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1. Last Word: Singletary to Memphis, County Budget Notes and Buying NIN Tickets -

It’s not a done deal yet. But there is at least the framework of a plan for the city’s tallest building. The city has signed a letter of intent with the current owners to convert the 100 North Main Building to a convention center hotel with retail, meeting space and a parking garage with a timeline to have this built and open for business by the end of 2022 – two years after the $175 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center is to be completed.

2. Alliance Football to Announce Memphis Coach Thursday -

Memphis recently joined Atlanta and Orlando as an entry in the new Alliance of American Football, which will kick off next February and play a 12-week schedule.

While former NFL receiver Hines Ward will be part of the new pro football enterprise as player relations executive and J.K. McKay will be vice president of alliance operations, the league to this point has only two announced coaches: former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will guide the Orlando team and former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress will be coach of the Atlanta club.

3. 3D Realty Plans to Bring Additional Mixed-Use Communities to Memphis -

Fresh off the Shelby County Board of Adjustment’s April 25 unanimous vote to advance 3D Realty’s mixed-use community underneath the iconic Broad Avenue water tower, James Maclin says the company doesn’t intend on slowing down anytime soon.

4. Turner Career Program Seeks To Boost Construction Manpower -

Chris Boyce is a happy man. The South Memphis resident is gainfully employed in a trade he never envisioned while he worked for years performing railroad maintenance around the area.

5. McCann Launches Nonprofit Eating Disorders Association -

Teri Hardister McCann, founder and executive director of Fairhaven Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, has launched the Mid-South Eating Disorders Association, a nonprofit organization for treatment providers seeking to build community, access educational opportunities, and build awareness of treatment options for eating disorders. McCann serves as the founding president of MSEDA.

6. Council and Commission Talk Pre-K and Workforce Development -

When 20 of the 26 Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners got together Thursday, March 1, at Beale Street Landing, the idea of county government providing funds to expand access to prekindergarten got resistance on the county side.

7. Council and Commission Talk Pre-K and Workforce By The River -

When 20 of the 26 Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners got together Thursday, March 1, at Beale Street Landing, the idea of some kind of county government funding for expanding access to pre-kindergarten ran into some resistance on the county side.

8. Not Your Father’s Office Building -

2017 was a big year for Clark Tower, with more than $9 million in physical improvements. But perhaps one of the biggest changes to the 34-story East Memphis office tower, located at 5100 Poplar Ave., is a change in perception.

9. Weaver Joins Paragon Bank As Senior Loan Officer -

Steve Weaver has been appointed senior vice president, senior loan officer, at Paragon Bank. He brings with him more than 27 years’ experience in the banking industry, most recently at Simmons Bank, where he served as Southwest Tennessee market president and spearheaded the institution’s entry into the Memphis market in 2013.

10. Memphis a Hot Bed for High-Demand Jobs -

Each year the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee puts together its Labor and Education Alignment Program report detailing which jobs are most in demand statewide and for each of the state’s nine economic and community development regions.

11. Impact America Offering Free Tax Prep Services -

Impact America - Tennessee is again providing free tax preparation services for working families in the Memphis area in partnership with Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, the Junior League of Memphis, Graduate Memphis, the South Memphis Alliance and JUICE Orange Mound.

12. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

13. Free Tax Preparation Services Offered by Impact America -

Impact America - Tennessee is again providing free tax preparation services for working families in the Memphis area in partnership with Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, the Junior League of Memphis, Graduate Memphis, the South Memphis Alliance and JUICE Orange Mound.

14. We’re No. 1! -

While tax law changes have some worried about the impact on charitable giving in 2018, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president Robert Fockler points to Memphis’s historical standing as a generous city and his foundation’s own growth as reasons he is not worried as the calendar flips to a new year.

15. Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder -

Attorney William Allen Wooten has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, working in the firm’s Memphis office as well as its new location at the current Wooten Law Firm in Covington, Tennessee.

