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1. Edmund Ford Jr. Sticks to Council, Commission Seats As He Pursues Transit Fee -

Edmund Ford Jr. is pushing for a dedicated revenue stream for the Memphis Area Transit Authority and road projects while holding seats on the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission.

And it could take him through the 90 days he has before he must give up the council seat, Ford said this week.

2. Construction on Concourse B At Memphis International Underway -

Memphis International Airport officials launched a $245 million modernization of Concourse B Wednesday, Sept. 12, by shoveling ceremonial dirt in a soon-to-be-demolished section between gates B1 and B2.

3. Council Approves Conditional Return of Beale Street Cover -

After much debate and consultation with attorneys, the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 11, to allow Memphis Police and the Downtown Memphis Commission to reinstate a cover charge for the Beale Street entertainment district.

4. Council Approves Conditional Return of Beale Cover -

After much debate and consultation with attorneys, the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 11, to allow Memphis Police and the Downtown Memphis Commission to reinstate a cover charge for the Beale Street entertainment district.

5. De-Annexation Votes, MATA Utility Fee on City Council Agenda -

Memphis City Council members take final votes Tuesday, Sept. 11, on ordinances that would de-annex two parts of Memphis.

The ordinances would shave off the Rocky Point area and the Southwind-Windyke neighborhoods, effective in 2020. The de-annexation proposal follows council approval earlier this year to de-annex the city’s portion of Eads and a flood plain area in southwest Memphis that is uninhabited.

6. Last Word: Graceland Opens Vigil, Hunt-Phelan For Sale and Southern Heritage -

After two years of making the Elvis candlelight vigil more about who paid and getting people in line, Graceland said Wednesday the vigil will return to being a free event next August – no admission, no buying packages that include the vigil. The timing on this is interesting coming about two weeks after the 2018 edition of the vigil.

7. Shelby County Mayor Harris Names Marlinee Iverson County Attorney, Nicole Lacey Interim PIO -

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris named Marlinee Iverson as the next Shelby County attorney Wednesday afternoon – his second major appointment since taking office Saturday.

8. Memphis Airport Partners In Federal Drone Program -

Successful drone demonstrations were recently conducted by Memphis International Airport partners participating in a new U.S. Department of Transportation drone program. The operations were conducted at Agricenter International and included simulated runway and perimeter security inspections, as well as safety and backup procedures for drone operations.

9. Last Word: Selling Local Soccer, Football's Arrival and Luttrell's Vetoes -

So the United Soccer League Memphis franchise is to be called Memphis FC 901. The branding was launched as the Labor Day weekend began with a video that is part Rogues nostalgia, soccer at school memories and a liberal dose of Grit ‘n’ Grind rhetoric from another sports franchise just down the street from AutoZone Park. The combination is another example of sports carrying the banner for the promotion of Memphis in general.

10. Last Word: Oath, Occupancy and Buses -

Shelby County Mayor elect Lee Harris and the 13-member Shelby County Commission with a majority of eight new members take the oath of office Thursday afternoon Downtown at the Cannon Center. And Harris turned in his resignation as a state Senator Wednesday, urging the county commission to leave the seat vacant for the remaining four months left in his four-year term of office in Nashville.

11. MATA’s Lack of Funding Could Result in Route Cuts -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is proposing several adjustments to its bus network, including the elimination of seven routes. Tuesday night, MATA held a public hearing at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library for the proposed changes, which can be found here

12. Council Approves TDZ Financing for Second Convention Center Hotel -

Memphis City Council members approved the use of Tourism Development Zone revenues Tuesday, Aug. 28, to finance the construction of a second convention center hotel as they delayed any decisions on long-term crowd control and safety measures in the Beale Street entertainment district.

13. How Memphis Can Learn from Detroit: Creating an Inclusive Comeback Story -

The City of Detroit intends to create the most inclusive comeback story America has ever told.

Detroit is the largest African-American majority city in the country with a population over 400,000. Memphis is the second largest.

14. County Commissioners Approve Quinn Road Development -

Shelby County commissioners approved a 500-plus home development on Quinn Road – in unincorporated Shelby County just south of Collierville – with one key amendment change during their meeting Monday, Aug. 27.

15. Memphis City Council Considers Surface Parking Lot at Main and Beale -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Aug. 28, on a special-use permit to turn the land on the northeast corner of South Main Street and Beale Street into a surface parking lot with landscaping.

16. Bredesen Seeks Rural Broadband Access Through TVA -

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is calling for congressional action enabling the Tennessee Valley Authority to deliver broadband internet access to rural parts of the state, a plan his opponent, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, says would be “anti-competitive.”

17. MPD Officer Unmasked as 'Bob Smith' in Federal Hearing -

Memphis police Sgt. Tim Reynolds is “Bob Smith” – the fake Facebook persona the veteran officer used to befriend local protesters and monitor their activities.

18. REI Sets Plans For Memphis Grand Opening -

REI is planning special events and giveaways for the opening weekend of its Memphis store, Aug. 24-26.

The outdoor retailer’s grand opening at 5897 Poplar Ave. in Ridgeway Trace Center will feature parking-lot parties with free breakfast, music, games and REI Outdoor School programs. The events start at 8 a.m. Aug. 24-25 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 26, and end at noon each day.

19. Last Word: Suburban Elections, Charter Changes and Aretha Franklin -

Almost there for the November ballot with Thursday’s qualifying deadline for the contenders in the five sets of elections in five of the six suburban towns and cities. Three mayor’s races – all contested -- in Germantown, Lakeland and Bartlett. 11 races decided at the deadline with candidates running unopposed. Something of a surprise in one of the Millington alderman races.

20. $161M in Contracts Awarded for Makeover of Memphis International Airport’s Concourse B -

Memphis International Airport’s $245 million makeover of B Concourse marched toward a September construction launch Thursday with approval of $161 million in related contracts that will create thousands of jobs.

21. REI Sets Plans For Memphis Grand Opening -

REI is planning special events and giveaways for the opening weekend of its Memphis store, Aug. 24-26.

The outdoor retailer’s grand opening at 5897 Poplar Ave. in Ridgeway Trace Center will feature parking-lot parties with free breakfast, music, games and REI Outdoor School programs. The events start at 8 a.m. Aug. 24-25 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 26, and end at noon each day.

22. Historic District Compromise Tabled Over State 'Threats' -

After months of discussions, compromises and amendments, the city council member sponsoring an ordinance giving the council more oversight of the local Landmarks Commission tabled the measure on third and final reading.

23. Historic District Compromise Tabled Over State 'Threats' -

After months of discussions, compromises and amendments, the city council member sponsoring an ordinance giving the council more oversight of the local Landmarks Commission tabled the measure on third and final reading.

24. Historic District Compromise Tabled Over State 'Threats' -

After months of discussions, compromises and amendments, the city council member sponsoring an ordinance giving the council more oversight of the local Landmarks Commission tabled the measure on third and final reading.

25. Last Word: Bigger Goodlett, Collierville's Dilemma and Ronnie Grisanti's at Regalia -

Shelby County Schools officials breaking ground Monday evening on the new Goodlett Elementary School to open a year from now on the grounds of the current Goodlett Elementary at 3001 S. Goodlett. The bigger Goodlett will allow for nearby Knight Road Elementary to close and its students to attend the new Goodlett. GOODLETT.

26. County Commission Considers Changes To EDGE Near Term's End -

With only one more regularly scheduled meeting left in their four-year term of office, Shelby County commissioners are considering some changes to the joint city-county Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE.

27. Memphis City Council Could Take Final Vote On Historic Districts Oversight -

After a two-and-a-half-month delay, Memphis City Council members may be ready Tuesday, Aug. 14, to take a final vote on new rules for historic districts including more oversight by the council.

A vote on third and final reading of the ordinance was delayed in June so the sponsor, council member Kemp Conrad, could meet with all sides of the issue to come up with a compromise. The ordinance follows council votes to grant historic district status, with guidelines enforced by the Landmarks Commission, for the Cooper-Young and Speedway Terrace neighborhoods.

28. Mayor Strickland Hopes County Supports MATA -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland meets with Shelby County Mayor-elect Lee Harris this week as Harris’ transition team is assembled and begins working toward him taking office Sept. 1.

29. Frontier Airlines Launches Service from Memphis to San Antonio -

Frontier Airlines’ new nonstop flight between Memphis and San Antonio launched Monday, filling another service gap left by the downsizing of Delta Air Line’s former Memphis hub.

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board chairman Pace Cooper hailed the twice-a-week San Antonio flight as another step toward rebuilding reduced service at Memphis International Airport.

30. MEM to Offer Nonstop Service to San Antonio -

Memphis International Airport will host a news conference Monday, Aug. 13, to celebrate the launch of nonstop flights between Memphis International (MEM) and San Antonio International Airport (SAT). The news conference will start at 8:30 a.m. on the mezzanine level above the “C” ticketing area.

31. FedEx Files $8.2 M Permit For Hub Modernization -

Memphis-based logistics giant FedEx Corp. is putting an $8.2 million sort system in a warehouse it recently leased from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

32. Bids Put Cost Of Airport Concourse Renovation Near $250M -

Estimates for Memphis International Airport’s long-awaited concourse overhaul have climbed toward a quarter billion dollars.

At $245.5 million, the latest “all in” budget includes 25 new jet bridges for passenger loading and unloading, a full complement of moving sidewalks and energy-efficient dynamic glass that adjusts to changing environmental conditions.

33. Last Word: Transition Time, Two Years of Heart and Eads De-Annexation Growth -

Here comes the transition in the county mayor’s office. Shelby County Mayor-elect Lee Harris announced Wednesday that the transition team will be co-chaired by former Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris and former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins. Harris’s campaign manager Danielle Inez will be executive director of the transition team. They are soliciting applications to be on the transition team and the resumes have to be in soon. Harris takes office as outgoing mayor Mark Luttrell leaves at the end of this month.

34. Bids Put Cost of Airport Concourse Renovation near $250 Million -

Estimates for Memphis International Airport’s long-awaited concourse overhaul have climbed toward a quarter billion dollars.

At $245.5 million, the latest “all in” budget includes 25 new jet bridges for passenger loading and unloading, a full complement of moving sidewalks and energy-efficient dynamic glass that adjusts to changing environmental conditions.

35. FedEx Files $8.2 Million Permit for Hub Modernization -

Memphis-based logistics giant FedEx Corp. is putting an $8.2 million sort system in a warehouse it recently leased from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

36. Airport Authority Renews Smaller Deal With Grizzlies -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has extended a scaled-back version of its marketing partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies so it can invest those advertising dollars elsewhere.

The MSCAA board of commissioners approved Thursday, July 26, a three-year extension of the marketing contract the airport authority has with Memphis Basketball Inc., the parent company of the Grizzlies.

37. Memphis International Enplanements up 5.6% -

There were more than 2.25 million enplanements at Memphis International Airport during the 2017-18 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018.

This figure equates to 115,000 additional enplanements, which represents a 5.6 percent increase year-over-year.

38. Last Word: Lee's Win, Harris' Way and Turnout Questions -

What to choose from now that the Aug. 2 election is tentatively in the books? First this is going to be an all-election Last Word because the sugar buzz from a bag that was full of jelly beans is starting to wane and I don’t want to be here when the sun rises in just a bit. Kind of a vampire thing, isn’t it?

39. Memphis International Airport Enplanements up 5.6 percent -

There were more than 2.25 million enplanements at Memphis International Airport during the 2017-18 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018.

This figure equates to 115,000 additional enplanements, which represents a 5.6 percent increase year-over-year.

40. Chamber Taps New Economic Development SVP -

With a new focus on proactive rather than reactive recruitment, the Greater Memphis Chamber has hired Eric Miller as its new senior vice president of economic development. 

With nearly two decades of local and regional economic development experience, Miller was chosen after an extensive national search conducted by the chamber. 

41. Airport Authority Renews Smaller Marketing Deal With Grizzlies -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has extended a scaled-back version of its marketing partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies so it can invest those advertising dollars elsewhere.

The MSCAA board of commissioners approved Thursday, July 26, a three-year extension of the marketing contract the airport authority has with Memphis Basketball Inc., the parent company of the Grizzlies.

42. Last Word: Early Voting Tea Leaves, More Sunflowers and Marketing the Airport -

The blitz is on to the last weekend of campaigning as early voting finishes up Saturday and election day awaits next Thursday. Some of the contenders on the ballot have their second wind. Others are waiting for their political sails to fill. All of them are still moving at various speeds in the Memphis summer of unrelenting heat, sun screen, three changes of campaign t-shirts per day, 100-foot markers at early voting sites, robo-calls, replaced yard signs, new direct mail pieces and voters who swear they voted for you even if they have no idea what you are running for.

43. Memphis Airport Scales Back Partnership With Grizzlies -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has extended a scaled-back version of its marketing partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies so it can invest those advertising dollars elsewhere.

The MSCAA board of commissioners approved Thursday, July 26, a three-year extension of the marketing contract the airport authority has with Memphis Basketball Inc., the parent company of the Grizzlies.

44. Crosstown Concourse To Get Bitcoin ATM -

Bitcoin will be adding a Byte Federal ATM inside the Crosstown Concourse location of Mama Gaia.

This will be the cryptocurrency’s eighth ATM location in Shelby County and the first in Crosstown.

45. Last Word: Water Hoses and Campaigns, Taking Down Alabama and Bitcoin ATM -

One of the candidates on the August ballot compares campaigning during the early voting period to drinking from a fire hose. That and other notes from the campaigns in a story that also includes some early voting numbers from the first three days before it went countywide Tuesday at 22 other sites. With that updated after press time, the new numbers show we are over 10,000 early voters so far.

46. Crosstown Concourse To Get Bitcoin ATM -

Bitcoin will be adding a Byte Federal ATM inside the Crosstown Concourse location of Mama Gaia.

This will be the cryptocurrency’s eighth ATM location in Shelby County and the first in Crosstown.

47. Lenoir-Harris Debate At NAACP-Sponsored Forum Illustrates Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the Shelby County mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all. In his opening statement, Lenoir, the Republican nominee, talked about his request for a different moderator at the forum sponsored by the Memphis Branch NAACP.

48. Lenoir-Harris Debate at NCRM Shows Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the county mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all.

49. Lenoir-Harris Debate at NCRM Shows Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the county mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all.

50. Last Word: The Jenkins Ruling, No More City Court Clerk and Harwell's Quest -

Making your early voting plan for Friday’s debut of the voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 election day? Well, you might want to hold off until after Tuesday morning. That’s when the latest changes could get set in stone … or not.

51. Last Word: Storms and Birds, Sizing the MPD and Plans for Early Voting's Opening -

Very dark skies Monday afternoon over parts of the city. I could be off in this but I think there is a connection to these sudden summer rain showers that we need to consider. I think they line up very closely with areas where you cannot find a Bird scooter or at least not one that is fully charged. Then again it could just be me.

52. Last Word: The View From Early Voting, Memfix 4 and Operation Keyboard -

Local Democrats made it formal Wednesday – taking complaints about the early voting sites and hours to the Shelby County Commission. The result is a special meeting Friday afternoon of the Shelby County Election Commission to talk about this. Meanwhile, the chairman of the local Republican party was just a few feet away from the Wednesday press conference by the Democrats at the county building. He says Democrats have it backwards, that the early voting sites favor Democrats.

53. City Minority Business Effort Goes For One-on-One Talks -

The business of awarding city government contracts is a very formal process with information given out about a contract up for bid at a specific time with so many days to respond in writing.

City Hall’s move to award more of those contracts to local, minority- and women-owned businesses will place business owners new to the government contracting process across the table from city division directors on Wednesday, June 27.

54. Triplett Returns to Ensafe as Director of Design Engineering -

After beginning his career with EnSafe in 1990 and working his way up to project manager and lead engineer over the next 17-plus years, Chris Triplett has rejoined the company as its director of design engineering. He spent the past decade working with Barge Design Solutions, and in his new role Triplett will provide leadership to EnSafe’s corporate engineering design group for design execution and delivery. He will also work closely with clients across EnSafe’s landscape to understand their needs and to provide engineering solutions.

55. Bike Share, Greenway and Bike Lane Efforts Point Toward Common Goal -

Four years after it made its tentative debut with the opening of the Overton Park Bike Gate, the Hampline, across East Parkway from the eastern end of Overton Park, is about to become permanent.

“The Hampline that exists today is about to be changed,” city bikeway and pedestrian program manager Nicholas Oyler said on WKNO-TV’s “Behind The Headlines.”

56. Sheriff's deputy in Tennessee charged with raping teen -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in Tennessee has been charged with raping a teenage girl over a 20-month period.

The Shelby County district attorney's office says 43-year-old Brian O. Beck was being held on $90,000 bond Thursday after his indictment on charges of rape by force or coercion and sexual battery by an authority figure.

57. Council Approves 13-Year Contract with MRPP -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

58. Council Approves 13-Year Contract with MRPP, Makes End of Fiscal Year Moves -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

59. Council Approves 13-Year Contract With MRPP, Makes End of Fiscal Year Moves -

Memphis City Council members gave the Memphis River Parks Partnership a 13-year contract to manage and operate the city’s riverside parks Tuesday, June 19, with a 10-year renewal option.

The MRPP, which until earlier this year was the Riverfront Development Corp., sought a 10-year contract with the city in order to promote the stability of the organization in drawing private and philanthropic funding for the city’s riverfront plan.

60. MEM Grows Five Years After Delta De-Hub -

Five years after Delta Air Lines de-hubbed Memphis International Airport, the airport’s transition to most of its customers being origin and destination passengers has had mixed results in other ways.

61. Last Word: Bird Is The Word, Governors Quartet and Charlie Morris's Secret -

Former Vice President Joe Biden plays the Orpheum Friday evening. Maybe that isn't the right way to put it -- unless there's a drum solo no one is talking about. Free Bird?

I'll take it as further evidence of the new American politics that is evolving and is far from settled at this point. Politicians do paid speaking gigs all the time. And at times it is controversial. But the gigs are usually some kind of speaking fee to make remarks at a corporate function -- not selling individual tickets on line. This is ostensibly to promote Biden's new book and book deals and politicians go way back. But in a lot of cases, those are free events in a book store. When Biden was last here, it was as vice president at the Norfolk Southern intermodal rail yard in Rossville.

62. Harris and Lenoir Clash in First General Election Mayoral Debate -

The two contenders for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot differed Wednesday, June 13, on leadership experience and whether county government has been breaking ground on important issues or has taken too long to act on those issues.

63. Luttrell, Jones: County Budget Talks Center on Property Tax Allocation -

Shelby County government’s budget season turns on the county’s property tax rate. It’s not about decreasing the current $4.11 rate to $4.05, as proposed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. It’s about how the $4.05 rate would be allocated among various county uses.

64. Laurenzi Joins Baker Donelson After Long Career as Prosecutor -

Larry Laurenzi describes himself as a “litigator” – meaning much of his 35-year career in the Memphis U.S. Attorney’s office was about the courtroom – going to trial or preparing to go to trial.

65. Moody’s Reaffirms MSCAA Bond Rating, Ups Outlook -

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s ratings outlook from “stable” to “positive” while affirming the airport’s general revenue bonds at A3.

66. Last Word: The Commutation, Tuition Freeze and Blackburn and Sundquist -

Alice Marie Johnson walked out of a federal prison in Alabama Wednesday after serving 21 years of a life prison sentence for dealing drugs and laundering money as part of a Memphis drug ring with Texas connections in the 1990s. Johnson’s release came the same day that President Donald Trump commuted her life sentence less than a week after he met with reality television personality Kim Kardashian West who appealed for Johnson’s release. Here is the Associated Press story.

67. Moody’s Reaffirms MSCAA Bond Rating, Ups Outlook -

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s ratings outlook from “stable” to “positive” while affirming the airport’s general revenue bonds at A3.

68. Allegiant Air Offering Nonstop Flights to Oakland -

Allegiant Air is offering new nonstop service between Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Oakland International Airport (OAK), the company announced. The flight will run twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday.

69. Allegiant Offering Nonstop Service from Memphis to Oakland -

Allegiant Air is offering new nonstop service between Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Oakland International Airport (OAK), the company announced. The flight will run twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday.

70. County Commission Asked to Fill SCS Budget Gap -

With the Shelby County Schools system’s $1 billion budget delivered to Shelby County commissioners Wednesday, May 30, county government’s consolidated budget started to come into focus.

71. Last Word: SCS Budget Travels, Carlisle on One Beale and Hickman's Comeback -

Shelby County Schools officials are Downtown Wednesday to formally present the school system’s budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission. The budget committee hearing Wednesday morning won’t see any decision just yet. But the school system’s ask of county government is a big part of the commission getting to a more complete view of county government’s budget since north of $400 million of the county’s $1.3 billion consolidated budget is funding for public education across seven school districts in the county.

72. Airport Authority Sets FY 2019 Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board has approved its budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1 and runs through next June.

In total, the $117.9 million operations and maintenance budget for fiscal 2019 will set the fees and charges that the airlines pay and establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not include construction project expenditures, however.

73. Fewer Adopt Fee Waivers for Records for the 'Public Good' -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Public Records Act is adamant that public records should be available. But that doesn't mean government entities will make them affordable.

A statewide examination of 259 local government public records policies by the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government found that while almost all stated the government entity will charge for copies of public records, fewer offered the possibility of fee waivers.

74. Airport Authority Sets FY 2019 Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board has approved its budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1 and runs through next June.

In total, the $117.9 million operations and maintenance budget for fiscal 2019 will set the fees and charges that the airlines pay and establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not include construction project expenditures, however.

75. Memphis-Cancun Flights Return May 19 -

Vacation Express is launching its nonstop weekly service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport on Saturday, May 19.

The Memphis-Cancun service will continue until Aug. 4, with flights departing MEM on Saturday and returning Friday as part of six-night packages offered by Vacation Express.

76. Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights to San Antonio -

Frontier Airlines will be adding a new nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and San Antonio International Airport effective Aug. 13.

This new route will join Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Philadelphia as the fifth nonstop destination Frontier offers from Memphis International, and the fourth added since August 2017.

77. May 18-24, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

1993: On the front page of The Daily News, The Memphis-Shelby County Sports Authority is readying its public relations campaign for an NFL team in Memphis. Memphis is competing with St. Louis; Baltimore; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. All of the cities except Memphis would eventually get an NFL franchise and the bid would be the city’s last effort at landing an NFL team.

78. Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights to San Antonio -

Frontier Airlines will be adding a new nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and San Antonio International Airport effective Aug. 13.

This new route will join Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Philadelphia as the fifth nonstop destination Frontier offers from Memphis International, and the fourth added since August 2017.

79. Frontier Airlines Adds New Nonstop Flight Destination -

Frontier Airlines will be adding a new nonstop flight to between Memphis International Airport and San Antonio International Airport effective August 13.

This new route will join Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia as the fifth nonstop destination Frontier offers from the Memphis International Airport, and the fourth added since August 2017.

80. Memphis-Cancun Flights Return May 19 -

Vacation Express is launching its nonstop weekly service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport on Saturday, May 19.

The Memphis-Cancun service will continue until Aug. 4, with flights departing MEM on Saturday and returning Friday as part of six-night packages offered by Vacation Express. The weekly flight to Cancun will be operated by Volaris and will feature 180-seat Airbus 320 aircraft.

81. Commission Reappoints Bolton As Adviser, Questions His Role -

Shelby County commissioners reappointed former commissioner Julian Bolton as their legislative policy adviser Monday, May 14, sending his reappointment, effective to the end of September, to Mayor Mark Luttrell, who vetoed an earlier version of the appointment in April.

82. Commission Reappoints Bolton As Advisor Amid Questions About His Role -

Shelby County commissioners reappointed former commissioner Julian Bolton as their legislative policy advisor Monday, May 14, sending the reappointment to the end of September to county mayor Mark Luttrell who vetoed an earlier version in April.

83. Last Word: New Football League, Drone Testing and New Chandler Numbers -

The Alliance of American Football announces its presence in Memphis Thursday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl. And so begins another chapter in the city’s colorful history of start-up leagues. It is a long history dominated by football with a good stretch of the timeline taking in the city’s pursuit of an NFL franchise. Sometimes the rules are a bit different and the leagues have a history of not lasting very long. But they are fondly remembered.

84. Memphis To Be One of 10 Drone Test Sites -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is leading a Memphis group that is part of a national pilot program to integrate drones into air traffic.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Wednesday, May 9, in Washington, D.C., with airport authority president and CEO Scott Brockman and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis both in attendance.

85. Spinosa Takes Chamber Job, Resigns from City Council -

Philip Spinosa Jr. has resigned from the Memphis City Council and been named the new senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

Spinosa will replace Shea Flinn, who announced he would be vacating his position in March. Much like Spinosa, Flinn left his post on the City Council in 2015 to join the chamber.

86. Spinosa Takes Job With Chamber, Resigns from Council -

Philip Spinosa, Jr. has resigned from the Memphis City Council and was named the new senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

Spinosa will be taking over for Shea Flinn, who announced he would be vacating his position in March. Much like Spinosa, Flinn left his post on the council in 2015 to join the chamber.

87. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada has added a second nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The new flight, announced Tuesday, May 1, will depart at 6 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 a.m.

88. Air Canada Adds Second Memphis-Toronto Flight -

Air Canada has added a second nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The new flight, announced Tuesday, May 1, will depart at 6 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 a.m.

89. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner -

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term.

90. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset -

The Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent county commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term on the 13-member body.

91. Last Word: Trolleys Roll, Primary Election Day and The Rise of South City -

MATA CEO Gary Rosenfeld likes to joke that the new trolleys are quieter since the transit authority decided to change from using square wheels. Transit humor. They really are quieter. And that may be because MATA wasn’t doing much of anything in the way of maintenance on them four years ago and even less in the way of record keeping when a second trolley car burst into flames causing MATA to shut down everything it ran on rails. So the trolley that rolled out of the MATA barn on North Main Street Monday morning and into service was symbolic of more than getting a trolley or three ready for service. It was about building a new system around the operation of the trolleys.

92. EDGE PILOTs Outperform Minority Spending Requirements, Report Says -

The Economic Growth Development Engine for Memphis and Shelby County released a PILOT Recipient Spending report that details its certified local, minority and women-owned business spending.

EDGE president and CEO Reid Dulberger presented the report, which tracks PILOT spending from the organization’s first full calendar year in 2012 until the end of 2016, to the EDGE board Thursday, April 27.

93. EDGE PILOTs Outperform Minority Spending Requirements, Report Says -

The Economic Growth Development Engine for Memphis and Shelby County released a PILOT Recipient Spending report that details its certified local, minority and women-owned business spending.

EDGE president and CEO Reid Dulberger presented the report, which tracks PILOT spending from the organization’s first full calendar year in 2012 until the end of 2016, to the EDGE board Thursday, April 27.

94. Mayor Strickland Takes Third Budget Proposal to City Council -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland takes his third budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 24, opening City Hall’s budget season with what is expected to be a budget that keeps the city property tax rate stable.

95. Duran Case Moves To Federal Court In Louisiana -

Memphis Police director Michael Rallings says his department isn’t working with federal immigration agencies that are becoming more aggressive in how undocumented immigrants are dealt with.

But critics of the police department’s aggressive reaction to protests say police brass is cooperating.

96. MEM Still Ranked World’s 2nd Busiest Cargo Airport -

Memphis International Airport has cemented its status as the second busiest cargo airport in the world for another year, with more than 4.33 million metric tons of cargo passing through in 2017.

That volume of cargo marks a 0.3 increase over last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary 2017 world airport traffic rankings just released by Airports Council International.

97. MEM Still Ranked World’s Second Busiest Cargo Airport -

Memphis International Airport has cemented its status as the second busiest cargo airport in the world for another year, with more than 4.33 million metric tons of cargo passing through in 2017.

That volume of cargo marks a 0.3 increase over last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary 2017 world airport traffic rankings just released by Airports Council International.

98. Airport to Unveil Photos Of King’s Last Flights -

Memphis International Airport is set to unveil a photography exhibition Thursday, April 12, that commemorates the last trip taken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

99. Airport to Unveil Photos Of King’s Last Flights -

Memphis International Airport is set to unveil a photography exhibition Thursday, April 12, that commemorates the last trip taken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

100. Uber, Lyft Add Programs At Memphis International -

Ride-share companies Lyft and Uber have introduced a new “Rematch” program at Memphis International Airport designed to reduce wait times and provide drivers with more flexibility.

Rematch allows drivers to accept ride requests immediately after dropping off a customer. Previously, drivers were required to return to the airport’s cellphone lot after drop-off, and be placed in a queue for ride requests.