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1. Germantown Police Promotes Captain -

The Germantown Police Department has promoted Lt. Nick Godwin to the rank of captain. Godwin was chosen from a pool of 11 Germantown Police lieutenants to replace outgoing Capt. Mike Griffus, who retired after 30 years of service to the city.

2. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

The bank is funding a loan pool of $500,000 intended to help with the purchase of low-cost homes that might otherwise go unoccupied.

3. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

4. Personalized IRS Letters Nudge Uninsured to Get Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman.

The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them that they could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines under the federal health care law if they don't sign up soon through HealthCare.gov. It's an unusual role for a revenue-collection agency.

5. Define Your Giving Priorities in 2017 -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. As 2016 came to a close there was an avalanche of well-crafted requests to give to nonprofits. These came in the U.S. mail and via email. They were on TV, radio, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere!

6. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

7. Americans Have Good Shot to Ace Memphis Open -

This year’s Memphis Open field includes three Americans ranked in the top 35, two former past champions, and the certainty that Japan’s Kei Nishikori will not win a fifth straight title.

8. Mortgage Rates, Home Sales and Prices Seen Rising in 2017 -

Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year.

His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher prices.

9. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

10. Setting Financial Priorities in Your 50s and Beyond -

Ray’s Take Every phase of life has its challenges – financial and otherwise. Your education gives way to career, which is often followed by marriage and children. Next comes educating those children. It would be great if all of these phases were managed and balanced as we pass through them, but most of us have a few detours along the way. 

11. Wolf River Greenway’s Epping Way Segment Moves Toward May Opening -

The only trace of Berry Brooks’ Epping Way clubhouse and recreation area is a pair of wooden gabled stone posts across the curb cut and gravel entrance at the end of a Raleigh cul de sac.

The clubhouse and its parking lot just beyond the entrance on a hilltop that is still a verdant green days away from winter is long gone. A slim border, perhaps of a swimming pool, appears intermittently. The nine tennis courts are now a duck pond near the 20-acre lake that remains the centerpiece of the property.

12. 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.

13. Tourists Stream Back to Gatlinburg, But Rebuilding Looms -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors jammed the main roads and sidewalks in Gatlinburg as the tourism city reopened to the public Friday for the first time since wildfires killed 14 people.

14. US Employers Post Fewer Jobs, Though Openings Stay Healthy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers posted fewer jobs in October than the previous month, but job openings are still at a mostly healthy level that points to steady hiring ahead.

Job openings slipped 1.8 percent to 5.5 million, the Labor Department said Wednesday . Hiring also fell to just under 5.1 million, while the number of people quitting declined to about 3 million.

15. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

16. Trump Taps Former Campaign Rival Carson as Housing Secretary -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

17. Palazzolo Says Germantown Maximizing Commercial Development Where it Can -

Just a few years ago, Germantown leaders were worried. Sales tax revenues were down in the recession and the city had annexed the last of its reserve area.

Looking back on it, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo admits it was a challenge. The perspective has changed as the recession has lifted.

18. Two Hotel Projects Top Council Agenda -

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

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

19. Coaching Group 'Concerned' Over Lack of Minority Hires -

A group representing and advocating for minority coaches in college sports said Wednesday it was concerned that the football hiring season will pass without a single minority candidate filling an open position.

20. Dollar General Key Sales Figure Falls As Store Traffic Drops -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General put up weak earnings numbers for the third quarter in an environment that has largely favored bargain stores, with so many people still looking to cut costs where they can.

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

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

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

22. Property Where Johnny, June Cash Lived Up for Sale -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The famous Tennessee lakeside property where Johnny and June Carter Cash spent much of their 35-year marriage has been listed for sale.

23. St. Jude Planning Renovation Of Tri Delta Place -

350 N. Third St.

Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $3.5 million

Application Date: November 2016

24. Guest House at Graceland Earns Four Diamond Rating -

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

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

25. Health Care Expert: '100 Percent Certainty' Things Will Change -

It’s way too soon to tell. That’s the message Group Benefits LLC has sent to clients in response to phone calls and messages that were pouring in after Donald Trump’s surprise win in the presidential election.

26. Developer Wins Approval For Downtown Aloft Hotel -

Mississippi-based Vibrant Hotels Inc. is one step closer to developing a new full-scale hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis after its special use permit was approved by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 10.

27. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

28. Expanding Care -

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

29. $47 Billion Offer to Create World's Biggest Tobacco Company -

LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades.

30. Resetting the Bar -

David Fizdale is a first-time NBA head coach. Tubby Smith is a college coach with a Hall-of-Fame resume.

