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1. Duran Arrest Highlights Uncertain Immigration Nexus -

Nine people were arrested by Memphis Police last week during MLK50 protests. One of those arrests has focused new attention on the nexus between federal immigration policies and local law enforcement.

2. MLK50 Observances Come With Appeals, Memories -

The way National Civil Rights Museum president Terri Lee Freeman described it as the MLK50 commemorations began this week, the church bells would cascade when they rang Wednesday, April 4, starting at 6:01 p.m. – the moment Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot 50 years ago.

3. 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.

4. Anniversary of King's Assassination Marked With Marches, Rallies -

Several thousand people marching under the banners of unions and civil rights organizations marched peacefully Wednesday, April 4, from the headquarters of the American Federal of State County and Municipal Employees at Beale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard to Mason Temple Church of God in Christ.

5. The Aftermath: Memphis' Political Journey Since 1968 -

For 50 years and counting, April 4 has been an important day in the life of Memphis.

To some Memphians, it is a holy day; to others, it’s a day of reflection, or perhaps one of action and service.

6. MLK50 Events: A Roundup of Memphis Happenings -

Here's a selection of events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers' strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 3 is the 50th anniversary of King’s last speech – the “Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple, while April 4 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

7. Dedication Of Plaza Among King Observances -

The city will formally dedicate a plaza in honor of the 1968 striking sanitation workers at an April 5 ceremony, one of numerous events surrounding the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

8. The Metrics Mayor -

At times in the last two years, political supporters of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland have been worried. They agree with what got him elected, his “brilliant at the basics” philosophy that makes basic services and fundamental play-it-safe financial strategies the priority at City Hall.

9. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

10. Last Word: Eureka Education, Confederate Monuments in Court and Dillon Brooks -

Supermarkets are hard. That is the tag line in every discussion about getting a supermarket or grocery store for a given part of town that doesn’t have one. And once a new supermarket goes up somewhere else, there is inevitably word that a competitor or two is going to build nearby. The discussion always includes the mandatory recitation of the 3 to 4 percent profit margin stores operate on, which even knowledgeable critics of the decisions about where to locate and not to locate stores acknowledge is accurate.

11. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Sell-Out Prep, Beale's Year and Tubby Talks -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is a sell out as of Thursday. And while your thoughts may turn to the sight of a full stadium at the Fairgrounds, at least some of you who are going are thinking about what traffic will be like in the area. Here is the parking and shuttle game plan at the outset and a day in advance. The Liberty Bowl Parade on Beale is at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a pep rally in the entertainment district and all are welcome.

12. Forrest Down -

It’s hard to know where the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is when there aren’t lights on it.

That was the case Wednesday, Dec. 20, as the spotlights normally illuminating the likeness of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard were doused.

13. City Council May Vote To Phase In MLGW Rate Hikes -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Dec. 19, on a set of water, gas and electric rate hikes recommended by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division to take effect next month.

A council committee is recommending the electric and gas-rate increases be phased in over several years.

14. Elections, Term Limits, Assemblies Face Council -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, on a move to repeal ranked-choice voting before it ever gets used. The body also talks about a proposed charter change that would raise council term limits from two consecutive terms to three and takes the first of three readings on changes to the ordinance that sets ground rules for parades, marathons and protests on city streets.

15. Last Word: Grizz Ownership Moves, Confederate Deadline and Medical Family Tree -

As many of us were focused on Tigers football and the journey to Orlando last week, there was word that either both or one of the two minority owners of the Grizz had exercised a buy-sell provision in the NBA team’s unique ownership agreement. And what could be a fight for control of the team’s ownership is underway. The sports website The Athletic broke the story last Thursday. Here it is. It also talks about the timing of this coming with the controversial sacking of David Fizdale, an interim coach at the helm of a changing team and lead owner Robert Pera’s lack of visibility in all things Grizz around the city.

16. Last Word: Lake District Recycling, The New First and The AAC 'Glass Ceiling' -

The U.S. Senate vote on a tax reform plan is now set for 10 a.m. our time Friday morning following more debate in D.C. that began Thursday as the trigger provision to raise tax rates if economic growth from the proposed tax cuts doesn't materialize was ruled out of order by the Senate parliamentarian. This was the provision on which the support of U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee hinged. And Corker is leading a group of deficit hawks whose block of votes is considered crucial in what happens to a proposal that was being reshaped as midnight approached. Here's Politico with comments from Corker as of late Thursday

17. Speedway Terrace Seeks Historic District Status -

Located along a shady stretch of North Parkway, Speedway Terrace has all the look and feel of a classic Midtown Memphis neighborhood – historical homes, ties to the early days of the city, and an abundance of bungalows.

18. Council Moves Toward Alcohol on Main Street -

Memphis City Council members delayed a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis in city parks, but moved forward on a proposal to allow open alcohol containers and consumption on Main Street.

19. Council to Take Final Vote on Confederate Monuments Alternatives -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues in city parks, and will discuss amending a city ordinance to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on Main Street Downtown.

20. Last Word: Pinnacle's Drive-Through, Back to Work On Beale and Tea Time -

The Grizz lose 103-94 in Dallas Wednesday to the Mavericks. The Mavericks are here Thursday. And Thursday is also the day the two minority owners of the Grizz can begin a process to possibly buy the team from Robert Pera. ESPN outlines an unusual process that if it comes into play could take a while to sort out.

21. Mayor Stands By Decision On Sewer Connections -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says if he had it to do over again, he would probably give more advance notice that the city was ending city sewer connections for developments outside the limits of Memphis.

22. Elvis Items to Hit Celebrity Auction Block on Nov. 11 -

Elvis collectors and fans will soon have the chance to own a piece of history when a variety of items once owned by the King become available.

GWS Auctions is auctioning off 150 celebrity items in an online event on Nov. 11, with an impressive array of memorabilia from Elvis, Hugh Hefner, Marilyn Monroe, Whitney Houston, JFK, Jackie O, Michael Jackson and more.

23. How Should ‘Good People’ React to Racist Ideology? -

Southern nationalists planning to lead rallies in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville are banking on Republican ideas and protection to spread their views, a burr under the saddle for state lawmakers in the controlling party.

24. Monuments, Elections, TDZ Expansion All Before Council -

Memphis City Council members take a third and final vote Tuesday, Oct. 17, on an ordinance directing the administration to act on “immediate” removal of Confederate monuments from two city parks.

25. Last Word: Athens Bound, The Amazon Campaign and All Things Grizz -

This may be the most covered meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission ever – the meeting Friday in Athens, Tennessee where Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will attempt to make the case for the commission granting him permission to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park. The chairman of the commission has already told Strickland in writing that the commission will not take up the matter – not even discuss it. Strickland hopes he will at least be heard. And he says the city should have a decision by mid-November and is adamant that this cannot be put off into the new year.

26. Week Ahead: Oct. 9-15 -

Hey, Memphis! The real NBA and college basketball seasons creep closer with teasing events this week and the schedule of fun things to do is highlighted by the second annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival Saturday evening. Here’s toasting to a great week.

27. Last Word: The Chamber on Forrest, Different Amazon News & More 2018 Dominoes -

The Greater Memphis Chamber rolls out its part of the push by the city administration to get a state waiver for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. Next week is the meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland showing up to make his pitch. That is even though the chairman of the body has told him the commission will not take up a waiver at the meeting.

28. Paying Beale Street Security Costs Raises Lease Questions -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 2, on whether the city should start using some of the $378,000 in Beale Street cover charge funds the Downtown Memphis Commission has been holding in two bank accounts since June.

29. Last Word: The Monument Letter, Soulsville Gateway and Gas Tax Hike Regrets -

The Redbirds take Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship series Wednesday evening with a 6-4 win over El Paso at AutoZone Park. Game 2 is noon Thursday at B.B. King and Union.

30. ‘Divisive Symbols’: Mississippi Case Offers Hope for Forrest Bust Removal -

State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.

31. State Panel Sheds New Light on Racial Atrocities -

State Rep. Johnnie Turner has seen what can happen when old wounds are never allowed to heal.

She’s seen it most recently in clashes between neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and white supremacists and those who resisted their hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protester was killed and 19 were injured when a car was intentionally driven into a group of counter protesters. Two state troopers also died in a helicopter crash that weekend.

32. Mayor's Office Says Confederate Monument Protesters Asking City To Break Law -

Jefferson Davis was surrounded this week, first by a group of more than 100 citizens seeking to remove his statue from Memphis Park and then by police after the Tuesday, Aug. 15, protest.

The gathering, heavy with religious leaders, was coordinated by several groups that have been active about various community issues the past year and a half and pursuing the removal of Confederate monuments.

33. Prayer Circle Demands Removal of Confederate Statues, Vows to Continue Protests -

More than 100 citizens including local religious leaders called Tuesday, Aug. 15, for the city and state to remove statues of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis and Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forest from city parks.

