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1. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel -

Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring the possibility of rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.

2. TAG Expects Truck Facility to be Operational by Mid-2017 -

TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.

3. Memphis Symposium Aims to Connect MWBEs With Opportunities -

In an effort to increase transparency in public spending, The city of Memphis will put department heads in conversation with minority- and women-owned businesses as part of the inaugural We Mean Business symposium.

4. Crosstown High Advances In Grant Competition -

The proposal for a Crosstown High School has advanced in the national competition for one of five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project.

The XQ Institute is an education reform group specifically working on new models for American high schools. The institute’s supporters include Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs.

5. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

6. Crosstown High Advances In Grant Competition -

The proposal for a Crosstown High School has advanced in the national competition for one of five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project.

The XQ Institute is an education reform group specifically working on new models for American high schools. The institute’s supporters include Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs.

7. Last Word: Greg Davis Gets A New Trial, Overton Park Compromise Done and Tesla -

The one-time mayor of Southaven is getting a new trial on embezzlement charges.

A Mississippi Appeals court agreed Tuesday with attorneys for Greg Davis, who argued he could not get a fair trial in DeSoto County on the felony charges because of pre-trial publicity.

8. UTHSC Names Storgion Chair Of Physician Assistant Studies -

Dr. Stephanie Storgion has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Storgion’s appointment comes as the department moves to the College of Medicine from the College of Health Professions, where it started two years ago. 

9. 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...

10. Madison Hotel Sells to Chicago-Based Hotel Group -

79 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Date: June 21 

Buyer: 79 Madison Avenue LLC

11. Common Table Names New CEO, Board Chairman -

The executive committee of the Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) board of directors has announced that Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris will serve as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Reggie Crenshaw is now serving as board chairman.

12. Millington Groundbreaking Held for New Retail Center -

Millington leaders broke ground Tuesday, July 12, on the $36.8 million Shops at Millington Farms development at 8570 North U.S. Highway 51.

The 125,000 square feet of retail space south of Veterans Parkway is being developed by Ryan Commercial Properties LLC.

13. 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.

14. Urban Child Institute Approves $1M Grant to Porter-Leath -

The Urban Child Institute board of directors has approved a new $1 million grant to Porter-Leath. The grant will help fund several proven programs at Porter-Leath, including Early Head Start, Teacher Excellence Program, Parents as Teachers and Preschool Partnership, among others.

15. Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis -

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.

This time the datelines are Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

16. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

17. Shelby Co. Unemployment Dips to 4.4 Percent -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate decreased again in May, coming in at 4.4 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s a slight dip from April’s revised rate of 4.5 percent and was significantly lower than the 6.7 percent in May 2015.

18. 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.”

19. 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.

20. Reader: Investing in All Students is Overdue, Critical -

I’m super-thankful for the commitment of Shelby County Commissioners led by chairman Terry Roland and budget chairman Van Turner to add critically needed funds for the 2017 Shelby County Schools (SCS) budget approved Wednesday, June 29. I’m also very thankful to Superintendent Hopson and the SCS board members along with organizations like Stand for Children, Black Lives Matter and petition signers who advocated for a budget that refused to slash some core academic programs and staff.

21. Last Word: The Untouchable Compromise, Go West and World Series in August -

Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer actually brought a suitcase with her to Wednesday’s commission budget session and special meeting.

22. South End Gets a $15 Million Apartment Complex -

250 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126

Permit Amount: $14.6 million

Owner: Elmington Capital Group

23. Patterson Flats Developer Files $14.6 Million Permit -

A multifamily development in Downtown’s South End is moving forward.

Elmington Capital Group, doing business as ECG Patterson Development LLC, recently filed a $14.6 million building permit to construct Patterson Flats, a 175-unit apartment complex at 250 E. G.E. Patterson Ave. The permit includes demolishing an existing building; new grading; new utilities; the addition of a parking lot; and construction of four buildings, including a leasing and fitness room.

24. 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.”

25. Shelby County Unemployment Dips to 4.4 Percent -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate decreased again in May, coming in at 4.4 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s a slight dip from April’s revised rate of 4.5 percent and was significantly lower than the 6.7 percent in May 2015.

26. Shelby County Unemployment Dips to 4.4 Percent -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate decreased again in May, coming in at 4.4 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s a slight dip from April’s revised rate of 4.5 percent and was significantly lower than the 6.7 percent in May 2015.

27. Thomas & Betts Donates $50,000 to Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

28. 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...

29. Greenprint ‘Movement’ Taking Hold Regionally -

It wasn’t that long ago that the land which is now Shelby Farms Park was up for grabs.

