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1. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

2. Memphis Awards $55K In Crime-Fighting Grants -

Most of the 23 neighborhood groups getting city grants totaling $55,000 want them for some form of surveillance cameras in their neighborhoods.

The grants announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings Monday, Jan. 9, are administered by Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch and funded by the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund. The fund was created from revenues generated by the city’s red light cameras.

3. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

4. Strickland: Core Services Strategy Sustaining Momentum -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his core services or “brilliant at the basics” strategy is working a year into his four-year term of office. But he told the Memphis Kiwanis Club Wednesday, Jan. 11, that the strategy will take some time and patience toward what he termed a “renaissance.”

5. Memphis Awards $55K In Crime-Fighting Grants -

Most of the 23 neighborhood groups getting city grants totaling $55,000 want them for some form of surveillance cameras in their neighborhoods.

The grants announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings Monday, Jan. 9, are administered by Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch and funded by the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund. The fund was created from revenues generated by the city’s red light cameras.

6. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

7. More Than One Convention Center Hotel Proposal -

There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

8. Convention Center Hotel Plan Hinges on Financing -

For years the Memphis convention and tourism industry has known which comes first in the chicken-and-egg argument about drawing more convention business. More hotel rooms with meeting space take top priority in an environment where there is just enough political will for a $60 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center but not enough to build and finance a new convention center.

9. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

10. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

11. Overton Parking Committee To Meet Thursday -

The committee working out the exact design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park meets Thursday, Jan. 5, at City Hall.

The meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room is the first of the year for the group formed in 2016 as part of the compromise between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

12. Crime Issue Shows Complexity After Record Homicide Tally -

When the subject is crime in Memphis, it never stays in one place for very long. Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s conclusion that the city’s problem with violent crime is a black problem drew criticism Tuesday, Jan. 3, from Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove.

13. Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives -

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the DMC’s marketing strategy; driving activities to enhance the image of Downtown and public awareness of its growth and value to the region; and lead initiatives to position Downtown as a center for culture, tourism, business and entertainment. 

14. Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot -

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

15. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

16. Strickland, Herenton Seek Larger, More Focused Volunteerism Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton pointed to a better coordinated form of volunteerism in 2017 at Strickland’s first annual New Year’s Prayer Breakfast.

17. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

18. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

19. Memphis Bridge Protest Underscores 2016 National Narrative on Race, Police -

It was a year to the month since Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill. Stewart’s death in July 2015 and a subsequent decision by a Shelby County grand jury that Schilling would face no state criminal charges was still an issue in Memphis. This past July, it became the local face of a resumed national narrative.

20. Arrests, Metal Barriers, Lawsuits All Played Role in Greensward Parking Compromise -

Spring at City Hall is budget season and it can be stormy for a new mayor, not to mention a city council with six new members. But that wasn’t the case in 2016.

The real spring political storm was the Overton Park Greensward – specifically overflow parking from the Memphis Zoo on the greenspace south of the zoo.

21. Awards Recognize Highest Ideals of Public Service -

Public service is a worthy legacy, and one that the Rotary Club of Memphis East wants to recognize and encourage in the next generation.

The annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards recognize one elected official and one non-elected public employee who have exemplified the virtues of former Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant, for whom the award is named.

22. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Memories, Talk About Violence and The Year In Ed & Med -

Grizz fall to the Celtics in Boston Tuesday 113-103. With Mike Conley and five other starters out. Away from triple digits, it is SMU over the Tigers at the Forum Tuesday 58-54.

23. Kelsey Proposes $50M Sales Tax Shift to Memphis -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Memphis is proposing a shift in state sales tax revenue that could mean at least $50 million in additional sales tax revenue for the city of Memphis.

24. Memphis Adopts Version of Ceasefire -

A gun and gang violence program pioneered in Boston 20 years ago is coming to Memphis in the wake of a record year for homicides.

What is known nationally as Operation Ceasefire will be called the “Group Violence Initiative” in Memphis, said Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

25. Last Word: Pro-Memphis On Different Terms, Trump's Pledge and Phil Gagliano -

Be honest. How many of you are even at work Friday? And if you are, how many of you know there are cookies or egg nog in the break room? "He sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake."

26. Memphis Shelter’s New Vet Comes From Front Lines -

The new veterinary medical director of Memphis Animal Services has taken in a lot of abused animals, working on some of the worst cases of animal abuse in recent years.

Dr. Mary Manspeaker, who came to the shelter about two months ago, admits the post is different.

27. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

28. Kelsey Proposes $50M Sales Tax Shift to Memphis -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Memphis is proposing a shift in state sales tax revenue that could mean at least $50 million in additional sales tax revenue for the city of Memphis.

29. City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns -

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

30. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

31. City’s Momentum Charts Different Course, Method -

Nike community relations director Willie Gregory came to The Peabody hotel Wednesday, Dec. 7, to roll out the new MemphisWorks app for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, which he chairs.

32. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ashton Lee, author of “Queen of the Cookbooks,” for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

33. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

34. The Week Ahead: December 5-11 -

Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

35. Memphis Wins ‘Maker City’ Designation from Etsy -

The local community of makers and artisan entrepreneurs this year has been the subject of increased attention from the city and other key stakeholders who want to learn more about and ultimately see that community expand.

36. Justice Department Begins Yearlong Investigation of MPD -

In some ways, a year and a half of local protests, turbulence and questions about police conduct came full circle Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Hickory Hill.

A U.S. Justice Department panel investigating the Memphis Police Department heard from more than two dozen people among a room of 50 at Hickory Hill Community Center.

37. Three CRE Firms Join to Improve Connectivity at Busy Poplar Corridor -

Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.

Boyle Investment Co., Highwoods Properties Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc. are forming the Shady Grove/Ridgeway Business Owners Association (BOA), an advocacy organization focused on pedestrian/streetscape enhancements for the East Memphis business district, particularly at Poplar and South Shady Grove Road.

38. Memphis 3.0 Begins With Talk About Frayser Plan -

The city of Memphis hasn’t had a comprehensive long-term plan since 1981. But it has been just 2 1/2 years since a coalition of neighborhood groups in Frayser put together a “Frayser 2020” plan and took it to City Hall where it didn’t have the political support to get city funding.

39. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

40. Memphis 3.0 Plan Effort Kicks Off in Frayser -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland kicked off the two-year drive Monday, Nov. 28, to a master city plan for the city’s 2019 bicentennial with a group of 50 people in Frayser.

41. Nashville, Memphis Respond Differently to Pot Ordinance Opinion -

A legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general requested by two Shelby County legislators has again put Nashville city leaders in the lead as municipal marijuana ordinances enacted there and in Memphis have taken a turn toward the courts.

42. The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

43. Pinch "Vision" Plan Moves to Funding Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County Commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area. It also included some general ideas about and renderings of Overton Avenue becoming a walkable well-lit and more heavily developed east-west corridor between the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

44. Memphis-Area Leaders Unveil Five-Year Crime-Fighting Plan -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is anticipating a “net increase” in the size of the Memphis Police Department a year from now, as officers complete training and the city can begin to address a department he says is “hundreds of officers short.”

45. City’s Bicentennial in 2019 Prompts Memphis 3.0 Plan to Map Future -

The city of Memphis turns 200 years old in 2019. And the city’s bicentennial is the target date for the roll out of a comprehensive city plan the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is calling Memphis 3.0.

46. New, More Compact 5-Year Anti-Crime Plan to Be Unveiled -

When local law enforcement and criminal justice system leaders unveil a new five-year plan Tuesday, Nov. 10, for reducing crime and making Shelby County safer, it will be more focused than their previous effort.

47. Last Word: The Long Count, Bigger Than Boutiques and God's View of the NBA -

It's Veterans Day with the annual Downtown parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday and a wreath-laying ceremony an hour later at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park.

The long local vote count since Tuesday is still underway as Thursday becomes Friday. It should wrap up Friday with the provisional ballot count completed.

48. Memphis Continuing to Rebuild Police and Fire Benefits -

The private health insurance exchange for city retirees announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland this week is just part of an emerging package of benefits designed to bolster efforts to hire more Memphis police officers and firefighters.

49. Last Word: Underperforming At the Polls, Tenoke Plans and Poverty in Cordova -

Still parsing election numbers, although 24 hours after the polls closed in Shelby County, the Election Commission was still counting absentee ballots.

Here is a statewide perspective from Associated Press.

