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1. Developer Pursues New Cooper-Young Apartment Complex -

A Los Angeles-based developer has submitted plans to construct a 25-unit apartment complex in the heart of Cooper-Young.

Focal Point Investment wants to develop a two-building apartment complex with 25 studio apartments on the 0.4-acre vacant lot located across the street from First Congregational Church at 999 S. Cooper St., according to an application submitted to the Shelby County Board of Adjustment.

2. Redbirds Revitalization: Fun at the Old Ballpark and the Winning is Easy -

Bottom of the seventh inning and another night at AutoZone Park is unfolding the way so many have this season. The Memphis Redbirds have a nice lead. Their starting pitcher has been putting up zeros and the team has been banging out timely hits and playing crisp defense.

3. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

4. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

5. Republicans Moving to Repeal Financial Rule Opposed by Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Continuing its focus on curbing government regulations, a Republican-led House is seeking to overturn a rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies rather than use an arbitrator to resolve a dispute.

6. Collierville Design Firm Relocates to Memphis -

The Kitbash Brand Design team has moved from Collierville to the Broad Avenue Arts District.

Founded by Jeff Rodgers in 2013, Kitbash is a creative agency that had been located at the Collierville Town Square. After months of searching, Rodgers and his team of creatives found a 2,400-square-foot space at the corner of Bingham Street and Broad Avenue.

7. All Heart: Carpenter Art Garden Cultivates Community -

On Valentine’s Day a few years ago, a Binghampton boy named Donte Davis combined two of his great loves – art and the Memphis Grizzlies – when he painted a wooden heart featuring the face of his home team’s mascot.

8. Last Word: The Old Auto Inspection Station, Beale Field Trip and Re-Democrating -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has a different version of his 2016 plan to build two youth development centers for juvenile offenders to go to instead of detention at the Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville. About a year ago, Herenton had tentative plans for two of the New Path centers in Shelby County that would be centers where the offenders could live.

9. Events -

Church Health Nutrition will kick off a pair of free community cooking class series Tuesday, July 25 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Thursday, July 27 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. In each six-week class series, participants learn how to make delicious and nutritious meals, and get to eat the meals made in class. Pre-registration is required; visit churchhealth.org/events for details and enrollment.

10. GTx to Release New Data from Company’s Work -

GTx Inc. executive chairman Dr. Robert Wills thinks the Memphis-based biopharmaceutical company is “severely undervalued.”

11. New Shelby County Democratic Party Still Faces Challenges -

The Shelby County Democratic Party is almost back as a reconstituted organization and it has a lot of new blood as well as new rules.

But the final verdict on the party’s effectiveness in a county where Democrats are the majority is still out even after the Saturday, July 22, party convention.

12. Council Vote Puts Overton Gateway Compromise To Test -

Memphis City Council members will put a tentative compromise on the proposed Overton Gateway development to the test Tuesday, July 25.

The council is scheduled to vote on the multifamily apartment project to be built by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg that encompasses both sides of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway.

13. Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Look To Lift Communities -

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

That’s why the Binghampton Gateway and Frayser Gateway – a pair of retail projects in different areas and stages of development – hope to send a message that overlooked communities have more to offer than just numbers.

14. Task Force Experiences Beale Crowd Late Saturday -

Among the thousands of people on Beale Street Saturday night after 11 p.m. were three Memphis City Council members and six Beale Street Task Force members.

The nine took in some of the late night revelry, stopping at several nightspots. But for the most part, they paid close attention to the entertainment district’s recently modified cover charge and the five checkpoints to enter and exit Beale Street on Saturday evenings in the spring and summer.

15. Malco Moves Forward With Adjusted South Main Theater Plans -

The Malco Powerhouse Cinema proposed for Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District is still a go, despite delays that have already pushed it well past its expected opening day.

But the roughly $8 million project is going to look a little different than initially proposed, Malco officials disclosed recently, due to projected costs that came back much too high.

16. Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans -

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

17. New Local Democratic Party Council Features Lots of New Faces -

Shelby County Democrats selected 102 citizens Saturday, July 22, to the local party’s new Democratic Grass Roots Council and 26 of those 102 to the local party’s executive committee in a local party convention at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

18. Developers Lay Out Latest Plans for Proposed Midtown Gated Community -

In a quiet room inside of his Midtown architecture firm, Lee Askew of ANF Architects presented the latest incarnation of his plans to turn the former Red Cross building at the corner of Central Avenue and Mansfield Street into a 12-unit luxury gated community.

19. Victorian Village Gets New Signage, Design Guidelines -

The signs that have started popping up around the Victorian Village neighborhood welcome passersby to the historic community, with an announcement greeting visitors in large and prominent letters.

Three of the signs have been posted so far. One more is still on the way. All of them include a silhouette of the neighborhood – with its historic mansions and older properties – set against a sunrise.

20. The Week Ahead: July 24-30 -

Hello, Memphis! Politics will be heating up this week to match the weather and you’ll be able to see and learn about the stars at the Pink Palace Museum. But there are also some indoor events to take in, including an event for creators at Crosstown Arts.

21. Events -

Church Health will host a Living Life Deliberately: Mindfulness Meditation in Daily Life class Monday, July 24, at noon in the Church Health Meditation Chapel, 1350 Concourse Ave. Rob Dove from Rhodes College Counseling will discuss how to practice meditation in ways that foster the ability to live deliberately. The class will be offered again July 31 at noon. Email slateryj@churchhealth.org with any questions.

22. Harris Calls for Suspension of TVA Well Permits -

State Sen. Lee Harris wants the county’s Ground Water Control Board to suspend permits for water wells at the site of the new Tennessee Valley Authority plant in southwest Memphis and begin an investigation of high lead and arsenic levels found in area groundwater “as soon as practicable.”

23. Cohen Requests Info On TVA Plant Groundwater -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is asking state officials for more information on high levels of lead and arsenic recently found in the groundwater monitoring wells beneath the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis.

24. Events -

Church Health will host a Saturday Morning Unwind Session on July 22 at 9:30 a.m. in its meditation chapel at Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. Unwind and refocus with mindfulness expert Greg Graber. Free and open to the public. Visit churchhealth.org/events for details.

25. Malco Theatres Moves Forward With Adjusted Powerhouse Cinema Plans -

The Malco Powerhouse Cinema proposed for Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District is still a go, despite delays that have already pushed it well past its expected opening day.

But the roughly $8 million project is going to look a little different than initially proposed, Malco officials disclosed recently, due to projected costs that came back much too high.

26. Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Could Lift Respective Neighborhoods -

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

That’s why the Binghampton Gateway and Frayser Gateway – a pair of retail projects in different areas and stages of development – hope to send a message that overlooked communities have more to offer than just numbers.

27. Scene Change -

The sprawling mixed-use complex opening next month on North Cleveland in Midtown is a high-profile example of where Memphis’ art community finds itself at the halfway mark in 2017.

When Crosstown Concourse opens there Aug. 19, it won’t just represent a new beginning that turns a former Sears distribution center into a 1.5-million-square-foot community mainstay. With tenants like Crosstown Arts moving in, the development is also a representation of how the city’s arts landscape is changing this year.

28. History in Our Whiskey -

GOOD WHISKEY ISN’T DRUNK. IT’S REMEMBERED. Good whiskey and good stories age well. I wrote that a while back when I was hired to write a bit about whiskey. I thought about all of that on the porch looking at the night over a bit of whiskey with the dog. I was drinking whiskey; the dog was just looking at the night. We both liked the moment.

29. MRG, Thomas & Betts Receive Tax Incentives -

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg and Thomas & Betts were both awarded tax incentives to advance their respective projects by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, July 19.

30. Madison @ McLean Project Awarded 14-Year Tax Abatement -

Local multifamily development group Makowsky Ringel Greenberg has been awarded a 14-year tax abatement to construct a 132,477-square-foot, 108-unit apartment complex in Midtown Memphis.

Named Madison @ McLean after the eponymous Midtown intersection it will reside on, the $14 million project is the first ever recipient of a Residential PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes), incentive, which was created earlier this year by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

31. AutoZone’s Engine Starting to Stall -

AutoZone’s stock price is pointed in the opposite direction it’s been accustomed to for years now. Shares of the Memphis-based auto parts retailer are down more than 30 percent since the end of January. Needless to say, that’s an unusual place for the company, which continues to open new stores at a steady clip.

32. Memphis Music Initiative to Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse -

The old firehouse at the corner of Linden Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has gone through many incarnations since the 1800s, including stints as a recording studio, nightclub and pop-up beer garden.

33. Riverfront Concept Plan Emphasizes Connections, River Access -

A pedestrian bridge between the southern tip of Mud Island and Riverside Drive, more pedestrian use of Riverside Drive, a pavilion at Tom Lee Park and greater access to the edge of the Mississippi River are among the elements of a riverfront concept plan outlined Tuesday, July 18, by a Chicago architecture and urban design firm.

34. Wall Street's Goldman Sachs Moves Quietly Into Main Street -

NEW YORK (AP) – More homeowner, less hedge fund titan. Goldman Sachs, long known for its super-rich clients and well-connected executives, is starting to act a lot more like a neighborhood bank.

35. Wood Helps Memphis National Keep Business in the Fairway -

Brian Wood is head golf professional at Memphis National Golf Club, a role in which he oversees a variety of functions related to the club's operations. Wood, a PGA professional and member of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America, previously served as assistant golf professional at Windyke Country Club.

36. Last Word: The TNT Virus, Tax Compromise and The Race for Governor Gets Active -

FedEx filed a notice with the SEC Monday that indicates its TNT Express subsidiary is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack late last month. And FedEx has traced the Petya virus to its operation in the Ukraine and spreading from there to the whole system.

37. Cohen Requests Info On TVA Plant Groundwater -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is asking state officials for more information on high levels of lead and arsenic recently found in the groundwater monitoring wells beneath the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis.

38. Events -

Nick Black will perform as part of Stax Museum’s Live in Studio A summer concert series Tuesday, July 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The concert is free for Shelby County residents (who get free museum admission with ID on Tuesday afternoons), and free with paid admission for out-of-towners. Visit staxmuseum.com.

39. Blight More Than Out-of-State LLCs -

The prominent role investors play in buying single-family homes in Memphis to rent them out is part of the city’s significant problem with blight.

But there are some property owners who live here who don’t even know that their loved one who died recently made them a property owner.

40. Last Word: Rachel Heck, Beale Street's Cover and The Old Peabody -

The “fifth wave” of judicial appointments by President Donald Trump, as The White House termed them, are already causing some political ripples here primarily from state Senator Mark Norris’s appointment to the federal bench.

41. The Week Ahead: July 17-23 -

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

42. Events -

A NASA Contracting Outreach Forum will be held Tuesday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building, 675 Union Ave. Representatives from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Shared Service Center will share how local and regional business owners can become NASA suppliers, subcontractors or service providers. Cost is free; registration required. Register at tsbdc.org/swtcc or call 901-333-5085 for details.

43. Rommy Hammond Of Buster’s Liquors Dies -

Funeral arrangements were pending Thursday, July 13, for Rommy Hammond of Buster’s Liquors.

Hammond, who owned and ran the family business from 1970 to 2004, died Tuesday at the age of 76.

44. Saturday Night Scenes on Beale Street -

Some observations from three consecutive Saturday nights on Beale Street at and after 10 p.m.

Beale Street just before 10 p.m. is about bubbles. Street vendors selling bubble guns – toy guns that shoot bubbles – do a brisk business before 10. A girl in a stroller watches with wide eyes as her finger is locked on the trigger and bubbles spew forth. By the time she reaches the middle of the block between B.B. King Boulevard and Second Street, the stream of bubbles begins to slow.