In Memphis, on the eve of the 2016-2017 NBA and college basketball seasons, they also share this in common: They are leaders that are worlds apart from their most immediate predecessors. Their mere presence, before the season even tips off, has changed the hopes, dreams and expectations for the city’s hoops fans.

31. Driving Into Western Ovens -

Sitting next to the pool at Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip I couldn’t help but laugh at all the times I’ve heard people say “Oh, but it’s a dry heat” when talking about summers in Las Vegas.

32. Logistical Nightmare -

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

33. BlueCross Dropping ACA Coverage in Memphis Area -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is dropping its Affordable Care Act marketplace plan coverage in three major regions of the state, including Memphis, pointing to losses of nearly $500 million on such plans by the end of 2016.

34. Behind Health Law's 'Growing Pains,' More Serious Problems? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama told insurers this week his health care overhaul has had some growing pains. But with premiums rising and marquee insurers bailing, could the real diagnosis be "failure to thrive?"

35. Retirement Readiness – Positive Planning -

Ray’s Take At varying levels, most of us acknowledge that retirement planning is something that deserves some consideration. The challenge comes in the midst of day-to-day problems and distractions. We can lose focus or may not have a good grasp of what our focus is. It makes an often-difficult task even harder.

36. St. Jude Graduate School Seeks Applicants -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is another step closer to launching its new on-campus biomedical sciences graduate school, with the window for applications from potential students now open.

37. No Quick Fix in State Health Insurance Issue -

State Rep. Ron Travis is perplexed.

On one hand, the Republican from Dayton is concerned with escalating premiums for Tennesseans participating in the insurance marketplace, worried costs are increasing to the point people simply can’t afford health insurance.

38. Start Planning for 2017 In These Four Areas -

It’s not too soon to start thinking about how you’re going to make 2017 a success for your company. Here are four areas that are essential to the sales and marketing performance of your business.

39. Indie Memphis Partners With FedEx Institute -

The FedEx Institute of Technology is launching the 2017 Film Innovation Challenge, a contest open to filmmakers across the country that highlights the latest advances in technology innovation.

Contestants are invited to submit films between five and 10 minutes long in one of two categories: Film Innovation and Technical Innovation. Each category is designed to push the limits of how film can incorporate emerging technologies, both as subject matter and as technical development. The Film Innovation Challenge festival highlighting the finalists will be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on Jan. 19.

40. County Commission OKs Gravel Mine Expansion -

Shelby County Commissioners unanimously approved Monday, Aug. 29, an expansion of the Standard Construction Co. Inc. gravel mining operation on Godwin Road in northeast Shelby County. The commission vote followed a delay earlier this month in Standard’s application for a special use permit.

41. Events -

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, presented by the Center for Southern Folklore, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include live music on four outdoor stages and two stages inside the Center for Southern Folklore, 119 and 123 S. Main St.; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; and more. Admission is free. Visit southernfolklore.com.

42. US Productivity Down in Spring, While Labor Costs Rise -

U.S. productivity fell in the April-June quarter by a larger amount than first estimated, while labor costs accelerated sharply.

Productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.6 percent, even worse than the 0.5 percent drop initially reported, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It marked the third straight quarter that productivity has fallen.

43. Events -

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, presented by the Center for Southern Folklore, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include live music on six stages, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit southernfolklore.com.

44. Events -

Choose 901 will host a 901 Day celebration Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. The evening will feature food and Memphis-themed drinks for purchase, a live music showcase, local vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit choose901.com.

45. County Commission Approves Gravel Mine Expansion -

Shelby County Commissioners unanimously approved Monday, Aug. 29, an expansion of the Standard Construction Co. Inc. gravel mining operation on Godwin Road in northeast Shelby County. The commission vote followed a delay earlier this month in Standard’s application for a special use permit.

46. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present the Sales & Use Tax workshop Thursday, Sept. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

47. The Importance of Honesty -

Recent events have brought this very basic idea back to the surface. Honesty should be a critical part of each of our professional and personal brands. Building and maintaining trusting relationships is such an important piece of a successful career.

48. Luttrell Has "Concern" About Charter Referendum On County Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the Nov. 8 elections that would give them the final say if the county mayor moves to fire the county attorney.

But before the vote Monday, Aug. 29, by commissioners, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell indicated he might veto the referendum, saying he has a “concern” about what would be a limit on the power of mayors with the proposed amendment to the Shelby County charter.

49. Luttrell Has "Concern" About Charter Referendum On County Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the Nov. 8 elections that would give them the final say if the county mayor moves to fire the county attorney.