50. Strickland Goes With Private Health Exchange for Retirees -

The city of Memphis is restoring a city subsidy for health care coverage of city retirees who are younger than 65 years old – primarily police and firefighters.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced the private health insurance exchange for retirees Wednesday, Nov. 9, which includes Health Reimbursement Accounts funded by the city for eligible premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

51. City Hall City Leaders Prepare for Pre-Thanksgiving Town Hall on Pinch District Development -

A town hall meeting Nov. 22 on the city’s plan for redevelopment of the Pinch District Downtown should be the last session to gather public input, said the Memphis City Council member whose district includes the Pinch.

52. Strickland to Make Decision On Retiree Health Insurance -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will make a decision Tuesday, Nov. 8, on city health insurance coverage for retirees that could involve a private health care exchange.

53. Last Word: An Early Voting Challenge, Raleigh Settlement and Rocky Top Tumult -

Early voting in Shelby County ended with some lines Thursday at several of the 21 sites. We should have the final turnout numbers Friday morning and you can get the totals first @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

54. Council Rejects 2 Car Lots, Amends DROP Freeze for C-Suite -

Starting a used car lot used to be a lot simpler. In fact it was considered a right – “development by right” – until a change in recent years in the local Unified Development Code.

55. Council Rejects 2 Car Lots, Amends DROP Freeze for C-Suite -

Starting a used car lot used to be a lot simpler. In fact it was considered a right – “development by right” until a change in recent years in the local Unified Development Code.

Now the car lots require a special use permit from the Memphis City Council. And it’s a hard sell.

56. Federal Review of MPD to Take Two Years -

The U.S. Justice Department agency reviewing the Memphis Police Department will start meeting the public after Thanksgiving in the first two town hall meetings to hear from citizens.

The Nov. 29 and 30 sessions at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and Hickory Hill Community Center, respectively, are part of a two-year process.

57. Last Word: Beale Street Blues, Feds Review MPD and Midtown Kroger -

It’s the Grizz season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum Wednesday. But there was plenty of drama in the Grizzlies office Tuesday afternoon of the non-Grizz variety but nevertheless a shade of Beale Street blue.

58. Justice Department to Review Memphis Police Department -

The part of the U.S. Justice Department that oversees community policing initiatives as well as funding for those initiatives is set to review the Memphis Police Department. U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton will announce the review Wednesday, Oct. 26, along with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings.

59. Residents Embracing Big River Crossing -

On the first Saturday morning in which it was consistently autumn by the weather conditions as well as the calendar, political leaders on both sides of the Mississippi River walked from Memphis and West Memphis to meet in the middle of the Big River Crossing.

60. Increasing Firms Eligible for Contracts Could Propel More Minority Businesses -

City Hall’s effort to improve the level of business Memphis does with minority-owned firms has to meet up with the broader local effort to improve the growth of minority businesses in private, business-to-business contracts, says one of the leaders of the 2-year-old renewed push on both fronts.

61. Big Crowds Follow Formal Opening of Big River Crossing -

The Big River Crossing across the Mississippi River opened Saturday, Oct. 22, with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine and delegations from each side of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk -- Memphis and West Memphis – meeting in the middle.

62. City, Southwest Collaborate On Police Officer Program -

A new program announced Tuesday, Oct. 18, will offer no less than 100 graduating high-school seniors full-time employment with the Memphis Police Department beginning in June 2017.

Mayor Jim Strickland, MPD Director Michael Rallings and Southwest Tennessee Community College President Dr. Tracy Hall said the “Blue Path” program is a way for young people to develop into well-rounded, community-focused police officers in the city of Memphis.

63. City, Southwest Collaborate On Police Officer Program -

A new program announced Tuesday, Oct. 18, will offer no less than 100 graduating high-school seniors full-time employment with the Memphis Police Department beginning in June 2017.

Mayor Jim Strickland, MPD Director Michael Rallings and Southwest Tennessee Community College President Dr. Tracy Hall said the “Blue Path” program is a way for young people to develop into well-rounded, community-focused police officers in the city of Memphis.

64. City Council Vote to Focus On Highland Strip Project -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 18, on an economic impact plan for the Highland Strip area that sets the stage for the tax increment financing district to finance infrastructure changes in the private development hot spot.