34. Last Word: Charlottesville Reaction, Stax & Atlantic Together Again and MEMFix -

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend will be on a lot of minds in a lot of other places including Memphis as this week begins. And the discussion here in Memphis is already underway. The gathering point Saturday just hours after a suspected white supremacist drove his car into a group of counter protesters in Charlottesville really didn’t even need a lot of billing or explanation.

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

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

All 16 people on board were killed in the crash.

36. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection -

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

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

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

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. Claiming Our Responsibility -

4,000, 801, 70, 24 AND COUNTING. It’s well past time to be honest about our numbers and their toll. About 4,000 people were lynched in the South between the Civil War and the civil rights movement, about 800 more than previously thought due to the research of the Equal Justice Initiative. The “about” part is significant since those kinds of statistics are more carefully hidden than proudly claimed. 

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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. 

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

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

The 24-unit Macon Homes section 8 apartment complex at 500 N. Claybrook St. in Midtown has sold for $800,000.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. Builder Files Construction Loan for Cambridge Manor -

Oakland-based homebuilder Creekside Homes LLC has filed a $1.2 million construction loan on five lots in the Cambridge Manor Planned Development in Arlington.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. Council Votes on Sales Tax Referendum -

Memphis City Council members take the first step toward a fall referendum on a citywide half percent sales tax hike Tuesday, Feb. 4, as they vote on the first of three readings of the referendum ordinance.

77. Council Preps for Late Summer Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

A referendum on a half percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.

78. Council to Discuss Pyramid Development -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 22, on the “Memphis Pyramid Planned Development” – the formal name for the conversion of The Pyramid to a Bass Pro Shops store with other attractions including a hotel.

79. Garage Demolition Site Locale of Notorious War Prison -

The parking garage being demolished on North Second Street east of Court Square has a past.

To be precise, it’s the land on which the garage has stood for decades. Before the garage, the land was the site of the Irving Block Prison, part of the city’s Civil War history.

80. MEM Sees 1.3M Fewer Passengers in 2011 -

Memphis International Airport saw about 1.3 million fewer passengers in a challenging 2011, but about the same amount of cargo for the calendar year.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board reviewed the numbers and took stock of projects in the year ahead when they met Thursday, Jan. 19.

81. Aid Sought in DeWitt Spain Flooding -

Memphis International Airport officials have insurance and are talking to the state of Tennessee about paying perhaps as much as 90 percent of the cost from damages to General DeWitt Spain Airport in Frayser.

82. Glencore Grain Buys Mendenhall Warehouse -

4834 S. Mendenhall Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $6 Million

Sale Date: March 25, 2011
Buyer: Glencore Grain USA LLC
Seller: ProLogis NA2 Tennessee LLC

83. Wharton Files Blight Suits -

For months, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has been standing outside old homes and warning owners of the vacant decaying properties that the city is coming with attorneys and legal papers.

On Tuesday he launched the first wave of lawsuits under the state’s Neighborhood Preservation Act.

84. Maple Grove Lots in Foreclosure -

A foreclosure notice has been filed for 25 lots owned by Maple Grove Partners, the Tennessee-based general partnership responsible for development of Maple Grove Planned Development in Arlington. The foreclosed lots are in Phase II of Maple Grove.

85. Two Builders Buy 50 Arlington Lots -

Harry Todtman wasn’t taking any chances. When the opportunity arose to buy 25 of the 50 lots in phase two of the Arlington subdivision Windsor Place, Todtman jumped at it – even if that meant sitting on the lots until the market improves.

86. Pizze Stone Latest Restaurant to Call 1545 Overton Park Ave. Home -

All buildings have histories; some have souls.

Duncan Aiken is aware of that fact every time he slides a pizza into the oven at 1545 Overton Park Ave., where his Overton Park Pizze Stone is the fourth restaurant since 1991.

87. City’s Dilemma: Fight Crime or Bust Blight? -

Some Memphis City Council members question whether the city’s crackdown on crime is coming at the expense of efforts to eliminate or prevent blight in neighborhoods.

That sentiment surfaced in a council committee session this week. It came the same week that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. talked of an emerging anti-crime strategy at his first town hall meeting.

88. Poplar Rail Study Juggles Citizen, Business Concerns -

Paul Morris empathizes with the college students who climb over the trains stopped on the tracks that intersect the University of Memphis campus on their way to class.

89. Collier Lincoln Mercury Dealership Sold Back to Bank -

2177 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $2.5 Million

Sale Date: May 22, 2009
Buyer: First Tennessee Bank NA
Seller: LaToya L. Williams, substitute trustee

90. Regency Homebuilders Files Loan for Six Homes -

Regency Homebuilders LLC has filed a $1.2 million construction loan through Triumph Bank to build homes on six lots in three subdivisions. The loan, dated May 20, shows the Cordova-based homebuilder will bring three homes to the Villages at White Oak, two homes to Franklin Farms and one home to Maple Grove.

91. A New Day for King Cotton: Biotech and agribusiness redefine themselves -

If you’re in the right place at the right time during May, you might glimpse a motorcade cutting through mid-day traffic, followed by a green bus with a big papier-mache boll weevil on top. Nothing hints at Memphis’ agribusiness roots like that longtime foe of the cotton plant.

92. Life After City Hall: The story behind Herenton’s Washington surprise -

You would think that Mayor Willie Herenton’s “resignation” last spring as he thought about trying out for Memphis City Schools superintendent would be difficult to top.

93. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Building 10,000-Square-Foot Facility -

2424 Appling Road
Memphis, TN 38133
Permit Amount: $2.3 Million

Project Cost: TBA
Permit Date: Applied November 2008
Completion: Summer 2009
Owner: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Tenant: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Contractor: Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc.
Architect: Renaissance Group

94. Second Phase Slated For Arlington Development -

Forrest Road LLC, the developer of Windsor Place subdivision in Arlington, has filed a $3.4 million loan through BankPlus to develop a second phase there. Windsor Place is south of Forrest Street just inside the Shelby-Fayette border, and its Phase I contains 50 lots on 37.3 acres.

95. Maple Grove Development Emerges as Safe Bet for Builders -

Construction loans are few and far between these days as builders cope with the housing downturn by financing – and therefore starting – fewer homes.

But some companies are finding ways to buck that trend by targeting the right developments. McLemore Homes LLC, for example, recently took out a $1 million construction loan from Magna Bank to build homes on five lots in Maple Grove planned development Phase II in Arlington, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

96. Regency to Bring Homes To Two Area Subdivisions -

Arlington-based Regency Homebuilders LLC has bought lots and filed construction loans totaling close to $1 million for homes in the Stonebriar subdivision in Southeast Memphis and the Maple Grove subdivision in Arlington, adding to the company’s presence in those neighborhoods.

97. AT&T Makes Improvements To South Memphis Facility -

4787 Weaver Road
Memphis, TN 38109
Permit Amount: $4 million

Project Cost: $4 million
Permit Date: Applied April 2008
Completion: September 2008
Owner: AT&T Inc.
Tenant: AT&T Inc.
Contractor: Vega Corp. of Tennessee
Details: Chattanooga-based contractor Vega Corp. of Tennessee will perform an interior renovation to an AT&T Inc. facility on Weaver Road; the building is south of Shelby Drive and north of South Third Street in South Memphis.
An AT&T public affairs spokesman said the interior renovation at the facility is “part of normal network maintenance. Every time we do any kind of maintenance or upgrades on our network, we file a building permit. It’s part of the normal broadband network upgrade that we do and have been doing across the state.”
Meanwhile, Jimmy Griffin, project manager for Vega, said the renovation is strictly interior work, with network equipment being installed.
“A lot of the big dollar value is the equipment,” Griffin said. He added that his company will mobilize soon to begin demolition on the inside.
Vega is waiting on permit approval and expected to begin work in the next 10 to 15 days for the build-out. Griffin said the projected completion date is Sept. 8. Vega has performed other interior renovations for AT&T, formerly BellSouth. The general contractor needed just six weeks to overhaul 16,000 square feet of office space on the 27th floor of AT&T’s state headquarters building in Nashville.

98. Moore Files Loan ForHomes in Ewing Place -      J. Moore and Associates has filed a $1 million construction loan to build three speculative homes in the final phase of Ewing Place Subdivision, a 95.67-acre development in Arlington south of Forrest Street and east of G

99. Office Building to Rise In Forest Hill-Irene Subdivision -

Lot on Centre Oak Way
Germantown, TN 38138
Loan Amount: $1.1 million

Loan Date: March 31, 2008

Borrower: Reed White Holdings LLC

100. Windsor Place TapsAnother Pair of Builders -      Two more builders have joined the mix at the Windsor Place subdivision in Arlington. Last week, Willow Oak Construction LLC bought seven lots for $455,000, and Rivercrest Construction Associates LLC bought five lots for