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1. Arrested in LA, Z-Bo Will Remain a Hero in Memphis -

Change the location. Change the month and the year, too.

Instead of Sacramento Kings free-agent signee Zach Randolph being arrested at the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts in August of 2017, our beloved Z-Bo is arrested here.

2. Trump Says Transgender People Should be Barred From Military -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

3. Z-Bo Leaves Memphis With Many Memories -

Eight years ago this week, there was a press conference at FedExForum. The Memphis Grizzlies had acquired a power forward via a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

As is the routine when the Grizzlies get a new player, he posed holding his new jersey – No. 50 – with general manager Chris Wallace. That was how the Zach Randolph years started here.

4. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

5. Artist, Foundry Chosen For Johnny Cash Statue -

A planned statue of Johnny Cash in the Cooper-Young Historic District has taken another step forward with the selection of an artist and foundry to create the monument.

Legacy Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that has been planning and raising funds for the Cash statue, has a contractual agreement with artist Mike McCarthy and the Lugar Bronze Foundry.

6. Artist, Foundry Chosen For Johnny Cash Statue -

A planned statue of Johnny Cash in the Cooper-Young Historic District has taken another step forward with the selection of an artist and foundry to create the monument.

Legacy Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that has been planning and raising funds for the Cash statue, has a contractual agreement with artist Mike McCarthy and the Lugar Bronze Foundry.

7. Flintco Files $25 Million Permit for ServiceMaster HQ -

150 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $25 million

Application Date: May 2017 

8. Bryant: State Workers Must Take Sexual Harassment Prevention -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he's requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

9. 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…

10. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Mike Fleming, president of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum, will speak. Lunch fee is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

11. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

12. Events -

The Memphis Irish Society is enrolling for its 2016 Irish Gaelic class, set to begin Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Germantown area (contact for exact venue). The class is free, informal, and is open to all adults and children of middle-school age and older. It will meet most Saturdays throughout the year with some breaks. Email erin.shepherd@memphisirish.com for details.

13. St. Louis Cardinals Manager To Speak in Jackson, Tenn. -

Mike Matheny, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, will speak at a fundraiser for Special Needs Athletics at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tenn.

14. Reveiz Knows What Vols Need to Snap Streak -

Tennessee place-kicker Fuad Reveiz was anxious and nervous much of the week leading up the Vols’ game against Alabama on Oct. 16, 1982.

It was a tall order for the Vols.

Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant had an 11-game winning streak against UT. The Crimson Tide was 5-0, ranked No. 2 in the country and coming off a 42-21 victory against then-No. 3 Penn State.

15. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10 -

Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.

These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.

The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.

16. Paragon Bank Reports Highlights, Decisive Turn at Annual Shareholders Meeting -

2014 proved a milestone year for Paragon Bank: The now 10-year-old institution saw a few decisive changes, the bank’s leadership reported at its annual shareholders meeting in recent days.

17. These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.

18. Events -

Rhodes College will present the Rhodes Less Traveled: New and Experimental Music Festival Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19. Events include open air concerts both days at noon on the Briggs North Patio at Rhodes, 2000 North Parkway; a concert with new music from modern-day composers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, 613 University St.; and new music for orchestra and winds Friday at 7:30 at Evergreen. Visit rhodes.edu/mccoy for details.

19. Hit Factory -

The massive trees and the shade they make are the only thing left on the northwest corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue from the days when American Studios turned out 120 hit records from 1965 to 1972.

20. Paragon Bank Celebrates Record 2013 -

At Paragon Bank’s annual shareholders’ meeting this month, the bank’s leadership team could be forgiven for brimming with confidence.

21. Cash Reflects on ‘Long Way Home’ -

As Graceland marks the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley in August, another important artist from Sun Records will be remembered in Dyess, Ark.

The opening of Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess as a museum is Aug. 16.

22. Allen, Grizz Ready for Thunder’s Adjustments -

If Kevin Durant is Superman then Tony Allen is … that’s right, kryptonite. At least that was the contention in at least one Internet headline after Allen rendered Durant mortal in the Grizzlies’ overtime win in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at Oklahoma City.

23. Joerger Still Floating After Epic Game 2 -

About 12 hours after the Memphis Grizzlies’ epic 111-105 overtime victory at Oklahoma City Monday, April 21, in Game 2 of a first-round Western Conference Playoff series, coach Dave Joerger was still trying to find his voice.

24. No Bluffing -

Each season the last home game at FedExForum is Fan Appreciation Night and a Grizzlies’ player is charged with grabbing the microphone and walking to center court to say a few words before tip-off.

25. Actions Should Speaker Louder Than Words -

The Sports Morality Police have pinned on their badges and are cracking down on athlete-on-athlete crime.

You know, those vicious moments where one millionaire calls another millionaire a name across the line of scrimmage in what amount to little more than a grunt.

26. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” Thursday, Jan. 9, to Jan. 26 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

27. Events -

Healthy Memphis Common Table, Healthy Shelby and Qsource will host Care About Your Care on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The event focuses on how health care professionals can work together to improve care transitions to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Cost is free. Register at healthymemphis.org.

28. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

29. Frost Bake Shop Ready to ‘Engineer Cakes’ -

All American Sweets was the confection of chef Bill Kloos Jr., who moved from St. Louis to Memphis to take over the operation of Yia-Yia’s Euro Café and later would go on to open Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

30. Grizzlies Take Down Thunder in Overtime -

Moments before Game 4 of the Grizzlies-Oklahoma City playoff series tipped off at FedExForum Monday night, Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol stood at midcourt to be recognized for making the NBA’s All-Defensive teams (Allen first-team, Gasol and Conley second-team).

31. Grizzlies Must Maintain ‘Thirsty Dog’ Mentality -

As the Grizzlies’ series with the Oklahoma City Thunder shifted to Memphis for Game 3 on Saturday, May 11, the Grizzlies found themselves in much better position than during the Clippers’ series.

Instead of staring up at a 0-2 deficit, their Game 2 victory tied the series 1-1 and has allowed them the possibility to advance to the Western Conference Finals just by winning three games at FedExForum.

32. ‘Old School’ Gasol Feted As League’s Top Defender -

The NBA’s new Defensive Player of the Year was remembering another ceremony, more than a decade ago at The Pyramid.

“I was just a little kid watching my older brother be happy to be recognized,” center Marc Gasol said.

33. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Mike Bruns, board chairman for Youth Villages and the Church Health Center, will discuss board engagement and fundraising. Cost is $15 for AFP members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

34. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 6, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

35. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Anything Goes” Tuesday, Feb. 26, through March 3 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 525-3000 for showtimes and tickets.

36. Sekisui, Circa to Relocate Spaces -

Two East Memphis restaurants soon will have new addresses. 

Sekisui is moving from its original location in the Shops of Humphreys Center, 50 Humphreys Blvd., into Circa by John Bragg’s space in Regalia Shopping Center at 6150 Poplar Ave., suite 122. Circa plans to relocate west to Chickasaw Crossing, 2855 Poplar, in the space where Ronnie Grisanti’s restaurant operated for years.

37. This Den of Grizzlies Players Doesn’t Bluff -

They were three words that were perfect for summing up Zach Randolph. Three words that were perfect for describing the Memphis Grizzlies seven games into this NBA season.

“I don’t bluff,” Randolph told reporters when asked about his exchange of unpleasantries with the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins after the Grizzlies’ 107-97 victory on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Oklahoma City, and on national television no less.

38. This Den of Grizzlies Players Doesn’t Bluff -

They were three words that were perfect for summing up Zach Randolph. Three words that were perfect for describing the Memphis Grizzlies seven games into this NBA season.

“I don’t bluff,” Randolph told reporters when asked about his exchange of unpleasantries with the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins after the Grizzlies’ 107-97 victory on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Oklahoma City, and on national television no less.

39. Invacare Inks Lease in SE Memphis -

Invacare Continuing Care Inc. has inked a 3,500-square-foot lease at 4187 Senator St. in Southeast Memphis.

40. Fred’s, Other Retailers Report Tepid Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers, worried about jobs and the overall economy, pulled back on spending in June, resulting in tepid sales for many retailers, including Memphis-based Fred’s Inc.

41. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 E. Parkway South. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

42. Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Over Grizzlies -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Russell Westbrook couldn't hit a shot last time he faced the Memphis Grizzlies.

43. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

44. Kroger Buys Eight Schnucks To Reopen -

Eight Memphis area Schnucks supermarkets will become Kroger stores in a purchase of the rival stores announced Friday, Sept. 2.

Executives of Kroger’s Delta Division announced the purchase, saying the eight stores will re-open under the Kroger name within weeks after a temporary closing.

45. Kroger Buys Eight Schnucks To Reopen -

Eight Memphis area Schnucks supermarkets will become Kroger stores in a purchase of the rival stores announced Friday, Sept. 2.

Executives of Kroger’s Delta Division announced the purchase, saying the eight stores will re-open under the Kroger name within weeks after a temporary closing.

46. Events -

The GOTV Club will present a seminar titled “Healthcare Reform for Business Owners” Tuesday, July 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Philip Johnson of Argyle Benefits Consultants will speak. Cost is $25. To register, visit thegotvclubjuly.eventbrite.com.

47. Events -

The Memphis Library and Information Center board of trustees will meet Monday, July 25, at noon at the Frayser Branch, 3712 Argonne St. For more information, call 415-2846.

48. Events -

The Memphis Library and Information Center board of trustees will meet Monday, July 25, at noon at the Frayser Branch, 3712 Argonne St. For more information, call 415-2846.

49. LensRentals.com Moves Into Trinity Ridge -

A local camera- and lens-rental company is expanding into a significant amount of space in the already tight Northeast submarket.

LensRentals.com has signed a 16,800-square-foot lease in Cordova’s Trinity Ridge Business Center, 7730 A Trinity Road, suite 110.

50. Pinched by Gas, Shoppers Pull Back Elsewhere -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are showing signs of pulling back on spending on discretionary items like clothing and home goods as gasoline and groceries eat up more of their paychecks.

Those pressures led many retailers on Thursday to report only modest revenue increases in May, the latest sign of the economy hitting a soft patch.

51. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a technology lunch and learn with State Systems Inc. Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Venice Pizza Co., 368 Perkins Road Extended. The topic is “Impact of Emerging Technology on Cabling Systems.” For reservations, contact Debbie Jones at 531-6564 or djones@statesystemsinc.com.

52. Memphis Pride Signs Lease At Trinity Ridge -

An up-and-coming Mid-South cheer and tumbling company has signed a new lease to expand its business, a move that will benefit the facility’s students and parents alike.

Memphis Pride is relocating from a 5,000-square-foot space in Cordova Industrial Park to 16,080-square-foot lease at 7740 B Trinity Road, suite 126.

53. Electrolux Officials Sign Downtown Office Lease -

Before it builds a new manufacturing plant at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, Electrolux will set up shop in Memphis with a Downtown office.

The Swedish appliance maker has signed a 14,000-square-foot lease at One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main St., where it will occupy the building’s entire 24th floor.

54. Consumer Comeback Skips Wal-Mart's Aisles -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is missing out on the consumer comeback.

The world's largest retailer failed to reverse an almost two-year slide in a key revenue measure in its fourth quarter, it said Tuesday, after all but promising in November it would do just that.

55. Family Dollar Signs 2 Leases for Stores -

Family Dollar has signed a 12,000-square-foot lease at 2754 Lamar Ave. Shawn Massey, partner with The Shopping Center Group LLC, represented the tenant. Harold Blockman with Keller Williams Realty Inc. represented the landlord, Chong K and Dul S. Pae.

56. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Mike Ross-Spang, owner and head trainer at Elite Personal Fitness, will speak. Cost is free for members and first-time guests and $25 for returning guests. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

57. Interstate Brands Renews, Expands Lease -

Interstate Brands Corp. has renewed and expanded its lease in the Germantown Park - Kimbrough Building in Cordova, more than doubling its footprint.

58. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Tal Frankfurt, founder of Cloud for Good, will speak on the topic “Managing Your Constituents in the Cloud.” Cost is $45 for members, $75 for nonmembers and $40 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

59. Pacific Logistics Picks Olive Branch for Hub -

Pacific Logistics Corp. has signed a lease for its first Memphis-area location, which will serve as a regional hub for the company’s growing shoe and retail business.

60. As Calendar Turns to New Year, Recipe for Success Unchanged -

It takes a particular poverty of the imagination to quote the opening of “A Tale of Two Cities” every time one writes a story summing up a year, and yet 2010 truly does seem as if it were “the best of times and the worst of times” in the local restaurant business.

61. Holiday Shoppers Came Out to Spend in November -

NEW YORK (AP) – Generous discounts lured American to stores and online for holiday gifts in November, providing cheer and delivering the best gains for retailers in four years.

That raises hopes, already buoyed by reports of crowded malls and early numbers, for a strong holiday shopping season and is an encouraging sign for the economic recovery.

62. Wal-Mart Q3 Profit Rises; Pressure Still on in US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 9.3 percent increase in third-quarter net income as the world's largest retailer benefited from cost controls and a robust international business. The company also raised its full-year profit outlook.

63. Heavy Discounts Fuel Only Modest Retail Gains -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans took a pause in shopping in October, leaving retailers with their weakest peformance since April as unsually warm weather depressed their appetite for cold weather items.

64. Americans Likely Took Retail Breather in October -

NEW YORK (AP) – After a last-minute back-to-school buying spree, Americans appeared to have taken a shopping pause in October, resulting in a mixed retail sales picture.

That lull could continue until the day after Thanksgiving, the unofficial start of the Christmas season, as shoppers wait for big bargains, many analysts say.

65. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society will present a lecture by Wall Street Journal columnist and author John Fund titled “A Visitor’s Guide to an Alien Planet: Washington, D.C.” Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the law school, 1 N. Front St. The event is free and open to the public.

66. Retailers Report September Boost -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers reported surprisingly solid sales gains for September, boosted by back-to-school shopping, much of it pushed into September by parents who had put off trips to the mall.

67. Taking Care of Business -

A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.

68. Retailers Report 4th Consecutive Month of Gains -

NEW YORK (AP) - Warmer weather and an earlier Easter enticed shoppers into stores for spring merchandise in March, helping retailers post strong sales gains for the month.

Discounter Target Corp., department store Macy's Inc., clothier Gap Inc. and Victoria's Secret parent Limited Brands Inc. posted double-digit increases that beat Wall Street analysts' expectations.

69. Retailers Report Strong Gains for February -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers shrugged off the snow and worries about the economy to buy spring clothing and other items at the nation's malls, resulting in the strongest retail sales gain since November 2007, a month before the recession started.

70. MED Task Force Members Appointed -

Shelby County Interim Mayor Joyce Avery and County Commissioner Joe Ford, who will become county mayor Dec. 10, have appointed a task force to brainstorm short- and long-term solutions to the revenue crisis at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

71. Events -

The Seventh Annual Chick-fil-A 5K Run/Walk will be held today at 9 a.m. Downtown. Registration will be held in the entry plaza of AutoZone Park. The race will begin on Front Street at Gayoso Lane. The race benefits Junior Achievement. To register, visit www.chickfila5k.com.

72. Pfizer to Pay Record $2.3B Penalty over Promotions -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines Wednesday and called the world's largest drug maker a repeating corporate cheat for illegal drug promotions that plied doctors with free golf, massages, and resort junkets.

73. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly meeting and lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn–University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Mike Baker, assistant air traffic manager at the Memphis International Tower, will present “How We Do What We Do.” Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

74. Commission to Weigh Pyramid Role – Again – Next Week -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners added to the anxiety Herenton administration negotiators are already experiencing over talks to bring Bass Pro Shops to The Pyramid.

The commission this week voted to delay a proposed selloff of the county’s share of The Pyramid, the Mid-South Coliseum

75. Bass Pro Project Picture Becomes Clearer - For six hours Monday, the political and legal forces backing a Bass Pro Shops development of The Pyramid made their case to Memphis City Council members and the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

They began that morning at City Hall and ended that afternoon at the County Building as Bass Pro CEO Jim Hagale ran to catch a 3 p.m. flight out of Memphis.

After it was done, the effort had made some progress with the skeptical local elected officials who are most concerned with the financial assumptions behind the project. And critics on both bodies succeeded in stripping away a bit of the gift wrapping on the package.

Part of the sales pitch included how rent from Bass Pro would help pay the remaining city and county government debt on The Pyramid. The combined debt comes to about $10 million with county government owing just more than $5 million of that.

Commissioner Mike Ritz calculated that all but about a million of the county’s debt would be paid by the time a Bass Pro Shop opens.

Memphis Regional Chamber President and CEO John Moore came with a printed handout after the meeting to refute the point. Ritz had his own and neither made much progress in convincing the other. But Ritz is the one with a vote on the future of the project.

“Some of them are drinking the Kool-Aid,” Ritz said after a couple of rounds with Moore on the point. A lobbying session between Ritz and former County Commission member Charles Perkins, hired by the city of Memphis, appeared more amicable.

Pursuing finality

Incoming commission chairwoman Deidre Malone said the four-member city-county Pyramid Reuse Committee of which she’s a member will be the next to take up the proposal and make a recommendation to the full council and commission.

A commission vote could come by the end of September, she estimated.

Council member Jim Strickland chaired the council’s session but said no vote had been scheduled by the full council.

Negotiators for the city, who have taken the lead in the talks at the agreement of both mayors, had set a Sept. 15 deadline to have approval by both bodies.

But Hagale didn’t seem to be worried about trying to enforce an exact date.

“All these deadlines are floating around. I’m not sure what they are,” he told The Daily News. “I’m going to be honest. I’ve signed three agreements here. The ball is in the city and county’s court. Hopefully, they’ve had enough time to vet all of the other options and they’ll come to a conclusion. This process, I think, for everybody’s benefit needs to be finalized.”

As Commissioner Steve Mulroy questioned Hagale about Bass Pro’s Memphis business plan, Hagale put a finer point on the efforts from his end of the negotiations that began three years ago this week.

“I’ve signed three agreements since this all started that have not been counter-signed,” he said. “Frankly, I think Bass Pro has been given credit for delays in this project that are not rightfully ours.”

The central question for commissioners and council members is $30 million in state and federal government funding to build a parking garage and take on infrastructure projects around The Pyramid.

Funding sources

City Housing & Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb was adamant that no city or county general fund revenue would be used in the project. He and the city negotiating team said $87 million in potential funding through the use of tax incentives and other financing instruments has been identified to draw the $30 million from. That includes drawing from excess tax revenue returned to projects already in zones identified as a tourism development zone (TDZ) and a tax increment financing (TIF) area.

Strickland questioned attorney Charles Carpenter, part of Lipscomb's team, closely on whether the city and county governments would be on the hook if there aren’t excess revenues.

“That’s never been anticipated,” Carpenter replied.

“There’s no way possible?” Strickland asked.

“I’m not that omnipotent,” Carpenter responded.

Strickland was uncertain at the end of the session.

“I still am not crystal clear in my mind that general fund tax dollars will not be used for the project. It was said that they are not intended to be used,” he said. “I don’t know the answer to that.”

Attorney Hunter Humphreys said Bass Pro’s $1-million-a-month rental fee to local government starting in the second year of a 20-year contract once the new attraction is open could be offset with ad valorem tax revenue or payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements. But Humphreys said that wouldn’t include an offset for sales tax revenue.

Ritz, who had feared tax offsets would mean Bass Pro wouldn’t pay any rent, argued the language on that point could be more specific in the agreement.

Humphreys said a lease agreement to come after the development agreement would have more detail.

“I think it’s clear on this issue. … I’d love to argue it if it were ever disputed on this issue,” he told Ritz.

The 20-year contract would follow a two-year construction period that would in turn follow the one-year period covered by the development agreement unveiled this week.

The commission and council would have to approve those agreements as well.

Meanwhile, Hagale said structural issues that had been a concern of Bass Pro this summer have been resolved.

“I don’t think that at this point, we have any concerns about the structural feasibility of that building,” he said.

Concerns about new seismic standards in place since The Pyramid was opened in 1991 and how to build a seven-story hotel inside the structure were a major issue earlier this year as project negotiations reached a decisive point. Hagale told The Daily News on Monday that he was unaware of the end of July deadline at the time.

He also addressed doubts about his commitment to the project.

“Early on we said that we wanted this to be really evaluated on the merits, and not become a part of the theatrics,” Hagale said at the first session of the day.

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76. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber will host its members-only Leadership Luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. My Harrison, FBI special agent, will be the featured speaker. The luncheon costs $25 per member. R.S.V.P. to Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

77. Events -

The Leadership Bartlett Class of 2008 will graduate today at 6 p.m. at Jim’s Place East, 5560 Shelby Oaks Drive.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host a “Hands-On Leaf Casting Workshop” Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Gardener Pat Skaggs and the Dixon staff will provide materials and instructions for casting leaves. Participants will return at a later date to pick up the cured castings they make. Bring your own leaf, or leaves will be provided. The cost is $20 for Dixon members or $25 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required by calling the Dixon at 761-5252.

78. Bass Berry Adds Williams to Real Estate Practice -

Bass, Berry & Sims has hired LaToya Williams as an associate in its commercial transactions and real estate practice area. Previously, she was an associate with Stites & Harbison PLLC in Atlanta and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Memphis. Williams received her juris doctorate in 2004 from the University of Tennessee College of Law and is a member of the American, National, Tennessee and Memphis bar associations.

79. Hampton Inn-Memphis Changes Hands, Not Brands -

2700 S. Perkins Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $7 million

Sale Date: Aug. 7, 2006

Buyer: VMN Memphis, LLC

80. MBA Sponsors Judicial Candidate Forum Today -

JULY 10

The Criminal Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association will hold a candidate forum from noon to 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Criminal Justice Center, 201 Poplar Ave. Candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court judge in Divisions 7 through 13 will speak for four minutes each. For more information, call Tony Brayton, Garland Erguden or William Robilio at 545-5800.

81. City Council Wants to Hear from You Tuesday -

March 27

Memphis Heritage presents "The Parkways: Framing our Midtown Neighborhoods" as part of its 2006 Preservation Series from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church, 447 N. Evergreen St. Registration is $60. Call 529-9828 or visit www.memphisheritage.org.

82. 'America' Photos Part of Katrina Benefit at Kurts Gallery -

Today

National Seminars Group presents a Basic Supervision Seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Attendees learn strategies for boosting productivity, morale and the quality of employees' work. Cost is $179. Call (800) 356-5107 or visit www.nationalseminarstraining.com to register.

83. Archived Article: This Week - Sept

Department of Revenue Hosts New Business Workshop

Sept. 13

Reality Based Management presents The Charge Nurse at 8 a.m. at Holiday Inn-Sycamore View, 6101 Shelby Oaks Drive. Cost is $149 per person. Call (800) 815-9379 or visit www.rbm...

84. Archived Article: Real Recap - 2144 Madison Ave

Atlanta Firm Refinances French Quarter Suites

2144 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

Cost: $4 million

Borrower: Lodgian Memphis Property Owner LLC

Lender: Merrill Lynch Mortgage Lending Inc.

Trustee: Midsouth Title...

85. Archived Article: Events - An opening reception for Baton Rouge artist Mike Klung runs from 6:30 p

An opening reception for Baton Rouge, La., artist Mike Klung runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at DCI Gallery, 772 E. Brookhaven Circle. The exhibition, titled The Beaut...

86. Archived Article: This Week - Child Advocacy Center Hosts Valentines Auction

Child Advocacy Center Hosts Valentine Auction February 10

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. meets at 9 a.m. at the Center City Commission offices, 114 N. Main St. Call Nicole Hernandez at 575-...

87. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of Events July 7-13

Calendar of Events July 7-13 July 7

Memphis Dance Group presents Take Flight: A Journey in Dance at 9:30 a.m. today through Friday at the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center, 60 Perkins Extended. Enjoy music, d...

88. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Sept

Calendar of events Nov. 4-Nov. 10

Nov. 4

The Greater Memphis Arts Council, 8 S. Third St., presents artwork by Everett Charles Yates, on display through Jan. 15. Nov. 5

The Center for Historic Preservation, a clea...

89. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - The Dutch Treat luncheon commences at 12:30 p

The Dutch Treat Luncheon commences at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Willinghams BBQ, 2750 S. Perkins Road. Talk radio host Mike Fleming is the guest speaker. IMAXs newest film Lewis & Clark opens Nov. 16 a...

90. Archived Article: Briefs W. Correx - The Memphis Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators hosts its monthly membership meeting at noon today at the Unive

The Memphis Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators hosts its monthly membership meeting at noon today at th...

91. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Memphis Bar Association will host a bring-your-own-lunch lecture from noon to 2 p

The Memphis Bar Association will host a bring-your-own-lunch lecture from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The speakers are Minton Mayer of Spicer Flynn & Rudstrom a...

92. Archived Article: Belle (lead) - Memphis Belle gets forever home

Memphis Belle snags permanent landing site

By MARY DANDO

The Daily News

The Memphis Belle, the famed World War II B-17, will remain in its namesake city.

Currently on Mud Island, the vintage airplane is...

93. Archived Article: Memos - William H William H. Masters joined the electrical department of Askew Hargraves Harcourt and Associates as an electrical project manager. He earned his bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University and masters degree from the University of Memphis. M...

94. Archived Article: Memos - Flynn Named Vice President of Ruth Ann Marshall has been appointed North American Region president for MasterCard International. Marshall formerly was executive vice president at Concord EFS Inc. Stephen J. Flynn has been named vice president of res...

95. Archived Article: Memos - William N William N. Reed has been named president and chief operating officer of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell. Reed concentrates his practice in litigation. He received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. Th...

96. Archived Article: Calendar - June 2 June 2 The Shelby County Domestic Violence Council will meet at 8 a.m. at Le Bonheur Hospital. The speaker will be Robert Bryden, president of the Memphis/Shelby County Crime Commission. For more information, call Mike Hughes at 576-5150. Jun...

97. Archived Article: Calendar - April 13 April 13 The Shelby County Republican Women will meet at 11 a.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel. The speakers will be seven candidates for the Shelby County Commission. For more information, call Libby Pritchard at 272-2755, Adrienne Stock at 761-...

98. Archived Article: Calendar - April 7 April 7 The Memphis Area Home Builders Associations Sales and Marketing Council will have a general membership meeting at noon at MAHBA offices, 776 Germantown Parkway N. The speaker will be Rosemarie Fair Stack, president of the Memphis Are...

99. Archived Article: Calendar - April 1 April 1 Mensa will meet at the Unicorn restaurant, 6524 Quince Road, at 7 p.m. The speakers will be Susan Moskop and Jean Williamson, volunteers for the Memphis Symphony League, whose topic will be "Talking Music." For more informa...

100. Archived Article: Calendar - Jan Jan. 12 Laurelwood Business and Professional Women will meet at Davis-Kidd Bookstore, 387 Perkins Road. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Judge Ann Pugh. Public Issues Forum will meet at the Me...