65. Target Zero Outlines Shelter Philosophy -

A leader of a national nonprofit group working with the city of Memphis to reform the Memphis Animal Shelter said animal welfare organizations often get in their own way in pursuing a common goal of reducing deaths by euthanasia.

66. Last Word: In Defense of The Cossitt, Joe Royer and 3 Months Since The Bridge -

Citizens of Memphis, I rise in defense of the city’s first public library. Not in its original much-loved state but in defense of its much-ridiculed modernization.

No, I will not follow that with a defense of John Calipari or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s location in Cleveland instead of Memphis or the late Mo’ Money Taxes and the company’s commercials. But I reserve the right to, at some future date, defend the big silver sculpture thing on the northeast corner of Front and Poplar at the Cannon Center.

67. Town Hall Meetings Reflect Shift in Protest Discussions -

Almost three months after Black Lives Matter movement protestors shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and as a result, opened talks with the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, some of the civic discussion has moved to economic issues.

68. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

69. October 7-13, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: City Council member Jim Strickland upsets incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, taking 42 percent of the vote in the mayor’s race to 20 percent for Wharton. Wharton becomes only the second incumbent mayor to lose a re­election bid in the history of the mayor-council form of government. And Strickland becomes only the second mayor elected from a seat on the council.

70. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

71. Council Passes Pot Ordinance 7-6 -

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Oct. 4, to an ordinance that gives Memphis Police the discretion to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

72. Just City Expungement Fee Fund Awaits Grants -

One of the city’s two funds to pay expungement fees for first-time offenders who have served their time and stayed out of trouble for five years is out of money for now in a grant-to-grant existence.

73. Kane Discusses Bass Pro Changes, Mud Island, Convention Center -

Bass Pro Shops may be rethinking its mix of retail and attractions at the Pyramid, says the head of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In its first year of operation, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid drew 3 million visitors.

74. Last Word: Trezevant Football and The Past, Change by Trial and Instagram -

Almost a year ago Trezevant High School was the state football champion in their division – the Frayser school’s first ever football championship. And for those with long memories of the city’s colorful history of high school athletics, there was some vindication in that.

75. Strickland Has 4 Plans to Spike Minority Business -

Black-owned businesses take in less than 1 percent of all revenue flowing through Memphis, which is unacceptable, according to Mayor Jim Strickland. On Sept. 28, Strickland introduced four new programs that will boost the wealth of minority and women-owned businesses.

76. Last Word: The Debate, Arnold Palmer and an Analysts' Poll on First Horizon -

Monday evening is the first of the Trump-Clinton Presidential debates and it will probably be watched very closely for a number of reasons – not the least of which is vigorous fact-checking of both candidates and the unique nature of this campaign between the two major contenders who are by several standards the most unpopular Presidential candidates to run against each other in our lifetimes.

77. Grizzlies Launching Grind City Media -

The Memphis Grizzlies are launching their own in-house media brand at grizzlies.com and have hired a long-time NBA writer from ESPN to head up the effort.

78. City Council Approves MATA Funds, Airbnb Tax -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 20, a set of six resolutions totaling $7.5 million in capital funding for the Memphis Area Transit Authority. The largest of the resolutions is $5 million in city funding to buy 11 new buses. The remaining $2.5 million is the local match to federal funding for other MATA needs, including paratransit buses and public transportation infrastructure including technology.

79. Council Sets Stage for Final Pot Ordinance Vote -

With no debate, Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 20, the second of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police officers to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

80. New Program Aims to Help Homeless, Reduce Blight -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Hospitality HUB are partnering on a program that seeks to help homeless individuals by providing opportunities to clean up blight and litter in the city.

81. Last Word: RVC Drops Mud Island Proposal, Fizdale on Kaepernick and Carroll Cloar -

The Riverfront Development Corporation got a one-line email Thursday from Andy Cates, the RVC Outdoor Destinations CEO.

82. Memphis Homicides Surpass Total for All of 2015 -

With the fatal shooting Wednesday, Sept. 15, of a man outside a Frayser convenience store, Memphis’ homicide count for 2016 reached 161 – more than the total number of homicides in all of 2015.