45. Events -

Moonlighting for the Cure 2017, a seven-band show and silent auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is Saturday, July 15, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tin Roof, 315 Beale St. Each band features one or more St. Jude employees who “moonlight” as musicians, and several art pieces in the silent auction were donated by St. Jude employees. Admission by voluntary donation. Visit facebook.com/moonlightingforthecure for details.

46. Three Local Developers Seeking DMC Grants to Attract New Tenants -

Three new redevelopment projects are seeking Exterior Improvement Grants from the Downtown Memphis Commission in the hopes of attracting new tenants.

The first applicant, Janice Holder, is a retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, seeking to restore the façade of her building, located 55 S. Main St., back to its Gilded Age roots.

47. Last Word: Fifth Wave, Hidden Gem in OB and the Freeze Filibuster -

There is one less contender in the crowded field of potential and declared candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was nominated for federal court judge Thursday by President Donald Trump who also nominated Memphis attorney and former federal prosecutor Tommy Parker to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee as well. Both are part of what The White House described as a “fifth wave” of judicial nominees.

48. Front Porch Adds Lunch Shuttle -

The Front Porch restaurant is running a lunchtime shuttle golf cart from the Main Street Mall’s southern end to the restaurant at Beale Street Landing.

The shuttle between the riverfront eatery and South Main Street at Peabody Place runs Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free to restaurant patrons, the restaurant announced Thursday, July 13.

49. Front Porch Adds Lunch Shuttle -

The Front Porch restaurant is running a lunchtime shuttle golf cart from the Main Street Mall’s southern end to the restaurant at Beale Street Landing.

The shuttle between the riverfront eatery and South Main Street at Peabody Place runs Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free to restaurant patrons, the restaurant announced Thursday, July 13.

50. July 14-20, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2015: Former President Bill Clinton is in Memphis to speak at funeral services for Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The day before, Bailey lies in state at the National Civil Rights Museum, which he helped found.

51. Editorial: Drop Beale Cover Charge, But Keep the Security -

Beale Street doesn’t need a cover charge, with or without rebate coupons, to solve its problems. Two summers into the policy, and after several crowd stampedes in the entertainment district before it, Beale needs a better security plan that probably includes a mix of Memphis Police and private security. But linking that to a cover charge, and the resulting checkpoints to enforce it, is sending the wrong message at the wrong time.

52. Summer in the City -

Saturday night on Beale Street is more than a catch phrase for businesses there.

It is chapters in old, out-of-print books like Lt. George W. Lee’s “Where The Blues Began” that you can only see in the Memphis-Shelby County Room of the Central Library. You can’t check the book out because of its rarity and age. But you can also find references to the lore of Saturday nights on Beale Street on plaques in the entertainment district that current patrons walk past without even noticing.

53. Rommy Hammond Of Buster’s Liquors Dies -

Funeral arrangements were pending Thursday, July 13, for Rommy Hammond of Buster’s Liquors.

Hammond, who owned and ran the family business from 1970 to 2004, died Tuesday at the age of 76.

54. Life is Where You Live -

In our USAToday, we woke up here. We’ve all heard former Speaker Tip O’Neill’s grammatically flawed truism, “All politics is local.”

So is life, Mr. Speaker, and it deserves to be covered locally.

55. ‘Cheeseburger Buddies’ Make Nice for TV -

Tennessee coach Butch Jones passed his first test of the 2017 football season Monday. He made it through SEC Media Days.

There were no new catch phrases, although Jones did allude to the team’s “D.A.T.” (Details, Accountability, Toughness) motto. But nothing close to “champions of life” or “five-star hearts.”

56. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

Malco Theatres’ Downtown movie theater continues to take shape, with the Memphis-based cinema chain seeking its second multimillion-dollar building permit for the project in recent months.


