next month and a fall 2016 opening.

92. Everyone Loves Same-Day Delivery, Until They Have to Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it?

That's the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. They want to offer customers the near-instant gratification that usually only comes with shopping in stores or via apps like Uber and Seamless. But the logistics and costs of same-day delivery — the fuel, labor, infrastructure and other costs — has been a difficult challenge to surmount.

93. Google’s Challenge Accepted -

When Google offered its “Little Box Challenge” to the scientific world about a year ago – asking inventors to make the smallest, most efficient two-kilowatt inverter possible – Daniel Costinett was intrigued.

94. DunAn to Open Manufacturing Facility in Memphis -

A Chinese company has selected Memphis to be its first manufacturing site in the U.S., bringing more than 100 jobs and $4.2 million in local taxes.

At a Wednesday, Nov. 18, meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine, the board approved an eight-year abatement in property taxes for DunAn Precision Inc. The tax break amounts to a total savings of $2.1 million.

95. Ikea PILOT Extension Approved -

Nearly 10 months after the Memphis-Shelby County Development Growth Engine approved tax breaks for Ikea, it returned to the board with a new plan.

The Swedish retail giant requested EDGE extend its property tax abatement by 11 months to make up for a dispute over the property tax appraisal on the Cordova land.

96. LEDIC’s High-Tech HQ To Be LEED Certified -

LEDIC’s new East Memphis headquarters will aim for a LEED-certified silver status and bring high-speed fiber optic Internet to the area, according to documents recently submitted to the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

97. Ikea PILOT Compromise Surfaces -

Ikea executives are proposing a compromise to the standoff over the tax appraisal value of the Cordova land where they plan to build a 270,000-square-foot store.

The proposal would extend the term of its property tax abatement.

98. EPA, Memphis Partner for Lead Paint Program -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formed a partnership with the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments for a pilot program to address lead-based paint issues in the community.

Memphis is the first community for the EPA to launch the initiative in its eight-state Southeastern Region 4. The year-long pilot program will address the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and preschools built before 1978 become certified. In addition to EPA certification, those firms also must use certified renovators who have received EPA-approved training and follow lead-safe work practices.

99. TruGreen Adds Sprinkler Repair Division -

TruGreen has added a new division and is getting into the irrigation business.

TruGreen piloted the new offering when it purchased Memphis-based Rainman Irrigation in 2013. With the pilot phase complete, Rainman by TruGreen will now be known as TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance.

100. TruGreen Adds Sprinkler Repair Divison -

TruGreen has added a new division and is getting into the irrigation business.

TruGreen piloted the new offering when it purchased Memphis-based Rainman Irrigation in 2013. With the pilot phase complete, Rainman by TruGreen will now be known as TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance.