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1. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they (police) deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

2. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

3. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens leader Al Lewis posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

4. Winning and Losing Legislation in Tennessee in 2017 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Here is a look and some of the winning and losing bills of the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly:

WINNERS

ABORTION BAN-20 WEEKS: Enforces a 20-week abortion ban if the fetus is deemed viable. HB1189

5. Last Word: Railgarten Redux, Raleigh Springs Mall and Forrest Author Speaks -

Railgarten II, Son of Railgarten, Railgarten, Beyond the Board of Adjustment, Railgarten, Enter The City Council … Take your pick of sequel titles. Railgarten goes back to the City Council Tuesday for at least a committee discussion in which the council considers whether it should take back the special use permit it granted the bar-restaurant. This is a follow up to the Board of Adjustment decision last month to delay any action on approving the other annexes of the business for 30 days.

6. Last Word: Three Gs React, More CA Changes and the Forrest Controversy Defined -

The day after Germantown leaders offered his school system $25 million for Germantown Elementary, Middle and High Schools, SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson was fielding calls from parents of students at the schools – the “three Gs” as they are known.

7. View From the Hill: Forrest Kerfuffle Might Be Sign of Bigger Problem -

Legislation that slipped through the House of Representatives honoring an unknown author who penned a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist biography was enabled by the climate within the Republican-controlled body, a Memphis legislator says.

8. Tenn. Lawmakers Look to Void Resolution Honoring Forrest Biographer -

NASHVILLE – Memphis lawmakers blasted a Smyrna legislator Thursday morning, accusing him of violating their honor system by sliding a resolution through the House honoring an author they perceive as a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist.

9. Last Word: End of The Season, Honoring Forrest and MATA's Coming Campaign -

It’s over. No Game 7 for the Grizz and the off-season begins. Spurs advance after beating the Grizz at the Forum Thursday 103 – 96. But in the process, the Grizz created a chapter in Memphis basketball lore where it is about more than winning on the court.

10. MRG Reshapes Overton Gateway Plan, Residents Still Not Happy -

A revised multifamily development planned by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC that reduces the number of apartment units and adds amenities that would better connect the project with the neighborhood still didn’t get positive reviews from residents.

11. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

12. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

13. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

14. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

15. Germantown Town Center Gets First OK -

Even as nearby large mixed-use developments like TraVure and Thornwood rise from the ground, a proposed 32-acre town center-style mixed-use development west of Saddle Creek could be Germantown’s most transformative project in recent memory when it’s all said and done.

16. Judge Rules Against UPS in Untaxed Cigarette Case -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge ruled Friday that UPS ignored "red flags" that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations, but stopped short of imposing a $873 million penalty that regulators sought in the civil case.

17. Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan -

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

Dubbed the Overton Gateway, Makowsky Ringel Greenberg’s plans for a proposed multifamily development at the confluence of Sam Cooper Boulevard and East Parkway received a cold reception from residents of the surrounding Lea’s Woods neighborhood Tuesday evening, March 21.

18. Commission Rejects Move of Confederate Statue From Park -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission is blocking a plan by Memphis city leaders to move a statue honoring a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader out of the downtown area.

19. Collierville, Millington Mayoral Races Top Suburban Ballots in November -

The mayors of Collierville and Millington are running for re-election on the November ballot and as the noon Thursday, Aug. 18, filing deadline approaches for the Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal ballots the two mayors have challengers.

20. Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting -

It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.

21. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down -

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.

Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.

22. The Week Ahead: June 20-26 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a new headstone for one of the Beale Street Sheiks to an event to celebrate (and buy from) Memphis' maker community. 

23. NY Authorities Say UPS Knowingly Shipped Untaxed Cigarettes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Authorities said Tuesday they have proof UPS knowingly shipped about 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Native American reservations to consumers and smoke shops from 2010 to 2014, even though they had agreed more than a decade ago to stop.

24. Massacre: 1866 and the Battles Over How Memphis History is Told -

At the end of March with much secrecy, Rev. Keith Norman took delivery and responsibility for a large, heavy crate that stayed in his office for the next month.

“Don’t tell anybody, don’t let anybody get it, if they come in and say they work for the park commission or anybody, tell them to show identification,” were the instructions said Norman, who is president of the Memphis Branch NAACP.

25. TraVure Development Wins Hard-Fought Approval -

After months of dispute and compromise, the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the 10-acre TraVure planned development.

