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1. The Week Ahead: July 25-31 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! We’re wrapping up July with an eclectic mix of local happenings, from political campaigning to a celebration of all things Harry Potter. Plus, what you need to know about Tennessee sales tax holiday and much more…

2. Council Urges Strickland To Make Rallings Top Cop -

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings told city council members Tuesday, July 19, that if he is appointed permanent police director by Mayor Jim Strickland, he would commit to serve for the duration of Strickland’s current four-year term of office.

3. Council Urges Strickland To Make Rallings Top Cop -

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings told city council members Tuesday, July 19, that if he is appointed permanent police director by Mayor Jim Strickland, he would commit to serve for the duration of Strickland’s current four-year term of office.

4. Morrison Orchestrates Overton Park Compromise -

Before the Tuesday, July 19, Memphis City Council vote approving the Overton Park compromise, council member Worth Morgan commended fellow council member Bill Morrison for taking up the torch of trying to find a consensus between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

5. City Council Approves Overton Park Compromise -

Memphis City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday, July 19, the plan to create 415 new parking places for the Memphis Zoo at its front entrance and end zoo overflow parking on the Overton Park Greensward by January 2019.

6. Last Word: The Greensward Deal, Pulpit to Protest Call and Leader Federal's HQ -

There is nothing quite like a deadline to produce results.

I’m not talking about this job, although it is more than a coincidence that the closer a deadline gets the more you start to figure out how to write something.

7. Zoo and OPC Reach Compromise in Greensward Controversy -

The Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy reached agreement Monday, July 18, on a compromise to end the zoo’s overflow parking on the Greensward that fills in some of the blanks left in Mayor Jim Strickland’s proposal and changes some of the terms.

8. State Says No to Tram Running Through Overton Park’s Old Forest -

The Tennessee commissioner of Environment and Conservation said Monday, July 18, that a tram proposed by the Memphis Zoo through the Old Forest area of Overton Park would not be allowed by the state.

9. Council Faces Residency, Overton Park Decisions -

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, July 19, on putting a new residency requirement to city voters on the Nov. 8 ballot.

If approved, the referendum would be the fourth charter change involving where city employees live that Memphians have voted on in 12 years.

10. 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.

11. Strickland Reviews 6 Finalists for Police Director Position -

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is one of six finalists Mayor Jim Strickland is considering for appointment to the job on a permanent basis.

12. The Week Ahead: July 18-24 -

It’s supposed to get hotter in Memphis this week, which is pretty normal for mid-July, and the coming week brings what could be a hot debate at the Memphis City Council meeting Tuesday on a plan to solve parking on the Overton Park Greensward. That and some other events planned this week include...

13. Black Lives Matter Movement Defines Itself Beyond Single Leader -

The city’s Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a single leader or “figurehead” and shouldn’t be oversimplified, said a coalition of several groups involved in the protests.

14. Zoo Steps Up Campaign For Old Forest Trams -

The Memphis Zoo is pushing for “eco-friendly new trams” to run through Overton Park’s Old Forest in an email appeal to zoo members sent Thursday, July 14.

The appeal, which includes a video that zoo members are encouraged to send to others, comes in advance of a Tuesday, July 19, Memphis City Council meeting where a final vote is scheduled on setting in stone a plan to remedy overflow parking by the zoo on the park greensward.

15. Last Word: Conley Makes It Official, No "Figure Heads" and Early Voting Opens -

Mike Conley signed on the dotted line about an hour before the press conference confirming that he and the Grizz front office have closed on the deal that makes him the highest paid player in NBA history… for now.

16. Zoo Steps Up Campaign For Old Forest Trams -

The Memphis Zoo is pushing for “eco-friendly new trams” to run through Overton Park’s Old Forest in an email appeal to zoo members sent Thursday, July 14.

The appeal, which includes a video zoo members are encouraged to send to others, comes in advance of a Tuesday, July 19, Memphis City Council meeting where a final vote is scheduled on setting in stone a plan to remedy overflow parking by the zoo on the park Greensward.

17. BLM Movement Leaders Add to Demands, Conley Says 'Time To Speak Up' -

The city’s Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a single leader or “figure head” and shouldn’t be oversimplified, said a coalition of several groups involved in the protests.

18. After The Bridge -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

19. Tenn. Police Look to Keep Peace at Black Lives Matter Protests -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in several major Tennessee cities have indicated they made a concerted effort to avoid arrests and maintain peace during recent Black Lives Matter protests.

20. Black Lives Matter Protesters Arrested Outside Graceland -

Six Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested Tuesday, July 12, as they blocked Elvis Presley Boulevard at the gates of Graceland.

The arrests were out of a group of 100 protesters led by Frank Gotti, who was among the organizers of the Sunday rally turned march to the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.

21. Frustrations Aired After Bridge Protest -

To get an idea of just how high emotions were running at the outset of the weekend’s Black Lives Matter rally Downtown that turned into a march, take many of the voices coming through a megaphone in the FedExForum plaza and put them in a church sanctuary with air conditioning and a better sound system.

22. Last Word: The Day After The Bridge, Big River Plans and the U of M Train Tracks -

The lure of the bridge was tempting some of the organizers of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on the day after the protest that drew thousands.

23. Frustration Day After Black Lives Matter Protest -

To get an idea of just how high emotions were running at the outset of the weekend’s Black Lives Matter rally Downtown that turned into a march, take many of the voices coming through a megaphone in the FedExForum plaza and put them in a church sanctuary with air conditioning and a better sound system.

24. Police Director Lawsuit Moves to Discovery -

A Chancery Court lawsuit seeking to make public the list of applicants for Memphis Police director is moving toward a July 20 hearing before Chancellor Walter Evans.

25. Overton Park Shuttle Terms Continue To Be Negotiated -

The mediation effort to resolve the Overton Park Greensward controversy is over.

But all of those involved are still talking privately.

Those talks are centered around a park plan proposed July 1 by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who acted when the mediation failed to produce a comprehensive settlement by the end of June – Strickland’s deadline for mediation.

26. Protest at Memphis Bridge Ends Peacefully -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city’s most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to Front Street.

27. Black Lives Matter Protest Draws Thousands In Memphis Protest Milestone -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

28. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

29. Strickland and Rallings Urge Peace and Calm At End of Violent Week -

Memphis Police are “doubling up” on patrol for now, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Friday, July 8, and are sending more officers to respond to calls in the wake of a sniper attack in Dallas Thursday evening that killed five police officers.

30. Police Camera Roll-Out Delayed By Technical Problems -

The Memphis Police Department is slowing down its already much-delayed roll out of police body cameras and patrol car cameras because of technical problems and how the video is transferred for storage.

31. Police Camera Roll-Out Slowed by Technical Problems -

The Memphis Police Department is slowing down its already much-delayed roll out of police body cameras and patrol car cameras because of technical problems with the cameras and how the video is transferred for storage.

32. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

33. Greensward Plan Awaits Shuttle Details -

The Overton Park Greensward controversy is still moving although it is much closer to a resolution with last week’s proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, said City Council chairman Kemp Conrad and councilman Worth Morgan, whose district includes the park.

34. Last Word: Being Veep, Greensward Still Active and Tuition Goes Up -

On one of the most eventful days yet in the 2016 Presidential general election campaign, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was on the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. First there was a private meeting in New York where he was reportedly being vetted for the vice president’s position including a look at his financials – and then a Trump rally in Raleigh, N.C., where he was being road tested.

35. Greensward Partisans Turn Out Two Weeks Ahead of Council Votes on Settlement -

The Overton Park Greensward wasn’t on the Memphis City Council’s agenda Tuesday, July 5. But there were plenty of partisan from the controversy in council chambers in what was a rehearsal for a council vote in two weeks on a settlement of the park’s parking problem.

36. Last Word: Two Paths, Council Day, Conley Writes and WIGS Debut -

Two ways to look at the Fourth of July in Memphis. It was either soggy or the fireworks began early.

For probably less than a minute, the mother accused to killing four of her children last week in southeast Shelby County will make her first court appearance Tuesday morning either in person at 201 Poplar Ave. or by video link from Jail East.

37. The Week Ahead: July 4-10 -

Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…

38. Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.

39. Mayor, DA Discuss Approach To Curb Crime -

Much of the attention in local crime statistics this year goes to the jump in the city’s homicide rate.

But that rate pales in comparison to aggravated assaults.

From January through May, there were 492 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people in Memphis, according to statistics from the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission.

40. Council to Debate Residency Limits, Again -

Memphis City Council members wade into the residency question Tuesday, July 5 – specifically a proposed referendum in November on a city charter amendment that would require “all persons employed solely by the city of Memphis to live and reside within the city of Memphis.”

41. Last Word: Highlander, Aretha's House and When The Old Daisy Was New -

There is Highland Row and Highland Strip and they do not meet, although they are just a short walk from one another near the University of Memphis.

That is going to be a handy point of reference because the area in general – called the University District – is coming along so well that you are going to be reading more about it.

42. Mayor Strickland Defends Anonymity Of Memphis Police Director Applicants -

Releasing the names of everyone who has applied for the job of Memphis Police Director would have “a chilling effect” on good candidates for the critical public safety post and “hurt public safety,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

43. Events -

Shelby County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will hold a juvenile justice summit Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The summit aims to bring awareness to Shelby County juvenile reform efforts and encourage citizens to participate in them. James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equality, will present the keynote. Cost is free. For details, email kimbrell.owens@shelbycountytn.gov or call 901-222-0902.

44. Memphis Lawsuit Over Police Applicants Could Hinge on Nashville Legal Opinion -

The city of Memphis isn’t entitled to a list of everyone who applied for the job of Memphis Police director and will only get a list of five to six finalists from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

45. City Responds to Police Search Lawsuit -

The city of Memphis isn’t entitled to a list of everyone who applied for the job of Memphis Police Director and will only get a list of 5 to 6 finalist from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

46. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix–Memphis Campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

47. Dean: Cities Need Transit Solutions for Growth -

During a busy day in Memphis last week, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean stopped at City Hall to talk with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland about a long-range city plan Strickland announced the following day.

48. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Beyond the Basics and the Golden Greek -

The future of the Pinch District looks to be Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first venture beyond being “brilliant at the basics.”

49. The Week Ahead: June 27-July 3 -

It's been a long time coming, but Friday is the kickoff for wine sales in grocery stores. While you're getting your corkscrews ready, check out what else is going on this week – from a deadline in the greensward mediation process to a special superhero stop at St. Jude...

50. Pinch District to Move in a New Direction: Up -

The Pinch District is getting a sky-high development treatment. For decades, the north Downtown neighborhood has been known as a sea of parking lots punctuated by a handful of small businesses.

With St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announcing $1 billion in new construction, the Pinch's largest tenant is opening up its campus with new buildings, some as tall as 12 stories, in the greater Pinch neighborhood. A neighborhood-level presence is a sea change for the institution, which has grown to 2.5 million square feet behind a gated campus.

51. Council Faces Yet Another Residency Requirement -

Memphis voters could take up the question of where city government employees should live for the fourth time in 12 years.

With no debate, Memphis City Council members approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, June 21, a referendum ordinance to go on the November ballot that would require city employees to “live and maintain a residence” within the boundaries of the city of Memphis.

52. Local, State Leaders to Make Lamar Avenue Announcement Tuesday -

The Lamar Avenue road project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction with a federal grant.

State and local leaders will gather in the heart of the busy freight corridor Tuesday, June 21, for a “major announcement.”

53. Fairgrounds Revitalization Efforts Start Slow and Anew -

The Fairgrounds and the Mid-South Coliseum aren’t a priority of the new administration at City Hall.

And that’s fine with groups trying to chart a future for both.

“The building is in good shape. It’s not in a condition that can’t be mothballed for awhile,” said Chooch Pickard of the Coliseum Coalition. “We can take our time in planning for the Coliseum and the Fairgrounds and do it right. There’s no need to rush. We can take our time, find out what everyone really wants to do with it and raise the money.”

54. Last Word: Cavaliers, The Longer County Tax Season and The New Elections Chief -

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA champs, beating the Golden State Warriors 93 – 89 in the final game of the NBA’s second season. I don’t want to hear a word about how baseball takes too long.

55. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

56. Young Brings Data Focus to City Planning -

Want to gaze into the future? Hop into Paul Young’s Infiniti and ride around Downtown for an hour. “These three blocks will be something of a spine for the neighborhood,” he says, as a light rain falls on the windshield. “We envision five- or six-story buildings with restaurants and retail at street level, commercial and residential up top.”

57. Last Word: ServiceMaster Details, Loflin Yard Changes and Bridge Lighting -

The ServiceMaster local incentives for the new Peabody Place headquarters have cleared the first hurdle.

That was the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation’s Tuesday meeting. It’s on to the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday and then EDGE.

58. Last Word: Orlando, Rain Delay At Southwind and Church Health Center's Move -

Many of us were watching the streets of our own city closely this weekend – the places where people gather for good times when the weather is warm and the sky is clear. Lately some of those places have been the settings for vivid and sudden reminders that all is not well in our city.