16. New Task Force Focused on Mental Health Response After Disasters -

The Shelby County Health Department, working with several community partners, has assembled a first-of-its-kind volunteer task force in Tennessee that will respond to behavioral and mental health challenges after mass-casualty disasters.

17. Events -

Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host its “Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength” national conference Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. The conference, held in partnership with the Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium and the Common Table Health Alliance, will convene national experts, survivors and caregivers for a weekend of information, yoga and support. Limited walk-up registrations available. Visit lbbc.org for details.

18. Events -

Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host its “Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength” national conference Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. The conference, held in partnership with the Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium and the Common Table Health Alliance, will convene national experts, survivors and caregivers for a weekend of information, yoga and support. Limited walk-up registrations available. Visit lbbc.org for details.

19. Events -

The fourth annual Taste of Cooper-Young will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m. on the street in front of First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St. The event will feature tastings at a dozen popular Cooper-Young restaurants, a silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets are $50. Visit tasteofcooperyoung.org.

20. Events -

The 2017 Senior Safari, hosted by the Professional Network on Aging, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. The day will feature free zoo admission for individuals 55 and older; free parking and tram rides; live entertainment; and information on healthy living, financial planning, housing, insurance and more. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

21. Volunteers Needed For Project Homeless Connect -

Community Alliance for the Homeless Inc. is seeking volunteers across Memphis and Shelby County to help during Project Homeless Connect – Memphis, taking place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

22. Volunteers Needed For Project Homeless Connect -

Community Alliance for the Homeless Inc. is seeking volunteers across Memphis and Shelby County to help during Project Homeless Connect – Memphis, taking place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

23. Soulsville Gateway Has 2nd Site -

The South Memphis Alliance is about to close on a 52,923-square-foot warehouse on South Bellevue at Walker Street, the second part of a hard-fought gateway to the Soulsville area that has been in the works for the past five years.

24. Financial Services Firm Inks Deal At Clark Tower -

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

25. New Tenant to Take 23rd Floor of Clark Tower -

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

26. Wonder Bread Garage Gets OK From Parking Authority -

The Downtown Parking Authority has given its approval to the 481-space parking garage connected to the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment, paving the way for developers PGK Properties to seek final approval from the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission.

27. Downtown Partnership Looks to Breathe New Life into an Old Underpass -

There’s no denying that the railroad underpass on G.E. Patterson Avenue has seen better days. However, a proposed partnership between the Downtown Memphis Commission and the South End Improvement Alliance hopes to change that.

28. The Week Ahead: Aug. 14-20 -

Hello, Memphis! School was the big opening last week, but this week it’s the majestic Crosstown Concourse, the 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Cleveland Street at North Parkway. It is hosting a six-hour extravaganza of tours, music, food and the arts. Check out the details, plus more Elvis Week events and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead...

29. Dean Named CEO Of Nonprofit Alliance -

The board of directors of The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence has unanimously voted to name Kevin Dean as permanent CEO. Dean has served as the alliance’s interim CEO since February. More than 100 qualified professionals from across the country applied and were considered.

30. Dean Named Permanent CEO Of Nonprofit Alliance -

The board of directors of The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence has unanimously voted to name Kevin Dean as permanent CEO. Dean has served as the alliance’s interim CEO since February.

31. Last Word: Kustoff at Rotary, Royal's Vibe and The Terms of MEMPOWER -

The investment group that renovated the Chisca resurfaced Tuesday evening with a plan for the Wonder Bread factory, vacant for the last four years. But don’t look for a return of the bread smell to the Edge area. And if you look at what has started to happen in that particular corridor since Wonder Bread shut down, the mixed-use plan has some precedent. Throw in the move to sell The Commercial Appeal property just a few blocks away and if the economy remains this good, the transformation in this area could be radical in another four years.

32. Bad Leadership or Politics? Motlow President’s Fall -

One day he was the golden boy, touting Motlow State’s success and posing with the governor for the signing of the Reconnect Act. The next, seemingly, he was gone with the wind.

At least publicly, everything was grand as Anthony “Tony” Kinkel helped Gov. Bill Haslam meet his Drive to 55 effort to put certificates or degrees in the hands of half of Tennessee adults by 2025. With limited space and resources, Kinkel pushed the Tennessee Promise scholarship at Motlow, the state’s fastest-growing community college, bolstering student retention, graduation and fundraising.

33. Former St. Francis CEO Now Teaching at CBU -

Dave Archer has never followed a prearranged plan for his career. The former CEO of St. Francis Hospital has always taken the next step, whatever that next step is, on faith.

34. Events -

Common Table Health Alliance will hold its inaugural annual meeting and Community Improvement Gala Tuesday, May 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. A panel of four local experts will address the theme “The Community Impact of Social Determinants on Women’s Health in Memphis, TN,” followed by a call to action by actress Lynn Whitfield. General admission starts at $100. Visit commontablehealth.org for details.

35. Events -

Germantown Community Library will hold an Estate Planning Basics workshop Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at 1925 Exeter Road. Explore the fundamentals of successful estate planning from Lansky Law Firm. Pre-registration required; call 901-757-7323.

36. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the four-legged-friendly Dog Day at the Garden Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enter contests, keep cool in the Hot Diggity Dog Kiddie Pool and visit the Doggie Expo for resources on raising a happy, healthy pup. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers at the gate. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

37. Hamilton Named Development Director At Wolf River Conservancy -

Kelsey Hamilton has been promoted to director of development at the Wolf River Conservancy. Hamilton joined the conservancy in October 2014 as associate director of development.

In her new role, she works to ensure that fundraising goals are met at the conservancy, an accredited land trust that has protected over 16,000 acres of the Wolf River watershed since its founding in 1985. Specifically, she oversees annual giving, membership, corporate giving and events, and works alongside chief development officer Barbara Kabakoff to assist with the capital campaign for the Wolf River Greenway project.

38. EDGE Board Approves Two PILOTs, GMACW Merger -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, April 19, granted tax abatements for a pair of companies with capital investment plans totaling $34 million and approved a resolution that allows the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce to merge into EDGE.

39. 3 Women to be Honored at Legends Luncheon -

Three women who have made huge contributions to local women and families will be honored at the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

40. Last Word: Signs of Life in San Antonio, Steel & Rice and Marco Pave's Rap Opera -

The Grizz were down 19 to the Spurs at the end of the first half in Monday’s game two of the NBA playoff’s opening round – 26 earlier in the game -- and had it down to four at the point in the fourth quarter when Grit & Grind came back to life. It was a short if eventful and promising return to life with the Spurs winning 96 – 82. Game 3 Wednesday at the Forum. And Tigers basketball is well into an eventful off-season of Snapchat moments and “junior college” signings.

41. GMACW May Become Part of EDGE -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce would become part of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization in a proposal the EDGE board is to vote on Wednesday, April 19.

GMACW was created three years ago as part of a regional economic development plan and its efforts have include the “MemphisWorks” app of job listings and videos as well as job resumes that was launched late last year. The alliance has also explored the idea of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, also known as P-Tech schools that extend high school for two years beyond the senior year and offer college-level courses starting in the 10th grade for college credit.

42. GMACW To Merge With EDGE -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce would become part of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization in a proposal the EDGE board is to vote on Wednesday, April 19.

GMACW was created three years ago as part of a regional economic development plan and its efforts have include the “MemphisWorks” apps of job listings and videos as well as job resumes with interaction between the two groups that was launched late last year. The alliance has also explored the idea of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, also known as P-Tech schools that extend high school for two years beyond the senior year and offer college level courses starting in the 10th grade for college credit.

43. RegionSmart Gets City Lover Peter Kageyama -

Renowned author and lover of cities Peter Kageyama will be speak at this year’s RegionSmart Summit, which is the second annual gathering of Mid-South mayors and civic leaders to discuss future workforce development, transportation and land use in the area.

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

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

45. Dean Brings Business Focus to Nonprofit Alliance as Interim CEO -

In 1995 when Nancy McGee became executive director of what is now known as the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, it was just a small grant-writing center. It grew into a holistic nonprofit support organization that offers management services to more than 200 members.

46. Evans Brings Precision, Experience To Chairmanship of TVA Board -

Lynn Evans is precise, a trait that comes with being a certified public accountant and the owner of her own accounting and consulting firm. It also works well with her path to becoming the new chairwoman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

47. Dean to Replace McGee As CEO of Nonprofit Alliance -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization, but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April.

48. Last Word: De-Annexation Theories, Clash on School Vouchers and Garth & Trisha -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration come up with some surprises in de-annexation recommendations to the city task force on the issue. The three most recently annexed areas of Memphis were considered likely to be in the recommendations. Although the indication last year was that this would take a lot of discussion before someone actually wrote that on a Power Point presentation at City Hall. Not only did Strickland do that – he also included four other areas.

49. McGee Retiring, Dean Named CEO of Nonprofit Alliance -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization, but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April.

50. Last Word: Travel Ban Protest, Other Trump React and Sierra Club Goes To Court -

Grizz over the Nuggets in Denver Wednesday 119-99. The Tigers play USF in Tampa Thursday.

Another big crowd for a Memphis march, the second in less than two weeks including the Memphis Women’s March. The Wednesday march, focused on President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban order, was smaller than that, but still sizeable and diverse.

51. Nonprofit Alliance CEO Nancy McGee Retiring -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April of this year.

52. Nonprofit Alliance CEO Nancy McGee Retiring -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization but will remain with The Alliance as CEO emeritus through April of this year.

53. Fenter Leaving GMACW For Marion -

The leader of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce is leaving the local workforce development effort to become superintendent of the Marion School District in Arkansas.

Glen Fenter’s resignation to take the superintendent’s position was confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 31, by GMACW. Fenter was named superintendent of Marion Schools Jan. 17, pending approval of the Marion School Board, after he was recommended by a search firm.

54. Last Word: The Borders of Violence, Guilty Verdict and Blue Suede Security -

Whenever there is a shooting of or near school children, one of the first things that happens once the police have investigated is detailing exactly where the incident happened – specifically whether it was actually on school property or near school property.

55. Fenter Leaving GMACW for Marion Schools Post -

The leader of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce is leaving the local workforce development effort to become superintendent of the Marion School District in Arkansas.

56. Proposal to Limit Trucks’ Speed On US Roadways Closer to Becoming Law -

A proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would require speed limiters on all heavy-duty trucks traveling on U.S. roadways might finally become law this year after more than a decade in the works.

57. Smaller Friday March Draws 200 -

A group of 200 people marched Friday, Jan. 20, from Robert Church Park near Beale Street to the Civic Center Plaza in what some organizers called an “anti-racist, pro-immigration, pro-tolerance” demonstration.

58. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

In any given year, charitable giving might rise or fall. But when the Chronical of Philanthropy analyzed the giving of the country’s 50 largest cities via Internal Revenue Service data, it captured a larger sample size: 2006 through 2012.

59. Infectious Disease Specialist Blatz Joins Resurrection Health -

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Blatz recently joined the staff of Resurrection Health. In his new role, Blatz provides expert consultation on a variety of infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently he is focusing on providing HIV and hepatitis C care as well as teaching Resurrection’s family medicine resident physicians. 

60. Daniels Rejoins Mahaffey Tent As Director of Operations -

John “Jack” Daniels has rejoined Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals as director of operations, a role he has previously held. Daniels brings more than 20 years of experience in event planning and operations. He most recently was a service manager at NES Rentals’ Cordova and Memphis branches. He also currently owns EventOps, an event company that specializes in corporate events and managing event budgets.

61. Last Word: The Day After Big River, Freedom Awards Shift and Tubby & Fiz -

Once the ribbons were cut, the speeches made and all of the players on both sides of the river were thanked, Sunday was the day those who put the Big River Crossing project in motion waited for to see what the public’s verdict would be on the boardwalk crossing the Mississippi River.

62. With New Hire, Broad Avenue Arts Alliance Hits Milestone -

Broad Avenue has in recent years gone from a stretch of empty storefronts broken up by isolated businesses to a vibrant commercial district complete with abundant foot traffic and visitors making frequent trips to coffee shops, restaurants and galleries.

63. City Council Vote to Focus On Highland Strip Project -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 18, on an economic impact plan for the Highland Strip area that sets the stage for the tax increment financing district to finance infrastructure changes in the private development hot spot.

64. The Week Ahead: October 17-23 -

This will be a historic week for Memphis, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 22, when a boardwalk across the Harahan Bridge opens to the public that will give Memphians and visitors alike an intimate experience with the Mighty Mississippi. The Big River Crossing also will link Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas, and provide bicycle enthusiasts miles of trails along the river levee that will be unique in the world. There’s only one Mississippi River, the world’s second-largest inland waterway, and there’s only one Memphis! This crossing will be an unmatched amenity for the city for years to come.   

65. Broad Avenue Alliance Hires Executive Director -

Continued growth in the Broad Avenue District since its revival about a decade ago has prompted the Broad Avenue Arts Alliance to hire an executive director.

Katie McWeeney Powell, a consistent volunteer at events in the district who has business and marketing experience, was chosen for the new post.

66. Last Word: Pot Action In Memphis and Nashville, Izakaya and Wake Up Man -

A big night in Nashville and Memphis for the issue of marijuana decriminalization. An ordinance to allow cops to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than half an ounce of pot won final approval by the Metro Nashville Council hours after the Memphis City Council approved second of three readings of a similar ordinance. The Memphis action sets the stage for a final vote at City Hall on this come October 4.

67. FedEx Training Geared Toward Safer Roads Worldwide -

On Aug. 23, representatives from 16 international Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) flocked to FedEx Corp.’s Memphis headquarters as part of a state-of-the-art leadership training program.

68. CyberYard Taps Market For High-Tech Recycling, Preserves Environment -

For the past 15 years, TheCyberYard.com Inc. has done its part to keep the rapidly growing mountain of cyber and packaging waste from going into a landfill or being shipped to dumps in developing nations.

69. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

70. Common Table Names New CEO, Board Chairman -

The executive committee of the Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) board of directors has announced that Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris will serve as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Reggie Crenshaw is now serving as board chairman.

71. Kevin Dean Leaves Legacy at Literacy Mid-South for ‘New Adventure’ -

After five years of leading the charge for building a stronger community of skilled readers, Thursday, June 30, is Kevin Dean’s last day as executive director of Literacy Mid-South. He leaves behind a legacy of milestones he orchestrated for the nonprofit organization, which aims to provide literary resources to all backgrounds and ages.

72. 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.

73. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

74. Adults Not Helping Childhood Obesity Turn Corner Very Quickly -

Richard Hamburg does not pretend that there is a cure-all for childhood obesity, that just a little exercise will make things all better, that just a few policy changes or improvements in school lunch programs (which is happening), or a reduction of “food deserts” will solve the whole problem.

75. Mid-South Mayors Don’t See Barriers In Regionalism -

It took the Mississippi River’s devastating flood in 2011 for Mid-South leaders to consider greater collaboration among the area’s 10 counties and three states.

Mid-South mayors came together to plot their way out of disaster, and that convening set the stage for a formal alliance, the Mid-South Mayors’ Council.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. Last Word: Pro Day, Hardwood Patios in C-Y and Memphis' Contested Convention -

It was a windy Pro Day Wednesday at the University of Memphis for Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. And if the wind wasn’t for you, you could watch Lynch work out for NFL teams and their representatives on the NFL network.
Don Wade was there to watch in person.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team -

Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.

82. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

83. Events -

The Peabody will kick off the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and its tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 27, at 149 Union Ave. Events begin with the 11 a.m. Duck March. Local choirs will sing throughout the day, and Santa and his elves will arrive after the 5 p.m. Duck March to pass out candy and light the Peabody Christmas tree. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

84. Events -

The Peabody will kick off the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and its tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 27, at 149 Union Ave. Events begin with the 11 a.m. Duck March. Local choirs will sing throughout the day, and Santa and his elves will arrive after the 5 p.m. Duck March to pass out candy and light the Peabody Christmas tree. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

85. Memphis Leader Gains Regional Recognition -

Dr. Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, was recently lauded by Southern Business & Development magazine.

The regional publication named Fenter as one of its 2015 Persons of the Year for his contributions to workforce development in the Mid-South. As leader of GMAC Workforce, Fenter is working to create a pipeline of skilled workers by aligning K-12 and higher education programs with employer needs in the Memphis region. 

86. Workforce Leader Glen Fenter Gains Regional Recognition -

Dr. Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, was recently lauded by Southern Business & Development magazine.

The regional publication named Fenter as one of its 2015 Persons of the Year for his contributions to workforce development in the Mid-South.

87. New Website for Memphis Workforce Alliance -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce has launched a new website, gmacw.com.

The site will function as a resource for employers to connect with skilled workers and for workers to find training programs. It also will keep the public up to date with the GMAC Workforce’s impact.

88. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Oct. 18 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

89. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story in Memphis Election -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

90. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

91. Third-Party Ads Attacking Wharton, Strickland Surface -

An Alexandria, Va., political action committee is behind an attack ad targeting incumbent A C Wharton in the upcoming Memphis mayor's race.

The Neighborhood Alliance PAC, which formed a month ago, isn’t endorsing any candidate in the Oct. 8 elections, but it has turned out some yard signs and other literature built around the format of a report card that gives Wharton failing grades.

92. Workforce Alliance CEO Hosts Teacher Tour -

Dr. Glen Fenter made a presentation to 51 Shelby County technical career teachers who toured Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, Ark., on Friday, Sept. 18.

The instructors were there for a district learning day to see the college’s nationally recognized dual enrollment programs. Among the points Fenter, the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce’s CEO, made is that only 11 percent of employers believe college graduates have skills that employers need.

93. Craft Brew Alliance Comes to Blues City Brewery -

This year, some 100,000 barrels of Craft Brew Alliance products will be produced at the Blues City Brewery in South Memphis in the second year of a five-year agreement between CBA and Blues City’s parent company, City Brewing Co., out of Lacrosse, Wis.

94. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

95. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

96. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

97. Komen Memphis-MidSouth To Distribute $510K -

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is awarding $510,030 of community grants to 10 programs that provide breast cancer services in the Mid-South.

The group presents the awards Tuesday, June 9, at a 5 p.m. reception at AutoZone Park.

98. Komen Memphis-MidSouth to Distribute $510,030 in Grants -

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is awarding $510,030 of community grants to 10 programs that provide breast cancer services in the Mid-South.

The group presents the awards Tuesday, June 9, at a 5 p.m. reception at AutoZone Park.

99. Mississippi's West to Lead West Memphis College Campus -

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – The woman who was in line to be executive director of Mississippi's community colleges will instead take the reins of a community college in Arkansas.

The Arkansas State University System announced Friday that Debra West will become chancellor of its West Memphis campus on Aug. 1. Formerly Mid-South Community College, the 1,800-student institution will become Arkansas State University Mid-South on July 1 pending approval by the Arkansas Higher Learning Commission later this month.

100. LaVeist to Keynote Common Table Health Alliance Fundraiser -

There have been other projects – going back many years – that explored the impact of health disparities in the United States.

But as Common Table Health Alliance CEO Renee S. Frazier notes, the disparities still exist. So there is reason for a new project such as the documentary “The Skin You’re In.” It’s the work of Thomas LaVeist, who is director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.