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1. Railgarten Application Cleared by Board of Adjustment -

Railgarten has the green light from Shelby County’s zoning board to reopen its outdoor features, the second approval the Midtown venue has received this week as it gets its zoning issues straightened out.

2. Medical District Apartments Sell for $5.2 Million -

A medical district apartment switches hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, a Downtown developer plans an apartment complex near FedExForum, and a California investor buys a local industrial portfolio. Details in this week’s Real Estate Recap...

3. Council Sets Stage for City Employee Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.

4. Commission Wades Into TIFs, Minority Businesses -

Shelby County Commissioners took a dive into the technical Monday, May 22, on several fronts in county government.

The commission approved a tweak in an economic impact plan for the Lake District development in Lakeland. The mixed-use development is to include hotels, retail, office uses, assisted living and restaurants. The public improvements or infrastructure are financed with a tax increment finance, or TIF, district that amounts to an increment of the property taxes – Lakeland and Shelby County – paid by the owners of the district.

5. Shelby County’s Certified Property Tax Rate Set at $4.13 -

Shelby County Commissioners set the certified county property tax rate at $4.13 Monday, May 22, a 24-cent drop from the current tax rate of $4.37.

The resolution approved reflects the state-approved estimate of a tax rate that will produce the same amount of revenue for county government as the current tax rate following the 2017 countywide property reappraisal.

6. Last Word: Minority Business Mic Drop, Truckers & Taxes and Confederate Statues -

Quite the buzz around the minority business discussion on “Behind The Headlines” – notably the progress report from Greater Memphis Chamber board chair Carolyn Hardy about what’s working and, more to the point, what is not working. In Hardy’s view that would be general minority business goals that she said amount to black-owned businesses being left out some three years into the renewed push for minority business growth – in government contracts and private business-to-business contracts.

7. County Certified Property Tax Rate Comes In At $4.13 -

Shelby County Commissioners set the certified county property tax rate at $4.13 Monday, May 22, a 24-cent drop from the current tax rate of $4.37.

The resolution approved reflects the state-approved estimate of a tax rate that will produce the same amount of revenue for county government as the current tax rate once new property values from the 2017 countywide property reappraisal are factored in.

8. Hardy: EDGE’s MWBE Program Not Working -

The chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber board said first indications are that minority business requirements in tax breaks awarded by the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – aren’t working.

9. End of the Track: Railgarten Hopes to Finally Move on From Zoning Woes -

It will be a busy week for Railgarten, as its owners hope a pair of dates with the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Board of Adjustment end the popular Midtown venue’s zoning woes. 

10. EDGE to Test Multifamily Tax Abatements -

The Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County has approved a trial run of a new payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program aimed at encouraging development of multifamily housing the city of Memphis feels it needs to break free of the cycle of stagnant population growth.

11. EDGE Approves Trio of Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has granted tax incentives for a pair of Presidents Island manufacturing operations and a South Memphis health care company that together will result in the creation of 126 jobs and capital investments topping $140 million.

12. Last Word: Food Changes, Tax Breaks and 'The Big Bang' -

Late hours in Washington for another night Wednesday with word of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here is all of the reaction we had as of late Wednesday from our folks in D.C.

13. NouriTech, Cargill Awarded Tax Incentives for Memphis Facilities -

Two President’s Island manufacturing operations, NouriTech’s new gas fermentation facility and Cargill’s corn mill, were awarded a pair of PILOTs from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

14. Inner City Health Care Company Earns PILOT for Expansion -

A health care company serving lower-income areas of South Memphis with a limited range of services has been granted a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive by the Economic Development Growth Engine board to provide more expansive service.

15. Events -

Sierra Club Chickasaw Group will host a Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan update presentation Thursday, May 18, at 5:50 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. John Zeanah, deputy director of the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, will discuss an overview of Memphis 3.0, the key findings so far, and a summary of community input received to date. Q&A will follow. Visit facebook.com/Chickasaw.Group for details.

16. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Phillip Kemp of Reed and Associates will present “Get a Life, Get a Property Manager – What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

17. New Documentary Tells Story of Tobey Skate Park -

A new documentary on the 6-year-old Memphis Skate Park at Tobey Park takes a look at skate culture in Memphis and the struggle to get the park to reality after securing a grant that ran out and then securing city capital funding for it.

18. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

19. Privatization Opposition Renewed as No Bids Come in for Falls Creek Falls Project -

The lack of bidders for a $20 million inn reconstruction project at Fall Creek Falls could spur legislative hearings this summer on parks funding and privatization amid growing lawmaker concern about the governor’s outsourcing plans.

20. Haslam Credits Republican Leadership for Budget, Economic Accomplishments -

With the legislative session finished, Gov. Bill Haslam is touting budget accomplishments and a strong economy as the result of Republican leadership.

In a Capitol Hill press conference shortly after the General Assembly adjourned for the year, the governor called passage of a $37 billion budget, the second consecutive one with no new debt, as the Legislature’s most important act.

21. Senses Nightclub Reopens, Raising Zoning Questions -

Senses, the controversial nightclub located at 2866 Poplar Ave., mysteriously reopened Saturday, May 6, after sitting empty for several years. And it has plans to continue operations, which may be in direct violation of the local zoning laws.

22. Lamar Avenue, Austin Peay Highway Projects on Tap for Fiscal 2018 -

With a gas-tax increase approved as part of the governor’s IMPROVE Act, Shelby County will see several projects take off over the next three years, including the much-anticipated Lamar Avenue widening.

23. Airport Authority Names Government Affairs Chief -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced Michael Fulton will assume the role of government affairs director, where he will be responsible for managing the governmental affairs functions for the airport, maintaining relationships with government officials or their key staff and providing oversight of local, state and federal initiatives.

24. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

25. Memphis Airport Names Air Research Manager -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced that David “Chip” Gentry will be its new Air Service Research and Development Manager effective May 30.

In this position, Gentry will work to develop new initiatives and strategies with the intention of increasing domestic and international passenger activity and cargo air service at Memphis International Airport. According to the MSCAA, he will achieve this by working with airlines to maintain existing service and add more routes. He will also act as a liaison between passengers and the airlines by meeting with regional corporate, leisure and convention travel executives to help locate new destinations.

26. Two SCS Teachers to Attend Development Programs -

GP Memphis Cellulose has announced its 2017 teacher development program awardees who will participate in company-sponsored summer learning programs.

Luanne Pyron, a third-grade teacher at Arlington Elementary School, was selected to attend Keystone Science School’s 2017 “Key Issues Institute: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom,” this summer in Silverthorne, Colorado.

27. Last Word: Weekend Sonic Boom, CLERB's Response and Irvin Salky -

Yes, those were the United States Navy Blue Angels buzzing Downtown Thursday afternoon in advance of their appearance at the Memphis Airshow Saturday and Sunday in Millington. That sound you heard after the flyover wasn’t a sonic boom. I don’t think they have those anymore. It was the sound of a really busy weekend following close behind.

28. Two SCS Teachers to Attend Summer Learning Programs -

GP Memphis Cellulose has announced its 2017 teacher development program awardees who will participate in company-sponsored summer learning programs.

Luanne Pyron, a third-grade teacher at Arlington Elementary School, was selected to attend Keystone Science School’s 2017 “Key Issues Institute: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom,” this summer in Silverthorne, Colorado. And Nastasia Dangerfield, an eighth-grade teacher at Woodstock Middle School, has been selected to attend The Bill of Rights Institute’s 2017 “Founder’s Fellowship” program this July in Washington, D.C.

29. Southwest Tennessee Community College Moves Toward Change -

Kenyatta Lovett, the executive director of the nonprofit education advocacy group Complete Tennessee, says there is an old joke in higher education that sometimes comes to the surface when change is promised or pledged.

30. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

31. Memphis Airport Names New Air Service Research Manager -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced that David “Chip” Gentry will be its new air service research and development manager effective May 30.

In this position, Gentry will work to develop new initiatives and strategies with the intention of increasing domestic and international passenger activity and cargo air service at Memphis International Airport. According to the MSCAA, he will achieve this by working with airlines to maintain existing service and add more routes. He will also act as a liaison between passengers and the airlines by meeting with regional corporate, leisure and convention travel executives to help locate new destinations.

32. Memphis Airport Authority Names Government Affairs Director -

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced Michael Fulton will assume the role of government affairs director, where he will be responsible for managing the governmental affairs functions for the airport, maintaining relationships with government officials or their key staff and providing oversight of local, state and federal initiatives.

33. Council Moves to Operating Budget Examination -

Memphis City Council members open budget hearings Thursday, May 5, on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s $680 million operating budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

34. Council Opens City Hall Budget Season -

With an eye on the clock in the City Council committee room and rap of a gavel, council budget committee chairman Edmund Ford Jr. opened city budget hearings Tuesday, May 2.

“This is going to be kind of boring,” Ford said of the two afternoons spent by the committee on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s capital budget -- $158.9 million in spending on one-time non-recurring items, mostly construction projects done in several phases over several years.

35. IMPROVE Act Addresses Backlogged Shelby County Projects -

Billed as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to increase state funding to address a backlog of roadway improvement projects in Tennessee, the recently passed IMPROVE Act is one of Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature pieces of legislation.

36. Shelby Co. Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly in March -

The unemployment rate in Shelby County dropped from 5.5 percent in February to 5.4 percent in March, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The department reports that compared to February, unemployment rates for March 2017 decreased in 91 counties across the state, increased in three and remained the same in one.

37. Vaughan Meets Byrd-Ashworth in District 95 General Election -

Shelby County Republicans are warning against complacency in the coming State House District 95 special general election in June.

Collierville Schools board member Kevin Vaughan won the Republican primary election for the vacant state House seat Thursday, April 27, by 49 votes over former Germantown alderman Frank Uhlhorn.

38. Last Word: End of The Season, Honoring Forrest and MATA's Coming Campaign -

It’s over. No Game 7 for the Grizz and the off-season begins. Spurs advance after beating the Grizz at the Forum Thursday 103 – 96. But in the process, the Grizz created a chapter in Memphis basketball lore where it is about more than winning on the court.

39. Vaughan Claims Republican Nomination in State House District 95 -

Collierville Schools board member Kevin Vaughan won the Republican primary election for state House District 95 Thursday, April 27, by 49 votes over former Germantown alderman Frank Uhlhorn.

40. Shelby County Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly in March -

The unemployment rate in Shelby County dropped from 5.5 percent in February to 5.4 percent in March, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The department reports that compared to February, unemployment rates for March 2017 decreased in 91 counties across the state, increased in three and remained the same in one.

41. Last Word: Election Day, Game 6 and School Vouchers Get Rolled -

Intermission in the NBA playoffs as tipoff of Game 6 approaches Thursday evening at the Forum. Look at all of the clouds as the lights dimming and letting you know it’s time to take your seats for the show that is reigniting the local passion for basketball.

42. Railgarten’s Case Delayed; Will Go Before City Council -

After a more than four-hour meeting, the Shelby County Board of Adjustment voted Wednesday, April 26, to delay Railgarten’s request to reopen portions of its multiparcel Midtown outdoor entertainment venue, leaving only 2158 Central Ave. and the bottom floor of 2166 Central Ave. open for business.

43. Germantown Village Square Sells for $29.3 Million -

7670 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $29.3 million

Sale Date: April 24, 2017 

Buyer: PEBB Enterprises

44. City of Memphis Budget Could Face Bumpy Road -

Memphis City Council budget hearings begin Tuesday, May 2, at City Hall starting with Mayor Jim Strickland’s $77.8 million capital budget proposal for one-time spending on construction projects and similar expenses that are normally financed with bonds.

45. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

46. Strickland: City Already Funds Schools Many Ways -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says a coalition calling for city government to provide $10 million for local education through nonprofit groups has to take into account “a $50 million challenge” the city faces in its finances over the coming years.

47. Mississippi State to Lead Major Drone Research Project for US Government -

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi State University officials say the school will lead a ma-jor research and development project involving drones.

School officials say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected Mississippi as the new base of operations for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones.

48. Parkinson Calls for Elimination of Achievement School District -

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson is renewing his call for an end to the Achievement School District amid revelations a charter school operator hired a convicted felon to run Lester Prep.

49. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

50. The Week Ahead: April 24-30 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Those potholes and rough patches of broken asphalt you dodge on your morning commute may be in line for repair pretty soon, and there’s a full list of entertaining and informative events to attend in the coming days, including the annual RegionSmart Summit. Here’s what you need to know about the Week Ahead...

51. Plans For Cement Silos On River Withdrawn -

Plans for two 145-foot tall dry cement storage silos at the foot of the Mississippi River where Chickasaw Heritage Park and the National Ornamental Metal Museum sit atop the bluff have been withdrawn by the applicant, American Commercial Barge Line.

52. Unfinished Business Fuels Boyd’s Gubernatorial Bid -

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

53. Riding New Wave -

In 2007, about a half-dozen Memphis companies came together to found the Urban Land Institute Memphis chapter. It was a fine start. Six years later, ULI Memphis was convening a group of mayors from the tri-state area and, at least initially, trying very hard to make it informal and non-threatening.

54. Plans For Cement Silos On Riverside Withdrawn -

Plans for two 145-foot tall dry cement storage silos at the foot of the Mississippi River where Chickasaw Heritage Park and the National Ornamental Metal Museum sit atop the bluff have been withdrawn by the applicant, American Commercial Barge Line.

55. EDGE Board Approves Two PILOTs, GMACW Merger -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, April 19, granted tax abatements for a pair of companies with capital investment plans totaling $34 million and approved a resolution that allows the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce to merge into EDGE.

56. Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan -

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

57. Bartlett Opens Greenway; Ghost River Natural Area Grows -

The city of Bartlett has 29 parks, and every one of them has a walking trail. But the path that formally opens to the public Friday, April 21, at a trailhead at Santa Valley Road and U.S. 64 is Bartlett’s first venture in a full-fledged greenway.

58. Plans Withdrawn for Riverside Dry Cement Silos -

Plans for two 145-foot tall dry cement storage silos at the foot of the Mississippi River bluff where Chickasaw Heritage Park and the National Ornamental Metal Museum sit atop the bluff have been withdrawn by American Commercial Barge Line.

59. Strickland Willing To Talk About Schools Funding, But Budget Set -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says his budget proposal to the Memphis City Council is set and ready to deliver next week. But he added Tuesday, April 18, that he is willing to talk with the citizens who drafted a letter to him last week calling on the city to put up $10 million in funding for schools in his proposal.

60. Memphis Office Market Off to Good Start -

Though small to mid-sized leases comprised the majority of leasing activity, the Memphis area office market got off to a healthy start in 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ first quarter Marketbeat report.

61. Coalition Urges City Funding For Schools -

A coalition of 13 organizations and 17 citizens, including Shelby County Schools board chairman Chris Caldwell and state Reps. Raumesh Akbari and G.A. Hardaway, are calling on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to include at least $10 million in funding for schools in the budget he takes to the Memphis City Council next week.

62. 3 Women to be Honored at Legends Luncheon -

Three women who have made huge contributions to local women and families will be honored at the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

63. Last Word: Signs of Life in San Antonio, Steel & Rice and Marco Pave's Rap Opera -

The Grizz were down 19 to the Spurs at the end of the first half in Monday’s game two of the NBA playoff’s opening round – 26 earlier in the game -- and had it down to four at the point in the fourth quarter when Grit & Grind came back to life. It was a short if eventful and promising return to life with the Spurs winning 96 – 82. Game 3 Wednesday at the Forum. And Tigers basketball is well into an eventful off-season of Snapchat moments and “junior college” signings.

64. Coalition Urges City Funding For Memphis Schools -

A group of 13 organization and 17 citizens including Shelby County Schools board chairman Chris Caldwell and state Representatives Raumesh Akbari and G.A. Hardaway are calling on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to include at least $10 million in funding for schools in the budget he takes to the Memphis City Council next week.

65. Nucor Steel, Rice Manufacturer Seek Memphis Incentives -

Two companies have filed applications with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County for tax incentives that would allow them to expand operations in the Mid-South.

Nucor Steel Memphis and Ebrofrost North America are both seeking PILOTs (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) that would result in a combined investment of $34 million and 31 net new jobs, according to their respective applications.

66. Mayors Say Region Needs New Mindset, More Density -

When Hernando West first surfaced in 2007, it was going to be a different kind of development south of the state line. But the recession that followed put the plans for the city’s first mixed-use development on hold – until recently.

67. Last Word: Gasol on Gasol, Detroit's Riverfront and Governor's Race Shifts -

Gasol on Gasol in San Antonio this Easter weekend where the Spurs ran away with game one Saturday of the first round playoff matchup 111 – 82. Game 2 and vengeance is Monday in San Antonio with a Thursday evening game on Beale.

68. Plans for Beale Street Boutique Hotel Emerge -

A new boutique-style hotel may be coming to Beale Street in the near future.

Amit Patel and Kamlesh Patel with KNM Development want to turn three vacant parcels of land between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard into a Vib by Best Western, according to a special permit application recently filed with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

69. Initiatives Geared at Boosting Owner-Occupied Housing -

Nearly a third of all homes in Shelby County are owned by investors, a fact which has state and city leaders looking for ways to stem the tide and encourage locals to buy into their communities through owner-occupied homeownership.

70. Railgarten Addresses ‘Confusion’ About Use of Shipping Containers -

If Railgarten’s intention was to be a transformative force in the section of Midtown between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, then its first week of business has been a resounding success.

However, following what the venue called “confusion” regarding its use of shipping containers as a design element, Railgarten issued a statement outlining where they currently stand with the Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.

71. Last Word: Derailed, The View From Pyramid Harbor and New History -

“Do Not Occupy” notices posted Thursday afternoon on most but not all of the newly-opened Railgarten complex on Central Avenue east of Cooper in Midtown. Local code officers acted after questions about whether the owners of the complex had approval for intermodal containers being used as part of the structure. The restaurant part of the structure in what was once an ice house remains open. There was already a lot of grumbling from neighbors about the music volume and late hours as well as parking for the development

72. Memphis’ Political History Reflects Changes With New Entries -

There was a moment during the March unveiling of former Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s portrait in the Hall of Mayors when the task of framing history gave way to the present.

It came when attorney Ricky E. Wilkins talked about the importance of Wharton and his predecessor, Willie Herenton – the only two black mayors in Memphis history – to the city’s political present. Wharton attended the event; Herenton was noticeably absent.

73. City Council Abolishes Beale Street Authority -

The year-old Beale Street Tourism Development Authority quietly went out of business this week without a single objection to be heard at City Hall.

The authority was abolished Tuesday, April 11, by the Memphis City Council.

74. Porter-Leath Hosts Career Fair for Preschool Staff -

Porter-Leath will host a career fair on Thursday, April 13, to hire new preschool staff to join its team.

The organization is seeking to fill more than 25 positions, including teachers, administrators and non-instructional staff to provide high-quality education and support services. Certified Pre-K teacher candidates, who are of the greatest need, must have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field, plus a teacher’s license with Pre-K endorsement.

75. Royston Joins Planned Parenthood To Lead Volunteer Training Efforts -

Nikeisha Royston recently joined Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region as community manager, a role in which she identifies individuals interested in supporting women’s rights, then trains them to advocate for themselves and others and to be involved in the legislative process.
Royston says volunteers throughout Memphis and the Mid-South use skills learned through the training process to share vital, accurate information about the services provided by Planned Parenthood.

76. Last Word: Busy Council Day, County Property Tax Cut Call and Gas Tax Vote Nears -

The Lawsons – K.J. and Dedric – are on their way to Kansas after leaving University of Memphis basketball they announced Monday. And Markell Crawford confirmed Monday that he will be transferring too. Crawford is the sixth Tiger player to head for the door since the season’s end. What will Tigers basketball look like by the next season?

77. Plans for Beale Street Boutique Hotel Emerge -

A new boutique-style hotel may be coming to Beale Street in the near future.

Amit Patel and Kamlesh Patel with KNM Development want to turn three vacant parcels of land between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard into a Vib by Best Western, according to a special permit application recently filed with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

78. Rental Homes Encroaching on Housing Market -

Based on an analysis of all home sales recorded in Memphis and Shelby County last year, 25 percent of purchases were made by investors. Of these sales, 42 percent were purchased by out-of-town owners, where the tax bill is mailed to an address outside of Shelby County.

79. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! For those so inclined, get out your John Calipari hate towels because he will be featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary this week. It’s also time for some Memphians to vote again and the Grizzlies wrap up the regular season on the way to a first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, a rival that will not be getting a key to the city.  

80. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

81. Plans Emerge for New Beale Street Hotel -

A new boutique-style hotel may be coming to Beale Street in the near future.

Amit Patel and Kamlesh Patel with KNM Development want to turn three vacant parcels of land between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard into a Vib by Best Western, according to a special permit application recently filed with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

82. Early Voting in District 95 Primaries Begins Friday -

Early voting opens Friday, April 7, in the special primary elections for state House District 95 as other elections – including some 2018 races – already show plenty of signs of political life.

83. Last Word: Lawsons Exit, LaRose Lessons and No Medicaid Expansion This Year -

The Lawson Brothers exit Tigers basketball seeking a release from the University of Memphis. The statement from Dedric and K.J. Lawson was all sweetness and light and apparently about as sincere as one of those interviews where players and coaches declare that if they will just play hard and put more points on the board than the other team then they should win.