59. Local LGBT Community Stands in Solidarity After Orlando Massacre -

Flags across the state of Tennessee were at half staff Sunday, June 12, following the Sunday morning mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

And a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting was scheduled Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center in Cooper-Young.

60. Vendors Chosen for Makers Event at City Hall June 21 -

Event organizers have secured a line-up of vendors for the Maker Fair, to be held on June 21 in front of City Hall.

The local vendors include Aunt Key's Apothecary, Dr. Bean Coffee, Meekie's Munchies, Jeanine Hill Ceramics, Grace Given Gifts, Gifts from Nature, Question the Answer, Lindsey Glenn Designs, Michelle Duckworth, Ekata Designs, ARCHd LLC, Prim Society, Mary Claire White, Aperel Fashion, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and Double Barrel Lights.

61. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

62. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

63. Show Time -

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

64. Vendors Chosen for Makers Event at City Hall June 21 -

Event organizers have secured a line-up of vendors for the Maker Fair, to be held on June 21 in front of City Hall.

The local vendors include Aunt Key’s Apothecary, Dr. Bean Coffee, Meekie’s Munchies, Jeanine Hill Ceramics, Grace Given Gifts, Gifts from Nature, Question the Answer, Lindsey Glenn Designs, Michelle Duckworth, Ekata Designs, ARCHd LLC, Prim Societ , Mary Claire White, Aperel Fashion, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and Double Barrel Lights.

65. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

66. Beale Street Rolling Out Saturday Summer Cover Charge -

A $10 Saturday cover charge for the Beale Street Entertainment District returns this weekend as one of several measures to improve safety on the street.

The cash-only charge is in effect Saturdays after 10 p.m. through August and can be paid at one of five entrances into the district.

67. Last Word: Verdell Smith and Lifeline, Strickland's First 5 Months and Tennessine -

Lots of blue lights in Cordova Thursday evening as the Memphis Police Department remembers Officer Verdell Smith, who died in Saturday’s Downtown rampage in the line of duty. His funeral is Friday.

68. Strickland’s Leadership Style Emerging -

Five months into his four-year term as Memphis mayor, Jim Strickland has his first budget and all but one of his major appointments made – Memphis Police director. The budget cleared the Memphis City Council Tuesday, June 7, with a few minor amendments from council members, next to no debate and no dissenting council votes.

69. Last Word: A Distinct Reaction, City Hall's Budget Season and BreakFest On Broad -

Funeral services for Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith are set for Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

The day before that Downtown leaders will gather in Handy Park on Beale Street to talk about new measures to make the district safer.

70. City Budgets, Stable Tax Rate Approved With Few Amendments -

Memphis City Council members approved a city operating budget of $666 million and a capital budget of $85 million along with a stable city property tax rate of $3.40 Tuesday, June 7, ending City Hall’s budget season.

71. Strickland Adds Forces to Combat Rising Crime in Memphis -

There is violent crime in Memphis and then there are the homicides – the murders.

Homicide is a violent crime.

But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland made a distinction between it and other violent crimes Monday, June 6, in what looked to be the start of a more visible anti-crime strategy that will include the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

72. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

73. Strickland Says THP and Sheriff's Office To Assist In Beefed-Up Police Presence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Monday, June 6, that the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be part of a heightened response to violent crime in Memphis.

74. Strickland Says THP and Sheriff's Office To Assist In Beefed-Up Police Presence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Monday, June 6, that the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be part of a heightened response to violent crime in Memphis.

75. City Council Could End Budget Season Tuesday -

The Memphis City Council should end its budget season Tuesday, June 3, with final votes on three resolutions and two ordinances that approve the city’s operating and capital budgets, and keep the city property tax rate at its current $3.40 – all for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

76. Last Word: Delayed Reaction, UTHSC Simulates and Ali Takes On The Fords -

If you like to unplug on the weekends, you probably got plugged back in sooner than expected Sunday to the violent rampage Downtown Saturday evening. It ended with a Memphis Police officer dead – run over at Beale and B.B. King – allegedly by a suspect in the shootings of three people on Downtown’s northern end – two of them in critical condition – less than a half hour earlier.

77. Reaction Grows to Death of Memphis Police Officer In Downtown Crime Spree -

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

78. Police Officer Killed, Three Wounded In Downtown Spree -

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

79. Pace Chosen to Lead Spay & Neuter Services -

The Board of Directors of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services has announced Brittany Pace as its new executive director and Janet Havel as its new clinic manager.

