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1. Last Word: The Sound of Dominoes, Brexit Anxiety and Schilling Farms Backstory -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild makes it official – filing grievances against Gannett, the new owner of The Commercial Appeal, over the first significant changes in how the paper is put out. Those changes involve abolishing copy editing positions and making them part of the new job of digital producers.

2. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

3. 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local -

John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place.

4. Events -

Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public meetings Wednesday, July 20, to present short-term investments for multimodal projects in the Memphis metropolitan planning area. The meeting will take place at MATA Central Station, 545 S. Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. and at Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email pragati.srivastava@memphistn.gov for more information. 

5. Pat Summitt Remembered for Achievements On, Off Court -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt was remembered as a loving mother, a loyal friend and a tireless fighter as well as a champion coach Thursday in a public ceremony honoring the person who built the Tennessee women's basketball dynasty.

6. Kroger Expands ClickList Service to Southaven -

Kroger has expanded its ClickList online ordering service to Southaven.

The store at 3095 Goodman Road now lets shoppers there use the ClickList service to digitally “fill” up their basket and then set a time to arrive at the store to collect and pay for their purchases.

7. The Week Ahead: July 18-24 -

It’s supposed to get hotter in Memphis this week, which is pretty normal for mid-July, and the coming week brings what could be a hot debate at the Memphis City Council meeting Tuesday on a plan to solve parking on the Overton Park Greensward. That and some other events planned this week include...

8. ‘Owen Meany’ Recalled, Revisited, Reread -

On a Saturday in February 1962, Owen gets ticked when he sees that Gravesend Academy school psychiatrist, Dr. Dolder, has again left his VW Beetle in the circular driveway by the Main Academy Building. The Zurich-born shrink is known for driving the easily walkable distance from his home to that of the headmaster. Where he’d have a few drinks, then walk home, to prove how responsible he was.

9. Events -

Creative Aging continues its Senior Arts Series on Wednesday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Road Extended. This performance for seniors and their guests will feature Creative Aging storyteller Elaine Blanchard, along with vocalist Laurence Albert and pianist Jill Brookoff. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. Visit creativeagingmidsouth.org or call 901-272-3434.

10. Kroger Expands ClickList Service to Southaven -

Kroger has expanded its ClickList online ordering service to Southaven.

The store at 3095 Goodman Road now lets shoppers there use the ClickList service to digitally “fill” up their basket and then set a time to arrive at the store to collect and pay for their purchases.

11. Last Word: The Path To The Bridge, Setting The Election Stage and Democrats -

The Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge Sunday was an unexpected milestone.

It was also part of a story that is still moving. As it moves, our views on what happened and what it means on the basic issue of police and their relationship with African-Americans will also shift.

12. The Week Ahead: July 11-17 -

Time to get your week started, Memphis! Our look at the week ahead includes several chances to indulge your inner art patron – from hanging out with a local comic book artist to being on stage at the Orpheum – plus other need-to-know happenings you’ll want to check out…

13. Kroger Brings Online Ordering to More Memphis-Area Locations -

Kroger suspected there was plenty of demand in the Memphis market for the online ordering system the grocery chain has been rolling out in recent weeks.

When the company brought ClickList to the first Memphis-area store last month, Kroger executives saw firsthand. They don’t have exact numbers to share, but Kroger confirmed that the launch of its ClickList online system at the first area Kroger – in Germantown at 7735 Farmington Blvd. – generated the most opening week orders for any store in the entire chain.

14. Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis -

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.

This time the datelines are Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

15. Events -

BRIDGES president and CEO Cynthia Ham will host a lunch and learn discussion about the importance of youth-led social change in Memphis on Thursday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridges, 477 N. Fifth St. Free, secure parking at Fifth and A.W. Willis Avenue. RSVP to cconway@bridgesusa.org or 901-260-3724 by Tuesday, July 12.

16. Editorial: What Is and Isn't on Shelby County's August Ballot -

Elections are never just about the names on the ballot. Less-obvious factors always come into play, and when it comes to primary matchups – like many of the races on the August ballot – more decisions lie ahead in the general election.

17. Hostess, Four Years After Bankruptcy, Will Go Public Again -

NEW YORK (AP) – Almost four years after seeking bankruptcy protection under a barrage of labor issues and rapidly changing appetites, the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs will take the stage once again as a publicly traded company.

18. 4 Children Fatally Stabbed in Memphis; Mother Charged -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department has charged their mother, Shanynthia Gardner, with first degree murder as well as other charges.

19. Principal Dyson: 'I’ve Made Myself a Qualified Candidate' -

The Music City Miracle run. The outstretched hand reaching toward the goal line in Super Bowl XXXIV. When talk turns to the Tennessee Titans’ glory days and that magical 1999 season, Kevin Dyson’s name always comes up.

20. July 1-7: This week in Memphis history -

2014: Hard Rock Cafe Memphis’ new location opens at the corner of Beale and Second streets after 17 years at Beale and Hernando.

1976: ZZ Top headlines a Fourth of July concert at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium that also includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult and the Outlaws. Tickets are $12 at the gate.

21. Brush With Death Recalled, Part 4 -

In the past three columns, I’ve told how, in February 2002, I had a major reminiscence of my role in saving the life of a heart attack victim-in-denial 20 years earlier. In March I received annoying emails about how to survive a heart attack while alone. In early April I dreamed of my heartland being under attack.

22. Appreciation: Pat Summitt Used the Sport to Empower Women -

Needing yet another men's basketball coach, Tennessee officials turned to the one person they thought would be perfect to take over the Volunteers program.

Pat Summitt said no.

She wasn't interested in the job in 1994 after Wade Houston was forced out, and she turned it down again when Jerry Green quit in March 2001. A Tennessee governor once joked he wouldn't have his job if Summitt ever wanted to run her home state.

23. Long-Term Issues Push County Budget To Deadline -

It’s not the basics that are keeping Shelby County Commissioners from a majority vote on school funding in the new operating budget.

It is the broader questions and budget assumptions some commissioners want to change in the process.

24. Last Word: Blight Fight Second Stage, Hickory Hill Schools and Brexit React -

If you had never seen blight and wanted to see it in order to define it, there are several places in Memphis that could give you the on sight definition you were seeking. At the top of that list would probably be Frayser.

25. 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.

26. Atlas Rocket Launches For 1st Time Since March Grounding -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – America's Atlas rockets are flying again, successfully launching a communications satellite for the Navy.

The unmanned Atlas V rocket blasted into a brilliantly clear sky Friday morning. It was the first Atlas flight by rocket maker United Launch Alliance since March, when a fuel-valve problem popped up on a space station delivery for NASA.

27. Editorial: The Bitter Taste of Tennessee Liquor Laws -

Something about spirits consistently causes Tennessee legislators to create arcane, byzantine laws.

Maybe it’s something in the wine. Or perhaps lawmakers have just been nursing legislative hangovers in recent years from debating health insurance rules or deciding who can use the bathroom where.

28. Pinch District to Move in a New Direction: Up -

The Pinch District is getting a sky-high development treatment. For decades, the north Downtown neighborhood has been known as a sea of parking lots punctuated by a handful of small businesses.

With St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announcing $1 billion in new construction, the Pinch's largest tenant is opening up its campus with new buildings, some as tall as 12 stories, in the greater Pinch neighborhood. A neighborhood-level presence is a sea change for the institution, which has grown to 2.5 million square feet behind a gated campus.

29. Memphis’ ‘Rampage’ Jackson Fights On -

“I’m not a psychic, but I’m gonna predict I’m gonna whup his ass.” No, this was not LeBron James speaking of Draymond Green late in the NBA Finals – after feelings had been hurt with the B-word.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem -

In 2014, Start Co. partnered with Jumpstart America, a venture development organization from Cleveland, Ohio, that has created a decades-long legacy of entrepreneurship in communities like ours.

33. 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.”

34. Last Word: Cavaliers, The Longer County Tax Season and The New Elections Chief -

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA champs, beating the Golden State Warriors 93 – 89 in the final game of the NBA’s second season. I don’t want to hear a word about how baseball takes too long.

35. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission -

Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.

But it will probably take a while.

The biggest issue of the season – school funding – appeared to be resolved with a compromise last week in committee sessions.

36. Memphis Design Firm Tapped to Convert NASA Station Into Science Resort -

Memphis-based Haizlip Studio has been hired to help reimagine a former NASA satellite tracking station and Cold War outpost in western North Carolina into a full-service, $40 million science resort complete with an independent research facility and lodging.

37. Lack of Major State Races Tempers Political Picnic -

'Hot' can be a political term. It can describe a close race or a very competitive race for elected office. When former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism held his 16th annual political picnic Saturday, June 11, it was hot. And few of those at the Westwood gathering, other than perhaps the candidates, would describe this election season that way.

38. On Stage at the Halloran Centre’ Series Unveiled -

Details of the inaugural “On Stage at the Halloran Centre” series lineup have been announced.

Ten music acts are slated to appear over 2016-2017 inside the Halloran Centre’s 361-seat auditorium starting in September, for a concert series that offers everything from a slice of Americana to Grammy winners.

39. Corrections Officers Want Commission to Increase Pay -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

40. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

41. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

42. ‘On Stage at the Halloran Centre’ Series Unveiled -

Details of the inaugural “On Stage at the Halloran Centre” series lineup have been announced.

Ten music acts are slated to appear over 2016-2017 inside the Halloran Centre’s 361-seat auditorium starting in September, for a concert series that offers everything from a slice of Americana to Grammy winners.

43. County Commission Explores Wheel Tax Shift -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage in Wednesday, June 1, committee sessions to take the first of three votes Monday on a stable $4.37 county property tax rate.

But the commission will put off a vote on the county operating budget to further discuss a shift of revenue from the county wheel tax.

44. Events -

WLOK Radio will present its 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. The celebration will be a concert featuring Al Green, The Brown Singers, The Gospel Four, the Tennessee Mass Choir, and the Stax Academy Alumni Band. Tickets start at $20. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

45. June 3-9: This week in Memphis history -

2011: Bike lanes are planned for two miles of Madison Avenue from just east of Cleveland Street to North Cooper Street. But some business owners on the stretch of Madison are opposed to them and have organized, prompting Mayor A C Wharton to put off a final decision on the bike lanes. “It’s not that we are against bicycles or bicycle lanes,” business owner Mike Cooper says in The Memphis News cover story. “We need the traffic. We don’t need any impediments.”

46. Events -

St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church will host its inaugural Community Day on Friday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 6033 Old Brownsville Road. Organizations are invited to set up a table or tent and provide examples of your work or services. There is no setup charge, and admission is free. Contact Frederick Morris at 901-409-8705 for details.

47. 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.

48. County Commission Explores Wheel Tax Shift for Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage in Wednesday, June 1, committee sessions to take the first of three votes Monday on a stable $4.37 county property tax rate.

But the commission will put off a vote on the county operating budget to further discuss a shift of revenue from the county wheel tax.

49. Events -

Seventh annual Memphis Black Expo will be held Thursday through Monday, June 2-6, with a variety of events across Shelby County. Highlights include the June 2 conscious cinema & panel discussion; June 3 “Welcome to Memphis” reception; June 4 cultural festival & black business showcase, neo-soul food festival and youth empowerment conference; June 5 “Art of Fashion” party; and June 6 closing dinner. Visit memphisblackexpo.com.

50. County Commission Explores Wheel Tax Shift For SCS -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage in Wednesday, June 1, committee sessions to take the first of three votes Monday on a stable $4.37 county property tax rate.

But the commission will put off a vote on the county operating budget to further discuss a shift of revenue from the county wheel tax.

51. MSO, University of Memphis Partnership Will Open New Doors -

A new partnership between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis may become a model for sustainability of fine arts organizations in a new economic landscape.

Earlier this month, the symphony and U of M announced a three-year, renewable partnership to bring the MSO into residence at the university. The partnership will reduce the annual operating budget for the financially strapped MSO by 40 percent and offer synergy for the two entities to build further revenue around programming and music education innovations.

52. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

53. Innovating Health -

Dr. Guy Reed’s Memphis-based medical startup hit a big milestone toward the end of 2015, when Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo reached a deal to license the company’s technology.

54. Last Word: Graduation Day and Our Outrage, An ASD Offer In Raleigh and Fashion -

According to Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson, 15,000 people have watched the several dozen high school graduation ceremonies the school system has streamed live on its website including the 14 graduations held Saturday.

55. Commission, Shelby County Schools Leaders Talk Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage for a Wednesday, May 25, budget committee session on school funding by holding up $2.8 million in redirected Shelby County Schools funding at its Monday meeting.

56. Last Word: The Hot Seat, The Cohen-Rubio Letter and a New Historical Marker -

The hottest seat in a room of hot seats in city government can be being director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

You wouldn’t think that from the job description, which seems pretty basic. Round up stray animals and put them up for adoption. But that’s being overly simplistic because it begs a lot of questions about how many animals and what happens if you run out of space.

57. Tribune Rejects Second Gannett Bid; Sets the Stage for Talks -

NEW YORK (AP) – Tribune Publishing rejected a second takeover bid from USA Today owner Gannett, but did say Monday that it was open to further talks.

Gannett last week raised its per-share bid for the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers to $15, from $12.25. Gannett, based in McLean, Virginia, put the total value of the revised offer at about $864 million, which includes some $385 million in debt.

58. Tennessee Congressman Diagnosed With Cancer -

Longtime U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. says he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Duncan told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the cancer was found six or seven months ago during a routine exam. He said doctors have decided no treatment is necessary at this stage after tests showed the cancer is isolated.

59. New Daisy Planning 74th Birthday Bash -

The New Daisy Theatre is celebrating its 74th birthday in a few weeks and is inviting the public to celebrate it with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

60. Longtime Tennessee Congressman Diagnosed With Cancer -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Longtime U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. says he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Duncan told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/203FGe4) that the cancer was found six or seven months ago during a routine exam. He said doctors have decided no treatment is necessary at this stage after tests showed the cancer is isolated.

61. New Daisy Planning 74th Birthday Bash -

The New Daisy Theatre is celebrating its 74th birthday in a few weeks and is inviting the public to celebrate it with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

62. Better, Faster Insight-Based Innovation -

Better & Faster Workshop at the Front End of Innovation Conference

A masterclass with Jeremy Gutsche, the CEO of Trend Hunter and the best-selling author of “Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas.”

63. High Water Marks -

LORD KNOWS, THE CRICK DOES RISE. The last time I was on a cook team, the Mississippi was lapping at the top of Tom Lee Park and I’d been lapping at a number of things for a couple of days myself.

64. GOP Fractures Ruin Reagan Day Fundraiser in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Reagan Day fundraisers have been a staple of GOP politics ever since the Great Communicator made a point of promoting the 11th Commandment – thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican. But in the conservative suburbs east of Nashville, the event has become too poisonous to be held this year.

65. Dave Thomas Named CEO Of Kemmons Wilson Insurance -

Dave Thomas has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as chief executive officer. In this role, he’s responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and also is tasked with growing the Memphis-based property and casualty insurance company. Thomas has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently serving as CEO of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

66. Marchionne: Self-Driving Cars Could Be on Roads in 5 Years -

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) – Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says working with Google convinced him that self-driving technology is closer than he thought and could be on the road in five years.

67. The Week Ahead: May 9-15 -

Alright, Memphis, grab your calendars! Whether you want to book it over to the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival or just baste in the scent of barbecue, there’s plenty to do this week. Here’s our roundup...

68. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

69. Collierville Breaks Ground On $93.5M High School -

11605 E. Shelby Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Project Cost: $93.5 million

Completion: August 2018

70. Memphis Attorney Speaks for Tunsil After Startling NFL Draft -

Although two quarterbacks – Jared Goff and Carson Wentz – were the first two players selected in last weeks’ NFL Draft, an Ole Miss offensive lineman and the 13th overall pick made most of the headlines.

71. City Council Set for First Property Tax Rate Vote -

Memphis City Council members begin setting the stage for the approval of city operating and capital budgets when they meet Tuesday, May 3.

The council agenda includes first-reading votes on two ordinances that are placeholders for the basic passage of tax rates and the allocation of parts of the rate.

72. RegionSmart Details How to Prevent Erosion of Talent, Population -

During his three terms as mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy had to assume a great deal of risk in transforming the city’s economy from an industrial to an entrepreneurial base.

73. The Week Ahead: May 2-8 -

So, you think this is the “off-week” of the Memphis In May International Festival – the gap between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. But, while Tom Lee Park gets a breather, there are plenty of cultural experiences to soak up across Memphis. Here's our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about...

74. MLGW's Plus-1 Jam Returns During Memphis in May -

After a hiatus in 2015, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will once again celebrate Memphis music during Memphis in May celebrations with live music on an MLGW stage on Beale Street near the Elvis statue north of MLGW’s Administration Building.

75. US Economy Struggles at Start of Election Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It was not a great start for the U.S. economy.

With consumers and businesses turning cautious, the U.S. struggled to grow in the first three months of a presidential election year that is shining the spotlight on the economy's fitful recovery.

76. First Permit Pulled for CMOM Construction -

The Children’s Museum of Memphis is setting the stage for the Memphis Grand Carousel’s return.

Montgomery Martin Contractors recently applied for a $510,000 construction permit for foundation work at 2559 Central Ave. The permit is the first piece of a 20,000-square-foot building designed for the historic carousel, which was a part of the Mid-South Fairgrounds from 1923 until Libertyland closed in 2005.

77. Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up -

As amazing as it was that the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by using 28 players this past season, it’s almost more unbelievable that they had to sign eight different players to 11 separate 10-day contracts.

78. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

79. MLGW Music Event Returns During Memphis in May -

After a hiatus in 2015, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will once again celebrate Memphis music during Memphis in May celebrations with live music on an MLGW stage on Beale Street near the Elvis statue on the north side of MLGW’s Administration Building.

80. Methodist Takes IT, Electronic Records to Stage 6 -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s race to not only digitize patient medical records but to improve the IT processes and technology around those records and throughout the organization has added Methodist to a distinguished club.

81. Shelby Farms Park Transformation Started With Plan -

Two years ago this summer, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy had raised $52 million to start its “Heart of the Park” work that is scheduled to open in the late summer and early fall.

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

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

83. Bridging a Divide -

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.

84. Tickled Pink -

MEMPHIS IN BLACK AND WHITE. AND PINK. I’m glad Billy Orgel got engaged at Justine’s because that inspired his family to save it, not because they miss the crystal and crabmeat but because the place is personal.

85. Before Successes, Loeb Started from Zero – Twice -

Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.

86. Last Word: The Bible Veto Override Vote, Grizz Nostalgia and Kroger Goes Online -

The Tennessee Legislature hoped to end its 2016 session Wednesday at the end of an eventful day that included a failed attempt to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.
But into Wednesday evening, the state House was still debating the Hall tax on dividends – specifically further roll backs of it. And the Senate had gone home for the night.
So Thursday looks like a good bet for the adjournment for the year and the formal start of the election season for incumbents.

87. 5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders -

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

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

What started with a roar is ending with a whimper.

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

89. $12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $12.6 million

Owner: Ballet Memphis
Tenant: Ballet Memphis
Architect: Archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

90. Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue -

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

91. 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.

92. Ballet Memphis Files Permit For Overton Square HQ -

Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

In 2015, Ballet Memphis purchased the former French Quarter Inn, at the corner of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street. Demolition on the shuttered hotel began in October.

93. Rapid Transit Option, Route Changes Designed To Make MATA More Relevant -

Budget season is looming, and the Memphis Area Transit Authority is angling for an additional $8 million in operating funds and $5 million in capital improvement dollars to prevent significant cuts to service.

94. Roland Starts 2018 Bid for County Mayor -

The 2018 Shelby County general elections are more than two years away. The 2016 county elections that decide races for General Sessions Court Clerk, five of the nine seats on the Shelby County Schools board and two judicial positions are still to come in August.

95. UK's Daily Mail in Early Talks Over Bid for Yahoo -

The owner of Britain's Daily Mail newspaper and media group is in early talks over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo.

A spokesman for the DailyMail.com said Sunday that, given the success of its site and Elite Daily, it has "been in discussions with a number of parties who are potential bidders." He said the talks are in a very early stage and there is no certainty any transaction will take place.

96. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.

97. Allergan, Pfizer Call Off Proposed $160B Merger -

Top U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Irish rival Allergan are charting independent futures after scrapping a record $160 billion deal torpedoed by new Treasury Department rules meant to block American companies from moving their corporate addresses overseas – on paper – to avoid U.S. taxes.

98. Southland Mall Sells In Foreclosure -

1215 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2016
Buyer: 1215 East Shelby Drive Holdings LLC
Seller: Southland Mall Shopping Center LLC
Details: Southland Mall, Memphis’ first enclosed mall when it opened 50 years ago, has sold for $4.3 million in foreclosure.

99. Children’s Museum Plans New Carousel Building -

The historic Memphis Grand Carousel is headed to the next stage in its move from the Memphis Fairgrounds to the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Plans recently posted by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development depict a 100,000-square-foot single-story building at the northwest corner of the CMOM campus.

100. New Restaurant, Venue Coming to Highland Strip -

The Bluff, a new music venue and restaurant, is headed to the Highland Strip.

The 5,952-square-foot space will include two downstairs bars, a large stage and green room, a 1,300-square-foot mezzanine with an additional bar, outdoor patio seating area adjacent to the stage and a second patio on the Highland Strip.