84. Germantown Town Center Gets First OK -

Even as nearby large mixed-use developments like TraVure and Thornwood rise from the ground, a proposed 32-acre town center-style mixed-use development west of Saddle Creek could be Germantown’s most transformative project in recent memory when it’s all said and done.

85. Last Word: Police Presence on MLK Day, 'R on R Crime' and Fashion on Flicker -

I’m going to err on the side of caution and say that the helicopter constantly circling over the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday during the otherwise solemn observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination could have been one used by one of the television stations. It also could have been a police helicopter and that would fit with the highly visible presence Memphis Police have chosen to take in the last year or so of protest in the city.

86. Events -

A Memphis International Airport job fair will be held Wednesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the airport’s Project Center, 4225 Airways Blvd. Attendees can learn about job openings and complete applications for a variety of positions with at least 15 airport employers; some may also conduct on-site interviews. Visit flymemphis.com. 

87. Investor Dominance in Residential Real Estate Shows Signs of Change -

Investors buying single-family homes to rent them out or have a management firm rent them out may be giving way to banks more willing to make loans on lower-priced homes to owner-occupants.

“I would say the most interesting and big dynamic is folks who come in and buy a house for $20,000 these days, fix it up – sometimes well, sometimes poorly – sell it to a person in California for $64,000 – keep the rental management. And sometimes that helps a street and a neighborhood and sometimes it’s destructive,” said Steve Lockwood, executive director of the Frayser Community Development Corp. on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

88. Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner Says Political Path Kept Calling -

Before he ever ran for anything in Collierville, Stan Joyner spent a dozen years on the town’s planning commission. And he was an elected alderman for another 12 years before he ran for and was elected mayor of the town of 48,000 people.

89. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual April 4 Commemoration, a community-focused observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, Tuesday, April 4. The event will feature the changing of the wreath on the balcony of Room 306, where King was slain, and a moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., the time the shot was fired. Other events are scheduled throughout the day. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details.

90. Bartlett Weighs $60M Overhaul, Expansion of Bartlett High School -

A four-word phrase that appeared on a Power Point presentation at Bartlett High School last week was when the audience of 500 people appeared to buy into a $60 million plan to reconfigure the high school campus over the next three to four years.

91. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School -

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

92. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual April 4 Commemoration, a community-focused observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, Tuesday, April 4. The event will feature the changing of the wreath on the balcony of Room 306, where King was slain, and a moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., the time the shot was fired. Other events are scheduled throughout the day. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details.

93. EDGE's ICED Loan Program Gives Small-Business Owners a Hand Up -

Camy Archer had built a loyal following of customers at her eponymous Midtown restaurant over the course of two decades and business was good.

But when her landlord struck a deal with another tenant in 2015, she was suddenly scrambling to find a new home for her business before she ended up losing everything she worked so hard to create.

94. SCS’ Ramírez Reflects on Time in Memphis -

Every day, Shelby County educators must perform a delicate balancing act. On one hand, they must raise expectations and ensure that more of their students are college-ready. On the other, they must take into account the many barriers to academic success these kids face – things like poverty, poor nutrition, unsafe neighborhoods and a lack of transportation.

95. Penn National Gaming to Buy 2 Tunica Casinos for $44M -

1450 Bally Blvd.
Robinsonville, MS 38664 

Sale Amount: $44 million

Sale Date: March 28, 2017

96. Events -

The second series of Memphis 3.0 public meetings continues this week at these locations: 
• Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.: Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St.
• Thursday, March 30, 5:30 p.m.: Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St.
The comprehensive planning team will share research that has been conducted since the first set of rallies, which generated more than 10,000 comments, and seek input on specific topics to help shape priorities and goals. Visit memphis3point0.com for a schedule of upcoming meetings.

97. The Week Ahead: March 27-April 1 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! The Bluff City plays host to several big names this week, from acclaimed country musician Margo Price and influential feminist Dolores Huerta to the always-popular St. Louis Cardinals. Plus, Midtown celebrates its mojo and Germantown goes to the dogs, all in The Week Ahead… 

98. RDC President Gives Riverfront Update -

Pop-up parks, cruise lines and plans to enhance existing attractions were all topics Riverfront Development Corp. president Benny Lendermon touched on during a state of the riverfront he delivered Friday, March 24, to the Downtown Memphis Commission.

99. Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases -

Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.

100. Memphis Mayor's Office to Help Save Franklin's Birthplace -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis mayor's office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday.