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1. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company continues its Shakespeare Shout-Out Series with a “free, fun and fast” performance of “Romeo and Juliet” Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 2:15 p.m. near the University of Memphis Theatre Building, 3475 Central Ave. Shakespeare’s classic tale of young love and mortal violence unfolds during a 90-minute performance that’s fast, physical and daring. Cost is free; no tickets needed. Shout-Out Series shows continue through Nov. 10. Visit tnshakespeare.org for a schedule.

2. Events -

Novel will host Rick DeStefanis for a discussion and signing of “Valley of the Purple Hearts,” the fourth novel in his “Vietnam War Stories” series, Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit novelmemphis.com.

3. Memphis Hosts 15th Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference returns to Memphis this week for the 15th time, bringing together venture capitalists and industry leaders from around the country to give them a “target-rich environment” in which to network and potentially make deals.

4. The Week Ahead: Oct. 16-22 -

Hey, Memphis! Fall is definitely in the air now, as the slate of festivals and fun outdoor activities continue to roll on in the Bluff City. The Memphis Grizzlies open their 2017-2018 season at FedExForum against Tony Allen’s new team and don’t be surprised if you start seeing some ghosts and goblins by this weekend.

5. Events -

Novel will host Curtis Wilkie and Thomas Oliphant for a discussion and signing of “The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign” Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit novelmemphis.com.

6. Events -

The National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, starting with a 5 p.m. red carpet event and 5:30 p.m. pre-show gala at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St., followed by the 7:30 p.m. award ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for tickets and info on this year’s honorees.

7. Events -

The 45th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13-15, in Audubon Park, at the corner of Perkins Road Extended and Southern Avenue. The largest juried arts and crafts show in the Mid-South features shopping, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and older, and $3 for children younger than 12. Advance discount tickets are available at the Pink Palace box office. Visit memphismuseums.org. 

8. CMT Changes Award Show Format After Vegas Shooting -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – CMT is forgoing formal award presentations during this year's Artists of the Year show and devoting the entire live show to "a night of hope and healing through the power of music" following a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

9. Last Word: 'Seismic Shift,' Mason Village and Running A Store From A Cloud -

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to drive through the old town part of Cordova near its one-time train station and see the potential. Now word of a new restaurant opening later this month in what is known as Farley House. The old town is an interesting mix of new development and old development including an iconic country Baptist church that not too long ago turned 100 years old. And then there is the trail head for the Shelby Farms Greenline that runs near the train station.

10. Trump’s Bluster Cascades Through State Politics -

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

“This is a really big moment for the Tennessee Republican Party,” with the Trump wing or far-right wing “firmly in control,” says Kent Syler, Middle Tennessee State University political science professor.

11. Events -

Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Shea Flinn, senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle, will address how the business community is bringing transformational change to Memphis. Visit pmimemphis.org for details.

12. Last Word: A Centennial, Corker Controversy Goes Wider and Ranked Choice Votes -

One of the most influential political figures in the city and state in the last half of the 20th century turned 100 years old MondayLewis Donelson, cofounder and senior counsel at Baker Donelson. A direct descendant of Andrew Jackson, the president from Tennessee who made the mold of the modern Democratic Party, Donelson started out, of course, as a Democrat. But by the 1950s was shaping the modern local and state Republican parties.

13. MATA Outlines Service Changes for December -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is considering a suspension of its Shelby Farms Park bus route until spring 2018 and an extension of its Appling Farms route to eliminate the Goodlett Ikea Way route that specifically serves the Ikea store in Cordova.

14. Monica Wharton Starts New Role As Methodist’s Chief Legal Officer -

When Monica Wharton came to the Glankler Brown law firm, she specialized in employment law. She was good at it.

15. UT QBs, Receivers, Coaches Struggling So Far -

Tennessee’s football players are on fall break this weekend during the open date. You’ve got to wonder how many players fifth-year UT coach Butch Jones will get back after the break.

Fallout from last Saturday’s 41-0 loss to No. 5 Georgia is massive. Fans were leaving Neyland Stadium by halftime with the Vols trailing 24-0. Jones took a beating from fans on social media and sports talk radio all week.

16. Life of a Quarterback -

Senior Austin Allen watched his older brother Brandon live the highs and the lows of the thrill ride that is being a starting quarterback for Arkansas in the SEC.

17. Harris To Run For County Mayor, Leave State Senate -

State Sen. Lee Harris is running for Shelby County mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and will not seek re-election to the Senate.

18. Harris In Race For County Mayor, Exiting State Senate -

State Senator Lee Harris is running for Shelby County Mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and he will not seek re-election to the Senate.

19. Harris In Race For County Mayor, Exiting State Senate -

State Senator Lee Harris is running for Shelby County Mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and he will not seek re-election to the Senate.

20. Google Unveils New Phones, Speakers to Counter Amazon, Apple -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.

21. Automakers Bounce Back With Strong Sales in September -

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted strong monthly U.S. sales numbers, confirming expectations that a boost in sales from hurricane-ravaged Texas would push the industry to a September rebound.

22. Seeking Relevance -

As he prepared to kick off his first season as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s music director with a pair of opening weekend concerts Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, principal conductor Robert Moody looked back on a career that’s taken him to some impressive highs, and acknowledged the power of serendipity.

23. Las Vegas Shooting Brings Tragedy to Families in US, Canada -

A registered nurse from Tennessee who died shielding his wife, a doctor, from gunfire. The only son of a Canadian couple who is now left childless. A popular secretary at a New Mexico High School.

All were among the at least 58 people killed in the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, a tragedy that has left behind loved ones in many parts of the country and world.

24. Execution Anxiety: Facing the Back End -

After the thrill of a successful front end of innovation project, a company gains valuable insights and perspective. They also receive a portfolio of market-tested concepts that range from easy-to-launch to some that are totally new, a breakthrough for them as a company and their market.

25. Last Word: Corker on Meet The Press, Summer School and Crosstown Cautions -

The Slider Inn’s second location to come in South Main is an indication that investment and other activity just below the radar continue to come to the surface in an area known for lots of apartment construction recently. The second location is in a brick building that was a place to store and service vintage cars. Look for a public art element and a back patio as well. All of those plans recently clearing the Landmarks Commission.

26. SCS Sees Summer Academy Success, Mixed Results on Blended Learning -

With 90 days to put it all together, Shelby County Schools leaders came up with a set of summer learning academies to battle the summer slide – student retention and academic growth taking a few steps back between school years.

27. Last Word: Political Tide Comes In, First Tn and Pinnacle Settle and The No Compete -

In East Memphis Thursday afternoon, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will formally announce what has been evident for some time – he is running for Shelby County Mayor in 2018 starting with the May Republican primary. The primary field includes Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland and Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos. Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism is the only declared Democratic mayoral contender as we speak. Look for that to change.

28. Opera Memphis Kicks Off Effort to Diversify Audience -

The typical opera company busies itself with the normal things you might imagine – staging lavish productions, selling tickets and working to fill impressive venues with as many patrons as possible.

29. City’s Legal Path to Statue Removal Complex -

The administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is setting the stage for a critical Tennessee Historical Commission hearing next month in its bid to remove a statue of Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park.

30. Doubts About Congress Cloud DACA Debate -

With Washington’s attention on the vote count of the Republican Cassidy-Graham health care coverage bill, those on all sides of the immigration reform issue are watching the outcome of Cassidy-Graham closely.

31. UTHSC, Nonprofit Partners In Funding Research Projects -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has formed a partnership with a Birmingham, Alabama-based nonprofit that has almost 500 scientists and engineers working under its banner, a union meant to help advance research that could lead to new drug discovery and commercialization.

32. Last Word: Pantographs & Catenaries, Grizz Uncertainty and Tuesdays Without Morrie -

After three years off the rails, the first significant indications that the trolleys are about to return. It was just a two-block ride that includes the Memphis Area Transit Authority trolley barn on North Main and one very new trolley. But it is a start through what is a very technical and bureaucratic process involving lots of safety vests, clipboards and video cameras.

33. GPAC Planning New Open-Air Venue -

1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138

Owner: Germantown Performing Arts Center

34. From Ownership to the Roster, Grizzlies Full of Questions -

Chandler Parsons’ knees. There are two well-documented concerns.

Depth at point guard. This isn’t just an annual concern, it’s a Grizzlies tradition as much as Zach Randolph throwing his headband into the crowd … oh, yeah, bad example.

35. GPAC Plans New Open-Air Performance Venue -

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has announced plans to develop a new 1.5-acre open-air performance center that will be located due north of its current location at 1801 Exeter Rd.

36. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

37. GPAC Planning New Open-Air Venue -

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has announced plans to develop a new 1.5-acre open-air performance center that will be located due north of its current location at 1801 Exeter Road.

38. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Shakespeare in Love” Friday, Sept. 22, through Oct. 8 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

39. Vandy-Bama Finds Relevance Under Mason -

Who would’ve thought the center of the Southeastern Conference football universe would be Nashville in late September?

Sure, it’s always a big deal when Alabama comes to town – any town. The Crimson Tide is, as usual, ranked No. 1. Nick Saban has created yet another monster.

40. GPAC Planning New Open-Air Venue -

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has announced plans to develop a new 1.5-acre open-air performance center that will be located due north of its current location at 1801 Exeter Road.

41. Boyd Drops Beale Contract, But Says It Wasn’t Conflict of Interest -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.

42. Boyd Drops Beale Contract, But Says It Wasn't A Conflict of Interest -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.

43. Southwest Community College Gets $140K State Grant -

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has awarded $140,000 in Tennessee Promise Forward grants to Southwest Tennessee Community College.

It is part of nearly $800,000 in such grants awarded to five community colleges in Tennessee to develop and expand innovative student success and retention programs. The grants aim to boost the number of Tennessee Promise students earning a postsecondary credential through enhanced academic advising and community engagement and programming.

44. Corporate Disaster Aid: How and When -

Disasters are chaotic and complex. Just a few minutes of howling wind or shaking earth can leave years of cleaning up, rebuilding and coping with a new reality.

Naturally, people want to help when they witness significant duress, like we’ve seen recently with hurricanes Harvey and Irma and like we’ve seen countless times globally. Some of the greatest moments I’ve witnessed in business have come in the aftermath of disasters.

45. Skipping School -

The farm field at East Shelby Drive and Sycamore Road is “growing” steel beams, classroom walls and concrete floors. Nearby, the athletic fields of the new $90 million Collierville High School are being traced and laid out at summer’s end next to the framework of the large school.

46. Juvenile Court Resisting Remedies, Says Former Settlement Coordinator -

The coordinator overseeing the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice resigned in June as a reaction to the letter County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael and Sheriff Bill Oldham sent U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting an end to federal oversight of the court.

47. Power of Art -

From the nationwide study “Arts and Economic Prosperity V” came overwhelming evidence that the arts make a financial impact. But of all the data accumulated in a yearlong collection effort launched by Americans for the Arts, one number leaped out at Elizabeth Rouse, who is president and CEO of ArtsMemphis: in 2015 in Shelby County, the arts supported 6,138 jobs (full-time equivalent).

48. Apple Unveils $999 iPhone X, Loses 'Home' Button -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – "One more thing." With that phrase, Apple paid homage to its late co-founder Steve Jobs for the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone on Tuesday when it unveiled its latest – and, at $999, its most expensive – new version of the device, the iPhone X.

49. Old-School Con -

After a disappointing turnout last year, the 2017 Memphis Comic Expo nearly didn’t happen. But last year, a little before Christmas, Donald Juengling’s father passed away. Richard Juengling had been a big fan of his son’s efforts to stage a creator-oriented comic convention in Memphis.

50. Last Word: Amazon Litmus Test, Tracing an Ascendant Foodie Scene and Exports -

There are some very interesting and unexpected things happening around Memphis these days. And it is into that atmosphere that Amazon put out what amounts to a cattle call for cities across the country to apply to be the site of its $5 billion second North American headquarters with 50,000 job over several years promised. This in a city that is about to start moving on a $9 billion expansion by St. Jude that is about $1 billion capital and the rest research and technology and programming money. This may be the ultimate litmus test of how far we are from our once legendary inferiority complex.

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

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

52. Events -

Rhodes College will host “The Book Thief” author Markus Zusak for an interactive conversation about the book and the larger questions it raises Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. in McNeill Concert Hall on Rhodes’ West Campus, 613 University St. Zusak’s presentation is part of the 2017 Memphis Reads program. Free and open to the public. Visit rhodes.edu for details.

53. Last Word: The Amazon Competition, Millington Shelters and Grizz Ownership Drama -

With a social media post Thursday morning, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city is ready to compete in a very public competition for the $5-billion second North American headquarters Amazon.com announced earlier Thursday. Some context here. The $5 billion investment by Amazon in what it calls HQ2 compares to the $9 billion St. Jude is investing in its expansion including about $1 billion in capital costs and the rest research, technology and other development costs included in what is more than a physical expansion.

54. Drugmaker Lilly to Trim Workforce by Nearly 9 Percent -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Eli Lilly will slash its global workforce by nearly 9 percent as the drugmaker closes some research sites and pushes to trim fixed costs.

The Indianapolis company said Thursday it will cut about 3,500 positions, mostly through a voluntary retirement program in the United States. The insulin and cancer treatment maker employed 41,240 people worldwide at the end of June.

55. Events -

Author Preston Lauterbach will share the history of Downtown Memphis at a Memphis Heritage Trail event Friday, Sept. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Paradise Event Center, 645 E. Georgia Ave. Lauterbach, author of “Beale Street Dynasty” and “The Chitlin Circuit,” will highlights the Heritage Trail district, a 20-block area that is considered the epicenter of local black history, heritage and culture. Free and open to the public. Visit memphisheritagetrail.com.

56. Redbirds Not Just Developing Players, but Winning Players -

When Gary LaRocque, the St. Louis Cardinals’ director of player development, came to AutoZone Park in mid-August, the Memphis Redbirds were just days away from clinching a playoff berth.

By that point, they had a large and impressive body of work that included a franchise-record 11 straight wins in April and May. Turns out, that winning streak was just the start of a special year.

57. Graceland: New Arena Not Competing With Forum -

Graceland plans to go to the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) in the next week seeking a bigger percentage of the city and county property tax revenue from its 120-acre campus for a $50 million arena in Whitehaven.

58. Events -

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) will host a Fundraising Feast for Kids’ Scholarships on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mosa Asian Bistro, 850 S. White Station Road. A portion of sales benefit MOST, which provides need-based scholarships to Memphis-area students. Mention MOST at check-out. Visit memphisscholarships.org for details.

59. Graceland Says New Arena Not Competition For Forum -

The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new $40 million  to $50 million Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.

60. Cohen Criticizes, Kustoff Commends 6-Month DACA Wind-Down -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis termed President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday, Sept. 5, to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program over the next six months “heartless, illogical and un-American.”

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

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

62. Developer Eyes Former Sports Authority Site -

A $1.2 million building permit application has been filed for the former Sports Authority located at 5895 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis’ Ridgeway Commons shopping center.

63. Stax Museum Plans Anniversary Events -

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is planning to host a slate of concerts and education programs this fall to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stax Records.

The museum will host three concerts that highlight the post-1968 catalog of Stax Records. On Sept. 21, Memphis’ Booker T. & the MGs tribute band, The MDs, will cover the entire “McLemore Avenue” album, which is patterned after the Beatles’ masterpiece “Abbey Road.”