45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $5 million

57. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $5 million

Project Cost: $55 million

Application Date: July 2017

Owner: Henry Turley Co. and Community Capital

58. Last Word: Beale on Beale, The City Council and 1968 and Dr. David Stern on UTHSC -

The city’s Beale Street Task Force is going to have its next meeting on Beale Street and City Council chairman Berlin Boyd reminded council members Tuesday that if they join the task force on Beale to remember that it is Saturday night at 11 p.m. – not 11 a.m., a more normal hour for such proceedings.

59. Last Word: Marathon County Budget Session, New Chandler Numbers and Confluence -

As we post this edition of Last Word, there is still some confusion about the KC-130 Marine cargo plane that crashed near the Leflore-Sunflower County line in Mississippi Monday evening.

All 16 people on board were killed in the crash.

60. Events -

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Captain America: Civil War” Tuesday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. on the landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and grab a spot on the landing’s sloping rooftop, with movies projected on a 24-foot screen at the bottom. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.

61. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection -

A year after the spontaneous protest march that ended with more than 1,000 people shutting down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours, the leader of that effort was again moving north along B.B. King Boulevard on Sunday, July 9.

62. Last Word: Rumors, The Return of Tyreke Evans and Broadband in Millington -

There is a popular saying attributed to Winston Churchill that goes like this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Even before social media, that was certainly the case in this part of the world called Memphis. The part of our history that doesn’t fit in books is littered with rumors that turned the city upside down in a much shorter period of time than it took to repair the damage done. That is what happened this weekend with Memphis Light Gas and Water.

63. Events -

The Bartlett Area Chamber will hold its monthly lunch meeting Tuesday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Unique Catering & Event Center, 2751 Bartlett Blvd. Guest speaker Mark Yoshida, partner/production director at Memphis Record Pressing, will present “Pressing for Success: How a Bartlett company took an old process and created a new opportunity.” Tickets are $20. RSVP at bartlettchamber.org by Monday, July 10.

64. Bruster’s Ice Cream To Open on Highland Strip -

The Highland Strip will soon be home to a tasty new tenant.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream plans to move into the 1,300-square-foot space at 571 Highland St., with construction set to begin soon and an expected opening date late this year, according to Loeb Properties Inc.

65. Malco Pulls 2nd Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

Malco Theatres’ Downtown movie theater continues to take shape, with the Memphis-based cinema chain seeking its second multimillion-dollar building permit for the project in recent months.

Malco has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the seven-screen theater being built at at 45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave., at the southeast corner of G.E. Patterson and Front Street. The application lists Linkous Construction Co. as the contractor, SRC Consultants as the engineer and TK Architects as the architect.

66. Patterson Resignation Comes as Council Examines DMC’s Role -

Terence Patterson exited the Downtown Memphis Commission last week as the Memphis City Council is about to discuss replacing or restructuring not only the DMC, but the Riverfront Development Corp.

67. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, the Memphis Bar Association and the Access to Justice Committee will host a free legal advice and counsel clinic Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance on a first-come, first-served basis the second Saturday of each month. Visit malsi.org.

68. July 7-13, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1984: Armadillo Jack’s, a restaurant, opened in the Beale Street Landing building at Beale Street and Riverside Drive. The opening features armadillo races.

Meanwhile renovation and restoration work are underway at Calvary Episcopal Church, including a rebuilding of the church’s Aeolean-Skinner organ – the largest church organ in the Mid-South – and a renovation of Calvary’s Parish House to include an elevator, new library and courtyard. The church’s mural room, home to the Lenten season Waffle Shop, also doubles in size with the undertaking.

69. Shelby Farms Boutique Hotel; Midtown Gated Community on Latest LUCB Agenda -

Two proposed developments in two of the city’s high-profile areas – a 130-room boutique hotel near Shelby Farms and a new gated community in Midtown – will headline the Land Use Control Board’s Aug. 10 agenda.

70. Patterson Out as Downtown Memphis Commission Head -

Terence Patterson is leaving as president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission effective immediately.

71. Not Ours, Not Theirs -

Not the apple of the apple's eye. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about 8 feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was done.