There was some sentiment to make it a park. There was probably more sentiment to develop it as residential, office or retail space, or all three.

30. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition -

A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.

The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.

31. Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice -

Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.

32. Thomas & Betts Donates $50K to Memphis Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

33. Two of 'Three Gs' Surface Again in SCS-Germantown Talks -

When Germantown and Shelby County Schools leaders got together in May to talk about a new annual lease for the use of ballfields in Germantown by SCS schools within Germantown, the talks returned to a familiar topic – the three Gs.

34. Last Word: Budget No Go, Largest Home Sale of 2016 and Crosstown Moves -

The Shelby County Commission probably has enough votes to approve the funding in the county budget the Shelby County Schools system wants, which includes $24.7 million on new funding.

Yet after about four hours of discussion, the commission didn’t take votes on any budget resolutions or the county property tax rate resolution Monday.

35. County Commission Delays Budget Votes, Germantown School Talks Surface -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed final votes on all of the budget matters before them Monday, June 20, until a special meeting next week.

And a proposed sale of two Germantown schools surfaced in the middle of another marathon budget session for commissioners.

36. Shelby County New Housing Market Improves in May -

New home sales in Memphis and Shelby County were up 53 percent in May, with 69 recorded for the month compared with 45 recorded in May 2015. It marks the first increase in new housing activity since January.

37. The Week Ahead: June 20-26 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a new headstone for one of the Beale Street Sheiks to an event to celebrate (and buy from) Memphis' maker community. 

38. Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer -

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

The summer finds the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis basketball team – the city’s two dominant sports franchises – each rebuilding.

39. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

40. 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.”

41. EDGE Adopts Changes to Diversity Policy -

After six months of deliberation, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has ratified a diversity policy for its five PILOT programs.

The adopted program requires that companies receiving financial incentives from EDGE spend with local and minority-owned businesses an amount totaling 25 percent of the construction costs plus 15 percent of the projected PILOT savings for the duration of the property tax freeze. Exceptional performance will earn a company up to two years on its PILOT. If a company fails to meet the spending requirements, EDGE will reduce the terms of the PILOT by 20 percent or two years, depending on which is less.

42. EDGE Grants Incentives for TAG Truck Center, Turner Dairy -

Two longtime Memphis-area companies secured tax incentives at the June meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes will support TAG Truck Enterprises LLC’s plans for the former Mall of Memphis site as well as an expansion of Turner Dairy in the heart of Midtown.

43. ServiceMaster Lands EDGE Incentive Package -

The final piece of ServiceMaster’s local incentive package fell into place Wednesday, June 15, at a Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board meeting.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, received a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

44. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

45. Parking Was Key in ServiceMaster Deal -

Parking concerns for ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ move to Downtown Memphis have been resolved.

On June 14, the Downtown Parking Authority granted ServiceMaster access to the parking garage at 250 Peabody Place.

46. EDGE to Consider Incentives for ServiceMaster, Others -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings is one of three local companies with tax-incentive applications before the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board on Wednesday, June 15.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

50. 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.

51. Collierville Sees Year’s Largest Multifamily Sale -

160 Madison Farms Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $34.3 million

Buyer: Spyglass-Collierville LLC

52. May Home Sales Rise, Low Inventory Hiking Prices -

After a strong April, home sales in Shelby County continued to perform well in May.

Total home sales increased 29 percent, from 1,266 recorded in May 2015 to 1,630 sales in May this year. Total home sales volume soared to $251 million, which is up 27 percent from last year, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

53. Silicon Ranch Buys Land For Millington Solar Farm -

Silicon Ranch Corp. is moving forward in developing the largest solar power facility in Tennessee.

In a June 1 warranty deed, the Industrial Development Board of the City of Millington, Tennessee sold 348 acres of land to Nashville-based Silicon Ranch for $3.4 million.

54. The Week Ahead: June 6-12 -

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

55. MSCAA Reorganizes, Makes Staff Promotion -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has promoted Angela Washington to director of Properties.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. MSCAA Reorganizes, Makes Staff Promotion -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has promoted Angela Washington to director of properties.

60. Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.

61. Shelby County Unemployment Drops to 4.5 Percent -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate continued to drop in April, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The county’s unemployment rate measured 4.5 percent in April, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from March and 1.7 percentage points lower than April 2015.

62. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

63. THDA to Resume Apartment Inspections -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

THDA executive director Ralph Perrey said the agency’s authority to make the inspections resumes in July. And the agency isn’t saying which properties will be visited “so as not to ruin the surprise,” Perrey said Wednesday, May 25, as he announced the resumption of the inspections.