83. Mason Village Start Seven Years In The Making -

On a hot day in South Memphis, Charles E. Blake, the presiding Bishop of the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ looked through several chain link fences onto open land on both sides of Mason Street – the street named for COGIC founder Charles Mason – and said, “We’ve got space to grow – room to grow.”

84. New Program Aims to Help Homeless, Reduce Blight -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Hospitality HUB are partnering on a program that seeks to help homeless individuals by providing opportunities to clean up blight and litter in the city.

85. Officials: Power Cord Malfunction Caused Memphis Deadly Fire -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A house fire that killed six children and three adults in Memphis was caused by an electrical malfunction in an air conditioning unit's power cord in the living room, authorities said.

86. City's Fourth Bluff Project Gets $5 Million Grant -

A new national effort to counter the growing economic and social fragmentation in U.S. cities has awarded Memphis’ Fourth Bluff project a $5 million grant.

The effort, called Reimagining the Civic Commons, is a partnership of four national foundations that seeks to foster civic engagement, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability by revitalizing and connecting parks, libraries, community centers and other public spaces.

87. Memphis’ Fourth Bluff Project Gets $5 Million Grant -

A new national effort to counter the growing economic and social fragmentation in U.S. cities has awarded Memphis’ Fourth Bluff project a $5 million grant.

The effort, called Reimagining the Civic Commons, is a partnership of four national foundations that seeks to foster civic engagement, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability by revitalizing and connecting parks, libraries, community centers and other public spaces.

88. Strickland Used Polls to Hone Campaign Strategy -

Political strategist Steven Reid calls Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s campaign “the perfect example” of using polling to win an election.

89. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling -

Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.

90. Library Card Month Encourages Online Sign Up -

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center is encouraging students returning to school to sign up for a library card online and then come by any library branch to pick it up.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is honorary chairman of National Library Sign-Up Month in Memphis, which also encourages adults to get a library card if they don’t already have one.

91. Study Leads to Broader Call for Business Ties -

Rodney Strong, CEO of the Atlanta law and public policy firm Griffin and Strong that authored city government’s latest disparity study on minority contracting, didn’t come to talk about the study last week when he spoke to a room of 40 African-American civic and business leaders.

92. Last Word: Busy Council Day, Crosstown High and Local Democratic Post Mortem -

There aren’t any terms yet. But it would appear that there is enough common ground between the owners of Wiseacre Brewing and the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to take what amounts to a letter of intent on the Mid-South Coliseum to the City Council Tuesday.

93. Local Democratic Party Troubles Follow Abysmal County Election Record -

To those who don’t live and breathe politics, the Friday, Aug. 19, decision by Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Mancini to decertify the Shelby County Democratic Party looks more serious than it is.

94. Coliseum, Residency Rules Top City Council Day -

Memphis City Council members talk about possible lease terms for the Mid-South Coliseum Tuesday, Aug. 23, during their executive session.

The item – “discussion of Coliseum lease terms” – was added to the committee session agenda on Monday. It comes two weeks after the owners of Wiseacre Brewing Co. outlined to council members a general concept of moving the brewery into the Coliseum and greatly expanding their operations.

95. Local Task Force Prepares For Return of Deannexation Issue -

You might call it round two of the deannexation battle.

In Nashville Monday, Aug. 22, a summer study committee of legislators picks up where the debate on a deannexation proposal during the Tennessee Legislature’s regular session ended earlier this year.

96. Defining Transparency -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was finally ready to tell the public who he was appointing as Memphis’ next police director – the culmination of one of the most consequential decisions he’s faced so far during his more than seven months in office – the first word of that choice didn't come via a news outlet. Nor did the mayor call a press conference, at least not immediately.

97. City, Wiseacre Set to Discuss Brewery’s Proposal for Coliseum -

The first order of business is to figure out what the city and the owners of Wiseacre Brewing Co. are negotiating about when it comes to Wiseacre’s proposal to convert the Mid-South Coliseum into a brewery.

98. Police Separate Elvis Fans From Protesters -

The latest Black Lives Matter movement protest included a show of force by Memphis Police that included plenty of questions about how police functioned as gatekeepers for Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

99. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson -

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.

100. Coalition Calls For Graceland Protest -

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is calling for a “massive, nonviolent peaceful protest of direct action” Monday, Aug. 15, at Graceland in advance of the annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.