But before the vote Monday, Aug. 29, by commissioners, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell indicated he might veto the referendum, saying he has a “concern” about what would be a limit on the power of mayors with the proposed amendment to the Shelby County charter.

50. FedEx Institute Partners With Indie Memphis for Film Tech Contest -

The FedEx Institute of Technology is launching the 2017 Film Innovation Challenge, a contest open to filmmakers across the country that highlights the latest advances in technology innovation.

Contestants are invited to submit films between five and 10 minutes long in one of two categories: Film Innovation and Technical Innovation. Each category is designed to push the limits of how film can incorporate emerging technologies, both as subject matter and as technical development. The Film Innovation Challenge festival highlighting the finalists will be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on Jan. 19.

51. Beale Authority Eliminates Two Potential Managers -

As Brian Saulsberry’s DSG Group was being ruled out from a role in a renovated Mid-South Coliseum at City Hall Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority dropped DSG from consideration to be the day-to-day manager of the entertainment district.

52. Construction Begins On Lamar Avenue Hotel -

Sean Radford Construction recently filed a $1.5 million building permit for construction of a new hotel at 2876 Lamar Ave.

53. The World at your Doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

54. DMC Continues to Adorn Downtown with Events, Art -

A two-block alley will be the latest site for a Downtown art gallery. The Downtown Memphis Commission plans to install up to 10 different art projects along Barboro Alley, which stretches from Second Street to Front Street.

55. Construction Begins On Lamar Avenue Hotel -

Sean Radford Construction recently filed a $1.5 million building permit for construction of a new hotel at 2876 Lamar Ave.

56. Beale Tourism Authority Eliminates 2 Firms as Potential Managers -

As Brian Saulsberry’s DSG Group was being ruled out from a role in a renovated Mid-South Coliseum at City Hall Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority dropped DSG from consideration to be the day-to-day manager of the entertainment district.

57. SCS Board To Vote on Crosstown High Charter Application -

Shelby County Schools board members vote Tuesday, Aug. 23, at a special school board meeting on a proposed Crosstown High charter school in the Crosstown Concourse development.

And the SCS administration is recommending the school board approve the application along with those of four other charter schools and deny charter applications from three other charter organizations.

58. Whitehaven’s Big Week Moves Needle on Long-Held Development Plans -

The land has been cleared for quite a while where apartment complexes once stood and a big back parking lot was. You can see parts of it from the steps of Graceland.

On Monday, Aug. 15, the day that Elvis fans mark the anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil, leaders of Elvis Presley Enterprises will announce more details of the $45 million, 200,000-square-foot Graceland West project.

59. Why Does Tennessee Start Its School Year So Dang Early? -

For almost all public school students in Tennessee, the dog days of August aren’t spent at the swimming pool or summer camp, but back at school.

Many Tennesseans remember school days when they returned to class on the first day after Labor Day. But beginning in the 1980s, the average start date has crept from early September to closer to July as districts search for ways to boost academic outcomes, as well as to address educational inequity.

60. Guest House at Graceland Touts Impact on Whitehaven -

Whitehaven’s Main Street – Elvis Presley Boulevard – is getting four new restaurants, meeting and conference space and a multi-purpose theater when the $90 million, 450-room Guest House at Graceland resort opens in late October.

61. Church Health YMCA Planned for Crosstown -

The YMCA will open its 11th Memphis-area branch in Crosstown Concourse in partnership with the Church Health Center.

“(The Church Health YMCA) is maybe one of the most exciting things we have done, said Keith Johnson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South.

62. Olympians Suit Up in High-Tech Apparel to Shave Seconds -

NEW YORK (AP) – When seconds count, the right clothing matters.

For the Rio Olympics, Nike used 3-D printing technology to develop small silicone protrusions for redirecting air flow around the runner. Body scanners helped Adidas design suits to keep swimmers in ideal form. Swiss cycling specialist Assos turned to wind tunnels to craft custom, form-fitting suits for the U.S. cycling team.

63. City Appealing Court Order Requiring Vendor To Reveal All Candidates for Police Director -

The city of Memphis is appealing a Chancery Court order issued Friday, July 29, requiring it or the International Association of Chiefs of Police to make public everyone who applied for the job of Memphis Police director.

64. Court Rules Police Director Applicants List Must Be Made Public -

The city of Memphis and the International Association of Chiefs of Police have been ordered to make public the names of everyone who applied this summer for the job of Memphis Police director.

Chancellor Walter Evans ruled Friday, July 29, in the lawsuit filed by The Commercial Appeal against the city of Memphis and the IACP. The IACP fielded the applications for the city and then sent a list of six finalists it recommended to Mayor Jim Strickland.

65. Memphis Symposium Aims to Connect MWBEs With Opportunities -

In an effort to increase transparency in public spending, The city of Memphis will put department heads in conversation with minority- and women-owned businesses as part of the inaugural We Mean Business symposium.

66. Ioby Starts Campaign For Overton Park Intersection -

Ioby (In Our Backyards), a nonprofit civic crowd-resourcing platform, is kicking off its second annual “Trick Out My Trip” campaign in Memphis Monday, July 25, to address transportation challenges.

67. ‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’ -

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

Yes, it’s of a piece with the rest of the groundswell of redevelopment and commercial activity that’s transformed Broad into a people-packed arts, retail and restaurant scene. One of those hotspots along the street is the combination coffee shop and retailer City & State, the owners of which have signed a lease at 2657 Broad for their next venture.

68. Ioby Launching Campaign For Overton Park Intersection -

Ioby (In Our Backyards), a nonprofit civic crowd-resourcing platform, is kicking off its second annual “Trick Out My Trip” campaign in Memphis Monday, July 25, to address transportation challenges.

69. Oklahoma City Districts Worth A Visit -

Sitting under an umbrella at a little pizza joint in the Paseo Arts District it’s hard to imagine I’m in Oklahoma City.

With a locally brewed F5 Ale in hand, the ultra-hoppy beer feels more Pacific Northwest than American Heartland. But the scorching heat and hints of Southwest architecture places me in Oklahoma.

70. Changing of the Guard -

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

His earliest days in a country ravaged by civil war and the loss of a younger brother are part of the reason he eventually decided to pursue a career in medicine.

71. Consumer Group Releases Annual List of Dangerous Summer Toys -

BOSTON (AP) – Toy guns, kiddie pools, hoverboards and backyard trampolines are among the playthings that made a consumer watchdog's annual list of hazardous summer toys.

The Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., presented its annual report Tuesday at a children's hospital in Boston.

72. Google Offers New Way for Users to Manage Ads, Personal Data -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices.

73. Downtown Memphis Commission Creates Temporary Grant Program for Creatives -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is accepting applications for grants that will activate the street with creative meet-ups and art installations.

Up to $5,000 is available per grant for projects that bring about creative place-making and social and professional engagement.

74. Frayser Targeted as Pilot Area for Citywide Fight Against Blight -

Last week, a wrecking team demolished a single-family home in the Washington Heights neighborhood in South Memphis. The effort, organized by United Housing Inc. and backed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the first of its kind to take place.

75. First State-Backed Blight Demolition Completed -

The first demolition sponsored by the state’s Blight Elimination Program took place June 22.

Memphis-based United Housing Inc. sent a wrecking crew to 1370 Mississippi Blvd. to demolish an abandoned home and make way for a green space.

76. Women-Led Angel Investment Network Launches -

The husband-and-wife team behind the Broad Avenue retailer City & State – Lisa and Luis Toro – are preparing to open another business in the neighborhood, a diner-style restaurant at 2657 Broad.

77. US New-Home Sales Tumbled in May After a Surge in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans pulled back from buying new homes in May, reversing strong gains made in April as sales fell sharply in the Northeast and West.

New-home sales declined 6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 551,000 from a downwardly revised 586,000 in April, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Still, sales are 6.4 percent higher year-to-date. Job growth and ultra-low mortgage rates have helped drive the increase, though the data can be volatile from month to month and across regions.

78. Last Word: Lights, Camera, Demolition, Our Cautious Prosperity and City Hall Redux -

In south Memphis Wednesday, an old house on Mississippi Boulevard was demolished as part of a press conference to tout anti-blight measures in a city that has a lot of blight.

At times it seems like we have a different blight program for just about every blighted property.

79. Goal of Owning Home Still Strong, and 8 Other Housing Trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans still want to own homes – if they can afford to. That's the finding of a report being released Wednesday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies.

80. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

81. Lamar Avenue Grant Gets State’s Sole Focus -

The Lamar Avenue improvement project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction.

And if the state gets a $180 million federal grant in August, it could compress the timeline from a decade-long project to four or five years of construction. The state is currently acquiring rights of way.

82. First Fed-Backed Blight Demolition Takes Place in South Memphis -

The first demolition sponsored by the state’s Blight Elimination Program took place Wednesday, June 22. Memphis-based United Housing Inc. sent a wrecking crew to 1370 Mississippi Blvd. to demolish an abandoned home and make way for a green space.

83. State Applies for $180 Million Lamar Avenue Federal Grant -

The Lamar Avenue road project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction.