Opponents and supporters of the project agreed that it was precedent-setting, but they agreed on little else during a two-hour debate on Feb. 22 at Germantown City Hall.

26. Last Word: The Trade, Hardaway-Todd Grudge Match and Tomato Aspic -

Jeff Green leaves the Grizzlies for the Clippers and Lance Stephenson leaves the Clippers for the Grizzlies.
That was the trade at the NBA’s Thursday afternoon deadline that caused much of Thursday’s deadline buzz as well as lots of social media reaction.
Some of the reaction was tempered by the other part, a protected lottery pick for the Grizz as well.

27. The Truth, Whole Truth, Nothing But the Truth -

THE INS AND UNS OF OUR TRUTH. Truth is the truth. It isn’t inconvenient, inconsistent or incomplete. It isn’t uncomfortable or unpleasant and certainly not untrue.

But what we’ve made of the truth is all of those things.

28. Timberlake Remarks Show Generational Change in Music Heritage -

Memphis music heritage, and the remembrance of it, turned an important corner Saturday, Oct. 17, when Justin Timberlake walked on stage at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Timberlake, 34, is the youngest inductee into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

29. Little Rock Officials Weigh Renaming Confederate Boulevard -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Though only a short stretch of Little Rock's Confederate Boulevard remains, to some it is a glaring reminder of the city's checkered racial past.

City officials are expected to consider a petition Thursday to rename the boulevard's last few blocks after one of the area's first black property owners. Coincidentally, the planning commission's vote comes 58 years to the day that 1,200 troops arrived to escort nine black students to their first day of class during the integration of Central High School.

30. Confederate Parks Renaming Court Ruling Charts Path of Controversy -

The Tennessee Court of Appeals concluded last week that the city of Memphis was involved in the placement of a concrete marker in what used to be Forrest Park that set off an ongoing chain of events.

31. Appeals Court Keeps Alive Confederate Parks Renaming Challenge -

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has revived a legal challenge to the city’s renaming of three Confederate-themed parks with a Friday, Aug. 21, ruling that keeps only one of the 15 plaintiffs intact.

32. Final Forrest Statue Vote Moves Controversy to Planning Stage -

Memphis City Council members closed out a series of votes Tuesday, Aug. 18, on moving the statue and disinterring the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park near Downtown Memphis.

33. Council Gives Final Approval To Forrest Statue Removal -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 18, to an ordinance setting the stage for removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park

34. Memphis City Council to Revisit Benefits Changes -

Memphis City Council members continue Tuesday, Aug. 18, to revisit decisions they made on retiree and employee benefits in the last year.

At its Tuesday session, council members vote on the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow some city employees to “freeze” their decision to enter the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program.

35. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

36. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

37. One Beale Clears Last Government Hurdle -

The $160 million One Beale twin tower development cleared its last local government hurdle Tuesday, Aug. 4, with a council vote approving the project at Beale Street and Riverside Drive.

In other action Tuesday, the council gave final approval to a redistricting plan that takes into account the annexations of south Cordova and the Wyndike/Southwind area since the 2011 city elections.

38. One Beale Clears Last Government Hurdle -

The $160 million One Beale twin tower development cleared its last local government hurdle Tuesday, Aug. 4, with a council vote approving the project at Beale Street and Riverside Drive.

In other action Tuesday, the council gave final approval to a redistricting plan that takes into account the annexations of south Cordova and the Wyndike/Southwind area since the 2011 city elections.

39. Council Delays Final CLERB Vote Until After Elections, Citing Officer's Death -

Memphis City Council members delayed a vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, on new rules for the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board until after the October city elections.

And there appeared to be a new difference of opinion within the administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. about the ordinance.

40. County Commission Delays Forrest Resolution Vote -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed a vote Monday, July 27, on a resolution supporting the plan by the city of Memphis to move the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of Health Sciences Park.

The resolution by Commissioner Van Turner will be discussed in Aug. 5 committee sessions.

41. Commission Considers Statue Move, Bailey Honor -

Shelby County Commissioners consider Monday, July 27, whether to get involved in the city’s plan to move a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of the city park once named for the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard.

42. City Council OKs East Memphis Storage Facility -

Memphis City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday, July 21, an indoor storage center planned development at 900 Reddoch Street along Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

43. Tennessee Mayor Offers To Accept Forrest Statue -

The mayor of a Tennessee town says he’s willing to take a statue of Confederate Gen. and early Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest if Memphis doesn’t want it.

44. City Council OKs East Memphis Storage Facility -

Memphis City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday, July 21, an indoor storage center planned development at 900 Reddoch Street along Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

45. Council Redistricting Discussion Yields to Talk of Council Changes -

A discussion among Memphis City Council members about redistricting Tuesday, July 21, turned into the idea of changing the structure of the council to single-member districts and discarding the multi-member super districts the council has had since 1995.

46. Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to End Nathan Bedford Forrest Day -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state lawmaker says he is seeking to have the legislature do away with a day honoring Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest.

47. Forrest Birthday Observance Draws Large Crowd -

Confederate groups’ observance of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s birthday Sunday, July 12, drew a larger-than-usual crowd of several hundred people to the city park once named in honor of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.

48. Forrest Vote Signals Change in General’s Legacy -

When the city of Memphis voted to rename Forrest Park and two other Confederate-themed parks in Downtown Memphis two years ago, City Council member Bill Boyd criticized the move and extolled Nathan Bedford Forrest’s virtues.

49. Council Approves Forrest Move -

Memphis City Council members approved unanimously Tuesday, July 7, a resolution that begins the process of moving the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, Mary Ann, in the base of the monument.

50. Elmwood Can Handle Forrest Graves But Not Statue -

Elmwood Cemetery is offering to reinter the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife Mary Ann where they were originally buried if the Memphis City Council and city administration follow through on a proposal to disinter them.

51. Elmwood Can Handle Forrest Graves But Not Statue -

Elmwood Cemetery is offering to reinter the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife Mary Ann where they were originally buried if the Memphis City Council and city administration follow through on a proposal to disinter them.

52. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

53. This week in Memphis history: July 3-9 -

2014: Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says 308 police officers have called in sick during the Fourth of July holiday week in what he acknowledges is probably a “work action” by cops upset over cuts to health benefits.
The sick-out causes the department to use contingency plans, which include sending officers in units such as the Organized Crime Unit back to uniform patrol and using Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies in the Beale Street Entertainment District.

54. New Forrest Front -

The political battle over an equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and the park that houses it has opened a new front.

55. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

56. Wharton Proposes to Move Forrest Statue and Grave -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing to remove the statue of Confederate General, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from the park formerly named in his honor.

57. Mississippi's West to Lead West Memphis College Campus -

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – The woman who was in line to be executive director of Mississippi's community colleges will instead take the reins of a community college in Arkansas.

The Arkansas State University System announced Friday that Debra West will become chancellor of its West Memphis campus on Aug. 1. Formerly Mid-South Community College, the 1,800-student institution will become Arkansas State University Mid-South on July 1 pending approval by the Arkansas Higher Learning Commission later this month.

58. Conduit Job Cuts Follow Bass Pro Gain -

The news that Conduit Global would lay off nearly 600 of its 700 Memphis call center employees happened so quickly that Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was caught by surprise when the word came Wednesday, May 6.

59. Music Takes Center Stage for Nashville's New Year’s Eve -

Cynics and service industry folks might call it “amateur night.” And one can hardly blame them as New Year’s Eve can turn even the most unassuming guest into a rowdy reveler for a night.

60. St. Louis Fed Updates Memphis Board -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced some changes to the board of directors of its Memphis branch, effective Jan. 1.

61. St. Louis Fed Updates Memphis Board -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced some changes to the board of directors of its Memphis branch, effective Jan. 1.

62. Palazzolo Prepares to Lead Germantown -

Germantown Mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo was surprised that the mayor’s race became as hard-fought as it was.

But after beating former city division director George Brogdon last week, Palazzolo prepares to take the oath of office Dec. 15, assemble his administration and start work on a new economic development plan.

63. Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts -

The court fight over the city’s backlog of untested rape kits has two legal fronts with the filing this week of a Circuit Court lawsuit by Meaghan Ybos, Madison Graves and Rachel Johnson, the three rape survivors who filed suit earlier this year in U.S. District Court against Memphis and Shelby County over the backlog.

64. Macon Homes Complex Sells for $800,000 -

500 N. Claybrook St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $800,000

Sale Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Buyer: Crosstown Macon Homes LLC
Seller: Macon Homes
Details: The 24-unit Macon Homes section 8 apartment complex at 500 N. Claybrook St. in Midtown has sold for $800,000.

65. Health Care Safety Net Tops Council Agenda -

Memphis City Council members get more information during the Tuesday, Aug. 5, council day on different parts of City Hall’s ongoing health benefits and pension liability discussions.

But the only item on the agenda for a vote Tuesday is a resolution to create a $2 million “safety net” that was delayed last month.

66. AutoZone Celebrates 35th Year at First Store -

AutoZone Inc. celebrated the company’s 35th anniversary this week at the company’s Forrest City, Ark., store to thank the community where the auto parts retailer’s story began.

67. Local Projects Win State Grant Money -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam handed out five oversized grant checks Wednesday, July 23, on the University of Memphis campus for a total of $1.4 million in grants funding for various pedestrian, park and recreation projects across Shelby County.

68. AutoZone Celebrates 35th Year at First Store -

AutoZone Inc. celebrated the company’s 35th anniversary this week at the company’s Forrest City, Ark., store to thank the community where the auto parts retailer’s story began.

69. Wisconsin Company Plans Paper Plant in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.

70. Charlotte Firm Buys Mendenhall Warehouse -

4517 S. Mendenhall Road
Memphis, TN 38141
Sale Amount: $1.4 million

Sale Date: June 24, 2014
Buyer: TKC CLXXIX LLC
Seller: Tenn Thom Realty LLC
Loan Amount: $1.1 million
Loan Date: June 24, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of Charlotte, N.C.-based real estate development firm The Keith Corp. has paid $1.4 million for the 14,650-square-foot warehouse at 4517 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill.

71. Rape Kit Controversy Continues After Report -

This week’s report by former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis on the city’s backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits is unlikely to be the last word on the controversy.

Coleman-Davis concluded that no one involved in the 30-year backlog “willfully or maliciously conspired to deny due process.”

72. Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials -

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

73. Second Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog -

Three women allegedly raped by Anthony Alliano during a string of rapes in the Cordova area covering a decade have filed suit in Memphis Federal Court over the delay in testing their rape kits.

It is the second federal lawsuit filed against the city of Memphis since December over the backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits police acknowledged in November after initially putting the backlog of rape kits at 2,000 in August.

74. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

75. Bad Blood -

December was already going to be a busy month at City Hall for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

He would be bringing a plan to provide $15 million in city financing for the $180 million Crosstown revitalization project and rolling out its fix to address the Tennessee Comptroller’s vocal concerns about the city’s unfunded pension liability.

76. New in Rural Tennessee: Discovery Park of America -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it's not a villain's lair or superhero's headquarters.

77. UPS to Double Presence at Airport -

The world’s second-busiest cargo airport is about to see another increase in freight capacity, helping bolster a facility that has suffered in recent years from fewer passenger flights.

Atlanta-based United Parcel Service will double in size at Memphis International Airport, according to Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Larry Cox, who announced the news Thursday, Sept. 19, at the monthly board of commissioners meeting.

78. Haunted History -

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS. Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes.

At the time of this story, it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation that included farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee High Security Facility, now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Folks around there just call the whole thing the farm. When you’re driving a van full of scouts to camp at Fort Pillow State Park, you make a left off 51 at Henning and drive right by all of it.

79. Wharton Fires Back at Budget Critics -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said some critics of cuts this week in the Memphis Fire Department are the same Memphis City Council members who were critical of his administration for not cutting enough during the just-ended city budget season.

80. Eastward Bound -

Another Memphis park may be getting a name change just as the controversy over three Confederate-themed parks starts to move again at City Hall.

But unlike the controversy surrounding those parks, there doesn’t appear to be any disagreement about the changes for Columbus Park, a tiny patch of land at Adams Avenue and Third Street.

81. City Responds to Confederate Parks Lawsuit -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The city of Memphis is challenging a lawsuit that alleges officials acted illegally when they renamed three Confederate-themed parks.

Lawyers for the Memphis City Council filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in Shelby County Chancery Court on June 24.

82. Lawsuit Seeks Restoration Of Confederate Park Names -

A group of nine Memphians called “Citizens To Save Our Parks” is taking the city of Memphis and the Memphis City Council to court over the council’s February decision to temporarily rename three Confederate-themed parks.

83. Lawsuit Seeks Restoration of Confederate Park Names -

A group of nine Memphians called “Citizens To Save Our Parks” is taking the city of Memphis and the Memphis City Council to court over the council’s February decision to temporarily rename three Confederate-themed parks.