64. Bartlett Retail Portfolio Sells for $2.3 Million -

A six-building retail portfolio in Bartlett has switched hands for $2.3 million.

In the deal, Kam Investments purchased the buildings, which total 34,000 square feet and are located in the 5800 block of Stage Road near the intersection of Stage and Bartlett Boulevard.

65. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 

66. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 


67. Bartlett Retail Portfolio Sells for $2.3 Million -

A six-building retail portfolio in Bartlett has switched hands for $2.3 million.

Kam Investments purchased the buildings, which total 34,000 square feet and are located in the 5800 block of Stage Road near the intersection of Stage and Bartlett Boulevard.

68. Grizzlies’ Grind City Media Expands Into Football Coverage -

Last September, the Memphis Grizzlies launched their new in-house digital news and information platform: Grind City Media.

Now, Grind City Media is trying to drive that initiative farther down the field, as it were, by adding college football coverage.

69. University Clinical Health Continues Growth Spurt -

University Clinical Health, the clinical practice organization affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, is expanding with the acquisition of a new practice, the addition of another and some future expansion beyond Memphis coming soon.

70. Stax Museum Plans Anniversary Events -

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is planning to host a slate of concerts and education programs this fall to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stax Records.

The museum will host three concerts that highlight the post-1968 catalog of Stax Records. On Sept. 21, Memphis’ Booker T. & the MGs tribute band, The MDs, will cover the entire “McLemore Avenue” album, which is patterned after the Beatles’ masterpiece “Abbey Road.”

71. After Returning to a Bowl Game, Vanderbilt Looks to Go Higher in SEC East -

It’s always good to know who you are. Gives you a foundation. A starting place.

“We know the academics is a huge piece of our identity as a Vanderbilt football player,” said senior Oren Burks, who has moved from safety to linebacker. “But at end of the day, it’s about winning. That’s why you play.”

72. Developer Pulls Permit for Former Sports Authority Site -

A $1.2 million building permit application has been filed for the former Sports Authority located at 5895 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis’ Ridgeway Commons shopping center.

73. Pottery Studio/Coffee House to Open on Highland Strip -

549 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38122

Lease Size: 2,788 square feet

74. MSCAA Files $100M Building Permit -

With its massive $214 million overhaul currently underway, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has filed a $100 million building permit application with construction code officials.

A spokesperson with Memphis International Airport said the project’s architects, UrbanArch, filed the permit, which simply cites alterations and additions. Code inspection officials will have to examine the plans.

75. Events -

Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s second annual One Smart Cookie Luncheon will be held Thursday, Aug. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, will present the keynote. Come early to browse the tables and place bids in the One Smart Cookie silent auction. Tickets are $75; several sponsorship levels are available. Visit girlscoutshs.org for details.

76. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will open its 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of “The Flick” Friday, Aug. 25, through Sept. 10 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

77. Events -

A Staff Line job fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5100 Poplar Ave., eighth-floor conference room. Positions include line leads, staging auditors, machine operators, receiving clerk, forklift operators and material handlers. Job seekers should bring two forms of identification for on-the-spot applications and job offers.

78. Events -

Indie Memphis will screen the documentary “The Reagan Show” as part of the Indie Wednesday film series Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. General admission is $10; Indie Memphis members get in free. Visit indiememphis.com to buy tickets and view an Indie Wednesday series schedule.

79. Airport Authority Files $100 Million Building Permit -

With its massive $214 million overhaul currently underway, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has filed a $100 million building permit application with construction code officials.

A spokesperson with Memphis International Airport said the project’s architects, UrbanArch, filed the permit, which simply cites alterations and additions. Code inspection officials will have to examine the plans.