72. Bruster’s Highlights Highland Strip Growth -

When a small record shop called Pop-I’s opened in late 1960s, it helped spark the transformation of a mundane neighborhood shopping center near the University of Memphis into a popular entertainment destination for students.

73. Patterson Out as DMC Head, Oswalt Is Interim Leader -

Terence Patterson is leaving as president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission effective immediately.

74. Last Word: The List Lawsuit, Charlie Morris on 1939 and New Rules for Democrats -

This looks like the end of Grit ‘n’ Grind as we wait for the other shoe to drop following Zach Randolph’s exit from the Grizzlies to Sacramento. There were a lot of rumors Wednesday, the day after Randolph’s $24 million free agency deal, including some about Marc Gasol and the Celtics. And then Tony Allen dropped a Grizz reference from his Twitter account causing even more speculation.

75. Cooper-Young Getting New Coffee House -

945 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $85,750

Application Date: July 2017

76. Micromanaging Nashville is Job 1 for Legislature -

Metro Nashville is used to getting hammered by the Legislature’s Republicans.

Nearly every time the Metro Council tries to come up with a solution to growing problems, conservatives in the General Assembly swoop in and save the rest of the state from Music City’s attempts to better handle its success.

77. Friendliness Drives Barcelona’s Attraction -

Friendly. That’s my lasting impression of Barcelona. This northeastern Spain city, perched between the foothills of the Pyrenees and Mediterranean Sea a couple hours south of the French border, goes to the beat of its own Catalan drum. But every beat I encountered was a friendly one, and only cemented my love of this city.

78. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

79. MATA Offers Abbreviated Bus Service on July 4 -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will operate on a Sunday schedule for Tuesday, July 4. That applies to fixed-route bus service and MATAplus service.

The rubber-tired trolleys the transit authority operates Downtown will also run on a Sunday schedule on the Fourth of July with trolley buses not running on Madison Avenue. But there will be fixed-route service at Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street.

80. Memphis 3.0 Effort Gets to Basic Facts -

Putting together the city’s first long-term comprehensive development plan since the 1980s is proving to be about covering a lot of the same material at public meetings.

Before a standing-room-only crowd Thursday, June 29, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Ashley Cash, the comprehensive planning administrator for the city, dutifully covered how the city is going about putting together the Memphis 3.0 plan that will debut in 2019. The emphasis is on letting those at the meeting know the city wants input from them and people they know. And the appeal can’t be made too often.

81. African-American Museums Get $400K in State Funding -

A group of eight Tennessee museums that focus on the history of African-Americans in the state will get $400,000 in state funding.

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators announced the funding agreement Monday, June 26, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam as part of the state’s 2017-2018 budget.

82. Holiday Travelers to Enjoy 17-Year Low in Gas Prices -

Motorists taking to the road for the July 4 holiday weekend will benefit from the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005, paying an average of $2.21 per gallon, well under the 10-year average of $3.14, according to GasBuddy.

83. Mark Russell Named Executive Editor of CA -

Mark Russell, the interim executive editor of The Commercial Appeal since May, is the permanent choice for executive editor of the daily newspaper.

Russell’s permanent move into the position was announced Tuesday, June 28. He is the first African-American leader in the 176-year history of the institution.

84. Editorial: Memphis Tourism Has Its Own Unique Ride -

Memphis is never, ever going to be a theme park built for the delight of visitors from around the world.

Memphis tourism is increasingly about exploration and personal experiences that tell someone on a journey a few things about themselves as well as this city by the river.

85. Stiff Competition -

Selling Memphis as a place to visit may be easier now than it’s ever been. Conversely, it may also be as difficult as it’s ever been. That dichotomy arises from the fact that Memphis has more amenities, more things to do, see and eat than ever before.

86. Last Word: No Deal, Ivan Rabb and Intermodals in Overton Park -

And the winner is … not Fred’s. After months of speculation about the Memphis-based discount retail store’s transformation into a pharmacy-based enterprise with the purchase of hundreds of Rite Aid stores in a third-party divestment move, Fred’s was nowhere to be found when Walgreens announced a deal Thursday to buy the Rite Aid stores. The corporation told investors it will still pursue its strategy but acknowledged its trajectory is “stunted” – that as Fred’s got hammered on Wall Street.