84. Parks Controversy Back to City Council -

The committee recommendations are in for new names for three Confederate-themed city parks. And the long-running controversy about the parks is now back to the Memphis City Council.

The ad hoc committee of nine, which included several historians and two City Council members, held its final meeting Monday, April 29, and voted with little discussion on several ideas for what used to be known as Confederate, Forrest and Jefferson Davis parks.

85. Three Confederate Parks Get New Recommended Names -

An ad hoc committee of the Memphis City Council voted Monday, April 29, on three permanent names to recommend to the City Council for three Confederate themed parks.

The council voted earlier this year to give the three parks temporary names in lieu of further council action.

86. Committee Split on Park Renaming Options -

The nine-member ad hoc committee that is supposed to come up with recommendations for the Memphis City Council on what to call three Confederate-themed city parks displayed a clear rift Monday, April 22.

87. Parks Debate Continues as Convention Departs -

With a Ku Klux Klan rally in the rearview mirror, the local debate over the renaming of three Confederate-themed city parks moved ahead this week.

A group of 60 attended a public hearing Monday, April 1, by the ad hoc City Council committee on the parks renaming at City Hall.

88. Lessons Learned -

What happened 15 years ago outside the Shelby County Courthouse between the seated figures of justice and wisdom informed much of what happened Saturday, March 30, when a different Ku Klux Klan group, the American Knights, came to Memphis and rallied at the other southern entrance to the courthouse – between the seated figures of authority and liberty.

89. Klan Rally, Heavy Police Presence Mix With Rain -

A group of 60 robed Ku Klux Klan members and swastika flag bearing members of the National Socialist Movement rallied Saturday, March 30, outside the Shelby County Courthouse.

The protest and a counter protest came with chilly temperatures and a rain that alternated between a mist and a downpour over several hours.

90. Public Hearing Monday on Renaming Parks -

The Memphis City Council ad hoc committee on the renaming of three city parks holds a public hearing Monday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

91. Fairgrounds Events Grow as Klan Protest Nears -

As Memphis Police have been planning in preparation for the Saturday, March 30, Ku Klux Klan demonstration at the Shelby County Courthouse, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a busy place for organizers of several alternatives to the Klan protest including a “Heart of Memphis” gathering there.

92. State Delays Auto Inspection Takeover -

The state of Tennessee has told the city of Memphis it will probably take two years for it to take over auto inspection duties in Shelby County.

But city funding for the auto inspection stations and employees runs out when the current fiscal year does, at the end of June.

93. Sales Tax Hike Headed to Ballot -

Memphis City Council members take final votes Tuesday, March 5, on a half-percent city sales tax hike referendum and the use of the estimated $47 million in revenue the tax hike will produce.

The council, which meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St., is expected to pass the referendum and send it to voters this year.

94. Permit Approved for Planned Klan Rally in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) – A Ku Klux Klan chapter has been granted a demonstration permit to protest the renaming of three Memphis parks that honored the Confederacy and two of its most prominent figures.

95. City Looks to 1998 Klan Demonstration as Guide -

The planned Ku Klux Klan demonstration March 30 at the Shelby County Courthouse is a demonstration inspired by the ongoing controversy over a park named for Confederate General, Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest.

96. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

97. Spence Named Vice President at Riverfront Development -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president at Riverfront Development Corp. Spence, who formerly served as director of communications, will assume broader organizational responsibilities to focus on providing strategic direction in addition to marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, programming and government relations.

98. Give Up These 40 Things for Lent -

40 THINGS TO DO WITHOUT. Lent has begun – a season of reflection and sacrifice for believers seeking spiritual strength, a season bridging the gray gloom of winter and the green promise of spring for those seeking renewal, a season of waffles and chicken hash for those seeking comfort in the caloric basement of Calvary Church – 40 days of all of that for me.

99. War Within the State -

TENNESSEE HAS DECLARED WAR ON SHELBY COUNTY. We now have renamed three parks. Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park. Confederate Park to Memphis Park. Jefferson Davis Park to Mississippi River Park. The new names are uninspired and uninteresting – they might as well be Boring Park, Bland Park and Whatever Park – but what inspired them is what makes them interesting.

100. Forrest Fire -

When the Memphis City Council got around to the discussion that counted this week on the future of Forrest Park and, as it turns out, two other Civil War-themed parks, council member Myron Lowery was adamant.