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1. In New Orleans, A Regulation Reboot For Short-Term Rentals -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sounds of a raucous pool party drift over a privacy fence amid brightly colored cottages that have become vacation rentals in New Orleans' Marigny neighborhood, and Allen Johnson laments the dwindling number of full-time neighbors.

2. Plans for Memphis Union Mission Expansion Revealed -

Memphis Union Mission has revealed plans for a new 100,000-square-foot facility Downtown that would serve up to 350 homeless guests.

The expansion plans for the nonprofit’s headquarters at 383 Poplar Ave. were disclosed Wednesday, Aug. 29, in a request for a zoning exception from the Board of Adjustment.

3. Last Word: Police Surveillance on Trial, Elvis Alternatives and Firestone's Dilemma -

In Memphis Federal Court Monday morning, Memphis Police surveillance of protesters over the last two years is on the docket of U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla. McCalla ruled earlier this month in advance of the nonjury trial that police conducted “political surveillance” of protesters in violation of a 1978 federal court consent decree.

4. A Costly Ride -

Memphis is poised to adopt a transit plan that promises a big economic splash, but first supporters must sell the general public on a $30 million annual price tag before any transformation occurs.

“Everyone in Memphis has an interest in a good, effective transit system,” said Mayor Jim Strickland, already in promotion mode, “even if you never get on a bus.”

5. Concern in Arkansas Town Highlights Trade Fears Across U.S. -

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy.

6. Commercial Appeal, Amazon Eying New Locations -

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $412 million

Project Cost: $330 million

7. Bluff Park -

Four replicas of Civil War-era cannons placed in then-Confederate Park six years ago were removed from the riverfront site this week, part of the revamping of the property by Memphis Greenspace.

The removal on Wednesday, Aug. 1, by private work crews for the nonprofit owners of the park, symbolizes the ongoing changes to the property, including renaming the parcel Memphis Park. Memphis Greenspace bought the park as well as Health Sciences Park last December – a major step in eliminating Confederate markers from the two parcels.

8. Pope Seeks to Abolish Death Penalty, Changes Church Teaching -

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his view that all life is sacred and there is no justification for state-sponsored executions.

9. Commercial Appeal Looking at New Spot Downtown -

The Commercial Appeal building was a nexus of local news coverage for Memphis and the Mid-South for nearly a half-century, but The CA won’t be operating out of its 495 Union Ave. location for the first time since the Ford Administration.

10. The CA Looking at New Spot Downtown -

The Commercial Appeal building was a nexus of local news coverage for Memphis and the Mid-South for nearly a half-century, but The CA won’t be operating out of its 495 Union Ave. location for the first time since the Ford Administration.

11. Hale Named Principal Owner At Pickering Firm -

After 17 years with Pickering Firm Inc., James Hale has been tapped as one of the architecture and engineering firm’s principal owners. As director of finance and administration, Hale is responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the firm and the day-to-day fiscal management of the company. Hale, who is based in Pickering’s Memphis office, also oversees all accounting and administrative staff, including human resources and IT.

12. In His Final Months as Tennessee Governor, Haslam Reflects on His Education Legacy -

While Gov. Bill Haslam entered office as an education-minded leader intent on reforms, much of his administration’s K–12 public school work has focused on holding the line on sweeping policies launched under his predecessor.

13. City Council Delays Sale Of Lamar Fire Station -

The Memphis City Council delayed a vote Tuesday, July 24, on the sale of a city fire station at the intersection of Lamar Avenue, Kimball and Pendleton for $307,000 to a developer who wants to build a convenience store-gas station at the site.

14. $3.5M Building Permit For Former Toof Building -

The Toof American Digital building on Cooper Street could be the latest vacant Midtown property to be revitalized.

Grinder Taber & Grinder Inc. has filed a $3.5 million permit to renovate the former Toof building at 670 S. Cooper St. for a new tenant.

15. City Council Holds Off on Sale of Lamar Fire Station -

The Memphis City Council delayed a vote Tuesday, July 24, on the sale of a city fire station at the intersection of Lamar Avenue, Kimball and Pendleton for $307,000 to a developer who wants to build a convenience store-gas station at the site.

16. $3.5M Building Permit for Former Toof Building -

The Toof American Digital building on Cooper Street could be the latest vacant Midtown property to be revitalized.

Grinder Taber & Grinder Inc. has filed a $3.5 million permit to renovate the former Toof building at 670 S. Cooper St. for a new tenant.

17. De-Annexation Plan Encounters Council Resistance -

The Strickland administration’s proposal to de-annex two more parts of the city – Southwind-Windyke and Rocky Point – got bad reviews Tuesday, July 24, in city council committee sessions on their way to the first of three council votes in August.

18. Germantown Retail Center Sells for $13M, Orion Files Permit for New HQ -

1245 N. Germantown Parkway,
Cordova, TN 38016

Sale Amount: $12.6 million

19. Orion Files Building Permit For New Downtown HQ -

Orion Federal Credit Union has filed a $5.8 million building permit application for its new headquarters in the Memphis Medical District.

Located at 400 Monroe Ave., the building permit application for interior build-out lists Montgomery Martin as the project’s contractor.

20. With Memphis Heritage’s New Store, New Life Breathed into Pieces of Old Memphis -

A train station’s bathroom door. The terra cotta trim of a medical building. An oblong sink that preservationist plucked from a now-demolished building on South Front Street.

Pieces of old Memphis get new opportunities for use at an Edge neighborhood store that once housed a body shop. Heritage Building Supply opened in November.

21. Orion Files Building Permit For New Downtown HQ -

Orion Federal Credit Union has filed a $5.8 million building permit application for its new headquarters in the Memphis Medical District.

Located at 400 Monroe Ave., the building permit application for interior build-out lists Montgomery Martin as the project’s contractor.

22. Big Attraction Not Key to Remaking Mud Island River Park, N.Y. Expert Tells Memphis Group -

Mud Island River Park doesn’t need a master plan or a new big attraction, the former director of Governors Island in New York City told a Memphis group this week.

Leslie Koch said she had neither during her tenure as president and chief executive of the Trust for Governors Island, the organization created to manage the former military base that was turned over to the city of New York as park land.

23. HopeWorks Formally Opening New Facility Thursday -

HopeWorks will hold a ribbon cutting Thursday, July 19, to celebrate its new facility, located in Binghampton at 3337 Summer Ave. in the former Southern Security Federal Credit Union. The grand-opening event will begin at 10 a.m., with tours of the facility. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will speak prior to cutting the ribbon.

24. Last Word: Early Voting Goes Bigger, Worst Kept Secret and Christmas on Carr -

By 9:30 p.m. Monday, 599 people were still without power from weekend storms, according to MLGW with crews working into Tuesday. Meanwhile, 4,324 citizens had voted early through Monday at five sites with early voting expanded to all 27 sites Tuesday. There has to be some kind of connection there but at the moment it eludes me. Meanwhile, here is the grid of early voting sites and their hours from the Shelby County Election Commission… grid, get it?

25. Billionaires Fuel US Charter Schools Movement -

SEATTLE (AP) – Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Wash-ington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.

26. Midtown Property Switches Hands for $2.2M -

The vacant lot on Union Avenue where Sean’s Cafe & Smooth Moves juice bar once stood, will soon be home to the latest Pinnacle Financial Partners bank branch.

Property owner 1615 Union Development LLC sold the parcel for $2.2 million,according a July 13 warranty deed Monday for the former cafe lot. In conjunction with the purchase, new owners Balvinder Kumar and Jatinder Sharma took out a $1.5 million loan from Bank of Bartlett for the former drug store property.

27. Clayborn Temple Names First Executive Director -

The co-writer and producer of a musical about the 1968 sanitation workers strike is the first executive director of Clayborn Temple.

Anasa Troutman was named Thursday, July 5, to lead the effort to fully renovate and find a new use for the historic church south of FedExForum.

28. Downtown Board Approves Tax Breaks for South Main, Beale Projects -

A pair of potentially place-changing projects were approved for PILOTs by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, July 10.

29. Downtown Board Approves Tax Breaks for South Main, Beale Projects -

A pair of potentially place-changing projects were approved for PILOTs by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, July 10.

30. Arkansas Company to Restore Historic Jonesboro Building -

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – The old building at 215 Union St. has sat vacant for decades.

But after the National Park Service placed it on the National Register of Historic Places recently, plans are in motion to bring it back to life.

31. Troutman Named Executive Director of Clayborn Temple -

The co-writer and producer of a musical about the 1968 sanitation workers strike is the first executive director of Clayborn Temple.

Anasa Troutman was named Thursday, July 5, to lead the effort to fully renovate and find a new use for the historic church south of FedExForum.

32. Events -

Community LIFT holds an Empowerment Fund grant information session Monday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. The microgrants are available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Grant applications are due July 27; those interested in applying should attend the information session. Visit communitylift.org for details.

33. Feds Award $637K to Protect Tennessee Civil War Battlefield -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service is awarding $637,500 to help buy and preserve part of a Civil War battlefield in Tennessee that has been threatened by development.

The Park Service announced Thursday that the Franklin Battlefield will receive an American Battlefield Protection Program grant.

34. Events -

Hands of Mothers hosts its annual benefit concert, featuring Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Sunday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the High Cotton Brewing Co. taproom, 598 Monroe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, beer, bloody marys and food, and their contribution ($35 in advance or $40 at the door) will be used to educate and empower mothers and daughters living with HIV in Rwanda. Visit handsofmothers.org/concert for details.

35. New Beale Street Hotel, A Vehicle ‘Vending Machine,’ and New Life on Former Buccaneer Site -

380 Beale St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Project Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 10

Owner: Miller Memphis Inc.

Tenant: TCH Memphis LLC

36. Hotel Planned For Fourth and Beale Vacant Nightspot -

Plans for a five-story 120-room hotel on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale Street go to the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation Tuesday, July 10, seeking a 15-year tax break for the $16 million project.

37. Review of Mud Island Museum Begins as River Museum Closes Early for Season -

The former director of Governors Island in New York and the head of a Colorado company that helps develop outdoor adventure businesses are coming to Memphis this month as part of the process of rethinking the 36-year-old Mud Island Mississippi River Museum.

38. Hotel Planned For Fourth and Beale Vacant Nightspot -

Plans for a five-story, 120-room hotel on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale Street go to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday, July 10, seeking a 15-year tax break for the $16 million project.

39. Diane Black Proud of Unfavorable Ratings With ‘Far Left’ -

Republican contender for Tennessee governor U.S. Rep. Diane Black drew the endorsement of the American Conservative Union as she spoke at the national group’s Memphis forum Monday, July 2, on jobs and the economy.

40. Paradigm Promotes Hand to Creative Director & Associate -

Becca Hand, Paradigm Marketing & Creative’s new creative director and associate, began working for the company five years ago, starting out as a graphic designer before being promoted to art director. Now, as she works her way toward a partnership at Paradigm, Hand is looking forward to contributing to the company vision in her new role.

41. The Week Ahead: July 2-8, 2018 -

Good morning, Memphis! The Fourth of July hits on Wednesday this year, delivering plenty of fireworks and fun in the middle of the week. Check out our roundup of Independence Day events and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

42. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

43. Grocery Veteran Bringing Cash Saver Store to Former Kroger Southgate Site -

Rick James got his start in the grocery store industry at 15 when he, like a lot of teenagers, got his first job bagging groceries at a small independent retailer outside Union, Missouri.

44. Trump to Tout Economic Policies at Foxconn Groundbreaking -

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was highlighting his economic policies Thursday by taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to a state he barely carried in the 2016 presidential election.

45. Community LIFT Accepting Grant Applications -

Community LIFT has begun accepting applications for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants. Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

46. Gareth Munro Named Collierville High’s Soccer Coach -

Collierville High School has named Gareth Munro as its new women’'s and men’s soccer head coach.

The head men’s coach at Briarcrest Christian for the last five years, Munro will begin duties immediately at CHS. He replaces Brittany Streger and Drew Hensarling.

47. Midtown Getting Denser, North Main Getting New Coffee Shop -

2542 Broad Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112

PILOT Length: 15 years

Project Cost: $51 million

48. Binghampton Apartments, Parkside TIF Get EDGE Greenlight -

Several hundred new apartments, a South Memphis grocery store and a new TIF district were all given the green light by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County during a busy Wednesday, June 20, board meeting. 

49. Council Approves New Hotel To Replace Benchmark -

Memphis City Council members approved a special use permit Tuesday, June 19, for a new hotel on the northwest corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard to be built where what’s left of the old Benchmark Hotel currently stands.

50. Council Approves 13-Year Contract with MRPP, Makes End of Fiscal Year Moves -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

51. Council Approves 13-Year Contract With MRPP, Makes End of Fiscal Year Moves -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

52. Council To Review ‘Shared Mobility’ Rules For Scooters, Bike Share -

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, June 19, at a “shared mobility” ordinance that would set broad ground rules for “shared use mobility bicycles, electric assist bicycles and electric scooters.”

53. Hilton Canopy Hotel, Museum Lofts Receive Tax Incentives -

Rhode Island-based Magna Hospitality Group, doing business as MHF Memphis VI LLC, has been granted a 15-year tax incentive to build a $43 million four-star hotel on the site of the former Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

54. Lake District Lands Malco Theater, Former Benchmark Seeks New Life -

3536 Canada Road,
Lakeland, TN 38002

Tenant: Malco Theatres Inc.

Tenant’s Agent: Michael Lightman, Michael Lightman Realty

Landlord: The Lake District

55. $20M Permit Filed For Bakery Apartments -

The team redeveloping the Wonder Bread bakery and several nearby properties has filed a $20 million building permit application for the apartment portion of the $73 million mixed-use project.

LRK was tapped to handle the design work, while Montgomery Martin Contractors will head up the construction.

56. $20M Permit Filed for Bakery Apartments -

The team redeveloping the Wonder Bread bakery and several nearby properties has filed a $20 million building permit application for the apartment portion of the $73 million mixed-use project.

LRK was tapped to handle the design work, while Montgomery Martin Contractors will head up the construction.

57. Last Word: Our Un-Signature, City Hall Beat Down and Lamar Avenue -

The first thing most people notice when they realize there is lots of development going on in Memphis but that its quite different than Nashville’s brand of development is that you don’t see nearly as many construction cranes here as you do there. It’s become an un-signature of sorts for what is an ongoing remake of Memphis. We adapt and use for new purposes. We also move institutions around, it turns out.

58. New Benchmark Owners Seeking Incentives for 4-Star Hotel -

A Rhode Island-based company has acquired the site of the former Benchmark Hotel and is seeking a 15-year tax incentive from the Downtown Memphis Commission to demolish the structure’s remaining concrete skeleton and replace it with a new four-star hotel.

59. Last Word: Big River Summer, AuthenticAfrican Revealed and 100 North Main -

It’s the month that doesn’t have a festival with its name in the title, the month after the month that does have a festival bearing its name. It’s the month of heat and sun and heat lightning, lightning bugs and tourists and no school. Baseball before the All-Star break, politics past one set of primaries but before the other midterm primaries, budget seasons and the difference between the unrestricted fund balance and the restricted fund balance and patio society underneath the ferns. Welcome to June.

60. Brooks Releases Feedback on Downtown Move -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art plans to use feedback from public sessions about its Downtown move to vet potential architects for the riverfront campus.

The museum this week released data compiled by Key Public Strategies following four sessions earlier this year to gauge patrons’ thoughts about the planned move to a site at Front Street and Union Avenue.

61. Bayer Selling $9B in Ag Business Ahead of Monsanto Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has agreed to the U.S. government's demand that it sell about $9 billion in agriculture businesses as condition for acquiring Monsanto Co., a U.S. seed and weed-killer maker.

62. State Approves Expansion Of Downtown TDZ -

Plans for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s move Downtown and a new aquarium took a major step forward as the State Building Commission’s executive subcommittee approved the addition of Mud Island and the riverfront to the city’s Downtown Tourism Development Zone on Tuesday, May 22.

63. Sleep Out Louie Returns, Tennessee Brewery Preps for Phase II -

150 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN 38103: After more than a decade, Sleep Out Louie, Memphis’ favorite fictional vagabond, is returning to the Bluff City.

64. TDZ Expansion Seen As Catalyst for 'Public Realm' Work -

In the five weeks since the Riverfront Development Corporation became the Memphis River Parks Partnership, Greenbelt Park on Mud Island and Martyr’s Park on the Memphis mainland have gotten some rehabbed park benches. The bench work includes the Bluffwalk as well as work on the RiverLine trail that runs behind the flood walls on the other side from the Pyramid.

65. Last Word: One Beale Changes, Treedom and Motel Mirrors in Cooper Young -

For all of the expectation and ambition present in a Memphis where Crosstown Concourse is almost a year old, Shelby Farms Park is an institution and the local economy in general has shaken off a lingering recession that wanted a rent to own deal – there may be some limits to our ambition. At least the scope of some of our ambition, which brings us to the One Beale project at Beale and Riverside.