And if the state gets a $180 million federal grant in August, it could compress the timeline from a decade-long project to four or five years of construction. The state is currently acquiring rights of way.

84. Local, State Leaders to Make Lamar Avenue Announcement Tuesday -

The Lamar Avenue road project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction with a federal grant.

State and local leaders will gather in the heart of the busy freight corridor Tuesday, June 21, for a “major announcement.”

85. Online Tax Sale Begins Wednesday -

Shelby County government’s third online sale of tax-delinquent properties begins Wednesday, June 22, at 8 a.m. and runs through Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m.

The sale is one of four each year conducted by the Chancery Court clerk and master and the Shelby County Trustee’s office.

86. Loeb Properties Signs Spate of Leases -

Loeb Properties has released a slew of recent leases that fill vacancies from Overton Square to Germantown.

• CFY Catering will be the new operator for the The Atrium, an event venue at 2105 Madison Ave. in Overton Square. Owned by Kevin and Kristi Bush, CFY has another location at the Loeb Properties-owned Daybreak Shops in Bartlett. CFY’s lease begins July 1.

87. West Nile Virus Detected In Shelby County -

The first mosquito pool of the year positive for West Nile Virus has been found in the Whitehaven ZIP code, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

The Health Department confirmed the presence Friday, June 3.

88. West Nile Virus Detected in Shelby County -

The first mosquito pool of the year positive for West Nile Virus has been found in the Whitehaven ZIP code, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

The Health Department confirmed the presence Friday, June 3.

89. Editorial: Empowerment, Competition and Urgency -

The empowerment zone taking shape in six Whitehaven-area schools starting over the summer break may not work for every set of schools trying to improve.

In six years of historic change for public education in Shelby County, we’ve hopefully learned that no single, specific solution will work for every group of students.

90. Civil Rights Museum Highlights Lorraine Hotel’s Storied History -

The balcony is usually the part of the National Civil Rights Museum’s exterior that is the center of attention.

Visitors know the mid-20th century wrought iron railing and other features of the post-World War II Lorraine Motel’s motor court. It’s usually from pictures and videos of the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a second-story balcony outside room 306.

91. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

92. Downsize Your Expenses, Not Your Home -

Ray’s Take Millions of baby boomers are approaching, or have arrived at, retirement. Some may find themselves looking around their large homes where they raised their families and deciding they don’t need all that room anymore. The kids have grown up and moved out (maybe) and the money from a sale could really bulk up their retirement funds. It may also be time to consider a downstairs bedroom and other considerations for the next phase in life.

93. Whitehaven Empowerment Zone Begins To Take Shape -

Public education is a “noble profession,” Whitehaven High School principal Vincent Hunter told a group of 100 parents and teachers in the high school’s auditorium last week.

94. More Student Housing For University District -

3557 Mynders Ave. 
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017
Owner: 908 Group
Tenant: The Nine
Architect: BDG Architects
Details: A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.

95. Student Housing Tower Near U of M Moves Forward -

A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.

Montgomery Martin Contractors recently applied for a $15.5 million building permit for 3557 Mynders Ave. at the southwest corner of Brister Street.

96. Retail, Amenities Embellish Highland Row Development -

Highland Row, a mixed-use development sprawling across an entire block in the University of Memphis area, will see its first residents this summer.

Construction began in February on the three-building project located along Highland Street between Midland and Eastland avenues.

97. FedEx Launches Small Business Grant Contest -

FedEx Corp. has launched its fourth annual Small Business Grant Contest. Coming in at $100,000, the collective prize pool is the largest sum in the contest’s history.

98. Memphis Consultant Says Airport Area ‘Gone’ for Hotel Development -

One of the last remaining hotels near Memphis International Airport has sold in foreclosure for the second time in less than five years.

Chuck Pinkowski, a local hotel consultant with Pinkowski & Co., said that a multimillion-dollar renovation couldn’t save the Holiday Inn from a declining hotel market.

99. Crazy About Triathlons Or Just Crazy? -

Nikki Balderson is a 38-year-old wife and mother of three young children – ages 2, 5 and 7. So if you want to make her fit into a tidy little demographic profile, you can do that. From afar.

Up close? Not really who she is. Or more accurately, not only who she is.

100. Anticipating Summer Travel Season -

May technically is still the shoulder season, but it’s the start of my summer travel season.

In fact, I have three trips planned this month, not necessarily because the prices are better and crowds are smaller, although those two things are always nice about May travel. I’m visiting San Antonio, Baltimore and Minneapolis this month. The Texas heat won’t be scorching and a windbreaker might be necessary still in Minneapolis and Baltimore.