64. THDA Resumes Inspections of HUD-Subsidized Apartments -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

THDA executive director Ralph Perrey said the agency’s authority to make the inspections resumes in July. And the agency isn’t saying which properties will be visited “so as not to ruin the surprise,” Perrey said Wednesday, May 25, as he announced the resumption of the inspections.

65. $21.6 Million in Construction Headed to Graceland -

1064 Craft Road

Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $18.1 million

Project Cost: $21.6 million

66. Last Word: Graduation Day and Our Outrage, An ASD Offer In Raleigh and Fashion -

According to Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson, 15,000 people have watched the several dozen high school graduation ceremonies the school system has streamed live on its website including the 14 graduations held Saturday.

67. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

68. The Week Ahead: May 23-29 -

Alright, Memphis, it’s time to get this week started with our roundup of happenings you need to know about. 

The 2016 Memphis In May International Festival closes out Saturday with a pair of new additions to the monthlong lineup.
The Saturday by the river begins with the Great American River Run – a half-marathon and a 5K run with a riverside and Downtown route. There is, of course, a post-race party, which then segues into 901Fest – four stages in Tom Lee Park featuring local music and arts, from Al Kapone and Frayser Boy to the North Mississippi Allstars to Opera Memphis and the New Ballet Ensemble & School.
The idea here, and it may be an evolving concept, seems to be local and diverse and not as much of an emphasis on the stages and what happens there at the expense of those who stay after the run and those who come for the music and the arts.
To dot the I on that point, 901Fest also includes an air show.

69. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

70. One Family -

An unprecedented private investment aims to restore a commercial heart to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, where a pair of sprawling buildings take up nearly a full block across from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It isn’t an eyesore, but inactivity within those walls has been a drag on the community.

71. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

72. Chandler Reports Releases Q1 Review -

Real estate information company Chandler Reports has released its first-quarter installment of the Chandler Review, available to view and download for free at http://bit.ly/ChandlerReviewQ12016.

73. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

74. Events -

Job Fair and Educational Summit for U.S. Veterans and People Living With Disabilities will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Meet with more than 50 local employers along with 30 community services and training providers. Breakout sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will cover interviewing tips, job preparedness skills and lifestyle issues. Cost is free. For more information, call 901-636-7940, 901-438-0412 or 901-726-6521.

75. PFM Group Promotes Lowe To Managing Director -

Lauren Lowe has been promoted to managing director of The PFM Group, a leading provider of independent financial and investment advisory services to state and local governments and not-for-profit institutions. Based in PFM’s Memphis office, Lowe serves the firm’s municipal advisory clients. Her areas of expertise include debt transactions and structuring, strategic planning, pricing and cash flow analysis as well as advising many of her local government clients on policy development.

76. New Schools Giving Memphis Suburbs More Autonomy -

Some of the trees along East Shelby Drive on the 158 acres at Sycamore Road are in rows. It’s the unmistakable sign of a tree nursery. And before that it was considered a prime dove hunting location.

77. Last Word: South of Crump, Council Day and Haslam on the Fed's Bathroom Memo -

Neon is coming back to E. H. Crump Boulevard and the momentum of development continues to move further south to the Crump border with South Memphis.

Ghost River Brewing Co. is making plans for a tap room that opens this fall as part of its existing brewery at South Main and Crump.

78. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

79. Gibbons to Lead New U of M Institute -

The day after announcing his resignation as Tennessee Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, the University of Memphis and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission announced Bill Gibbons will become president of the crime commission and lead a new Public Safety Institute.

80. The Week Ahead: May 16-22 -

With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

81. Agricenter Generates $524M For Shelby County Economy -

Agricenter International generated 1.3 million visitors in 2015, producing an overall economic impact of $524 million, according to a study announced Wednesday, May 11.

That dollar amount reflects the value of all goods and services produced within the Shelby County economy as a result of Agricenter International and the business entities operating as tenants, combined with visitor spending from events, according to the 2015 Economic Impact Study conducted in March by Younger Associates.

82. Memphis Remains a Hot Market for Investors -

Local rental housing continues to be a popular buy for real estate investors. In the first quarter of 2016, 1,017 rental homes were purchased in Memphis and Shelby County, accounting for 30 percent of all home sales, according to data from Chandler Reports, a division of The Daily News Publishing Co.

83. Last Word: Mud Island Money, Elvis Mystery and Beyond Barbecue -

It looks like the dry rub will be in order for Memphis in May's barbecue weekend with a shower or two keeping the dust down in Tom Lee Park Wednesday.