80. Amid Retail and Industrial Successes, DeSoto Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

81. A Season for Rethinking Options Makes Sense at This Point -

After another first-round playoff exit this spring, a very direct question was put to All-Star center Marc Gasol:

Was he still dedicated to the Grizzlies, to seeing this franchise become the best it can be?

82. Comedian, Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies at 84 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

83. Comedian, Telethon Host Jerry Lewis Dies at 91 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

84. The Week Ahead: Aug. 21-27 -

Hello, Memphis! Are you ready for the (almost-)total eclipse that sweeps over the city Monday? Check out our master list of eclipse-viewing parties, plus more happenings you need to know about – like, say, a performance by Samurai Elvis – in The Week Ahead... 

85. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, 266 Lofts in Downtown Memphis begins its second phase, Peak Capital closes on a massive Cordova apartment complex, and a Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym purchases land in East Memphis.

86. Events -

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will meet Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. on Pembroke Square’s rooftop deck, 125 S. Main St. Riverfront Development Corp. president Benny Lendermon and vice president Dorchelle Spence will present the “State of our Riverfront.” Cost is free for DNA members and $10 for visitors. Visit memphisdna.org for details.

87. Amid Retail and Industrial Growth, DeSoto County Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

88. US Demands Big NAFTA Changes, Setting Stage for Tough Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States won't settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top U.S. trade negotiator said, as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began.

89. Feeling Like Home -

During the construction phase, Shelby Farms Park executive director Jen Andrews would often look out her office window and imagine what the new Heart of the Park project would look like when it was done.

90. Events -

“ELVIS: Live in Concert” is Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. In this live concert event experience, a full symphony orchestra performs live on stage with Elvis on the big screen. The evening will feature an appearance by Priscilla Presley and surprise guests. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com. Visit graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule for details.

91. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

The area surrounding developer Vince Smith's project 266 Lofts, located at the corner of Front Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, has already seen its share of changes since it broke ground last year, and it’s about to change even more.

92. Last Word: Night in the Park, Hattiloo Goes Bigger & Cohen on the Republican Soul -

A gathering in Health Science Park a little before 11:30 Monday evening by a group of protesters who Facebooked that their intent was to take down the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Memphis Police showed up quickly and the police supervisor told those around the statue that the park is a private park and that no one can be in the park after 8 p.m. No arrests but the police did ask for identification from those in the park.

93. Events -

The annual Elvis Presley candlelight vigil starts Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland. After an opening ceremony, fans may walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down, carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which usually stretches into the early hours of the next morning. Cost is free. Visit graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule for details and other Elvis Week events.

94. Hattiloo Plots a Bigger Stage for Its Audience -

The founder of Hattiloo Theatre says the black theater company is ready to become more regional and professional in its approach and influence. “Now it’s time for Hattiloo to become a major regional theater,” said Ekundayo Bandele before an opening-night performance of “Ruined.”

95. Halloran Centre Debuts Theater Series in December -

The Halloran Centre at the Orpheum has added theater to its mix of live music and films with an “On Stage at the Halloran Centre” series that begins in December.

The first of the three productions in the series is “Tuesdays With Morrie” starring Jamie Farr in the stage production of the best-selling book by Mitch Albom. The show runs Dec. 2-3.

96. 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...

97. New Collierville High Signals Shift In Education -

A year from now, the $90 million Collierville High School will open for classes with an estimated 2,600 students.

Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken is keenly aware that for many citizens the construction work is what they know about the school system entering its fourth school year.

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

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

99. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

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

100. Opera Memphis Hires New Music Director -

No one really needed to twist Michael Sakir’s arm to sell him on the Bluff City in advance of taking the job Aug. 1 as Opera Memphis’ new music director.

For one thing, he’d already worked a little in the city as a kind of itinerant musician, helping out as guest director for Opera Memphis programs like its 30 Days of Opera series. Those visits also introduced him to what life in Memphis might be like, should he choose to live here, with Sakir building relationships and getting introduced to civic, artistic and cultural landmarks and institutions that he found himself falling in love with.