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1. Three-Day Wine Festival Comes to Memphis in 2017 -

Memphis is getting another food event.

Vintage901 is a three-day wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12 next year for wine lovers, foodies and music aficionados from around the region.

2. Man Charged With Killing Memphis Police Officer Has Court Date -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man charged with shooting three people and then running over and killing a Memphis police officer is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing.

Justine Welch faces charges of first degree murder, attempted murder and evading arrest in what authorities have called a crime spree on a busy weekend night in downtown Memphis on June 4. He is scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday with his public defender.

3. MATA in Parternship With Livable Memphis -

Livable Memphis and the Memphis Area Transit Authority have partnered to improve Memphis’ bus-riding experience. Together, the groups raised $20,500 to install 24 new seats at bus stops not currently supported by conventional bus shelters.

4. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

5. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

6. Three Entities Pay $2.6M For Bartlett Apartments -

A Bartlett apartment community has sold for $2.6 million. In a March 30 warranty deed, Summereast, an affiliate of the Robert and Martha Fogelman Living Trust, sold the property at 776 Bartlett Road. Three entities – TN Summereast LLC, Garden View LLC and WI Memphis LLC – jointly purchased the property.

7. Plane With NASCAR Team Makes Emergency Landing in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Hendrick Motorsports airplane made an emergency landing early Monday morning because smoke was discovered in the cabin.

The plane was returning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway and made a fuel stop in Oklahoma before taking off again to return to North Carolina. Roughly an hour later, the plane was forced to land at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee.

8. Kentucky-Bred Alex Castle Brewing Up Memphis Inventions -

Alex Castle, head distiller at Old Dominick Distillery, will be responsible for Memphis’ only brand of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon when the Downtown facility is up and running later this year.

9. Nordstrom Will Lure More Class A Retailers to Memphis -

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly-built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

10. Nishikori Wins 4th Memphis Title, Tying Connors' Record -

Kei Nishikori won his fourth straight Memphis Open title on Feb. 14, beating teenager Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4.

The Japanese player joined Jimmy Connors as the only four-time winners of the event and became the fourth active player to win an event four times, joining Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

11. After 40 Years of Pro Tennis, Will Memphis See Another? -

You can’t tell the players – or the owners – without a scorecard.

That’s the recent history of what is presently called the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster.

It is, specifically speaking, an ATP World Tour 250 event.

12. Glazed With Tradition, Gibson’s Keeps Customers Coming Back -

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

Gibson’s has been a Memphis icon since Lowell Gibson and his brother opened it in 1967 at 760 Mount Moriah Road, the East Memphis locale where it’s still going strong nearly 50 years later.

13. Glazed with Tradition, Gibson’s Donuts Keeps Customers Coming Back -

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

Gibson’s has been a Memphis icon since Lowell Gibson and his brother opened it in 1967 at 760 Mount Moriah Road, the East Memphis locale where it’s still going strong nearly 50 years later.

14. Sterigenics Sees Growing Demand In West Memphis -

This year will be one of continued expansion and growth at the West Memphis facility of Sterigenics International, which in October announced a $15 million expansion there that will triple gamma sterilization capacity.

15. RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan -

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

16. Sterigenics Sees Growing Demand In West Memphis -

This year will be one of continued expansion and growth at the West Memphis facility of Sterigenics International, which in October announced a $15 million expansion there that will triple gamma sterilization capacity.

17. EPIcenter Launches Work, Business Space In Germantown -

The EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization has teamed up with the city of Germantown to open a collaborative work and business space in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a shopping center at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Road.

18. Dixon Museum Renovations, Upgrades Enhance Possibilities -

Upgrades to HVAC systems aren’t always sexy, but those types of improvements can make the difference in a museum getting an exhibit or being passed over for institutions with more up-to-date facilities.

19. FDA Approves Cancer Support Drug With Memphis Ties -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new advanced cancer support drug with local ties to Memphis.

Rolapitant, developed by Tesaro Inc., has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The drug received approval as a result of three phase III clinical trials led by an international research team that included Dr. Lee Schwartzberg, executive director of West Cancer Center.

20. Wi-Fi Reaches Memphis Airport’s Cellphone Lot -

The Memphis International Airport is now offering Wi-Fi in its cellphone parking lot, where drivers wait for the arrival of incoming passengers before pickup.

The cellphone lot, located to the right of the main drive, has recently received flight information displays with arrival times, improved lighting and landscaping.

21. Trial Date Set for Man Charged With Killing Memphis Officer -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for a man charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer in December 2012.

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge James Beasley set a June 20 trial date for 24-year-old Treveno Campbell.

22. Wi-Fi Reaches Memphis Airport’s Cellphone Lot -

The Memphis International Airport is now offering Wi-Fi in its cellphone parking lot, where drivers wait for the arrival of incoming passengers before pickup.

The cellphone lot, located to the right of the main drive, has recently received flight information displays with arrival times, improved lighting and landscaping.

23. FDA Approves Cancer Support Drug With Memphis Ties -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new advanced cancer support drug with local ties to Memphis.

Rolapitant, developed by Tesaro Inc., has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The drug received approval as a result of three phase III clinical trials led by an international research team that included Dr. Lee Schwartzberg, executive director of West Cancer Center.

24. Winmark to Bring New Resale Stores to Memphis -

The big sister store of Plato’s Closet is looking to come to Memphis, and new-to-market sports and music equipment resale concepts also are on the way.

Parent company Winmark Corp.’s presence in Memphis has steadily grown since 2008, when it opened Once Upon a Child and Plato’s Closet stores in Cordova. Presently, two franchisees operate seven stores across those two brands.

25. Office@Uptown Serves Neighborhood -

When Valerie Peavy bought the building at 594 N. Second St. in 2011, it was a furniture store that had been a community fixture in Uptown for years.

26. New Tech901 Expands City’s Tech Field -

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis to help guide technology job growth, while showing outside companies advantages of doing business in the Bluff City.

Tech901’s mission is to train current and potential Memphians for a variety of technology jobs while working with employers to increase the local technology job base.

27. Delta Blues Winery Announces Memphis Legends Wine Label -

Delta Blues Winery is launching two new wines under its “Memphis Legends” label honoring The Memphis Horns.

The “Memphis Legends” label was created to honor Memphis musicians who’ve made an impact in the city and around the world. Delta Blues Winery co-owner Jim Wilson says the idea had been brewing for a few years, but only began to take shape after a chance meeting between his wife and winery co-owner Sheila Wilson and Amy Jackson, the wife of Wayne Jackson, one half of the legendary Memphis Horns.

28. Cybersecurity Starts With Employees -

Cybersecurity has been a hot topic for companies and individuals alike in recent years. Last month, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a new bill aimed to protect companies from hackers. The purpose is to allow businesses to communicate with each other and also share information with the government on cyber-criminal intelligence.

29. Jimmy Carter Swings Habitat for Humanity Hammers in Memphis -

Former President Jimmy Carter had planned on being in Nepal Monday, Nov. 2, to build homes for the poor.

30. The Kitchen Community is Growing Gardens in Memphis Schools -

In September, children at Resurrection Catholic School harvested sweet potatoes out of the garden they had been studying all year. They knew about soil content and the lifecycle of a seed, and they knew that there was something special about these sweet potatoes.

31. With Both Teams Ranked, Ole Miss-Memphis Matchup is High-Stakes Game -

Not only did University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen lead the charge to hand out doughnuts to Tigers students waiting in line for Ole Miss game tickets, he offered them the opportunity to buy extra tickets so as to expand the student section at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

32. Groups Want More Memphians to Discover River’s Front Yard -

Once upon a time it was called the “promenade.” In 1828, two years after the city of Memphis was incorporated, the city’s founders and their successors put it in writing.

The statement – signed by the men who owned 5,000 acres where the Wolf and Mississippi rivers meet – read: “In relation to the piece of ground laid off and called the Promenade, said proprietors say that it was their original intention, is now and forever will be that the same should be public ground for use only as the word imports.”

33. GLO Will Look to Grow Routes In Memphis -

A New Orleans-based carrier new to the scene could unlock more routes for Memphis International Airport.

GLO, a startup airline founded in 2013, announced 12 weekly nonstop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Memphis to begin in November.

34. Cossitt Library’s October Events Designed to Activate Riverfront -

Far from Tiger Lane, University of Memphis football fans will have a new place to tailgate Friday, Oct. 2, as the Tigers play the University of Southern Florida in Tampa.

It’s also the kickoff of a month of events to call attention to one of the best views of the Mississippi River on what was once known as the “promenade.”

35. Jerry Lee Lewis to Celebrate Big Birthday in Memphis -

Legendary entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis is scheduled to blow out the candles this weekend in honor of his 80th birthday at his namesake honky tonk on Beale Street.

36. Easy Bacon Partners Steve Harvey With Memphis-Based Monogram Foods -

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

37. Witnesses Testify About Officer's Fatal Shooting in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A witness to the fatal shooting of a Memphis policeman said Friday that he saw the suspect shoot the officer during a struggle as the pair walked toward a squad car, and heard six shots altogether.

38. Memphis IT Firm NexTek Keeps An Eye Toward Next Big Thing -

NexTek does all the work of a traditional information technology department through virtual networks. Instead of having expensive, in-house servers, small- to mid-sized businesses can turn to NexTek for data management, email hosting and computer and network support – all accomplished remotely with cloud-computing services.

39. Banks with Memphis Ties On List of ‘Best to Work For’ -

Financial industry publication American Banker has named Pinnacle Financial Partners the No. 3 best bank to work for in the country.

Nashville-based Pinnacle is set to close in the third quarter on its merger with Memphis-based Magna Bank. This is the third year in a row Pinnacle has earned a spot in the magazine’s top three.

40. Banks with Memphis Ties On List of ‘Best to Work For’ -

Financial industry publication American Banker has named Pinnacle Financial Partners the No. 3 best bank to work for in the country.

Nashville-based Pinnacle is set to close in the third quarter on its merger with Memphis-based Magna Bank. This is the third year in a row Pinnacle has earned a spot in the magazine’s top three.

41. Cloverleaf Shopping Center Sells in $4.8 Million Deal -

5071, 5079 and 5150 Summer Ave.
761 N. White Station Road
Memphis, TN 38122

42. Famed Wine Cellar Maker Toasts East Memphis Job -

An international, custom wine cellar company has uncorked its crown jewel in Memphis. Michigan-based Revel Custom Wine Cellars has been working for two years to craft the perfect wine haven for a local tech entrepreneur.

43. Parkway Village Hotel Sells for $4.8 Million -

The Campaige Place extended-stay hotel has sold for $4.8 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Aug. 14.

The hotel is located at 2705 Cherry Road, just north of American Way between Getwell and Perkins roads, in Parkway Village.

44. Parkway Village Hotel Sells for $4.8 Million -

The Campaige Place extended-stay hotel has sold for $4.8 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Aug. 14.

The hotel is located at 2705 Cherry Road, just north of American Way between Getwell and Perkins roads, in Parkway Village.

45. Man Charged With Killing Memphis Officer Says He Is Indigent -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-convict charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer during a struggle told a judge Wednesday that he is indigent and he was appointed a public defender.

46. Uber Reaches Deal with Memphis Airport -

A popular ride-sharing service has reached an agreement to operate at Memphis International Airport, the second company to do so in recent months.

Uber and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority have reached a deal that immediately enables the ride-sharing platform’s driver-partners to pick up and drop off at Memphis International Airport.

47. Coliseum Group Mobilizes With Eye on Memphis Elections -

Leaders of the effort to reopen the Mid-South Coliseum are planning another “revival” outside the Fairgrounds arena with political timing and a political purpose.

The “Roundhouse Revival” – being planned for Oct. 4 – comes between the end of early voting in Memphis elections and the Oct. 8 election day.

48. Uber Reaches Deal with Memphis Airport -

A popular ride-sharing service has reached an agreement to operate at Memphis International Airport, the second company to do so in recent months.

Uber and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority have reached a deal that immediately enables the ride-sharing platform’s driver-partners to pick up and drop off at Memphis International Airport.

49. Beale Authority Prepares to Negotiate Lease With Memphis Leaders -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”

50. Plane Talk -

It was 2012 and Tom Jones was growing increasingly frustrated.

The root of Jones’ discontent was the high fares Delta Air Lines was extracting from Mid-Southerners at Memphis International Airport.

51. Level Nine Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

52. Level Nine Services Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

53. Mickelson Rallies, But Fabian Gomez Wins Memphis Golf Tournament -

Billy Horschel wore FedEx colors – purple and orange – on Sunday for the last round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It seemed to work for him as he shot a 5-under 65 to finish at 7 under and in tie for 8th place.

54. MAA Outgrowing Its East Memphis Headquarters -

MAA has tapped Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to explore its long-term corporate office needs.

The apartment-focused real estate investment trust says internal growth and the 2013 acquisition of Colonial Properties Trust means space at its East Memphis headquarters is getting tight.

55. Cummins Will Stay, Expand in Memphis -

Ending months of speculation, Cummins Inc. will remain – and expand – in Memphis, according to state and company officials.

Cummins and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said the company would invest $6.7 million to expand its current parts and distribution center in Memphis, creating 70 new jobs in the process.

56. Riverfront Restaurant Will Open for Memphis In May -

Riverfront Bar & Grill at Beale Street Landing will remain open during the Memphis In May International Festival activities in Tom Lee Park.

57. Sugarlands Distilling Teams Up With Memphis in May -

Sugarlands Distilling Co., a producer of craft moonshine and whiskey, has teamed up with Memphis in May to be the exclusive moonshine for the 2015 International Festival.

58. Sugarlands Distilling Teams Up With Memphis in May -

Sugarlands Distilling Co., a producer of craft moonshine and whiskey, has teamed up with Memphis in May to be the exclusive moonshine for the 2015 International Festival.

59. Fogelman Moving Forward With East Memphis Retail Center -

A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II is moving forward with plans to build a new retail center on a key piece of land in the heart of East Memphis.

Crown Centre LLC has applied for a $3.2 million building permit to build the “shell” of a 29,000-square-foot, single-story retail building on the site of the old Cozymel’s Mexican Grill site at 6544 Poplar Ave., near International Paper’s campus in East Memphis.

60. Wilson Air Expanding at Memphis International -

Wilson Air Center is spreading its wings at Memphis International Airport.

The Kemmons Wilson Cos. subsidiary signed a 10-year lease with the airport for the former Pinnacle Airlines hangar at Memphis International, expanding its jet footprint by 30,500 square feet of prime hangar space.

61. Start Co. Teams With Innova Memphis -

Start Co. has a new partner that’s bringing new funding with them to bolster the venture development organization’s efforts.

62. Charter Operator AB Jets Soaring to New Heights -

David Turner began working for a local charter plane operation in 2000, but five years later Turner decided he needed a change of scenery and started flying for Memphis-based AB Jets.

63. Mississippi Renews Water-Rights Battle With Memphis -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to file a new lawsuit alleging Memphis is stealing water from the state.

64. Perry Takes On New Role With Memphis Grizzlies -

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Elliot Perry to its Basketball Operations department as director of player support, the team announced.

Now entering his 10th season with the organization, Perry’s responsibilities in this role will include working with Grizzlies players on facets of life outside of basketball and preparing them, personally and professionally, for long-term success on and off the court. Among other duties, Perry also will act as an adviser with respect to efforts in the community and Grizzlies Foundation.

65. Cargill Will Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January of next year, a move that will impact 440 employees, according to a news report.

66. Cargill Will Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January of next year, a move that will impact 440 employees, according to a news report.

67. Walnut Hill Apartments Sells for $28 Million -

8920 Walnut Grove Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $27.9 million

Sale Date: Aug. 28, 2014
Buyer: IRT Walnut Hill Apartments Owner LLC
Seller: 30 California-based limited liability companies
Details: The 324-unit Walnut Hill Apartments in Cordova has sold for $27.9 million to an entity affiliated with Philadelphia-based RAIT Financial Trust.

68. Wine Referendum Makes Memphis Ballot -

Voters in unincorporated Shelby County will not be voting on wine in grocery stores on the Nov. 4 ballot.

But voters in Memphis and the six suburban towns and cities will.

The Shelby County Election Commission completed its count Tuesday, Aug. 26, of signatures on the referendum petitions in each of the areas. To go on the ballot, each area had to have the signatures of 10 percent of the number of voters who voted in the last general election for governor.

69. Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN -

Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

70. Downtown Officials Launch ‘Scoop the Poop’ Campaign -

Downtown Memphis has overcome obstacle after obstacle as it re-emerged from the ashes of suburban flight and urban renewal.

But as Downtown’s residential population has steadily climbed over the last several years a new urban menace has reared its head, or tail, to be more precise: dog poop.

71. ABF Freight Wins PILOT for Memphis Expansion -

ABF Freight System Inc. has received a tax break for the proposed expansion of its Memphis facility.

72. Startup Space -

The new Cowork Memphis venture in Cooper-Young has quickly developed into a resource and educational hub for freelancers and other busy professionals, helped in part by participation from entrepreneurs like Michael Nunn.

73. Cowork Memphis Opens Workspace Venture -

Freelancers and other busy professionals who work remotely, outside of a traditional office setting, probably know the feeling.

Their coffee shop is loud and sometimes a difficult place to work. Perhaps a phone call comes in that they need to step outside to take – while being stuck leaving papers spread out and a computer on the table inside. And working from home, of course, brings its own distractions.

74. Details Surface in Ambitious Digital Pilot Program -

Toward the end of his run as Memphis City Schools superintendent, Kriner Cash talked of a switch in schools to digital devices for learning away from school.

It ultimately didn’t get very far in terms of details like how it would be paid for. And school board members at the time greeted the idea of giving students such devices to take home with silence.

75. New Restaurant Opening Near Sears Crosstown -

A restaurant and bar with ties to a Memphis reality television show will open later this month near Sears Crosstown.

The restaurant and bar, called FoxCee’s Overton Park Bar & Grill, is being opened by the host and producer behind “Fox in tha City,” which airs on WLMT-TV CW30.

76. Five Memphis Artists Win ArtsMemphis Grants -

Five Memphis-area artists will be the first recipients of ArtsAccelerator grants, created earlier this year by ArtsMemphis to help individual working artists in the field of visual arts.

The winners are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Each artist will receive a $3,000 ArtsAccelerator grant, and all projects will be completed by August 2014.

77. Five Memphis Artists Win ArtsMemphis Grants -

Five Memphis-area artists will be the first recipients of ArtsAccelerator grants, created earlier this year by ArtsMemphis to help individual working artists in the field of visual arts.

The winners are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Each artist will receive a $3,000 ArtsAccelerator grant, and all projects will be completed by August 2014.

78. Delivering Memphis -

The school groups and local musicians who’ve serenaded visitors to Memphis International Airport in recent weeks are part of a broader plan to create a memorable travel experience at the airport.

Rather, a MEMorable travel experience, to use the airport leadership’s nomenclature, with the emphasis on the first three letters suggesting a need to give travelers more of a taste of Memphis that goes beyond obvious choices like barbecue and Elvis.

79. Memphis Airport Adds Free Wi-Fi -

Memphis International Airport continues to add new customer-friendly amenities this year, including the introduction Thursday of free Wi-Fi service throughout Terminals A, B and C.

During the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners Thursday, Nov. 21, monthly board meeting, officials discussed the ongoing upgrades and renovations occurring at the airport.

80. Improved Cell, Wi-Fi Coming to Memphis Airport -

Travelers and workers at Memphis International Airport should experience improved cell and wireless service.

Boingo Wireless, the leading provider of airport Wi-Fi and Distributed Antenna System services in the U.S., has been selected to design, build and manage the first DAS at the Airport.

81. Improved Cell, Wi-Fi Coming to Memphis Airport -

Travelers and workers at Memphis International Airport should experience improved cell and wireless service.

Boingo Wireless, the leading provider of airport Wi-Fi and Distributed Antenna System services in the U.S., has been selected to design, build and manage the first DAS at the Airport.

82. Levien: ‘Real Dialogue’ With Fans Crucial -

Last week in The Daily News, we brought you Part 1 of my interview with Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien. He talked about, among other things, ESPN The Magazine naming the franchise as the best in pro sports as just a starting point. He also said the Grizzlies will continue to keep an open mind about further player moves that could help the team.

83. Beale Street Landing Fences Removed -

The grass-covered hill that forms the roof of Beale Street Landing was an immediate hit with riverfront visitors Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the first construction fences came down on the site.

“We’re finally far enough along in construction that we feel like it’s safe enough to take down the fencing in certain areas,” said Dorchelle Spence, vice president of the Riverfront Development Corp., which manages the landing and 11 other riverfront parks, including Mud Island, for the city of Memphis.

84. Pleasant View Apartment Complex Sells for $3 Million -

The 259-unit Pleasant View apartment complex at 3085 Steele St. and 3158 Steele St. in Frayser has sold for slightly less than $3 million.

85. Laufer Bolsters Third-Party Logistics Service With Memphis Office -

Laufer Group International Ltd. has continued its Southeast expansion by making an entry into the Memphis logistics market with a Downtown office.

The third-party logistics (3PL) provider is focused on providing highly sophisticated value-added solutions to importers at competitive prices, and establishing a presence a key distribution hub like Memphis made sense.