66. Last Word: Bike Second Line Protest, Loeb's Portrait and SCS Budget Notes -

“Get on your bikes and ride.” The local bike share program begins Wednesday at 60 different Explore Bike Share stations at different points around town. The bike rental program is considered a milestone in the city’s bicycle culture. And like all milestones there has to be a ceremony. This effort to make it easier to mix bikes into your daily journeys will kick off Wednesday morning in Court Square at 9:30 a.m.

67. State Approves Downtown TDZ Expansion -

Plans for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s move Downtown and a new aquarium took a major step forward as the State Building Commission’s executive subcommittee approved the addition of Mud Island and the riverfront to the city’s Downtown Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) on Tuesday, May 22.

68. Tennessee Governor: Sanctuary Bill to Become Law Sans Signature -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he will allow legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature, saying it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.

69. Bill Gates Gives $44M to Influence State Education Plans -

SEATTLE (AP) – Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms.

70. Grant Awarded For Auto Museum -

A facade improvement grant for a new automotive museum near Sun Studio was approved by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, May 16, clearing the way for Richard Vining’s $1.4 million renovation project at 645 Marshall Ave. to begin.

71. Events -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest returns Wednesday through Saturday, May 16-19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the annual Ms. Piggie Idol Contest; the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

72. Events -

The Memphis Jewish Community Center will screen “Besa: The Promise” Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at MJCC, 6560 Poplar Ave. The film weaves Albania’s heroism in World War II through the journeys of two men. The screening is part of the monthlong Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project. Cost is free. Visit jccmemphis.org for details.

73. Events -

The Memphis Jewish Community Center will screen “Besa: The Promise” Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at MJCC, 6560 Poplar Ave. The film weaves Albania’s heroism in World War II through the journeys of two men. The screening is part of the monthlong Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project. Cost is free. Visit jccmemphis.org for details.

74. Events -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest returns Wednesday through Saturday, May 16-19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the annual Ms. Piggie Idol Contest; the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

75. Grocery Wars -

For a typical consumer, a trip to the grocery store might mean little more than a quick run to pick up essentials like bread and milk. Cart filled. Self-checkout. Back out the sliding doors. So mundane, none of it is given a second thought once you’re back in the car with your purchases.

76. Inner Fortitude -

Amid a teacher shortage attributed partly to economic opportunities luring away candidates, local educators are creating urban teaching programs and adopting new recruitment strategies.

Rhodes College is launching a master’s program in urban education in June and is offering a $10,000 scholarship to each student. If the student receives a Stafford federal loan of $15,000 and commits to teaching at a “high-need” school, the degree essentially will be free.

77. MLK-Inspired -

What today is known as the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis was born out of the city’s fallout from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.

78. Memphis Army Depot, CA Building Get New Owners -

2028 Memphis Depot Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38114

Sale Amount: $50 million

79. Downtown DoubleTree Sells for $29 Million -

Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Hospitality Group has purchased the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown for nearly $29 million.

Continental, doing business as King & Union Memphis Acquisitions LLC, bought the 185 Union Ave. hotel for $28.9 million, according to an April 19 warranty deed.

80. Downtown DoubleTree Sells for $28 Million -

Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Hospitality Group has purchased the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown for nearly $29 million.

Continental, doing business as King & Union Memphis Acquisitions LLC, bought the 185 Union Ave. hotel for $28.9 million, according to an April 19 warranty deed.

81. Strickland Proposes City Property Tax Rate Change After Windfall -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is proposing a change in the city property tax rate from the current $3.27 to a $3.19 rate as part of his third budget proposal.

82. Downtown DoubleTree Hotel Sells for $28M -

Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Hospitality Group has bought the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown for nearly $29 million.

Continental, doing business as King & Union Memphis Acquisitions LLC, purchased the 185 Union Ave. hotel for $28.9 million, according to an April 19 warranty deed.

83. CA Sells Land, CBRE Inks New Office Deal -

597 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103: Gannett Co. Inc., The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, has sold 5 acres adjacent to the CA’s 495 Union Ave. location to a New York-based investment company that specializes in acquiring underperforming and underutilized locations from legacy newspapers.

84. Wells Fargo Fined $1B for Mortgage, Auto Lending Abuses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses.

85. Last Word: Failed Test, Trolley Back Story and Violent Crime Down City and County -

The state’s third problem with online student achievement testing in three years is gathering political force in Nashville. And that force is aimed for the most part at testing in general and the role it plays in evaluating teachers and students.

86. Last Word: Bakery Rising, Legislative Notes From Nashville and Jazz Messiah -

Some call it the Bakery Project – others Wonder Bread. Whatever you call it the redevelopment project that is centered on the old Wonder Bread bakery on Monroe between Downtown and the Medical District is moving with a building permit this week for what developer Gary Prosterman and his team call the Cadillac Building … because it was once a Cadillac dealership. That’s part of the code being used for places that have been out of action or barely functioning for decades and are now under development.... very post-apocalyptic. 

87. Prosterman Talks Trends for Wonder Bread Project and Phase Two ‘Jewel’ -

As a fourth-generation Memphian, Gary Prosterman is familiar with the drive to and from work on Union, Monroe or Madison avenues.

He called for an informal show of hands at the Memphis Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday, April 10, of how many also drive the streets daily and a lot of hands went up.

88. Bus System Overhaul Would Shift Balance of Service to More Frequency -

Consultants mapping a reconstruction of the city’s bus system are suggesting $30 million more a year in annual city funding for the system and a shift of bus service so that 70 percent of the routes have a higher frequency, reducing wait times during peak hours on major north-south and east-west corridors.

89. Last Word: MLK50s Big Day, Hotel Changes and Murica on Capitol Hill -

The peak of the MLK50 events came Wednesday with a chill but some sunshine and lots to consider. Understand -- this isn’t over. There are still a few more events to go through the weekend and even into next week. If nothing else, a lot more Memphians and visitors got a good look at most of South Main in the best way possible – on foot. And if the Beale Street District ever expands east to Danny Thomas, the intersection there makes a really good place for a party.

90. Two Downtown Hotel Projects Moving Forward After Delay -

Two Downtown Memphis hotel projects that were seemingly in stasis appear to moving forward.

Though unrelated, both projects have filed paperwork indicating physical progress may soon be around the corner.

91. Two Downtown Hotel Projects in Question Appear to be Moving Forward -

Two hotel projects Downtown Memphis that were seemingly in stasis both appear to moving forward.

Though unrelated, both projects filed paperwork Tuesday, April 3 that indicate physical progress may soon be around the corner.

92. Last Word: Mason Temple 50 Years Later, Medical Pot Dies in Nashville and Fire -

Mason Temple still looks pretty much the same as it did in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came there to give what would be his last speech – the Mountaintop speech – the night before his assassination. Tuesday evening, 50 years to the day that King gave that speech, the Church of God In Christ sanctuary was awash and aglow in multi-colored lights as a capacity invitation-only crowd gathered to mark the occasion.

93. China Raises Tariffs on US Pork, Fruit in Trade Dispute -

BEIJING (AP) – China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, apples and other products Monday in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy.

94. Riverfront Agency Names Coletta President and CEO -

The new president and CEO of the Riverfront Development Corp. will oversee changes in the organization that runs the city riverfront under a contract with the city. The changes include more of an emphasis on raising private money for the city’s riverfront plan as well as a name change to be announced later.

95. MLK 50 Years Later -

Bernard Lafayette remembers being in Memphis April 3, 1968, and a dejected Martin Luther King Jr. being roused from his room at the Lorraine Motel to speak at Mason Temple on a rainy night.

96. Massive Mixed-Use Project Slated for Broad Avenue -

In many ways the Broad Avenue water tower has become the defining emblem of the iconic arts district, but the empty warehouse it sits on stands in stark contrast from the vibrant shops, restaurants and art galleries that line the more developed south side of the street.

97. Coletta to Lead Changing Riverfront Development Corp. -

The new president and CEO of the Riverfront Development Corp. will oversee changes in the organization that runs the city riverfront under a contract with the city. The changes include more of an emphasis on raising private money for the city’s riverfront plan as well as a name change to be announced later.

98. 25 Tennessee Communities Get Economic Development Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Twenty-five communities in Tennessee are receiving more than $9.6 million in grants to help them attract economic development projects.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in a news release that the Site Development Grants announced Wednesday are intended to help rural communities finalize infrastructure and engineering improvements for project-ready, certified economic development sites.

99. Olford Ministries Continues to Influence the World -

The man who reportedly most influenced the Rev. Billy Graham’s ministry left a legacy in Memphis that still impacts people from all over the world.

100. Riviana, Ebrofrost Continue Work On $26M Frozen Food Facility -

2360 Prospect St.

Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $3.1 million

Project Cost: $26.5 million

Application Date: March 2018

Owner: Riviana Foods