80. City Council Weighing Budget Amendments -

The Memphis City Council budget committee plan to wrap up its work Tuesday, May 31, on the city operating and capital budget proposals for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The committee meets Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. and will hear from nonprofit agencies seeking city grants. Council members also will propose amendments to the budget proposals from Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration.

81. ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

On Friday, June 3, ServiceMaster laid to rest months of speculation about whether the company would relocate to a larger city like Atlanta or Dallas. Memphis’ available Class A office space can’t currently accommodate ServiceMaster’s needs, so it looked to the retail sector for its new home.

82. New Parks Director is Second Of Three Major Hires for Strickland Administration -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed a former director of cultural affairs for the city of Dallas and at Miami-Dade College in Florida to be the city’s new director of Parks and Neighborhoods.

83. Pace Chosen to Lead Spay & Neuter Services -

The Board of Directors of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services has announced Brittany Pace as its new executive director and Janet Havel as its new clinic manager.

84. June is Maker Month in Memphis -

This month in Memphis is all about the makers. From a gathering at the Broad Avenue retailer City & State to a “Makers Faire” in front of City Hall to a new privately funded effort to better understand the local maker economy, June will see a celebration and showcase of the city’s community of makers, artisans and the like.

85. Committee Recommends Pay Raises for City Employees -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, recommending a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

86. Last Word: As The Wheel Tax Turns, New Zoo Poll and Once Every Dozen Years -

When the school year ends, that’s not necessarily when leaders of school systems can take it easy.

That’s because the business of school systems is about looking months if not years ahead on your mental calendar.

87. Council Committee Recommends Pay Raises Beyond Fire and Police -

It took six hours. But the Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, with a recommendation of a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

88. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protesters blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

89. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protestors blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

90. City Council Weighing Budget Amendments -

The Memphis City Council budget committee plan to wrap up its work Tuesday, May 31, on the city operating and capital budget proposals for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The committee meets Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. and will hear from nonprofit agencies seeking city grants. Council members also will propose amendments to the budget proposals from Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration.

91. City Council to Wrap Up 2016-2017 Budget Sessions -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee meets Tuesday, May 24, for wrap-up sessions on the operating and capital budget proposals from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

92. Crime Stats Chronicle Recent Spike in Violent Crime -

Myneishia Johnson’s funeral was the day before she was supposed to graduate from high school.

The teenager’s death at the corner of Second Street and Peabody Place on May 22 came on one of the first busy Downtown weekends of the spring not connected to a Memphis in May International Festival event.

93. Shelby County Schools Wraps Up a Calmer, But Still Eventful, Year -

Given the last six years of historic change in public education locally, you could be forgiven if you thought of Friday’s half day of classes for Shelby County Schools as the end of an idyllic school year.

94. Council Committee Probes Grant Requests -

Memphis City Council Budget Committee Chairman Edmund Ford Jr. likens it to the television show “Shark Tank.”

Instead of entrepreneurs, leaders of nonprofits made their pitches to the budget committee Tuesday, May 24, for grants from the council as part of the budget process.

95. City Opens Up Mid-South Coliseum to Reviews -

For a week in June, the city will allow citizen groups with qualified experts including architects and engineers to have access to the Mid-South Coliseum for four hours at a time twice a day.

The “Mid-South Coliseum Review Period” has a May 27 deadline for groups to request access under the city’s terms.

96. City Council to Wrap Up Budget Sessions -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee meets Tuesday, May 24, for wrap-up sessions on the operating and capital budget proposals from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

97. Pugh Takes Politically Volatile Shelter Position -

The new director of the Memphis Animal Shelter says a shelter that doesn’t euthanize animals because of time or space is a goal.

But Alexis Pugh, who starts the job next month, is quick to add that public safety is the immediate priority.

98. Global Ministries Continues to Take More Heat -

The receiver for the Warren and Tulane Apartments is in place with the notice filed in Memphis federal court last week that Foresite Realty Management LLC had accepted the job and that its bonding is in place.

99. Memphis Police Partner With NextDoor Network -

Memphis Police and the city of Memphis are partnering with NextDoor, the social media network, to better communicate with residents.

Mayor Jim Strickland and interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings announced the partnership Thursday, May 19, at City Hall.

100. Alexis Pugh to Lead Memphis Animal Shelter -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed Alexis Pugh, executive director of Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services, as the new director of Memphis Animal Services, effective in June.