If you can see it through the smoke, Mud Island might strike a first-tme observer as a marked contrast to all of the activity in Tom Lee Park that goes right up to the bluff's edge.

84. Last Word: GMF Aftermath, Cop Counts and Budgets and Richardson Towers' Fall -

More on the move by Bank of New York to have a receiver appointed for the Warren and Tulane Apartments currently owned by Global Ministries Foundation.

GMF CEO Rev. Richard Hamlet responded Wednesday to the filing in Memphis federal court saying he agrees that a receiver for the property is a good idea. But he doesn’t agree – and in fact, strongly disagrees with the claims and reasoning behind the bank’s call for the receiver.

85. Agricenter Generates $524M For Shelby County Economy -

Agricenter International generated 1.3 million visitors in 2015, producing an overall economic impact of $524 million, according to a study announced Wednesday, May 11.

That dollar amount reflects the value of all goods and services produced within the Shelby County economy as a result of Agricenter International and the business entities operating as tenants, combined with visitor spending from events, according to the 2015 Economic Impact Study conducted in March by Younger Associates.

86. More Student Housing For University District -

3557 Mynders Ave. 
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017
Owner: 908 Group
Tenant: The Nine
Architect: BDG Architects
Details: A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.

87. Student Housing Tower Near U of M Moves Forward -

A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.

Montgomery Martin Contractors recently applied for a $15.5 million building permit for 3557 Mynders Ave. at the southwest corner of Brister Street.

88. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a job fair Wednesday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. CDS is seeking to fill hundreds of positions for all shifts at accounts in North Mississippi. Applicants should come prepared for an interview. For more information and details on available positions, call 901-473-6385.

89. Impact of Low Housing Inventory Spreads to Home-Staging Business -

The low inventory of single-family homes means prices are higher and homes are selling quicker, but also that fewer people are dressing up their homes to make them more attractive to potential buyers in the market.

90. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” Tuesday through Sunday, May 10-15, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

91. The Week Ahead: May 9-15 -

Alright, Memphis, grab your calendars! Whether you want to book it over to the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival or just baste in the scent of barbecue, there’s plenty to do this week. Here’s our roundup...

92. Balink To Lead Exchange Club Family Center -

The Exchange Club Family Center, an area nonprofit agency dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse and domestic violence, has named Jennifer Balink as its new executive director.

Barbara King, the executive director of the Center for the past 23 years, announced her retirement at a board meeting last June.

93. $5.5 Billion Company Stakes Headquarters in Memphis -

Three packaging companies are combining to create a $5.5 billion conglomerate that will locate its headquarters in Memphis.

Evergreen Packaging's consolidated global headquarters will create 70 jobs with an average salary of $176,283 and nearly $1 million in capital investment.

94. Memphis MSA Industrial Sector Has A Strong First Quarter After Record 2015 -

The Memphis MSA industrial sector had a strong first quarter after a record-breaking year in 2015.

Last year saw a record absorption rate of 8.4 million square feet, which is 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels.

95. Last Word: Mall Demo, Defining 'Fringe Element' and Herenton's New Path -

Once upon a time there were three “town centers” planned by the city of Memphis.

City facilities like libraries and police precincts would be the anchors and encourage private retail development in them.

96. Herenton Pitches Two New Schools For Juvenile Offenders -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton began Wednesday, May 4, with an appeal that got the attention of Shelby County Commissioners. “We don’t want your money,” he told 11 of the 13 commissioners in committee sessions as he pitched two new residential campuses for children in juvenile detention.

97. French Fort Motel Compromise Hard-Fought -

The developer of the old Marine Hospital south of E.H. Crump Avenue at the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge across the Mississippi River and the leader of the French Fort neighborhood association never actually talked to each other Wednesday, May 4.

98. Exchange Club Family Center Names Executive Director -

The Exchange Club Family Center, an area nonprofit agency dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse and domestic violence, has named Jennifer Balink as its new executive director.

Barbara King, the executive director of the Center for the past 23 years, announced her retirement at a board meeting last June.

99. Norris Recounts Path to Majority Status, Dunavant Award -

Good government isn’t a bowl of cherries. There will be controversy even with the best of intentions and with everything done by the numbers. And that applies to those who win awards like state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

100. Last Word: Budget-Mania, TNReady's Backstory and Slow Down Millenial Investors -

The Overton Park Greensward controversy moves back to City Hall Tuesday as the council talks over an ordinance that sets further in stone the council’s decision in March to give the Memphis Zoo control of two-thirds of the greensward.