87. Alleged Gang Members From California, Tennessee Indicted -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 22 members and associates of street gangs in California and Tennessee have been indicted on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

88. Barksdale Fertilizes Relationships Through Agriculture -

William Barksdale is just off a trip to China, but he’s reminiscing about the Mississippi Delta. On sultry summer days spent alongside his father, walking the rows of soybean and cotton fields, Barksdale grew into an awareness of the nobility of farming – the simple grace involved in raising crops that will feed and clothe people.

89. New Grizzlies Ready to Work, Free Agent Picture Still Cloudy -

All across the NBA landscape, teams are trotting out their second-round draft picks and saying the same things: We had these players rated higher. We couldn’t believe they were still there. And the classic, “We’re so happy they fell to us.”

90. ‘Great Streets’ Experiment Opens Between River and FedExForum -

The sun umbrellas are on the way for the tables and chairs on the northern side of Peabody Place between Front and Main streets, and so is a temporary mural wall and some kiosks for a marketplace.

A Times Square-meets-Broad Avenue experiment at the southern end of Downtown’s Main Street Mall got underway this week with reggae music, popsicles and, of course, bicycles.

91. $18.5 Million Permit Filed for Central Station Project -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, developers pull an $18 million permit for the Central Station overhaul, another new Downtown hotel is in the works and the new Laurelwood bookstore gets a restaurant...

92. Holiday Travelers to Enjoy Lowest Gas Prices Since 2005 -

Motorists taking to the road for the July 4 holiday weekend will benefit from the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005, paying an average of $2.21 per gallon, well under the 10-year average of $3.14, according to GasBuddy.

93. Russell Named Executive Editor of The Commercial Appeal -

Mark Russell, the interim executive editor of The Commercial Appeal since May, is the permanent choice for executive editor of the daily newspaper.

94. Russell Is New CA Executive Editor -

Mark Russell, the interim executive editor of The Commercial Appeal since May, is the permanent choice to be executive editor of the daily newspaper.

95. Darden CEO: Millennials Still Enjoy Chains Like Olive Garden -

NEW YORK (AP) — Millennials may be shunning some habits beloved by past generations, but one restaurant company CEO says they still want to go to sit-down chains like Olive Garden.

"Believe it or not, millennials still want to come to restaurants," Gene Lee, chief executive of Olive Garden's parent company Darden Restaurants, said Tuesday, based on what he said was the company's research.

96. Opera Memphis Using Grant to Reach Mostly Absent Audience -

Innovation isn’t necessarily the first word that comes to mind to describe opera. That’s one reason Opera Memphis’ award of a $28,000 Innovation Grant – among the first to be handed out by OPERA America, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation – is interesting, to say the least.

97. African-American Museums Get $400K in State Funding -

A group of eight Tennessee museums that focus on the history of African-Americans in the state will get $400,000 in state funding.

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators announced the funding agreement Monday, June 26, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam as part of the state’s 2017-2018 budget.

98. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden continues its 2017 Vine to Wine wine-tasting series with “Reds, Whites, and Blues” Tuesday, June 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Pop the cork with patriotic spirits and blues on the Live Garden stage, and snap a photo with the popular special guests, the regal eagle and his friends from Reelfoot Lake. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details.

99. Last Word: Cooper-Young Complications, The Mackin Investigation and Tuition Hike -

Landmarks status for Cooper-Young is on hold because part of the process for the status isn’t an official part of the application process. That would be the part that requires a certain number of signatures to get the status. And it has put on hold a similar process in Vollintine-Evergreen.

100. Two Men Indicted In Heroin Overdose Death -

Two men have been indicted on second-degree murder and drug charges for their roles in the death last year of a 28-year-old man who died of a fatal overdose of heroin and other drugs, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office.