86. Ubiquiti Faces Tech Giants in Internet Push -

Some of the biggest technology companies have begun making moves toward the same goal being pursued by Ubiquiti Networks Inc., the wireless communications company founded by Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera.

87. New Route -

For frequent fliers, the perks that come with elite status often outweigh miles.

In the fiercely competitive airline industry, carriers are increasingly relying on “status matches” that go far beyond mileage points to woo top customers.

88. Memphis Airport to Introduce Free Wi-Fi -

Soon, passengers at Memphis International Airport will be able to surf the Web for free as they wait for flights.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority awarded a contract to Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless to provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout the airport, including the terminals, baggage claim areas and rental car customer service area in the ground transportation center.

89. App Savvy -

Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem has picked up a steady stream of buzz and success in recent years, attracting new participants, mentors, startups and accelerators.

In all that activity, though, it’s sometimes forgotten that there are startups out there that entrepreneurs have built from the ground up pretty much on their own, forgoing outside help to rely purely on their own hustle.

90. Lincoln Charged With Selling Memphis to World -

There is a surge these days in Memphis boosterism, but there may be no one else with their pulse more on what is new and exciting and worth celebrating in the city than Rashana Lincoln.

As director of community engagement for the New Memphis Institute (formerly the Leadership Academy), Lincoln is charged with selling her greatest passion: Memphis.

91. Hospital Billings Vary Widely in Memphis -

Government data released for the first time last week showed that hospitals across the nation bill Medicare widely different amounts for the same procedures.

St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, N.Y., charged $29,637 for patients who received a respiratory system diagnosis and remained on a ventilator more than 96 hours, while Stanford Hospital in Stanford Hospital, Calif., charged $929,119.

92. Celebrating Rails -

More railroad passengers boarded and stepped off Amtrak trains at Memphis Central Station in 2012 as travelers turned to trains amid higher gas prices and improved rail reliability.

Passengers who embarked and alighted in Memphis gained 11.2 percent to 73,116 travelers in the 2012 fiscal year ended Oct. 31, compared with 65,769 passengers a year earlier.

93. Now Showing: Memphis Rocks -

Last week we discussed the importance of crafting a legacy statement to help steer your life and priorities, while affording future generations something to cherish. This week, let us re-focus on our civic pride campaign, “Memphis Rocks,” which is now featured on thousands of T-shirts being worn around the Mid-South and in various cities around the globe.

94. Wills Stewarding Growth of East Memphis Land -

For Walter Wills III, taking care of his neighborhood and the surrounding area is one of his life tasks.

Wills & Wills LP has owned much of the land in the Kirby-Quince corridor for more than 40 years. The area is seeing an influx of medical office and retail users in the past few years, and more are expected with a new Regional Medical Center at Memphis outpatient center in the area.

95. California Company Buys Former Quebecor Facility -

828 E. Holmes Road Memphis, TN 38116

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: Feb. 15, 2013

96. Tenants in Common Buy Southern Avenue Apartments -

Three tenants in commons have paid $2.4 million for three apartment complexes on Southern Avenue in the University of Memphis’ 38111 ZIP code.

The three tenants are Gideon D. Zook and Mary A. Cook; Campus Property Management LLC; and Summit Asset Mgt. LLC, whose percentage of ownership varies with each parcel.

97. Smucker Wins Tax Break for Memphis Expansion -

The J.M. Smucker Co. is staying put in Memphis. The company, which makes fruit spreads here, has walked back the decision it announced in 2010 to close its Memphis plant and lay off employees by this year. That’s because Smucker is getting a tax break for a $55 million expansion it’s planning.

98. Smucker Wins Tax Break for Memphis Expansion -

The J.M. Smucker Co. is staying put in Memphis.

The company has walked back the decision it announced in 2010 to close its Memphis plant and lay off employees by this year. That’s because Smucker is getting a tax break for a $55 million expansion it’s planning.

99. Potter Promotes Grizzlies With Memphis Flair -

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Jason Potter got his first taste of event promotion while studying business at Indiana University.

100. Southwest Executive Hints at Airline’s Plan for Memphis -

The Traffic Club of Memphis’ February luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, featured Wally Devereaux, director of sales and marketing for the Cargo Management Group of Southwest Airlines.

Devereaux’s talk focused primarily on the cargo side of Southwest’s business, but he did drop a few hints of what to expect from the passenger side as 2013 unfolds. Devereaux said he could not comment on airfare questions because he did not know.